Sunday, August 31, 2014

fervor & alarm

Quotations:
Acts 18:25
He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John.

Acts 20:10
Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "he's alive!"

Definitions:
fervor:
very strong feeling, enthusiasm, or belief;

alarm:
1. to make somebody frightened or apprehensive;
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

misdemeanor & eject

Quotations:
Acts 18:14
Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to the Jews, "If you Jews were making a complaint about some misdemeanor or serious crime, it would be reasonable for me to listen to you.

Acts 18:16
So he had them ejected from the court.

Definitions:
misdemeanor:
a crime less serious than a felony and resulting in a less severe punishment;

eject:
1. to force somebody to leave a place;
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Friday, August 29, 2014

agitate & babbler

Quotations:
Acts 17:13
When the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, they went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up.

Acts 17:18
A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, "What is this babble trying to say?" Others remarked, "He seems to be advocating foreign gods." They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.

Definitions:
agitate:
1. to make someone worried or upset;
2. to try to cause social or political changes by arguing or protesting, or through other political activity;

babbler:
1. a person who babbles; 

babble:
1. to say something rapidly and incoherently without pausing, usually because of excitement or fear;
2. to speak quickly in a way that other people can not understand easily;

Thursday, August 28, 2014

fly & round up

Quotations:
Acts 16:26
Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose.

Acts 17:5
But the Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason's house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.

Definitions:
fly:
1. to change rapidly and unexpectedly from one state or position to another;
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round up: (roundup)
1. to gather people or animals together in one place;
2. to express a number as a larger, less exact, but more manageable number for ease of calculation;



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

proconsul & afoot

Quotations:
Acts 13:7
who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God.

Acts 14:5
There was a plot afoot among the Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them.

Definitions:
proconsul:
a governor or administrator of a colony or other dependency;

afoot:
1. being planned, or starting to happen;
2. on foot or by walking;
3. in the process of happening;

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

sentry & come to oneself

Quotations:
Acts 12:6
The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance.

Acts 12:11
Then Peter came to himself and said, "Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod's clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating."

Definitions:
sentry:
a soldier whose job is to guard something.

come to oneself:
wake; to begin acting and thinking like one's normal self.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

trance & squad

Quotations:
Acts 10:10
He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.

Acts 12:4
After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.

Definitions:
trance:
1. a state in which you are thinking so much about something that you do not notice what is happening around you.
2. a state in which somebody seems to be asleep but is aware of what is said to them,  for example if they are hypnotized

squad:
1. a group of people who have a particular task;
2. a small group of soldiers working or being trained together
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regiment & distinctly

Quotations:
Acts 10:1
At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment.

Acts 10:3
One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, "Cornelius!"

Definitions:
regiment:
1. a large group of soldiers that is commanded by a colonel;2
2. a large number of people or things;

distinctly:
in a way that is clear to your senses.

distinct:
1. clearly different and separate from others;
2. easy to hear, see, smell, or understand;
3. definite and obvious

Saturday, August 23, 2014

bedridden & tanner

Quotations:
Acts 9:33
There he found a man named Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years.

Acts 9:43
Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon

Definitions:
bedridden:
confined to bed by sickness or old age.

tanner:
a person who tans animal hides, especially to earn living.

Friday, August 22, 2014

God-fearing & foreknowledge

Quotations:
Acts 2:5
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.

Acts 2:23
This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.

Definitions:
God-fearing:
earnestly religious; devout;

foreknowledge:
awareness of something before it happened or exists;

Thursday, August 21, 2014

intently & pentecost

Quotations:
Acts 1:10
They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.

Acts 2:1
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.

Definitions:
intently:
with earnest and eager attention.

Pentecost:
the Christian festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension, held on the seventh Sunday after Easter.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

reinstate & Acts

Quotations:
John 21:15
Jesus reinstates Peter
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?"
"Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."

Acts 1:1
In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do an to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.

Definitions:
reinstate:
1. to give back a job or position that had been taken away from somebody;
2. to return something to its previous position or status;

Acts:
a New Testament book immediately following the Gospels and relating the history of the early Church.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

sanctify & outrun

Quotations:
John 17:17
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

John 20:4
Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

Definitions:
sanctify:
1. to make something holy.
2. to make something seem right or legal; to give official approval to something;

outrun:
to run faster or further than somebody

Monday, August 18, 2014

suspense & prompt

Quotations:
John 10:24
The Jews gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."

John 13:2
The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus.

Definitions:
suspense:
1. the state or condition of being unsure or in doubt about something;
2. a feeling of tense excitement about how something such as a mystery novel or movie will end;

prompt:
1. to make somebody decide to do something;
2. to cause something to happen;
3. to provide actors during a performance with words or lines they have forgotten;
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

straighten & demand

Quotations:
John 8:10
Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"

John 9:10
"How then were your eyes opened?" they demanded.

Definitions:
straighten:
1. to make your body straight or vertical;
2. to become straight;

demand:
1. to ask for an answer to a question in an extremely forceful way;
2. to request something clearly and firmly in a way that is difficult to ignore or deny;
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

John & invalid

Quotations:
John 5:5
One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.

Definitions:
John:
a book of the Bible, the fourth of the gospels in which the life and teachings of Jesus Christ are described, traditionally attributed to St. John.

invalid:
1. a patient who has been affected by a disease or medical disorder over a long period;
2. to send somebody away or home for good, especially from the armed forces, because of long-term illness or severe injury;
3. to cause somebody to have a persistent long-term disease or medical disorder;
4. not legally effective

Friday, August 15, 2014

broil & ascension

Quotations:
Luke 24:42
They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.

