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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [1]

1: Ἀφορμή (Strong'S #874 — Noun Feminine — aphorme — af-or-may' )

properly "a starting point," was used to denote "a base of operations in war." In the NT it occurs as follows: "(a) the Law provided sin with a base of operations for its attack upon the soul,  Romans 7:8,11; (b) the irreproachable conduct of the Apostle provided his friends with a base of operations against his detractors,  2—Corinthians 5:12; (c) by refusing temporal support at Corinth he deprived these detractors of their base of operations against him,  2—Corinthians 11:12; (d) Christian freedom is not to provide a base of operations for the flesh,  Galatians 5:13; (e) unguarded behavior on the part of young widows (and the same is true of all believers) would provide Satan with a base of operations against the faith,  1—Timothy 5:14 ." * [* From Notes on Galatians, by Hogg and Vine, P. 269.]

 Proverbs 9:9 Ezekiel 5:7Falling 2—Corinthians 8:8

King James Dictionary [2]

OCCA'SION, n. s as z. L. occasio, from oceido, to fall ob and cado.

1. Properly, a falling, happening or coming to an occurrence, casualty, incident something distinct from the ordinary course or regular orders of things. 2. Opportunity convenience favorable time, season or circumstances.

I'll take th' occasion which he give to bring him to his death.

Use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh.  Galatians 5 .

Sin taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me.

 Romans 7 .

3. Accidental cause incident, event or fact giving rise to something else. What was the occasion of this custom?

Her beauty was the occasion of the war.

4. Incidental need casual exigency opportunity accompanied with need or demand. So we say, we have occasion for all our resources. We have frequent occasions for assisting each other.

The ancient canons were well fitted for the occasion of the church in its purer ages.

My occasions have found time to use them toward a supply of money.


1. To cause incidentally to cause to produce. The expectation of war occasions a depression in the price of stocks. Consumptions are often occasioned by colds. Indigestion occasions pain in the head. Heat occasions lassitude. 2. To influence to cause.

If we inquire what it is that occasions men to make several combinations of simple ideas into distinct modes -

Webster's Dictionary [3]

(1): ( v. t.) To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to occasion anxiety.

(2): ( n.) A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.

(3): ( n.) Need; exigency; requirement; necessity; as, I have no occasion for firearms.

(4): ( n.) An occurrence or condition of affairs which brings with it some unlooked-for event; that which incidentally brings to pass an event, without being its efficient cause or sufficient reason; accidental or incidental cause.

(5): ( n.) A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance; convenience.

(6): ( n.) A falling out, happening, or coming to pass; hence, that which falls out or happens; occurrence; incident.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [4]

o - kā´zhun  : The uses in English Versions of the Bible are all modern, but in   Jeremiah 2:24 "occasion" is employed (both in Hebrew and English) as a euphemism for "time of conception of offspring."