|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
A native of the mountain regions of Western Asia, frequently mentioned in Scripture. David defended his flocks against the attacks of a bear (1 Samuel 17:34-37). Bears came out of the wood and destroyed the children who mocked the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 2:24). Their habits are referred to in Isaiah 59:11; Proverbs 28:15; Lamentations 3:10. The fury of the female bear when robbed of her young is spoken of (2 Samuel 17:8; Proverbs 17:12; Hosea 13:8). In Daniel's vision of the four great monarchies, the Medo-Persian empire is represented by a bear (7:5).
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To support or sustain; to hold up.
2. (v. t.) To support and remove or carry; to convey.
3. (v. t.) To conduct; to bring; -- said of persons.
4. (v. t.) To possess and use, as power; to exercise.
5. (v. t.) To sustain; to have on (written or inscribed, or as a mark), as, the tablet bears this inscription.
6. (v. t.) To possess or carry, as a mark of authority or distinction; to wear; as, to bear a sword, badge, or name.
7. (v. t.) To possess mentally; to carry or hold in the mind; to entertain; to harbor
8. (v. t.) To endure; to tolerate; to undergo; to suffer.
9. (v. t.) To gain or win.
10. (v. t.) To sustain, or be answerable for, as blame, expense, responsibility, etc.
11. (v. t.) To render or give; to bring forward.
12. (v. t.) To carry on, or maintain; to have.
13. (v. t.) To admit or be capable of; that is, to suffer or sustain without violence, injury, or change.
14. (v. t.) To manage, wield, or direct.
15. (v. t.) To behave; to conduct.
16. (v. t.) To afford; to be to; to supply with.
17. (v. t.) To bring forth or produce; to yield; as, to bear apples; to bear children; to bear interest.
18. (v. i.) To produce, as fruit; to be fruitful, in opposition to barrenness.
19. (v. i.) To suffer, as in carrying a burden.
20. (v. i.) To endure with patience; to be patient.
21. (v. i.) To press; -- with on or upon, or against.
22. (v. i.) To take effect; to have influence or force; as, to bring matters to bear.
23. (v. i.) To relate or refer; -- with on or upon; as, how does this bear on the question?
24. (v. i.) To have a certain meaning, intent, or effect.
25. (v. i.) To be situated, as to the point of compass, with respect to something else; as, the land bears N. by E.
26. (n.) A bier.
27. (n.) Any species of the genus Ursus, and of the closely allied genera. Bears are plantigrade Carnivora, but they live largely on fruit and insects.
28. (n.) An animal which has some resemblance to a bear in form or habits, but no real affinity; as, the woolly bear; ant bear; water bear; sea bear.
29. (n.) One of two constellations in the northern hemisphere, called respectively the Great Bear and the Lesser Bear, or Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.
30. (n.) Metaphorically: A brutal, coarse, or morose person.
31. (n.) A person who sells stocks or securities for future delivery in expectation of a fall in the market.
32. (n.) A portable punching machine.
33. (n.) A block covered with coarse matting; -- used to scour the deck.
34. (v. t.) To endeavor to depress the price of, or prices in; as, to bear a railroad stock; to bear the market.
35. (n.) Alt. of Bere
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
bar (dobh; compare Arabic dubb): In 1 Samuel 17:34-37, David tells Saul how as a shepherd boy he had overcome a lion and a bear. In 2 Kings 2:24 it is related that two she bears came out of the wood and tore forty-two of the children who had been mocking Elisha. All the other references to bears are figurative; compare 2 Samuel 17:8 Proverbs 17:12; Proverbs 28:15 Isaiah 11:7; Isaiah 59:11 Lamentations 3:10 Daniel 7:5; Hosea 13:8 Amos 5:19 Revelation 13:2. The Syrian bear, sometimes named as a distinct species, Ursus Syriacus, is better to be regarded as merely a local variety of the European and Asiatic brown bear, Ursus arctos. It still exists in small numbers in Lebanon and is fairly common in Anti-Lebanon and Hermon. It does not seem to occur now in Palestine proper, but may well have done so in Bible times. It inhabits caves in the high and rugged mountains and issues mainly at night to feed on roots and vegetables. It is fond of the chummuc or chick-pea which is sometimes planted in the upland meadows, and the fields have to be well guarded. The figurative re ferences to the bear take account of its ferocious nature, especially in the case of the she bear robbed of her whelps (2 Samuel 17:8 Proverbs 17:12 Hosea 13:8). It is with this character of the bear in mind that Isaiah says (Isaiah 11:7), "And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together."
