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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

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WaxWay, Covered
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Covered Way
Road (way)
Way, Covered
Way, Little
Greek - brother's way
Greek - some other way
Greek - started on our way up
Greek - way of life
Greek - found their way
Greek - go one's way, go away, going away, gone away, passed away, went away, went their way
Greek - away, way
Greek - done in an ungodly way, ungodly way
Greek - same way
Greek - forcing his way
Greek - always, way
Greek - made their way
Greek - way
Greek - go out of the way, turn away
Greek - turn out of the way
Greek - way
Greek - gave way
Greek - way of escape
Greek - understanding way
Greek - way
Greek - way
Greek - good way off, great way off, far away, long way
Greek - way
Greek - no way
Greek - highway, way, way side, highways, ways
Greek - way
Greek - same way, similar way, way
Greek - little way
Greek - in such a way, same way, this is the way, this way, way, way this
Greek - this way
Greek - way
Greek - always, every way
Greek - always, every way
Greek - straight way
Greek - be out of the way
Greek - a great way off, away, far away
Greek - what way
Greek - way
Greek - go one's way, am on my way, go away, go on their way, going away, way, went His way, went on their way, went their way
Greek - led the way
Greek - bring on one's way, helped on my way, way
Greek - any way, in any way
Greek - way, same way
Greek - go one's way, go away, go their way, going away
Greek - same way
Greek - same way, way
Hebrew - take away, give way
Hebrew - same way
Hebrew - byways, pathway, way
Hebrew - all the way
Hebrew - go thee one way or other
Hebrew - away, out of the way, wandering away
Hebrew - way
Hebrew - way been redeemed
Hebrew - covered way
Hebrew - this way
Hebrew - way, ways
Hebrew - causeway, highway, way, highways
Hebrew - way
Hebrew - this way
Hebrew - get away, go my way, way, went on his way
Hebrew - way, highway, pathway, roadway, way in the direction, way toward, ways, wayside
Hebrew - way
Hebrew - always, every way
Hebrew - had your way
Hebrew - goes his way
Hebrew - good way, away, far away, put away, put it far away
Hebrew - blows away, go on your way, pass away, passed away, put away, take away, taken away, turn away, wayfaring, went away
Hebrew - way
Hebrew - way
Hebrew - way to flee
Hebrew - little way
Hebrew - way prescribed
Hebrew - gives way
Hebrew - take out of the way
Hebrew - way
Hebrew - upright way
Hebrew - put away, send away, driving them away, escorted him away, gets his own way, go away, send him away, send it away, send me away, send them away, send you away, sending me away, sent away, sent her away, sent him away, sent his away, sent me away, sent the away, sent them away, sent you away, sent your away
Hebrew - highway, way, wayfaring man, highways, ways
Hebrew - way, ways

wa ('orach, orcha', 'erets, bo', derekh, halikhah, ma`galah, nathibh; hodos, parodos, poreia, tropos; "highway," mecillah, meclul; diexodoi ton hodon):

The list just cited contains only a portion of the words translated "way" or "highway" in the King James Version. Most of them have the primary meaning of "road," "customary path," "course of travel" (Genesis 3:24; Exodus 23:20; Numbers 20:17, etc.). By a very easy and natural figure "way" is applied to the course of human conduct, the manner of life which one lives (Exodus 18:20; 32:8; Numbers 22:32; 1 Samuel 8:3; 1 Kings 13:33, etc.; Acts 14:16; 1 Corinthians 4:17; James 5:20). "The way of an eagle .... of a serpent .... of a ship .... and of a man" (Proverbs 30:19) agree in that they leave no trace behind them (compare The Wisdom of Solomon 5:10,11). In some cases the language may be such as to leave it indeterminate whether the way or course of conduct is good or bad (Deuteronomy 28:29; 1 Samuel 18:14; 2 Chronicles 27:7; Job 13:15; Proverbs 3:6; 6:6; James 1:8), though in most cases the Bible writers attach to every act an ethical evaluation. Sometimes this way of conduct is of purely human choice, without reference to either God or good (Judges 2:19; Job 22:15; 34:21; Psalms 119:9; Proverbs 12:15; 16:2). Such a course is evil (2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalms 1:6; 119:101,104,128; Proverbs 1:19, etc.) and will obtain such punishment as its lack of merit warrants (1Ki 8:32,39; 2Ch 6:23; Job 30:12; 34:11; Jer 17:10; Ezk 7:3,9; Ho 12:2). At the opposite extreme from this is the good way (Psalms 1:6; Proverbs 8:20; 12:28; 15:10; Isaiah 26:7), which is that course of conduct enjoined by God and exemplified in His perfect conduct (Genesis 6:12; 18:19; Deuteronomy 8:6; 26:17; 1 Kings 2:3; Job 23:11; Psalms 51:13, etc.). These two ways briefly but graphically described by the Lord (Matthew 7:13,14; compare Luke 13:24) became the subject of extended catechetical instruction in the early church. See the Epistle of Barnabas, xviii, and the Didache i.1. Frequently the way in this metaphorical sense is characterized by that quality which is its outstanding feature, e.g. mention is made of the way of life (Proverbs 15:24; Jeremiah 21:8; Acts 2:28); of truth (Psalms 119:30; 2 Peter 2:2); of peace (Isaiah 59:8; Luke 1:79; Romans 3:17); of justice (Proverbs 17:23; Daniel 4:37); of righteousness (Matthew 21:32; 2 Peter 2:21); of salvation (Acts 16:17); of lying (Psalms 119:29), and of death (Jeremiah 21:8). Frequently God's purpose or His customary action is described as His way (Psalms 103:7; Isaiah 26:8; Matthew 22:16; Acts 13:10). Since all of God's plans and purposes tend toward man's salvation, His provisions to this end are frequently spoken of as His Way, and inasmuch as all of the divine plans center in Christ He is preeminently the Way (John 14:6). Out of this fact grew the title, "The Way," one of the earliest names applied to Christianity (Acts 9:2; 18:25,26; 19:9,23; 22:4; 24:22).

The word highway is used to denote a prominent road, such a one for example as was in ancient times maintained for royal travel and by royal authority. It is always used in the literal sense except in Proverbs 15:19; 16:17, where it is a course of conduct.


W. C. Morro

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


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