International Standard Bible EncyclopediaOBSERVE
ob-zurv' (representing various words, but chiefly shamar, "to keep," "to watch" etc.): Properly means "to take heed to," as in Isaiah 42:20, "Thou seest many things, but thou observest not" and from this sense all the usages of the word in English Versions of the Bible can be understood. Most of them, indeed are quite good modern usage (as "observe a feast," Exodus 12:17, etc.; "observe a law" Leviticus 19:37, etc.), but a few are archaic. So Genesis 37:11, the King James Version "His father observed the saying" (the Revised Version (British and American) "kept the saying in mind"); Hosea 13:7, "As a leopard.... will I observe them" (the Revised Version (British and American) "watch"); Jonah 2:8, "observe lying vanities" (the Revised Version (British and American) "regard," but "give heed to" would be clearer; compare Psalm 107:43). Still farther from modern usage is Hosea 14:8, "I have heard him, and observed him" (the Revised Version (British and American) "will regard"; the meaning is "care for"); and Mark 6:20, "For Herod feared John.... and observed him" (the Revised Version (British and American) "kept him safe"). In the last case, the King James Version editors seem to have used "to observe" as meaning "to give reverence to."
Greek3906. paratereo -- to watch closely, to observe scrupulously
... to watch closely, to observe scrupulously. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration:
paratereo Phonetic Spelling: (par-at-ay-reh'-o) Short Definition: I watch ...
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333. anatheoreo -- to observe carefully
4934. suntithemi -- to place together, hence observe, agree
5442. phulasso -- to guard, watch
5083. tereo -- to watch over, to guard
4160. poieo -- to make, do
2029. epopteuo -- to look upon
4933. suntereo -- to keep close, ie preserve
5426. phroneo -- to have understanding, to think
2657. katanoeo -- to take note of, perceive
Strong's Hebrew5172. nachash -- to practice divination, observe signs
... nachash. 5173 . to practice divination, observe signs. Transliteration: nachash
Phonetic Spelling: (naw-khash') Short Definition: divination. Word Origin a prim ...
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7673b. shabath -- to keep, observe (sabbath)
6213a. asah -- do, make
5341. natsar -- to watch, guard, keep
8104. shamar -- to keep, watch, preserve
2287. chagag -- to make a pilgrimage, keep a pilgrim feast
7789. shur -- to behold, regard
7673a. shabath -- to cease, desist, rest
6049. anan -- to practice soothsaying
6822. tsaphah -- to look out or about, spy, keep watch
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary1. (v. t.) To take notice of by appropriate conduct; to conform one's action or practice to; to keep; to heed; to obey; to comply with; as, to observe rules or commands; to observe civility.
2. (v. t.) To be on the watch respecting; to pay attention to; to notice with care; to see; to perceive; to discover; as, to observe an eclipse; to observe the color or fashion of a dress; to observe the movements of an army.
3. (v. t.) To express as what has been noticed; to utter as a remark; to say in a casual or incidental way; to remark.
4. (v. i.) To take notice; to give attention to what one sees or hears; to attend.
ThesaurusObserve (216 Occurrences)
... 1. (vt) To take notice of by appropriate conduct; to conform one's action or practice
to; to keep; to heed; to obey; to comply with; as, to observe rules or ...
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Celebrate (66 Occurrences)
Lasting (40 Occurrences)
Observes (14 Occurrences)
Whatsoever (167 Occurrences)
Practice (71 Occurrences)
Whatever (411 Occurrences)
Unleavened (51 Occurrences)
Mark (182 Occurrences)
Diligently (85 Occurrences)
Bible ConcordanceObserve (216 Occurrences)
Matthew 6:28 And why are ye careful about clothing? Observe with attention the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin;
Matthew 23:3 All things therefore whatever they tell you to observe, observe and do, but don't do their works; for they say, and don't do.
Matthew 24:15 Whenever, therefore, ye may see the abomination of the desolation, that was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever is reading let him observe)
Matthew 28:20 teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
Mark 7:4 They don't eat when they come from the marketplace, unless they bathe themselves, and there are many other things, which they have received to hold to: washings of cups, pitchers, bronze vessels, and couches.)
Mark 7:9 "Praiseworthy indeed!" He added, "to set at nought God's Commandment in order to observe your own traditions!
Mark 13:14 "As soon, however, as you see the Abomination of Desolation standing where he ought not" --let the reader observe these words--"then let those in Judaea escape to the hills;
Luke 11:28 But he said, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep it."
Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, 'Observe, and beware of the covetousness, because not in the abundance of one's goods is his life.'
Luke 12:24 Observe the ravens. They neither sow nor reap, and have neither store-chamber nor barn. And yet God feeds them. How far more precious are you than the birds!
Luke 12:27 Observe the lilies, how they grow. They neither labour nor spin. And yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was as beautifully dressed as one of these.
