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hı̄´est ( עליון , ‛elyōn ; ὕψιστος , húpsistos ): The translation of ‛elyōn , used frequently of God and commonly translated "Most High" ( Psalm 18:13 , "The Highest gave his voice," the Revised Version (British and American) "Most High"; Psalm 87:5 , "the highest himself," the Revised Version (British and American) "Most High"; Ezekiel 41:7 , "the lowest (chamber) to the highest"); of cammereth , the foliage of a tree (as if the wool or hair of trees), "the highest branch" (Ezekiel 17:3 , Ezekiel 17:12 , the Revised Version (British and American) "top," "lofty top"); of rō'sh , "head," "top" (Proverbs 8:26 , "the highest part of the dust of the world," the King James Version margin "the chief part," the Revised Version (British and American) "the beginning of," margin "sum"); gappē mārōm , "on the ridges of the heights" (Proverbs 9:3 , "the highest places of the city"); ghābhōah mē‛al gābhōah , literally, "one high (powerful) who is above the high (oppressor)," is translated "he that is higher than the highest" (Ecclesiastes 5:8 ), the Revised Version (British and American) "one higher than the high (regardeth)." In the New Testament, hupsistos (like ‛elyōn ) is used of God (Luke 1:32 , "the Son of the Highest," Luke 1:35 , "the power of the Highest," Luke 1:76 , "the prophet of the Highest"; Luke 6:35 , "the children of the Highest," in these places the Revised Version (British and American) has "Most High"); we have also "Hosanna in the highest" (Matthew 21:9 ; Mark 11:10 ; see HOSANNA ), "Glory to God in the highest" (Luke 2:14 ), "Glory in the highest" (Luke 19:38 ); prōtoklisı́a , "the first reclining-place" (at table), the chief place at meals, the middle place in each couch of the triclinium (Robinson), is rendered ( Luke 14:8 ), "the highest room," the Revised Version (British and American) "chief seat"; "room" was introduced by Tyndale; Wycliff had "the first place"; prōtokathedrı́a (prō̇tos , "first," káthedra , "seat"), "the first or chief seat," is rendered (Luke 20:46 ) "the highest seats," the Revised Version (British and American) "chief seats" Wycliff "the first chairs."

"The Highest" as a term for God appears (2 Esdras 4:11,34, the Revised Version (British and American) "Most High"; The Wisdom of Song of Solomon 6:3 , hupsistos ; Sirach 28:7 , the Revised Version (British and American) "Most High"). See also GOD , NAMES OF .


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Highest'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/isb/h/highest.html. 1915.

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