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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Hold.

2. (n.) The act or state of sustaining, grasping, or retaining.

3. (n.) A tenure; a farm or other estate held of another.

4. (n.) That which holds, binds, or influences.

5. (n.) The burden or chorus of a song.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

hol'-ding: Occurs with various shades of meaning:

(1) as the translation of tamakh, "to acquire," it has the sense of taking, obtaining (Isaiah 33:15, the Revised Version (British and American) "that shaketh his hands from taking a bribe," the English Revised Version, as the King James Version, "holding");

(2) of kul, "to hold," "contain," having the sense of containing or restraining (Jeremiah 6:11, "I am weary with holding in");

(3) of krateo, "to receive," "observe," "maintain" (Mark 7:3, "holding the tradition of the elders"; 1 Timothy 1:19, echo, "holding faith and a good conscience"; 1 Timothy 3:9, "holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience");

(4) holding fast, cleaving to, krateo (Colossians 2:19, "not holding the head," the Revised Version (British and American) "holding fast"; compare Acts 3:11 Revelation 7:1, "holding the four winds of the earth, that no wind should blow"); antechomai, "to hold over against one's self," "to hold fast" (Titus 1:9, the Revised Version (British and American) "holding to the faithful word");

(5) holding forth, epecho, "to hold upon, to hold out toward" (Philippians 2:16, "holding forth the word of life," so the Revised Version (British and American)); Lightfoot has "holding out" (as offering); others, however, render "holding fast," persevering in the Christian faith and life-connecting with being "blameless and harmless" in Philippians 2:15.

W. L. Walker

2697. kataschesis -- a holding fast
... a holding fast. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: kataschesis Phonetic
Spelling: (kat-as'-khes-is) Short Definition: a possession Definition: a ...
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4928. sunoche -- a holding together, fig. distress
... sunoche. 4929 . a holding together, fig. ... Word Origin from sunecho Definition a
holding together, fig. distress NASB Word Usage anguish (1), dismay (1). ...
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4465. rhabdouchos -- a rod holder, ie (a Roman) lictor (one ...
... a rod holder, ie (a Roman) lictor (one holding the rod of office). Part of Speech:
Noun, Masculine Transliteration: rhabdouchos Phonetic Spelling: (hrab-doo ...
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2902. krateo -- to be strong, rule
... Origin from kratos Definition to be strong, rule NASB Word Usage arrested (3), attained
(1), clinging (1), held (1), hold (4), hold fast (4), holding back (1 ...
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1385. dokos -- a beam of timber
... vision. Word Origin from dechomai (through the idea of holding up) Definition
a beam of timber NASB Word Usage log (6). beam. From ...
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1843. exomologeo -- to agree, confess
... 3670 , "say the same thing about") -- properly, agree and to acknowledge that agreement
(whole-heartedly); hence, to ("openly declare"), (no holding back). ...
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4912. sunecho -- to hold together, to hold fast, pass. to be ...
... afflicted (1), controls (1), covered (1), crowding (1), devoting...completely (1),
distressed (1), gripped (1), hard-pressed (1), hem (1), holding...in custody ...
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3426. modios -- modius, a dry measure of one peck
... 3426 -- a container for goods holding up to eight liters (roughly two gallons);
a measure (the chief grain unit) equivalent to one peck (8.81L). ...
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3794. ochuroma -- a stronghold, fortress
... stronghold. From a remote derivative of echo (meaning to fortify, through the idea
of holding safely); a castle (figuratively, argument) -- stronghold. ...
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436. anthistemi -- to set against, ie withstand
... 473 , "opposite/against" and 2476 , "to stand") -- properly,, ie a "180 degree,
position"; (figuratively) to establish one's position by "holding one's ground ...
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Strong's Hebrew
270. achaz -- to grasp, take hold, take possession
... 3), grasp (2), grasped (1), grasps (1), gripped (1), grips (1), handle (1), have
possessions (1), held (4), held fast (1), hold (3), holding (1), inserted (1 ...
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2388. chazaq -- to be or grow firm or strong, strengthen
... grow strong (1), harden (4), hardened (9), held (2), held them fast (1), help*
(1), helped (1), hold (4), hold his own (1), hold fast (5), holding (3), holds ...
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6117. aqab -- to follow at the heel, assail insidiously ...
... used only as denominative from aqeb, to seize by the heel; figuratively, to circumvent
(as if tripping up the heels); also to restrain (as if holding by the ...
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1660. gath -- a wine press
... winepress fat. Probably from nagan (in the sense of treading out grapes); a
wine-press (or vat for holding the grapes in pressing them) -- (wine-)press (fat). ...
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1692. dabaq -- to cling, cleave, keep close
... pursued (1), closer (1), clung (4), deeply attracted (1), fasten its grip (1), follow
closely (1), held fast (1), hold (2), hold fast (2), holding fast (1 ...
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5647. abad -- to work, serve
... been slaves (1), bondage (2), burdened (2), cultivate (7), cultivated (2), cultivates
(1), do (6), do the work (1), enslaved (3), given (1), holding in bondage ...
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3557. kul -- to comprehend, contain
... to comprehend, contain NASB Word Usage calculated (1), contain (4), contains (1),
endure (5), had to provide (1), held (1), hold (4), holding (2), maintain (1 ...
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5592. caph -- a basin, goblet
... From caphaph, in its original sense of containing; a vestibule (as a limit); also
a dish (for holding blood or wine) -- bason, bowl, cup, door (post), gate ...
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2833. choshen -- breastpiece, sacred pouch
... From an unused root probably meaning to contain or sparkle; perhaps a pocket (as
holding the Urim and Thummim), or rich (as containing gems), used only of the ...
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2840. chishshur -- a nave, hub (of a wheel)
... spoke. From an unused root meaning to bind together; combined, ie The nave or hub
of a wheel (as holding the spokes together) -- spoke. 2839, 2840. ...
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And the Lord, Holding the Hand of Adam, Delivered Him to Michael ...
... Part II."Christ's Descent into Hell. Latin. First Version. Chapter 9 (25). And the
Lord, holding the hand of Adam, delivered him to Michael the archangel? ...
/.../unknown/the gospel of nicodemus /chapter 9 25 and the.htm

