What does Obscurity mean in the Bible?

Frequency of Obscurity (original languages)

Frequency of Obscurity (English)


Holman Bible Dictionary - Obscurity
KJV term for gloom or darkness (Isaiah 29:11 ; Isaiah 58:10 ; Isaiah 59:9 ).
Webster's Dictionary - Obscurity
(n.) The quality or state of being obscure; darkness; privacy; inconspicuousness; unintelligibleness; uncertainty.
King James Dictionary - Obscurity
OBSCU'RITY, n. L. obscuritas.
1. Darkness want of light. We wait for light, but behold obscurity. Isaiah 59 .
2. A state of retirement from the world a state of being unnoticed privacy. You are not for obscurity designed.
3. Darkness of meaning unintelligibleness as the obscurity of writings or of a particular passage. 4. Illegibleness as the obscurity of letters or of an inscription. 5. A state of being unknown to fame humble condition as the obscurity of birth or parentage.
Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Obscurity
OBSCURITY.—Those who are called from darkness to light do not perform the journey instantaneously, and so must be conscious of obscurity, in various ways and to different degrees, in their progressive apprehension of the gospel of Christ. Yet we are assured that nothing is hid, save that it should be manifested (Mark 4:22); and the Holy Spirit is promised us for guidance into all the truth (John 14:26; John 16:13). All four Gospels speak of a clouding of the eyes and dulling of the ears of the perverse (Matthew 13:13, Mark 4:12, Luke 8:10, John 12:40). To the heedful and amenable the teaching will be made plainer and plainer (Luke 8:18; Luke 10:21). To the haughty and cunning nothing clear can be vouchsafed (Luke 13:32). In teaching by parables there was necessarily an element of obscurity; but this stumbling-block Christ frequently removed (Matthew 13:11), and promised the clearance of all hindrances to the perfect knowledge of God (John 16:13; John 16:25). Obscurity was not infrequently felt by the Apostles in their efforts to discern the meaning of the Lord’s other utterances. The teaching about the eternal food of His flesh and blood for the life of the world was felt to be ‘a hard saying’ (John 6:60). The foretelling of His cruel death and glorious resurrection was not at first understood (Luke 18:34). Indeed, the Apostles experienced a signal opening of mind after the Resurrection in respect of the prophecies implying His Passion (Luke 24:45). Thus in the Last Discourse they are found exclaiming, ‘We know not what he saith’ (John 16:18); and a little later they gratefully confess, ‘Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb’ (John 16:29). Obscurity there must often be when spiritual realities are expressed by the inadequate vehicle of human vocabulary. Such an instance may be: ‘This is your hour, and the power of darkness’ (Luke 22:53). The living spirit cannot be expressed by the dead letter except in similitudes and allegories (John 3:8). When the Infinite strives to find portrayal in the finite, there must be what we call obscurity. Richness of significance and application attaches to heavenly truths which might at first seem obscure (John 3:31). Obscurity must disappear more and more, for the darkness cannot confine the Light of the world within any bounds (John 1:5; John 8:12; John 9:5). The steadfast disciple will learn to understand His speech (John 8:43), and release from obscurity will convey increase of freedom (John 8:32). The gospel is not meant to remain obscure (Matthew 5:15).
Literature.—Butler, Analogy, p. 269 ff.; F. W. Robertson, Sermons, ii. p. 94 ff.; Expositor, 2nd ser. i. [1] pp. 372–387; Ker, Sermons, 1st ser. p. 302 ff.; Wendt, Teaching of Jesus, i. 109 f.
