Nicodemus to Nymphas
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Nicodemus
Victorious among his people, conqueror
Strong's #G3530

Nicodemus' name is only recorded in the gospel of John. He was a Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin who believed in Jesus. His first recorded visit with Christ was at night to inform him the Jews, based on his miracles, understood he was a teacher from God (John 3).

References
John 3:1 - 10, 7:50 - 53, 19:39

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Nicolaitans
Destruction of people
Strong's #G3531

Both the deeds (actions) and doctrine (teaching) of the Nicolaitans are hated by God. These actions and teachings revolved around promoting a hierarchical system of governance within the church. This system, with its layers of church leaders set up to rule over the lives and faith of believers, ultimately led to the birth of the Catholic Church.

See our article dedicated to the Nicolaitans for more information.

References
Revelation 2:6, 15

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Nicolas
Victor of the people, victorious over the people
Strong's #G3532

Nicolas was one of the first seven men, selected by the early church, to handle the daily distribution of food to the poor saints in Jerusalem. These men are commonly referred to as the New Testament's first deacons.

References
Acts 6:5

Nicopolis
Victorious city
Strong's #G3533

The Apostle Paul, after his first acquittal of charges in Rome, sails to Crete and then to Nicopolis on the western coast of Greece. He then writes the books of Titus and 1Timothy.

References
Titus 3:12, 3:15 (end notes of letter)

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Niger
Black
Strong's #G3526

A man named Simeon, who was also called Niger, was one of the early leaders in the Syrian Antioch church. He was an early Christian leader along with Barnabas, Lucius, Manaen and Saul (Paul).

References
Acts 13:1

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Nile River
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Nimrah
Limpid, pure, clear water
Strong's #H5247

Nimrah was a city given to the tribe of Gad as an inheritance in the Promised Land.

References
Numbers 32:3

Nimrod
Rebellion, the valiant
Strong's #H5248

Nimrod was the grandson of Ham (one of Noah's three sons who survived the flood). The Bible states he was "a mighty hunter before (meaning against or in opposition to) the Lord." (Genesis 10:9). He began the city of Babel (leading to the kingdom of Babylon) and built the city of Nineveh in the land of Assyria.

References
Genesis 10:8 - 9, 1Chronicles 1:10, Micah 5:6

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Nineveh
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No
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Noah (Noe)
Rest
Strong's #H5146, #G3575

Both a man and a woman are named Noah in the Old Testament. Noah's name is spelled Noe in the KJV version of Matthew 24:37 - 38 and Luke 3:36, 17:26 - 27.

The patriarch Noah represented the tenth generation of mankind on earth. He built, on God's command, a giant ark that saved many animals from dying due to the great flood. Read our dedicated article on the life of Noah for more information on this fascinating individual!

A woman named Noah was one of the five daughters of Zelophehad (Numbers 26:33). Her and her sisters asserted, before Moses, that they had a right to a share of their dead father's future inheritance in the Promised Land. They made their claim due to their father not producing any sons. Moses took the issue directly to God who agreed that the daughters had a right to the land their father would have received (see Numbers 27:1 - 11).

References
Genesis 5:29 - 32, 6:8 - 22, 7:1 - 23, 8:1 - 20, 9:1 - 29, 10:1, 32, Numbers 26:33, 27:1, 36:11, Joshua 17:3, 1Chronicles 1:4, Isaiah 54:9, Ezekiel 14:14, 20, Hebrews 11:7, 1Peter 3:20, 2Peter 2:5

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Nob
Fruit, high place
Strong's #H5011

King Saul accused some of Israel's priests of helping King David. Such aid, in his mind, was an act of treason. His anger leads him to declare the death penalty on all eighty-five priests meeting with him. He commands Doeg, an Edomite, to murder them when his Israelite servants refuse to carry out such a heinous act

Doeg, after slaughtering the priests, quickly travels to Nob where the killed holy men lived. He then, in cold blood, decimates most of the city's innocent inhabitants, including women, babies and even animals (1Samuel 22)!

References
1Samuel 21:1, 9, 22:11, 19, Nehemiah 11:32, Isaiah 10:32

Nobah
Barking, a bark
Strong's #H5025

The city of Kenath and its surrounding villages, located in Gilead, are conquered by a man named Nobah during the time of Moses. After his victory He renames the area after himself.

References
Numbers 32:42, Judges 8:11

Nod
Wandering, vagrancy
Strong's #H5113

The land of Nod is where Cain fled after murdering his brother Abel.

References
Genesis 4:16

Noph (Memphis)
Presentability
Strong's #H5297

The Biblical word Memphis, which means "haven of the good" (Strong's #H4644), is another named for the ancient Egyptian capital of Noph.

References
Hosea 9:6, Isaiah 19:13, Jeremiah 2:16, 44:1, 46:14, 19, Ezekiel 30:13, 16

Nun
Perpetuity
Strong's #H5126

Nun was the father of Joshua who, after Moses died, led the children of Israel into the Promised Land of Canaan.

References
Exodus 33:11, Numbers 11:28, 13:8, 16, 14:6, 30, 38, 26:65, 27:18, 32:12, etc.

Nymphas
Bridegroom, nymph given (born)
Strong's #G3564

Nymphas was a Christian woman who lived in Laodicea. Paul greets her, and those who gathered every Sabbath at her home to worship God, in the last chapter of Colossians.

References
Colossians 4:15

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