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rḗ - nū ´: The word is used in various senses: (1) of material things, e.g. Psalm 104:30 ; here it means to give a new appearance, to refresh, to restore the face of the earth; (2) in 1 Samuel 11:14 , to establish more firmly the kingdom by reinstalling King Saul; (3) in 2 Chronicles 15:8 , to rebuild or repair the broken altar; (4) in Lamentations 5:21 , "renew our days," restore the favors of former days; (5) in Isaiah 41:1 , 'let them gather together, or marshal their strongest arguments for answer'; (6) in Psalm 103:5 ; Isaiah 40:31 , it refers to the restoring of spiritual strength; (7) in the New Testament it invariably refers to spiritual renewal, e.g. Romans 12:2 ; 2 Corinthians 4:16 ; Ephesians 4:23 ; Colossians 3:10 ; Titus 3:5 ; Hebrews 6:6 ; all derivatives of καινός , kainós , "new."

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

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