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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To seize and hold by clasping or embracing with the fingers or arms; to catch to take possession of.

2. (v. t.) To lay hold of with the mind; to become thoroughly acquainted or conversant with; to comprehend.

3. (v. i.) To effect a grasp; to make the motion of grasping; to clutch; to struggle; to strive.

4. (n.) A gripe or seizure of the hand; a seizure by embrace, or enfolding in the arms.

5. (n.) Reach of the arms; hence, the power of seizing and holding; as, it was beyond his grasp.

6. (n.) Forcible possession; hold.

7. (n.) Wide-reaching power of intellect to comprehend subjects and hold them under survey.

8. (n.) The handle of a sword or of an oar.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

grasp: The word harpagmos (Philippians 2:6), is rendered by the King James Version "robbery," by the Revised Version (British and American) "a prize," and by the American Standard Revised Version "a thing to be grasped." By derivation the term may denote either an act of seizing or the aim or result of the action. In the context Paul is discussing, not Christ's opinion of His equality with God, but His amazing self-sacrifice in laying aside His equally for our sakes. He but laid it aside for us. It is better to render with the Revised Version (British and American) "a prize."

1405. drassomai -- to grasp, fig. entrap
... 1404, 1405. drassomai. 1406 . to grasp, fig. ... Word Origin a prim. verb Definition
to grasp, fig. entrap NASB Word Usage catches (1). to catch, seize. ...
// - 6k

2902. krateo -- to be strong, rule
... fast. Cognate: 2902 -- to place under one's grasp (seize hold of, put under
control). See 2904 (). Word ... 1). grasp, keep, lay hold. From ...
// - 9k

5495. cheir -- the hand
... Word Origin a prim. word Definition the hand NASB Word Usage agency (1), charge*
(1), grasp (1), hand (82), hands (88), help (1). hand. ...
// - 7k

138. haireo -- to take, choose
... 138 (a primitive verb, always in the Greek middle voice) -- properly, lay hold of
by a . [The Greek voice emphasizes the of the one () to grasp or take.]. ...
// - 7k

333. anatheoreo -- to observe carefully
... 303 , ", as in completing a process," which intensifies 2334 , "gaze on") -- properly,
consider (literally " and down"); pay attention () to grasp the fuller ...
// - 7k

3415. mnaomai -- be mindful, remember
... Middle voice of a derivative of meno or perhaps of the base of massaomai (through
the idea of fixture in the mind or of mental grasp); to bear in mind, ie ...
// - 7k

878. aphron -- without reason, foolish
... 878 ("") describes someone because they fail to grasp -- ie in understanding
what (consequences). Word Origin from alpha (as a neg. ...
// - 7k

4822. sumbibazo -- to join together, hence to consider, by ext. to ...
... 4822 (from 4862 , "identified " and 1688 , "to board a ship") -- properly, (combine),
"causing to stride together" (); (figuratively) to grasp a truth by ideas ...
// - 8k

1522. eisakouo -- to listen, to obey
... 1522 (from 1519 , "into, unto" and 191 , "hear") -- properly, hear (unto), ie heard;
to listen ("intentionally, deeply") to grasp a statement to its or (note ...
// - 7k

2300. theaomai -- to behold, look upon
... 2300 (from , "to gaze at a spectacle") -- properly, gaze on (contemplate) as a ;
to observe , especially to something (grasp its ); to see ( on) so as to ...
// - 8k

Strong's Hebrew
7061. qamats -- enclose with the hand, grasp
... 7060, 7061. qamats. 7062 . enclose with the hand, grasp. Transliteration: qamats
Phonetic Spelling: (kaw-mats') Short Definition: take. Word Origin a prim. ...
/hebrew/7061.htm - 6k

8551. tamak -- to grasp, support, attain
... 8550, 8551. tamak. 8552 . to grasp, support, attain. Transliteration: tamak
Phonetic Spelling: (taw-mak') Short Definition: uphold. Word Origin a prim. ...
/hebrew/8551.htm - 6k

5844b. atah -- to grasp
... atah. 5845 . to grasp. Transliteration: atah Short Definition: firmly. Word Origin
a prim. root Definition to grasp NASB Word Usage grasp you firmly (1). ...
/hebrew/5844b.htm - 5k

