|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (n.) Contention; dispute; debate; discussion; agitation of contrary opinions.
2. (n.) Quarrel; strife; cause of variance; difference.
3. (n.) A suit in law or equity; a question of right.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
kon'-tro-ver-si (ribh, "strife," "contention"; homologoumenos, "confessedly," "without controversy"): Used frequently of disputes among men (as Deuteronomy 17:8) and then transferred to the justice of God as directed against the sins of men. Thus we read of Yahweh's controversy with the nations (Jeremiah 25:31); with the inhabitants of the land (Hosea 4:1); with His people (Micah 6:2). "Without controversy" (1 Timothy 3:16), a positive rather than a negative expression, "by common consent," or better, "as unanimously confessed," introducing a quotation from a hymn or rhythmical confession of the early church.
H. E. Jacobs
Controversy (21 Occurrences)
Acts 15:2 Between these new comers and Paul and Barnabas there was no little disagreement and controversy, until at last it was decided that Paul and Barnabas and some other brethren should go up to consult the Apostles and Elders in Jerusalem on this matter. (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 3:16 Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great: God was revealed in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and received up in glory. (WEB KJV WEY ASV WBS)
1 Timothy 6:4 he is puffed up with pride and has no true knowledge, but is crazy over discussions and controversies about words which give rise to envy, quarrelling, revilings, ill-natured suspicions, (See RSV)
1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, guard the truths entrusted to you, shunning irreligious and frivolous talk, and controversy with what is falsely called 'knowledge'; (WEY)
Hebrews 6:16 for men indeed do swear by the greater, and an end of all controversy to them for confirmation 'is' the oath, (YLT)
Hebrews 7:7 and apart from all controversy, the less by the better is blessed -- (YLT)
Deuteronomy 17:8 If there arises a matter too hard for you in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within your gates; then you shall arise, and go up to the place which Yahweh your God shall choose; (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
Deuteronomy 19:17 then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before Yahweh, before the priests and the judges who shall be in those days; (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
Deuteronomy 21:5 The priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them Yahweh your God has chosen to minister to him, and to bless in the name of Yahweh; and according to their word shall every controversy and every stroke be. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
Deuteronomy 25:1 If there be a controversy between men, and they come to judgment, and the judges judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked; (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
2 Samuel 15:2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel. (KJV DBY WBS)
2 Samuel 15:4 And Absalom said, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man who has any controversy and cause might come to me, and I would do him justice! (DBY)
2 Chronicles 19:10 Whenever any controversy shall come to you from your brothers who dwell in their cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and ordinances, you shall warn them, that they not be guilty towards Yahweh, and so wrath come on you and on your brothers: this do, and you shall not be guilty. (WEB JPS ASV)
Proverbs 29:9 If a wise man hath a controversy with a foolish man, Whether he be angry or laugh, there will be no rest. (ASV NAS)
Isaiah 34:8 For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. (KJV JPS DBY WBS)
Jeremiah 25:31 A noise shall come even to the end of the earth; for Yahweh has a controversy with the nations; he will enter into judgment with all flesh: as for the wicked, he will give them to the sword, says Yahweh. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS)
Ezekiel 44:24 In a controversy they shall stand to judge; according to my ordinances shall they judge it: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all my appointed feasts; and they shall make my Sabbaths holy. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS RSV)
Hosea 12:2 Yahweh also has a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his deeds he will repay him. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Micah 6:2 Hear, you mountains, Yahweh's controversy, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for Yahweh has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS RSV)