'Open' in the Bible
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 sources of the watery depths burst open, the floodgates of the sky were opened,
He moved from there and dug another, and they did not quarrel over it. He named it Open Spaces and said, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.”
the land of Egypt is open before you; settle your father and brothers in the best part of the land. They can live in the land of Goshen. If you know of any capable men among them, put them in charge of my livestock.”
He will tear it open by its wings without dividing the bird. Then the priest is to burn it on the altar on top of the burning wood. It is a burnt offering, a fire offering of a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
He will then sprinkle the blood seven times on the one who is to be cleansed from the skin disease. He is to pronounce him clean and release the live bird over the open countryside.
Then he is to release the live bird into the open countryside outside the city. In this way he will make atonement for the house, and it will be clean.
This is so the Israelites will bring to the Lord the sacrifices they have been offering in the open country. They are to bring them to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting and offer them as fellowship sacrifices to the Lord.
But houses in villages that have no walls around them are to be classified as open fields. The right to redeem such houses stays in effect, and they are to be released at the Jubilee.
The open pastureland around their cities may not be sold, for it is their permanent possession.
Just as he finished speaking all these words, the ground beneath them split open.
and any open container without a lid tied on it is unclean.
Anyone in the open field who touches a person who has been killed by the sword or has died, or who even touches a human bone, or a grave, will be unclean for seven days.
Instead, you are to open your hand to him and freely loan him enough for whatever need he has.
For there will never cease to be poor people in the land; that is why I am commanding you, ‘You must willingly open your hand to your afflicted and poor brother in your land.’
But if the man encounters an engaged woman in the open country, and he seizes and rapes her, only the man who raped her must die.
The Lord will open for you His abundant storehouse, the sky, to give your land rain in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow.
When Israel had finished killing everyone living in Ai who had pursued them into the open country, and when every last one of them had fallen by the sword, all Israel returned to Ai and struck it down with the sword.
Then Joshua said, “Open the mouth of the cave, and bring those five kings to me out of there.”
When you get there, you will come to an unsuspecting people and a spacious land, for God has handed it over to you. It is a place where nothing on earth is lacking.”
Then the Benjaminites came out against the people and were drawn away from the city. They began to attack the people as before, killing about 30 men of Israel on the highways, one of which goes up to Bethel and the other to Gibeah through the open country.
Terror spread through the Philistine camp and the open fields to all the troops. Even the garrison and the raiding parties were terrified. The earth shook, and terror spread from God.
They found an Egyptian in the open country and brought him to David. They gave him some bread to eat and water to drink.
Uriah answered David, “The ark, Israel, and Judah are dwelling in tents, and my master Joab and his soldiers are camping in the open field. How can I enter my house to eat and drink and sleep with my wife? As surely as you live and by your life, I will not do this!”
He brought me out to a spacious place;He rescued me because He delighted in me.
All the people followed him, playing flutes and rejoicing with such a great joy that the earth split open from the sound.
May Your eyes be open to Your servant’s petitionand to the petition of Your people Israel,listening to them whenever they call to You.
During that time, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite met Jeroboam on the road as Jeroboam came out of Jerusalem. Now Ahijah had wrapped himself with a new cloak, and the two of them were alone in the open field.
Then Elisha prayed, “Lord, please open his eyes and let him see.” So the Lord opened the servant’s eyes. He looked and saw that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
When they entered Samaria, Elisha said, “Lord, open these men’s eyes and let them see.” So the Lord opened their eyes. They looked and discovered they were in Samaria.
So the king got up in the night and said to his servants, “Let me tell you what the Arameans have done to us. They know we are starving, so they have left the camp to hide in the open country, thinking, ‘When they come out of the city, we will take them alive and go into the city.’”
and Hazael asked, “Why is my lord weeping?”He replied, “Because I know the evil you will do to the people of Israel. You will set their fortresses on fire. You will kill their young men with the sword. You will dash their little ones to pieces. You will rip open their pregnant women.”
Then, take the flask of oil, pour it on his head, and say, ‘This is what the Lord says: “I anoint you king over Israel.”’ Open the door and escape. Don’t wait.”
Elisha said, “Open the east window.” So he opened it. Elisha said, “Shoot!” So he shot. Then Elisha said, “The Lord’s arrow of victory, yes, the arrow of victory over Aram. You are to strike down the Arameans in Aphek until you have put an end to them.”
At that time, starting from Tirzah, Menahem attacked Tiphsah, all who were in it, and its territory. Because they wouldn’t surrender, he attacked it and ripped open all the pregnant women.
Listen closely, Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, Lord, and see. Hear the words that Sennacherib has sent to mock the living God.
Now, my God,please let Your eyes be openand Your ears attentiveto the prayer of this place.
My eyes will now be open and My ears attentive to prayer from this place.
Our guilt has been terrible from the days of our fathers until the present. Because of our iniquities we have been handed over, along with our kings and priests, to the surrounding kings, and to the sword, captivity, plundering, and open shame, as it is today.
But there are many people, and it is the rainy season. We don’t have the stamina to stay out in the open. This isn’t something that can be done in a day or two, for we have rebelled terribly in this matter.
let Your eyes be open and Your ears be attentive to hear Your servant’s prayer that I now pray to You day and night for Your servants, the Israelites. I confess the sins we have committed against You. Both I and my father’s house have sinned.
Sanballat sent me this same message a fifth time by his aide, who had an open letter in his hand.