Alfred Y. Day
BEAR, THE (ARCTURUS)
bar. A great northern constellation.
See ASTRONOMY, sec. II, 13.
bar, born (vb.), (yaladh): Occurs frequently in its literal sense, alluding to motherhood (Genesis 16:11; Genesis 17:17, 19, 21; Genesis 18:13; Genesis 22:23; Genesis 30:3; Leviticus 12:5 Judges 13:3; Judges 5:7 Ruth 1:12 1 Kings 3:21 Jeremiah 29:6); in the New Testament gennao, in the same sense (Luke 1:13).
Figurative: It is often used with reference to the beginning of the spiritual life or regeneration (John 1:13; John 3:3-8 1 John 2:29; 1 John 3:9; 1 John 4:7; 1 John 5:1, 4, 18 the King James Version).
bar, born (nasa'; lambano, anaphero, bastazo): In English Versions of the Bible the physical sense is familiar, of supporting or carrying any weight or burden. The translation of the Revised Version (British and American) is to be preferred in Psalm 75:3 ("have set up"); Lamentations 3:28 ("hath laid it upon him"); Zephaniah 1:11 ("were laden with silver"); Luke 18:7 ("he is longsuffering over them"); John 12:6 ("took away what was put therein"); Acts 27:15 ("could not face the wind").
Figurative: The words are used in the figurative sense of enduring or taking the consequences of, be it for oneself or as representative for others: one's own iniquity (Leviticus 5:17 and often); chastisement (Job 34:31); reproach (Psalm 69:7; Psalm 89:50); or the sins of others (Isaiah 53:4, 11, 12 Matthew 8:17 Hebrews 9:28 1 Peter 2:24). In Isaiah 46:1-7 a striking contrast is presented between the idols of Babylon whom their worshippers had carried (borne) about and which would be borne away by the conquerors, and Yahweh who had ca rried (borne) Israel from the beginning. "Jacob and Israel. borne by me from their birth. and I will bear; yea, I will carry." "They bear it upon the shoulder," etc.
M. O. Evans
Bear (425 Occurrences)
Matthew 1:21 She shall bring forth a son. You shall call his name Jesus, for it is he who shall save his people from their sins." (See NAS RSV)
Matthew 1:23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son. They shall call his name Immanuel;" which is, being interpreted, "God with us." (See NAS RSV)
Matthew 3:8 bear, therefore, fruits worthy of the reformation, (YLT NAS RSV)
Matthew 3:10 and now also, the axe unto the root of the trees is laid, every tree therefore not bearing good fruit is hewn down, and to fire is cast. (Root in YLT NAS RSV)
Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: (KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Matthew 4:6 and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,'He will put his angels in charge of you.' and,'On their hands they will bear you up, so that you don't dash your foot against a stone.'" (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV)
Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a poisonous tree good fruit. (WEY RSV NIV)
Matthew 7:19 Every tree that doesn't grow good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire. (See NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 8:17 that it might be fulfilled that was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, 'Himself took our infirmities, and the sicknesses he did bear.' (YLT)
Matthew 10:18 and you will even be put on trial before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness to them and to the Gentiles. (WEY RSV)
Matthew 11:30 For it is good to bear my yoke, and my burden is light." (WEY)
Matthew 13:23 What was sown on the good ground, this is he who hears the word, and understands it, who most certainly bears fruit, and brings forth, some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty." (Root in WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Matthew 17:17 Jesus answered, "Faithless and perverse generation! How long will I be with you? How long will I bear with you? Bring him here to me." (WEB ASV DBY YLT RSV)
Matthew 19:18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, (KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Matthew 21:19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he came to it, and found nothing on it but leaves. He said to it, "Let there be no fruit from you forever!" Immediately the fig tree withered away. (See NIV)
Matthew 23:4 but bind burdens heavy and hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of men, but will not move them with their finger. (DBY RSV)
Matthew 23:31 "So that you bear witness against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the Prophets. (WEY DBY)
Matthew 27:32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. (KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS)
Mark 4:7 Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. (See NIV)
Mark 4:20 Those which were sown on the good ground are those who hear the word, and accept it, and bear fruit, some thirty times, some sixty times, and some one hundred times." (WEB ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV)
Mark 4:28 For the earth bears fruit: first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. (Root in WEB ASV DBY YLT)
Mark 6:11 But wherever they will not receive you or listen to you, when you leave shake off the very dust from under your feet to bear witness concerning them." (WEY)
Mark 9:19 He answered him, "Unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to me." (WEB ASV DBY RSV)