Holding Fast and Held Fast
forth Jehoshaphat stood and said, Believe in the Lord your ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture g/holding fast and held fast.htm

Of the Statue of Constantine Holding a Cross, and Its Inscription.
... The Life of the blessed emperor constantine, by eusebius pamphilus. Book I. Chapter
XL."Of the Statue of Constantine holding a Cross, and its Inscription. ...
/.../pamphilius/the life of constantine/chapter xl of the statue of.htm

Concerning the Holding of a Local Synod at the Time Appointed.
... Canon VI. Concerning the holding of a local Synod at the time appointed.
Concerning the holding of a local Synod at the time appointed. ...
/.../schaff/the seven ecumenical councils/canon vi concerning the holding.htm

Of Holding Meetings with the Donatists.
... The Sixth Ecumenical Council. Canon XCI. (Greek xciv.) Of holding meetings
with the Donatists. Of holding meetings with the Donatists. ...
/.../schaff/the seven ecumenical councils/canon xci greek xciv of.htm

Ambrose Also Uses the Temperate and Ornamented Style when He is ...
... Book 4 Chapter 48. Ambrose also uses the temperate and ornamented style
when he is holding up before? 48. Ambrose also uses the ...
/.../augustine/on christian doctrine in four books/chapter 48 ambrose also uses.htm

There is a Kind of Trinity in the Holding, Contemplating, and ...
... Chapter 2."There is a Kind of Trinity in the Holding, Contemplating, and Loving
of Faith Temporal, But One that Does Not Yet Attain to Being Properly an ...
/.../augustine/on the holy trinity/chapter 2 there is a kind.htm

As to any One's Attempting to Take from the Church the Right of ...
... The Epistle of Pope Urban First. III. As to any one's attempting to take from
the Church the right of holding property. By the increase ...
//christianbookshelf.org/unknown/the decretals/iii as to any ones.htm

Constantine Enacts a Law against all Heresies, and Prohibits the ...
... Chapter XXXII."Constantine enacts a Law against all Heresies, and prohibits the
People from holding Church in any place but the Catholic Church, and thus the ...
/.../chapter xxxii constantine enacts a law.htm

Thekla Singing Decorously a Hymn, the Rest of the virgins Sing ...
... but the rest, standing together in a circle after the manner of a chorus, responded
to her: "I keep myself pure for Thee, O Bridegroom, and holding a lighted ...
/.../chapter ii thekla singing decorously a.htm

