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CONTEND, CONTENTION. “Contend” and “contention” are trs. of several Heb. and Gr. words in the Bible, usually denoting some sharp dispute, motivated by pride and ill will (Prov 13:10), feeding on ignorance, and issuing in strife and division (1 Cor 1:11). Contention may, however, refer to a dispute in the cause of truth, as when Jude admonishes the Christians to contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3).

Synonymous with contention and often tr. the same original words are such terms as factions, divisions, strifes, etc., terms which refer to a desire to thrust oneself and one’s own interests into the foreground in a partisan manner. The Apostle Paul lists these vices with the works of the flesh (Gal 5:19, 20) and admonishes Titus to avoid all such (Titus 3:9).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)