Bible Dictionary
(* = the name meaning)


Trust in God; belief that God can and will do what he has promised; doing something
because God said to, without any other reason to do it. Faith is one of the most important topics in the Bible because God is invisible. Pleasing him requires that we act only on what He has said. All of the Bible's heroes became heroes because of their faith; Hebrews 11 lists many of them by name.
2 Chronicles 20:20
Matthew 9:2
James 2:24
Dependable; reliable; trustworthy. A person who is faithful does what he or she says. The Bible often describes God as faithful and asks his people to be faithful, too. Faithful is the opposite of unfaithful.
1 Samuel 2:35
Psalm 25:10
Dependability; reliability; trustworthiness.
Joshua 24:14
Proverbs 16:6
3 John 1:3
false prophet
(fawlss prof-uht)
A person who claims to speak for God when he or she really does not; a person who pretends to be a prophet; a phony prophet.
Deuteronomy 8:14:20
Acts 13:6
A being described in the prophecies of Revelation 16-20. The false prophet does fake miracles and persuades people all over the world to worship the beast. He will be thrown into the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:10
false teacher
(fawlss tee-chur)
A person who teaches what is not true about God. False teachers were a big problem in the churches at Corinth and Galatia during the early days of Christianity.
2 Corinthians 11:13
Galatians 4:17
2 Peter 2:12-15
Verb: To go without food for an unusual length of time; to skip one or more meals.
Zecharia 7:3
Matthew 6:16-17
Noun: A period of time when a person willingly eats nothing.
1 Kings 21:12
Sometimes people fast during prayer or a time of repentance. Fasting was part of the annual Day of Atonement. Jesus fasted several times. Satan once tempted Jesus after Jesus had fasted 40 days.
To fast.
Acts 13:2
Psalm 109:24
Matthew  4:2
This word has at least three meanings in the Bible:
A person's father.
Genesis 2:24
A person's ancestor, such as a grandfather, greatgrandfather, or even someone related from hundreds of years ago.
Genesis 4:20-21
First person of the Trinity; a title for God. Jesus taught his disciples to address God as Father in their prayers.
Luke 11:2
Luke 23:34
fear of the Lord
(feer uhv the lord)
Respect for God; respect for God's power and authority.
2 Chronicles 17:10
Job 28:28
Acts 9:31
An official day of celebrating, resting, or marking an important event. God instructed the Israelites to hold several feasts, including the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Booths, the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Trumpets, Passover, Sabbath, and the Day of Atonement. Five of these happened once a year; three were known as "annual festivals." They are all described in Leviticus 23:1-44.
Exodus 23:15, 16
Mark 15:6
Acts 12:3
Feast of Booths
(feest uhv boothz)
One of the three annual festivals; a celebration of God's care for his people in the desert during the Exodus. The people harvested the fruit and lived in handmade booths for seven days. It was also called the Feast of Tabernacles and the Feast of Ingathering.
Nehemiah 8:14
Feast of Dedication
(feest uhv ded-uh-kay-shun)
 The term used in the New Testament for Hanukkah.
John 10:22
Feast of Firstfruits
(feest uhv furst-froots)
A day of celebrating God's provision. The people gave the first part of the barley harvest to the Lord.
Numbers 28:16
  Feast of Harvest
(feest uhv har-vist)
Another name for the Feast of Weeks.
Exodus 23:16
Feast of Ingathering
(feest uhv in-ga-thur-ing)
Another name for the Feast of Booths.
Exodus 23:16
Exodus 34:22
Feast of Passover
(feest uhv pass-oh-vur)
The longer name for Passover.
Ezekiel 45:21
Mark 14:1
John 13:1
Feast of Tabernacles
(feest uhv tab-ur-nak-uhlz)
Another name for the Feast of Booths.
Leviticus 23:24
Zecharia 14:18-19
John 7:2
Feast of Trumpets
(feest uhv truhm-pits)
A day of rest and praise to God. This feast took place on the first day of the month of Ethanim.
1Kings 8:2
Feast of Unleavened Bread
(feest uhv uhn-lev-uhnd bred)
One of the three annual festivals; a time of remembering when the Israelite slaves left Egypt. The unleavened bread is a reminder that the Israelite slaves had to leave quickly, with no time to add leaven (yeast) to their bread dough. The feast lasts for seven days and begins on the fourteenth day of Nisan.
Exodus 23:15
Ezra 6:22.
Mark 14:12
Feast of Weeks
(feest uhv weeks)
One of the three annual festivals; a time of thanking God for the harvest. This feast became known as Pentecost because it took place 50 days after the beginning of the Passover. It is also called the Feast of Harvest.
Exodus 34:22
Deuteronomy 16:10, 16
Felix  (* happy)
