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2 Corinthians 12:20

For I am afraid that by any means, when I come, I might find you not the way I want to, and that I might be found by you as you don't desire; that by any means there would be strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, whisperings, proud thoughts, riots;

1 Timothy 2:8

I desire therefore that the men in every place pray, lifting up holy hands without anger and doubting.

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Drunkenness » Leads to » Strife

Proverbs 23:29-30

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who stay long at the wine; those who go to seek out mixed wine.

Slander » Effects of » Strife

Strife » Causes of » Forbidden

Proverbs 26:17

Like one who grabs a dog's ears is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.

Proverbs 25:8

Don't be hasty in bringing charges to court. What will you do in the end when your neighbor shames you?

Strife » Causes of » In the church

2 Corinthians 12:20

For I am afraid that by any means, when I come, I might find you not the way I want to, and that I might be found by you as you don't desire; that by any means there would be strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, whisperings, proud thoughts, riots;

1 Corinthians 1:11

For it has been reported to me concerning you, my brothers, by those who are from Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you.

1 Corinthians 6:6

But brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers!

Strife » Causes of » In the family

Genesis 21:10

Therefore she said to Abraham, "Cast out this handmaid and her son! For the son of this handmaid will not be heir with my son, Isaac."

More verses: Proverbs 27:15

Strife » Causes of » General examples of

2 Samuel 19:43

The men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, "We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more claim to David than you. Why then did you despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king?" The words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.

Genesis 26:20

The herdsmen of Gerar argued with Isaac's herdsmen, saying, "The water is ours." He called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him.

Genesis 13:7

There was a strife between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite lived in the land at that time.

Acts 23:9

A great clamor arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees part stood up, and contended, saying, "We find no evil in this man. But if a spirit or angel has spoken to him, let's not fight against God!"

Deuteronomy 1:12

How can I myself alone bear your encumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?

Strife » Avoiding strife

Proverbs 25:8-10

Don't be hasty in bringing charges to court. What will you do in the end when your neighbor shames you? Debate your case with your neighbor, and don't betray the confidence of another; lest one who hears it put you to shame, and your bad reputation never depart.

More verses: Proverbs 3:30

Strife » Ministers should » Reprove

1 Corinthians 1:11

For it has been reported to me concerning you, my brothers, by those who are from Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you.

1 Corinthians 11:17-18

But in giving you this command, I don't praise you, that you come together not for the better but for the worse. For first of all, when you come together in the assembly, I hear that divisions exist among you, and I partly believe it.

Strife » Causes of » Civil

2 Chronicles 15:6

They were broken in pieces, nation against nation, and city against city; for God troubled them with all adversity.

Jeremiah 51:46

Don't let your heart faint, neither fear for the news that shall be heard in the land; for news shall come one year, and after that in another year [shall come] news, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.

Mark 13:7

"When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, don't be troubled. For those must happen, but the end is not yet.

Luke 21:10-11

Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines, and plagues in various places. There will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

Strife » Christ, an example of avoiding

1 Peter 2:23

Who, when he was cursed, didn't curse back. When he suffered, didn't threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously;

Matthew 12:15-19

Jesus, perceiving that, withdrew from there. Great multitudes followed him; and he healed them all, and commanded them that they should not make him known: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, read more.
"Behold, my servant whom I have chosen; my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit on him. He will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not strive, nor shout; neither will anyone hear his voice in the streets.

Luke 9:52-56

and sent messengers before his face. They went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, so as to prepare for him. They didn't receive him, because he was traveling with his face set towards Jerusalem. When his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from the sky, and destroy them, just as Elijah did?" read more.
But he turned and rebuked them, "You don't know of what kind of spirit you are. For the Son of Man didn't come to destroy men's lives, but to save them." They went to another village.

Strife » Saints should » Submit to wrong rather than engage in

1 Corinthians 6:7

Therefore it is already altogether a defect in you, that you have lawsuits one with another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?

Matthew 5:39-40

But I tell you, don't resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. If anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.