I said to them, “Do not open the gates of Jerusalem until the sun is hot, and let the doors be shut and securely fastened while the guards are on duty. Station the citizens of Jerusalem as guards, some at their posts and some at their homes.”
They open their mouths against meand strike my cheeks with contempt;they join themselves together against me.
I must speak so that I can find relief;I must open my lips and respond.
I am going to open my mouth;my tongue will form words on my palate.
Their offspring are healthy and grow up in the open field.They leave and do not return.
Who can open his jaws,surrounded by those terrifying teeth?
For there is nothing reliable in what they say;destruction is within them;their throat is an open grave;they flatter with their tongues.
He brought me out to a spacious place;He rescued me because He delighted in me.
They open their mouths against me—lions, mauling and roaring.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,and His ears are open to their cry for help.
They open their mouths wide against me and say,“Aha, aha! We saw it!”
I am like a deaf person; I do not hear.I am like a speechless personwho does not open his mouth.
I am speechless; I do not open my mouthbecause of what You have done.
You do not delight in sacrifice and offering;You open my ears to listen.You do not ask for a whole burnt offering or a sin offering.
Lord, open my lips,and my mouth will declare Your praise.
You have shaken the land and split it open.Heal its fissures, for it shudders.
I am Yahweh your God,who brought you up from the land of Egypt.Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
When You give it to them,they gather it;when You open Your hand,they are satisfied with good things.
For wicked and deceitful mouths open against me;they speak against me with lying tongues.
Open the gates of righteousness for me;I will enter through themand give thanks to the Lord.
Open my eyes so that I may contemplatewonderful things from Your instruction.
I will walk freely in an open placebecause I seek Your precepts.
I open my mouth and pantbecause I long for Your commands.
Our storehouses will be full,supplying all kinds of produce;our flocks will increase by thousandsand tens of thousands in our open fields.
You open Your handand satisfy the desire of every living thing.
By His knowledge the watery depths broke open,and the clouds dripped with dew.
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord—how much more, human hearts.
Don’t love sleep, or you will become poor;open your eyes, and you’ll have enough to eat.
Wisdom is inaccessible to a fool;he does not open his mouth at the gate.
Better an open reprimandthan concealed love.
W I sleep, but my heart is awake.A sound! My love is knocking!M Open to me, my sister, my darling,my dove, my perfect one.For my head is drenched with dew,my hair with droplets of the night.
I rose to open for my love.My hands dripped with myrrh,my fingers with flowing myrrhon the handles of the bolt.
Aram from the east and Philistia from the westhave consumed Israel with open mouths.In all this, His anger is not removed,and His hand is still raised to strike.
I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; what he opens, no one can close; what he closes, no one can open.
The earth is completely devastated;the earth is split open;the earth is violently shaken.
Open the gatesso a righteous nation can come in—one that remains faithful.
Then He will send rain for your seed that you have sown in the ground, and the food, the produce of the ground, will be rich and plentiful. On that day your cattle will graze in open pastures.
Listen closely, Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, Lord, and see. Hear all the words that Sennacherib has sent to mock the living God.
I will open rivers on the barren heights,and springs in the middle of the plains.I will turn the desert into a pool of waterand dry land into springs of water.
in order to open blind eyes,to bring out prisoners from the dungeon,and those sitting in darkness from the prison house.
Though seeing many things, you do not obey.Though his ears are open, he does not listen.”
The Lord says this to Cyrus, His anointed,whose right hand I have graspedto subdue nations before him,to disarm kings,to open the doors before himand the gates will not be shut:
“Heavens, sprinkle from above,and let the skies shower righteousness.Let the earth open upso that salvation will sproutand righteousness will spring up with it.I, Yahweh, have created it.
You have never heard; you have never known;For a long time your ears have not been open.For I knew that you were very treacherous,and were known as a rebel from birth.
He was oppressed and afflicted,yet He did not open His mouth.Like a lamb led to the slaughterand like a sheep silent before her shearers,He did not open His mouth.
They hatch viper’s eggsand weave spider’s webs.Whoever eats their eggs will die;crack one open, and a viper is hatched.
Your gates will always be open;they will never be shut day or nightso that the wealth of the nationsmay be brought into you,with their kings being led in procession.
If only You would tear the heavens openand come down,so that mountains would quake at Your presence—
Their quiver is like an open grave;they are all mighty warriors.
I took the purchase agreement—the sealed copy with its terms and conditions and the open copy—
‘This is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: Take these scrolls—this purchase agreement with the sealed copy and this open copy—and put them in an earthen storage jar so they will last a long time.
Come against her from the most distant places.Open her granaries;pile her up like mounds of grainand completely destroy her.Leave her no survivors.
פ PeAll your enemiesopen their mouths against you.They hiss and gnash their teeth,saying, “We have swallowed her up.This is the day we have waited for!We have lived to see it.”
פ PeAll our enemiesopen their mouths against us.
“And you, son of man, listen to what I tell you: Do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you.”
But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you will say to them, ‘This is what the Lord God says.’ Let the one who listens, listen, and let the one who refuses, refuse—for they are a rebellious house.
No one cared enough about you to do even one of these things out of compassion for you. But you were thrown out into the open field because you were despised on the day you were born.
so that when I make atonement for all you have done, you will remember and be ashamed, and never open your mouth again because of your disgrace.” This is the declaration of the Lord God.
I will leave you in the desert,you and all the fish of your streams.You will fall on the open groundand will not be taken awayor gathered for burial.I have given youto the beasts of the earthand the birds of the sky as food.
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