Strife in the Bible

General scriptures concerning

  • Genesis 13:8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
  • Genesis 45:24 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.
  • Deuteronomy 1:12 How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?
  • Psalms 31:20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
  • Psalms 55:9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
  • Psalms 80:6 Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.
  • Also Proverbs 3:20; 6:12-14,16-19; 10:12; 13:10; 15:18; 16:28; 17:1,14,19; 18:6,19; 19:13; 20:3; 21:19; 22:10; 23:29-30; 25:8,24; 26:17,20-21; 27:15; 28:25; 29:22; 30:33; Isaiah 41:11-12; 58:4; Habakkuk 1:3; Matthew 5:25,39-41; 10:34-36; 12:25; 18:15-17; Mark 3:24-25; Luke 11:17; 12:51-53,58-59; Romans 2:8; 12:18; 13:13; 14:1,19,21; 16:17-18; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; 3:1,3-4; 4:6-7; 6:1-7; 11:16-19; 2 Corinthians 12:20; Galatians 5:10,15,19-21; Philippians 1:15-16; 2:3,14-15; 1 Timothy 1:5-7; 2:8; 3:2-3; 6:3-5,20-21; 2 Timothy 2:14,23-25; Titus 3:1-3,9; James 3:14-16; 4:1-2.

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See ENVY

See JEALOUSY

See MALICE

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"Strife" Bible Outline

Between Abraham and Lot's herdsmen

  • Genesis 13:6-7 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. 7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.

See also McClintock and Strong Cyclopedia for Strife.

Abimelech's

  • Genesis 21:25 And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

Isaac's and those of Gerar

  • Genesis 26:20-22 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him. 21 And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah. 22 And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.

Laban and Jacob

  • Genesis 31:36 And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?

Israelites

  • Deuteronomy 1:12 How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?

Jephthah and his brothers

  • Judges 11:2 And Gilead's wife bare him sons; and his wife's sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our father's house; for thou art the son of a strange woman.

Jephthah and the Ephraimites

  • Judges 12:1-6 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire. 2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye delivered me not out of their hands. 3 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the LORD delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me? 4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and among the Manassites. ...

Israel and Judah, about David

  • 2 Samuel 19:41-43 And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen thee away, and have brought the king, and his household, and all David's men with him, over Jordan? 42 And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry for this matter? have we eaten at all of the king's cost? or hath he given us any gift? 43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than ye: why then did ye despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.

Disciples, over who could be the greatest

  • Mark 9:34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
  • Luke 22:24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.

Jews, concerning Jesus

  • John 10:19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.

Christians at Antioch (in Syria), about circumcision

  • Acts 15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.

Paul and Barnabas, about Mark

  • Acts 15:38-39 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. 39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;

Pharisees and Sadducees, concerning the general resurrection

  • Acts 23:7-10 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. 8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both. 9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God. 10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.

The Corinthian Christians

  • 1 Corinthians 1:11-12 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
  • 1 Corinthians 6:6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
 
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