Bible Dictionary and Concordance



Palm SundayThe Sunday prior to Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. It was the time when Christ entered into Jerusalem and the people shouted praise to Him, laying down their cloaks and palm branches. This was a triumphant entry fit for a king. (See Matt 21:8-11; Mark 11:8-10; Luke 19:36-38.)
palsy / palsiesA disease that can cause various parts of the body to be paralyzed; usually accompanied by involuntary tremors. A disabling of the nerves in one part of the body; the lost of feeling and the ability to use that part of the body. It can also cause speech difficulties.lunatic, and those that had the palsy; Matt 4:24lieth at home sick of the palsy, Matt 8:6brought ... man sick of the palsy, Matt 9:2 (Mark 2:3; Luke 5:18)he said unto the sick of the palsy, Mark 2:5with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. Acts 8:7eight years, and was sick of the palsy. Acts 9:33
pantheismThis is a doctrine identifying God with the universe, or regards the universe as a manifestation of gods. Can also mean worship that admits multiple gods. This is an unscriptural teaching that God cannot be just one and personal, but that all laws, forces, manifestations that are in the universe are considered part of God. This can be seen in the religion of Buddhism and Hinduism just to name two. DTP The disciple of Christ is to worship the one true, divine, triune God who is the Creator of heaven and earth and distinct from them.
parable / parablesThese are said to be earthly stories with heavenly meanings. They can be pictures or stories from nature, history, or from culture and tradition. Parables illustrate moral or spiritual lessons. Jesus taught the people with many parables.And he took up his parable, and said, Num 23:7Moreover Job continued his parable, Job 27:1I will incline mine ear to a parable: Ps 49:4I will open my mouth in a parable: Ps 78:2 (Matt 13:35)equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. Prov 26:7day shall one take up a parable against you, Mic 2:4spake many things unto them in parables, Matt 13:3 (Mark 4:2)Why speakest thou unto them in parables? Matt 13:10speak I to them in parables: Matt 13:13 (Mark 4:11; Luke 8:10)this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? Mark 4:13Now the parable is this: Luke 8:11
paracleteAn advocate; most often translated as "Helper" or "Comforter"; One who speaks on behalf of another. DTP Jesus uses this word to explain the role of the Holy Spirit for us as Christ's disciples (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7; 1 John 2:1). The Holy Spirit is in us, to help and guide us in our walk with Christ Jesus.
paradiseThis is like an ideal garden, a place of beauty and perfection, the Garden of Eden being a prime example. Paradise has come to mean heaven, a place where one day all believers in Christ shall live for eternity.To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:43How that he was caught up into paradise, 2 Cor 12:4is in the midst of the paradise of God. Rev 2:7
paraphraseA rewriting or retelling in easier-to-understand language. Uses basic language and common phrases. The Good News Bible, the Message Bible and the Living Bible are good examples of paraphrases; they simplify the understanding of the original Hebrew or Greek text.
parchmentsThe dried skin of a lamb or goat prepared is such a way that one can write on it. It was used as a durable writing surface in ancient and medieval times.bring ... the books, but especially the parchments. 2 Tim 4:13
pardon / pardonedAction of forgiving or being forgiven. It is often used as a court term in a legal case. The judge can pardon the guilty person. It is used 20 times in the Old Testament. DTP God demands a righteous reason for His pardoning of the sinner. This comes through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. The idea of pardon is key to the doctrine of salvation. Personally believing in Christ leads to forgiveness of one's sins.for he will not pardon your Ex 23:21pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us Ex 34:9Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity Num 14:19LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word Num 14:20pardon my sin, and turn again with me, 1 Sam 15:25innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon. 2 Kin 24:4but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious Neh 9:17sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; Ps 25:11our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Isa 55:7How shall I pardon ... thy children have forsaken me, Jer 5:7be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve. Jer 50:20transgressed ... rebelled: thou hast not pardoned. Lam 3:42