Mark 9:41 For whoever will give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you are Christ's, most certainly I tell you, he will in no way lose his reward. (See RSV)
Mark 10:19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. (KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Mark 11:16 and he did not suffer that any might bear a vessel through the temple, (YLT)
Mark 13:9 And take ye heed to yourselves, for they shall deliver you up to sanhedrims, and to synagogues, ye shall be beaten, and before governors and kings ye shall be set for my sake, for a testimony to them; (See RSV)
Mark 15:4 And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? See of how many things they bear witness against thee. (DBY)
Mark 15:21 They compelled one passing by, coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to go with them, that he might bear his cross. (WEB KJV ASV WBS YLT NAS)
Luke 1:13 But the angel said to him, "Don't be afraid, Zacharias, because your request has been heard, and your wife, Elizabeth, will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 1:31 You will conceive in your womb and bear a son; and you are to call His name JESUS. (WEY DBY NAS RSV)
Luke 1:42 She called out with a loud voice, and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! (See NIV)
Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and don't begin to say among yourselves,'We have Abraham for our father;' for I tell you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones! (See NAS RSV)
Luke 3:9 Even now the axe also lies at the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that doesn't bring forth good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire." (See NAS RSV)
Luke 4:11 and,'On their hands they will bear you up, lest perhaps you dash your foot against a stone.'" (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Luke 6:43 For there is no good tree that brings forth rotten fruit; nor again a rotten tree that brings forth good fruit. (See RSV NIV)
Luke 8:14 And that which fell to the thorns: These are they who have heard, and going forth, through anxieties, and riches, and pleasures of life, are choked, and bear not to completion. (YLT)
Luke 9:41 Jesus answered, "Faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here." (WEB WEY ASV RSV)
Luke 11:46 And he said, To you also woe, doctors of the law, for ye lay upon men burdens heavy to bear, and yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. (DBY NAS RSV)
Luke 11:48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. (KJV WEY DBY WBS)
Luke 13:9 If it bears fruit, fine; but if not, after that, you can cut it down.'" (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 14:27 Whoever doesn't bear his own cross, and come after me, can't be my disciple. (WEB KJV ASV WBS YLT RSV)
Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? (KJV DBY WBS YLT)
Luke 18:20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. (KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Luke 20:24 "Show me a shilling; whose likeness and inscription does it bear?" "Caesar's," they said. (WEY)
Luke 21:13 It will turn out as a testimony for you. (See RSV)
Luke 23:26 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. (KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)
John 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. (KJV ASV WBS RSV)
John 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (KJV ASV WBS RSV)
John 2:8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. (KJV ASV WBS YLT)
John 2:25 and because he needed not that any one should bear witness concerning man; for he himself knew what was in man. (ASV RSV)
John 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that which we know, and bear witness of that which we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. (ASV DBY RSV)
John 3:26 And they came to John, and said to him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou didst bear testimony, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. (WBS)
John 3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. (KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS RSV)
John 5:31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. (KJV ASV DBY RSV)
John 5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. (KJV ASV DBY WBS RSV)
John 5:39 Ye search the scriptures, because ye think that in them ye have eternal life; and these are they which bear witness of me; (ASV DBY RSV)
John 7:7 The world cannot hate you, but me it hates, because I bear witness concerning it that its works are evil. (DBY)
John 8:18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. (KJV ASV DBY RSV)
John 8:43 How is it you do not understand me when I speak? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my words. (WEY RSV)
John 10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. (KJV ASV DBY RSV)
John 12:24 Most certainly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. (Root in WEB ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV)