270. achaz -- to grasp, take hold, take possession
... 269, 270. achaz. 271 . to grasp, take hold, take possession. Transliteration:
achaz Phonetic Spelling: (aw-khaz') Short Definition: seized. Word Origin a prim ...
/hebrew/270.htm - 6k

3943. laphath -- to twist, turn, grasp with a twisting motion
... 3942, 3943. laphath. 3944 . to twist, turn, grasp with a twisting motion.
Transliteration: laphath Phonetic Spelling: (law-fath') Short Definition: forward ...
/hebrew/3943.htm - 6k

2388. chazaq -- to be or grow firm or strong, strengthen
... encouragement (1), encourages (1), established himself securely (1), fasten (1),
fastens (1), fierce (1), firm (2), firmly (2), firmly in his grasp (1), forces ...
/hebrew/2388.htm - 8k

6642. tsabat -- to reach, hold out
... root Definition to reach, hold out NASB Word Usage served (1). reach. A primitive
root; to grasp, ie Hand out -- reach. 6641, 6642. tsabat. 6643 . ...
/hebrew/6642.htm - 5k

1574. gomed -- a short cubit (from elbow to knuckles of clenched ...
... 1). cubit. From an unused root apparently meaning to grasp; properly, a span --
cubit. 1573, 1574. gomed. 1575 . Strong's Numbers.
/hebrew/1574.htm - 6k

7476. rayon -- a thought
... cogitation, thought. (Aramaic) corresponding to ra'yown; a grasp. Ie (figuratively)
mental conception -- cogitation, thought. see HEBREW ra'yown. 7475, 7476. ...
/hebrew/7476.htm - 6k

6908. qabats -- to gather, collect
... A primitive root; to grasp, ie Collect -- assemble (selves), gather (bring) (together,
selves together, up), heap, resort, X surely, take up. 6907, 6908. ...
/hebrew/6908.htm - 6k


The Grasp that Brings Peace
... THE GRASP THAT BRINGS PEACE. 'Let him take hold of My strength ... reconciled to God.'.
III. The grasp which ends alienation. The word for 'strength ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture h/the grasp that brings peace.htm

Death to Lawful Things is the Way Out into a Life of Surrender.
... The little hands of the calyx clasp tightly in the bud, round the beautiful petals;
in the young flower their grasp grows more elastic"loosening somewhat in ...
/.../trotter/parables of the cross/death to lawful things is.htm

The Scaffolding Left in the Body
... Now although most people have some time or other been seized in the awful grasp
of a baby, few have any idea of the abnormal power locked up in the tentacles ...
/.../the lowell lectures on the ascent of man/chapter ii the scaffolding left.htm

The Message and Its Practical Results
... If, then, we grasp these two thoughts of absolute purity and of self-impartation
as the very nature and property of God, John tells us that we grasp the kernel ...
/.../expositions of holy scripture ephesians peter/the message and its practical.htm

The Mystery of the Lord's Incarnation Clearly Implies the Divinity ...
... But I am speaking of Christ and the Church," ie, since perhaps at the present time
all cannot grasp that, they may at least grasp this, which is not at ...
/.../cassian/the seven books of john cassian /chapter xi the mystery of.htm

A Sheaf of Prayer Arrows
... So that when we say, 'O Lord!' we summon up before ourselves, and grasp as the grounds
of our confidence, and we humbly present before Him as the motives, if ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture j/a sheaf of prayer arrows.htm

How the Apostle Maintains that Christ is the Power of God and the ...
... Thus all who have failed to grasp them must be reckoned among the princes of this
world, and those who have grasped them among God's wise ones. ...
/.../cassian/the seven books of john cassian /chapter x how the apostle.htm

Wide Reading.
... It underlies all methods of getting a grasp of this wonderful Book, and so coming
to as full and rounded an understanding of God as is possible to men down here ...
// talks on prayer/wide reading.htm

God's Inheritance in the Saints
... be on their foreheads.' Obedience, contemplation, transformation, these are the
hands by which we here lay hold on God; and they in the heavens grasp Him just ...
/.../gods inheritance in the saints.htm

Impossible Silence
... is so rare. The one is a deficient conception of what the Gospel is, and
the other is a feeble grasp of it for ourselves. If you ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture the acts/impossible silence.htm