Luke 14:29 Or perhaps, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, everyone who sees begins to mock him,
John 4:35 Do you not say, 'It wants four months yet to the harvest'? But look round, I tell you, and observe these plains-- they are already ripe for the sickle.
John 12:19 The result was that the Pharisees said among themselves, "Observe how idle all your efforts are! The world is gone after him!"
Acts 15:5 But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses."
Acts 16:4 And as they passed through the cities they instructed them to observe the decrees determined on by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem.
Acts 16:21 and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans."
Acts 17:22 Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus, and said, "You men of Athens, I perceive that you are very religious in all things.
Acts 21:21 Now what they have been repeatedly told about you is that you teach all the Jews among the Gentiles to abandon Moses, and that you forbid them to circumcise their children or observe old-established customs.
Acts 21:25 But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written our decision that they should observe no such thing, except that they should keep themselves from food offered to idols, from blood, from strangled things, and from sexual immorality."
Acts 27:39 When it was day, they didn't recognize the land, but they noticed a certain bay with a beach, and they decided to try to drive the ship onto it.
Romans 2:25 For circumcision indeed profits, if you are a doer of the law, but if you are a transgressor of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.
Romans 14:6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks. He who doesn't eat, to the Lord he doesn't eat, and gives God thanks.
1 Corinthians 10:12 so that he who is thinking to stand -- let him observe, lest he fall.
Galatians 3:5 He therefore who supplies the Spirit to you, and works miracles among you, does he do it by the works of the law, or by hearing of faith?
Galatians 4:10 You observe days, months, seasons, and years.
Philippians 3:17 Brethren, vie with one another in imitating me, and carefully observe those who follow the example which we have set you.
1 Timothy 5:21 I command you in the sight of God, and Christ Jesus, and the chosen angels, that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality.
Hebrews 7:4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth out of the best spoils.
1 Peter 2:12 having good behavior among the nations, so in that of which they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they see, glorify God in the day of visitation.
1 Peter 3:2 seeing your pure behavior in fear.
1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments.
Genesis 44:15 and Joseph saith to them, 'What 'is' this deed that ye have done? have ye not known that a man like me doth diligently observe?'
Exodus 1:16 and he said, "When you perform the duty of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birth stool; if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live."
Exodus 12:14 This day shall be to you for a memorial, and you shall keep it a feast to Yahweh: throughout your generations you shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever.
Exodus 12:17 You shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this same day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations by an ordinance forever.
Exodus 12:24 You shall observe this thing for an ordinance to you and to your sons forever.
Exodus 12:25 It shall happen when you have come to the land which Yahweh will give you, according as he has promised, that you shall keep this service.
Exodus 13:5 It shall be, when Yahweh shall bring you into the land of the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, which he swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, that you shall keep this service in this month.
Exodus 23:14 "You shall observe a feast to me three times a year.
Exodus 23:15 You shall observe the feast of unleavened bread. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month Abib (for in it you came out from Egypt), and no one shall appear before me empty.
Exodus 23:16 And the feast of harvest, the first fruits of your labors, which you sow in the field: and the feast of harvest, at the end of the year, when you gather in your labors out of the field.
Exodus 31:13 "Speak also to the children of Israel, saying,'Most certainly you shall keep my Sabbaths: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that you may know that I am Yahweh who sanctifies you.
Exodus 31:14 You shall keep the Sabbath therefore; for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
Exodus 31:16 Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
Exodus 34:11 Observe that which I command you this day. Behold, I drive out before you the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite.
Exodus 34:22 "You shall observe the feast of weeks with the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of harvest at the year's end.
Leviticus 18:4 Mine ordinances shall ye do and my statutes shall ye observe to walk therein: I am Jehovah your God.
Leviticus 18:5 And ye shall observe my statutes and my judgments, by which the man that doeth them shall live: I am Jehovah.
Leviticus 18:26 But ye shall observe my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of all these abominations: the home-born, and the stranger that sojourneth among you;
Leviticus 18:30 And ye shall observe my charge, that ye commit not any of the abominable customs which were committed before you; and ye shall not make yourselves unclean therein: I am Jehovah your God.
Leviticus 19:3 "'Each one of you shall respect his mother and his father. You shall keep my Sabbaths. I am Yahweh your God.
Leviticus 19:26 Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.
Leviticus 19:37 "'You shall observe all my statutes, and all my ordinances, and do them. I am Yahweh.'"
Leviticus 20:8 And ye shall observe my statutes, and do them: I am Jehovah who hallow you.
Leviticus 20:22 And ye shall observe all my statutes, and all mine ordinances, and do them, that the land whither I bring you to dwell therein vomit you not out.
Leviticus 22:31 And ye shall observe my commandments and do them: I am Jehovah.
Leviticus 23:24 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying,'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest to you, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
Leviticus 23:32 It shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for you, and you shall deny yourselves. In the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall keep your Sabbath."
Leviticus 25:2 "Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them,'When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall keep a Sabbath to Yahweh.
