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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose, part with, or dismiss; to retrain from departure, escape, or the like.

2. (v. t.) To keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to hire; to engage; as, to retain a counselor.

3. (v. t.) To restrain; to prevent.

4. (v. i.) To belong; to pertain.

5. (v. i.) To keep; to continue; to remain.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

re-tan': Several Hebrew words are thus translated: chazaq, "to hold fast" (Judges 7:8; Judges 19:4 Job 2:9 the King James Version (the Revised Version (British and American) "hold fast"); Micah 7:18); `atsar, "to shut up" (only in Daniel 10:8, 16; Daniel 11:6); tamakh, "to hold" (Proverbs 3:18; Proverbs 4:4; Proverbs 11:16 the King James Version (the Revised Version (British and American) "obtain")); in one case kala' (Ecclesiastes 8:8). In the New Testament krateo, is used in John 20:23 of the "retaining" of sins by the apostles (see RETENTION OF SINS); in Romans 1:28, the Revised Version (British and American) has "refused to have," margin "Greek, `did not approve,' " for the King James Version "did not like to retain" (echo); and in Philemon 1:13, substitutes "fain have kept" for "retained" (katecho). Sirach 41:16 has "retain" for diaphulasso, "keep."

2902. krateo -- to be strong, rule
... 1), hold (4), hold fast (4), holding back (1), holding fast (1), holds (1), laid
hold (1), observe (1), observing (1), prevented (1), retain (1), retained (1 ...
// - 9k

2722. katecho -- to hold fast, hold back
... 2), suppress (1). hold back, hold fast, retain. From kata and echo; to hold down
(fast), in various applications (literally or figuratively ...
// - 7k

1907. epecho -- to hold fast, to hold toward, to stop
... From epi and echo; to hold upon, ie (by implication) to retain; (by extension) to
detain; (with implication, of nous) to pay attention to -- give (take) heed ...
// - 7k

2192. echo -- to have, hold
... 3), possess (2), possessed (4), possesses (1), receive (1), received (1), recover*
(1), regard (2), regarded (1), reigns* (1), remember* (1), retain (1), seize ...
// - 11k

Strong's Hebrew
6113. atsar -- to restrain, retain
... 6112, 6113. atsar. 6114 . to restrain, retain. Transliteration: atsar Phonetic
Spelling: (aw-tsar') Short Definition: shut. Word Origin a prim. ...
/hebrew/6113.htm - 6k

2388. chazaq -- to be or grow firm or strong, strengthen
... 1), received strength (1), recovered (1), rely (1), repair (12), repaired (14),
repairers (1), repairing (1), resist (1), resolutely (2), retain (1), retained ...
/hebrew/2388.htm - 8k

8551. tamak -- to grasp, support, attain
... take, uphold up, maintain, retain, stay up. A primitive root; to sustain;
by implication, to obtain, keep fast; figuratively, to ...
/hebrew/8551.htm - 6k

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

2254a. chabal -- to bind, pledge
... root Definition to bind, pledge NASB Word Usage debt (1), ever take (1), hold him
in pledge (2), labor (2), pledge (4), retain (1), take (3), take a pledge (1 ...
/hebrew/2254a.htm - 5k

4422. malat -- to slip away
... escape (26), escaped (25), escapes (3), gave birth (1), get away (1), lay (1), leap
forth (1), left undisturbed (1), rescue (2), rescued (4), retain (1), save ...
/hebrew/4422.htm - 6k

5202. netar -- to keep
... kept (1). keep. (Aramaic) corresponding to natar; to retain -- keep. see HEBREW
natar. 5201, 5202. netar. 5203 . Strong's Numbers.
/hebrew/5202.htm - 6k


As it Becometh You to Retain a Glorious Sense of the World
... THE SECOND CENTURY 92 As it becometh you to retain a glorious sense of the
world. As it becometh you to retain a glorious sense of ...
/.../traherne/centuries of meditations/92 as it becometh you.htm

The Law Given, not to Retain a People for Itself, but to Keep ...
/.../calvin/the institutes of the christian religion/chapter 7 the law given.htm

How a Monk Can Retain his Poverty.
... Prolegomena. Chapter XXIX. How a monk can retain his poverty. And we can
only preserve this virtue unimpaired if we remain in a ...
/.../cassian/the works of john cassian /chapter xxix how a monk.htm

That we Should not Retain Our Anger Even for an Instant.
... Prolegomena. Chapter XIII. That we should not retain our anger even for
an instant. Or how can we think that the Lord would have ...
/.../cassian/the works of john cassian /chapter xiii that we should.htm

But Others Deceive Themselves by Fancying that they Can Retain the ...
... Canon V. But others deceive themselves by fancying that they can retain
the property of others which� But others deceive themselves ...
/.../canonical epistle of gregory thaumaturgus/canon v but others deceive.htm

Yet not These Alone Does the Unmeasurable Capacity of My Memory ...
... Book X Chapter IX Yet not these alone does the unmeasurable capacity of my
memory retain.� Yet not these alone does the unmeasurable ...
/.../augustine/the confessions of saint augustine/chapter ix yet not these.htm

These Things, Brethren, I Would have You Retain as the Basis of ...
... Book I. Chapter 29. " 31. These things, brethren, I would have you retain
as the basis of your� "31. These things, brethren ...
/.../writings in connection with the donatist controversy /chapter 29 31 these.htm

Although Writing in Latin He Proposes to Retain the Greek Names of ...
... Chapter VI."Although Writing in Latin He Proposes to Retain the Greek Names of the
Valentinian Emanations of Deity Not to Discuss the Heresy But Only to ...
/.../tertullian/against the valentinians/chapter vi although writing in latin.htm

