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Holman Bible Dictionary

Countenance

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The face as an indication of mood, emotion, or character (see Genesis 4:5-6 ; Deuteronomy 28:50 ; Job 9:27 ; Psalm 10:4 ; Proverbs 15:13 ; Ecclesiastes 7:3 ; Mark 10:22 ). To speak of God lifting up His countenance upon one is a way of speaking about being in God's presence (Psalm 21:6 ). Being in God's presence—having God's countenance lifted toward one—may bring peace (Numbers 6:25-26 ), blessing (Psalm 4:6 ; Psalm 90:15 ), or victory (Psalm 44:3 ). It may also bring destruction (Psalm 80:16 ) or judgment for sin (Psalm 90:8 ).


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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.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Countenance'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/c/countenance.html. 1991.

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