W. B. Frankland.

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Obscurity - We wait for light, but behold Obscurity. You are not for Obscurity designed. Darkness of meaning unintelligibleness as the Obscurity of writings or of a particular passage. Illegibleness as the Obscurity of letters or of an inscription. A state of being unknown to fame humble condition as the Obscurity of birth or parentage
Obscureness - ) Obscurity
Fuscation - ) A darkening; Obscurity; obfuscation
Enubilate - ) To clear from mist, clouds, or Obscurity
Darkness - ) The absence of light; blackness; Obscurity; gloom. ) Want of clearness or perspicuity; Obscurity; as, the darkness of a subject, or of a discussion
Becloud - ) To cause Obscurity or dimness to; to dim; to cloud
Caligo - ) Dimness or Obscurity of sight, dependent upon a speck on the cornea; also, the speck itself
Uncloud - ) To free from clouds; to unvail; to clear from Obscurity, gloom, sorrow, or the like
Gloominess - Want of light Obscurity darkness dismalness
Obscurity - OBSCURITY. —Those who are called from darkness to light do not perform the journey instantaneously, and so must be conscious of Obscurity, in various ways and to different degrees, in their progressive apprehension of the gospel of Christ. In teaching by parables there was necessarily an element of Obscurity; but this stumbling-block Christ frequently removed (Matthew 13:11), and promised the clearance of all hindrances to the perfect knowledge of God (John 16:13; John 16:25). Obscurity was not infrequently felt by the Apostles in their efforts to discern the meaning of the Lord’s other utterances. Obscurity there must often be when spiritual realities are expressed by the inadequate vehicle of human vocabulary. When the Infinite strives to find portrayal in the finite, there must be what we call Obscurity. Obscurity must disappear more and more, for the darkness cannot confine the Light of the world within any bounds (John 1:5; John 8:12; John 9:5). The steadfast disciple will learn to understand His speech (John 8:43), and release from Obscurity will convey increase of freedom (John 8:32)
Dimness - ) The state or quality / being dim; lack of brightness, clearness, or distinctness; dullness; Obscurity
Opacity - ) Obscurity; want of clearness
Loomy - ) Imperfectly illuminated; dismal through Obscurity or darkness; dusky; dim; clouded; as, the cavern was gloomy
Explicate - ) To unfold the meaning or sense of; to explain; to clear of difficulties or Obscurity; to interpret
Muddiness - ) Obscurity or confusion, as in treatment of a subject; intellectual dullness
Disinter - ) To bring out, as from a grave or hiding place; to bring from Obscurity into view
Expound - ) To lay open the meaning of; to explain; to clear of Obscurity; to interpret; as, to expound a text of Scripture, a law, a word, a meaning, or a riddle
Explain - ) To make plain, manifest, or intelligible; to clear of Obscurity; to expound; to unfold and illustrate the meaning of; as, to explain a chapter of the Bible
Dusk - ) Imperfect Obscurity; a middle degree between light and darkness; twilight; as, the dusk of the evening
Expound - To explain to lay open the meaning to clear of Obscurity to interpret as, to expound a text of scripture to expound a law
Umbrage - ) Shade; shadow; Obscurity; hence, that which affords a shade, as a screen of trees or foliage
Emerge - ) To rise out of a fluid; to come forth from that in which anything has been plunged, enveloped, or concealed; to issue and appear; as, to emerge from the water or the ocean; the sun emerges from behind the moon in an eclipse; to emerge from poverty or Obscurity
Whiteness - ) The quality or state of being white; white color, or freedom from darkness or Obscurity on the surface
Dimness - Obscurity of vision imperfect sight as the dimness of a view
Lanes - Luke 14:21 (c) The streets refer to the public places, and the lanes refer to the out-of-the-way places where people live in more or less Obscurity
Shadow - ) Darkness; shade; Obscurity. ) Shade within defined limits; Obscurity or deprivation of light, apparent on a surface, and representing the form of the body which intercepts the rays of light; as, the shadow of a man, of a tree, or of a tower. ) To cut off light from; to put in shade; to shade; to throw a shadow upon; to overspead with Obscurity
Emersion - ) The act of emerging, or of rising out of anything; as, emersion from the sea; emersion from Obscurity or difficulties
Background - ) A place in Obscurity or retirement, or out of sight
u'Cal - But there is great Obscurity about the passage
Haze - ) Light vapor or smoke in the air which more or less impedes vision, with little or no dampness; a lack of transparency in the air; hence, figuratively, Obscurity; dimness
Ascertain - ) To make (a thing) certain to the mind; to free from Obscurity, doubt, or change; to make sure of; to fix; to determine
Rope - ) To search or attempt to find something in the dark, or, as a blind person, by feeling; to move about hesitatingly, as in darkness or Obscurity; to feel one's way, as with the hands, when one can not see
Mysticism - ) Obscurity of doctrine
Rope - ) To search or attempt to find something in the dark, or, as a blind person, by feeling; to move about hesitatingly, as in darkness or Obscurity; to feel one's way, as with the hands, when one can not see
Shadow - Shade within defined limits Obscurity or deprivation of light, apparent on a plane and represtnting the form of the body which intercepts the rays of light as the shadow of a man, of a tree or a tower. Darkness shade Obscurity
Explanation - ) The act of explaining, expounding, or interpreting; the act of clearing from Obscurity and making intelligible; as, the explanation of a passage in Scripture, or of a contract or treaty
