|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
A fortress, the name given to David's lurking-places (1 Samuel 22:4, 5; 24:22).
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed.
2. (v. t.) To cause to remain in a given situation, position, or relation, within certain limits, or the like; to prevent from falling or escaping; to sustain; to restrain; to keep in the grasp; to retain.
3. (v. t.) To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend.
4. (v. t.) To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to hold office.
5. (v. t.) To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.
6. (v. t.) To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.
7. (v. t.) To prosecute, have, take, or join in, as something which is the result of united action; as to, hold a meeting, a festival, a session, etc.; hence, to direct and bring about officially; to conduct or preside at; as, the general held a council of war; a judge holds a court; a clergyman holds a service.
8. (v. t.) To receive and retain; to contain as a vessel; as, this pail holds milk; hence, to be able to receive and retain; to have capacity or containing power for.
9. (v. t.) To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.
10. (v. t.) To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge.
11. (v. t.) To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he holds his head high.
12. (n. i.) In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence:
13. (n. i.) Not to more; to halt; to stop;-mostly in the imperative.
14. (n. i.) Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.
15. (n. i.) Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist.
16. (n. i.) Not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain attached; to cleave;-often with, to, or for.
17. (n. i.) To restrain one's self; to refrain.
18. (n. i.) To derive right or title; -- generally with of.
19. (n.) The act of holding, as in or with the hands or arms; the manner of holding, whether firm or loose; seizure; grasp; clasp; gripe; possession; -- often used with the verbs take and lay.
20. (n.) The authority or ground to take or keep; claim.
21. (n.) Binding power and influence.
22. (n.) Something that may be grasped; means of support.
23. (n.) A place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard.
24. (n.) A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; -- often called a stronghold.
25. (n.) A character [thus /] placed over or under a note or rest, and indicating that it is to be prolonged; -- called also pause, and corona.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
hold: In the American Standard Revised Version frequently "stronghold" (Judges 9:49 1 Samuel 22:4; 1 Samuel 24:22 2 Samuel 5:17; 2 Samuel 23:14 1 Chronicles 11:16; 1 Chronicles 12:16). See FORTIFICATION. In Revelation 18:2 for the King James Version "cage" (phulake) the Revised Version (British and American) substitutes, as in first clause, "hold," and in the margin "prison."
Hold (500 Occurrences)
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Matthew 9:25 but, when the multitude was put forth, having gone in, he took hold of her hand, and the damsel arose, (YLT)
Matthew 11:12 From the days of John the Baptizer until now, the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. (See NIV)
Matthew 12:11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? (KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 14:3 For Herod had laid hold of John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife. (WEB KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Matthew 14:31 Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" The Good News According to Mark (WEB WEY ASV DBY YLT NAS)
Matthew 18:28 But that servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, who owed him a hundred shillings: and he laid hold on him, and took 'him' by the throat, saying, Pay what thou owest. (ASV YLT)
Matthew 20:31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. (KJV ASV WBS)
Matthew 21:26 But if we say,'From men,' we fear the multitude, for all hold John as a prophet." (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Matthew 21:46 And when they sought to lay hold on him, they feared the multitudes, because they took him for a prophet. (ASV DBY YLT)
Matthew 22:6 and the rest laid hold on his servants, and treated them shamefully, and killed them. (ASV DBY YLT)
Matthew 26:48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. (KJV WEY WBS YLT)
Matthew 26:50 and Jesus said to him, 'Comrade, for what art thou present?' Then having come near, they laid hands on Jesus, and took hold on him. (YLT)
Matthew 26:55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. (KJV WBS YLT)
Matthew 26:57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. (KJV WEY WBS YLT)
Matthew 28:9 As they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" They came and took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. (Root in WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Mark 1:25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. (KJV ASV DBY WBS)
Mark 1:31 and having come near, he raised her up, having laid hold of her hand, and the fever left her immediately, and she was ministering to them. (YLT)
Mark 3:21 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself. (KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Mark 5:41 And having laid hold of the hand of the child, he says to her, Talitha koumi, which is, interpreted, Damsel, I say to thee, Arise. (DBY)