parentsFather or mother of a child; progenitor. Parenting can also come through adoption of a child. Can also refer to one who mentors and trains a younger person. Parenting is teaching and nurturing, watching over and protecting children bodily, emotionally and spiritually. Jesus portrayed God as a Father (parent) who looks after his children perfectly. See Matthew 7:11. DTP As Christian parents, we are to point our children to the place of personally knowing God and His deep love for them. They need to learn to obey and walk in the ways of God (Deut 6:5-9; Ps 128:1-3; Eph 6:1-4).shall rise up against their parents, Matt 10:21Now his parents went to Jerusalem every Luke 2:41no man that hath left house, or parents, Luke 18:29shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, Luke 21:16who did sin, this man, or his parents, John 9:2of evil things, disobedient to parents Rom 1:30not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 2 Cor 12:14Children, obey your parents in the Lord: Eph 6:1obey your parents in all things: Col 3:20blasphemers, disobedient to parents, 2 Tim 3:2
partaker / partakersOne who shares along with others, joins in or is involved with; participant, accessory, member. DTP As disciples, we need to be careful about what or with whom we join. Joining with the wrong crowd will make us members with them in what they say and do; this can lead to death and destruction. We must become one with Jesus Christ, a participant and member of His body.for we are all partakers of that one bread. 1 Cor 10:17ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of 1 Cor 10:21as ye are partakesr of the sufferings, so shall 2 Cor 1:7partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel Eph 3:6of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. Phil 1:7neither be partaker of other men's sins: 1 Tim 5:22holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, Heb 3:1For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the Heb 3:14and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost Heb 6:4as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; 1 Pet 4:13ye might be partakers of the divine nature, 2 Pet 1:4my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, Rev 18:4
pass / passed / passethTo permit, to have authorization, a license or permission, to move on by someone or something.when I see the blood, I will pass over you, Ex 12:13while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee Ex 33:22passed over on dry ground, until all the people Josh 3:17LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind 1 Kin 19:11When thou passest through the waters, I will be Isa 43:2one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass Matt 5:18Heaven and earth shall pass away, Matt 24:35 (Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33)possible, let this cup pass from me: Matt 26:39 the hour might pass from him. Mark 14:35death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, Rom 5:12a new creature: old things are passed away; 2 Cor 5:17the love of Christ, which passesth knowledge, Eph 3:19peace of God, which passeth all understanding, Phil 4:7We know that we have passed from death unto life, 1 John 3:14any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Rev 21:4
PassoverThis was a day for the people of Israel to celebrate their miraculous deliverance from Egypt (Ex 12:14-24). The idea of this term comes from how God passed over the houses of Israel, because of the sacrificial blood of a lamb that was spread over the mantel and door post of their homes. Their homes were also to be clean from all presence of yeast (yeast represented sin that can so easily spread through a person's life). Those who followed the directions were saved from the death angel, but the firstborn of the Egyptians were all killed. The Passover takes place either in the month of March or April. DTP For the disciple, Christ has become our sacrificial Lamb; when we believe personally in Him and ask to be cleansed of all personal sins, we can then receive for all eternity, everlasting is the LORD'S passover. Ex 12:11This is the ordinance of the passover: Ex 12:43that they should keep the passover. Num 9:4and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: Deut 16:1 (2 Chr 35:1)Keep the passover unto the LORD your God, 2 Kin 23:21the children of the captivity kept the passover Ezra 6:19is the feast of the passover, Matt 26:2 (Mark 14:1: Luke 22:1)we prepare for thee to eat the passover? Matt 26:17to eat this passover with you before I suffer Luke 22:15And the passover, a feast of the Jews, John 6:4For even Christ our passover is 1 Cor 5:7Through faith he kept the passover, Heb 11:28
Pastoral EpistlesA descriptive title often given to the books of 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. These books were written by Paul to Timothy and Titus who were going out as Christ's ambassadors to the various newly planted churches. These epistles are concerned with church organization and discipline. Paul talks about how to appoint elders and deacons, and gives instructions concerning church doctrine.
