International Standard Bible EncyclopediaSTRAIN
stran (diulizo, "to strain off," "to filter"): Matthew 23:24, "Ye blind guides, that strain out the gnat, and swallow the camel" The imagery is that of a drinking-vessel full of liquid, from which tiny impurities are carefully removed while immense masses of other impure matter (Leviticus 11:4) are overlooked (compare Matthew 7:3). The first edition of the King James Version read the same as the Revised Version (British and American), but in the later editions a misprint converted "strain out" into "strain at," an error that has never been corrected.
Easton's Bible Dictionary
Simply a misprint for "strain out" (Matthew 23:24).
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
) Race; stock; generation; descent; family.
2. (n.) Hereditary character, quality, or disposition.
3. (n.) Rank; a sort.
4. (v.) To draw with force; to extend with great effort; to stretch; as, to strain a rope; to strain the shrouds of a ship; to strain the cords of a musical instrument.
5. (v.) To act upon, in any way, so as to cause change of form or volume, as forces on a beam to bend it.
6. (v.) To exert to the utmost; to ply vigorously.
7. (v.) To stretch beyond its proper limit; to do violence to, in the matter of intent or meaning; as, to strain the law in order to convict an accused person.
8. (v.) To injure by drawing, stretching, or the exertion of force; as, the gale strained the timbers of the ship.
9. (v.) To injure in the muscles or joints by causing to make too strong an effort; to harm by overexertion; to sprain; as, to strain a horse by overloading; to strain the wrist; to strain a muscle.
10. (v.) To squeeze; to press closely.
11. (v.) To make uneasy or unnatural; to produce with apparent effort; to force; to constrain.
12. (v.) To urge with importunity; to press; as, to strain a petition or invitation.
13. (v.) To press, or cause to pass, through a strainer, as through a screen, a cloth, or some porous substance; to purify, or separate from extraneous or solid matter, by filtration; to filter; as, to strain milk through cloth.
14. (v. i.) To make violent efforts.
15. (v. i.) To percolate; to be filtered; as, water straining through a sandy soil.
16. (n.) The act of straining, or the state of being strained.
17. (n.) A violent effort; an excessive and hurtful exertion or tension, as of the muscles; as, he lifted the weight with a strain; the strain upon a ship's rigging in a gale; also, the hurt or injury resulting; a sprain.
18. (n.) A change of form or dimensions of a solid or liquid mass, produced by a stress.
19. (n.) A portion of music divided off by a double bar; a complete musical period or sentence; a movement, or any rounded subdivision of a movement.
20. (n.) Any sustained note or movement; a song; a distinct portion of an ode or other poem; also, the pervading note, or burden, of a song, poem, oration, book, etc.; theme; motive; manner; style; also, a course of action or conduct; as, he spoke in a noble strain; there was a strain of woe in his story; a strain of trickery appears in his career.
21. (n.) Turn; tendency; inborn disposition. Cf. 1st Strain.
Strong's Hebrew2212. zaqaq -- to refine, purify...
fine, pour down, purge, purify, refine. A primitive root; to strain
extract, clarify -- fine, pour down, purge, purify, refine. << 2211, 2212. ... /hebrew/2212.htm - 6k