Mark 6:17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her. (KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Mark 7:4 They don't eat when they come from the marketplace, unless they bathe themselves, and there are many other things, which they have received to hold to: washings of cups, pitchers, bronze vessels, and couches.) (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Mark 7:8 "For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men-the washing of pitchers and cups, and you do many other such things." (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Mark 8:23 He took hold of the blind man by the hand, and brought him out of the village. When he had spit on his eyes, and laid his hands on him, he asked him if he saw anything. (WEB ASV DBY YLT)
Mark 9:27 But Jesus, having taken hold of him by the hand, lifted him up, and he arose. (DBY)
Mark 10:48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. (KJV ASV WBS)
Mark 11:25 Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father, who is in heaven, may also forgive you your transgressions. (See NIV)
Mark 12:12 And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way. (KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Mark 14:1 And the passover and the unleavened food were after two days, and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how, by guile, having taken hold of him, they might kill him; (YLT)
Mark 14:44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them. "The one I kiss," he said, "is the man: lay hold of him, and take him safely away." (WEY YLT)
Mark 14:46 And they laid on him their hands, and kept hold on him; (YLT)
Mark 14:49 daily I was with you in the temple teaching, and ye did not lay hold on me -- but that the Writings may be fulfilled.' (YLT)
Mark 14:51 And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him: (KJV WEY ASV WBS YLT)
Luke 4:35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. (KJV ASV DBY WBS)
Luke 5:9 For astonishment had laid hold on him, and on all those who were with him, at the haul of fishes which they had taken; (BBE)
Luke 5:26 Amazement took hold on all, and they glorified God. They were filled with fear, saying, "We have seen strange things today." (WEB ASV)
Luke 7:16 Fear took hold of all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and, "God has visited his people!" (WEB ASV YLT)
Luke 8:15 That in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it tightly, and bring forth fruit with patience. (WEB WEY ASV NAS RSV)
Luke 8:54 But he, having turned them all out and taking hold of her hand, cried saying, Child, arise. (DBY YLT)
Luke 9:47 and Jesus having seen the reasoning of their heart, having taken hold of a child, set him beside himself, (YLT)
Luke 14:4 They gave Him no answer; so He took hold of the man, cured him, and sent him away. (WEY YLT NAS NIV)
Luke 14:18 "But they all without exception began to excuse themselves. The first told him, "'I have purchased a piece of land, and must of necessity go and look at it. Pray hold me excused.' (WEY DBY)
Luke 14:19 "A second pleaded, "'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and am on my way to try them. Pray hold me excused.' (WEY DBY)
Luke 16:2 He called him and said, "'What is this I hear about you? Render an account of your stewardship, for I cannot let you hold it any longer.' (WEY)
Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You aren't able to serve God and mammon." (WEB KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Luke 18:39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. (KJV ASV WBS)
Luke 19:40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. (KJV ASV WBS)
Luke 20:20 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor. (KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Luke 20:26 And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace. (KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Luke 22:54 And having laid hold on him, they led him away, and they led him into the house of the high priest. And Peter followed afar off. (DBY)
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 WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT)
John 8:31 Jesus therefore said to those of the Jews who had now believed in Him, "As for you, if you hold fast to my teaching, then you are truly my disciples; (WEY NIV)
John 10:24 The Jews therefore came around him and said to him, "How long will you hold us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." (WEB ASV DBY YLT)
John 11:3 The sisters therefore sent to him, saying, "Lord, behold, he for whom you have great affection is sick." (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS)
John 14:30 I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world comes, and he has nothing in me. (See NIV)
John 18:12 The band, therefore, and the captain, and the officers of the Jews, took hold on Jesus, and bound him, (YLT)
John 20:17 Jesus said to her, "Don't hold me, for I haven't yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brothers, and tell them,'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" (WEB RSV NIV)
Acts 2:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. (Root in KJV ASV NIV)
Acts 3:7 And having taken hold of him by the right hand he raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones were made strong. (DBY)
Acts 4:3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide. (KJV)
Acts 5:38 And now I tell you to hold aloof from these men and leave them alone--for if this scheme or work is of human origin, it will come to nothing. (WEY)
Acts 7:60 He kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, don't hold this sin against them!" When he had said this, he fell asleep. (WEB NAS RSV NIV)
Acts 9:27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared to them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. (See NAS)
Acts 12:3 and having seen that it is pleasing to the Jews, he added to lay hold of Peter also -- and they were the days of the unleavened food -- (YLT)
Acts 12:17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place. (KJV ASV WBS)
