Statement of Faith | Tell a Friend about Us | Color Scheme:    
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Join Now!  |  Login
  Our Sponsors

• Biblical Hebrew study & learning software: BMSoftware.com

• Help change the hearts of people one book at a time! Click to find out how!

• Looking for that lost cantata? Let US find it!

• Bible software for Believing Study: SwordSearcher

 
  Study Resources

• Interlinear Bible

• Parallel Bible

• Daily Reading Plan

• Devotionals

• Commentaries

• Concordances

• Dictionaries

• Encyclopedias

• Lexicons

• History

• Sermon Essentials

• Audio Resources

• Religious Artwork

 
  SL Forums

• Apologetic Forum

• Christian Living

• Ministry Forum

• Evangelism Forum

• Passage Forum

• Help Forum

 
  Other Resources

• Advertise with SL

• FREE Resources

• Information

• Set Preferences

• Font Resources

• Contacting SL

 

 

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Start Your Search
 
 
Choose a letter from below
to display alphabetical list:

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z
 
    Printer friendly version
 
PreviousNext
Dawn, DawningDay and Night
 
Additional Resources
 
Concordances
• Nave's Topical Bible
» Day
» Holy day
» Lord’s day
» Preparation day
» Sabbath day’s journey
• Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
» Day, pitching time
» Time
» Unto this day
» Water: & Healing, Holy
• Torrey's Topical Textbook
» Atonement, The Day of
» Day
Dictionaries
• Baker's Evangelical Dictionary
» Atonement, Day of
» Day
» Day of Atonement
» Day of Christ
» Day of Judgment
» Day of the Lord, God, Christ, the
» Judgment, Day of
» Last Day(s), Latter Days, Last Times
» Lord's Day, the
• Easton's Bible Dictionary
» Atonement, Day of
» Birth-day
» Day
» Day's journey
» Jezreel, Day of
» Lord's day
» Sabbath day's journey
• Fausset's Bible Dictionary
» Atonement, Day of
» Day
» Lord's Day
• Smith's Bible Dictionary
» Atonement, The day of
» Day
» Lords day, The
Encyclopedias
• Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia
» Day of Rest
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
» Atonement, Day of
» Break of Day
» Day Before the Sabbath
» Day and Night
» Day of Atonement
» Day of Christ
» Day of Judgment
» Day of Yahweh
» Day of the Lord (yahweh)
» Day's Journey
» Day, Break of
» Day, Joshua's Long
» Day, Last
» Day, Lord's
» Day, That (the)
» Day-Star
» High Day
» Judgment, Day of
» Last Day
» Lord's Day
» Sabbath Day's Journey
» Sabbath, Day Before the
» Seventh, Day
» That Day
» Third Day
Lexicons
Greek - break of day, daybreak
Greek - next day
Greek - next day, second day
Greek - day following, next day, next day after, day, following day
Greek - day after, day following, next day
Greek - holy day
Greek - a great while before day
Greek - next day
Greek - next day
Greek - day star
Greek - day, day's, daybreak, days, daytime, midday
Greek - a night and a day
Greek - the eighth day, eighth day
Greek - day, day of preparation, preparation day
Greek - day before the sabbath, day before, day before the Sabbath
Greek - day
Greek - first day
Greek - sabbath day
Greek - this day, to day, today, today's
Hebrew - day, daytime
Hebrew - day, birthday, daily the days, day of the days, day that the period, day's, day's every day, daylight, days, days ago, days on the day, days to day, days you shall daily, days', each day, every day, holiday, midday, today, when the days, yesterday
Hebrew - day, days
Hebrew - break of day
Hebrew - day, midday, noonday
Hebrew - day, days, daybreak
Hebrew - break of day
Hebrew - day, daylight
Hebrew - day, dayspring, dawning of the day, daybreak
Hebrew - next day, day after, following day
Hebrew - dawning of the day
DAY

da (yom; hemera):

This common word has caused some trouble to plain readers, because they have not noticed that the word is used in several different senses in the English Bible. When the different uses of the word are understood the difficulty of interpretation vanishes. We note several different uses of the word:

(1) It sometimes means the time from daylight till dark. This popular meaning is easily discovered by the context, e. g. Genesis 1:5; 8:22, etc. The marked periods of this daytime were morning, noon and night, as with us. See Psalms 55:17. The early hours were sometimes called "the cool of the day" (Genesis 3:8). After the exile the day. or daytime was divided into twelve hours and the night into twelve (see Matthew 20:1-12; John 11:9; Acts 23:23); 6 a. m. would correspond to the first hour, 9 a. m. to the third; 12 noon to the sixth, etc. The hours were longer during the longer days and shorter during the shorter days, since they always counted 12 hours between sunrise and sunset.

