|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (n.) Carefulness; careful attention; -- the opposite of negligence.
2. (n.) Interested and persevering application; devoted and painstaking effort to accomplish what is undertaken; assiduity in service.
3. (n.) Process by which persons, lands, or effects are seized for debt; process for enforcing the attendance of witnesses or the production of writings.
4. (n.) A four-wheeled public stagecoach, used in France.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
DILIGENCE; DILIGENT; DILIGENTLY
dil'-i-jens, dil'-i-jent-li: This word is used in various senses in our English Bibles.
1. In the Old Testament:
In Ezra 5:8, "with diligence" means "with care"; in Ezra 6:12; Ezra 7:17, "with speed," "speedily"; in Proverbs 4:23 "watchfulness"; in Deuteronomy 4:9; Deuteronomy 6:17; Deuteronomy 19:18 Psalm 77:6 Proverbs 27:23 Isaiah 55:2 Micah 7:3, "with care," "scrupulously," "earnestly." Sometimes it means "early" "with haste" (Job 8:5 Proverbs 8:17). It may mean "industrious," "exacting" (Proverbs 10:4; Proverbs 12:27; Proverbs 22:29).
2. In the New Testament:
The American revisers have rendered "diligence" for various words in the King James Version, e.g. for "business" in Romans 12:11; "giving diligence" for "endeavoring" (Ephesians 4:3); "give diligence" for "study" (2 Timothy 2:15,), for "labor" (Hebrews 4:11); "diligently" for "carefully" (Philippians 2:28 Hebrews 12:17); "be diligent in" for "meditate upon" (1 Timothy 4:15). It is well also to remember that the Old English meaning of diligence is "with love," from diligo, "to love."
G. H. Geberding
Diligence (31 Occurrences)
Luke 12:58 When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. (KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Romans 12:8 or he who exhorts, to his exhorting: he who gives, let him do it with liberality; he who rules, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS)
Romans 12:11 not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; (WEB ASV YLT NAS)
2 Corinthians 7:11 For, behold, this same thing, your being grieved according to God, how much diligence it wrought in you, but what excusing of yourselves, but what indignation, but what fear, but what ardent desire, but what zeal, but what vengeance: in every way ye have proved yourselves to be pure in the matter. (DBY YLT)
2 Corinthians 7:12 If, then, I also wrote to you -- not for his cause who did wrong, nor for his cause who did suffer wrong, but for our diligence in your behalf being manifested unto you before God -- (YLT)
2 Corinthians 8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. (KJV DBY WBS YLT)
2 Corinthians 8:8 not according to command do I speak, but because of the diligence of others, and of your love proving the genuineness, (YLT)
2 Corinthians 8:16 And thanks to God, who is putting the same diligence for you in the heart of Titus, (YLT)
Ephesians 4:3 giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (ASV DBY)
1 Thessalonians 2:17 But we, brethren, having been bereaved of you and separated for a little moment in person, not in heart, have used more abundant diligence to see your face with much desire; (DBY)
2 Timothy 2:15 Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn't need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth. (WEB ASV)
2 Timothy 4:9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: (KJV ASV DBY WBS)
2 Timothy 4:21 Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren. (KJV ASV DBY WBS)
Titus 3:12 When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, give diligence to come unto me to Nicopolis: for there I have determined to winter. (ASV DBY)
Hebrews 4:11 Let us therefore give diligence to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience. (WEB ASV DBY)
Hebrews 6:11 We desire that each one of you may show the same diligence to the fullness of hope even to the end, (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)
2 Peter 1:5 Yes, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence; and in moral excellence, knowledge; (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS)
2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: (KJV ASV DBY WBS)
2 Peter 1:15 Yea, I will give diligence that at every time ye may be able after my decease to call these things to remembrance. (ASV DBY)
2 Peter 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for these things, give diligence that ye may be found in peace, without spot and blameless in his sight. (ASV)
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Numbers 32:17 but we ourselves will go with diligence armed before the children of Israel, until we have brought them to their place; and our little ones shall dwell in the strong cities because of the inhabitants of the land. (DBY)
Ezra 5:8 Be it known to the king, that we went into the province of Judah, to the house of the great God, which is built with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls; and this work goes on with diligence and prospers in their hands. (WEB JPS ASV DBY NIV)
Ezra 6:12 and the God who has caused his name to dwell there overthrow all kings and peoples who shall put forth their hand to alter the same, to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with all diligence. (WEB JPS ASV NAS RSV NIV)
Ezra 6:13 Then Tattenai, the governor beyond the River, Shetharbozenai, and their companions, because that Darius the king had sent, did accordingly with all diligence. (WEB JPS ASV NAS RSV NIV)
Ezra 7:17 therefore you shall with all diligence buy with this money bulls, rams, lambs, with their meal offerings and their drink offerings, and shall offer them on the altar of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem. (WEB JPS ASV RSV)
Ezra 7:21 I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers who are beyond the River, that whatever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done with all diligence, (WEB JPS ASV RSV NIV)
Ezra 7:23 all that 'is' by the decree of the God of heaven, let be done diligently for the house of the God of heaven; for why is there wrath against the kingdom of the king and his sons? (See NIV)
Ezra 7:26 Whoever will not do the law of your God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed on him with all diligence, whether it be to death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment. (WEB JPS ASV)
Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it is the wellspring of life. (WEB KJV ASV WBS NAS)
Proverbs 12:27 The slothful man shall not hunt his prey; but the precious substance of men is to be diligent. (See NAS)