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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To take upon one's self; to engage in; to enter upon; to take in hand; to begin to perform; to set about; to attempt.

2. (v. t.) Specifically, to take upon one's self solemnly or expressly; to lay one's self under obligation, or to enter into stipulations, to perform or to execute; to covenant; to contract.

3. (v. t.) Hence, to guarantee; to promise; to affirm.

4. (v. t.) To assume, as a character.

5. (v. t.) To engage with; to attack.

6. (v. t.) To have knowledge of; to hear.

7. (v. t.) To take or have the charge of.

8. (v. i.) To take upon one's self, or assume, any business, duty, or province.

9. (v. i.) To venture; to hazard.

10. (v. i.) To give a promise or guarantee; to be surety.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

un-der-tak': "To take upon one's self," "assume responsibility," and so in Elizabethan English "be surety." In this sense in the King James Version Isaiah 38:14, "O Lord,.... undertake for me" (`arabh, the Revised Version (British and American) "be thou my surety"). Perhaps in the same sense in Sirach 29:19, although the idea is scarcely contained in the Greek verb dioko, "pursue." In the modern sense in 1 Esdras 1:28; 2 Maccabees 2:29; 8:10; the King James Version 2:27.


324. anadechomai -- to undertake, receive
... to undertake, receive. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: anadechomai Phonetic
Spelling: (an-ad-ekh'-om-ahee) Short Definition: I welcome, receive kindly ...
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4323. prosanatithemi -- to lay on besides, hence to undertake ...
... to lay on besides, hence to undertake besides (mid.). Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: prosanatithemi Phonetic Spelling: (pros-an-at-ith'-ay-mee) Short ...
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2021. epicheireo -- to put one's hand to, hence to attempt
... go about, take in hand. From epi and cheir; to put the hand upon, ie Undertake --
go about, take in hand (upon). see GREEK epi. see GREEK cheir. ...
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Strong's Hebrew
2974. yaal -- to show willingness, be pleased, determine ...
... to show willingness, be pleased, determine, undertake (to do anything). Transliteration:
yaal Phonetic Spelling: (yaw-al') Short Definition: willing. ...
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6148. arab -- to take on pledge, give in pledge, exchange
... give to be security (as a kind of exchange) -- engage, (inter-)meddle (with), mingle
(self), mortgage, occupy, give pledges, be(-come, put in) surety, undertake ...
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6901. qabal -- to receive, take
... choose, take hold, receive, undertake. A primitive root; to admit, ie Take (literally
or figuratively) -- choose, (take) hold, receive, (under-)take. ...
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4916a. mishlach -- outstretching
... Word Origin from shalach Definition outstretching NASB Word Usage place for pasturing
(1), put (1), undertake* (2), undertakings* (3). 4916, 4916a. ...
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3027. yad -- hand
... stays (2), strength (5), submitted* (1), support (1), support* (1), swore* (12),
sworn* (4), tenons (6), through (60), times (2), undertake* (2), undertakings ...
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the Nature of this Oversight
... I should scarcely commend the prudence or humility of that laborer, let his parts
be ever so great, that would not only undertake to gather in all the harvest ...
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The Stony Heart Removed
... But while such a thing would be impossible apart from God, it is certain that God
can do it. Oh, how the Master delighteth to undertake impossibilities! ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 8 1863/the stony heart removed.htm

Of Certain Temptations of Satan. Instructions Relating Thereto.
... I am astonished at the great things done on this road by encouraging oneself to
undertake great things, though we may not have the strength for them at once ...
/.../teresa/the life of st teresa of jesus/chapter xiii of certain temptations.htm

Ambrose is not in Agreement with Pelagius.
... operates everywhere with human efforts, that no man is able to build without the
Lord, no man to watch without the Lord, no man to undertake anything without ...
/.../augustine/anti-pelagian writings/chapter 48 xliv ambrose is not.htm

Mortifications Divided Into: 1...
... or human constitution, or by obedience and subjection to our superiors, conversation
with our equals, inferiors, &c.; 3. those also that we undertake by the ...
/.../chapter v mortifications divided into .htm

Against Rash and Vain Swearing.
... a binding our souls with a most strict and solemn obligation, to answer before God,
and to undergo the issue of His judgment about what we affirm or undertake. ...
/.../sermons on evil-speaking by isaac barrow/against rash and vain swearing.htm

Your Origen Allows Himself to Treat of the Transmigration of Souls ...
... creatures in one body after another, to say that Christ has often suffered, and
will often suffer again, it being always profitable to undertake what has once ...
/.../20 your origen allows himself.htm

Later History of Revision.
... history, followed every course, adopted every expedient, and carefully took every
precaution to bring the great work it was preparing to undertake to a worthy ...
/.../address ii later history of.htm

