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Means simply presence, as when it is recorded that Adam and Eve hid themselves from the "face [RSV, 'presence'] of the Lord God" (Genesis 3:8 ; Compare Exodus 33:14,15 , where the same Hebrew word is rendered "presence"). The "light of God's countenance" is his favour (Psalm 44:3 ; Daniel 9:17 ). "Face" signifies also anger, justice, severity (Genesis 16:6,8 ; Exodus 2:15 ; Psalm 68:1 ; Revelation 6:16 ). To "provoke God to his face" (Isaiah 65:3 ) is to sin against him openly.

The Jews prayed with their faces toward the temple and Jerusalem (1 Kings 8:38,44,48 ; Daniel 6:10 ). To "see God's face" is to have access to him and to enjoy his favour (Psalm 17:15 ; 27:8 ). This is the privilege of holy angels (Matthew 18:10 ; Luke 1:19 ). The "face of Jesus Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6 ) is the office and person of Christ, the revealer of the glory of God (John 1:14,18 ).

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These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

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Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Face'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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