'Great' in the Bible
God made two great lights -- the greater light to rule over the day and the lesser light to rule over the night. He made the stars also.
God created the great sea creatures and every living and moving thing with which the water swarmed, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. God saw that it was good.
Then Cain said to the Lord, "My punishment is too great to endure!
But the Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind had become great on the earth. Every inclination of the thoughts of their minds was only evil all the time.
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month -- on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst open and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.
Then I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will make your name great, so that you will exemplify divine blessing.
But the land could not support them while they were living side by side. Because their possessions were so great, they were not able to live alongside one another.
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: "Fear not, Abram! I am your shield and the one who will reward you in great abundance."
When the sun went down, Abram fell sound asleep, and great terror overwhelmed him.
That day the Lord made a covenant with Abram: "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River --
As for Ishmael, I have heard you. I will indeed bless him, make him fruitful, and give him a multitude of descendants. He will become the father of twelve princes; I will make him into a great nation.
After all, Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all the nations on the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using his name.
So the Lord said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so blatant
because we are about to destroy it. The outcry against this place is so great before the Lord that he has sent us to destroy it."
Your servant has found favor with you, and you have shown me great kindness by sparing my life. But I am not able to escape to the mountains because this disaster will overtake me and I'll die.
Abimelech summoned Abraham and said to him, "What have you done to us? What sin did I commit against you that would cause you to bring such great guilt on me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should not be done!"
The child grew and was weaned. Abraham prepared a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.
But I will also make the son of the slave wife into a great nation, for he is your descendant too."
Get up! Help the boy up and hold him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation."
He had so many sheep and cattle and such a great household of servants that the Philistines became jealous of him.
They caused Isaac and Rebekah great anxiety.
So Jacob worked for seven years to acquire Rachel. But they seemed like only a few days to him because his love for her was so great.
There is no one greater in this household than I am. He has withheld nothing from me except you because you are his wife. So how could I do such a great evil and sin against God?"
Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the whole land of Egypt.
God sent me ahead of you to preserve you on the earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
He said, "I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.
But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know. He too will become a nation and he too will become great. In spite of this, his younger brother will be even greater and his descendants will become a multitude of nations."
When they came to the threshing floor of Atad on the other side of the Jordan, they mourned there with very great and bitter sorrow. There Joseph observed a seven day period of mourning for his father.
Therefore, tell the Israelites, 'I am the Lord. I will bring you out from your enslavement to the Egyptians, I will rescue you from the hard labor they impose, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.
Pharaoh will not listen to you. I will reach into Egypt and bring out my regiments, my people the Israelites, from the land of Egypt with great acts of judgment.
(Now the Lord granted the people favor with the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, respected by Pharaoh's servants and by the Egyptian people.)
There will be a great cry throughout the whole land of Egypt, such as there has never been, nor ever will be again.
All these your servants will come down to me and bow down to me, saying, 'Go, you and all the people who follow you,' and after that I will go out." Then Moses went out from Pharaoh in great anger.
Pharaoh got up in the night, along with all his servants and all Egypt, and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was no house in which there was not someone dead.
When Israel saw the great power that the Lord had exercised over the Egyptians, they feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.
Now Mount Sinai was completely covered with smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire, and its smoke went up like the smoke of a great furnace, and the whole mountain shook violently.
So now, leave me alone so that my anger can burn against them and I can destroy them, and I will make from you a great nation."
But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God and said, "O Lord, why does your anger burn against your people, whom you have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?
Moses said to Aaron, "What did this people do to you, that you have brought on them so great a sin?"
But while the meat was still between their teeth, before they chewed it, the anger of the Lord burned against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very great plague.
Then they presented the Israelites with a discouraging report of the land they had investigated, saying, "The land that we passed through to investigate is a land that devours its inhabitants. All the people we saw there are of great stature.
Please forgive the iniquity of this people according to your great loyal love, just as you have forgiven this people from Egypt even until now."
"'And for a western border you will have the Great Sea. This will be your western border.
"'And this will be your northern border: From the Great Sea you will draw a line to Mount Hor;
Get up now, resume your journey, heading for the Amorite hill country, to all its areas including the arid country, the highlands, the Shephelah, the Negev, and the coastal plain -- all of Canaan and Lebanon as far as the Great River, that is, the Euphrates.
They must not discriminate in judgment, but hear the lowly and the great alike. Nor should they be intimidated by human beings, for judgment belongs to God. If the matter being adjudicated is too difficult for them, they should bring it before me for a hearing.
What is going to happen to us? Our brothers have drained away our courage by describing people who are more numerous and taller than we are, and great cities whose defenses appear to be as high as heaven itself! Moreover, they said they saw Anakites there."
All along the way I, the Lord your God, have blessed your every effort. I have been attentive to your travels through this great wasteland. These forty years I have been with you; you have lacked for nothing.'"
All of these cities were fortified by high walls, gates, and locking bars; in addition there were a great many open villages.
So be sure to do them, because this will testify of your wise understanding to the people who will learn of all these statutes and say, "Indeed, this great nation is a very wise people."
In fact, what other great nation has a god so near to them like the Lord our God whenever we call on him?
And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this whole law that I am about to share with you today?
