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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To secure by bonds; to chain; to bond or confine; to hold tightly; to constringe.

2. (v. t.) To bring into a narrow compass; to compress.

3. (v. t.) To hold back by force; to restrain; to repress.

4. (v. t.) To compel; to force; to necessitate; to oblige.

5. (v. t.) To violate; to ravish.

6. (v. t.) To produce in such a manner as to give an unnatural effect; as, a constrained voice.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

kon-stran': Generally in the sense of pressing urgently (2 Kings 4:8 Luke 24:29 Acts 16:15), to impel or carry away (2 Corinthians 5:14); sometimes to be compelled of necessity (Job 32:18 Acts 28:19; compare Galatians 6:12).


315. anagkazo -- to necessitate, compel
... of Speech: Verb Transliteration: anagkazo Phonetic Spelling: (an-ang-kad'-zo) Short
Definition: I force, compel Definition: I force, compel, constrain, urge. ...
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3849. parabiazomai -- to force against (nature)
... nature). Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: parabiazomai Phonetic Spelling:
(par-ab-ee-ad'-zom-ahee) Short Definition: I urge, constrain by entreaties ...
// - 7k

4912. sunecho -- to hold together, to hold fast, pass. to be ...
... custody (1), suffering (2). constrain, hold, keep in. From sun and echo;
to hold together, ie To compress (the ears, with a crowd ...
// - 7k

Strong's Hebrew
6693. tsuq -- to constrain, bring into straits, press upon
... tsuq. 6694 . to constrain, bring into straits, press upon. Transliteration: tsuq
Phonetic Spelling: (tsook) Short Definition: oppress. Word Origin a prim. ...
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597. anas -- to compel, constrain
... 596, 597. anas. 598 . to compel, constrain. Transliteration: anas Phonetic
Spelling: (aw-nas') Short Definition: compulsion. Word Origin a prim. ...
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2388. chazaq -- to be or grow firm or strong, strengthen
... aid, amend, catch, cleave, confirm, be constant, constrain,. A primitive root;
to fasten upon; hence, to seize, be strong (figuratively ...
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That Anger must be Overcome, Lest it Constrain us to Sin.
... Third Book. 8. That anger must be overcome, lest it constrain us to sin.
In Solomon in the Proverbs: "Better is a patient man than ...
/.../cyprian/three books of testimonies against the jews/8 that anger must be.htm

Seasons of Covenanting.
... But as it is sinful to defer religious exercises till affliction, presenting the
prospect of death, constrain to attempt them, so it is wrong to imagine, that ...
/.../cunningham/the ordinance of covenanting/chapter xv seasons of covenanting.htm

Dining with a Pharisee. Sabbath Healing and Three Lessons ...
... return. His teaching is positive rather than negative, and should constrain
us to live more for charity and less for sociability. ...
/.../mcgarvey/the four-fold gospel/xc dining with a pharisee.htm

Prayer for and with Each Other.
... The mere fact of being chosen by the Father and redeemed by the Son does not constrain
us to love; it is the act of the Holy Spirit, who, revealing to our ...
/.../kuyper/the work of the holy spirit/xliii prayer for and with.htm

"For if Ye Live after the Flesh, Ye Shall Die, but if Ye through ...
... might simply command obedience, and without any more persuasions either leave men
to the frowardness of their own natures, or else powerfully constrain them to ...
/.../binning/the works of the rev hugh binning/sermon xxxiv for if ye.htm

Of the First Covenant.
... Again, what way more fit and suitable to stir up and constrain Adam unto a willing
and constant obedience, when he had the encouragement of such a gracious ...
/.../binning/the works of the rev hugh binning/lecture xxii of the first.htm

Concerning the Power of the Civil Magistrate in Matters Purely ...
... And if it was not according to the wisdom of Christ, who was and is King of kings,
by outward force to constrain others to believe him or receive him, as being ...
/.../proposition xiv concerning the power.htm

Lovest Thou Me?
... Thou didst have one sweet visit from him in the week, and why didst thou let
him go? Why didst thou not constrain him to abide with thee? ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 3 1857/lovest thou me.htm

Catholic Spirit
... according to the best light he has. Nor has any creature power to constrain
another to walk by his own rule. God has given no right to ...
/.../wesley/sermons on several occasions/sermon 39 catholic spirit.htm

A New Year's Benediction
... and the new-born man who is moved by sublimer motives, namely, motives that touch
his heart, that move his regenerated nature, and that constrain him, out of ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 60 1914/a new years benediction.htm

Constrain (6 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. CONSTRAIN. ...Constrain (6 Occurrences). Matthew
5:41 And whoever shall constrain thee to go one mile, go with him two. (WBS). ...
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Compel (10 Occurrences)
... 1. (vt) To drive or urge with force, or irresistibly; to force; to constrain;
to oblige; to necessitate, either by physical or moral force. ...
/c/compel.htm - 12k

Tie (18 Occurrences)
... 11. (vt) To hold or constrain by authority or moral influence, as by knotted
cords; to oblige; to constrain; to restrain; to confine. 12. ...
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Constrained (14 Occurrences)
... 1. (imp. & pp) of Constrain. 2. (a.) Marked by constraint; not free; not voluntary;
embarrassed; as, a constrained manner; a constrained tone. ...
/c/constrained.htm - 10k

Obligate (2 Occurrences)
... 2. (vt) To bind or firmly hold to an act; to compel; to constrain; to bind to any
act of duty or courtesy by a formal pledge. Multi-Version Concordance ...
/o/obligate.htm - 7k

Oblige (1 Occurrence)
... 1. (vt) To attach, as by a bond. 2. (vt) To constrain by physical, moral, or legal
force; to put under obligation to do or forbear something. ...
/o/oblige.htm - 7k

Gaal (10 Occurrences)
... 9:31 He sent messengers to Abimelech craftily, saying, "Behold, Gaal the son of
Ebed and his brothers are come to Shechem; and behold, they constrain the city ...
/g/gaal.htm - 10k

Incite (5 Occurrences)
... And he sent messengers unto Abimelech craftily, saying, Behold, Gaal the son of
Ebed and his brethren are come to Shechem; and, behold, they constrain the city ...
/i/incite.htm - 7k

Famish (2 Occurrences)
... 3. (vt) To kill, or to cause to suffer extremity, by deprivation or denial of
anything necessary. 4. (vt) To force or constrain by famine. ...
/f/famish.htm - 8k

Force (250 Occurrences)
... 9. (n.) To constrain to do or to forbear, by the exertion of a power not resistible;
to compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means; to coerce; as ...
/f/force.htm - 40k

Bible Concordance
Constrain (6 Occurrences)

Matthew 5:41 And whoever shall constrain thee to go one mile, go with him two.

Mark 15:21 And they constrain one Simon, a Cyrenian, who was passing by, coming from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.

Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and constrain 'them' to come in, that my house may be filled.

2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we judge thus, that one died for all, therefore all died.

Galatians 6:12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

Judges 9:31 He sent messengers to Abimelech craftily, saying, "Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed and his brothers are come to Shechem; and behold, they constrain the city to take part against you.



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