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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5937 rivalry
5937 rivalry

5937 rivalry

Viewing other people as a threat to oneself in the accomplishment of some aim, or being in active competition with others for recognition or achievement.

Examples of rivalry at a national level

Between Israel and Judah 1Ki 15:25-31 This is typical of the conflict that existed for 80 years after the division of the kingdom.

Within Israel 1Ki 16:21-22

Between Assyria and Judah See also 2Ch 32:13-22; Isa 37:10-13 Assyria claimed that behind the rivalry of the nations lay the rivalry of their gods. The Lord vindicated himself in answer to Hezekiah’s prayer (see Isa 37:14-38).

Examples of rivalry at an individual level

Between Esau and Jacob Ge 25:29-34; Ge 27:41

Between Peninnah and Hannah 1Sa 1:6-7

Between Saul and David 1Sa 18:7-9 See also 1Sa 20:31

Between Absalom and David 2Sa 15:1-13

Between Rehoboam and Jeroboam 1Ki 12:26-27

Condemnation of rivalry at an individual level

By the Mosaic law Lev 18:18

By Jesus Christ Lk 9:46-48 pp Mt 18:1-4 pp Mk 9:34-37 See also Mt 20:20-24 pp Mk 10:35-41; Mt 23:8-11

By Paul 1Co 3:3-4 See also 1Co 1:12-13

Rivalry between individuals is overcome in Christ

Gal 3:26-28 See also Mk 10:42-45 pp Mt 20:25-28; Php 1:15-18

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