Bible Dictionary and Concordance



B.C.These letters represent the time period before the birth of Christ, "Before Christ". This dating system was devised in 525. Since the later 20th century B.C.E. is used to mean "Before Common Era" to help show sensitivity to non-Christians.
BaalName of a god that was worshipped in the Old Testament; Canaanite god of fertility and agriculture. Israel was forbidden to worship any other gods but Yahweh (Ex 34:13-14). Elijah took a stand against the prophets of Baal and defeated them as a testimony to all the people of Israel (Ex 18:19-40).brought him up into the high places of Baal, Num 22:41forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. Judg 2:13went and served Baal, and worshipped him. 1 Kin 16:31called on the name of Baal from morning 1 Kin 18:26knees ... not bowed unto Baal, 1 Kin 19:18 Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel. 2 Kin 10:28made them molten images, ... and served Baal. 2 Kin 17:16bowed a knee to the image of Baal. Rom 11:4
Babylon It was prophesied by Jeremiah that the day was coming when Jerusalem would be destroyed and its people and treasures hauled off to Babylon; this took place around the year 605 BC and lasted until 536 BC. This is when God calls Ezra to go back and rebuild the Temple and for Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of the city of Jerusalem. Babylon was a rich and beautiful city full of temples to other gods and this is where the captives of Israel were taken.From a far country, even from Babylon 2 Kin 20:14 (Isa 39:3)Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon 2 Kin 25:1and carried the people away to Babylon Ezra 5:12Ezra went up from Babylon ... a ready scribe in the law Ezra 7:6by the rivers of Babylon there we sat Ps 137:1answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen Isa 21:9were carried away captive unto Babylon Jer 40:1the word that the LORD spake against Babylon Jer 50:1to destroy all the wise men of Babylon Dan 2:12and I will carry you away beyond Babylon Acts 7:43she who is in Babylon 1 Pet 5:13Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city Rev 14:8 (Rev 18:2)BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS Rev 17:5
backbiteth / backbiters / backbitingTo speak out against someone, to slander the character or name.backbiteth not with his tongue, Ps 15:3backbiters, haters of God Rom 1:30wrath, strifes, backbiting, whisperings 2 Cor 12:20
backslider / backslidingA person who once knew and followed God or Christ but then has rejected His teaching and turned their back towards Him and have "slid off", going down another direction. DTP One who slides back to the ways of the world. If we do not resist the pull of the world we will find ourselves falling back into its grip and destruction.backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: Prov 14:14thee and thy backslidings shall reprove Jer 2:19thou backsliding Israel, Jer 3:12Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Jer 3:22my people are bent to backsliding Hos 11:7I will heal their backsliding, Hos 14:4
badThis word can represent a person or a thing. This is a little word with a strong meaning. Something that is awful, terrible, dreadful, appalling, shocking, evil or rotten. DTP The day is coming in which all that has been done, good or bad, will be brought before the judgment seat of Christ, to receive that which we have sowed here on earth.we cannot speak unto the bad or good. Gen 24:50change it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good: Lev 27:10whether it be good or bad Num 13:19that I may discern between good and bad 1 Kin 3:9they were so bad Jer 24:2cast the bad away Matt 13:48he hath done, whether it be good or bad 2 Cor 5:10
balance / balancesOf weights that ensures stability; mental or emotional stability; sometimes called a balance scale. It would often been two dishes, one on one side holding predetermined weight that one would measure by, the other dish on the opposite side would hold the product that one would measure out for sale to a customer. DTP The word balance was also used when it comes to one's life. We are to keep all things in balance, not living or acting to one extreme to another. Christ holds within His hands a set of balance scales that He will judge by that which we have done or not done.Just balances, just weights, Lev 19:36a false balance is abomination to the LORD Prov 11:1a just weight and balance are the Lord's Pro 16:11taken thee balances to weigh Ezek 5:1thou are weighed in the balances Dan 5:27a pair of balances in his hand Rev 6:5
balmA medicine for which Gilead was known for, a salve that had healing properties, obtained from the storax tree. It was most often rubbed on to the skin or sore area of the body. DTP The word balm can figuratively mean spiritual healing for people's many types of cares and concerns.their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh,Gen 37:25a present, a little balm and a little honey Gen 43:11is there no balm in Gilead Jer 8:22go up into Gilead and take balm Jer 46:11take balm for her pain Jer 51:8honey, and oil and balm Eze 27:17
banner / bannersFlag, standard, ensign, colours; often a flag that shows who we belong to and are willing to fight for in battle. God's banner over us is one of truth, love and salvation. DTP As disciples, we are to hold the Word and Christ high as our flag so that all may know who we belong to and serve.of our God we will set up our banners: Ps 20:5Thou hast given a banner to them Ps 60:4house, and his banner over me was love. Song 2:4terrible as an army with banners. Song 6:4, 10Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, Isa 13:2
baptism / baptize / baptized / baptizingImmersion, covering over, buried; initiation, introduction, beginning, body immersion, death to life; the disciples were commanded to go out and make other disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19); later the disciples are told that they would be baptized with fire by the Holy Spirit (Matt 3:11). DTP All disciples must make a personal decision to follow Christ in the waters of baptism; this act is to be a sign and testimony that we have died to self and now live totally for Christ.baptize you with water Matt 3:11 (Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:26)and Jesus, when he was baptized Matt 3:16baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? Matt 20:22 baptizing them in the name of the Father Matt 28:19baptism of repentance Mark 1:4 (Luke 3:3; Acts 13:24; Acts 19:4)the baptism thatI am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: Mark 10:39he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved Mark 16:16baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized Acts 1:5 (11:16)believe Philip ... were baptized ... men and woman Acts 8:12here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized Acts 8:36were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Rom 6:3buried with him by baptism into death Rom 6:4 (Col 2:12)by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body 1 Cor 12:13baptized into Christ have put on Christ Gal 3:27one Lord, one faith, one baptism Eph 4:5buried with Him in baptism, wherein Col 2:12doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, Heb 6:2
