Easton's Bible DictionaryEntertainments, "feasts," were sometimes connected with a public festival (Deuteronomy 16:11, 14), and accompanied by offerings (1 Samuel 9:13), in token of alliances (Genesis 26:30); sometimes in connection with domestic or social events, as at the weaning of children (Genesis 21:8), at weddings (Genesis 29:22; John 2:1), on birth-days (Matthew 14:6), at the time of sheep-shearing (2 Samuel 13:23), and of vintage (Judges 9:27), and at funerals (2 Samuel 3:35; Jeremiah 16:7).
The guests were invited by servants (Proverbs 9:3; Matthew 22:3), who assigned them their respective places (1 Samuel 9:22; Luke 14:8; Mark 12:39). Like portions were sent by the master to each guest (1 Samuel 1:4; 2 Samuel 6:19), except when special honour was intended, when the portion was increased (Genesis 43:34).
The Israelites were forbidden to attend heathenish sacrificial entertainments (Exodus 34:15), because these were in honour of false gods, and because at such feast they would be liable to partake of unclean flesh (1 Corinthians 10:28).
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary1. (v. t.) To be at the charges of; to take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbor; to keep.
2. (v. t.) To give hospitable reception and maintenance to; to receive at one's board, or into one's house; to receive as a guest.
3. (v. t.) To engage the attention of agreeably; to amuse with that which makes the time pass pleasantly; to divert; as, to entertain friends with conversation, etc.
4. (v. t.) To give reception to; to receive, in general; to receive and take into consideration; to admit, treat, or make use of; as, to entertain a proposal.
5. (v. t.) To meet or encounter, as an enemy.
6. (v. t.) To keep, hold, or maintain in the mind with favor; to keep in the mind; to harbor; to cherish; as, to entertain sentiments.
7. (v. t.) To lead on; to bring along; to introduce.
8. (v. i.) To receive, or provide entertainment for, guests; as, he entertains generously.
Greek4910. suneuocheomai -- to entertain together, pass. feast together
... suneuocheomai. 4911 >>. to entertain together, pass. ... Word Origin from sun and euocheo
(to entertain sumptuously, feast) Definition to entertain together, pass. ...
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3580. xenodocheo -- to entertain strangers
4863. sunago -- to lead together, ie bring together, hence come ...
3579. xenizo -- to receive as a guest, to surprise
588. apodechomai -- to accept gladly, welcome
5264. hupodechomai -- to receive under one's roof, to receive as a ...
5274. hupolambano -- to take or bear up, to receive, to assume
5426. phroneo -- to have understanding, to think
324. anadechomai -- to undertake, receive
5381. philoxenia -- love of strangers
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ThesaurusEntertain (8 Occurrences)
... 3. (vt) To engage the attention of agreeably; to amuse with that which makes the
time pass pleasantly; to divert; as, to entertain friends with conversation ...
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Guest (24 Occurrences)
Entertained (5 Occurrences)
Amuse (1 Occurrence)
Enters (44 Occurrences)
Keep (4573 Occurrences)
Unawares (14 Occurrences)
Unrighteous (32 Occurrences)
Larger (23 Occurrences)
Grudge (11 Occurrences)
Bible ConcordanceEntertain (8 Occurrences)
Matthew 9:4 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? (See NIV)
Luke 14:13 But when you entertain, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind; (WEY)
Acts 24:15 and having a hope directed towards God, which my accusers themselves also entertain, that before long there will be a resurrection both of the righteous and the unrighteous. (WEY)
1 Corinthians 12:25 that there might be no disunion in the body, but that all the members might entertain the same anxious care for one another's welfare. (WEY)
2 Corinthians 10:15 We do not exceed our due limits, and take credit for other men's labours; but we entertain the hope that, as your faith grows, we shall gain promotion among you--still keeping within our own sphere--promotion to a larger field of labour, (WEY)
1 Timothy 5:19 Never entertain an accusation against an Elder except on the evidence of two of three witnesses. (WEY NIV)
Hebrews 13:2 Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Root in WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Judges 16:25 It happened, when their hearts were merry, that they said, "Call for Samson, that he may entertain us." They called for Samson out of the prison; and he performed before them. They set him between the pillars; (WEB NAS NIV)