Holding (62 Occurrences)
... 4. (n.) That which holds, binds, or influences. 5. (n.) The burden or chorus
of a song. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. HOLDING. ...
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Cruse (11 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary A utensil; a flask or cup for holding water (1 Samuel
26:11, 12, 16; 1 Kings 19:6) or oil (1 Kings 17:12, 14, 16). ...
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Pot (46 Occurrences)
... 1. (n.) A metallic or earthen vessel, appropriated to any of a great variety of
uses, as for boiling meat or vegetables, for holding liquids, for plants, etc ...
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Waterpot (1 Occurrence)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (n.) A vessel for holding or conveying water, or for
sprinkling water on cloth, plants, etc. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. ...
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Incapable (5 Occurrences)
... end in view; not large enough to contain or hold; deficient in physical strength,
mental or moral power, etc.; not capable; as, incapable of holding a certain ...
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Firmly (47 Occurrences)
... Colossians 1:23 if, indeed, you are still firmly holding to faith as your foundation,
without ever shifting from your hope that rests on the Good News that you ...
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Bottle (28 Occurrences)
... A vessel made of skins for holding wine (Joshua 9:4. 13; 1 Samuel 16:20; Matthew
9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37, 38), or milk (Judges 4:19), or water (Genesis 21:14 ...
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Vat (7 Occurrences)
... 1. (n.) A large vessel, cistern, or tub, especially one used for holding in an immature
state, chemical preparations for dyeing, or for tanning, or for tanning ...
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Urn (1 Occurrence)
... 1. (n.) A vessel of various forms, usually a vase furnished with a foot or pedestal,
employed for different purposes, as for holding liquids, for ornamental ...
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Jar (45 Occurrences)
... 2. (n.) A deep, broad-mouthed vessel of earthenware or glass, for holding fruit,
preserves, etc., or for ornamental purposes; as, a jar of honey; a rose jar. ...
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Holding (62 Occurrences)

Matthew 14:5
and, willing to kill him, he feared the multitude, because as a prophet they were holding him.

Matthew 21:46
and seeking to lay hold on him, they feared the multitudes, seeing they were holding him as a prophet.

Matthew 27:16
They had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
(See NAS)

Mark 7:3
(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, don't eat unless they wash their hands and forearms, holding to the tradition of the elders.

Mark 7:8
for, having put away the command of God, ye hold the tradition of men, baptisms of pots and cups; and many other such like things ye do.'
(See NIV)

Mark 11:32
Or should we say, 'human?'" They were afraid of the people; for all agreed in holding John to have been really a Prophet.

Luke 22:63
And the men who were holding Jesus were mocking him, beating 'him';

Luke 24:17
He said to them, "What are you talking about as you walk, and are sad?"
(See RSV)

John 2:6
Now there were standing there six stone water-vessels, according to the purification of the Jews, holding two or three measures each.

John 8:44
You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and doesn't stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and its father.
(See NIV)

Acts 3:11
And at the lame man who was healed holding Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch called Solomon's -- greatly amazed,

Romans 1:18
For there is revealed wrath of God from heaven upon all impiety, and unrighteousness of men holding the truth in unrighteousness.

1 Corinthians 11:2
Now I commend you for remembering me in everything, and because you hold fast truths and practices precisely as I have taught them to you.
(See NIV)

2 Corinthians 13:5
Test your own selves, whether you are in the faith. Test your own selves. Or don't you know as to your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you?-unless indeed you are disqualified.
(See RSV)

Ephesians 4:15
but, holding the truth in love, we may grow up to him in all things, who is the head, the Christ:

Philippians 2:16
holding up the word of life; that I may have something to boast in the day of Christ, that I didn't run in vain nor labor in vain.

Colossians 1:23
if, indeed, you are still firmly holding to faith as your foundation, without ever shifting from your hope that rests on the Good News that you have heard, which has been proclaimed in the whole creation under Heaven, and in which I Paul have been appointed to serve.

Colossians 2:19
and not holding firmly to the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and ligaments, grows with God's growth.

1 Timothy 1:19
holding faith and a good conscience; which some having thrust away made a shipwreck concerning the faith;

1 Timothy 3:9
holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

1 Timothy 4:8
For bodily exercise has some value, but godliness has value in all things, having the promise of the life which is now, and of that which is to come.
(See NIV)

1 Timothy 6:5
constant quarrellings of men corrupted in mind and destitute of the truth, holding gain to be the end of piety.

2 Timothy 2:18
men who have erred concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past, and overthrowing the faith of some.
(See RSV)

2 Timothy 3:5
holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof. Turn away from these, also.

Titus 1:9
holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able to exhort in the sound doctrine, and to convict those who contradict him.

Hebrews 9:4
having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which was a golden pot holding the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant;

3 John 1:3
For I rejoiced exceedingly when the brethren came and bore testimony to thy holding fast the truth, even as thou walkest in truth.

