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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To hold back; to restrain; to keep within prescribed bounds; to curb; to govern.

2. (v. t.) To abstain from

3. (v. i.) To keep one's self from action or interference; to hold aloof; to forbear; to abstain.

4. (n.) The burden of a song; a phrase or verse which recurs at the end of each of the separate stanzas or divisions of a poetic composition.

3973. pauo -- to make to cease, hinder
... cease, leave, refrain. A primary verb ("pause"); to stop (transitively or
intransitively), ie Restrain, quit, desist, come to an end -- cease, leave, refrain. ...
// - 7k

868. aphistemi -- to lead away, to depart from
... depart, fall away, refrain, withdraw self. ... depart, draw (fall) away, refrain, withdraw
self. see GREEK apo. see GREEK histemi. (apeste) -- 2 Occurrences. ...
// - 7k

567. apechomai -- abstain.
... of apecho, qv. abstain. Middle voice (reflexively) of apecho; to hold oneself off,
ie Refrain -- abstain. see GREEK apecho. (apechesthai) -- 5 Occurrences. ...
// - 6k

2270. hesuchazo -- to be still, be silent
... From the same as hesuchios; to keep still (intransitively), ie Refrain from labor,
meddlesomeness or speech -- cease, hold peace, be quiet, rest. ...
// - 6k

2664. katapauo -- to cause to cease, to rest
... Phonetic Spelling: (kat-ap-ow'-o) Short Definition: I rest, cause to rest Definition:
(a) trans: I cause to rest, bring to rest; I cause to refrain, (b) intrans ...
// - 6k

3361. me -- not, that...not, lest (used for qualified negation)
... 1), never (17), never* (16), no (67), no one (1), no* (11), none (2), none* (2),
nothing (2), nothing* (3), only* (11), or (4), otherwise* (3), refrain (1), so ...
// - 8k

5339. pheidomai -- to spare, forbear
... forbear. Word Origin a prim. verb Definition to spare, forbear NASB Word
Usage refrain (1), spare (8), sparing (1). forbear, spare. ...
// - 6k

3756. ou, ouk, ouch -- not, no
... none (4), none* (3), nor (3), nothing (8), nothing* (13), nowhere* (2), number
(1), number* (2), only* (5), rather (2), rather than (1), refrain (1), refused ...
// - 7k

Strong's Hebrew
2820. chasak -- to withhold, refrain
... 2819b, 2820. chasak. 2821 . to withhold, refrain. Transliteration: chasak Phonetic
Spelling: (khaw-sak') Short Definition: withheld. Word Origin a prim. ...
/hebrew/2820.htm - 6k

4513. mana -- to withhold, hold back
... deny, keep back, refrain, restrain, withhold. A primitive root; to debar
(negatively or positively) from benefit or injury -- deny ...
/hebrew/4513.htm - 6k

6113. atsar -- to restrain, retain
... closed fast (1), confined (3), could (1), detain (2), detained (1), held back (2),
kept (1), prevail (1), prevented (1), recover (1), refrain (1), restrained (1 ...
/hebrew/6113.htm - 6k

5702. agan -- to shut oneself in or off
... 5701, 5702. agan. 5703 . to shut oneself in or off. Transliteration: agan Phonetic
Spelling: (aw-gan') Short Definition: refrain. Word Origin a prim. ...
/hebrew/5702.htm - 5k

3607. kala -- to shut up, restrain, withhold
... finish, forbid, keep back, refrain, restrain, retain, shut up, be stayed,.
A primitive root; to restrict, by act (hold back or in ...
/hebrew/3607.htm - 6k

2413. chatam -- to hold in, restrain
... root Definition to hold in, restrain NASB Word Usage restrain (1). refrain. A primitive
root; to stop -- refrain. 2412, 2413. chatam. 2414 . Strong's Numbers
/hebrew/2413.htm - 5k

2308. chadal -- to cease
... fail (1), failed (1), gave (1), hold back (1), leave (5), let my alone (1), neglects
(1), never mind (2), no (1), past (1), quit (1), refrain (6), refrained (1 ...
/hebrew/2308.htm - 6k

3808. lo -- not
... 19), nor (401), nor* (5), nothing (35), nothing* (27), nowhere* (1), or (10), or
else (1), otherwise (4), pathless* (2), rather than (3), refrain (1), refuse ...
/hebrew/3808.htm - 7k