The Ecclesiastical Canons of the Same Holy Apostles.
... If he go on in it, let him be deprived. 7. Let not a bishop, a priest, or deacon
undertake the cares of this world; but if he do, let him be deprived. [3773]. ...
/.../various/constitutions of the holy apostles/the ecclesiastical canons of the.htm

Christ the Conqueror of Satan
... He tells the dragon that he will undertake to deal with him; this quarrel shall
not be between the serpent and man, but between God and the serpent. ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 22 1876/christ the conqueror of satan.htm

Undertake (16 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. UNDERTAKE. ...undertake for me" (`arabh, the
Revised Version (British and American) "be thou my surety"). ...
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Undertaken (10 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (pp) of Undertake. Multi-Version Concordance Undertaken
(10 Occurrences). Luke 1:1 Since many have undertaken ...
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Go (17871 Occurrences)
... infinitive; as, this goes to show. 7. (vi) To apply one's self; to set
one's self; to undertake. 8. (vi) To proceed by a mental ...
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Guarantee (5 Occurrences)
... 4. (n.) In law and common usage: to undertake or engage for the payment of (a debt)
or the performance of (a duty) by another person; to undertake to secure (a ...
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Enterprise (1 Occurrence)
... 3. (vt) To undertake; to begin and attempt to perform; to venture upon. ... 5. (vi)
To undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult. ...
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Proffer (1 Occurrence)
... to proffer friendship. 2. (vt) To essay or attempt of one's own accord;
to undertake, or propose to undertake. 3. (n.) An offer ...
/p/proffer.htm - 7k

... greatly corrupted by repeated transcription, and to remedy the evil Jerome (AD
329-420) was requested by Damasus, the bishop of Rome, to undertake a complete ...
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Venture (10 Occurrences)
... in trade. 4. (vi) To hazard one's self; to have the courage or presumption
to do, undertake, or say something; to dare. 5. (vi) To ...
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Newly (15 Occurrences)
... Deuteronomy 24:5 A newly married man will not have to go out with the army or undertake
any business, but may be free for one year, living in his house for the ...
/n/newly.htm - 11k

Undertook (14 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (imp.) of Undertake. 2. (v.) imp. of Undertake.
Multi-Version Concordance Undertook (14 Occurrences). ...
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Undertake (16 Occurrences)

Acts 6:3
Therefore, brethren, pick out from among yourselves seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, and we will appoint them to undertake this duty.

Exodus 34:10
And the Lord said, See, this is what I will undertake: before the eyes of your people I will do wonders, such as have not been done in all the earth or in any nation: and all your people will see the work of the Lord, for what I am about to do for you is greatly to be feared.

Numbers 8:19
And I have given them to Aaron and to his sons, from among the children of Israel, to undertake for them all the work of the Tent of meeting, and to take away sin from the children of Israel so that no evil may come on them when they come near the holy place.

Deuteronomy 1:9
At that time I said to you, I am not able to undertake the care of you by myself;

Deuteronomy 1:12
How is it possible for me by myself to be responsible for you, and undertake the weight of all your troubles and your arguments?

Deuteronomy 12:7
and there you shall eat before Yahweh your God, and you shall rejoice in all that you put your hand to, you and your households, in which Yahweh your God has blessed you.
(See RSV)

Deuteronomy 12:18
but you shall eat them before Yahweh your God in the place which Yahweh your God shall choose, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your male servant, and your female servant, and the Levite who is within your gates: and you shall rejoice before Yahweh your God in all that you put your hand to.
(See RSV)

Deuteronomy 15:10
You shall surely give him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him; because that for this thing Yahweh your God will bless you in all your work, and in all that you put your hand to.
(See RSV)

Deuteronomy 23:20
to a foreigner you may lend on interest; but to your brother you shall not lend on interest, that Yahweh your God may bless you in all that you put your hand to, in the land where you go in to possess it.

Deuteronomy 24:5
A newly married man will not have to go out with the army or undertake any business, but may be free for one year, living in his house for the comfort of his wife.

Deuteronomy 28:8
Yahweh will command the blessing on you in your barns, and in all that you put your hand to; and he will bless you in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.
(See RSV)

Deuteronomy 28:20
The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou undertakest to perform, until thou shalt be destroyed, and until thou shalt perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings by which thou hast forsaken me.
(Root in WBS NAS RSV)

Psalms 119:154
Undertake my cause, and come to my help, give me life, as you have said.

Isaiah 38:14
Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me.

Isaiah 43:13
From time long past I am God, and from this day I am he: there is no one who is able to take you out of my hand: when I undertake a thing, by whom will my purpose be changed?

Jeremiah 34:17
And so the Lord has said, You have not given ear to me and undertaken publicly, every man to let loose his countryman and his neighbour: see, I undertake to let loose against you the sword and disease and need of food; and I will send you wandering among all the kingdoms of the earth.
(Root in BBE)



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