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King James Dictionary [1]

ABI'DE, 5:1:pert. and part. abode.

abada, to be, or exist, to continue W. bod, to be to dwell, rest, continue, stand firm, or be stationary for anytime indefinitely. Class Bd. No 7.

1. To rest, or dwell.  Genesis 29:19. 2. To tarry or stay for a short time.  Genesis 24:55. 3. To continue permanently or in the same state to be firm and immovable.  Psalms 119:90. 4. To remain, to continue.  Acts 27:31.  Ecclesiastes 8:15.


1. To wait for to be prepared for to await.

Bonds and afflictions abide me.  Acts 20:23.

For is here understood.

2. To endure or sustain.

To abide the indignation of the Lord.  Joel 2:11 .

3. To bear or endure to bear patiently. "I cannot abide his impertinence."

This verb when intransitive, is followed by in or at before the place, and with before the person. "Abide with me - at Jerusalem or in this land." Sometimes by on, the sword shall abide on his cities and in the sense of wait, by far, abide for me.  Hosea 3:3. Sometimes by by, abide by the crib.  Job 39:

In general, abide by signifies to adhere to, maintain defend, or stand to, as to abide by a promise, or by a friend or to suffer the consequences, as to abide by the event, that is, to be fixed or permanent in a particular condition.

Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary [2]

To abide, in the language of Scripture, means somewhat more than merely the remaining in one place. It implies an adherence to a thing; or an union with, and connection with it. Thus Jesus saith, ( John 15:4.) "Abide in me and I in you." So, speaking of the Holy Ghost, he saith, "He shall abide with you for ever." ( John 14:16.) And his servants, the apostles, use similar expressions, in the same sense. The apostles, Paul and John, describe the indwelling residence of the Holy Ghost, and a vital union with Christ, under this character of abiding. (See  2 Timothy 2:13;  1 John 2:27; 1Jn 5:21.) It is a blessed consideration, in the view of this doctrine, that when Jesus saith, "Abide in me, and I in you;" and a little after; "Continue ye in my love:" ( John 15:4; Joh 15:9.) it is not a mere precept, without imparting with it ability. But it is, willing them into an ability, by virtue of a oneness with them, as the head of efficiency, to the members of his body. He directs the thing to be done and he enables them to do it; according to that blessed promise: "Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power." ( Psalms 110:3.)

Webster's Dictionary [3]

(1): (v. i.) To remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to continue; to remain.

(2): (v. i.) To wait; to pause; to delay.

(3): (v. i.) To stay; to continue in a place; to have one's abode; to dwell; to sojourn; - with with before a person, and commonly with at or in before a place.

(4): (v. t.) To wait for; to be prepared for; to await; to watch for; as, I abide my time.

(5): (v. t.) To endure; to sustain; to submit to.

(6): (v. t.) To bear patiently; to tolerate; to put up with.

(7): (v. t.) To stand the consequences of; to answer for; to suffer for.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [4]

a - bı̄d ´: Old English word signifying progressively to "await," "remain," "lodge," "sojourn," "dwell," "continue," "endure"; represented richly in Old Testament (King James Version) by 12 Hebrew and in New Testament by as many Greek words. In the Revised Version (British and American) displaced often by words meaning "to sojourn," "dwell," "encamp." The Hebrew and Greek originals in most frequent use are ישב , yāshabh , "to dwell"; μένω , ménō , "to remain." "Abide (sit or tarry) ye here" ( Genesis 22:5 ); "The earth abide (continueth) forever" ( Ecclesiastes 1:4 ); "Who can abide (bear or endure) the day?" ( Malachi 3:2 ); "Afflictions abide (await) me" ( Acts 20:23 ). The past tense abode , in frequent use, has the same meaning. "His bow abide (remained) in strength" ( Genesis 49:24 ); "There he abide" (dwelt) ( John 10:40 ).

Abode, as a noun (Greek μονή , monḗ ) twice in New Testament: "make our abide with him" ( John 14:23 ); "mansions," the Revised Version, margin " abiding -places"  John 14:2 ). The soul of the true disciple and heaven are dwelling-places of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.