'Word' in the Bible
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: "Fear not, Abram! I am your shield and the one who will reward you in great abundance."
But look, the word of the Lord came to him: "This man will not be your heir, but instead a son who comes from your own body will be your heir."
So Jacob said to him, "Go now and check on the welfare of your brothers and of the flocks, and bring me word." So Jacob sent him from the valley of Hebron.
While they were bringing her out, she sent word to her father-in-law: "I am pregnant by the man to whom these belong." Then she said, "Identify the one to whom the seal, cord, and staff belong."
Then Judah approached him and said, "My lord, please allow your servant to speak a word with you. Please do not get angry with your servant, for you are just like Pharaoh.
Jacob said, "Swear to me that you will do so." So Joseph gave him his word. Then Israel bowed down at the head of his bed.
So they sent word to Joseph, saying, "Your father gave these instructions before he died:
Those of Pharaoh's servants who feared the word of the Lord hurried to bring their servants and livestock into the houses,
but those who did not take the word of the Lord seriously left their servants and their cattle in the field.
When the people heard this troubling word they mourned; no one put on his ornaments.
Moses spoke to the whole community of the Israelites, "This is the word that the Lord has commanded:
but you must not go out from the entrance of the Meeting Tent lest you die, for the Lord's anointing oil is on you." So they acted according to the word of Moses.
"Speak to Aaron, his sons, and all the Israelites, and tell them: 'This is the word that the Lord has commanded:
So Moses numbered them according to the word of the Lord, just as he had been commanded.
All who were numbered of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron numbered by the word of the Lord, according to their families, every male from a month old and upward, were 22,000.
Moses gave the redemption money to Aaron and his sons, according to the word of the Lord, as the Lord had commanded Moses.
These were those numbered from the families of the Kohathites, everyone who served in the tent of meeting, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the word of the Lord by the authority of Moses.
These were those numbered from the families of the Gershonites, everyone who served in the tent of meeting, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the word of the Lord.
These are those numbered from the families of the Merarites, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the word of the Lord by the authority of Moses.
According to the word of the Lord they were numbered, by the authority of Moses, each according to his service and according to what he was to carry. Thus were they numbered by him, as the Lord had commanded Moses.
And the Lord said to Moses, "Is the Lord's hand shortened? Now you will see whether my word to you will come true or not!"
Because he has despised the word of the Lord and has broken his commandment, that person must be completely cut off. His iniquity will be on him.'"
"Aaron will be gathered to his ancestors, for he will not enter into the land I have given to the Israelites because both of you rebelled against my word at the waters of Meribah.
He replied to them, "Stay here tonight, and I will bring back to you whatever word the Lord may speak to me." So the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam.
God came to Balaam that night, and said to him, "If the men have come to call you, get up and go with them; but the word that I will say to you, that you must do."
But the angel of the Lord said to Balaam, "Go with the men, but you may only speak the word that I will speak to you." So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.
Balaam said to Balak, "Look, I have come to you. Now, am I able to speak just anything? I must speak only the word that God puts in my mouth."
If a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath of binding obligation on himself, he must not break his word, but must do whatever he has promised.
Then Moses gave a ruling to the Israelites by the word of the Lord: "What the tribe of the Josephites is saying is right.
So all of you approached me and said, "Let's send some men ahead of us to scout out the land and bring us back word as to how we should attack it and what the cities are like there."
For this is no idle word for you -- it is your life! By this word you will live a long time in the land you are about to cross the Jordan to possess."
He said to his father and mother, "I have not seen him," and he did not acknowledge his own brothers or know his own children, for they kept your word, and guarded your covenant.
then they said to him, "Say 'Shibboleth!'" If he said, "Sibboleth" (and could not pronounce the word correctly), they grabbed him and executed him right there at the fords of the Jordan. On that day forty-two thousand Ephraimites fell dead.
The Danites said to him, "Don't say another word to us, or some very angry men will attack you, and you and your family will die."
Now the boy Samuel continued serving the Lord under Eli's supervision. Word from the Lord was rare in those days; revelatory visions were infrequent.
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord; the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
Then the Lord again appeared in Shiloh, for it was in Shiloh that the Lord had revealed himself to Samuel through the word of the Lord.
Samuel revealed the word of the Then the Israelites went out to fight the Philistines. They camped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines camped at Aphek.
Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel:
For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and presumption is like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king."
Samuel said to Saul, "I will not go back with you, for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel!"
The Preeminent One of Israel does not go back on his word or change his mind, for he is not a human being who changes his mind."
Then Saul sent word to Jesse saying, "Let David be my servant, for I really like him."
Jonathan said to David, "The Lord God of Israel is my witness. I will feel out my father about this time the day after tomorrow. If he is favorably inclined toward David, will I not then send word to you and let you know?
But if my father intends to do you harm, may the Lord do all this and more to Jonathan, if I don't let you know and send word to you so you can go safely on your way. May the Lord be with you, as he was with my father.
When David heard that Nabal had died, he said, "Praised be the Lord who has vindicated me and avenged the insult that I suffered from Nabal! The Lord has kept his servant from doing evil, and he has repaid Nabal for his evil deeds." Then David sent word to Abigail and asked her to become his wife.