Whether the Bodies of Women Shall Retain their Own Sex in the ...
... Book XXII. Chapter 17."Whether the Bodies of Women Shall Retain Their
Own Sex in the Resurrection. From the words, "Till we all ...
/.../augustine/city of god/chapter 17 whether the bodies of.htm

Hebrews ii. 7-May
... And if I find that they retain any of the things that have been spoken (I say not
all, for this would not be very easy for you), but even if [they retain] a ...
/.../homilies on the gospel of st john and hebrews/homily iv hebrews ii 7-may.htm

Retain (24 Occurrences)
... 2. (vt) To keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to hire; to engage;
as, to retain a counselor. 3. (vt) To restrain; to prevent. ...RETAIN. ...
/r/retain.htm - 15k

Retained (10 Occurrences)
... (imp. & pp) of Retain. Multi-Version Concordance ... Whoever's sins you retain,
they have been retained." (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV). ...
/r/retained.htm - 9k

Keep (4573 Occurrences)
... 2. (vt) To hold; to restrain from departure or removal; not to let go of; to retain
in one's power or possession; not to lose; to retain; to detain. ...
/k/keep.htm - 9k

Liberate (3 Occurrences)
... Jeremiah 34:9 That every man should liberate his man-servant, and every man his
maid-servant, being a Hebrew or a Hebrewess; that none should retain them in ...
/l/liberate.htm - 7k

Withhold (32 Occurrences)
... 2. (vt) To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold assent to a proposition.
3. (vt) To keep; to maintain; to retain. Multi-Version Concordance ...
/w/withhold.htm - 16k

Reserve (15 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (vt) To keep back; to retain; not to deliver,
make over, or disclose. 2. (vt) Hence, to keep in store ...
/r/reserve.htm - 11k

Bound (175 Occurrences)
... of your sins." This statement is followed by the further declaration that if any
have not so repented God will not forgive them, but will retain them and call ...
/b/bound.htm - 41k

Bind (68 Occurrences)
... of your sins." This statement is followed by the further declaration that if any
have not so repented God will not forgive them, but will retain them and call ...
/b/bind.htm - 32k

Hold (500 Occurrences)
... position, or relation, within certain limits, or the like; to prevent from falling
or escaping; to sustain; to restrain; to keep in the grasp; to retain. ...
/h/hold.htm - 39k

Likeness (52 Occurrences)
... this weakening, 1 Chronicles 28:4 the King James Version, "liked me to make me king"
and Romans 1:28 the King James Version "did not like to retain God," have ...
/l/likeness.htm - 29k

Bible Concordance
Retain (24 Occurrences)

Luke 8:15 And that in the good ground: These are they, who in an upright and good heart, having heard the word, do retain 'it', and bear fruit in continuance.

John 20:23 Whoever's sins you forgive, they are forgiven them. Whoever's sins you retain, they have been retained."

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

1 Corinthians 7:17 Only, as the Lord has distributed to each man, as God has called each, so let him walk. So I command in all the assemblies.
(See NIV)

1 Thessalonians 5:21 but test all such, and retain hold of the good.

2 Timothy 1:13 Hold the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
(See NAS)

Philemon 1:13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
(Root in KJV WBS YLT)

Exodus 9:2 For if thou refuse to let them go, and shalt retain them still,

1 Chronicles 29:14 yea, because, who 'am' I, and who 'are' my people, that we retain power to offer thus willingly? but of Thee 'is' the whole, and out of Thy hand we have given to Thee;

2 Chronicles 2:6 and who doth retain strength to build to Him a house, for the heavens, even the heavens of the heavens, do not contain Him? and who 'am' I that I do build to Him a house, except to make perfume before Him?

2 Chronicles 22:9 And he sought Ahaziah: and they caught him, (for he was hid in Samaria,) and brought him to Jehu: and when they had slain him, they buried him: Because, said they, he is the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the LORD with all his heart. So the house of Ahaziah had no power to retain the kingdom.

Job 2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

Job 20:20 For he hath not known ease in his belly. With his desirable thing he delivereth not himself.
(See NAS)

Proverbs 4:4 He taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain my words. Keep my commandments, and live.

Proverbs 11:16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.

Ecclesiastes 8:8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

Jeremiah 3:5 Will he retain his anger forever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, you have spoken and have done evil things, and have had your way.

Jeremiah 34:9 That every man should liberate his man-servant, and every man his maid-servant, being a Hebrew or a Hebrewess; that none should retain them in service, to wit, a Jew his brother.

Jeremiah 34:10 Now when all the princes, and all the people who had entered into the covenant, heard that every one should liberate his man-servant, and every one his maid-servant, that none should retain them in service any more, then they obeyed, and let them go.

Ezekiel 18:16 neither has wronged any, has not taken anything to pledge, neither has taken by robbery, but has given his bread to the hungry, and has covered the naked with a garment;
(See NAS)

Daniel 10:16 Behold, one in the likeness of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spoke and said to him who stood before me, my lord, by reason of the vision my sorrows are turned on me, and I retain no strength.

Daniel 11:6 At the end of years they shall join themselves together; and the daughter of the king of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement: but she shall not retain the strength of her arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm; but she shall be given up, and those who brought her, and he who became the father of her, and he who strengthened her in those times.

Amos 2:14 And perished hath refuge from the swift, And the strong strengtheneth not his power, And the mighty delivereth not his soul.
(See RSV)

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like you, who pardons iniquity, and passes over the disobedience of the remnant of his heritage? He doesn't retain his anger forever, because he delights in loving kindness.



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