Dark - Darkness Obscurity the absence of light. Obscurity secrecy a state unknown as, things done in the dark. Obscurity a state of ignorance as, we are all in the dark
Loom - ) Partial or total darkness; thick shade; Obscurity; as, the gloom of a forest, or of midnight
Loom - ) Partial or total darkness; thick shade; Obscurity; as, the gloom of a forest, or of midnight
Badger Skins - There is much Obscurity as to the meaning of the word tachash , rendered "badger" in the Authorized Version, ( Exodus 25:5 ; 35:7 ) etc
Obscure - ) Obscurity
Night - Obscurity a state of concealment from the eye or the mind unintelligibleness
Muggletonians - The followers of Ludovic Muggleton, a journeyman tailor, who, with his companion Reeves (a person of equal Obscurity, ) set up for great prophets, in the time of Cromwell
Darkness - Obscurity want of clearness or perspicuity that quality or state which renders any thing difficult to be understood as the darkness of counsels
Hosea (2) - Often he is prone to approach to allegory; often he sinks down in Obscurity
Shade - Literally, the interception, cutting of or interruption of the rays of light hence, the Obscurity which is caused by such interception. Darkness Obscurity as the shades of night
Declare - ) To make clear; to free from Obscurity
Wrap - Things reflected on in gross and transiently, are thought to be wrapped in impenetrable Obscurity
Shade - ) Darkness; Obscurity; - often in the plural. ) Comparative Obscurity owing to interception or interruption of the rays of light; partial darkness caused by the intervention of something between the space contemplated and the source of light
Revive - ) Hence, to recover from a state of oblivion, Obscurity, neglect, or depression; as, classical learning revived in the fifteenth century
Dark - ) Absence of light; darkness; Obscurity; a place where there is little or no light
Corner - Neither did CHRIST live, suffer and die hidden in Obscurity
Basel, Council of - After lingering some years in Obscurity, the Council of Basel closed at Lausanne
Rhodo, a Christian Writer - He mentions a book of "Problems" published by Tatian, intended to exhibit the Obscurity of the Holy Scriptures, and promise to give the solutions; but Eusebius does not seem to have met with this work
Sequester - ) To cause to retire or withdraw into Obscurity; to seclude; to withdraw; - often used reflexively
Nazareth - After this, save as a centre of pilgrimage, Nazareth sank into Obscurity
Hose'a, Prophecies of, - Often he is prone to approach to allegory; often he sinks down in Obscurity
Mary Tudor - After Henry's repudiation of Catherine, Mary was harshly treated and during the reign of Edward VI remained in comparative Obscurity
Nail - He knows that which is done in Obscurity, privately and without publicity
Cloud - A state of Obscurity or darkness
Tudor, Mary - After Henry's repudiation of Catherine, Mary was harshly treated and during the reign of Edward VI remained in comparative Obscurity
Saul - At the same time, with so much told us about Saul; and told us in such a plain, open, and straightforward style; and told us, as it must have been, for our instruction, we may surely hope to be able, amid all his acknowledged Obscurity, to gather sufficient instruction out of Saul to justify us in taking him up for our subject this evening. ...
But, unhappily, the Obscurity begins further back than Saul. The Obscurity begins with Saul's father and mother. There is no Obscurity about Samuel. ' Yes, there is some quite inexplicable Obscurity about Kish as well as about Saul; an Obscurity that perplexes us, and throws us out at the very opening of his son's sad history. And yet, when we turn back and begin to read Saul's whole history over again with our eye on the object; when we stop and look round about us as we read, the ancient Obscurity begins to pass off, but only to let alarm and apprehension for ourselves and for our own sons take its place. Why hold up our hands at Saul's Obscurity, and at Saul's ignorance of Samuel? We have it in ourselves. Matthew Henry in two or three words makes clear to us all the Obscurity of Saul's 'other heart. ...
No; there is no such Obscurity about Saul getting another heart and yet that heart coming to nothing. And the more we work on Saul under that great preacher and after him, the more we feel the Obscurity and the mystery of Saul's dark character
Zeb'Ulun - Thus remote from the centre of government, Zebulun remains throughout the history with one exception, in the Obscurity which envelops the whole of the northern tribes
Zerah - There has been much controversy as to its historicity, and the question is still involved in Obscurity
Doctrine - Thus the idea of God's sovereignty excites submission; his power and justice promote fear; his holiness, humility and purity; his goodness, a ground of hope; his love excites joy; the Obscurity of his providence requires patience; his faithfulness, confidence
Rass - His riches disappear, and he himself fades into Obscurity
Revive - To recover from a state of neglect, oblivion, Obscurity or depression
Depth - Abstruseness Obscurity that which is not easily explored as the depth of a science
Degrees - The point is involved in entire Obscurity; and, after all, the title of these Psalms may be only a musical direction to the temple choir
Gemara - The Jews have little value for this Jerusalem Talmud, on account of its Obscurity
Urim And Thummin - Various in fact are the conjectures upon this subject, and Moses has nowhere spoken of the Urim and Thummim in such terms as to remove the Obscurity
Darkness - The "day of darkness" in Joel 2:2 , caused by clouds of locusts, is a symbol of the Obscurity which overhangs all divine proceedings
Inchantments - They affected Obscurity and night, or would show their skill only before the uninformed or mean persons, and feared nothing so much as serious examinations, broad day-light, and the inspection of the intelligent
