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Greek - give the increase, increase, increased
Greek - increase
Greek - increase in strength
Greek - increase
Greek - make to increase, increase, increased, increases
Greek - increase, increased
Greek - increase
Greek - increase
Hebrew - increase
Hebrew - increase
Hebrew - increase
Hebrew - increased, increase
Hebrew - increase
Hebrew - increase
Hebrew - increase, yield may increase
Hebrew - increase, increased, increases, many which increase
Hebrew - increase
Hebrew - increase
Hebrew - increase, increased
Hebrew - increase
Hebrew - increase
Hebrew - increase
Hebrew - increase
Hebrew - increase
Hebrew - increase
Hebrew - increase
Hebrew - increase abundantly, increased greatly
Hebrew - increase, increased
Hebrew - increase, give you increase, increase you a more, increased, increases
INCREASE

Multiplication or growth. In the Old Testament, increase often refers to the reproduction of livestock and to the harvest (Leviticus 26:3-4; Deuteronomy 7:12-13). The promise of increase is contingent on Israel's fulfilling its covenant commitments. Increase is used figuratively for Israel as the firstfruits of God's increase (KJV) or harvest. Isaiah 9:7 promises the increase of the government and peace of the coming Messiah. Isaiah 29:19 promises an increase in joy (KJV; fresh joy, NRSV; compare Isaiah 9:3). Isaiah 40:29 promises increased strength to the powerless.

The increase of the word of God (Acts 6:7) refers to the spread of the gospel message. Increase is used both for the numerical growth of the church (Acts 16:5) and for maturation (Ephesians 4:16; Colossians 2:19). Christian maturity is evidenced by an increase in love (1 Thessalonians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:10) and knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10). Boasting in the results of one's work for God is without a basis since God gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6, Colossians 2:19).


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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'INCREASE'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<http://classic.studylight.org/dic/hbd/view.cgi?number=T3012>. 1991.

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