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fôl (vb.): The idea of falling is most frequently expressed in Hebrew by נפל , nāphal , but also by many other words; in Greek by πίπτω , pı́ptō , and its compounds. The uses of the word in Scripture are very varied. There is the literal falling by descent; the falling of the countenance in sorrow, shame, anger, etc. (Genesis 4:5 , Genesis 4:6 ); the falling in battle (Genesis 14:10 ; Numbers 14:3 , etc.); the falling into trouble, etc. (Proverbs 24:16 , Proverbs 24:17 ); prostration in supplication and reverence (Genesis 17:3 ; Numbers 14:5 , etc.); falling of the Spirit of Yahweh (Ezekiel 11:5 ; compare Ezekiel 3:24 ; Ezekiel 8:1 ); of apostasy (2 Thessalonians 2:3 ; Hebrews 6:6 ; Judges 1:24 ), etc. the Revised Version (British and American) frequently changes "fall" of the King James Version into other words or phrases, as "stumble" (Leviticus 26:37 ; Psalm 64:8 ; 2 Peter 1:10 , etc.), "fade" (Isaiah 33:4 ), etc.; in Acts 27, the Revised Version (British and American) reads "be cast ashore on rocky ground" for "have fallen upon rocks" (Acts 27:29 ), "perish" for "fall" (Acts 27:34 ), "lighting upon" for "falling into" (Acts 27:41 ).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Fall'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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