What does Surprise mean in the Bible?

Frequency of Surprise (original languages)

Frequency of Surprise (English)


Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Surprise
SURPRISE.—The word has an objective as well as a subjective reference: it means both ‘the act of taking unawares’ and ‘the emotion caused by anything sudden.’ The emotion is closely akin to wonder, ‘the state of mind produced by something new, unexpected, or extraordinary’; but sudden emergence is its distinctive characteristic. It may enter in as an element in disappointment, when hopes are defeated, purposes miscarry, or efforts are frustrated suddenly. When the nature of an object is inexplicable, unintelligible, when the occurrence of an event is unexpected, uncalculated, surprise is felt. It necessarily implies limitation of knowledge, an incapacity of the subject knowing to completely possess and command in thought the object known. In the objective reference, some instances of surprise, or at least the attempt to surprise, are found in the Gospels. The enemies of Jesus tried to ‘catch Him in talk’ (Mark 12:13, Luke 11:54) by the questions they put to Him. They ‘watched Him whether He would heal on the Sabbath day, that they might find an accusation against him’ (Luke 6:7). He had to be constantly on His guard against their malignity. By the treachery of Judas they were able to surprise Him, unprotected by the multitude, in Gethsemane. Peter’s denial was in some measure due to his being taken by surprise, even although Jesus had forewarned him. It is in the subjective reference of the term that we are specially interested in reading the Gospels—the surprise Jesus felt and the surprise He caused. So different was Jesus in character, purpose, spirit, from His environment, that He could not always understand it, still less could it understand Him. During His earthly ministry the secrets of all hearts were not laid bare to Him, although He occasionally displayed an extraordinary insight into the thoughts and wishes of others; nor was the veil of the future altogether withdrawn, even although He did, in regard to His own death and resurrection, and the doom of the city which rejected Him, show an exceptional knowledge. But supernatural as in these respects His knowledge was, it was not a Divine omniscience—for which surprise is impossible, as for it there is neither the inexplicable nor the unexpected. The subject of the limitation of Jesus’ knowledge is more fully dealt with in the art Kenosis. Jesus was surprised by the anxiety felt and the search made for Him by His parents, when He remained behind in the Temple. ‘How is it that ye sought me?’ (Luke 2:49); He ‘marvelled because of their unbelief, in Nazareth (Mark 6:6); He was disappointed at the dulness of understanding of His disciples (Matthew 15:17; Matthew 16:9; Mark 7:24-25) and of His hearers in Jerusalem (John 8:43), and at the unbelief of His generation (Mark 8:12). But, on the other hand, the faith of the centurion (Matthew 8:10) and of the Syrophœnician woman (Matthew 15:28), brought Him glad surprise. The storm on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8:24) was a surprise to Him even as to His disciples, although His faith was not disturbed as theirs was; so also He knew not that He was sending His disciples into any danger when He dismissed them after the feeding of the five thousand (Matthew 14:22; see the discussion of these two incidents in Adamson’s The Mind in Christ, pp. 5–10). He was disappointed in His desire for rest with His disciples (Mark 6:31; Mark 6:34), and for secrecy (Matthew 16:11). He expected to find fruit on the barren fig-tree (Mark 11:13). Although the growing estrangement of Judas was, from its beginnings, perceived by Him (John 6:64; see Dods’ comment in loco in Expositor’s Gr. Test. i. p. 759), yet when He called him He did not anticipate his treachery. His state in Gethsemane was one of amazement (Mark 14:33); there was an element in the doom He looked forward to that He could not understand, and had not looked for. His amazement is expressed in the cry of desolation on the Cross (Matthew 27:46). What He then experienced was worse than He had anticipated. As man’s sin had ever been a surprise to Him, so was its worst consequence when it fell on Him.
Jesus Himself so transcended the world in which He lived, taught, and wrought, that He was constantly a surprise to men. This He Himself expected (John 3:7; John 5:20; John 5:28; John 7:21). The marvel began with Joseph and Mary in the Temple at Simeon’s prophecy, and at Jesus’ own words (Luke 2:33; Luke 2:50). The multitudes marvelled at His teaching, His healing, His forgiveness of sins, His wisdom in answering the questions of His opponents, and His grace in preaching the gospel (Mark 1:22; Mark 1:27, Matthew 7:28-29, Mark 2:12; Mark 5:20; Mark 5:42, Matthew 9:8; Matthew 9:33; Matthew 12:23, Luke 9:43; Luke 7:49, Matthew 22:22, Luke 20:26; Luke 4:22). His disciples were astonished at His command over the storm (Mark 6:51), His teaching regarding the rich (Matthew 19:25), and the curse on the fig-tree (Matthew 21:20). His disregard of the current customs caused surprise (Luke 11:38, John 4:27), as did the freedom from these He allowed to His disciples (Mark 2:18; Mark 7:5). The world’s surprise at Jesus is its tribute to His unique perfection; His surprise at man’s sin and unbelief the evidence of its need of the grace and truth of the Son of God. See, further, Amazement.
Literature.—A. J. Mason, Conditions of Our Lord’s Life on Earth, 135–138; T. Adamson, Studies of the Mind in Christ, 5–12, 167; Gore, BL [1] 147f.
Alfred E. Garvie.

Sentence search

Ambush - A private or concealed station, where troops lie in wait to attack their enemy by Surprise. The state of lying concealed, for the purpose of attacking by Surprise a lying in wait. The troops posted in a concealed place for attacking by Surprise. ...