Strife » Ministers should » Warn against

Strife » Shameful in saints

2 Corinthians 12:20

For I am afraid that by any means, when I come, I might find you not the way I want to, and that I might be found by you as you don't desire; that by any means there would be strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, whisperings, proud thoughts, riots;

James 3:14

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, don't boast and don't lie against the truth.

Strife » Excited by » Pride

Strife » Excited by » Wrath

Proverbs 30:33

For as the churning of milk brings forth butter, and the wringing of the nose brings forth blood; so the forcing of wrath brings forth strife."

Strife » Strength and violence of--illustrated

Strife » Ministers should » Avoid

Strife » Excited by » Curious questions

1 Timothy 6:4

he is conceited, knowing nothing, but obsessed with arguments, disputes, and word battles, from which come envy, strife, insulting, evil suspicions,

Strife » Who stirs up strife

Strife » Forbidden

Proverbs 25:8

Don't be hasty in bringing charges to court. What will you do in the end when your neighbor shames you?

Proverbs 3:30

Don't strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.

Strife » Saints should » Praise God for protection from

Psalm 18:43

You have delivered me from the strivings of the people. You have made me the head of the nations. A people whom I have not known shall serve me.

2 Samuel 22:44

You also have delivered me from the strivings of my people. You have kept me to be the head of the nations. A people whom I have not known will serve me.

Strife » Saints should » Avoid

Genesis 13:8

Abram said to Lot, "Please, let there be no strife between me and you, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are relatives.

Strife » Saints should » Seek God's protection from

Psalm 35:1

Contend, Yahweh, with those who contend with me. Fight against those who fight against me.

Jeremiah 18:19

Give heed to me, Yahweh, and listen to the voice of those who contend with me.

Strife » Leads to » Violence

Exodus 21:18

"If men quarrel and one strikes the other with a stone, or with his fist, and he doesn't die, but is confined to bed;

Exodus 21:22

"If men fight and hurt a pregnant woman so that she gives birth prematurely, and yet no harm follows, he shall be surely fined as much as the woman's husband demands and the judges allow.

Strife » Ministers should » Avoid questions that lead to

Strife » Causes of » Foolish questions

1 Timothy 6:4

he is conceited, knowing nothing, but obsessed with arguments, disputes, and word battles, from which come envy, strife, insulting, evil suspicions,

Strife » Ministers should » Not preach through

Philippians 1:15-16

Some indeed preach Christ even out of envy and strife, and some also out of good will. The former insincerely preach Christ from selfish ambition, thinking that they add affliction to my chains;

Strife » Leads to » Blasphemy

Leviticus 24:10-11

The son of an Israelite woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel; and the son of the Israelite woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp. The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name, and cursed; and they brought him to Moses. His mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.

Strife » Existed in primitive church

1 Corinthians 1:11

For it has been reported to me concerning you, my brothers, by those who are from Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you.

Strife » Instances of » Disciples, over who could be the greatest

Luke 22:24

There arose also a contention among them, which of them was considered to be greatest.

Mark 9:34

But they were silent, for they had disputed one with another on the way about who was the greatest.

Strife » Exemplified » Judah and israel

2 Samuel 19:41-43

Behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said to the king, "Why have our brothers the men of Judah stolen you away, and brought the king, and his household, over the Jordan, and all David's men with him?" All the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, "Because the king is a close relative to us. Why then are you angry about this matter? Have we eaten at all at the king's cost? Or has he given us any gift?" The men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, "We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more claim to David than you. Why then did you despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king?" The words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.

Strife » Excited by » Drunkenness

Proverbs 23:29-30

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who stay long at the wine; those who go to seek out mixed wine.

Strife » Who has strife among them

Strife » Who kindles strife

Proverbs 26:20-21

For lack of wood a fire goes out. Without gossip, a quarrel dies down. As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindling strife.

Strife » An evidence of a carnal spirit

Strife » Excludes from heaven

Galatians 5:20-21

idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Strife » Saints should » Do all things without

Strife » Instances of » The corinthian Christians

1 Corinthians 1:11-12

For it has been reported to me concerning you, my brothers, by those who are from Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you. Now I mean this, that each one of you says, "I follow Paul," "I follow Apollos," "I follow Cephas," and, "I follow Christ."