Sadducees - Their origin is involved in some Obscurity; probably sprung from Zadok
Ulfilas - His career is involved in much Obscurity. gives details which shed light on the Obscurity. The subsequent history of Ulfilas is involved in much Obscurity
Cross - It means a willingness to lay aside opportunities for earthly advancement and be willing to live in more or less of Obscurity if that is the will of GOD
Birthright - Reuben forfeited the blessings of his birthright, as we see by the express declaration of his father Jacob, in his benediction of his children, Genesis 49:1 , &c, for the crime of incest with his father's concubine, on account of which his tribe continued all along in Obscurity; while the priesthood was conferred on Levi, the government on Judah, and the double portion on Joseph, to descend to their respective tribes
Polychronius, Bishop of Apamea - , but he calls in the aid of Symmachus and Theodotion; and the frequency of his references to the Hebrew, as well as the remarkable fragment on the "obscurity of Scripture" among the extant fragments of his commentary on job, shew some acquaintance with that language. His temper was not controversial, and he has no place in the history of polemical theology—a circumstance which has saved him from the stigma of heterodoxy, but consigned his life and works to comparative Obscurity
Humiliation of Christ - In his circumstances, laid in a manger when he was born; lived in Obscurity for a long time; probably worked at the trade of a carpenter; had not a place where to lay his head; and was oppressed with poverty while he went about preaching the Gospel
Ezekiel, Book of - ' It was because of this Obscurity that the Jews forbade any one to read it till he had attained the age of thirty
Psalms - Taken as one grand whole, they form a complete epitome of the gospel; and from those which plainly point to Christ, and can refer to no other, we may venture to conclude that those which do not in our apprehension, the Obscurity ariseth from our dulness, and not from any want of allusion to him
Tyrannus - All this is conveyed by the reading of the chief representative of the Western text, but the present writer has no doubt that here, as elsewhere, the reviser has been endeavouring to remove Obscurity from the narrative
Mystery - "The other extreme lies in an attempt to explain the mysteries of revelation, so as to free them from all Obscurity
Albion - Albion , king of the Langobardi, or Lombards, and founder of the kingdom subject to that people in Italy, was the son of that Audoin under whom the Lombards emerge from Obscurity to occupy Pannonia, invited by the Emperor of Constantinople, in accordance with the usual Byzantine policy, as a check to the Gepidae
Babylon (2) - Its boundaries and history are involved in much Obscurity
Prophecy - A degree of Obscurity rests on the prophetic writings, which patient and prayerful study alone can dispel; while those that are yet unfulfilled must await the coming of the events, which will make all at length clear
Chaldean Philosophy - The Chaldeans also adopted a symbolical mode of instruction, and transmitted their doctrines to posterity under a veil of Obscurity, which it is not easy to remove. ...
The Chaldean philosophy, notwithstanding the Obscurity that has rendered it difficult of research, has been highly extolled, not only by the orientals and Greeks, but by Jewish and Christian writers: but upon recurring to authorities that are unquestionable, there seems to be little or nothing in this branch of the barbaric philosophy which deserves notice
Assyria - ...
The early history of Assyria is involved in Obscurity
Jesus - ...
The first year may be called the year of Obscurity, both because the records of it which we possess are very scanty, and because he seems during it to have been only slowly emerging into public notice
Antichrist - But the language of the apostles is obscure, and this Obscurity has been deepened by the conflicting interpretations of expositors
Pharaoh - Some of them have been identified, by the labors of Champollion and others, with kings whose proper names we know from other sources, while others still remain in Obscurity
Hosea - Brevity causes Obscurity, the Obscurity being designed by the Spirit to call forth prayerful study
Stephen - Paul’s conversion followed soon after; but the date of this event is itself involved in much Obscurity, depending, as it does, on whether we identify the visit to Jerusalem mentioned in Galatians 2 with the visit of Paul and Barnabas described in Acts 11, 12 or with that described in Acts 15. Luke, probably having himself no exact date to rely upon, has left the chronology of this section of the Acts in intentional Obscurity
Darkness - Obscurity, privacy, Matthew 10:27
Chaos - Hebrew verbs denote sinking into Obscurity, becoming nothingness, or falling prey to weakness
Meekness - Thus, the meekness which He blessed and taught by His own conduct was the self-conquest which rendered Him indifferent to the glamour of external conditions such as wealth, ease, fame, and sovereignty, by which even the greatest minds have been dazzled; and further, it was opposed to the spirit of resentment, hatred, and pride, which is often the product of contumely, pain, unjust suffering, and Obscurity
Darkness - In the natural sense of the word, it means the Obscurity, such as is described at the original state of things, when JEHOVAH went forth in acts of creation
Musical Instruments of the Hebrews - (There has been great Obscurity as to the instruments of music in use among the Hebrews, but the discoveries on the monuments of Egypt and Assyria have thrown much light upon the form and nature of these instruments
Miltiades, 2nd Cent. Christian Writer - ...