AM'BUSH, To lie in wait for to Surprise, by assailing unexpectedly from a concealed place. ...
AM'BUSH, To lie in wait, for the purpose of attacking by Surprise
Obreption - ) The act of creeping upon with secrecy or by Surprise. ) The obtaining gifts of escheat by fraud or Surprise
Ambush - ) A concealed station, where troops or enemies lie in wait to attack by Surprise. ) The troops posted in a concealed place, for attacking by Surprise; liers in wait. ) To station in ambush with a view to Surprise an enemy. ) To lie in wait, for the purpose of attacking by Surprise; to lurk
Oho - ) An exclamation of Surprise, etc
Amaze - ) To confound, as by fear, wonder, extreme Surprise; to overwhelm with wonder; to astound; to astonish greatly. ) Bewilderment, arising from fear, Surprise, or wonder; amazement
Ood Now - An exclamation of wonder, Surprise, or entreaty
Wonderstruck - ) Struck with wonder, admiration, or Surprise
Egad - ) An exclamation expressing exultation or Surprise, etc
Eh - ) An expression of inquiry or slight Surprise
Wonderment - ) Surprise; astonishment; a wonderful appearance; a wonder
Oh - Denoting Surprise, pain, sorrow or anxiety
Wonder - ) To be affected with Surprise or admiration; to be struck with astonishment; to be amazed; to marvel. ) A cause of wonder; that which excites Surprise; a strange thing; a prodigy; a miracle. ) That emotion which is excited by novelty, or the presentation to the sight or mind of something new, unusual, strange, great, extraordinary, or not well understood; Surprise; astonishment; admiration; amazement
Astonished - Amazed confounded with fear, Surprise, or admiration
Heigh-ho - ) An exclamation of Surprise, joy, dejection, uneasiness, weariness, etc
Nap-Taking - ) A taking by Surprise; an unexpected onset or attack
Ramercy - ) A word formerly used to express thankfulness, with Surprise; many thanks
Loppen - ) To Surprise or astonish; to be startled or astonished
Amazedness - ) The state of being amazed, or confounded with fear, Surprise, or wonder
Lackaday - ) Alack the day; alas; - an expression of sorrow, regret, dissatisfaction, or Surprise
Obreptitious - ) Done or obtained by Surprise; with secrecy, or by concealment of the truth
Narcissus - In the Greek, the word means Surprise
Wonderful - Adapted to excite wonder or admiration exciting Surprise strange astonishing
Circumspectly - Cautiously with watchfulness every way with attention to guard against Surprise or danger
Astonishment - Amazement confusion of mind from fear, Surprise or admiration, at an extraordinary or unexpected event
Ah - AH, An exclamation, expressive of Surprise, pity, complaint, contempt, dislike, joy, exultation, &c
Hey - ) An exclamation of joy, Surprise, or encouragement
Ah - ) An exclamation, expressive of Surprise, pity, complaint, entreaty, contempt, threatening, delight, triumph, etc
Marvelous - ) Exciting wonder or Surprise; astonishing; wonderful
Wonder - Any thing which causes Surprise by its strangeness. Cogan, "an embarrassment of the mind after it is somewhat recovered from the first percussion of Surprise
Admire - ) To regard with wonder or astonishment; to view with Surprise; to marvel at. ) To wonder; to marvel; to be affected with Surprise; - sometimes with at
Capture - ) The thing taken by force, Surprise, or stratagem; a prize; prey. ) To seize or take possession of by force, Surprise, or stratagem; to overcome and hold; to secure by effort
Amazement - ]'>[1]; overwhelming wonder, as from Surprise, sudden fear, horror, or admiration
Wonderfully - In a manner to excite wonder or Surprise
Wondrous - ) Wonderful; astonishing; admirable; marvelous; such as excite Surprise and astonishment; strange
Alarm - ) Sudden Surprise with fear or terror excited by apprehension of danger; in the military use, commonly, sudden apprehension of being attacked by Surprise. ) To Surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear
Aha - ) An exclamation expressing, by different intonations, triumph, mixed with derision or irony, or simple Surprise
Oh - ) An exclamation expressing various emotions, according to the tone and manner, especially Surprise, pain, sorrow, anxiety, or a wish
Aha! - In Isaiah 44:16 it signifies joyful Surprise, as also in Job 39:25 , RSV
Enviously - ...
When they Surprise me at my book
Ward-Corn - , 1) with a horn to be blown upon any occasion of Surprise
Assassin - ) One who kills, or attempts to kill, by Surprise or secret assault; one who treacherously murders any one unprepared for defense
Surprise - SURPRISE. When the nature of an object is inexplicable, unintelligible, when the occurrence of an event is unexpected, uncalculated, Surprise is felt. In the objective reference, some instances of Surprise, or at least the attempt to Surprise, are found in the Gospels. By the treachery of Judas they were able to Surprise Him, unprotected by the multitude, in Gethsemane. Peter’s denial was in some measure due to his being taken by Surprise, even although Jesus had forewarned him. It is in the subjective reference of the term that we are specially interested in reading the Gospels—the Surprise Jesus felt and the Surprise He caused. But supernatural as in these respects His knowledge was, it was not a Divine omniscience—for which Surprise is impossible, as for it there is neither the inexplicable nor the unexpected. Jesus was Surprised by the anxiety felt and the search made for Him by His parents, when He remained behind in the Temple. But, on the other hand, the faith of the centurion (Matthew 8:10) and of the Syrophœnician woman (Matthew 15:28), brought Him glad Surprise. The storm on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8:24) was a Surprise to Him even as to His disciples, although His faith was not disturbed as theirs was; so also He knew not that He was sending His disciples into any danger when He dismissed them after the feeding of the five thousand (Matthew 14:22; see the discussion of these two incidents in Adamson’s The Mind in Christ, pp. As man’s sin had ever been a Surprise to Him, so was its worst consequence when it fell on Him. ...
