Conflict (Noun) - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Conflict (Noun)

[ 1,,G73, agon ]
from ago, to lead," signifies
(a) "a place of assembly," especially the place where the Greeks assembled for the Olympic and Pythian games;
(b) "a contest of athletes," metaphorically, 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7, "fight;" Hebrews 12:1, "race;" hence,
(c) "the inward conflict of the soul;" inward "conflict" is often the result, or the accompaniment, of outward "conflict," 1 Thessalonians 2:2, implying a contest against spiritual foes, as well as human adversaries; so Colossians 2:1, "conflict," AV; RV, "(how greatly) I strive," lit., "how great a conflict I have." See CONTENTION, FIGHT, RACE. Cp. agonizomai (Eng., "agonize"), 1 Corinthians 9:25 etc.

[ 2,,G119, athlesis ]
denotes "a combat, contest of athletes;" hence, "a struggle, fight," Hebrews 10:32, with reference to affliction. See FIGHT. Cp. athleo, "to strive," 2 Timothy 2:5 (twice).

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