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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Greek - lift up one's self
Greek - lift up
Greek - lift up, lifted
Greek - lift
Greek - lift up, lift, lifted, lifting
Greek - lift up, lift, lifted
Hebrew - lift, lifted, lifts
Hebrew - lift, lifts
Hebrew - lift
Hebrew - lift, lifted, lifting, lifts, uplifted
Hebrew - lift up, lifted
Hebrew - lift, lifted
Hebrew - lift
Hebrew - lift up
Hebrew - lift
Hebrew - lift
Hebrew - lift up a standard
Hebrew - lift up, lifted

To raise or elevate. 1. Hands were lifted in pronouncing a blessing (Leviticus 9:22). 2. In ancient times as now, an oath required raising one's hand (Genesis 14:22; Exodus 6:8, NAS margin; Deuteronomy 32:40). 3. To lift a hand against someone is to attack or rebel against that one (2 Samuel 18:28; 2 Samuel 20:21; 1 Kings 11:26-27). 4. To lift one's heel against someone is to deal treacherously (Psalms 41:9; John 13:18).

Several uses of lift must be viewed in light of the ancient requirement of prostrating oneself before a superior (Genesis 43:26; 1 Samuel 25:23). 5. To lift up someone's head is to accept the person (Genesis 40:13; Psalms 3:3) or even exalt the person (Psalms 27:6). 6. To lift up one's face is to appear bold and confident of acceptance (2 Samuel 2:22; Ezra 9:6). To lift up one's face may express a rejection of another's sovereignty (Judges 8:28). The lifting of God's face or countenance is a sign of favor (Numbers 6:26; Psalms 4:6). 7. To lift up one's eyes or heart is to be haughty or prideful (Deuteronomy 8:14; 2 Kings 14:10; 2 Kings 19:22; 2 Chronicles 25:19; Proverbs 30:13; Isaiah 37:23). 8. Eyes, hands, heart, and soul are frequently lifted up to God in fervent prayer (Psalms 25:1; Psalms 28:2; Psalms 63:4; Psalms 134:2; Psalms 141:2; Lamentations 2:19; Daniel 4:34; 1 Timothy 2:8). 9. In John's Gospel, lifting up refers both to the lifting up of Jesus on the cross and to His exaltation (resurrection/ascension) (John 3:14; John 8:28; John 12:32,John 12:34).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'LIFT'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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