'Force' in the Bible
Then Jacob replied to Laban, "Because I was afraid, for I thought that you would take your daughters from me by force.
When Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he took her and lay with her by force.
But he said, "You shall not pass through." And Edom came out against him with a heavy force and with a strong hand.
If the man said to him, "They must surely burn the fat first, and then take as much as you desire," then he would say, "No, but you shall give it to me now; and if not, I will take it by force."
Then as soon as the copy of King Artaxerxes' document was read before Rehum and Shimshai the scribe and their colleagues, they went in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews and stopped them by force of arms.
Then I warned them and said to them, "Why do you spend the night in front of the wall? If you do so again, I will use force against you." From that time on they did not come on the sabbath.
"By a great force my garment is distorted; It binds me about as the collar of my coat.
"Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them.
"After an alliance is made with him he will practice deception, and he will go up and gain power with a small force of people.
"Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.
"From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.
Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, "And what about us, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages."
So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.
And as a great dissension was developing, the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them and ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force, and bring him into the barracks.
"And as I punished them often in all the synagogues, I tried to force them to blaspheme; and being furiously enraged at them, I kept pursuing them even to foreign cities.
But striking a reef where two seas met, they ran the vessel aground; and the prow stuck fast and remained immovable, but the stern began to be broken up by the force of the waves.
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