pastorsA minister in charge of a Christian church or congregation. This was one of the gifts provided by the Holy Spirit to be used in the body of Christ; the Church. The Greek word poimen is translated either as shepherd or pastor. A pastor ministers like a shepherd to a flock. He works under the Great Shepherd, Jesus. See 1 Peter 5:1-5. He is one who leads, nurtures and cares for God's people. They are to be people who have servant hearts, unselfishly loving the flock over which they've been given charge. The Scripture also warns the shepherd to be careful how they minister to the sheep because there will be strict judgment from Christ for those who been given this key ministry position by God. (See the word shepherd, plus study Psalm 23:1-6 what the job description of a shepherd/pastor is.)the pastors also transgressed against me, Jer 2:8I will give you pastors according to mine heart, Jer 3:15against the pastors that feed my people; Jer 23:2and some, pastors and teachers Eph 4:11
pasture / pasturesLand covered by grass and other low plants suitable for grazing animals, a meadow, grassland, prairie. DTP As disciples, we are the sheep of God's pasture; we need to eat of God's Word and drink of His Spirit; this is what will cause us to become mature in Christ Jesus.thy servants have no pasture for their flocks; Gen 47:4He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: Ps 23:2we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give Ps 79:13we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep Ps 95:7we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Ps 100:3destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! Jer 23:1ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, Ezek 34:31and shall go in and out, and find pasture. John 10:9
path / pathsAlso known as pathway. A trail over the ground that has been made by animals or people. A walkway made by continual treading. It gives guidance in reaching a destination. DTP For the disciple, God's Word is to be a pathway for us to walk, and by which we ought to live. God, through the unction of the Holy Spirit, shows us a way through the various challenges that we may be facing in our lives each day. Prayer and the reading of God's Word can be the path that leads us from bondage to freedom. There is strength and guidance in walking together with other believers in God's the way, an adder in the path, Gen 49:17So are the paths of all that forget God; Job 8:13He maketh a path to shine after him; Job 41:32Thou wilt shew me the path of life: Ps 16:11I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer. Ps 17:4Hold up my goings in thy paths, Ps 17:5he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for Ps 23:3teach me thy paths. Ps 25:4All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth Ps 25:10lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. Ps 27:11Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; Ps 119:35lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Ps 119:105Thou compassest my path and my lying down, Ps 139:3within me, then thou knewest my path. Ps 142:3acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Prov 3:6not into the path of the wicked, Prov 4:14the path of the just is as the shining light, Prov 4:18Ponder the path of thy feet, and let Prov 4:26ways, and we will walk in his paths: Isa 2:3 (Mic 4:2)and taught him in the path of judgment, Isa 40:14lead them in paths that they have not known: Isa 42:16they have made them crooked paths: Isa 59:8their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in pahts, Jer 18:15shall walk every one in his path: Joel 2:8of the Lord, make his paths straight. Matt 3:3 (Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4)And make straight paths for your feet, Heb 12:13
patient / patience / patientlyCapacity to accept delay, trouble, or suffering without anger. Forbearance, longsuffering, slow to anger; patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22. DTP It is like "going the second mile" with people, giving them time and understanding even if they've wronged you or fallen short of expectations. We need to "go the distance" in helping and encouraging another.Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: Ps 37:7I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined Ps 40:1keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. Luke 8:15that tribulation worketh patience Rom 5:3patient in tribulation; Rom 12:12we through patience and comfort of the scriptures Rom 15:4were wrought among you in all patience, 2 Cor 12:12But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, Gal 5:22 NASBwith patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, Eph 4:2 NASBall patience and long-suffering with joyfulness Col 1:11kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; Col 3:12 NASBsupport the weak, be patient toward all men. 1 Thes 5:14patience and faith in all your persecutions 2 Thes 1:4godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 1 Tim 6:11unto all men, apt to teach, patient. 2 Tim 2:24sober, ... sound in faith, in charity, in patience. Tit 2:2through faith and patience inherit the promises. Heb 6:12let us run with patience the race that Heb 12:1trying of your faith worketh patience. James 1:3But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may James 1:4Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming James 5:7Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the James 5:8to temperance patience; and to patience godliness 2 Pet 1:6and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, Rev 1:9I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, Rev 2:2, 19
patriarch / patriarchsThe older head man of a family, clan, or tribe; a highly respected man, one who has much wisdom and understanding, able to help guide others through challenging problems. An older woman with the same qualities is called a matriarch. Deborah arose, a mother in Israel (Judges 5:7).speak unto you of the patriarch David, Acts 2:29and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs. Acts 7:8unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave Heb 7:4