Luke 25:50
The Ascension: When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.

Definitions:
broil:
1. to cook meat or fish under direct heat or over heat on metal;
2. to become or make somebody become very hot;

ascension:
1. the journey for Jesus for the earth into heaven;
2. the act of moving up or of reaching a high position;

Thursday, August 14, 2014

subvert & vehemently

Quotations:
Luke 23:2
And they began to accuse him, saying, "We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king."

Luke 23:10
The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him.

Definitions:
subvert:
1. to try to destroy a person's belief in something or somebody;
2. to try to destroy the authority of a political, religious, etc. system by attacking it secretly or indirectly;

vehemently:
vehement:
showing very strong feelings especially anger.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

hang on & dissipation

Quotations:
Luke 19:48
Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his wards.

Luke 21:34
Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.

Definitions:
hang on:
1. to persist in an endeavour in spite of obstacles or difficulties;
2. to hold on tightly to something;
3. to wait or show patience for a short time;

dissipation:
1. overindulgence in the pursuit of physical pleasures;
2. the squandering of resources such as money or fuel;
3. the scattering or dispersal of something;
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

mulberry & embankment

Quotations:
Luke 17:6
He replied, "if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.

Luke 19:43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.

Definitions:
mulberry:
a tree with broad dark green leaves and berries that can be eaten. Silkworms (that make silk) eat the leaves of the white mulberry;

embankment:
a wall of stone or earth made to keep water back or to carry a road or railway/railroad over low ground;

Monday, August 11, 2014

alley & chasm

Quotations:
Luke 14:21
The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.'

Luke 16:26
And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.

Definitions:
alley:
a narrow passage behind and between buildings;

chasm:
a deep crack or opening in the ground;

Sunday, August 10, 2014

dropsy & luncheon

Quotations:
Luke 14:2
There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy.

Luke 14:12
Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.

Definitions:
dropsy:
the medical condition edema;

edema (oedema):
a condition in which liquid collects in the spaces inside the body and makes it swell;

luncheon:
1. an organized gathering in the middle of the day, with invited guests being served a meal and often offered some form of entertainment, e.g. a guest speaker
2. lunch, especially a formal lunch for a lot of people;

Saturday, August 9, 2014

rue & arbiter

Quotations:
Luke 11:42
"Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.

Luke 12:14
Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?"

Definitions:
rue:
1. a woody plant with bitter, strongly scented leaves that yield an oil formerly used in medicines.
2. a feeling of regret or sorrow;
3. to be sorry about something and with that it had no happened. A more usual word is regret.

arbiter:
a person or organization that has official power to settle disagreements;

Friday, August 8, 2014

manger & brow

Quotations:
Luke 2:7 
and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a anger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 4:29
They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff.

Definitions:
manger:
a long open box that horses and cows can eat from; a trough from which livestock can eat.

brow:
1. the top edge of a hill or the highest part of a slope;
2. eyebrow;
3. the part of your face above your eyes;
4. the top of a mineshaft;

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Luke & seclusion

Quotations:
Luke 1:24
After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.

Definitions:
Luke:
a book of the Bible, the third of the gospels in which the life and teachings of Jesus Christ are described, traditionally attributed to St. Luke.

seclusion:
1. a place or situation that is private and peaceful;
2. a situation in which somebody stays apart or is kept apart from other people.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

insurrectionist & uprising

Quotations:
​Mark 15:7
A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising. 

Definitions:
insurrectionist:
people who takes part in an insurrection; 

insurrection:
a situation in which a large group of people try to take political control of their own country with violence uprising.

uprising:
a situation in which a group of people join together in order to fight against the people who are in power;

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

bleach & call down

Quotations:
Mark 9:3
His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 

Mark 14:71
He began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them, "I don't know this man you're talking about."

Definitions:
bleach:
1. to clean or whiten something using bleach;
2. to make something whiter or lighter, or become lighter or whiter;


call down:
1. to pray or appeal for good or bad things to happen to somebody;
2. to rebuke somebody who has done something wrong;

Monday, August 4, 2014

behead & nurse

Quotations:
Mark 6:16
But when Herod heard this, he said, "John, the man I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!"

Mark 6:19
So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to,

Definitions:
behead:
to cut off somebody's head, especially as a punishment;

nurse:
1. to have a strong feeling or idea in your mind for a long time;
2. to hold somebody/something carefully in your arms or close to your body;
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Mark & swamp

Quotations:
Mark 4:37
A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.

Definitions:
Mark:
1. a book of the Bible, the second of the gospels in which the life and teachings of Jesus Christ are described, traditionally attributed to St. Mark. 
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swamp:
1. to cause a boat to fill with water and sink, or become full of water and sink;
2. to submerge an area in water;
3. to give someone too much to deal with at one time;
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

hail & centurion

Quotations:
Matthew 27:29
and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said.

Matthew 27:54
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son of God!"

Definitions:
hail:
1. to shout to someone as a way of attracting their attention;
2. to make a signal to a taxi or bus so that it stops for you;
3. if it hails, small balls of ice fall from the sky like rain;
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centurion:
in ancient Rome, an officer in charge of a unit of foot soldiers;

Friday, August 1, 2014

give away & notorious

Quotations:
Matthew 26:73
After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, "Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away."

Matthew 27:16
At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called barabbas.

Definitions:
give away:
1. to reveal information or a secret, often without meaning to;
2. to betray someone by providing information;
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notorious:
well known for being bad;