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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Lovely

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luv´li ( אהב , 'āhabh , אהב , 'āhēbh ; προσφιλής , prosphilḗs ): "Lovely" occurs only 4 times. In 2 Samuel 1:23 it is the translation of 'āhēbh , "to be loved" ("Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant (the King James Version margin "sweet") in their lives"), where it seems to mean "loving" or "lovable." Two other words are so translated in the Old Testament: maḥmādh , "desire" a "desirable thing" (Song of Solomon 5:16 , "He is altogether lovely," that is, "lovable," "to be desired," literally, "all of him lovableness," or "desirableness"); ‛ăghābhı̄m "loves," or "charms" (Ezekiel 33:32 , "Thou art unto them as a very lovely song," the King James Version margin "a song of loves," the Revised Version margin "a love-song"; in 33:31 the same word is translated "much love," the King James Version margin "They make loves or jests"); in Philippians 4:8 we have prosphilēs , "very lovely," or "lovable," "whatsoever things are lovely."

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

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