|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (n.) A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife.
2. (n.) Strife in words; controversy; altercation; quarrel; dispute; as, a bone of contention.
3. (n.) Vehemence of endeavor; eagerness; ardor; zeal.
4. (n.) A point maintained in an argument, or a line of argument taken in its support; the subject matter of discussion or strife; a position taken or contended for.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
kon-tend', kon-ten'-shun: The meeting of effort by effort, striving against opposition; sometimes physically, as in battle (Deuteronomy 2:9), or with horses (Jeremiah 12:5), sometimes orally (Nehemiah 13:11), sometimes spiritually (Isaiah 57:16). In the New Testament diakrinein, for the hostile separation of one from another, dispute (Jude 1:9), or epagonizomai (Jude 1:3), descriptive of the strain to which a contestant is put. The noun is almost universally used with an unfavorable meaning, and as worthy of condemnation, for an altercation arising from a quarrelsome disposition. "By pride cometh only contention" (Proverbs 13:10). The contentions at Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:11) called forth the rebukes of Paul. Where used in the King James Version in a good sense (1 Thessalonians 2:2) the Revised Version (British and American) has "conflict." In Acts 15:39, the noun has a peculiar force, where English Versions of the Bible translates paroxusmos (whence English "paroxysm") by "sharp contention." The Greek word refers rather to the inner excitement and irritation than to its outward expression.
H. E. Jacobs
Contention (24 Occurrences)
Luke 22:24 There arose also a contention among them, which of them was considered to be greatest. (WEB ASV)
Acts 15:39 Then the contention grew so sharp that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him, and sailed away to Cyprus, (WEB KJV ASV WBS YLT RSV)
Acts 19:38 If, however, Demetrius and the mechanics who support his contention have a grievance against any one, there are Assize-days and there are Proconsuls: let the persons interested accuse one another. (WEY)
Philippians 1:15 Certain, indeed, even through envy and contention, and certain also through good-will, do preach the Christ; (YLT)
Philippians 1:16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: (KJV WBS)
Philippians 1:17 but those out of contention, announce the Christ, not purely, supposing to arouse tribulation for my bonds. (DBY)
1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. (KJV WBS)
1 Timothy 3:3 not given to excesses from wine, not a striker, but mild, not addicted to contention, not fond of money, (DBY)
Genesis 13:8 And Abram said to Lot, I pray thee let there be no contention between me and thee, and between my herdsmen and thy herdsmen, for we are brethren. (DBY)
Exodus 17:7 And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they had tempted Jehovah, saying, Is Jehovah among us, or not? (DBY)
Psalms 80:6 You make us a source of contention to our neighbors. Our enemies laugh among themselves. (WEB NAS NIV)
Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirs up contention, but one who is slow to anger appeases strife. (WEB ASV DBY YLT RSV)
Proverbs 16:28 A false man soweth contention; and a talebearer separateth very friends. (DBY YLT)
Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam, therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Proverbs 18:6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
Proverbs 22:10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS)
Proverbs 26:20 For lack of wood the fire goeth out; And where there is no whisperer, contention ceaseth. (ASV DBY JPS YLT NAS)
Proverbs 28:25 He that is puffed up in soul exciteth contention; but he that relieth upon Jehovah shall be made fat. (DBY YLT)
Proverbs 29:22 An angry man exciteth contention; and a furious man aboundeth in transgression. (DBY YLT)
Isaiah 58:4 Behold, you fast for strife and contention, and to strike with the fist of wickedness: you don't fast this day so as to make your voice to be heard on high. (WEB JPS ASV NAS)
Jeremiah 15:10 Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have not lent, neither have men lent to me; yet everyone of them does curse me. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Hosea 4:4 "Yet let no man bring a charge, neither let any man accuse; For your people are like those who bring charges against a priest. (See RSV)
Habakkuk 1:3 Why do you show me iniquity, and look at perversity? For destruction and violence are before me. There is strife, and contention rises up. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)