Great Obscurity hangs over his relation to Montanism, owing to a strange confusion, either on the part of Eusebius or of his copyists, between the names Miltiades and Alcibiades
Peter - After that time his labors are involved in Obscurity
Horn - The little horns represent kings or generals, or men who rise up out of Obscurity and are not well known
Clear - To free from Obscurity, perplexity or ambiguity as, to clear a question or theory to clear up a case or point
Ezekiel - This Obscurity arises, in part at least, from the nature and design of the prophecies themselves; they were delivered amidst the gloom of captivity; and though calculated to cheer the drooping spirits of the Jews, and to keep alive a watchful and submissive confidence in the mercy of God, yet they were intended to communicate only such a degree of encouragement as was consistent with a state of punishment, and to excite an indistinct expectation of future blessings, upon condition of repentance and amendment
Dark, Darken, Darkly, Darkness - The riddles of seeming Obscurity in life will all be made clear
Kadesh Barnea - Kadesh gradually sank to its original Obscurity as a watering place for the nomads of the desert
Ark - ...
The ultimate fate of the κιβωτός is involved in Obscurity
Medes, me'Dia - The deepest Obscurity hangs, however, over the whole history of the Medes from the time of their bearing sway in Babylonia, B
Apocalypse - " The omission of this book in some of the early catalogues of the Scriptures, was probably not owing to any suspicion concerning its authenticity or genuineness, but because its Obscurity and mysteriousness were thought to render it less fit to be read publicly and generally
Romans, Epistle to the - ...
The origin of the Roman church is involved in Obscurity
Proverbs, the Book of - ...
In Proverbs 1:6 "dark sayings" (chidah ) are another form of proverbs, the enigmatical Obscurity being designed to stimulate reflection (Habakkuk 2:6; Judges 14; 1 Kings 10:1; 2 Chronicles 9:1; Ezekiel 17:2; Psalms 78:2); the melitsah (Proverbs 1:6), "interpretation" (so Chald. The bringing forth of God's word from Obscurity fitly accompanied the reformation by pious Hezekiah, as in the case of Josiah's reformation (2 Chronicles 31:21; 2 Chronicles 31:29-30)
Behmenists - The essential Obscurity of the subjects indeed he could not remedy
Rome - The beginnings of Rome are shrouded in Obscurity
Mephibosheth - He had been for a considerable time living in Obscurity with Machir in Lodebar beyond Jordan, near Mahanaim, his uncle Ishbosheth's seat of government, when David through Ziba heard of him, and for the sake of Jonathan, and his promise respecting Jonathan's seed (1 Samuel 20:15; 1 Samuel 20:42), restored to him all the land of Saul and admitted him to eat bread at his table at Jerusalem continually
Proverb - (4) The Obscurity referred to was sometimes made the leading feature and motive of the proverb, and it was then called an ‘enigma’ or ‘ dark saying ’ ( Psalms 49:4 , Proverbs 1:6 ; Proverbs 30:15-31 )
Scribes - Unless the Priest became a scribe also, he remained in Obscurity
Beam And Mote - Freytag): ‘How seest thou the splinter in thy brother’s eye and seest not the cross-beam in thine eye?’...
There is no Obscurity in the terms used
Pleroma - The Obscurity of this statement is removed by the active interpretation; the supplementary ‘unfulled’ patch takes away from the original garment
Mystery - ...
It is important to observe that the connotation of intrinsic difficulty of comprehension, Obscurity, which has become inseparable from the word in modern use, is misleading. Manifestly an interpretation of parabolic utterance which supposes it adopted in order to fulfil the prophetic sentence of judicial blindness on Israel cannot be attributed to Jesus, since the end sought in the parables themselves is the reverse of intentional Obscurity
Nazareth - , that Jesus lived for thirty years ‘in the deep Obscurity of a provincial village … not only in a despised province, but in its most disregarded valley’ (F
Nazareth - , that Jesus lived for thirty years ‘in the deep Obscurity of a provincial village … not only in a despised province, but in its most disregarded valley’ (F
Version, the Authorised - " They had endeavoured to take a middle course between the Puritans who had forsaken "the old ecclesiastical words," and the Obscurity of the Papists in "retaining foreign words of purpose to darken the sense
Nazarene - The greatest Obscurity envelops these Jewish Christian parties
Revelation of John, the - Revelation was omitted by the council of Laodicea from its list of books to be read publicly, doubtless because of its prophetic Obscurity. Dionysius of Alexandria says many before his time rejected it because of its Obscurity, or because it supported Cerinthus' view of an earthly kingdom. ...
The most primitive testimony is decidedly for it; the only objections were subjective: (1) the opposition of many to the millennium in it; (2) its symbolism and Obscurity prevented its being publicly read in churches and its being taught to the young
Ezekiel - ...
