'Rather' in the Bible
And the king of Israel saith unto Jehoshaphat, 'Did I not say unto thee, He doth not prophesy concerning me good, but rather of evil?'
And my soul chooseth strangling, Death rather than my bones.
Take heed -- do not turn unto iniquity, For on this thou hast fixed Rather than on affliction.
Thou hast loved evil rather than good, Lying, than speaking righteousness. Selah.
For good is a day in Thy courts, O Teacher! I have chosen rather to be at the threshold, In the house of my God, Than to dwell in tents of wickedness.
Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold.
To do righteousness and judgment, Is chosen of Jehovah rather than sacrifice.
A name is chosen rather than much wealth, Than silver and than gold -- good grace.
Keep thy feet when thou goest unto a house of God, and draw near to hear rather than to give of fools the sacrifice, for they do not know they do evil.
And chosen is death rather than life By all the remnant who are left of this evil family, In all the remaining places, whither I have driven them, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts.
and be going rather unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
'And be not afraid of those killing the body, and are not able to kill the soul, but fear rather Him who is able both soul and body to destroy in gehenna.
'And if thy hand or thy foot doth cause thee to stumble, cut them off and cast from thee; it is good for thee to enter into the life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast to the fire the age-during.
'And if thine eye doth cause thee to stumble, pluck it out and cast from thee; it is good for thee one-eyed to enter into the life, rather than having two eyes to be cast to the gehenna of the fire.
and the prudent answered, saying -- Lest there may not be sufficient for us and you, go ye rather unto those selling, and buy for yourselves.
And Pilate having seen that it profiteth nothing, but rather a tumult is made, having taken water, he did wash the hands before the multitude, saying, 'I am innocent from the blood of this righteous one; ye -- ye shall see;'
and many things having suffered under many physicians, and having spent all that she had, and having profited nothing, but rather having come to the worse,
and the chief priests did move the multitude, that he might rather release Barabbas to them.
but, in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subjected to you, but rejoice rather that your names were written in the heavens.'
And he said, 'Yea, rather, happy those hearing the word of God, and keeping it!'
'Think ye that peace I came to give in the earth? no, I say to you, but rather division;
'I say to you, that so joy shall be in the heaven over one sinner reforming, rather than over ninety-nine righteous men, who have no need of reformation.
but will not rather say to him, Prepare what I may sup, and having girded thyself about, minister to me, till I eat and drink, and after these things thou shalt eat and drink?
I say to you, this one went down declared righteous, to his house, rather than that one: for every one who is exalting himself shall be humbled, and he who is humbling himself shall be exalted.'
'And this is the judgment, that the light hath come to the world, and men did love the darkness rather than the light, for their works were evil;
and Peter and John answering unto them said, 'Whether it is righteous before God to hearken to you rather than to God, judge ye;
And Peter and the apostles answering, said, 'To obey God it behoveth, rather than men;
who did change the truth of God into a falsehood, and did honour and serve the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed to the ages. Amen.
who is he that is condemning? Christ is He that died, yea, rather also, was raised up; who is also on the right hand of God -- who also doth intercede for us.
for if thou, out of the olive tree, wild by nature, wast cut out, and, contrary to nature, wast graffed into a good olive tree, how much rather shall they, who are according to nature, be graffed into their own olive tree?
no longer, therefore, may we judge one another, but this judge ye rather, not to put a stumbling-stone before the brother, or an offence.
and ye are having been puffed up, and did not rather mourn, that he may be removed out of the midst of you who did this work,
Already, indeed, then, there is altogether a fault among you, that ye have judgments with one another; wherefore do ye not rather suffer injustice? wherefore be ye not rather defrauded?
a servant -- wast thou called? be not anxious; but if also thou art able to become free -- use it rather;
And I have used none of these things; neither did I write these things that it may be so done in my case, for it is good for me rather to die, than that any one may make my glorying void;
Pursue the love, and seek earnestly the spiritual things, and rather that ye may prophecy,
but in an assembly I wish to speak five words through my understanding, that others also I may instruct, rather than myriads of words in an unknown tongue.
so that, on the contrary, it is rather for you to forgive and to comfort, lest by over abundant sorrow such a one may be swallowed up;
we have courage, and are well pleased rather to be away from the home of the body, and to be at home with the Lord.
and He said to me, 'Sufficient for thee is My grace, for My power in infirmity is perfected;' most gladly, therefore, will I rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of the Christ may rest on me:
and now, having known God -- and rather being known by God -- how turn ye again unto the weak and poor elements to which anew ye desire to be in servitude?
whoso is stealing let him no more steal, but rather let him labour, working the thing that is good with the hands, that he may have to impart to him having need.
also filthiness, and foolish talking, or jesting, -- the things not fit -- but rather thanksgiving;
and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of the darkness and rather even convict,
And I wish you to know, brethren, that the things concerning me, rather to an advancement of the good news have come,
nor to give heed to fables and endless genealogies, that cause questions rather than the building up of God that is in faith: --
and those having believing masters, let them not slight them, because they are brethren, but rather let them serve, because they are stedfast and beloved, who of the benefit are partaking. These things be teaching and exhorting;
because of the love I rather entreat, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ;
having chosen rather to be afflicted with the people of God, than to have sin's pleasure for a season,
Then, indeed, fathers of our flesh we have had, chastising us, and we were reverencing them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of the spirits, and live?
and straight paths make for your feet, that that which is lame may not be turned aside, but rather be healed;
wherefore, the rather, brethren, be diligent to make stedfast your calling and choice, for these things doing, ye may never stumble,