Jesus Himself so transcended the world in which He lived, taught, and wrought, that He was constantly a Surprise to men. His disregard of the current customs caused Surprise (Luke 11:38, John 4:27), as did the freedom from these He allowed to His disciples (Mark 2:18; Mark 7:5). The world’s Surprise at Jesus is its tribute to His unique perfection; His Surprise at man’s sin and unbelief the evidence of its need of the grace and truth of the Son of God
Admiration - It has by some writers been used as synonymous with Surprise and wonder; but it is evident they are not the same. Surprise refers to something unexpected; wonder, to something great or strange; but admiration includes the idea of high esteem or respect. Thus, we say we admire a man's excellencies, but we do not say that we are Surprised at them
Astound - ) To astonish; to strike with amazement; to confound with wonder, Surprise, or fear
Deprehend - ) To take unwares or by Surprise; to seize, as a person commiting an unlawful act; to catch; to apprehend
Camisado - ) An attack by Surprise by soldiers wearing the camisado
Hoity-Toity - ) Thoughtless; giddy; flighty; also, haughty; patronizing; as, to be in hoity-toity spirits, or to assume hoity-toity airs; used also as an exclamation, denoting Surprise or disapprobation, with some degree of contempt
Aha - An exclamation expressing triumph, contempt, or simple Surprise; but the senses are distinguished by very different modes of utterance, and different modification of features
Astonish - ) To strike with sudden fear, terror, or wonder; to amaze; to Surprise greatly, as with something unaccountable; to confound with some sudden emotion or passion
Assassinate - ) To kill by Surprise or secret assault; to murder by treacherous violence
Overtake - ) To come upon from behind; to discover; to Surprise; to capture; to overcome
Marvel - ) To be struck with Surprise, astonishment, or wonder; to wonder. ) To cause to marvel, or be Surprised; - used impersonally
Admiration - ) Cause of admiration; something to excite wonder, or pleased Surprise; a prodigy
Ha - HA, an exclamation, denoting Surprise, joy or grief
La - ) An exclamation of Surprise; - commonly followed by me; as, La me!...
Astonishment - ) The overpowering emotion excited when something unaccountable, wonderful, or dreadful is presented to the mind; an intense degree of Surprise; amazement
Bivouac - ) The watch of a whole army by night, when in danger of Surprise or attack
Ha - ) An exclamation denoting Surprise, joy, or grief
Wonder - Cause of wonder that which excites Surprise a strange thing a prodigy. Any thing mentioned with Surprise. WONDER, To be affected by Surprise or admiration
Dazzle - ) To bewilder or Surprise with brilliancy or display of any kind
Epigram - The modern epigram is so contrived as to Surprise the reader with a witticism or ingenious turn of thought, and is often satirical in character
Overtake - To take by Surprise
Wondrous - Admirable marvelous such as may excite Surprise and astonishment strange
ah! - ...
2: ἔα (Strong's #1436 — Interjection — ea — eh'-ah ) an interjection of Surprise, fear and anger, was the ejaculation of the man with the spirit of an unclean demon, Luke 4:34 , RV; the AV renders it "Let us alone" (see RV , marg
Blush - To redden in the cheeks or face to be suddenly suffused with a red color in the cheeks or face, from a sense of guilt, shame, confusion, modesty, diffidence or Surprise followed by at or for, before the cause of blushing as, blush at your vices blush for your degraded country. A red color suffusing the cheeks only, or the face generally, and excited by confusion, which may spring from shame, guilt, modesty, diffidence or Surprise
Curious - ) Exciting attention or inquiry; awakening Surprise; inviting and rewarding inquisitiveness; not simple or plain; strange; rare
Alarm - Sudden Surprise with fear or terror as, the fire or the enemy excited an alarm
Karkor - Gideon and three hundred Israelite men conducted their second Surprise attack on the Midianites at Karkor
Exclamation - ) A loud calling or crying out; outcry; loud or emphatic utterance; vehement vociferation; clamor; that which is cried out, as an expression of feeling; sudden expression of sound or words indicative of emotion, as in Surprise, pain, grief, joy, anger, etc
Lack - ) Exclamation of regret or Surprise
Lapse - ) To Surprise in a fault or error; hence, to Surprise or catch, as an offender
Merom - ” Place in Galilee where Joshua led Israel to defeat a coalition of Canaanite tribes under king Jabin of Hazor in a Surprise attack (Joshua 11:1-7 )
Admiration - It often includes a slight degree of Surprise
Corruptions: Hard to Die - To his Surprise, the cat walked into the house the next day
Zaccheus - To his Surprise Jesus called him by name to come down and went home with Zacchaeus
Sentinel - ), a soldier set to guard an army, camp, or other place, from Surprise, to observe the approach of danger, and give notice of it; a sentry
Women: Preaching - It is not done well; but you are Surprised to find it done at all. ' We will add that our Surprise is all the greater when women of piety mount the pulpit, for they are acting in plain defiance of the command of the Holy Spirit, written by the pen of the apostle Paul
Humility - Michael Angelo was found by the Cardinal Earnese walking in solitude amid the ruins of the Coliseum, and when he expressed his Surprise, the great artist answered, 'I go yet to school that I may continue to learn
Ambuscade - ) A lying in a wood, concealed, for the purpose of attacking an enemy by Surprise
Guard - A man or body of men occupied in preserving a person or place from attack or injury he or they whose business is to defend, or to prevent attack or Surprise. A state of caution or vigilance or the act of observing what passes in order to prevent Surprise or attack care attention watch heed. Advanced guard, ...
