Love, Lover, Lovely, Beloved - Bible References

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LOVE, LOVER, LOVELY, BELOVED

1. 'Love' (noun and verb, native Eng.) represents a single Heb. word, which ranged, like the Eng. term, from (1) sensuous, and often (though not necessarily) evil, desire (as in Ge 25:28; 2Sa 13:4; Jer 2:33), through (2) family affection and natural friendship (Ge 22:2; Ex 21:5; 1Sa 18:16; 2Sa 1:26), up to (3) the highest spiritual passion. Under (3) comes (a) Jahweh's love to Israel, to the righteous, etc. (De 4:37; 7:7 f., 1Ki 10:9; Ho 3:1; 9:5; 11:4; 14:4; Zep 3:17; Jer 2:2; Isa 43:4; 48:14; 63:9; Mal 1:2; Ps 11:1; 47:4; 78:68; 87:2; 146:8; Pr 3:12; 8:17; 2Ch 2:11; 9:8); and (b) Israel's love to Jahweh, His name, word, ways, etc. (e.g. in Ex 20:6; De 6:5 etc., Ne 1:5; 1Ki 3:3

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