Indeed, ask about the distant past, starting from the day God created humankind on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether there has ever been such a great thing as this, or even a rumor of it.
From heaven he spoke to you in order to teach you, and on earth he showed you his great fire from which you also heard his words.
Moreover, because he loved your ancestors, he chose their descendants who followed them and personally brought you out of Egypt with his great power
You said, "The Lord our God has shown us his great glory and we have heard him speak from the middle of the fire. It is now clear to us that God can speak to human beings and they can keep on living.
And he brought signs and great, devastating wonders on Egypt, on Pharaoh, and on his whole family before our very eyes.
Rather it is because of his love for you and his faithfulness to the promise he solemnly vowed to your ancestors that the Lord brought you out with great power, redeeming you from the place of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
the great judgments you saw, the signs and wonders, the strength and power by which he brought you out -- thus the Lord your God will do to all the people you fear.
You must not tremble in their presence, for the Lord your God, who is present among you, is a great and awesome God.
The Lord your God will give them over to you; he will throw them into a great panic until they are destroyed.
and who brought you through the great, fearful desert of venomous serpents and scorpions, an arid place with no water. He made water flow from a flint rock and
They are your people, your valued property, whom you brought out with great strength and power.
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who is unbiased and takes no bribe,
He is the one you should praise; he is your God, the one who has done these great and awesome things for you that you have seen.
I am speaking to you because you are the ones who saw all the great deeds of the Lord!
This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God: "Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die."
Then you must affirm before the Lord your God, "A wandering Aramean was my ancestor, and he went down to Egypt and lived there as a foreigner with a household few in number, but there he became a great, powerful, and numerous people.
Therefore the Lord brought us out of Egypt with tremendous strength and power, as well as with great awe-inspiring signs and wonders.
When you cross the Jordan River to the land the Lord your God is giving you, you must erect great stones and cover them with plaster.
then the Lord will increase your punishments and those of your descendants -- great and long-lasting afflictions and severe, enduring illnesses.
Your eyes have seen the great judgments, those signs and mighty wonders.
So the Lord has uprooted them from their land in anger, wrath, and great rage and has deported them to another land, as is clear today."
But I fear the reaction of their enemies, for their adversaries would misunderstand and say, "Our power is great, and the Lord has not done all this!"'
And this is the blessing to Judah. He said, Listen, O Lord, to Judah's voice, and bring him to his people. May his power be great, and may you help him against his foes.
and he displayed great power and awesome might in view of all Israel.
Your territory will extend from the wilderness in the south to Lebanon in the north. It will extend all the way to the great River Euphrates in the east (including all of Syria) and all the way to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.
When the Canaanites and all who live in the land hear about this, they will turn against us and destroy the very memory of us from the earth. What will you do to protect your great reputation?"
When Joshua was very old, the Lord told him, "You are very old, and a great deal of land remains to be conquered.
Joshua said to the family of Joseph -- to both Ephraim and Manasseh: "You have many people and great military strength. You will not have just one tribal allotment.
saying, "Take home great wealth, a lot of cattle, silver, gold, bronze, iron, and a lot of clothing. Divide up the goods captured from your enemies with your brothers."
"The Lord drove out from before you great and mighty nations; no one has been able to resist you to this very day.
The people worshiped the Lord throughout Joshua's lifetime and as long as the elderly men who outlived him remained alive. These men had witnessed all the great things the Lord had done for Israel.
Now Heber the Kenite had moved away from the Kenites, the descendants of Hobab, Moses' father-in-law. He lived near the great tree in Zaanannim near Kedesh.
He was very thirsty, so he cried out to the Lord and said, "You have given your servant this great victory. But now must I die of thirst and fall into hands of the Philistines?"
The rulers of the Philistines gathered to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate. They said, "Our god has handed Samson, our enemy, over to us."
But Hannah replied, "That's not the way it is, my lord! I am under a great deal of stress. I have drunk neither wine nor beer. Rather, I have poured out my soul to the Lord.
The sin of these young men was very great in the Lord's sight, for they treated the Lord's offering with contempt.
So the Philistines fought. Israel was defeated; they all ran home. The slaughter was very great; thirty thousand foot soldiers fell in battle.
The messenger replied, "Israel has fled from the Philistines! The army has suffered a great defeat! Your two sons, Hophni and Phineas, are dead! The ark of God has been captured!"
But after it had been moved the Lord attacked that city as well, causing a great deal of panic. He struck all the people of that city with sores.
But keep an eye on it. If it should go up by the way of its own border to Beth Shemesh, then he has brought this great calamity on us. But if that is not the case, then we will know that it was not his hand that struck us; rather, it just happened to us by accident."
"So now, take your positions and watch this great thing that the Lord is about to do in your sight.
Is this not the time of the wheat harvest? I will call on the Lord so that he makes it thunder and rain. Realize and see what a great sin you have committed before the Lord by asking for a king for yourselves."
The Lord will not abandon his people because he wants to uphold his great reputation. The Lord was pleased to make you his own people.
However, fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. Just look at the great things he has done for you!
But the army said to Saul, "Should Jonathan, who won this great victory in Israel, die? May it never be! As surely as the Lord lives, not a single hair of his head will fall to the ground! For it is with the help of God that he has acted today." So the army rescued Jonathan from death.
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