John 15:2 Every branch in me that doesn't bear fruit, he takes away. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 15:4 Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can't bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 15:5 I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (Root in WEB WEY ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 15:8 "In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; and so you will be my disciples. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 15:16 You didn't choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you will ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you. (WEB ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 15:20 Bear in mind what I said to you, 'A servant is not superior to his master.' If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. (WEY)
John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, 'even' the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall bear witness of me: (ASV DBY RSV)
John 15:27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. (KJV ASV DBY WBS)
John 16:12 "I have yet many things to tell you, but you can't bear them now. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 16:21 The woman, when she may bear, hath sorrow, because her hour did come, and when she may bear the child, no more doth she remember the anguish, because of the joy that a man was born to the world. (YLT)
John 18:23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me? (KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS RSV)
John 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. (KJV ASV DBY RSV)
Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to him, "Go your way, for he is my chosen vessel to bear my name before the nations and kings, and the children of Israel. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS)
Acts 10:43 To Him all the Prophets bear witness, and testify that through His name all who believe in Him receive the forgiveness of their sins." (WEY ASV DBY NAS RSV)
Acts 15:10 Now therefore why do you tempt God, that you should put a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Acts 15:17 That the rest of men may seek after the Lord; All the Gentiles who are called by my name, Says the Lord, who does all these things. (See NIV)
Acts 18:14 But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, "If indeed it were a matter of wrong or of wicked crime, you Jews, it would be reasonable that I should bear with you; (WEB KJV ASV WBS RSV)
Acts 20:35 In all things I have set you an example, showing you that, by working as I do, you ought to help the weak, and to bear in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, "'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" (WEY)
Acts 22:5 As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished. (KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS RSV)
Acts 23:11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome. (KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS RSV)
Acts 24:4 But, that I don't delay you, I entreat you to bear with us and hear a few words. (WEB WEY)
Acts 26:5 who knew me before from the outset of my life, if they would bear witness, that according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. (DBY)
Acts 26:16 But arise, and stand on your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose: to appoint you a servant and a witness both of the things which you have seen, and of the things which I will reveal to you; (See RSV)
Acts 27:15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive. (KJV WBS YLT)
Romans 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) (Root in KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Romans 2:17 Indeed you bear the name of a Jew, and rest on the law, and glory in God, (WEB ASV NAS)
Romans 3:21 But now a righteousness coming from God has been brought to light apart from any Law, both Law and Prophets bearing witness to it-- (Root in WEY RSV)
Romans 7:4 So that, my brethren, ye also have been made dead to the law by the body of the Christ, to be to another, who has been raised up from among the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God. (DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Romans 7:5 for when we were in the flesh, the passions of the sins, that 'are' through the law, were working in our members, to bear fruit to the death; (YLT NAS RSV)
Romans 8:29 For those whom He has known beforehand He has also pre-destined to bear the likeness of His Son, that He might be the Eldest in a vast family of brothers; (WEY)
Romans 9:10 Nor is that all: later on there was Rebecca too. She was soon to bear two children to her husband, our forefather Isaac-- (WEY)
Romans 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. (KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Romans 11:18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. (Root in KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Romans 13:4 for he is a servant of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid, for he doesn't bear the sword in vain; for he is a servant of God, an avenger for wrath to him who does evil. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Romans 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (KJV WBS YLT)
Romans 15:1 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Corinthians 2:1 And as for myself, brethren, when I came to you, it was not with surpassing power of eloquence or earthly wisdom that I came, announcing to you that which God had commanded me to bear witness to. (WEY)
1 Corinthians 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. (KJV ASV WBS)