Quarrel

I’m sure that none of us would like to be none as quarrelsome. Not only is this a negative description of a person, but the Bible has a lot to say about it.

Merriam-Webster defines it this way.

In the New Testament I found 7 different words which are translated quarrel, or something similar. The first four all come from the same root. Each word informs us and each text certainly warns us.

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3163. μάχη mache, makh´-ay; from 3164; a battle, i.e. (figuratively) controversy: — fighting, strive, striving.

2Cor. 7:5   For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within.

2Tim. 2:23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

James 4:1   What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?

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3164. μάχομαι machomai, makh´-om-ahee; middle voice of an apparently primary verb; to war, i.e. (figuratively) to quarrel, dispute: — fight, strive.

John 6:52   The Jews then hdisputed among themselves, saying, i“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

Acts 7:26 eAnd on the following day he appeared to them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers. Why do you wrong each other?’

2Tim. 2:24 And rthe Lord’s servant5 must not be quarrelsome but skind to everyone, table to teach, patiently enduring evil,

James 4:2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.

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3054. λογομαχέω logomacheo, log-om-akh-eh´-o; from a compound of 3056 and 3164; to be disputatious (on trifles): — strive about words.

3055. λογομαχία logomachia, log-om-akh-ee´-ah; from the same as 3054; disputation about trifles (“logomachy”): — strife of words.

1Tim. 6:4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions,

2Tim. 2:14   Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.

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269. ἄμαχος amachos, am´-akh-os; from 1 (as a negative particle) and 3163; peaceable: — not a brawler.

Titus 3:2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

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1253. διάκρισις diakrisis, dee-ak´-ree-sis; from 1252; judicial estimation: — discern(-ing), disputation.

Rom. 14:1   As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.

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2054. ἔρις eris, er´-is; of uncertain affinity; a quarrel, i.e. (by implication) wrangling: — contention, debate, strife, variance.

Rom. 1:29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,

Rom. 13:13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.

1Cor. 1:11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers.

1Cor. 3:3 for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?

2Cor. 12:20 For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.

Gal. 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,

Phil. 1:15   Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.

1Tim. 6:4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions,

Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

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4170. πολεμέω polemeo, pol-em-eh´-o; from 4171; to be (engaged) in warfare, i.e. to battle (literally or figuratively): — fight, (make) war.

James 4:1   What causesquarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.

James 4:2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.

Rev. 2:16 Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.

Rev. 12:7   Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back,

Rev. 13:4 And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”

Rev. 17:14 They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”

Rev. 19:11   Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.

In Conclusion:

Do these texts indicate that we should be mute, in order to avoid any difficulty? No, Pablo calls out Hymenaeus and Philetus by name in 2 Timothy 2:17 for their errors. 

2 Timothy 2:23-25 re-orient us: Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness.

We must be 

1. Kind to all (even the unkind).

2 teach the same quarrelsome folks. 

3. Patiently enduring evil (even towards us)

4. Gently correcting opponents.

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