Grasp (20 Occurrences)
... 3. (vi) To effect a grasp; to make the motion of grasping; to clutch; to
struggle; to strive. ... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. GRASP. ...
/g/grasp.htm - 13k

Seize (91 Occurrences)
... 1. (vt) To take or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp. ... 6. (vt) To grasp with the
mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea. ...
/s/seize.htm - 34k

Grip (32 Occurrences)
... 3. (vt) To trench; to drain. 4. (n.) An energetic or tenacious grasp; a holding
fast; strength in grasping. ... 8. (vt) To give a grip to; to grasp; to gripe. ...
/g/grip.htm - 16k

Robbery (18 Occurrences)
... counted it not a prize to be on an equality," etc., ie, "did not look upon equality
with God as a prize which must not slip from his grasp" = "did not cling ...
/r/robbery.htm - 16k

Catch (46 Occurrences)
... 1. (vt) To lay hold on; to seize, especially with the hand; to grasp (anything)
in motion, with the effect of holding; as, to catch a ball. ...
/c/catch.htm - 22k

Seizure (1 Occurrence)
... 1. (n.) The act of seizing, or the state of being seized; sudden and violent grasp
or gripe; a taking into possession; as, the seizure of a thief, a property ...
/s/seizure.htm - 7k

Grasped (11 Occurrences)

/g/grasped.htm - 9k

Empire (8 Occurrences)
... (1) Julius Caesar. For a couple of generations political leaders had foreseen
the coming of supreme power and had tried to grasp it. ...
/e/empire.htm - 80k

Family (438 Occurrences)
... That this account should have held the place in history that it has had adds testimony
to the fine perception of sentiment and the strong grasp on principle ...
/f/family.htm - 87k

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

Grasp (20 Occurrences)

Luke 9:45
But they didn't understand this saying. It was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
(See NIV)

Luke 18:34
They understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they didn't understand the things that were said.
(See RSV)

John 10:39
They sought again to seize him, and he went out of their hand.

1 Corinthians 14:11
If then I don't know the meaning of the sound, I would be to him who speaks a foreigner, and he who speaks would be a foreigner to me.
(See NIV)

Ephesians 3:17
I pray that Christ may make His home in your hearts through your faith; so that having your roots deep and your foundations strong, in love, you may become mighty to grasp the idea,

Ephesians 3:18
as it is grasped by all God's people, of the breadth and length, the height and depth--
(Root in WEY NIV)

Revelation 2:1
"To the minister of the Church in Ephesus write as follows: "'This is what He who holds the seven stars in the grasp of His right hand says--He who walks to and fro among the seven lampstands of gold.

Exodus 4:4
Yahweh said to Moses, "Put forth your hand, and take it by the tail." He put forth his hand, and laid hold of it, and it became a rod in his hand.
(See NAS)

2 Kings 14:5
It happened, as soon as the kingdom was established in his hand, that he killed his servants who had slain the king his father:
(See NIV)

2 Chronicles 25:3
Now it happened, when the kingdom was established to him, that he killed his servants who had killed the king his father.
(See NAS)

Psalms 71:4
Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

Proverbs 27:16
restraining her is like restraining the wind, or like grasping oil in his right hand.

Proverbs 30:28
You may take the lizard in your hands, but it is in kings' houses.
(See NAS)

Proverbs 31:19
She puts her hands to the cloth-working rod, and her fingers take the wheel.

Ecclesiastes 7:18
It is good to take this in your hand and not to keep your hand from that; he who has the fear of God will be free of the two.

Isaiah 22:17
Behold, Yahweh will overcome you and hurl you away violently. Yes, he will grasp you firmly.

Jeremiah 15:21
I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you out of the hand of the terrible.

Jeremiah 34:3
and you shall not escape out of his hand, but shall surely be taken, and delivered into his hand; and your eyes shall see the eyes of the king of Babylon, and he shall speak with you mouth to mouth, and you shall go to Babylon.
(See NIV)

Habakkuk 2:9
Woe to him that getteth iniquitous gain to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the grasp of evil!

Zechariah 8:23
Thus says Yahweh of Armies: "In those days, ten men will take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, they will take hold of the skirt of him who is a Jew, saying,'We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'"
(See NAS)



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