Van guard, In military affairs, a body of troops, either horse or foot, that march before an army or division, to prevent Surprise, or give notice of danger
Naomi - Her return was a matter of Surprise to the people of Bethlehem, and they said, ‘Is this Naomi?’ Her answer included a double play of words on her own name, ‘Call me not Naomi (‘pleasant’), call me Mara (‘bitter’): for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me … why call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified ( ’ânâh ) against me?’ ( Ruth 1:2-21 )
Devil - ) An expletive of Surprise, vexation, or emphasis, or, ironically, of negation
Astonishment - A kind or degree of wonder introduced by Surprise
Wit - ) Felicitous association of objects not usually connected, so as to produce a pleasant Surprise; also
Sabbath: Views of Heaven Then Enjoyed - When a gentleman was inspecting a house in Newcastle, with a view to hiring it as a residence, the landlord took him to the upper window, expatiated on the extensive prospect, and added, 'You can see Durham Cathedral from this window on a Sunday;' 'Why on a Sunday above any other day?' enquired our friend, with some degree of Surprise
Yawn - ) To open the mouth, or to gape, through Surprise or bewilderment
Wit - The association of ideas in a manner natural, but unusual and striking, so as to produce Surprise joined with pleasure. ...
Wit consists chiefly in joining things by distant and fanciful relations, which Surprise us because they are unexpected
Mercy: Dissolves the Heart - You may have heard of some persons condemned to execution, who at the scaffold have been so obdurate and still-necked that not a cry or a tear came from them; yet, just as they have been going to lay their necks upon the block, when a pardon has come, and they were at once discharged from guilt, imprisonment, and death, they that could not weep a tear before, no sooner saw the pardon sealed, and themselves acquitted, than they dissolved into tears of joy, thankfulness, and Surprise
Indeed - ...
Indeed is used as an expression of Surprise, or for the purpose of obtaining confirmation of a fact stated
Buzz - ) A continuous, humming noise, as of bees; a confused murmur, as of general conversation in low tones, or of a general expression of Surprise or approbation
Life: Uncertainty of - Alas! their health may be hollow, there may be some inward infirmity and imperfection unknown to them, so that death may Surprise them on a sudden, and they be cut down like the grass
Brow - The skin of this arch or ridge is moved by muscles, which contract it in a frown and elevate it in joy or Surprise
Philadelphia - It suffered greatly by frequent earthquakes, and it was anciently matter of Surprise that the city was not on this account abandoned
Spikenard - in ( Song of Solomon 1:12 ; 4:13,14 ) The ointment with which our Lord was anointed as he sat at meat in Simon's house at Bethany consisted of this precious substance, the costliness of which may be inferred from the indignant Surprise manifested by some of the witnesses of the transaction
Judgment-Day: Forgotten - Byandby the bill is forthcoming, and it takes him by Surprise
Gape - To open the mouth in wonder or Surprise as the gaping fool the gaping crowd
Man: Natural State of - ' ...
'What! can you hear this and not be charmed? I am Surprised at your insensibility! Where are your ears?' ...
'Bear with me, my lord,' replied Mr. Cadogan, 'since I too have had my Surprise; I have from the pulpit set before you the most striking and affecting truths; I have found notes that might have awaked the dead; I have said, Surely he will feel now; but you never seemed charmed with my music, though infinitely more interesting than yours
Uard - ) To protect from danger; to secure against Surprise, attack, or injury; to keep in safety; to defend; to shelter; to shield from Surprise or attack; to protect by attendance; to accompany for protection; to care for
Jezrael - Returning to Jezrael, in order to Surprise the king, Jehu killed with his own hand Joram, who had come out to meet him (4Kings 9)
Jezrahel - Returning to Jezrael, in order to Surprise the king, Jehu killed with his own hand Joram, who had come out to meet him (4Kings 9)
Jezreel - Returning to Jezrael, in order to Surprise the king, Jehu killed with his own hand Joram, who had come out to meet him (4Kings 9)
Picket - ) A detached body of troops serving to guard an army from Surprise, and to oppose reconnoitering parties of the enemy; - called also outlying picket
Jebusites - They then launched a Surprise attack and took the city (2 Samuel 5:6-10)
Admiration - But if this be supposed to imply any Surprise wrought on the mind of Christ, this would be a mistake, and a perversion of language
Euphemitae, Praying People - We learn from Epiphanius with some Surprise that some of the magistrates put several of these people to death for perversion of the truth and unwarranted imitation of church customs, and that in particular Lupicianus, having thus punished some of them, gave occasion to a new error, for they buried the bodies, held services at the spot, and called themselves martyriani
Lasea - 29)-this need cause no Surprise
Thomas - There is nothing in Thomas' behavior to Surprise those accustomed to analyze the workings of the human mind
Letters - The Surprise of the question recorded in the reference suggests consideration of the amount of human learning Jesus possessed. It would seem from the Surprise-expressed in this question that Jesus had not prosecuted such studies, at least in the recognized schools, whether from disinclination or from poverty which prevented Him from paying the fees exacted in spite of the understanding that such instruction should be gratuitous
Faith: Appropriating - ...
