'Call' in the Bible
After the LORD God formed from the ground every wild animal and every bird that flies, he brought each of them to the man to see what he would call it. Whatever the man called each living creature became its name.
God told Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are not to call her Sarai any longer, because her name is to be Sarah.
But they said, "We'll call the young lady and see what she has to say about this."
Later on, the men of that place asked about his wife, so he replied, "She's my sister," because he was afraid to call her "my wife." He kept thinking, ""otherwise, the men around here will kill me on account of Rebekah, since she's very beautiful."
She said, "How happy I am, because women will call me happy!" So she named him Asher.
Jacob would later call that place Peniel, because "I saw God face to face, but my life was spared."
Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call one of the nursing Hebrew women so she can nurse the child for you?"
God came to visit Balaam that same night and told him, "If the men come to call on you, get up and go with them, but be sure to do only what I tell you to do."
"On the eighth day, you are to call a sacred assembly. No servile work is to be done.
For what great nation has a god so near like the LORD our God whenever we call on him?
Be careful not to think this wicked thought to yourselves: "The seventh year, the year of remission, is drawing near,' and you show ill will toward your poor relative and not give to him. He may then call to the LORD on account of you, and you will be guilty of sin.
I call heaven and earth to testify against you today! I've set life and death before you today: both blessings and curses. Choose life, that it may be well with you you and your children.
Then the LORD told Moses: "Look! Because your time to die is approaching, call Joshua, present yourselves at the Tent of Meeting, and then I will commission him." Moses and Joshua complied and presented themselves at the Tent of Meeting.
Gather together the leaders of your tribes and your foremen so I can speak these words in their hearing and call heaven and the earth as witnesses against them,
They will call the nations to the mountain, and there they will offer righteous sacrifices, for they'll draw from the abundance of the sea and from the hidden treasures of the sand."
They went out and encamped at Kiriath-jearim in the territory of Judah. (That's why they call the place Mahaneh-dan to this day. It lies west of Kiriath-jearim.)
But Naomi replied, "Don't call me "Naomi'! Call me "Mara'! That's because the Almighty has dealt bitterly with me.
I left here full, but the LORD brought me back empty. So why call me "Naomi'? After all, the LORD is against me, and the Almighty has broken me."
He ran to Eli and said, "Here I am! You called me." "I didn't call you," Eli said. "Go back and lie down." So he went and lay down.
He said, "I didn't call you, my son. Go back and lie down." Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD and had not yet had the word of the LORD revealed to him.
Is it not the wheat harvest today? I'll call upon the LORD, and he will send thunder and rain. Then you will know and understand that you have done a great evil in the sight of the LORD by asking for a king for yourselves."
Saul told the people who were with him, "Do a roll call and see who has left us." They did a roll call, and Jonathan and his armor bearer were not there.
So Saul turned around from pursuing David and went to meet the Philistines. Therefore, they call that place the Rock of Escape.
and sent a message written by Nathan the prophet to call his name Jedidiah, for the Lord's sake.
so call out the rest of the army, attack the city, and capture it. Otherwise, I'll take the city myself and name it after me."
Then he would get up early, stand near the passageway to the palace gate, and when anyone arrived to file a legal complaint for a hearing before the king, Absalom would call to him and ask, "You're from what city?" If he replied, "Your servant is from one of Israel's tribes,"
Absalom replied, "Call in Hushai the Archite so I can hear what he has to say, too!"
As I am praising him, I will call out to the LORD, and I will be saved from my enemies.
I cried out to the LORD in the middle of my troubles; I cried out to my God. He listened to my voice from his sanctuary, and my call for help was heard.
"Call Bathsheba for me," King David replied. So she came in and stood in front of the king.
Do this so your eyes may remain open to the requests of your servant and to the requests of your people's prayers, to listen to them whenever they call out to you,
Then you can call on the name of your god, and I'll call on the name of the LORD. Let the God who answers by fire be our God!" "That's a good idea!" all the people shouted.
So Elijah told the prophets of Baal, "Choose an ox for yourselves and you prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but don't set fire to the offering."
So the king of Israel called in about 400 prophets and asked them, "Should we go attack Ramoth-gilead, or should I call off the attack?" "Go attack them," they all said, "because the Lord will drop them right into the king's hand!"
He told his attendant Gehazi, "Call this Shunammite." So when he had summoned her, she stood in front of him.
"Call her," Elisha ordered. After he called her, she came and stood in the doorway,
But Naaman flew into a rage and left, telling himself, "Look! I thought "He's surely going to come out to me, stand still, call out in the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the infection, and cure the leprosy!'
Call out, "Save us, God, you who delivers us! Gather us and rescue us from the nations! We will thank your holy name and rejoice as we praise you!
So the king of Israel gathered together 400 prophets and asked them, "Should we go attack Ramoth-gilead, or should I call off the attack?" "Go attack them," they all said, "because God will drop them right in the king's hand."
You'll call and I'll answer you; you'll long for your creatures that your hands have made.
if I call out to the Pit, "You're my father!' or say to the worm, "My mother!' or "My sister!'
"I call to my servant, but he doesn't respond, even though I beg to him earnestly.
Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call on God at all times?"
When I call, answer me, my righteous God! When I was in distress, you set me free. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.
Will those who do evil ever learn? They devour my people like they devour bread, and never call on the LORD.
