'Exercising' in the Bible
for the Levites left their suburbs and their possessions, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from exercising the priesthood to Jehovah;
Then a powerful king will arise, exercising great authority and doing as he pleases.
And he said to them, 'The kings of the nations do exercise lordship over them, and those exercising authority upon them are called benefactors;
And we also [especially] thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [ exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it].
For lawlessness is already at work in secret; but only until the man who is now exercising a restraining influence is removed,
shepherd the flock of God which is among you, exercising oversight, not by necessity, but willingly; not for base gain, but readily;
neither as exercising lordship over the heritages, but patterns becoming of the flock,
For this very reason, adding your diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence),
And in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self-control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness (patience, endurance), and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness (piety),