The Obscurity lies in the subject matter, not in the form or manner of his communications. ), while the better disposed were awakened to a deeper search into the things of God by the very Obscurity of the symbols
Version - The origin of this the most important of all the versions is involved in much Obscurity
Angels of the Seven Churches - If this use of the word by the author has led to confusion and Obscurity, the reason lies probably in the limitations of that symbolism which was the characteristic vehicle of Jewish apocalyptic literature (see W
Essenes - -The whole subject of Essenism is wrapped in Obscurity: the Essenes remain, and will remain, the ‘great enigma of Jewish history. ’ The Obscurity is all the more tantalizing because we know enough to perceive that for the history of religion the Essenes are of surpassing interest and importance
Simon Magus - "Seek Obscurity" was Fénelon's motto. Instead of that the poor impostor tried to get Peter to share his apostolic popularity with him for thirty pieces of silver! If you are a platform, or a pulpit, or any other kind of mountebank, seek Obscurity, for your soul's salvation lies there
Diana - ...
The origin of the name ‘Artemis’ is veiled in Obscurity, and the attempts of both ancients and moderns to derive the word have been unsuccessful; the best suggestion is that of Ed
Jesus Christ - ...
The Year of Obscurity . James Stalker described the three-year public ministry of Jesus as the year of Obscurity, the year of public favor, and the year of opposition. ...
The year of Obscurity began sometime in a
Prophecy - ...
The objection which has been raised to Scripture prophecy, from its supposed Obscurity, has no solid foundation. Some degree of Obscurity is essential to prophecy; for the end of it was not to gratify human curiosity, by a detail of future events and circumstances; and too great clearness and speciality might have led to many artful attempts to fulfil the predictions, and so far the evidence of their accomplishment would have been weakened. The two great ends of prophecy are, to excite expectation before the event, and then to confirm the truth by a striking and unequivocal fulfilment; and it is a sufficient answer to the allegation of the Obscurity of the prophecies of Scripture, that they have abundantly accomplished those objects, among the most intelligent and investigating, as well as among the simple and unlearned, in all ages
Colossians, Epistle to the - Paul’s earlier writings, by ‘a certain ruggedness of expression, a want of finish that borders on Obscurity
John the Baptist - ...
Although his formative years were lived in Obscurity in the desert (Luke 1:80 ), his public ministry ended nearly four hundred years of prophetic silence
Providence - While he is guiding the sun and moon in their course through the heavens; while in this inferior world he is ruling among empires, stilling the ragings of the waters, and the tumults of the people, he is at the same time watching over the humble good man, who, in the Obscurity of his cottage, is serving and worshipping him
Arnobius - 1850) protests against the Obscurity and neglect which have attended his name; holds that his "peculiar position and character invest his sentiments and reasoning with very singular interest and value"; pronounces him to be in some respects "the keenest of the apologists," and to be remarkably apposite to the popular arguments of modern times (pp
Allegory - He adds, that the mystical allegory is, on account of the Obscurity resulting from the nature of the figure, and the style of the composition, so agreeable to the nature of the prophecy, that it is the form which it generally, and indeed lawfully, assumes, as best adapted to the prediction of future events
Sabbath - The origin of this institution, and its early history among the Israelites, are involved in much Obscurity
Theophilus, Bishop of Antioch - Sanday describes him as "one of the precursors of that group of writers who, from Irenaeus to Cyprian, not only break the Obscurity which rests on the earliest history of the Christian church, but alike in the East and in the West carry it to the front in literary eminence, and distance all their heathen contemporaries" ( Studia Biblica , p
Egypt - After the fall of the Old Empire came a period of decline and Obscurity
Mill - The grinding of corn at so early an hour throws light on a passage of considerable Obscurity: "And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed at noon; and they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat, and they smote him under the fifth rib; and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped," 2 Samuel 4:5-7
King (2) - This ‘Son of Man’ is no earthly monarch, but a Being of Divine and heavenly nature; not one who by means of a revolution rises from his native Obscurity to a throne, but one who descends from heaven to earth
da'Vid - " (2 Samuel 5:9 ; 1 Chronicles 11:7 ) The ark was now removed from its Obscurity at Kirjath-jearim with marked solemnity, and conveyed to Jerusalem
Pride (2) - The Magnificat proclaimed the truths that whilst poverty and Obscurity are not bars to acceptance with God, there are evils peculiarly belonging to high rank which utterly disqualify
Prophecy - Hence, likewise, here and there a shade of Obscurity. " Objections, however, have been raised against the prophecies from their Obscurity
Oracle - Vossius allows that it was the devil who spoke in oracles; but thinks that the Obscurity of his answers was owing to his ignorance as to the precise circumstances of events. That artful and studied Obscurity in which the answers were couched, says he, showed the embarrassment the devil was under; as those double meanings they usually bore provided for their accomplishment
Nahum - Obscurity is sometimes met with ( e
Isaiah - In his sentiments there is uncommon elevation and majesty; in his imagery, the utmost propriety, elegance, dignity, and diversity; in his language, uncommon beauty and energy; and, notwithstanding the Obscurity of his subjects, a surprising degree of clearness and simplicity
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As to the literary form of the apocalypses, the most salient distinguishing feature is a certain Obscurity of imagery, which sometimes takes the form of a grotesqueness, and of an incongruity in details, winch are excusable only upon The supposition that the awkward imagery was capable of the twofold task of conveying the meaning to those for whom it was intended, and of veiling it from others. ...