Leviticus 25:18 And ye shall do my statutes, and observe mine ordinances and do them: thus shall ye dwell in your land securely.
Leviticus 26:2 Ye shall observe my sabbaths, and my sanctuary shall ye reverence: I am Jehovah.
Leviticus 26:3 If ye walk in my statutes, and observe my commandments and do them,
Leviticus 26:35 As long as it lies desolate it shall have rest, even the rest which it didn't have in your sabbaths, when you lived on it.
Numbers 9:2 "Moreover let the children of Israel keep the Passover in its appointed season.
Numbers 9:3 On the fourteenth day of this month, at evening, you shall keep it in its appointed season-according to all its statutes, and according to all its ordinances, you shall keep it."
Numbers 9:4 Moses spoke to the children of Israel, that they should keep the Passover.
Numbers 9:6 There were certain men, who were unclean because of the dead body of a man, so that they could not keep the Passover on that day, and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day.
Numbers 9:10 "Say to the children of Israel,'If any man of you or of your generations is unclean by reason of a dead body, or is on a journey far away, he shall still keep the Passover to Yahweh.
Numbers 9:11 In the second month, on the fourteenth day at evening they shall keep it; they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
Numbers 9:12 They shall leave none of it until the morning, nor break a bone of it. According to all the statute of the Passover they shall keep it.
Numbers 9:13 But the man who is clean, and is not on a journey, and fails to keep the Passover, that soul shall be cut off from his people. Because he didn't offer the offering of Yahweh in its appointed season, that man shall bear his sin.
Numbers 15:22 "'When you shall err, and not observe all these commandments, which Yahweh has spoken to Moses,
Numbers 28:2 "Command the children of Israel, and tell them,'My offering, my food for my offerings made by fire, of a pleasant aroma to me, you shall observe to offer to me in their due season.'
Numbers 29:12 "'On the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no servile work, and you shall keep a feast to Yahweh seven days:
Deuteronomy 4:6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, that shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
Deuteronomy 5:1 Moses called to all Israel, and said to them, Hear, Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I speak in your ears this day, that you may learn them, and observe to do them.
Deuteronomy 5:12 "Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as Yahweh your God commanded you.
Deuteronomy 5:15 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and that Jehovah thy God brought thee out thence with a powerful hand and with a stretched-out arm; therefore Jehovah thy God hath commanded thee to observe the sabbath day.
Deuteronomy 5:31 But as for you, stand here by me, and I will tell you all the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which you shall teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it."
Deuteronomy 5:32 You shall observe to do therefore as Yahweh your God has commanded you: you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
Deuteronomy 6:1 Now this is the commandment, the statutes, and the ordinances, which Yahweh your God commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you go over to possess it;
Deuteronomy 6:3 Hear therefore, Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with you, and that you may increase mightily, as Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has promised to you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.
Deuteronomy 6:24 Yahweh commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear Yahweh our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as at this day.
Deuteronomy 6:25 It shall be righteousness to us, if we observe to do all this commandment before Yahweh our God, as he has commanded us."
Deuteronomy 8:1 You shall observe to do all the commandment which I command you this day, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers.
Deuteronomy 8:11 Beware lest you forget Yahweh your God, in not keeping his commandments, and his ordinances, and his statutes, which I command you this day:
Deuteronomy 11:22 For if you shall diligently keep all this commandment which I command you, to do it, to love Yahweh your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave to him;
Deuteronomy 11:32 You shall observe to do all the statutes and the ordinances which I set before you this day.
Deuteronomy 12:1 These are the statutes and the ordinances which you shall observe to do in the land which Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess it, all the days that you live on the earth.
Deuteronomy 12:14 but in the place which Yahweh shall choose in one of your tribes, there you shall offer your burnt offerings, and there you shall do all that I command you.
Deuteronomy 12:28 Observe and hear all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you forever, when you do that which is good and right in the eyes of Yahweh your God.
Deuteronomy 12:32 Whatever thing I command you, that you shall observe to do: you shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
Deuteronomy 15:5 if only you diligently listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, to observe to do all this commandment which I command you this day.
Deuteronomy 16:1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to Yahweh your God; for in the month of Abib Yahweh your God brought you forth out of Egypt by night.
Deuteronomy 16:12 You shall remember that you were a bondservant in Egypt: and you shall observe and do these statutes.
Deuteronomy 16:13 Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:
Deuteronomy 17:10 You shall do according to the tenor of the sentence which they shall show you from that place which Yahweh shall choose; and you shall observe to do according to all that they shall teach you:
Deuteronomy 19:9 if you keep all this commandment to do it, which I command you this day, to love Yahweh your God, and to walk ever in his ways; then you shall add three cities more for yourselves, besides these three:
Deuteronomy 23:23 That which is gone out of your lips you shall observe and do; according as you have vowed to Yahweh your God, a freewill offering, which you have promised with your mouth.
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