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Laban (* White)
(lay-buhn)

Son of Bethuel and descendant of Nahor who played a big part In Jacob's life during the time of the patriarchs. Laban was Jacob's uncle, but also Rebekah's father and therefore Jacob's father-in-law. Jacob fled to Laban's home in Haran after Esau vowed to kill him.
Genesis 28:2
Genesis 46:25
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Lachish
(lay-kish)
A large fortified city of Canaan defeated by Joshua and featured in the history of Judah's kings. Rehoboam rebuilt the fortress destroyed during the conquest of Canaan. Lachish was about 40 kilometers southwest of Jerusalem, a little more than halfway between Jerusalem and Gaza.
Joshua 10:23, 34-35
2 Chronicles 32:9
Isaiah 36:2
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lake of fire
(lake uhv fye-ur)
The term for hell used in the book of Revelation; also called the "lake of burning sulfur" and the "second death"; gehenna. The beast, the false prophet, the devil, all demons, and all the wicked will be thrown into the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:14
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Lamb of God
(lam uhv god)
A name or title for Jesus. Just as the lambs were sacrificed as a substitute for people in Old Testament times, Jesus was our substitute.
John 1:29
John 1:36
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lamb, Lamb
(lam)
A young sheep, one of the kinds of animals the Israelites were allowed to sacrifice for sin. People who could not afford a lamb or goat were allowed to sacrifice a dove or pigeon instead.
Exodus 29:40-41
Ezra 6:2O
1Corinthians 5:7
A short form of Lamb of God.
1 Peter 1:18-19
Revelation 5:12
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lament
(luh-ment)
Noun: Sadness; a word, song, or expression of sadness.
Verb: To wail, weep, or express sadness.
2 Samuel 3:33
Ezekiel 27:2
Isaiah 16:7
Ezekiel 24:16
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Lamentations, book of
(lam-en-tay-shuhnz, buk uhv)
Twenty-fifth book of the Old Testament and third of the major prophets. The prophet Jeremiah wrote Lamentations as a sequel to the book of Jeremiah. It records Jeremiah's great sadness over Judah's Exile, but also the promise of God's mercy. The book is famous for the verses, "The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day" (3:22-23).
Lamentations 2:8
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Laodicea
(lay-oh-di-see-uh)
A city in the Roman province of Asia and one of the stops on Paul's third missionary journey. Paul started a church in Laodicea. Jesus addressed one of the letters in the book of Revelation to this church. The city was only 18 kilometers west of Colosse.
Colossians 4:15
Revelation 3:14
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lasciviousness
(luh-siv-ee-uhss-ness)
Doing whatever your body feel like doing without trying to control the desire; indulgence, excess.
Galatians 5:19
Ephesians 4:19
1Peter 4:3
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last day
(last day)
A time still in the future when God will punish all sin once and for all. This day will come shortly after the return of Christ. God will Judge all people who ever lived. Those who belong to Christ will be accepted into heaven. All others will be condemned to the lake of fire.
John 6: 39-40,44,54
John 11:24
John 12:48
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Last Supper, the
(last suhp-ur, the)
The time when Jesus ate with his disciples for the last time. During the Last Supper, Jesus gave some final instructions, Judas left to betray Jesus, and Jesus served the first Lord's Supper. This important event is recorded in all four Gospels.
Matthew 26:18-23
Luke 22:17-20
Mark 14:14-16
John 13.1-5
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laver
(lay-vur)
A bronze basin on a stand made for the tabernacle so that priests could wash before performing their duties. Solomon ordered ten lavers made for the temple.
1Kings 7:38
Jeremiah 52:19
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law of Moses, Law of Moses
(law uhv moh-zess)
All of the laws given to the Israelites through Moses, the most important of which were the Ten Commandments.
Joshua 23:6
John 7:23
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law, Law
(law)
The Law of Moses; all of the laws given to the Israelites through Moses.
The Ten Commandments.
Joshua 8:30-32
Luke 24:44
Every command of God.
Exodus 24:12
Mark 12:28
John 7:19
Any command or rule that tells people what should or should not do.
Leviticus 24:22
John 7:51
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lawbreaker
(law-bray-kur)
A person who breaks the law, usually God's law; a person who makes a habit of lawlessness.