PaulPaul was an apostle, a missionary who worked with many other disciples of Christ such as John Mark, Barnabas, Timothy, etc. He described himself as "a Hebrew of the Hebrews"; he was a Pharisee who persecuted the church. After his transformation, he joined in "yoke suffering" with Christ, experiencing frequent stoning, whipping, and prison. He was the author of thirteen epistles in the New Testament where he often emphasized the deity of Jesus Christ and the importance of salvation by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. He also taught how important it is that the disciple live a holy and obedient live before their God. Paul's key doctrine was the Lordship of Christ in all areas of the believer's life.Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, Acts 13:9Then Paul stood up, and beckoning Acts 13:16when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, Acts 14:14Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, Rom 1:1Paul, called to be an apostle of 1 Cor 1:1Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, 1 Cor 3:5I Paul say unto you, that if ye be Gal 5:2For this cause I Paul, the prisoner Eph 3:1even as our beloved brother Paul 2 Pet 3:15
peaceTranquility, calm, restfulness. Also freedom from war and unrest. DTP This is a gentle quietness of heart that comes from Christ. Christ can give to the disciple pure peace in the midst of a raging storm. It is a place of calmness, freedom from the anxiety and the cares of this world. Perfect peace comes by keeping our mind and heart focused on Jesus Christ, knowing that He has gone before us in all things and has become for us our personal Victor.thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; Gen 15:15he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, Gen 43:23sacrifice of their peace offerings, Ex 29:28be a sacrifice of peace offering, Lev 3:1Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace Num 25:12which speak peace to their neighbours, Ps 28:3do good; seek peace, and pursue it. Ps 34:14 (1 Pet 3:11)righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Ps 85:10Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: Ps 122:6but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. Prov 11:12everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isa 9:6Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind Isa 26:3of our peace was upon him; Isa 53:5go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: Isa 55:12seek the peace ... for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace. Jer 29:7therefore love the truth and peace. Zec 8:19worthy, let your peace come upon it: Matt 10:13and have peace one with another. Mark 9:50to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:79Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, Luke 2:14Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: John 14:27we have peace with God through our Rom 5:1but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Rom 8:6them that preach the gospel of peace, Rom 10:15Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. Rom 15:33but God hath called us to peace. 1 Cor 7:15God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, 1 Cor 14:33fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, Gal 5:22For he is our peace, who hath made both one, Eph 2:14of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Eph 4:3preparation of the gospel of peace. Eph 6:15the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, Phil 4:7do: and the God of peace shall be with you. Phil 4:9made peace through the blood of his cross, Col 1:20let the peace of God rule in your hearts, Col 3:15And be at peace among yourselves. 1 Thes 5:13Lord of peace himself give you peace always 2 Thes 3:16follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, 2 Tim 2:22Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Tit 1:4Follow peace with all men, Heb 12:14Departed in peace, be ye warmed and filled: James 2:16fruit ... is sown in peace of them that make peace. James 3:18Grace ... and peace, be multiplied. 1 Pet 1:2 (2 Pet 1:2)power was given to him ... to take peace from the Rev 6:4
peace offeringSee section on "offerings, peace".
peacemakerOne who makes peace between individuals or various groups of people. One who is able to encounter turmoil and destruction and bring people to a place of hope and freedom. DTP The disciple is to be like Christ who became our peacemaker with God. Our sins kept us at war with God but through the atoning blood of Christ on the cross, we can enter into His perfect peace. The disciple is also to be a peacemaker, often through self-sacrifice, helping others to be reconciled to God.Blessed are the peacemakers: Matt 5:9
Pentateuchhe name given to the first 5 books of the Hebrew Scriptures (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy). The word comes from two Greek words: penta (meaning five) and teuchos (meaning volumes). These books cover the time from creation through to the end of Moses' life, Moses being the author of all 5 books. These first five books of law are the foundation stones to all other Old and New Testament books. These books give to us the laws and ways of God, and demonstrate that He is One God and is personally interested in the everyday affairs of man.
PentecostThis was a Jewish holy day that came fifty days after the Day of Atonement or Passover. It was also known as the Feast of Weeks (Ex 34:22; Deut 16:9-11) or Feast of Harvest (Ex 23:16) or the Day of the First Fruits (Num 28:26). DTP Pentecost occurred fifty days after Christ's death (at Passover); As the disciples waited in the upper room, the Holy Spirit came like a mighty wind and fire, filling the disciples with the fullness of God's abiding presence. From the day of Pentecost to the present day the Holy Spirit is our teacher and comforter. The day of Pentecost was also the day that the disciples of Christ became the bride of Christ, His eternal church.when the day of Pentecost was fully come, Acts 2:1to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost. Acts 20:16I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. 1 Cor 16:8