Such, I suppose, will be the Surprise, and joy, and appropriating confidence, with which the child of our Father's family will count all his own, when he is removed from the comparatively mean condition of things present, and enters the infinite of things to come
Ambush - A military tactic of hiding a unit of troops for Surprise attack while carrying on normal battle with the remainder of the troops
Camp, Encampments - The mode in which this vast mass of people was arranged, with the most perfect order and subordination, must excite general Surprise
Pontitianus, a Soldier - Paul, and having expressed some Surprise, informed the friends that he was a Christian and constantly prayed to God both in public worship and at home
Robbery - The Surprise of such an attack is analogous to the suddeness of Christ's return (Revelation 3:3 )
Israelite - To Jesus, therefore, he is an object of Surprise
Shield - The surface was kept bright with oil, which preserved both the leather and the metal, Isaiah 21:5, "anoint the shield": Isaiah warns the Babylonian revelers to prepare for instant self defense; offensive arms are not mentioned, as Cyrus would take them by Surprise in the midst of a feast (2 Samuel 1:21)
Siivanus, Bishop of Calahorra - In the second letter the bishops express their Surprise at the pope's delay in answering
Amazement - ’ It does not import ‘surprise,’ but rather, if you will, ‘curiosity,’ or better, ‘interestedness. ...
The notion of ‘surprise’ which underlies θαμβεομκι seems to be much more prominent in ἐξίσταμαι. ...
When this ‘surprise’ rises to its height, however, especially if it is informed with alarm, the appropriate term to express it would seem to be ἑκτλήσσομαι, although this term is used so frequently for purely intellectual effects arising from intellectual causes, that it falls readily into the sense of pure ‘astonishment. The interest of noting how completely the notion of ‘surprise,’ originally present in θάμβος, has in usage retired into the background in favour of deeper conceptions, is greatly increased by the employment of the strengthened form of the verb ἐκθαμβέομαι by St. The usage in the LXX, both of the word itself (Sirach 30:9, where also, oddly enough, it is paralleled with λυπέω) and of its cognates, seems decisively to suggest a sense for it which will emphasize not the unexpectedness of our Lord’s experience, but its dreadfulness, and will attribute to our Saviour on this awful occasion, therefore, not ‘surprise,’ but ‘anguish and dread,’ ‘depression and alarm’ (J. Mark affords no warrant for thinking of the agony of Gethsemane as if it exceeded the expectation of our Lord, and as if it consisted in large part of the Surprise and perplexity incident upon discovering it to be worse than He had anticipated (cf. ...
In studying the emotional life of our Lord’s human spirit during His life on earth, as it is exhibited to us in the Gospel narratives, nothing in point of fact is more striking than the richness of the vocabulary by means of which He is pictured to us as the ‘man of sorrows and acquainted with grief,’ and the slenderness of the suggestion that He may have been subject to the Surprises which constitute so large an element in the lives of mere men. Neither Surprise, nor astonishment, nor amazement, nor suspense, nor embarrassment, nor perplexity, nor distraction, is ever, in so many words, attributed to Him. But the term used (θαυμάζω) is on both occasions precisely that one which least of all implies ‘surprise,’ which declares its object rather extraordinary than unexpected. That the circumstances which called out His sense of the incongruity in the situations He remarks upon were unanticipated by our Lord, and therefore when observed struck Him with a shock of Surprise, we are not told
Proverb - In the first place, as the moral truth seemed to emerge from the observed habits of animals, objects in nature, familiar utensils, or occurrences in daily life, such juxtaposition gave to the ethical precept or fact of conduct the Surprise and challenge of a discovery. The Surprise was intensified when the parable product contradicted ordinary experience, as in the statement, ‘One soweth and another reapeth’ ( John 4:37 ). Hence the note of Surprise and unexpectedness in Christ’s words, when He said that the mysteries of the Kingdom had been hidden from the wise and understanding and revealed unto babes ( Matthew 11:25 , Luke 10:21 )
Hypocrisy (2) - My stick came gently upon a fine cheese in the window, and to my Surprise a most metallic sound emanated from it
Hypocrisy (2) - My stick came gently upon a fine cheese in the window, and to my Surprise a most metallic sound emanated from it
Promise - If they were made by us before we came to such exercise of reason as to be fit to transact affairs of moment; or if by any distemper or sudden Surprise we are deprived of the exercise of our reason at the time when the promise is made
Infirmity - Or unavoidable Surprise
That - ) In an elliptical sentence to introduce a dependent sentence expressing a wish, or a cause of Surprise, indignation, or the like
Kid - "After drinking," says Salt, "cafe a la Sultane, as it is termed by French writers, hookahs were offered to us; and soon afterward, to my great Surprise, dinner was announced
O - ...
It sometimes expresses Surprise
Absalom - He then launched a Surprise attack, seizing the throne and forcing David to flee for his life (2 Samuel 15:8-18; 2 Samuel 16:20-23)
Shock - ) To strike with Surprise, terror, horror, or disgust; to cause to recoil; as, his violence shocked his associates
Anastasius ii, Bishop of Rome - This proposal, in the very spirit of the Henoticon, gave lasting offence to the Western church, and it excites no Surprise that he was charged with communicating secretly with Photinus, a deacon of Thessalonica who held with Acacius; and of wishing to heal the breach between the East and West—for so it seems best to interpret the words of Anastasius Bibliothecarius—"voluit revocare Acacium" (vol
Heaven - "Thus saith the Lord, The heaen is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?" (Isaiah 66:1) But Solomon breaks out in an expression, as one overwhelmed with Surprise and wonder in the contemplation: "But will God indeed (said he) dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven, and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee!" (1 Kings 8:27) But what would this mighty monarch have said, had he lived to have seen the Lord of heaven and earth tabernacling in the substance of our flesh?...