Romans 2:27
Galatians 2:18
James 2:11
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lawlessness
(law-less-ness)
Disregard for the God's will; hostility toward any of God's rules for living.
2 Thessalonians 2:3,7
1John 3:4
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laying on of hands
(lay-ing on uhv handz)
A special show of blessing, support, or approval.
1 Timothy 5:22
Hebrews 6:2
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Lazarus (* God hath helped)
(laz-ur-uhss)
Mary and Martha's brother, the man Jesus raised back to life after a terrible illness. Lazarus was from Bethany.
John 11:1-5
John 12:9
The main person in Jesus' parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus.
Luke 16:20-24
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Leah    (* Wild Card)
(lee-uh)
Wife of Jacob and mother of Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and Dinah; daughter of Laban.
Genesis 29:16-28
Genesis 35:23
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leaven, leavened
(lev-en, lev-end)
Noun: Fermented bran, barley, or bread flour. Leaven was added to bread dough to make it rise.
Exodus 13:6-7
Judges 6:2O-21
Matthew 26:17
Verb: To add fermented bran, barley, or bread dough to make a piece of bread dough rise.
The Passover feast features unleavened bread because leaven takes time to make the bread rise, and the Israelites had to leave Egypt in great haste. Leaven also became a symbol for evil and for contamination.
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legion
(lee-juhn)
A regiment of six thousand men in the Roman army. Each legion had sixty centuries of one hundred men, each commanded by a centurion. In the Gospels, the term is sometimes used for very large numbers of angels or demons because of their power.
Mark 5:7-9
Luke 8:30
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leper
(lep-ur)
A person who has leprosy. Some of the Bible's most famous stories feature lepers. Miriam, Naaman, and Uzziah all had it. Jesus healed many lepers. The law considered lepers unclean and required them to live away from others.
Mark 14:3
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leprosy
(lep-ruh-see)
A term used for several different kinds of serious diseases that affected the skin and
had no cure. The laws of Leviticus 13 include rules for dealing with leprosy. A person with leprosy had to stay away from others.
Numbers 12:10
2Chronicles 26:21
Luke 5:12-13
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letter
(let-ur)
A message from one person to another or to a group of other people. The Bible contains many letters. Several books of history contain important letters. But the most famous letters of all are the New Testament books of Romans, First Corinthians, Second Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, First Thessalonians, Second Thessalonians, First Timothy, Second Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, First Peter, Second Peter, First John, Second John, Third John, and Jude. Most New Testament letters were written to specific churches or people. But the letters also record the apostles' instructions to all Christians everywhere. Paul told the Colossian Christians to be sure to exchange letters with the Laodicean Christians. The word epistle is another word for letter.
2 Samuel 11:14
Jeremiah 29:1
2 Peter 3:1
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Levi
(lee-vye)
Son of Jacob and Leah and the tribe of Israel named after him. We know little about Levi except for his and Simeon's attack on Shechem. The tribe of Levi was the only one not to receive an inheritance of land after the conquest of Canaan.
Another name for Matthew
Genesis 29:34
Deuteronomy 21:5
Hebrews 7:5
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Levite, Levites
(lee-vite, lee-vytes)
A descendant of Levi and member of that tribe. God gave the Levites special duties in the tabernacle and temple worship instead of an inheritance of land. They worked together with the priests. The Levites also administered the six cities of refuge.
Exodus 4:14
2 Chronicles 20:14
Acts 4:36
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Leviticus, book of
(le-vit-i-kuhss, buk uhv)
Third book of the Old Testament and third of the books of Law. Moses wrote this book to record God's instructions to the priests and Levites. Leviticus explains all the offerings.
Leviticus 17:5
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Life, Book of
(life, buk uhv)
See book of life
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Life, Tree of
(life, tree uhv)
See tree of life
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lintel
(lin-tuhl)
A beam of wood across the top of a doorway that holds up the wall above the doorway. The angel of death that swept through Egypt on the eve of the Exodus passed over every home that had the blood of the Passover lamb on the lintel and door posts.
Ezekiel 30:5
Nahum 3:9
Acts 2:10
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locust
(loh-kust)
 A leaping species of grasshopper very common in the middle east. The plagues of Egypt and the prophecies of Joel feature locusts.
