kon'-tro-ver-si (ribh, "strife," "contention"; homologoumenos, "confessedly," "without controversy"):

Used frequently of disputes among men (as Deuteronomy 17:8) and then transferred to the justice of God as directed against the sins of men. Thus we read of Yahweh's controversy with the nations (Jeremiah 25:31); with the inhabitants of the land (Hosea 4:1); with His people (Micah 6:2). "Without controversy" (1 Timothy 3:16), a positive rather than a negative expression, "by common consent," or better, "as unanimously confessed," introducing a quotation from a hymn or rhythmical confession of the early church.

H. E. Jacobs

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'CONTROVERSY'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.