But, though, according to the language of Scripture, we call that place heaven which John saw opened, and where the more immediate presence of the Lord is gloriously displayed, yet it were to limit the Holy One of Israel to suppose, that JEHOVAH dwelleth in any place, to the exclusion of his presence or glory elsewhere
Christ: the Soul's Only Defence - At last one told her to rest herself in the clefts of the rock, there she would be safe, violence itself could not Surprise her there
Catch - ) To come upon unexpectedly or by Surprise; to find; as, to catch one in the act of stealing
Watching - ...
To sum up, watchfulness or watching indicate that the Christian is alert or vigilant, in order to defend himself against a spiritual foe or to be properly prepared for any Surprise or sudden change in his circumstances, and above all in order that his fellowship with God in prayer may be undistracted and efficacious
Excuse - Their unanimity, the absence of an adversative ἀλλά or δέ, and the order of the words, combine to make παραιτεῖσθαι a Surprise when it comes (contrast Luke 14:15)
Law - ) An exclamation of mild Surprise
Jehoash - Athaliah was taken by Surprise when she heard the shout of the people, "Long live the king;" and when she appeared in the temple, Jehoiada commanded her to be led forth to death (2 Kings 11:13-20 )
Manna - The name is commonly taken as derived from Man , An expression of Surprise, "What is it?" but more probably it is derived from Manan , Meaning "to allot," and hence denoting an "allotment" or a "gift
Absalom - The old king was taken by Surprise, and fled to the east of the Jordan
Jehu - The king was taken completely by Surprise, and he and his mother were slain at once ( 2 Kings 9:1-37 ; 2 Kings 10:1-36 )
Aerius, Founder of the Heretical Sect of the Aerians - Aerius went so fearlessly to the root of much that the church was beginning to cling to, that we cannot feel much Surprise at the vehemence of Epiphanius with regard to his teaching
Felix - ...
Felix could hardly have hoped for money from so poor looking a prisoner as Paul (which is implied in Lysias' Surprise, presuming Paul had like himself bought Roman citizenship, Acts 22:27-28), had he not heard Paul stating in the former interview, "after many years I came to bring alms to my nation and offerings
Paphos - ’ In describing a pilgrimage which Titus made to this shrine on his way to the siege of Jerusalem, Tacitus expresses Surprise at ‘the form under which the image is adored, a form found in no other place’ (Hist
Watchfulness - Believers must resist evil so as not to be taken by Surprise at the Lord's coming
Amaze, Amazement - It was said of any displacement, and especially, with reference to the mind, of that alteration of the normal condition by which the person is thrown into a state of Surprise or fear, or both; or again, in which a person is so transported out of his natural state that he falls into a trance, Acts 10:10 ; 11:5 ; 22:17
Sycamine - When, therefore, He would figure forth ‘the irresistible power of faith,’ it need not Surprise us that He selected the mulberry tree, the uprooting of which was quite familiar to His hearers
Sinaiticus Codex - was wrapped up in a piece of cloth, and on its being unrolled, to the Surprise and delight of the critic the very document presented itself which he had given up all hope of seeing
Arsacius - It is no cause for Surprise that Arsacius's episcopate was a brief one, and that a feeble character worn out by old age should have soon given way before a storm of opposition so universal
Foot - This took me by Surprise; for I was not aware that the custom still existed here
Sin - Sins of infirmity are those which arise from the infirmity of the flesh, ignorance, Surprise, snares of the world, &c
Beauty - ...
Johannine Significance It should hardly Surprise us that beauty plays such an important role in the Bible's eschatological drama
War - (2 Samuel 1:23 ; 2:18 ; 1 Chronicles 12:8 ) At the same time various strategic devices were practiced, such as the ambuscade, (Joshua 8:2,12 ; Judges 20:36 ) Surprise, (Judges 7:16 ) or circumvention
Melita - Paul’s hand, and, to the Surprise of the onlookers, did him no harm
Woman - ]'>[6] the Surprise of the disciples by the well of Sychar when they found Jesus ‘speaking with a woman’ [7])
Eating - Hence, their Surprise, at the freedom of Christ and his disciples on this occasion
Bashan - We continued our way over this elevated tract, continuing to behold, with Surprise and admiration, a beautiful country on all sides of us: its plains covered with a fertile soil, its hills clothed with forests; at every new turn presenting the most magnificent landscapes that could be imagined. The general face of this region improved as we advanced farther in it; and every new direction of our path opened upon us views which Surprised and charmed us by their grandeur and their beauty
King, Kings - These remarks will remove the Surprise which some persons have felt at seeing that so small a country as Canaan contained thirty-one kings who were conquered, Joshua 12:9-24 , besides many who no doubt escaped the arms of Joshua
Almsgiving - His rewards, when He does come, will Surprise some, who did not realize that in ministering to ‘his brethren’ they ministered to Him (Matthew 25:37 ff. Not far, at any rate, from this is His parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard (1618483185_20), where Jesus describes God under the figure of a rich and generous householder who gives work and wages (not mere alms) to those who are able to work, asks with Surprise of such, ‘Why stand ye here all the day idle?’ and, on learning it was their misfortune and not their fault, makes them work for the last hour, yet pays them a whole day’s wages
Lord's Name Taken in Vain - His sacred name is used indiscriminately to express anger, joy, grief, Surprise, impatience; and, what is almost still more unpardonable than all, it is wantonly used as a mere unmeaning expletive, which, being excited by no temptation, can have nothing to extenuate it; which, causing no emotion, can have nothing to recommend it, unless it be the pleasure of the sin
Hazael - " Hazael replied, expressing Surprise at such a one as he being about to do so (See EHISHA for the true translated of 2 Kings 8:13)
Hindrance - Hence stumbling-blocks are frequently met with, and cause little Surprise or comment
Alpha And Omega - To those who believe in a Jewish original for the NT Apocalypse, its presence there will cause no Surprise, and its application to Christ will constitute an instance of the Christian remodelling which that book has undergone
Eve - ...
