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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ûr´li ( ὄρθρος , órthros , and related words; πρωΐ́ , prōı́ ): The word generally refers to the day, and means the hour of dawn or soon after (Genesis 19:2; 2 Chronicles 36:15; Hosea 6:4; Luke 24:22 ). Sometimes it refers to the beginning of the season, e.g. the early rain (Psalm 84:6; James 5:7; see RAIN ). It may also have the sense of "speedily" (Psalm 46:5 ). The early morning is frequently commended as the hour for prayer. See examples of Jesus (Mark 1:35; Luke 21:38; John 8:2 ); also Abraham (Genesis 19:27 ), Jacob (Genesis 28:18 ), Gideon (Judges 6:38 ), Samuel (1 Samuel 15:12 ), David (1 Samuel 17:20 ).
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Early'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/e/early.html. 1915.