Revelation 2:1
To the messenger of the Ephesian assembly write: These things saith he who is holding the seven stars in his right hand, who is walking in the midst of the seven lamp-stands -- the golden:

Revelation 2:14
But I have against thee a few things: That thou hast there those holding the teaching of Balaam, who did teach Balak to cast a stumbling-block before the sons of Israel, to eat idol-sacrifices, and to commit whoredom;

Revelation 2:15
so hast thou, even thou, those holding the teaching of the Nicolaitans -- which thing I hate.

Revelation 3:11
Lo, I come quickly, be holding fast that which thou hast, that no one may receive thy crown.

Revelation 5:8
Now when he had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

Revelation 6:5
And when he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, 'Come and behold!' and I saw, and lo, a black horse, and he who is sitting upon it is having a balance in his hand,
(See NIV)

Revelation 7:1
After this, I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth, or on the sea, or on any tree.

Revelation 7:9
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no man could number, out of every nation and of all tribes, peoples, and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.
(See NIV)

Revelation 8:3
Another angel came and stood over the altar, having a golden censer. Much incense was given to him, that he should add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.
(See NAS)

Revelation 15:2
I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who overcame the beast, his image, and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.
(See NAS)

Revelation 17:4
The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of the sexual immorality of the earth.
(See RSV)

Revelation 20:1
I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.

Genesis 24:21
And the man looked stedfastly on her, holding his peace, to know whether Jehovah had made his journey prosperous or not.

Genesis 25:26
And after that came forth his brother, and his hand had hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob. And Isaac was threescore years old when she bore them.
(See NAS)

Genesis 50:11
When the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, "This is a grievous mourning by the Egyptians." Therefore, its name was called Abel Mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan.
(See NIV)

Exodus 6:5
Moreover I have heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I have remembered my covenant.
(See NAS)

Leviticus 11:36
Nevertheless a spring or a cistern in which water is a gathered shall be clean: but that which touches their carcass shall be unclean.
(See RSV)

Deuteronomy 30:20
to love Yahweh your God, to obey his voice, and to cleave to him; for he is your life, and the length of your days; that you may dwell in the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
(See NAS)

Judges 7:20
And the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the jars, holding in their left hands the torches, and in their right hands the trumpets to blow; and they cried, "A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!"

Judges 16:26
And Samson saith unto the young man who is keeping hold on his hand, 'Let me alone, and let me feel the pillars on which the house is established, and I lean upon them.'
(See NAS)

1 Samuel 17:57
As David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand.
(See NIV)

1 Samuel 25:36
And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken; wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light.

1 Kings 7:38
He made ten basins of brass: one basin contained forty baths; and every basin was four cubits; and on every one of the ten bases one basin.
(See NIV)

2 Chronicles 25:5
And Amaziah gathereth Judah, and appointeth them, according to the house of the fathers, for heads of the thousands, and for heads of the hundreds, for all Judah and Benjamin; and he inspecteth them from a son of twenty years and upward, and findeth them three hundred thousand chosen ones, going forth to the host, holding spear and target.

Nehemiah 4:17
The builders on the wall, and the bearers of the burden, those lading, 'each' with one of his hands is working in the business, and one is laying hold of the missile.
(See NAS)

Nehemiah 4:21
And we are working in the business, and half of them are keeping hold of the spears, from the going up of the dawn till the coming forth of the stars.

Job 1:4
And his sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one upon his day; and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
(See NIV)

Job 2:9
Then said his wife unto him: 'Dost thou still hold fast thine integrity? blaspheme God, and die.'
(See NIV)

Song of Songs 3:8
All of them holding sword, taught of battle, Each his sword by his thigh, for fear at night.

Isaiah 1:13
Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; new moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies,- I cannot away with iniquity and the solemn meeting.
(See JPS)

Isaiah 33:15
He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

Jeremiah 6:11
Therefore I am full of the wrath of Yahweh; I am weary with holding in: pour it out on the children in the street, and on the assembly of young men together; for even the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him who is full of days.

Jeremiah 20:9
And I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name: but it was in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I became wearied with holding in, and I could not.

Jeremiah 34:7
when the king of Babylon's army was fighting against Jerusalem, and against all the cities of Judah that were left, against Lachish and against Azekah; for these alone remained of the cities of Judah as fortified cities.
(See NIV)

Jeremiah 49:16
Thy terribleness hath lifted thee up, The pride of thy heart, O dweller in clefts of the rock, Holding the high place of the height, For thou makest high as an eagle thy nest, From thence I bring thee down, An affirmation of Jehovah.



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