"This is now (Hebrew this time, as contrasted with the creatures heretofore formed besides Adam) bone of my bones," he exclaims in joyful Surprise; and, with the intuitive knowledge wherewith he had named the other creatures according to the? natures, he names her "woman" ('ishah ) as being taken out of "man" ('ish )
Son of Man - This did not take Jesus by Surprise, for he knew that the heavenly Son of man had also to become the suffering servant
Women - His openness with women was a Surprise and a rebuke to those men who considered women inferior (Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 7:36-50; Luke 10:38-42; John 4:7-27; John 8:1-11; John 11:5; John 11:20-33)
Knowledge - He advanced in wisdom ( Luke 2:52 ); He asked for information ( Mark 6:38 ; Mark 8:5 ; Mark 9:21 , Luke 8:30 , John 11:34 ); He expressed Surprise ( Mark 6:38 ; Mark 8:5 ; Mark 9:21 , John 11:34 )
Adoption - ...
Adoption did not Surprise God or His people
Jephthah - In the story before us we obviously must not expect to see the original form; it is a compilation from more than one source, and has been worked over in the interests of later religious conceptions; that two totally distinct practices have, therefore, got mixed up together need cause no Surprise
Alexandrians - Yet in the great mass of the ‘Alexandrians,’ as throughout the Dispersion generally, the Jewish element predominated, and it need occasion no Surprise that those of them who chose to reside in the Holy City were as zealous for the Mosaic traditions, and as strenuously opposed to innovations, as any Hebrew of the Hebrews
Bethesda - (See John 20:30-31; Joh 21:25)...
Some have expressed their Surprise that Josephus, the Jewish historian, should have been altogether silent concerning the pool of Bethesda
Kill - This is not a Surprise, as God’s law included regulations on life and provisions for dealing with the murderer
Nineveh - Our Surprise is equal to our gratification, when we behold the actual Assyrian account of events recorded in Kings and Chraonicles
Hosea, Theology of - The opening Surprise of the book is that God initiated Hosea's marriage to this harlot (1:2); but the greater, unexpected Surprise is that he tells Hosea to find his adulterous wife, bring her back, and love her again (3:1-2)
Nathanael - But his reply does not mean, ‘I know that I am all that; but how do you know it?’ Rather, he exhibits Surprise that a total stranger should express any opinion about him, lie somewhat coldly intimates that he doubts the value of praise which can hardly be based upon experience. ’...
Believest thou?’ implies something of Surprise at the rapidity of Nathanael’s conviction (contrast Mark 6:6); but ‘thou believest’ is perhaps right
Trial of Jesus - To Pilate's Surprise the crowd chanted for Barabbas' release (Luke 23:17-19 )
Belshazzar - " In that very night, in the midst of their mirth and revelling, the city was taken by Surprise, Belshazzar himself put to death, and the kingdom transferred to Darius the Mede
ba'Bel - The city was taken by Surprise B
Conquest of Canaan - Joshua made a Surprise attack upon them at the waters of Merom, utterly defeating his foe (Joshua 11:1-15 )
Cry - ...
(c) ‘Cry’ = κραυγή: ‘the loud cry of deeply stirred feeling of joyful Surprise’: Luke 1:42 (Elisabeth’s greeting of the Virgin-mother: ‘she lifted up her voice with a loud cry); the midnight cry, Matthew 25:6 (‘Behold the bridegroom cometh’)
Felix Iii, Bishop of Rome - Basilius expressing Surprise that the clergy, knowing this, had taken independent action, proceeded in the king's name to propound a law prohibiting the pope then to be elected and all future popes from alienating any farms or other church possessions; declaring invalid the titles of any who might thus receive ecclesiastical property; requiring the restitution of alienated farms with their proceeds, or the sale for religious uses of gold, silver, jewels, and clothes unfitted for church purposes; and subjecting all donors and recipients of church property to anathema
Friends Friendship - ’...
But he would be quick to add:...
‘Yet not in solitude if Christ anear me...
Waketh him workers for the great employ,...
Oh not in solitude, if souls that hear me...
Catch from my joyaunce the Surprise of Joy
Sin - Sins of infirmity are those which arise from ignorance, Surprise, &c
Take - To catch by Surprise or artifice to circumvent. ...
To take advantage of, to catch by Surprise or to make use of a favorable state of things to the prejudice of another
Nineveh - The Arabs whom he employed in these excavations, to their great Surprise, came upon the ruins of a building at the mound of Khorsabad, which, on further exploration, turned out to be the royal palace of Sargon, one of the Assyrian kings
Kingdom of God - That is the great Surprise
Offerings - ...