7368. rachaq -- to be or become far or distant
... of place or relation) -- (a-, be, cast, drive, get, go, keep (self), put, remove,
be too, (wander), withdraw) far (away, off), loose, X refrain, very, (be) a ...
/hebrew/7368.htm - 6k

5975. amad -- to take one's stand, stand
... opposed (2), persists (1), place (1), placed (2), present (3), presented (1), presented*
(1), propped (2), quake (1), raise (2), raised (1), refrain (1), rely ...
/hebrew/5975.htm - 7k


... HYMNS OF THE EARLY CHURCH Refrain. 6,6,8,6 Refrain. The time is drawing near,.
It may not tarry long,. When they who face the conflict here,. ...
// of the early church/refrain.htm

Wherefore, O Men, Refrain from Obstructing what You Hope for by ...
... Book II. 78 Wherefore, O men, refrain from obstructing what you hope for by
vain questions� Wherefore, O men, refrain from obstructing ...
/.../the seven books of arnobius against the heathen/78 wherefore o men refrain.htm

Fading, Still Fading PM , with Refrain. Evening Prayer.
... 60 Fading, Still Fading PM, with Refrain. Evening Prayer. Evening Prayer.
Fading, still fading, the last beam is shining; Father ...
/.../lorenz/the otterbein hymnal/60 fading still fading p m.htm

Does Pelagius Designedly Refrain from Openly Saying that all Good ...
... A Treatise on the grace of christ, and on original sin, Chapter 17 [XVI.]"Does Pelagius
Designedly Refrain from Openly Saying that All Good Action is from God ...
/.../augustine/anti-pelagian writings/chapter 17 xvi does pelagius designedly.htm

Whether it is Lawful for a Priest to Refrain Entirely from ...
priest to refrain entirely from consecrating the Eucharist? ...
/.../ theologica/whether it is lawful for 18.htm

It Would Therefore be to their Profit, for the Young to Refrain ...
... II."Ascetic and Moral. Chapter XXIV. It would therefore be to their profit,
for the young to refrain from laying down� It would ...
/.../gregory of nyssa dogmatic treatises etc/chapter xxiv it would therefore.htm

The Lord of Life to Earth came Down
... tr., John Brownlie. CAROL [1]. kai Poimenes eidon to thauma, Angelon anumnounton,
kai legonton· Doxa. Refrain. I. ... While angels praise Him in the sky. Refrain. III ...
// from the east/the lord of life to.htm

The Oratorio of victory.
... ever.". In chapter four[15] comes a quartette. The four living creatures round
about the throne take up the refrain of John's solo. And ...
/.../gordon/quiet talks with world winners/the oratorio of victory.htm

Harvest Hymn
... Grace fills our lives with goodness He bestows. Refrain. Bountiful Giver, Thine
be the praise,. ... Such are the treasures that His bounty gives. Refrain. III. ...
// from the morningland/harvest hymn.htm

Whether it is Lawful to Abstain Altogether from Communion?
... is praised for saying (Mat.8:8): "Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter
under my roof"; and he who deems that he ought to refrain entirely from ...
/...// theologica/whether it is lawful to 31.htm

Refrain (33 Occurrences)
... Multi-Version Concordance Refrain (33 Occurrences). Acts 4:20 for as for us we cannot
refrain from speaking of the things which we have seen and heard. (DBY). ...
/r/refrain.htm - 16k

Lip (20 Occurrences)
... 13). To "open the lips" is to begin to speak (Job 11:5); to "refrain the
lips" is to keep silence (Psalm 40:9; 1 Peter 3:10). The ...
/l/lip.htm - 18k

Refrained (14 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (imp. & pp) of Refrain. Multi-Version Concordance
Refrained (14 Occurrences). John 19:33 Then they came ...
/r/refrained.htm - 10k

Pledge (55 Occurrences)
... 5. (n.) A promise or agreement by which one binds one's self to do, or to refrain
from doing, something; especially, a solemn promise in writing to refrain...
/p/pledge.htm - 28k

Spare (80 Occurrences)
... parsimonious. 7. (vi) To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or
forbearance. 8. (vi) To desist; to stop; to refrain. 9. (vt ...
/s/spare.htm - 32k

Restrain (31 Occurrences)
... restrain them. (YLT). Proverbs 1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them;
Refrain thy foot from their path: (See JPS). Proverbs 27 ...
/r/restrain.htm - 15k

