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Easton's Bible Dictionary
Strain at

Simply a misprint for "strain out" (Matthew 23:24).

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) Race; stock; generation; descent; family.

2. (n.) Hereditary character, quality, or disposition.

3. (n.) Rank; a sort.

4. (v.) To draw with force; to extend with great effort; to stretch; as, to strain a rope; to strain the shrouds of a ship; to strain the cords of a musical instrument.

5. (v.) To act upon, in any way, so as to cause change of form or volume, as forces on a beam to bend it.

6. (v.) To exert to the utmost; to ply vigorously.

7. (v.) To stretch beyond its proper limit; to do violence to, in the matter of intent or meaning; as, to strain the law in order to convict an accused person.

8. (v.) To injure by drawing, stretching, or the exertion of force; as, the gale strained the timbers of the ship.

9. (v.) To injure in the muscles or joints by causing to make too strong an effort; to harm by overexertion; to sprain; as, to strain a horse by overloading; to strain the wrist; to strain a muscle.

10. (v.) To squeeze; to press closely.

11. (v.) To make uneasy or unnatural; to produce with apparent effort; to force; to constrain.

12. (v.) To urge with importunity; to press; as, to strain a petition or invitation.

13. (v.) To press, or cause to pass, through a strainer, as through a screen, a cloth, or some porous substance; to purify, or separate from extraneous or solid matter, by filtration; to filter; as, to strain milk through cloth.

14. (v. i.) To make violent efforts.

15. (v. i.) To percolate; to be filtered; as, water straining through a sandy soil.

16. (n.) The act of straining, or the state of being strained.

17. (n.) A violent effort; an excessive and hurtful exertion or tension, as of the muscles; as, he lifted the weight with a strain; the strain upon a ship's rigging in a gale; also, the hurt or injury resulting; a sprain.

18. (n.) A change of form or dimensions of a solid or liquid mass, produced by a stress.

19. (n.) A portion of music divided off by a double bar; a complete musical period or sentence; a movement, or any rounded subdivision of a movement.

20. (n.) Any sustained note or movement; a song; a distinct portion of an ode or other poem; also, the pervading note, or burden, of a song, poem, oration, book, etc.; theme; motive; manner; style; also, a course of action or conduct; as, he spoke in a noble strain; there was a strain of woe in his story; a strain of trickery appears in his career.

21. (n.) Turn; tendency; inborn disposition. Cf. 1st Strain.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

stran (diulizo, "to strain off," "to filter"): Matthew 23:24, "Ye blind guides, that strain out the gnat, and swallow the camel" The imagery is that of a drinking-vessel full of liquid, from which tiny impurities are carefully removed while immense masses of other impure matter (Leviticus 11:4) are overlooked (compare Matthew 7:3). The first edition of the King James Version read the same as the Revised Version (British and American), but in the later editions a misprint converted "strain out" into "strain at," an error that has never been corrected.

1368. diulizo -- to strain thoroughly, strain out
... to strain thoroughly, strain out. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: diulizo
Phonetic Spelling: (dee-oo-lid'-zo) Short Definition: I strain, put through a ...
// - 6k

1971. epipotheo -- to long for
... to long for. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: epipotheo Phonetic Spelling:
(ep-ee-poth-eh'-o) Short Definition: I long for, strain after, desire greatly ...
// - 7k

5005. talaiporos -- distressed, miserable
... 5005 (an adjective, derived from , "to bear, undergo" and , "a callous," J. Thayer) --
properly, (beaten-down) from continued strain, leaving a person ...
// - 7k

1901. epekteino -- to extend, mid. to stretch forward
... to stretch forward. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: epekteino Phonetic Spelling:
(ep-ek-ti'-nom-ahee) Short Definition: I strain after Definition: I ...
// - 7k

4102. pistis -- faith, faithfulness
... with faith, there is no strain or tension; rather, it has the element of assurance
and confidence in it . . . if there is strain or tension . . . ...
// - 18k

816. atenizo -- to look fixedly, gaze
... 816 (from , "to stretch, strain," prefixed by "," 1 ) -- properly, fixed (fixated);
to at because with ("taken by"); to observe with great interest and a ...
// - 7k

Strong's Hebrew
2212. zaqaq -- to refine, purify
... fine, pour down, purge, purify, refine. A primitive root; to strain, (figuratively)
extract, clarify -- fine, pour down, purge, purify, refine. 2211, 2212. ...
/hebrew/2212.htm - 6k

He Continues in this Strain: "If He had Determined Upon These ...
... Chapter XXIII. He continues in this strain: "If he had determined upon these
things? He continues in this strain: "If he had determined ...
/.../origen/origen against celsus/chapter xxiii he continues in.htm

A Strain of the Judgment of the Lord.
... X. Appendix. [Translated by the Rev. S. Thelwall.] 4. A Strain of the Judgment of
the Lord. (Author Uncertain.) [1281] Who will for me in fitting strain adapt. ...
/.../unknown/fathers of the third century tertullian appendix/4 a strain of the.htm

