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Face. Most of the combinations into which this word enters are intelligible enough. It may be observed that, as to seek any one's face is to seek his favor, or admission to his presence, Psalms 27:8; Proverbs 7:15, so to see his face is to see him in person. Genesis 48:11, to have entrance to his court, if he be of high rank, as a king, Genesis 43:3; Genesis 43:5; 2 Samuel 14:24; 2 Samuel 14:28; 2 Samuel 14:32; hence this phrase denoted the royal favor, dignity or privilege. Esther 1:14. So to see God's face is to find him propitious, to have nearness of access to him. Psalms 17:15; and this is specially said to be the privilege of the holy angels that they see God's face. Matthew 18:10; Luke 1:19.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Face'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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