Roman procurator (governor) of Judea from A.D. 52 to 59, during Paul's imprisonment in Jerusalem. Paul was being held on false charges and Felix was supposed to judge Paul's case. Instead he kept Paul in prison for two years as a favor to Paul's enemies, hoping that Paul would bribe him.
Acts 24:22-26
fellowship offering
(fel-oh-ship awf-ur-ing)
One of the five main kinds of sacrifices that the Israelites offered to God. This kind of offering focused on the person's relationship with God. The exact sacrifice depended on whether it was a thanksgiving offering, a vow offering, or a freewill offering.
Leviticus 7:11-15
Numbers 7:88
A once-a-year celebration that God commanded the Israelites to observe. There were three such festivals: the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Booths.
Exodus 12:14
1 Kings 12:32
1 Corinthians 5:8
Festus  (* festival)
Roman procurator (governor) of Judea after Felix, during the time of Paul's arrest and trial for leading an uprising against Rome. Festus is the one who heard Paul's defense and appeal to Caesar. His full name was Porcius Festus.
Acts 25:1-5
Acts 26:24-25
final judgment
(fye-nuhl juhj-ment)
See last day
The child born first in a family. In Old Testament times, the firstborn son got the
birthright. The New Testament describes Jesus as the firstborn among all Christians because he is their redeemer.
Genesis 27:19
Luke 2:7
Colossians 1:15-18
The first crops to be harvested, first wool to be shorn from the sheep, or first result of any other labor. The Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Firstfriuts are celebrations of the harvest's firstfruits. The people of Israel supported the priests and Levites (in part) by giving them the firstfruits of grain, wine, and wool.
Levitcus 2:14
Nehemiah 10:35
James 1:18
The corrupt part of human nature; evil desires.  The apostle Paul wrote a famous passage (Romans 7:14-25) about doing battle with this part of himself.
Galatians 5:13
  Meat; the body of an animal or person.
1 Corinthians 15:39
People; human beings.
1 John 4:2
flocks and herds
(floks and hurdz)
Cattle, sheep, and goats kept by farmers, herdsmen, or shepherds; domesticated animals. Many people of Bible times kept flocks and herds or worked for those who did. David was a shepherd before he was king.
Genesis 47:1
Psalm 8:6-8
John 4:12
Whipped by a scourge.
Matthew 27:26
Deuteronomy 25:2-3
Acts 16:23
The time when God covered the earth with water to destroy everyone but Noah and his family. God did this because all people everywhere were constantly doing evil. Only the people and animals in Noah's ark survived.
Genesis 7:7
Genesis 9:11
Luke 17:27
A deluge; an excess of water. This term was sometimes used as a symbol of terror, disaster, or chaos
Joshua 3:15
Job 20:28
Weak of character; senseless.
1 Chronicles 21:8
Proverbs 8:5
Matthew 25:2-3
Acting patient and calm; being self-controlled; showing restraint; holding back.
Romans 3:25
An ancestor; a person related to you from long ago.
Joshua 21:10-11
Jeremiah 35:6
Romans 4:1
Predicted; told before the happening. The prophets foretold many details about the Messiah.
Psalm 105:18-19
Acts 3:18
Jude 1:17
To pardon, release, or free from obligation; cancel a debt; let go.
This word is one of the most important in the Bible because all people everywhere need God's forgiveness, and most of the Bible's stories and messages tell of God's desire to forgive people. Jesus came and died to make it possible. This is also one reason God wants his people always to forgive each other.
Genesis 50:17
Jeremiah 36:3
Matthew 6:14-15
Relations with anyone who is not the person's husband or wife; relations before marriage or outside of marriage..
Matthew 15:19
Romans 1:24
7 Corinthians 5:1
forsake, forsaken
(for-sake, for-sake-uhn)
To give up on; abandon; leave alone. The Bible promises that God will never forsake his people.
Deuteronomy 31:6
Judges 10:13
Mark 15:34

four horsemen of the Apocalypse
(for hors-mihn uhv the uh-pah-kuh-lips)

Four riders described in the prophesies of Revelation 6:2-8. Each rides a horse of a different color: white, red, black, or pale.
Revelation 6:2-8
A dry perfume or incense made from the sap of the Boswellia tree. Frankincense has a strong, pleasant smell when burned. The magi who visited the child Jesus brought him a gift of frankincense.
Exodus 30:34
Matthew 2:11
Revelation 18:13
fruit of the Spirit
(froot uhv the spihr-it)
The result of devotion to God; ways a person acts and lives when he or she surrenders control to the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23
Productive; fertile.
Genesis 1:22
Psalm 107:37
John 15:2
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