Bill Mounce

For an Informed Love of God


Vocabulary form: 

more, rather


When used with h[, h[ is usually translated "than," not "or."


While taking a break from shopping at the mall, you say "Mall-On!", which means "more" shopping.

I'm MORE willing to go to the "mall on" Thursday.
I'd RATHER go to the "mall on" Friday.

Biblical Concordance

Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) valuable than they?
Matthew 6:30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is here today but tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) clothe you, O you of little faith?
Matthew 7:11 If then you, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Matthew 10:6 but go rather (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his teacher, and the servant as his master. If they have called the head of the house ‘Beelzebul,’ how much more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) will they revile the members of his household!
Matthew 10:28 Do not be afraid of those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, fear the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 18:13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.
Matthew 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Perhaps there will not be enough for both us and you, so go rather (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’
Matthew 27:24 So when Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere but rather (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; it is your responsibility.”
Mark 5:26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors, and had spent all she had, all yet it benefitted her nothing; rather she had grown worse (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative).
Mark 7:36 Jesus ordered them to tell no one, but the more he ordered them, the more they spread the news.
Mark 9:42 “And whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a large millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
Mark 10:48 And many were sternly telling him to be quiet; but all the more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) he kept crying out, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Mark 15:11 But the ruling priests stirred up the crowd so that Pilate would release Barabbas instead (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative).
Luke 5:15 Then the word about him spread even more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative), and large crowds would come together to hear him and to be healed of their diseases.
Luke 11:13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: for they do not sow, neither do they reap; for them there is neither storehouse nor granary, yet God feeds them. Of how much more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) value are you than the birds!
Luke 12:28 If God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) will he clothe you, you people of little faith!
Luke 18:39 Those who were leading the way began to rebuke him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative), “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
John 3:19 And the basis for judging is this, that light has come into the world and people love darkness rather (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) than light, because their deeds are evil.
John 5:18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) to kill him, because he not only used to break the Sabbath, but he also was calling God his own Father, thus making himself equal with God.
John 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) than the praise of God.
John 19:8 Now when Pilate heard this statement, he became even more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) afraid.
Acts 4:19 But Peter and John said in answer to them, “Whether it is right before God to obey you rather (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) than God, you must judge,
Acts 5:14 and more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women,
Acts 5:29 But in response, Peter and the other apostles said, “It is necessary to obey God rather (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) than men.”
Acts 9:22 But Saul became more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) and more capable, and threw into confusion the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that this man Jesus is the Christ.
Acts 20:35 In all this I have shown you that by working in this way you must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) blessed to give than to receive.’”
Acts 22:2 And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew language, they became even more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) quiet. And he said:
Acts 27:11 But the centurion was more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) convinced by the captain and the ship’s owner than by what Paul was saying.
Romans 5:9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, much more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) will we be saved from the wrath of God through him.
Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative), now that we are reconciled, will we be saved by his life.
Romans 5:15 But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if the many died through the transgression of the one, much more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) did the grace of God and the gift that came by the grace of the one man Jesus Christ overflow to the many.
Romans 5:17 For if by the transgression of the one man death reigned through that one, much more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) will those who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:34 Who is it that condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died — and more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) than that, he was raised — who is at the right hand of God, who also is interceding for us.
Romans 11:12 Now if their transgression means riches for the world and their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) will their full inclusion mean!
Romans 11:24 For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree?
Romans 14:13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another, but resolve instead (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative), never to put an obstacle or a trap in a brother’s way.
1 Corinthians 5:2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) to have mourned, so that the man who did this deed would be removed from your midst?
1 Corinthians 6:7 Already it is altogether a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) be wronged? Why not rather (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) be defrauded?
1 Corinthians 7:21 If you were a slave when called, do not be concerned about it. However, if you are able to gain your freedom, make the most (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) of the opportunity.
1 Corinthians 9:12 If others have a share in this right over you, do not we even more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative)? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but endure all things lest we place some obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.
1 Corinthians 9:15 But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing this so that something will be done for me; for it would be better for me rather (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) to die — no one shall take away my ground for boasting!
1 Corinthians 12:22 Quite the contrary, those members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
1 Corinthians 14:1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, but especially (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) that you may prophesy.
1 Corinthians 14:5 Now I would like all of you to speak in tongues, but even more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets so that the church may receive edification.
1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank God I speak in tongues more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) than all of you;
2 Corinthians 2:7 so that you should rather (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) forgive and console him, lest he be swallowed up by excessive sorrow.
2 Corinthians 3:8 how much more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) glorious will be the ministry of the Spirit?
2 Corinthians 3:9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, how much more (mallon | μᾶλλον | adverb-comparative) will the ministry of righteousness exceed it in glory!