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International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Fight:

 

See WAR

See GAMES

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g73 Greek: agon

Fight:

akin to ago, "to lead," primarily "a gathering," then, "a place of assembly," and hence, "a contest, conflict," is translated "fight" in 1Ti 6:12; 2Ti 4:7.
See CONFLICT.

A-2 Noun Strong's Number: g119 Greek: athlesis

Fight:

is translated "fight" in Hbr 10:32, AV.
See CONFLICT.

Note: In Hbr 11:34, polemos, "war," is translated "fight," AV (RV, "war"); it is misrendered "battle" in the AV of 1Cr 14:8; Rev 9:7, 9; 16:14; 20:8.

B-1 Verb Strong's Number: g75 Greek: agonizomai

Fight:

from A, No. 1, denotes

(a) "to contend" in the public games, 1Cr 9:25 ("striveth in the games," RV);

(b) "to fight, engage in conflict," Jhn 18:36;

(c) metaphorically, "to contend" perseveringly against opposition and temptation, 1Ti 6:12; 2Ti 4:7 (cp. A, No. 1; in regard to the meaning there, the evidence of Koine inscriptions is against the idea of games-contests); to strive as in a contest for a prize, straining every nerve to attain to the object, Luk 13:24; to put forth every effort, involving toil, Col 1:29; 1Ti 4:10 (some mss. have oneidizomai here, "to suffer reproach"); to wrestle earnestly in prayer, Col 4:12 (cp. sunagonizomai, Rom 15:30).
See LABOR, STRIVE.

B-2 Verb Strong's Number: g4438 Greek: pukteuo

Fight:

"to box" (from puktes, "a pugilist"), one of the events in the Olympic games, is translated "fight" in 1Cr 9:26.

B-3 Verb Strong's Number: g3164 Greek: machomai

Fight:

"to fight," is so rendered in Jam 4:2 (cp. "fightings," ver. 1, see below), and translated "strive" in 2Ti 2:24; "strove" in Jhn 6:52; Act 7:26,
See STRIVE.

B-4 Verb Strong's Number: g2341 Greek: theriomacheo

Fight:

signifies "to fight with wild beasts" (therion, "a beast," and No. 3), 1Cr 15:32. Some think that the Apostle was condemned to fight with wild beasts; if so, he would scarcely have omitted it from 2Cr 11:23-33. Moreover, he would have lost his status as a Roman citizen. Probably he uses the word figuratively of contending with ferocious men. Ignatius so uses it in his Ep. to the Romans.

Notes:

(1) In Rev 2:16; 12:7, AV, polemeo, "to war," is translated "to fight," RV, "will make war," "going forth to war," and "warred."

(2) In Act 23:9 some mss. have the verb theomacheo, "to fight against God." Cp. the corresponding adjective, below, under FIGHTING.

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