This Obscurity of style is connected with the fact that apocalypses were, so far as we know, in nearly every case pseudonymous
Macarius Magnus, Magnes, a Writer - Macarius again sank into Obscurity, only some very few extracts from his writings being found in MSS
Passover - It must be admitted that the materials are scanty and not free from Obscurity. But whatever Obscurity may hang round the original connection between the Paschal feast and the Eucharist, there can be no question that when Easter came to be observed, as it was observed at the same season of the year,-in spring-it was regarded as the counterpart of the Jewish Passover
Synagogue - ]'>[3] Life , § 54, of the synagogue of Tiberias)...
The origin of the synagogue as a characteristic institution of Judaism is hidden in Obscurity
Lazarus - He sought Obscurity
Ananias And Sapphira - Seek Obscurity, that is
Elijah - Every part of his character is marked by a moral grandeur, which is heightened by the Obscurity thrown around his connections, and his private history
Egypt - ...
The early history of ancient Egypt is involved in great Obscurity
Eunomius, Bishop of Cyzicus - Photius speaks very depreciatingly of his studied Obscurity, the weakness of his arguments, and his logical power
Advent (2) - It was even thought by many that He was hidden somewhere in Obscurity, only waiting for a more penitent disposition in the national mind; and so inflamed was the common imagination with these ideas, that popular excitement was easily aroused, and any bold spirit, rising in revolt against the existing state of things, could find a group of followers ready to believe in him as the one who should deliver Israel
Barnabas - And I had resolved to continue in the same Obscurity, till at length William Farel detained me at Geneva, and that not so much by counsel and exhortation, as by a dread imprecation, which I felt to be as if God from heaven laid His mighty hand upon me to arrest me
Joannes, Bishop of Ephesus - were pure and benevolent," or believed that the four last years of that emperor "were passed in tranquil Obscurity" (cf
Minucius Felix, Marcus - If these things were not true, at least the Obscurity in which they shrouded their rites shewed that they were such as they had cause to be ashamed of
Music, Instruments, Dancing - ...
In light of the recognized Obscurity in many of the headings, one can speak in general terms of five different types of information provided by the Psalm titles
Rome, Romans - ...
The beginnings of Rome are shrouded in Obscurity, but the spade has helped to correct and amplify what we learn from history
Paul's Blamelessness as a Minister - There are few better evidences of great and sure saintship, than just to "seek Obscurity" for such reasons as the above
the Man Which Sowed Good Seed in His Field But His Enemy Came And Sowed Tares Among the Wheat - THE Son of Man lived in Obscurity in Nazareth till He began to be about thirty years of age, growing in wisdom every day, and every day saving to Himself-...
-What if EarthBe but the shadow of Heaven, and things thereinEach to other like more than on Earth is thought?And one day in His solitary and meditating walks He came on a field in which blades of tares were springing up among the blades of the wheat all over the field
Antichrist - The strands that went to the composition of the idea were various and strangely interwoven, and much Obscurity still hangs over the subject
Bride - This custom serves to explain a circumstance in Samson's marriage, which is involved in some Obscurity
Priscillianus And Priscillianism, Priscillian - The Priscillianist system, already sufficiently dark and perplexed, has had new Obscurity added by unstinted misrepresentation
Sidonius Apollinaris, Saint - His letters, though often turgid and pedantic, defaced by an artificial phraseology and abounding in passages of great Obscurity, often describe persons, objects, and transactions in a very lively and picturesque manner
Hannah - Surely we should seek Obscurity, and wish with all our heart that our so offensive name should never be spoken in this world again, or written or read
Prophet - The Obscurity, in some parts, of prophecies of which other parts have been plainly fulfilled is designed to exercise our faith, the obscure parts yet awaiting their exhaustive fulfillment; e
Sibylline Oracles - This put considerable power into the hands of the officials who had charge of them, especially as the Obscurity of their contents made the sense of certain passages conveniently ambiguous, and it is not surprising to find that, as time went on, their reputation suffered in the same way as the Greek oracles; the Roman, like the Greek, Sibyllina might ‘philippize’; genuine lines might be interpreted for private ends, if a political leader could influence the expositors, and forged lines could be surreptitiously introduced
Synagogue - -Like the beginnings of all great movements in history, the origin of the institution is wrapped in Obscurity
Sacraments - Harnack, indeed, places the grouping together of Baptism and the Eucharist as among ‘a series of the most important Christian customs and ideas’ whose origin is involved in Obscurity and ‘in all probability will never be cleared up’ (History of Dogma, Eng
Samuel - And then when Saul became king, Samuel was compelled to retire into Obscurity, and become of no reputation
Jesus Christ - To effect this purpose, it was absolutely necessary for these founders of Christianity to avoid confusion and Obscurity of language, and to express their ideas in a cool and cautious style
Baruch, Apocalypse of - When the author thinks for a moment about the fate of apostate Israelites, he falls into intentional Obscurity (xlii
Palestine - The favourite, and most probable, modern theory regarding the Philistines is that they were of Cretan origin; but everything respecting that mysterious race is veiled in Obscurity
Judas Iscariot (2) - —The Obscurity which rests upon the early history of Judas accounts to a large extent for the difficulty of estimating his character
Judgment Damnation - The wicked simply disappear from the scene, the nature and term of their punishment being left shrouded in Obscurity
Samuel, First And Second, Theology of - ...
