'Already' in the Bible
So Esau went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Abraham's son Ishmael, along with the wives he already had.
So Esau said, "Let me leave some of my men with you." "Why do that?" Jacob replied. "My lord has already been kind enough to me."
All the people who were directly descended from Jacob numbered seventy. But Joseph was already in Egypt,
"'Surely no man may consecrate a firstborn that already belongs to the Lord as a firstborn among the animals; whether it is an ox or a sheep, it belongs to the Lord.
Look! I have already given the land to you. Go, occupy the territory that I, the Lord, promised to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to their descendants."
But when you come close to the Ammonites, do not harass or provoke them because I am not giving you any of the Ammonites' land as your possession; I have already given it to Lot's descendants as their possession.
Get up, make your way across Wadi Arnon. Look! I have already delivered over to you Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land. Go ahead! Take it! Engage him in war!
The Lord said to me, "Look! I have already begun to give over Sihon and his land to you. Start right now to take his land as your possession."
The Lord, however, said to me, "Don't be afraid of him because I have already given him, his whole army, and his land to you. You will do to him exactly what you did to King Sihon of the Amorites who lived in Heshbon."
If you are not pleased with her, then you must let her go where she pleases. You cannot in any case sell her; you must not take advantage of her, since you have already humiliated her.
And today the Lord has declared you to be his special people (as he already promised you) so you may keep all his commandments.
But the Levites will not have an allotted portion among you, for their inheritance is to serve the Lord. Gad, Reuben, and the half-tribe of Manasseh have already received their allotted land east of the Jordan which Moses the Lord's servant assigned them."
When David got up the next morning, the Lord had already spoken to Gad the prophet, David's seer:
Drink from the stream; I have already told the ravens to bring you food there."
"Get up, go to Zarephath in Sidonian territory, and live there. I have already told a widow who lives there to provide for you."
Well, it just so happened that while your servant was doing this and that, he disappeared." The king of Israel said to him, "Your punishment is already determined by your own testimony."
Now, to show my commitment to the temple of my God, I donate my personal treasure of gold and silver to the temple of my God, in addition to all that I have already supplied for this holy temple.
They said to them, "Don't bring those captives here! Are you planning on making us even more sinful and guilty before the Lord? Our guilt is already great and the Lord is very angry at Israel."
King Ahasuerus replied to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, "Look, I have already given Haman's estate to Esther, and he has been hanged on the gallows because he took hostile action against the Jews.
Is there anything about which someone can say, "Look at this! It is new!"? It was already done long ago, before our time.
Next, I decided to consider wisdom, as well as foolish behavior and ideas. For what more can the king's successor do than what the king has already done?
For the wise man, like the fool, will not be remembered for very long, because in the days to come, both will already have been forgotten. Alas, the wise man dies -- just like the fool!
Whatever exists now has already been, and whatever will be has already been; for God will seek to do again what has occurred in the past.
Go, eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, because God has already approved your works.
The Beloved to Her Lover: "I have already taken off my robe -- must I put it on again? I have already washed my feet -- must I soil them again?"
I opened for my beloved, but my lover had already turned and gone away. I fell into despair when he departed. I looked for him but did not find him; I called him but he did not answer me.
What more can I do for my vineyard beyond what I have already done? When I waited for it to produce edible grapes, why did it produce sour ones instead?
For the burial place is already prepared; it has been made deep and wide for the king. The firewood is piled high on it. The Lord's breath, like a stream flowing with brimstone, will ignite it.
In response to all this I said, "Ah, Lord God, you have surely allowed the people of Judah and Jerusalem to be deceived by those who say, 'You will be safe!' But in fact a sword is already at our throats."
The snorting of the enemy's horses is already being heard in the city of Dan. The sound of the neighing of their stallions causes the whole land to tremble with fear. They are coming to destroy the land and everything in it! They are coming to destroy the cities and everyone who lives in them!"
I made Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, its kings and its officials drink it. I did it so Judah would become a ruin. I did it so Judah, its kings, and its officials would become an object of horror and of hissing scorn, an example used in curses. Such is already becoming the case!
For take note, I am already beginning to bring disaster on the city that I call my own. So how can you possibly avoid being punished? You will not go unpunished! For I am proclaiming war against all who live on the earth. I, the Lord who rules over all, affirm it!'
For the Lord who rules over all has already spoken about the two bronze pillars, the large bronze basin called 'The Sea,' and the movable bronze stands. He has already spoken about the rest of the valuable articles that are left in this city.