Exodus 10:19
Joel 2:25
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loincloth
(loin-kloth)
A short piece of clothing worn around the loins.
Job 12:18
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loins
(loinz)
The midsection of the body; the part of the body between the ribs and the thighs.
Leviticus  3:14-15
Job 40:16
Clothing that hangs down below the waist. The old phrase "gird up your loins" means "pick up your skirt" or "get ready to run."
2 Kings 4:29
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Lois    (* Agreeable)
(loh-iss)
Timothy's grandmother, noted for her Christian faith.
2 Timothy 1:5
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longsuffering
(long-suhf-ur-ing)
An older word for patience.
Ecclesiastes 7:8
Galatians 5:22
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Lord's Day, the
(lordz day, the)
The first day of the week, Sunday. The term is found only once in Scripture.
Revelation 1:10
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Lord's Prayer, the
(lordz, prair the)

The prayer of Jesus that serves as a pattern for our own prayer.  Jesus taught this prayer to his disciples when they asked him to teach them how to pray.
Luke 11:24
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Lord's Supper, the
(lordz suhp-ur, the)
A ceremony in which Christians meet to remember the Lord's death and payment for their sins; also called Communion. Jesus set the pattern for this important ceremony at the Last Supper.
Luke  22:13-23
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Lord  (* God)
(lord)
English word for Yahweh. Most Bibles use small capital letters to distinguish this word from Lord.
Genesis 2:4-5
Psalm 72:18
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Lord of hosts
(lord uhv hohsts)
"God who is Lord of all," or Lord Almighty, name for God.
1Samuel 1:11
Psalm 84:3
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Lord Sabaoth
(lord sab-ay-oth)
An older term for Lord of hosts.
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lord, Lord          (* God)
(lord)
English word for the Hebrew "adonai" Greek "kurios"; ruler, king, or master. The word often refers to God, but people also addressed kings as "lord" or "my lord, and those in authority as "sir" or "'master"
Psalm 73:20
Mark 12:29-30
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Lot          (* Pebble)
(lot)
Son of Abram's brother Haran and therefore Abram's nephew. Lot went with his father and Abram when they left Ur to set out for Canaan. Lot settled among the cities of the plain. He is famous for being rescued from Sodom by angels.
Genesis 11:27-31
Genesis 19:15
Luke 17:28
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lot, lots
(lot, lots)
Any object used to cast lots.
Leviticus 16:8
John 19:23-24
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love feast
(luhv- feest)
A meal shared by Christians for the purpose of fellowship.
Jude 1:12
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lovingkindness
(luhv-ing-kind-ness)
An older word for love or unfailing love.
Psalm 25:6
Isaiah 63:7
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Lucius
(loo-shuhss)
Jewish Christian and prophet at Antioch during Paul's first missionary journey. Lucius was from Cyrene.
Acts 13:1
One of those who sent greetings to the Roman Christians at the conclusion of Paul's letter to the Romans. He also was a Jewish Christian.
Romans 16:21
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Luke
(luke)
Gentile Christian who wrote the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. Luke traveled with the apostle Paul on his first and third missionary journeys, and on his journey to Rome. Paul referred to him as "Dear Doctor Luke."
Colossians 4:14
2 Timothy 4:11
Philemon 1:24
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Luke, Gospel of
(luke, gos-puhl uhv)
Third book of the New Testament and third the Gospels. The Gospel of Luke often refers to Jesus as the Son of Man and has more detail about the birth of Jesus than any other Gospel.  It also has a large number of Jesus' parables. It was written by the Gentile Christian Luke to give a complete and accurate account of Jesus life (1:1-4).
Luke 1:1-4
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lust of the eyes
(luhst uhv the eyez)

Craving for things that a person sees.
John 2:16
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lust of the flesh
(luhst uhv the flesh)
Craving for things that a person feels.
John 2:16
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lyre
(lye-ur)
A stringed instrument much like the harp only smaller. Lyres were common among the Israelites and are often mentioned in the Psalms
Psalm 57:8
Psalm 144:9
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Lystra
(lye-struh)
 A small town in Lycaonia and one of Paul's stops on all three missionary journeys. Timothy was from Lystra.
Acts 16:l
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