Acts 13:43 And, when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and of the devout converts from heathenism continued with Paul and Barnabas, who talked to them and urged them to hold fast to the grace of God. (WEY)
Acts 14:22 Everywhere they strengthened the disciples by encouraging them to hold fast to the faith, and warned them saying, "It is through many afflictions that we must make our way into the Kingdom of God." (WEY)
Acts 16:19 But when her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone, they laid hold on Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers, (ASV)
Acts 17:19 They took hold of him, and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new teaching is, which is spoken by you? (WEB ASV DBY RSV)
Acts 18:9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: (KJV ASV WBS)
Acts 18:17 Then all the Greeks laid hold on Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. Gallio didn't care about any of these things. (WEB ASV DBY NAS)
Acts 19:17 All the people of Ephesus, Jews as well as Greeks, came to know of this. There was widespread terror, and they began to hold the name of the Lord Jesus in high honour. (WEY)
Acts 20:24 But these things don't count; nor do I hold my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to fully testify to the Good News of the grace of God. (WEB ASV)
Acts 21:30 The excitement spread through the whole city, and the people rushed in crowds to the Temple, and there laid hold of Paul and began to drag him out; and the Temple gates were immediately closed. (WEY ASV DBY YLT NAS)
Acts 21:33 Then the chief captain came near, and laid hold on him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and inquired who he was, and what he had done. (ASV DBY NAS)
Acts 24:6 who moreover assayed to profane the temple: on whom also we laid hold: 'and we would have judged him according to our law.' (ASV)
Acts 27:7 When we had sailed slowly many days, and had come with difficulty opposite Cnidus, the wind not allowing us further, we sailed under the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone. (See NIV)
Acts 27:17 After they had hoisted it up, they used cables to help reinforce the ship. Fearing that they would run aground on the Syrtis sand bars, they lowered the sea anchor, and so were driven along. (See NIV)
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; (KJV DBY WBS YLT)
Romans 3:4 No, indeed; let us hold God to be true, though every man should prove to be false. As it stands written, "That Thou mayest be shown to be just in the sentence Thou pronouncest, and gain Thy cause when Thou contendest." (WEY)
Romans 3:28 We maintain therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. (See RSV)
Romans 7:2 A wife, for instance, whose husband is living is bound to him by the Law; but if her husband dies the law that bound her to him has now no hold over her. (WEY)
Romans 7:6 But seeing that we have died to that which once held us in bondage, the Law has now no hold over us, so that we render a service which, instead of being old and formal, is new and spiritual. (WEY)
Romans 9:28 for the Lord will hold a reckoning upon the earth, making it efficacious and brief." (WEY)
Romans 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil. Cling to that which is good. (See RSV)
Romans 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Do you desire to have no fear of the authority? Do that which is good, and you will have praise from the same, (See NIV)
1 Corinthians 11:2 Now I praise you, brothers, that you remember me in all things, and hold firm the traditions, even as I delivered them to you. (WEB WEY ASV NAS NIV)
1 Corinthians 14:30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. (KJV WBS)
1 Corinthians 15:2 by which also you are saved, if you hold firmly the word which I preached to you-unless you believed in vain. (WEB ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Corinthians 10:6 while we hold ourselves in readiness to punish every act of disobedience, as soon as ever you as a Church have fully shown your obedience. (WEY)
Galatians 2:12 For before some people came from James, he ate with the Gentiles. But when they came, he drew back and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. (See NAS)
Ephesians 4:15 But we shall lovingly hold to the truth, and shall in all respects grow up into union with Him who is our Head, even Christ. (WEY DBY)
Philippians 1:7 It is even right for me to think this way on behalf of all of you, because I have you in my heart, because, both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the Good News, you all are partakers with me of grace. (See RSV)
Philippians 2:29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy, and hold such in honor, (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS)
Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect; but I press on, if it is so that I may take hold of that for which also I was taken hold of by Christ Jesus. (WEB WEY ASV YLT NAS NIV)
Philippians 3:13 Brothers, I don't regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do. Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, (WEB WEY ASV YLT NAS NIV)
Philippians 3:16 Nevertheless, to the extent that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule. Let us be of the same mind. (See RSV)
Philippians 4:9 The doctrines and the line of conduct which I taught you--both what you heard and what you saw in me-- hold fast to them; and God who gives peace will be with you. (WEY)
Colossians 1:17 And HE IS before all things and in and through Him the universe is a harmonious whole. (See NAS RSV NIV)
Colossians 2:19 and not holding firmly to the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and ligaments, grows with God's growth. (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)