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Power
Authority and influence, as well as strength or ability.
Dictionaries
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Power
Power. Ability to do things, by virtue of strength, skill, resources, or authorization. In the Hebrew of the OT and the Greek of the NT there are several different words used for power. What the Bible says about power may be subsumed under four headings: (1) the unlimited power of God; (2) the limited
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Power; Might
Power; Might These words are used by the RSV virtually interchangeably to translate a broad range of Hebrew and Greek terms. This article also discusses the adjectives “powerful” (used by the RSV only ten times) and “mighty,” which is used more than four hundred times to describe deeds, persons, or
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Power
POWER Ability to do things, by virtue of strength, skill, resources, or authorization. In the Hebrew of the OT and the Greek of the NT, there are several different words used for power. What the Bible says about power may be subsumed under four headings: (1) the unlimited power of God; (2) the limited
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Power
power, the actual or potential capacity to effect something by virtue of inherent excellence or rightful authority. Power is manifested in the reproductive forces of nature (Gen. 4:12; 49:3), in the physical strength and vitality of human beings (Judg. 16:6; Prov. 20:29) and animals (Job 39:11; Prov.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Power
POWER. The Heb. language, like the English, has many words which convey the concept of power. The two most common words appear in the well-known passage, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts” (Zech 4:6, NASB). Heb. ḥayil, the word for “might,” can mean physical strength
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Power
PowerA common translation for several Hebrew and Greek words (Heb. ḥayil, kōaḥ, ʿōz, gĕḇûrâ; Gk. dýnamis, exousɩ́a) that refer to the ability to accomplish a task. As applied to people, the words generally refer to physical strength or ability. Thus, Caleb boasts of his strength (Josh. 14:11),
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Power
Power (Heb. ḥayil, hāzāq, yāḏ; Gk. dýnamis, exousía).† The actual or potential possession of control, authority, or influence over others. True power, which includes the effective exercise of authority, belongs only to God (1 Chr. 29:11–12; Jer. 10:6; Rev. 5:13; RSV “might”; 7:12).In
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Authority and Power
Authority and powerAuthority is the right to effect control over objects, individuals or events. While human authority may be delegated, God’s* authority arises from himself alone. Power, meanwhile, is the ability to bring about what one desires. In the Gospels God reveals his authority and power in
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Power
PowerIn Pauline theology the cross represents the ultimate manifestation of the power of God. In the death, resurrection and exaltation of Jesus, God manifested his superior power against evil, especially as represented by sin, death (see Life and Death) and the realm of Satan.Paul’s favorite term
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Power
PowerThe concept of power in early Christianity is intimately linked to a knowledge of the one true God. He is represented as powerfully at work in history creating a people for himself, redeeming them through the work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, defeating death by raising Jesus from the
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Power
POWER. The ability of performing belongs essentially to God, who is all-powerful and omnipotent. In the KJV the term power has the sense of ability, strength (Gen. 31:6; Ps. 22:20; Isa. 37:27); right, privilege, or dignity (John 1:12; Acts 5:4; 1 Cor. 7:37; 9:4, Gk. dunamis); absolute authority (Matt.
Key passages
Dt 8:17–18

And you may think in your heart, ‘My strength and the might of my hand acquired this wealth for me.’ But you must remember Yahweh your God, for he is the one giving you strength to acquire wealth in order to confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors as it is today.

Ec 4:1

I looked again, and I saw all the oppression that occurs under the sun. I saw the tears of the oppressed— no one comforts them! Those who oppress them are powerful— no one can comfort them!

Is 40:29–31

He gives power to the weary, and he increases power for the powerless. Even young people will be faint and grow weary, and the young will stumble, exhausted. But those who wait for Yahweh shall renew their strength. They shall go up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not …

Jn 19:10–11

So Pilate said to him, “Will you not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you, and I have authority to crucify you?” Jesus replied to him, “You would not have any authority over me unless it was given to you from above. For this reason the one who handed me over to you …

Re 13:1–2

And I saw coming up out of the sea a beast that had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns ten royal headbands, and on its heads a blasphemous name. And the beast that I saw was similar to a leopard, and its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like the …