1 Corinthians 6:6

But brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers!

Strife » Exemplified » israelites

Deuteronomy 1:12

How can I myself alone bear your encumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?

Strife » Why you should avoid strife

Proverbs 25:8-10

Don't be hasty in bringing charges to court. What will you do in the end when your neighbor shames you? Debate your case with your neighbor, and don't betray the confidence of another; lest one who hears it put you to shame, and your bad reputation never depart.

Strife » Saints should » Not act from

Strife » Saints should » Avoid questions that lead to

Strife » Excited by » A contentious disposition

Proverbs 26:21

As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindling strife.

Strife » Excited by » Frowardness

Strife » Excited by » Tale-bearing

Strife » Excited by » Scorning

Proverbs 22:10

Drive out the mocker, and strife will go out; yes, quarrels and insults will stop.

Strife » Excited by » Hatred

Strife » Causes of » Contentious spirit

Proverbs 26:21

As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindling strife.

Strife » Causes of » Hatred

Strife » Causes of » Pride

Strife » Causes of » Anger

Strife » Leads to » Mutual destruction

Strife » Leads to » Injustice

Habakkuk 1:3-4

Why do you show me iniquity, and look at perversity? For destruction and violence are before me. There is strife, and contention rises up. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth; for the wicked surround the righteous; therefore justice goes forth perverted.

Strife » Those that meddle with strife

Proverbs 26:17

Like one who grabs a dog's ears is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.

Strife » What brings forth strife

Proverbs 30:33

For as the churning of milk brings forth butter, and the wringing of the nose brings forth blood; so the forcing of wrath brings forth strife."

Strife » The beginning of strife

Strife » Those that love strife

Proverbs 17:19

He who loves disobedience loves strife. One who builds a high gate seeks destruction.

Strife » What stirs up strifes

Strife » Where strife ceases

Strife » Who appeases strife

Strife » How to rid strife

Proverbs 22:10

Drive out the mocker, and strife will go out; yes, quarrels and insults will stop.

Strife » Who sows strife

Strife » Difficulty of stopping, a reason for avoiding it

Strife » Evidences a love of transgression

Proverbs 17:19

He who loves disobedience loves strife. One who builds a high gate seeks destruction.

Strife » Danger of joining in--illustrated

Proverbs 26:17

Like one who grabs a dog's ears is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.

Strife » Promoters of, should be expelled

Proverbs 22:10

Drive out the mocker, and strife will go out; yes, quarrels and insults will stop.

Strife » Appeased by slowness to anger

Strife » A work of the flesh

Strife » Exemplified » Herdmen of gerar and of isaac

Genesis 26:20

The herdsmen of Gerar argued with Isaac's herdsmen, saying, "The water is ours." He called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him.

Strife » Exemplified » Laban and jacob

Genesis 31:36

Jacob was angry, and argued with Laban. Jacob answered Laban, "What is my trespass? What is my sin, that you have hotly pursued after me?

Strife » The place where strife exists

James 3:13-16

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good conduct that his deeds are done in gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, don't boast and don't lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic. read more.
For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every evil deed.

Strife » Temporal blessing embittered by

Strife » It is honorable to cease from

Strife » Fools engage in

Strife » Saints should » Not walk in

Strife » Instances of » Israel and judah, about david

2 Samuel 19:41-43

Behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said to the king, "Why have our brothers the men of Judah stolen you away, and brought the king, and his household, over the Jordan, and all David's men with him?" All the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, "Because the king is a close relative to us. Why then are you angry about this matter? Have we eaten at all at the king's cost? Or has he given us any gift?" The men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, "We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more claim to David than you. Why then did you despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king?" The words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.

Strife » Exemplified

Genesis 13:7

There was a strife between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite lived in the land at that time.

