Submitting to the will or authority of another. The OT has no separate word meaning “obey,” but that English word is often used to translate the Hebrew word for “to hear” (Gen 22:18; Isa 42:24). The same concept may be expressed as “keeping” or “observing” the commandments (Exod 16:28; Exod 34:11) or as “walking” in God’s ways (1Kgs 11:33). In the NT Christ is obedient to God (Rom 5:19; Phil 2:8; Heb 5:8), and Christians are called to obedience of faith (Rom 1:5; Rom 16:26), obedience to Christ (John 3:36; Heb 5:9), and obedience to the gospel (Rom 10:16; 1Pet 4:17). The NT also calls for obedience to the secular authorities (Rom 13:1-5) and for the obedience of slaves, children, and wives to those over them in the household (Eph 5:21-6:9; 1Pet 2:13-3:7).

Gen 22:18

18and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.”

Isa 42:24

24Who gave up Jacob to the spoiler,
and Israel to the robbers?
Was it not the Lord, against whom we have sinned,
in whose ways they would not walk,
and whose la ... View more

Exod 16:28

28The Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and instructions?

Exod 34:11

11Observe what I command you today. See, I will drive out before you the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

1Kgs 11:33

33This is because he has forsaken me, worshiped Astarte the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of Moab, and Milcom the god of the Ammonites, and has not ... View more

Rom 5:19

19For just as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.

Phil 2:8

8he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.

Heb 5:8

8Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered;

Rom 1:5

5through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name,

Rom 16:26

26but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the ob ... View more

John 3:36

36Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God's wrath.

Heb 5:9

9and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him,

Rom 10:16

16But not all have obeyed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?”

1Pet 4:17

17For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; if it begins with us, what will be the end for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

Rom 13:1-5

Being Subject to Authorities
1Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that ex ... View more

Eph 5:21-6:9

The Christian Household
21Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.22Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord.23For the husband is ... View more

1Pet 2:13-3:7

13For the Lord's sake accept the authority of every human institution, whether of the emperor as supreme,14or of governors, as sent by him to punish those who d ... View more

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