See also
Ge 10:1–11:9; Ge 16:1–16; Ge 26:6–35; Ex 5:22–6:13; Nu 20:14–21; Nu 22:1–21; Nu 27:12–23; Dt 6:1–9; Dt 8:1–20; Dt 11:1–32; Dt 31:14–29; Dt 34:1–12; Jos 1:1–9; Jos 10:1–15; Jos 14:6–15; Jos 17:14–18; Jdg 5:1–31; Jdg 6:11–27; Jdg 7:1–8:21; Jdg 11:1–28; Jdg 14:1–16:31; 1 Sa 2:1–11; 1 Sa 14:47–52; 1 Sa 17:1–16; 2 Sa 2:1–7; 2 Sa 2:12–3:1; 2 Sa 10:1–19; 2 Sa 22:1–51; 2 Sa 23:8–39; 1 Ki 2:1–9; 1 Ki 15:33–16:7; 1 Ki 16:21–28; 1 Ki 19:1–10; 1 Ki 22:41–50; 2 Ki 5:1–19; 2 Ki 10:32–36; 2 Ki 13:1–13; 2 Ki 14:1–29; 2 Ki 20:20–21; 2 Ki 24:13–16; 1 Ch 1:1–28; 1 Ch 5:23–26; 1 Ch 7:1–12; 1 Ch 8:29–9:2; 1 Ch 9:10–13; 1 Ch 11:10–12:40; 1 Ch 19:1–19; 1 Ch 22:1–19; 1 Ch 28:1–21; 1 Ch 29:21–30; 2 Ch 11:13–17; 2 Ch 12:1–14:15; 2 Ch 17:1–19; 2 Ch 26:1–27:9; 2 Ch 28:5–8; 2 Ch 32:1–19; Ezr 4:6–24; Ne 2:11–20; Ne 8:1–12; Es 9:1–17; Es 10:1–3; Job 6:1–30; Job 21:1–22:30; Ps 18:25–50; Ps 27:1–14; Ps 28:1–9; Ps 35:1–28; Ps 37:20–40; Ps 44:1–26; Ps 68:1–35; Ps 69:1–36; Ps 73:1–28; Ps 84:1–12; Ps 89:1–37; Ps 103:1–22; Ps 105:23–45; Ps 106:24–48; Ps 112:1–10; Ps 138:1–8; Ps 146:1–10; Ps 148:1–14; Pr 3:13–35; Pr 8:12–21; Pr 16:32; Pr 18:18; Pr 20:29; Pr 21:22; Pr 24:5–6; Pr 28:28; Pr 29:16; Pr 30:29–31; Pr 31:1–31; Ec 3:16–4:3; Ec 5:8–8:1; Ec 9:13–10:20; So 3:6–5:1; Is 10:5–19; Is 12:1–6; Is 18:1–7; Is 22:1–25; Is 28:1–15; Is 30:8–17; Is 35:1–10; Is 40:1–41:20; Is 49:1–13; Je 5:1–31; Je 9:17–26; Je 16:14–21; Je 23:9–40; Je 48:12–33; Eze 7:1–27; Eze 22:1–16; Eze 26:1–21; Eze 30:1–26; Eze 32:17–32; Da 2:24–45; Da 4:19–33; Da 5:13–29; Da 7:1–8; Da 8:1–27; Da 10:10–11:28; Joe 3:1–17; Am 6:1–14; Ob 1–9; Mic 2:1–5; Mic 3:1–12; Mic 4:6–5:1; Mic 7:1–7; Mic 7:14–20; Na 2:1–13; Hab 1:5–11; Hab 3:17–19; Zep 3:14–20; Zec 4:1–14; Zec 6:1–8; Zec 8:1–23; Zec 10:1–12; Mt 4:8–11; Mt 7:28–29; Mt 8:5–13; Mt 9:1–8; Mt 10:1–4; Mt 12:22–30; Mt 20:20–28; Mt 21:23–27; Mt 28:18–20; Mk 1:21–28; Mk 2:1–12; Mk 3:13–19; Mk 3:22–30; Mk 5:1–20; Mk 6:7–13; Mk 9:14–29; Mk 10:35–45; Mk 11:27–33; Mk 12:28–34; Lk 1:11–17; Lk 1:39–56; Lk 1:67–80; Lk 2:39–40; Lk 4:1–13; Lk 4:31–37; Lk 5:16–26; Lk 7:1–10; Lk 8:26–40; Lk 9:1–11; Lk 10:17–24; Lk 11:15–28; Lk 16:1–13; Lk 19:11–27; Lk 20:1–8; Lk 20:19–26; Lk 21:34–38; Lk 22:24–34; Lk 24:49–53; Jn 1:12–13; Jn 5:22–30; Jn 7:14–24; Jn 8:12–30; Jn 10:1–21; Jn 13:1–20; Jn 15:26–16:15; Jn 18:39–19:16; Jn 20:19–25; Ac 1:4–8; Ac 4:5–12; Ac 4:32–37; Ac 6:8–15; Ac 7:17–36; Ac 8:9–25; Ac 9:10–22; Ac 19:11–20; Ac 22:30–23:10; Ac 25:1–12; Ac 26:1–18; Ro 13:1–7; Ro 15:1–6; 1 Co 1:18–31; 1 Co 4:6–21; 1 Co 7:1–9; 1 Co 9:1–18; 1 Co 10:14–22; 1 Co 11:2–16; 1 Co 15:20–28; 1 Co 15:35–49; 1 Co 16:13–18; 2 Co 10:7–18; 2 Co 12:7–10; 2 Co 13:7–10; Ga 1:1–5; Eph 1:15–23; Eph 3:8–21; Eph 6:10–20; Col 1:9–18; Col 1:24–2:23; 2 Th 1:3–2:12; 1 Ti 1:12–17; 1 Ti 2:8–15; 2 Ti 1:3–7; 2 Ti 2:1–13; 2 Ti 3:1–9; 2 Ti 4:17–18; Tt 2:11–15; Heb 11:8–12; Heb 11:30–40; Jas 5:13–18; 1 Pe 5:5–11; 2 Pe 2:4–11; 1 Jn 2:12–14; 1 Jn 5:18–21; Re 2:18–29; Re 5:1–7; Re 6:7–8; Re 7:1–8; Re 9:1–10:7; Re 11:1–6; Re 13:1–18; Re 14:17–20; Re 17:7–18:24; Re 20:4–6;
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