The ark remained in Obscurity during the reign of Saul
God - This development is lost in Obscurity, but the evidence from ancient literature contemporary with the Old Testament attests to the use of the plural form in other cultures around Israel as the designation of a single deity that embodies the entirety of divine life
Complacency - By these words He testified the peculiar pleasure with which He regarded His Son at the moment of His consecration to His mission; His satisfaction with the spirit of submission to the Father’s will which had characterized Jesus throughout the years of Obscurity during which He prepared Himself for His ministry, and the lowliness with which He submitted to the baptism of John—because thus it became Him ‘to fulfil all righteousness’; and His gracious acceptance of the voluntary offering which the Son now made to the Father
Jeremiah - We may trace through a number of self-revealing passages, the general drift of which is plain notwithstanding the Obscurity of some sentences and the chronological uncertainty, Jeremiah’s progress from youthful consecration and ardour, through moods of doubt and passionate repugnance, to a complete self-conquest and settled trust (see, besides chs
Psalms - Their Obscurity and occasional want of connection with the psalm's contents (as title Psalm 34) are incompatible with their origination from forgers
Pentecost - Did it really so happen that that day was ‘the first day of the week’? This depends on what day the 16th Nisan fell that year: and it is mixed up with the Obscurity attending the day of our Lord’s death (see art
Pentecost - Did it really so happen that that day was ‘the first day of the week’? This depends on what day the 16th Nisan fell that year: and it is mixed up with the Obscurity attending the day of our Lord’s death (see art
Prayer - We should likewise avoid length and Obscurity in our sentences, and in the placing of our words; and not interline our expressions with too many parentheses, which cloud and entangle the sense
Revelation (2) - Paul urges, in the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, that if the message of the Christ was not understood by the Jews, it was due to their incapacity, not to its Obscurity
Roads And Travel - The beginnings of travel as of so many other human institutions are hidden in Obscurity
Gospels, Apocryphal - ...
(2) The authorship of the Gospel according to the Hebrews is in complete Obscurity
Church - The destruction of Jerusalem left the Gentile Churches, and especially the Church of Rome, without a rival, for the Jewish Church of Jerusalem sank into Obscurity, and never recovered; nor did any other community of Jewish Christiana take its place
Jerusalem - The origin of the city of Jerusalem is lost in Obscurity, and probably, owing to the difficulties in the way of excavation, must continue to be matter of speculation
Apocrypha - Therefore it is not just to say that this hope had faded away or suffered temporary Obscurity during the period when the Apocrypha was written, the truth being that it was then more vigorous than ever in certain circles
Character of Christ - Only in solitude and Obscurity can such qualities be developed
Christ in the Early Church - Only a fragment remains of the writings of the latter; and those of the former, as well as the exact nature of his teaching, are wrapped in considerable Obscurity
Christ in the Middle Ages - He is the life of the living, the resurrection of the dead, the restorer of the deformed and disordered who have corrupted and spoiled themselves by sin, the beginning of all light, the illumination of all those who are illuminated, the revealer of Obscurity according to what it is proper for us to know, and the beginning of all beginning
Church (2) - Now our knowledge of the first days of Christianity derived from the NT is but fragmentary, and the period immediately following is one of great Obscurity; but from the middle of the 2nd cent
Hosius (1), a Confessor Under Maximian - of Corduba at the synod of Elvira, but the date of this synod, like that of other events in his history, is involved in much Obscurity
Lutherans - But, after all, and in spite of the boasted authority of the keys, complete confidence in divine forgiveness was never inculcated; for it was neither the interest nor the inclination of the church of Rome to teach the simple doctrine of Christian faith, but rather to involve it in metaphysical Obscurity
Jesus Christ - The Obscurity, the meanness, and the poverty of his external condition are thus represented: "He shall grow up before the Lord like a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form or comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him