Ish-bosheth was unable to answer Abner with even a single word because he was afraid of him.
The woman conceived and then sent word to David saying, "I'm pregnant."
Why have you shown contempt for the word of the Lord by doing evil in my sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and you have taken his wife as your own! You have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.
and sent word through Nathan the prophet that he should be named Jedidiah for the Lord's sake.
So your servant said, 'May the word of my lord the king be my security, for my lord the king is like the angel of God when it comes to deciding between right and wrong! May the Lord your God be with you!'"
Look, I will be waiting at the fords of the desert until word from you reaches me."
Now send word quickly to David and warn him, "Don't spend the night at the fords of the desert tonight. Instead, be sure you cross over, or else the king and everyone who is with him may be overwhelmed."
He won over the hearts of all the men of Judah as though they were one man. Then they sent word to the king saying, "Return, you and all your servants as well."
The Lord's spirit spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.
When Benaiah arrived at the tent of the Lord, he said to him, "The king says, 'Come out!'" But he replied, "No, I will die here!" So Benaiah sent word to the king and reported Joab's reply.
You have kept your word to your servant, my father David; this very day you have fulfilled what you promised.
Elijah approached all the people and said, "How long are you going to be paralyzed by indecision? If the Lord is the true God, then follow him, but if Baal is, follow him!" But the people did not say a word.
Micaiah said, "That being the case, hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, with all the heavenly assembly standing on his right and on his left.
Elisha said to Gehazi, "Tell her, 'Look, you have treated us with such great respect. What can I do for you? Can I put in a good word for you with the king or the commander of the army?'" She replied, "I'm quite secure."
Elisha replied, "Hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Lord says, 'About this time tomorrow a seah of finely milled flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.'"
Now the king had placed the officer who was his right-hand man at the city gate. When the people rushed out, they trampled him to death in the gate. This fulfilled the prophet's word which he had spoken when the king tried to arrest him.
When they went back and told him, he said, "The Lord's word through his servant, Elijah the Tishbite, has come to pass. He warned, 'In the plot of land at Jezreel, dogs will devour Jezebel's flesh.
He restored the border of Israel from Lebo Hamath in the north to the sea of the Arabah in the south, in accordance with the word of the Lord God of Israel announced through his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher.
His assassination brought to fulfillment the Lord's word to Jehu, "Four generations of your descendants will rule over Israel." That is exactly what happened.
Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Listen to the word of the Lord,
Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "The Lord's word which you have announced is appropriate." Then he added, "At least there will be peace and stability during my lifetime."
These were the leaders of David's warriors who helped establish and stabilize his rule over all Israel, in accordance with the Lord's word.
David said to the whole Israelite assembly, "If you so desire and the Lord our God approves, let's spread the word to our brothers who remain in all the regions of Israel, and to the priests and Levites in their cities, so they may join us.
You have kept your word to your servant, my father David; this very day you have fulfilled what you promised.
Micaiah said, "That being the case, hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, with all the heavenly assembly standing on his right and on his left.
They assembled their brothers and consecrated themselves. Then they went in to purify the Lord's temple, just as the king had ordered, in accordance with the word of the Lord.
"Go, seek an oracle from the Lord for me and those who remain in Israel and Judah. Find out about the words of this scroll that has been discovered. For the Lord's fury has been ignited against us, because our ancestors have not obeyed the word of the Lord by doing all that this scroll instructs!"
(They gave their word to send away their wives; their guilt offering was a ram from the flock for their guilt.)
Please recall the word you commanded your servant Moses: 'If you act unfaithfully, I will scatter you among the nations.
Sanballat and Geshem sent word to me saying, "Come on! Let's set up a time to meet together at Kephirim in the plain of Ono." Now they intended to do me harm.
I sent word back to him, "We are not engaged in these activities you are describing. All of this is a figment of your imagination."
Mordecai was of high rank in the king's palace, and word about him was spreading throughout all the provinces. His influence continued to become greater and greater.
Then they sat down with him on the ground for seven days and seven nights, yet no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great.
"If someone should attempt a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can refrain from speaking?
"Now a word was secretly brought to me, and my ear caught a whisper of it.
Are God's consolations too trivial for you; or a word spoken in gentleness to you?
There is no actual speech or word, nor is its voice literally heard.
By the Lord's decree the heavens were made; by a mere word from his mouth all the stars in the sky were created.
until the time when his prediction came true. The Lord's word proved him right.
He sent them an assuring word and healed them; he rescued them from the pits where they were trapped.
(Dalet) I collapse in the dirt. Revive me with your word!
I collapse from grief. Sustain me by your word!
Turn my eyes away from what is worthless! Revive me with your word!
Then I will have a reply for the one who insults me, for I trust in your word.
(Zayin) Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.
Your loyal followers will be glad when they see me, for I find hope in your word.
(Kaf) I desperately long for your deliverance. I find hope in your word.
(Nun) Your word is a lamp to walk by, and a light to illumine my path.
I am suffering terribly. O Lord, revive me with your word!
You are my hiding place and my shield. I find hope in your word.
Direct my steps by your word! Do not let any sin dominate me!
Your word is absolutely pure, and your servant loves it!
I am up before dawn crying for help. I find hope in your word.
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