He has already spoken about these things that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon did not take away when he carried Jehoiakim's son King Jeconiah of Judah and the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem away as captives.
Indeed, the Lord God of Israel who rules over all has already spoken about the valuable articles that are left in the Lord's temple, in the royal palace of Judah, and in Jerusalem.
Even now siege ramps have been built up around the city in order to capture it. War, starvation, and disease are sure to make the city fall into the hands of the Babylonians who are attacking it. Lord, you threatened that this would happen. Now you can see that it is already taking place.
As for the rest of the beasts, their ruling authority had already been removed, though they were permitted to go on living for a time and a season.
I will signal for them and gather them, for I have already redeemed them; then they will become as numerous as they were before.
If you do not listen and take seriously the need to honor my name," says the Lord who rules over all, "I will send judgment on you and turn your blessings into curses -- indeed, I have already done so because you are not taking it to heart.
But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has already overtaken you.
When evening arrived, his disciples came to him saying, "This is an isolated place and the hour is already late. Send the crowds away so that they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves."
Meanwhile the boat, already far from land, was taking a beating from the waves because the wind was against it.
Then Jesus called the disciples and said, "I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days and they have nothing to eat. I don't want to send them away hungry since they may faint on the way."
And I tell you that Elijah has already come. Yet they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted. In the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands."
When it was already late, his disciples came to him and said, "This is an isolated place and it is already very late.
"I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days, and they have nothing to eat.
Then Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. And after looking around at everything, he went out to Bethany with the twelve since it was already late.
Now when evening had already come, since it was the day of preparation (that is, the day before the Sabbath),
Pilate was surprised that he was already dead. He called the centurion and asked him if he had been dead for some time.
"But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your comfort already.
Then he will reply from inside, 'Do not bother me. The door is already shut, and my children and I are in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything.'
But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has already overtaken you.
"I have come to bring fire on the earth -- and how I wish it were already kindled!
But they said to him, 'Sir, he has ten minas already!'
The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.
Don't you say, 'There are four more months and then comes the harvest?' I tell you, look up and see that the fields are already white for harvest!
When Jesus saw him lying there and when he realized that the man had been disabled a long time already, he said to him, "Do you want to become well?"
got into a boat, and started to cross the lake to Capernaum. (It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.)
But there are some of you who do not believe." (For Jesus had already known from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.)
(His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish religious leaders. For the Jewish leaders had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Christ would be put out of the synagogue.
He answered, "I told you already and you didn't listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You people don't want to become his disciples too, do you?"
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had been in the tomb four days already.
The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, that he should betray Jesus.
You are clean already because of the word that I have spoken to you.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
When it was already very early morning, Jesus stood on the beach, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
So they seized them and put them in jail until the next day (for it was already evening).
not by all the people, but by us, the witnesses God had already chosen, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
Then he said, 'The God of our ancestors has already chosen you to know his will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear a command from his mouth,
Since considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous because the fast was already over, Paul advised them,
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I often intended to come to you (and was prevented until now), so that I may have some fruit even among you, just as I already have among the rest of the Gentiles.
What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin,
(as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations"). He is our father in the presence of God whom he believed -- the God who makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do.
And do this because we know the time, that it is already the hour for us to awake from sleep, for our salvation is now nearer than when we became believers.
Already you are satisfied! Already you are rich! You have become kings without us! I wish you had become kings so that we could reign with you!
For even though I am absent physically, I am present in spirit. And I have already judged the one who did this, just as though I were present.
The fact that you have lawsuits among yourselves demonstrates that you have already been defeated. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?
so that we may preach the gospel in the regions that lie beyond you, and not boast of work already done in another person's area.
Not that I have already attained this -- that is, I have not already been perfected -- but I strive to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus also laid hold of me.
Nevertheless, let us live up to the standard that we have already attained.
not to be easily shaken from your composure or disturbed by any kind of spirit or message or letter allegedly from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here.
For the hidden power of lawlessness is already at work. However, the one who holds him back will do so until he is taken out of the way,
For some have already wandered away to follow Satan.
They have strayed from the truth by saying that the resurrection has already occurred, and they are undermining some people's faith.
For I am already being poured out as an offering, and the time for me to depart is at hand.
Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest, since there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law.
Dear friends, this is already the second letter I have written you, in which I am trying to stir up your pure mind by way of reminder:
Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have already heard.
On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
but every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God, and this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and now is already in the world.
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