Strife » Instances of » Paul and barnabas, about mark

Acts 15:38-39

But Paul didn't think that it was a good idea to take with them someone who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia, and didn't go with them to do the work. Then the contention grew so sharp that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him, and sailed away to Cyprus,

Strife » Instances of » Isaac's and those of gerar

Genesis 26:20-22

The herdsmen of Gerar argued with Isaac's herdsmen, saying, "The water is ours." He called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him. They dug another well, and they argued over that, also. He called its name Sitnah. He left that place, and dug another well. They didn't argue over that one. He called it Rehoboth. He said, "For now Yahweh has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land."

Strife » Hypocrites make religion a pretence for

Isaiah 58:4

Behold, you fast for strife and contention, and to strike with the fist of wickedness: you don't fast this day so as to make your voice to be heard on high.

Strife » Saints kept from tongues of

Psalm 31:20

In the shelter of your presence you will hide them from the plotting of man. You will keep them secretly in a dwelling away from the strife of tongues.

Strife » Instances of » Pharisees and sadducees, concerning the general resurrection

Acts 23:7-10

When he had said this, an argument arose between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees confess all of these. A great clamor arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees part stood up, and contended, saying, "We find no evil in this man. But if a spirit or angel has spoken to him, let's not fight against God!" read more.
When a great argument arose, the commanding officer, fearing that Paul would be torn in pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the barracks.

Strife » Exemplified » Paul and barnabas

Acts 15:39

Then the contention grew so sharp that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him, and sailed away to Cyprus,

Strife » Leads to » Confusion and every evil work

Strife » Punishment for

Strife » Instances of » Between abraham and lot's herdsmen

Genesis 13:6-7

The land was not able to bear them, that they might live together: for their substance was great, so that they could not live together. There was a strife between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite lived in the land at that time.

Strife » Instances of » Jephthah and the ephraimites

Judges 12:1-6

The men of Ephraim were gathered together, and passed northward; and they said to Jephthah, "Why did you pass over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didn't call us to go with you? We will burn your house around you with fire!" Jephthah said to them, "I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, you didn't save me out of their hand. When I saw that you didn't save me, I put my life in my hand, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and Yahweh delivered them into my hand. Why then have you come up to me this day, to fight against me?" read more.
Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim; and the men of Gilead struck Ephraim, because they said, "You are fugitives of Ephraim, you Gileadites, in the midst of Ephraim, [and] in the midst of Manasseh." The Gileadites took the fords of the Jordan against the Ephraimites. It was so, that when [any of] the fugitives of Ephraim said, Let me go over, the men of Gilead said to him, "Are you an Ephraimite?" If he said, "No;" then they said to him, "Now say 'Shibboleth;'" and he said "Sibboleth;" for he couldn't manage to pronounce it right: then they laid hold of him, and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. At that time, forty-two thousand of Ephraim fell.

Strife » Exemplified » Pharisees and sadducees

Acts 23:7

When he had said this, an argument arose between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.

Strife » Instances of » Jews, concerning jesus

John 10:19

Therefore a division arose again among the Jews because of these words.

Strife » Exemplified » Judaizing teachers

Acts 15:2

Therefore when Paul and Barnabas had no small discord and discussion with them, they appointed Paul and Barnabas, and some others of them, to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question.

Strife » Excited by » Lusts

Strife » Instances of » Abimelech's

Genesis 21:25

Abraham complained to Abimelech because of a water well, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

Strife » Instances of » Laban and jacob

Genesis 31:36

Jacob was angry, and argued with Laban. Jacob answered Laban, "What is my trespass? What is my sin, that you have hotly pursued after me?

Strife » Instances of » Christians at antioch (in syria), about circumcision

Acts 15:2

Therefore when Paul and Barnabas had no small discord and discussion with them, they appointed Paul and Barnabas, and some others of them, to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question.

Strife » Instances of » Jephthah and his brothers

Judges 11:2

Gilead's wife bore him sons; and when his wife's sons grew up, they drove out Jephthah, and said to him, "You shall not inherit in our father's house; for you are the son of another woman."

Strife » Instances of » israelites

Deuteronomy 1:12

How can I myself alone bear your encumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?

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Matthew 12:25

Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.