I call upon you, for you will answer me, God. Listen closely to me and hear my prayer.
Deep waters call out to what is deeper still; at the roar of your waterfalls all your breakers and your waves swirled over me.
Call on me in the day of distress; I will deliver you, and you will glorify me."
Will those who do evil ever learn? They devour my people like they devour bread, and never call on God.
I call upon God, and the LORD will deliver me.
My enemies will retreat when I call on you. This has been my experience, because God is with me.
I call upon the God Most High; to the God who completes what he began in me.
May his fame be eternal as long as the sun may his name endure, and may they be blessed through him, and may all nations call him blessed.
Pour out your wrath upon the nations that do not acknowledge you, and over the kingdoms that do not call on your name.
Then we will not turn away from you. Restore us, so we can call upon your name.
Have mercy on me Lord, for I call on you all day long.
In my troubled times I will call on you, for you will answer me.
My eyes languish on account of my affliction; all day long I call out to you, LORD, I spread out my hands to you.
Do not hide your face from me when I am in trouble. Listen to me. When I call to out you, hurry to answer me!
Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, and make his deeds known among the people.
for he listens to me whenever I call.
I will bring you a thanksgiving offering and call on the name of the LORD!
LORD, I call to you, be quick to listen to me when I cry out!
The LORD remains near to all who call out to him, to everyone who calls out to him sincerely.
"Then they will call out to me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
if, indeed, you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,
Say to wisdom, "You're my sister!" and call understanding your close relative,
but my dove, my perfect one, is unique. She's unique to her mother, she's pure to the one who gave birth to her. Young women see her and call her blessed, queens and mistresses praise her.
"How terrible it will be for those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute what is bitter for what is sweet and what is sweet for what is bitter!"
"At that time, the LORD will call for flies that will come from far away from the headwaters of Egypt's rivers and for bees that are in the land of Assyria.
Then I will call Uriah the priest and Jeberechiah's son Zechariah as reliable witnesses to testify on my behalf."
After this, I was intimate with the prophetess and she conceived. Later, she bore a son, and then the LORD told me, "Call him "Maher-shalal-hash-baz,'
for before the young lad knows how to call out to his father or mother, the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria."
"Don't call conspiracy everything that this people calls conspiracy, and don't fear what they fear, or live in terror.
"Give thanks to the LORD; call on his name. Make known his actions among the nations. Proclaim that his name is exalted.
"At that time, I'll call for my servant, Hilkiah's son Eliakim,
to Egypt, which gives help that is worthless and useless. Therefore I call her, "Rahab, who just sits still.'"
People will no longer call a fool noble, nor will a bad person be declared honorable.
And desert creatures will meet with hyenas, and goat-demons will call out to each other. There also Liliths will settle, and find for themselves a resting place.
"A highway will be there yes, there and people will call it "The Holy Way'. As for unclean people, they will not journey on it, but it will be for whomever is traveling on that Way not even fools will get lost.
"And yet you didn't call upon me, Jacob; indeed, you are tired of me, Israel!
One will say, "I belong to the LORD,' and another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will have written on his hand, "the LORD's,' and will adopt the name of Israel."
And they lift it on their shoulders, carry it, set it up in its place, and there it stands. It cannot move from that spot. One may even call to it, but it cannot answer nor save him from his distress.
"Come down and sit in the dust, Virgin Daughter of Babylon. Sit on the ground without a chair, Daughter of the Chaldeans! For no longer will they call you tender and attractive.
"Sit silent, and enter into the darkness, you daughter of the Chaldeans; for no more will they call you Queen of Kingdoms.
And neither had you heard, nor did you understand, nor did you open your ear long ago. Indeed, I knew that you would act very deceitfully, and they would call you a rebel from birth.
Moreover, my hands laid the earth's foundation, and my right hand spread out the heavens. I call out to them, and they stand up together.
"Look! You will call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that does not know you will run to you, because of the LORD your God, even the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you."
"Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near.
"Is this the kind of fast that I have chosen, merely a day for a person to humble himself? Is it merely for bowing down one's head like a bulrush, for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is this what you call a fast, an acceptable day to the LORD?
Then you'll call, and the LORD will answer; you'll cry for help, and he'll respond, "Here I am.' "If you do away with the yoke among you, and pointing fingers and malicious talk;
And your people will rebuild the ancient ruins; You'll raise up the age-old foundations, and people will call you "Repairer of Broken Walls,' "Restorer of Streets to Live In.'
"If you keep your feet from trampling the Sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD's holy day honorable; and if you honor it by not going your own ways and seeking your own pleasure or speaking merely idle words,
"All the descendants of those who oppressed you will come bending low before you, and all those who despised you will bow down at your feet. They'll call you "The City of the LORD,' "Zion of the Holy One of Israel.'"
Then violence will no longer be heard in your land, nor devastation or destruction within your borders; but you'll call your walls "Salvation', and your gates "Praise'.
to provide for those who grieve in Zion to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, a mantle of praise instead of a spirit of despair." "Then people will call them "Oaks of Righteousness", "The Planting of the LORD", in order to display his splendor.
The nations will see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and people will call you by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow.
And you'll no longer be called "Deserted,' and your land will no longer be called "Desolate'; but people will call you "Hephzibah,' and your land "Beulah' for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married."
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