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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Awake

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a -wāk ´ יקץ , yāḳac , "to waken"; עוּר , ‛ūr , "to rouse up" from sleep; ἐγείρω , egeı́rō , "to arouse from sleep"): The ordinary terms for awaking from natural slumber: as of Jacob at Bethel (Genesis 28:16 ); of Solomon at Gibeon (1 Kings 3:15 ); of Jesus in the storm-tossed boat (Luke 8:24 ). Used figure with striking effect of awaking from mental, moral and spiritual sleep: as when Deborah calls upon herself to awake to the fervor and eloquence of poetry (Judges 5:12 ); of Zion's awaking to moral vigor and beauty (Isaiah 52:1 ); of waking from spiritual death (Ephesians 5:14 ); from the grave in resurrection (Daniel 12:2 ). Poetically used of the rising north wind (Song of Solomon 4:16 ); of music (Psalm 108:2 ); of the sword in battle (Zechariah 13:7 ); of a lover's affection (Song of Solomon 2:7 ); of God Himself responding to prayer (Psalm 59:4 ). Also used of moral awaking, as from drunkenness: ἐκνήφω , eknḗphō , "to become sober" (compare Joel 1:5 ).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Awake'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/a/awake.html. 1915.

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