Refractory (7 Occurrences)

/r/refractory.htm - 9k

Proverbs (11 Occurrences)
... The little poem on the sluggard (Proverbs 24:30-34), with its refrain (Proverbs
24:33, 14), is noteworthy as being apparently one stanza of a poem which is ...
/p/proverbs.htm - 43k

Quiet (167 Occurrences)
... In the New Testament, it is the translation of hesuchazo, "to refrain from gossip
or meddlesomehess": "that ye study to be quiet": (1 Thessalonians 4:11), and ...
/q/quiet.htm - 37k

Valuable (17 Occurrences)
... their gods, with their molten images, and with their goodly vessels of silver and
of gold, shall he carry captive into Egypt; and he shall refrain some years ...
/v/valuable.htm - 11k

Bible Concordance
Refrain (33 Occurrences)

Acts 4:20 for as for us we cannot refrain from speaking of the things which we have seen and heard.

Acts 5:38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:

1 Corinthians 9:6 Or have only Barnabas and I no right to not work?

2 Corinthians 11:9 When I was present with you and was in need, I wasn't a burden on anyone, for the brothers, when they came from Macedonia, supplied the measure of my need. In everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and I will continue to do so.
(See RSV)

2 Corinthians 12:6 For if I would desire to boast, I will not be foolish; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, so that no man may think more of me than that which he sees in me, or hears from me.

Ephesians 6:9 And you masters, act towards your slaves on the same principles, and refrain from threats. For you know that in Heaven there is One who is your Master as well as theirs, and that merely earthly distinctions there are none with Him.

1 Thessalonians 3:1 Wherefore, being no longer able to refrain ourselves, we thought good to be left alone in Athens,

1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this reason I also, no longer able to refrain myself, sent to know your faith, lest perhaps the tempter had tempted you and our labour should be come to nothing.

1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

Revelation 6:10 They cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long, Master, the holy and true, until you judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"
(See NAS)

Genesis 45:1 Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.

Exodus 23:5 If you see the donkey of him who hates you fallen down under his burden, don't leave him, you shall surely help him with it.

Deuteronomy 23:22 But if you shall forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in you.

Ruth 1:13 would you therefore wait until they were grown? Would you therefore stay from having husbands? No, my daughters, for it grieves me much for your sakes, for the hand of Yahweh is gone forth against me."

1 Samuel 18:8 Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him; and he said, "They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands. What can he have more but the kingdom?"
(See NIV)

2 Samuel 2:26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, "Shall the sword devour forever? Don't you know that it will be bitterness in the latter end? How long shall it be then, before you bid the people return from following their brothers?"
(See NAS)

1 Kings 22:6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, "Shall I go against Ramoth Gilead to battle, or shall I forbear?" They said, "Go up; for the Lord will deliver it into the hand of the king."

1 Kings 22:15 When he had come to the king, the king said to him, "Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth Gilead to battle, or shall we forbear?" He answered him, "Go up and prosper; and Yahweh will deliver it into the hand of the king."

2 Chronicles 18:5 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, four hundred men, and said to them, Shall we go to Ramoth Gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? They said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the hand of the king.

2 Chronicles 18:14 When he was come to the king, the king said to him, Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth Gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? He said, Go up, and prosper; and they shall be delivered into your hand.

Job 4:2 If a word were essayed to thee, wouldest thou be grieved? But who can refrain from speaking?

Job 7:11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 16:6 "Though I speak, my grief is not subsided. Though I forbear, what am I eased?
(See NIV)

Job 30:10 They abhor me, they stand aloof from me, and don't hesitate to spit in my face.
(See NAS)

Psalms 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Don't fret, it leads only to evildoing.

Psalms 40:9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.

Proverbs 1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:

Ecclesiastes 3:5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Isaiah 42:14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.

Isaiah 48:9 For my name's sake will I defer my anger, and for my praise will I refrain for you, that I not cut you off.

Isaiah 64:12 Will you refrain yourself for these things, Yahweh? will you hold your peace, and afflict us very sore?

Jeremiah 31:16 Thus says Yahweh: Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says Yahweh; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

Daniel 11:8 Also their gods, with their molten images, and with their goodly vessels of silver and of gold, shall he carry captive into Egypt; and he shall refrain some years from the king of the north.



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