|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (v. t.) To lay up in store; to deposit for safe keeping; to stow; to place; to put.
2. (v. t.) To use; to apply; to devote, as time or strength in some occupation.
3. (v. t.) To expend, as money.
4. (v. t.) To give or confer; to impart; -- with on or upon.
5. (v. t.) To give in marriage.
6. (v. t.) To demean; to conduct; to behave; -- followed by a reflexive pronoun.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
be-sto': The seven Hebrew words rendered by this term variously mean "to put" or "place," "to give"; "do," "deposit," as e.g. to locate chariots and horsemen in cities (1 Kings 10:26); or give a blessing (Exodus 32:29). Four Greek words so translated signify "to give," "to labor," "to feed," "to place around"; as sunago, "to stow away goods" (Luke 12:17); or psomizo, "give away" (1 Corinthians 13:3). The term has richest significance in expressing God's abundant gift of grace and love, didomi (2 Corinthians 8:1 the King James Version; 1 John 3:1).
Bestow (27 Occurrences)
Luke 4:6 And the Devil said to Him, "To you will I give all this authority and this splendour; for it has been handed over to me, and on whomsoever I will I bestow it. (WEY)
Luke 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? (KJV ASV)
Luke 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. (KJV ASV)
John 6:27 Bestow your pains not on the food which perishes, but on the food that remains unto the Life of the Ages--that food which will be the Son of Man's gift to you; for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal." (WEY)
John 17:2 even as Thou hast given Him authority over all mankind, so that on all whom Thou hast given Him He may bestow the Life of the Ages. (WEY)
Acts 7:5 But he gave him no inheritance in it, no, not a single square yard of ground. And yet He promised to bestow the land as a permanent possession on him and his posterity after him--and promised this at a time when Abraham was childless. (WEY)
1 Corinthians 12:23 Those parts of the body which we think to be less honorable, on those we bestow more abundant honor; and our unpresentable parts have more abundant propriety; (WEB KJV ASV WBS NAS)
1 Corinthians 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. (KJV ASV WBS)
2 Corinthians 6:10 as sad, but we are always joyful; as poor, but we bestow wealth on many; as having nothing, and yet we securely possess all things. (WEY)
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to bestow every blessing on you in abundance, so that richly enjoying all sufficiency at all times, you may have ample means for all good works. (WEY)
1 Timothy 1:4 and the attention they bestow on mere fables and endless pedigrees, such as lead to controversy rather than to a true stewardship for God, which only exists where there is faith. And I make the same request now. (WEY)
1 Timothy 4:13 Till I come, bestow your attention on reading, exhortation and teaching. (WEY)
Hebrews 10:24 And let us bestow thought on one another with a view to arousing one another to brotherly love and right conduct; (WEY)
Exodus 32:29 Moses said, "Consecrate yourselves today to Yahweh, yes, every man against his son, and against his brother; that he may bestow on you a blessing this day." (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS NAS RSV)
Deuteronomy 14:26 and you shall bestow the money for whatever your soul desires, for cattle, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatever your soul asks of you; and you shall eat there before Yahweh your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your household. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS)
2 Kings 12:7 Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and for the other priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? now therefore take no more money from your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house. (See JPS)
2 Chronicles 24:7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of Yahweh did they bestow on the Baals. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS)
Ezra 7:20 Whatever more shall be needful for the house of your God, which you shall have occasion to bestow, bestow it out of the king's treasure house. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
Psalms 3:3 But you, Yahweh, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. (See NIV)
Psalms 21:5 His glory is great in your salvation. You lay honor and majesty on him. (See RSV NIV)
Psalms 31:19 Oh how great is your goodness, which you have laid up for those who fear you, which you have worked for those who take refuge in you, before the sons of men! (See NIV)
Psalms 61:7 He shall abide before God for ever: bestow loving-kindness and truth, that they may preserve him. (DBY)
Proverbs 4:9 She shall give to thy head a garland of grace; a crown of glory will she bestow upon thee. (DBY JPS RSV)
Isaiah 45:4 Because of Jacob my servant, and Israel whom I have taken for myself, I have sent for you by name, giving you a name of honour, though you had no knowledge of me. (See NIV)
Isaiah 61:3 To give them a fair head-dress in place of dust, the oil of joy in place of the clothing of grief, praise in place of sorrow; so that they may be named trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, and so that he may have glory. (See NIV)
Isaiah 62:2 And the nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory: and you will have a new name, given by the mouth of the Lord. (See NIV)
Jeremiah 23:2 Therefore thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, against the shepherds who feed my people: You have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them; behold, I will visit on you the evil of your doings, says Yahweh. (See NIV)