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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. 1915.

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