A Strain of Sodom.
... X. Appendix. [Translated by the Rev. S. Thelwall.] 2. A Strain of Sodom.
(Author Uncertain.) Already had Almighty God wiped off. ...
/.../fathers of the third century tertullian appendix/2 a strain of sodom.htm

A Strain of Jonah the Prophet.
... [Translated by the Rev. S. Thelwall.] 1. A Strain of Jonah the Prophet. [1198].
1. A Strain of Jonah the Prophet. After the living, aye"enduring death. ...
/.../fathers of the third century tertullian appendix/1 a strain of jonah.htm

That a Man Shall not Take Ensample at the Bodily Ascension of ...
... HERE BEGINNETH THE NINE AND FIFTIETH CHAPTER That a man shall not take ensample
at the bodily ascension of Christ, for to strain his imagination upwards bodily ...
/.../anonymous/the cloud of unknowing/here beginneth the nine and 4.htm

That a Man Shall not Take Ensample of Saint Martin and of Saint ...
... HERE BEGINNETH THE EIGHT AND FIFTIETH CHAPTER That a man shall not take ensample
of Saint Martin and of Saint Stephen, for to strain his imagination bodily ...
/.../anonymous/the cloud of unknowing/here beginneth the eight and 4.htm

Easter Day 170. Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain
... II. THE CHRISTIAN YEAR Easter Day 170. Come, ye faithful, raise the strain. [664]St. ... Come, ye faithful, raise the strain. Of triumphant gladness; ...
/.../easter day 170 come ye.htm

Other Absurd Theories Respecting Matter and Its Incidents Exposed ...
... Chapter XXXVI."Other Absurd Theories Respecting Matter and Its Incidents Exposed
in an Ironical Strain. Motion in Matter. Hermogenes' Conceits Respecting It. ...
/.../against hermogenes/chapter xxxvi other absurd theories respecting.htm

A Rationale of Sleep, of Yawning, and of Dreams .
... 2. For instance, emptying succeeds fulness, and on the other hand after emptiness
comes in turn a process of filling: sleep relaxes the strain of waking, and ...
/.../gregory/gregory of nyssa dogmatic treatises etc/xiii a rationale of sleep.htm

The Blessings of Peace.
... 1 Peace! the welcome sound proclaim, Dwell with rapture on the theme; Loud, still
louder, swell the strain: Peace on earth, good will to men. 2 Breezes! ...
/.../adams/hymns for christian devotion/812 the blessings of.htm

Strain (5 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Strain at. Simply a misprint for "strain out" (Matthew
23:24). Noah Webster's Dictionary. 1. (n.) Race; stock ...
/s/strain.htm - 11k

Gnat (1 Occurrence)
... Our Lord alludes here to the gnat in a proverbial expression probably in common
use, "who strain out the gnat;" the words in the Authorized Version, "strain at ...
/g/gnat.htm - 10k

Stretch (73 Occurrences)
... 4. (vt) To make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly. 5. (vt) To draw or pull
out to greater length; to strain; as, to stretch a tendon or muscle. ...
/s/stretch.htm - 31k

Stress (3 Occurrences)
... 1. (n.) Distress. 2. (n.) Pressure, strain; -- used chiefly of immaterial things;
except in mechanics; hence, urgency; importance; weight; significance. ...
/s/stress.htm - 8k

Camel (13 Occurrences)
... To strain at (rather, out) a gnat and swallow a camel was also a proverbial expression
(Matthew 23:24), used with reference to those who were careful to avoid ...
/c/camel.htm - 21k

Wring (4 Occurrences)
... 1. (vt) To twist and compress; to turn and strain with violence; to writhe;
to squeeze hard; to pinch; as, to wring clothes in washing. ...
/w/wring.htm - 8k

Flourish (26 Occurrences)
... 6. (vi) To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of
ornament or prelude. 7. (vi) To boast; to vaunt; to brag. ...
/f/flourish.htm - 18k

Drink (414 Occurrences)
... Leviticus 11:20, 23, 41, 42. (See Matthew 23:24. "Strain at" should be "strain
out."). Drink, strong: (Hebrews shekar'), an intoxicating ...
/d/drink.htm - 45k

Force (250 Occurrences)
... 14. (n.) To put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding; to enforce.
15. (n.) To exert to the utmost; to urge; hence, to strain; to urge to excessive ...
/f/force.htm - 40k

Proverb (24 Occurrences)
... AS UNIT OF A STRAIN OF LITERATURE 1. From Detachment to Continuity 2. The Conception
of Wisdom 3. In Later Times By this term mainly, but sometimes by the term ...
/p/proverb.htm - 29k

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Strain (5 Occurrences)

Matthew 23:24
You blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel!

Luke 13:24
"Strain every nerve to force your way in through the narrow gate," He answered; "for multitudes, I tell you, will endeavour to find a way in and will not succeed.

Exodus 18:23
If you will do this thing, and God commands you so, then you will be able to endure, and all of these people also will go to their place in peace."
(See NIV)

Ecclesiastes 2:22
For what hath a man of all his labour, and of the striving of his heart, wherein he laboureth under the sun?
(See RSV)

Isaiah 22:4
Therefore said I, Look away from me, I will weep bitterly; labor not to comfort me for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
(See JPS)



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