Bible Dictionary
(* = the name meaning)


A promise made in God's name; a solemn promise; a promise that a person asks God to witness.
Genesis 14:22
Deuteronomy 29:14-15
Hebrews 6:16-17
Obadiah     (* Worshipper of Jehovah)
A very common name among the Israelites:
Israelite prophet of Judah who wrote the book of Obadiah.
Obadiah 1:1
  Ahab's palace manager and friend of Elijah. Obadiah became a hero for hiding 100 true prophets from Ahab and Jezebel's executioners.
1 Kings 18:24
A Levite musician who helped repair the temple during Josiah's reform. Obadiah served as foreman.
2 Chronicles 34:8-12
A skilled Israelite soldier from the tribe of Gad who defected to David at Ziklag; second in command under Ezer.
1Chronicles 12:1-29
An official sent by Jehoshaphat to teach in Judah.
2Chronicles 17:7
A temple gatekeeper during the time of Nehemiah.
Nehemiah 12:25-26
Obadiah, book of
(oh-buh-dye-uh, buk uhv)
Thirty-first book of the Old Testament and fourth of the minor prophets. The book of Obadiah records prophecies against Edom. It is the shortest book in the Old Testament.
Obadiah 1:1, 18
Doing what God says; following God's commands and guidance. Obedience to God is an important Christian duty. God rejected Saul as king because he refused to obey God.
1 Chronicles 21:19
Romans 5:19
Hebrews 5:7-9
Another word for sacrifice; something a person gives up or presents to God, usually to make atonement for sin or to offer thanks. Some offerings required a person to kill an animal, but others involved the giving of grain or praise. The rules for offerings are given in Leviticus 1:1-7:38.
Genesis 4:3-5
2 Chronicles 29:21
Ephesians 5:1-2
Amorite king over Bashan during the Exodus.  Moses and the Israelites defeated Og and gave Bashan to the tribe of Manasseh.
Numbers 21:33
Joshua 13:12
Usually olive oil, a very common food, medicine, and even currency mentioned often in the Bible. Olive oil was made from pressed olives. It was used as a fuel for lamps, as an ingredient in many kinds of food, and as the main ingredient in anointing oil.
Genesis 28:18
Luke 10:34
James 5:14
Olives, Mount of
(awl-ivz, mount uhv)
See Mount of Olives


See Alpha and Omega
Unlimited power. The Bible often describes God as having omnipotence. It means He is omnipotent, or almighty.
Psalm 24:8
Jeremiah 32:27
Being everywhere.   God is omnipresent, or everywhere at once.
Psalm 46:1
Proverbs 15:3
1 Peter 3:12
Knowledge of everything. The Bible often describes God as omniscient, or aware of everything.
Psalm 94:11
Matthew 6:8
Luke 16:15
Sixth king of the northern kingdom of Israel. Omri was the commander of the army. Omri came to power by besieging Tirzah after Zimri assassinated Elah. When Zimri realized he was trapped, he set fire to the palace and died. Omri's men had already declared him king. The next three kings of Israel were sons or grandsons of Omri.
1 Kings 16:16
Commander of the forces of Issachar in David's army; son of Michael.
1 Chronicles 27:18
Two others mentioned only in the genealogies of 1 Chronicles.
1Chronicles 7:8
1Chronicles 9:4
Onan        (* strong)
One of two sons of Judah who died for their wickedness (the other was Er).
Genesis 38:2-4, 8-9
Onesimus             (* profitable)
A slave who became a Christian while on the run from his master. The New Testament book of Philemon is about Onesimus.
Colossians 4:9
 Philemon 1:10
only begotten
(ohn-lee bee-got-uhn)
 A term used to describe Jesus in several translations of the New Testament (see John 3:16). It means "one and only," or "unique." Jesus is God's only Son.
John 1:14
John 3:16
Hebrews 11:17
1 John 4:9
(or- dayn)
Set apart for a special duty, job, or purpose.
Exodus 28:41
Leviticus 21:1O
2 Kings 19:25
A law, rule, command, or statute.
Exodus 28:43
Psalm 81:34
ordination offering
(or-di-nay-shuhn awf-ur-ing)
A special offering done only once, when Aaron and his sons were first set aside as priests, during the Exodus.
Leviticus 7:37
Leviticus 8:28
Ruth's sister-in-law; Midianite woman who married Naomi's son Kilion. Ruth married Kilion's brother Mahion. Unlike Ruth, Orpah stayed in Midian and went back to her Midianite gods after Naomi left for Bethlehem.
Ruth 1:4, 14
Othniel           (* Lion of God)
Son of Kenaz, younger brother of Caleb, and first judge of Israel. Othniel married his cousin Acsah, Caleb's daughter. He judged Israel 40 years.
Joshua 15:16-17
Judges 3:9-11
ox, oxen
(oks, ok-sen)
(plural: oxen)
A male of cattle; a bull. The Israelites and many other peoples of ancient times used oxen to pull plows.
Exodus 2l:33-34
Numbers 7:6
1 Corinthians 9:9

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