barbarianSavage, uncivilized, rude, another name for foreigner; someone outside of the Jewish race. Today it would mean, primitive or uncultured, having little education and probably unable to read or write.when the barbarians saw the venomous beast Acts 28:4both to the Greek and to the BarbariansRom 1:14speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me 1 Cor 14:11uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian Col 3:11
barnThe barn was often a building for storage; a place where one kept seed or equipment; it was also a place to keep various kinds of shall thy barns be fill with Prov 3:10desolate, the barns are broken down Joel 1:17is the seed yet in the barn Hag 2:19do they reap, nor gather into barnsMatt 6:26but gather the wheat into my barnMatt 13:30neither have storehouse nor barn Luke 12:24
barren To be childless, sterile, infertile, unproductive; unable to have a child; unfruitful both physically and spiritually. DTP The disciple is one who should produce fruit that will last for God's glory.but Sarai was barren Gen 11:30but Rachel was barren Gen 29:31sing, O barren, thou that didst not Isa 54:1because that Elisabeth was barren Luke 1:7they shall say, Blessed are the barren Luke 23:29ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful 2 Pet 1:8
bastardThis name or title that represented a child who was born out of wedlock (most often used in the KJB). The parents were not officially married and in the eyes of the law this child had no claim to any heritage of the father and did not receive the same treatment as a child of wedded parents; they could not be recognized as a son or daughter. The word "illegitimate child" is used also used in some translations.A bastard shall not enter into the Deut 23:2a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod Zech 9:6all are partakers, then are ye bastards Heb 12:8
battleA skirmish, a fight or a war; a clash, combat or conflict between individuals or groups of people. DTP Spiritually, the disciple also does battle with an enemy who desires to destroy us. This is why the disciple needs to put on daily the Full Armour of God.they joined battle with them Gen 14:8unto the men of war which went to the battle Num 31:21war upon them, who went out to battle, Num 31:27day unto battle against your enemies Deut 20:3out against the Philistines to battle 1 Sam 4:1assembled themselves, and ... came to the battle 1 Sam 14:20forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle 1 Sam 17:20the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you 1 Sam 17:47be thou valiant ... and fight the LORD'S battle 1 Sam 18:17hast girded me with strength to battle 2 Sam 22:40 (Ps 18:39)not afraid ... the battle is not yours, but God's 1 Chr 20:15God to help us, and to fight our battles 2 Chr 32:8and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle Ps 24:8thou hast covered my head in the day of battle Ps 140:7stirred up to battle with a great a very great and mighty army Dan 11:25gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle Zech 14:2shall prepare himself to the battle 1 Cor 14:8to gather them to the battle Rev 16:14Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: Rev 20:8
beamA piece of wood or timber; a large piece of material used to span between two places; the main part of weaver's machine. DTP Christ exhorts people to remove the beam from one own eye before trying to remove the sliver from someone else's eye, or to put another way, do not judge someone else until you judge yourself first.his spear was like a weaver's beam 1 Sam 17:7the thick beam were before them 1 Kings 7:6the beam out of the timber shall Hab 2:11but considerest not the beam that is in your own eye Matt 7:3cast out first the beam out of thine eye Luke 6:42
bear / bare / borne / bearingThis word can mean to carry or bring forth like a child. A woman in pregnancy bears a child within her body but also can mean as one carries a burden in one mind and heart, or to carry a physical load on one's personal body. DTP The disciple, even though he is saved, will still have to bear many things here on earth because of the sin nature of man. We are afflicted on all sides (1 Cor 3:70) but we can bear it because greater is he that is in us than he that is in the greater than I can bear Gen 4:13art with child, and shalt bear a son Gen 16:11I bear you on eagles' wings and brought you Ex 19:4He that goeth forth ... bearing precious seed Ps 126:6they bear him upon the shoulders Isa 46:7Surely He has borne our grief's and carried Isa 53:4for He shall bear their iniquities Isa 53:11bear the sin of many and made intercession Isa 53:12therefore ye shall bear the reproach Mic 6:16heavy burdens and grievous to bear Matt 23:4and whosoever doth not bear his cross Luke 14:27to bear my name before the Gentiles Acts 9:15that ye may be able to bear it 1 Cor 10:13beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth 1 Cor 13:7always bearing about in the body the dying 2 Cor 4:10bear ye one another's burdens, and so Gal 6:2offered to bear the sins of many Heb 9:28Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, 1 Pet 2:24
beastWild, ferocious animal; most of the verses concerning a beast deal with a wild animal, but there are also verses in the Bible about a satanic beast that wars against the people of God and heaven. In the last days people of the world will worship the beast and take on his mark which is the number 666 (Rev 13:17-18)the beast had also four heads Dan 7:6the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit Rev 11:7voice, if any man worship the beast Rev 14:9had gotten the victory over the beast Rev 15:2men which had the mark of the beast Rev 16:2had received the mark of the beast Rev 19:20
BeatitudesMatt 5:3-11 list the beatitudes, ways of thinking, teaching of Jesus, proper attitudes for living (see the word attitude). A short statement communicating God's approval and blessing on how we should deal with things in our Christian walk. These verses tend to start off with the word "blessed". There are more Beatitudes found in Luke 6:20-22; Rev 1:3; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7; 22:14 plus several other places throughout the New Testament.