(2) Day also means a period of 24 hours, or the time from sunset to sunset. In Bible usage the day begins with sunset (see Leviticus 23:32; Exodus 12:15-20; 2 Corinthians 11:25, where night is put before day). See DAY AND NIGHT.

(3) The word "day" is also used of an indefinite period, e. g "the day" or "day that" means in general "that time" (see Genesis 2:4; Leviticus 14:2); "day of trouble" (Psalms 20:1); "day of his wrath" (Job 20:28); "day of Yahweh" (Isaiah 2:12); "day of the Lord" (1 Corinthians 5:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Peter 3:10); "day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2);. "day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6).

(4) It is used figuratively also in John 9:4, where "while it is day" means "while I have opportunity to work, as daytime is the time for work." In 1 Thessalonians 5:5,8, "sons of the day" means spiritually enlightened ones.

(5) We must also bear in mind that with God time is not reckoned as with us (see Psalms 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8).

(6) The apocalyptic use of the word "day" in Daniel 12:11; Revelation 2:10, etc., is difficult to define. It evidently does not mean a natural day. See APOCALYPSE.

(7) On the meaning of "day" in the story of Creation we note (a) the word "day" is used of the whole period of creation (Genesis 2:4); (b) these days are days of God, with whom one day is as a thousand years; the whole age or period of salvation is called "the day of salvation"; see above. So we believe that in harmony with Bible usage we may understand the creative days as creative periods. See also \ASTRONOMY\; \CREATION\; \EVOLUTION\.

G. H. Gerberding

Figurative:

The word "day" is used figuratively in many senses, some of which are here given.

(1) The span of human life.--Genesis 5:4:

"And the days of Adam .... were eight hundred years." "And if thou wilt walk .... then I will lengthen thy days" (1 Kings 3:14; compare Psalms 90:12; Isaiah 38:5).

(2) An indefinite time.--Existence in general:

Genesis 3:14: "All the days of thy life" (compare Genesis 21:34; Numbers 9:19; Joshua 22:3; Luke 1:24; Acts 21:10).

(3) A set time.--Genesis 25:24:

"And when her days .... were fulfilled"; Daniel 12:13: "Thou shalt stand in thy lot, at the end of the days" (compare Leviticus 12:6; Daniel 2:44).

(4) A historic period.--Genesis 6:4:

"The Nephilim were in the earth in those days"; Judges 17:6: "In those days there was no king in Israel" (compare 1 Samuel 3:1; 1 Chronicles 5:17; Hosea 2:13).

(5) Past time.--Psalms 18:18:

"the day of my calamity"; Psalms 77:5: "I have considered the days of old" (of Micah 7:20; Malachi 3:7; Matthew 23:30).

(6) Future time.--Deuteronomy 31:14:

"Thy days approach that thou must die"; Psalms 72:7: "In his days shall ...." (compare Ezekiel 22:14; Joel 2:29; Matthew 24:19; 2 Peter 3:3; Revelation 9:6).

(7) The eternal.--In Daniel 7:9,13, where God is called "the ancient of days."

(8) A season of opportunity.--John 9:4:

"We must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work" (compare Romans 13:12,13; 1 Thessalonians 5:5-8). See DAY (4), above.

(9) Time of salvation.--Specially referring to the hopes and prospects of the parousia (see ESCHATOLOGY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT). Romans 13:12:

"The night is far spent, and the day is at hand."

Henry E. Dosker


Copyright Statement
These files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available from Crosswire Software.

Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'DAY'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". <http://classic.studylight.org/enc/isb/view.cgi?number=T2551>. 1915.


  HOME    TOP

Dead links, typos, or HTML errors should be sent to corr@studylight.org
Suggestions about making this resource more useful should be sent to sugg@studylight.org
 

   Powered by LightSpeed Technology

Copyright © 2001-2018, StudyLight.org