beautifulTemple name in Israel, it is also a word picture that is used to show that those who go out to share the Good News (the Gospel) have beautiful feet in a spiritual sense (Rom 10:15).of the temple which is called Beautiful, Acts 3:2alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: Acts 3:10how beautiful are the feet of them that Rom 10:15
BeelzebubA title that means "lord of the flies". The name was also used to designate a Canaanite god named Baal (1 Kin 1:6). The Pharisees had accused Jesus of working together with Beelzebub or with Satan (Matt 12: 24-27). (See the word Baal)but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils Matt 12:24if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by Matt 12:27through Beelzebub the chief of the devils Luke 11:15
begin / began / begun / beginningA starting point, come into being, create, arise, originate, to instigate, to activate, to establish, inaugurate. DTP Every new believer has a starting point in Christ where we personally became His child. Our life can be full of new beginnings. These points are the places where there was once no fruit, but through Christ we can bear much fruit for His glory.In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth Gen 1:1Then began men to call upon the name of the LORD Gen 4:26Thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, Deut 3:24This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, Josh 3:7When I begin, I will also make an end. 1 Sam 3:12Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom Ps 111:10 (Prov 9:10)Thy word is true from the beginning: and every Ps 119:160Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge Prov 1:7But from the beginning it was not so Matt 19:8 (Mark 13:8)All these are the beginning of sorrows Matt 24:8 (Mark 13:8)And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, Luke 24:27beginning at Jerusalem. Luke 24:47In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, John 1:1This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee John 2:11Which was kept secret since the world began Rom 16:25As he had begun, so he would also finish in you 2 Cor 8:6Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made Gal 3:3From the beginning of the world hath been hid Eph 3:9Is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead Col 1:18He which hath begun a good work in you will Phil 1:6From the beginning chosen you to salvation 2 Thes 2:13Given us in Christ ... before the world began 2 Tim 1:9Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth Heb 1:10Judgment must begin at the house of God 1 Pet 4:17I am ... the beginning and the ending Rev 1:8 (Rev 21:6; 22:13)
begottenProduced, created, to bring about; something that has been created, to generate or to bring about. DTP The disciple of Christ undergoes a transformation. We become through faith in Christ a new creation. The old has been passed away and we have become new.The glory as of the only begotten of the Father John 1:14The only begotten Son ... he hath declared him John 1:18God so loved ... that he gave his only begotten Son John 3:16Abraham ... offered up his only begotten son Heb 11:17God sent his only begotten Son into the world 1 John 4:9Jesus Christ ... the first-begotten of the dead Rev 1:5
behemothSome feel that this word relates to a very large beast or animal, even dinosaur in size.behold now behemoth, which I made with Job 40:15
behold / beheld / beholdingTo see or observe, to witness or watch, to consider or regard, to think on, to look with amazement, to search, to study or search out. DTP Disciples need to have their eyes open to see what the Lord is doing around them. God is doing great things but often our eyes are closed or covered with scales and do not see the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. We need to pray and ask God to open up our spiritual eyes so we can then behold His magnificent works around us.When he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived Num 21:9For me, I will behold thy face in righteousness Ps 17:15To behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire Ps 27:4I may behold wondrous things out of the law Ps 119:18Then I beheld all the work of God, Eccl 8:17Say unto the cities of Judah, behold your God! Isa 40:9Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name Isa 65:1Their angels do always behold the face of Matt 18:10Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the John 1:29And Pilate said unto them, Behold the man! John 19:5And he saith unto the Jews, Behold your king! John 19:14Saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy Son! John 19:26While they beheld, he was taken up Acts 1:9beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, 2 Cor 3:18a man beholding his natural face in a glass: James 1:23Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: 1 Pet 2:6Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, Rev 3:20After this I beheld, lo, a great multitude Rev 7:9behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, Rev 14:1NKJB