Sin-offerings were for expiation of particular sins, or legal imperfections, called therefore sin-offerings: the first sort were for sins of ignorance or Surprise, either from the high priest, or body of the community, from the rulers, or any one of the common people
Jehu - Jehu, intending to Surprise him, immediately gave orders that no one should be permitted to depart out of the city of Ramoth, and himself set off for Jezreel
Vine - ...
The grapes of Egypt, Genesis 40:11 , being small, we may easily conceive of the Surprise which was occasioned to the Israelites by witnessing the bunch of grapes brought by the spies to the camp, from the valley of Eshcol, Numbers 13:23
Preaching - ...
Our Lord’s teaching, and that of the Apostles which He inspired, were marked by a freshness, a spontaneity and power which filled their hearers, accustomed as they were to the more set and laborious exhortations of the scribes, with the utmost Surprise
Timothy - It would appear that Paul on his second missionary journey found in Lystra, somewhat to his Surprise, this highly esteemed believer, and, discerning in him an apt pupil and a promising helper, he had him set apart by the presbytery for the work of an evangelist (Acts 16:3, 2 Timothy 1:6-7)
Creation - ...
The moon, which is in a particular manner connected with our earth, and even dependent upon it; the sun, and the other planets, with their satellites, which like the earth circulate round the sun, and appear to derive from him light and heat; those bodies which we call fixed stars, and consider as illuminating and cherishing, with heat each its peculiar system of planets; and the comets which at certain periods Surprise us with their appearance, and the nature of whose connection with the general system of Nature, or with any particular system of planets, we cannot pretend to have fully discovered; these are so many more of the Deity's works, from the contemplation of which we cannot but conceive the most awful ideas of his creative power
Patience - ...
We are very susceptive of irritation; anger is eloquent; revenge is sweet: but to stand calm and collected; to suspend the blow which passion was urgent to strike; to drive the reasons of clemency as far as they will go; to bring forward fairly in view the circumstances of mitigation: to distinguish between Surprise and deliberation, infirmity and crime; or if infliction be deemed necessary, to leave God to be both the judge and the executioner; this a Christian should labour after: his peace requires it
Zacharias - Bruce) have expressed Surprise that ‘so natural a hesitation’ should be treated, and punished, as a sin’; but to whom much is given, of him much shall be required
Hour - Luke 12:39; Luke 12:49; Luke 12:46); and He enforces therewith His command to ‘watch,’ ‘be ready,’ so that, though it come suddenly, it may be a glad Surprise
Judaizing Christians - It cannot, therefore, be matter of Surprise that the sentiment prevailed among the whole of the Jews who had been converted to Christianity; or that even after it was opposed by the declaration of the Apostles as individuals, and by their solemn determination, when assembled to decide with respect to it, that the law was not binding upon Gentile converts, they should still have adhered to it, when from not having a written record of faith they might have imagined, either that the representation of the apostolic decision was erroneous, or that the sanction which it gave to their own adherence to their ceremonies virtually confirmed the doctrine which they felt such aversion to relinquish
Scribes - Thus, when our Saviour asserts his divine nature, and appeals to "Moses and the prophets who spake of him, the people sought to slay him," John 5; and he expresses no Surprise at their intention
Tears - There is something here to Surprise us, though much that was very natural in the tears of the Saviour
Manasseh - The reaction was accompanied by active persecution of the prophetic party, which can hardly Surprise us, toleration being an unknown virtue
War - ...
Siege was a common part of warfare, and was often considered essential if an aggressor failed to take a city in a Surprise attack or head-on assault
Separation - ’ The Surprise and disappointment expressed by the servants are occasioned by the emergence of a phenomenon wholly unexpected, when the field originally sown with good seed is found afterwards to contain tares—an alien and unwelcome addition; and their impatient zeal to begin at once the work of purification is, in the circumstances, extremely natural
Providence - To our Surprise we found that happiness was not there, and that God's decree had appointed it to be only vanity
Adder - The Canadian now began to play upon his flute, the serpent started with Surprise, and drew back his head
Dead Sea - Van Egmont and Heyman state, that, on swimming to some distance from the shore, they found themselves, to their great Surprise, lifted up by the water. My fellow traveller was agreeably Surprised to find that he could swim here, having never learned
Prudence - In the parables of the Unjust Steward and the Ten Virgins, He expresses His Surprise at the lack of forethought and consideration on the part of the children of light
Questions And Answers - Christ habitually used such questions as a form of mild rebuke, often implying a notion of Surprise or of sorrow (e
Family - The common longing to love and to serve God was the base of the family affection and unity from patriarchal times when the head of each family would offer sacrifice upon his own altar, until the hour in which Mary’s Son asked in tender Surprise of her and Joseph: ‘Wist ye not that I must he in my Father’s house?’ (Luke 2:49 )
Hunger - ...
It will not Surprise us to find Jesus transferring the idea of physical hunger to the spiritual life and experience, as this habit of transposition forms one of the most attractive and powerful features in His teaching
Following - ’ The missionary expressed Surprise at the news of his death, as he had hitherto been in good health; but the young man explained that he only meant that one must before all things devote himself to the duties owed to relatives
Confession (of Sin) - It may Surprise us at first to find that in the Gospels the confession of sin is expressly named on only one occasion, and that in connexion with the ministry of John the Baptist (ἐξομολογούμενοι τὰς ἁμαρτίας αὐτῶν, Matthew 3:6, Mark 1:5)
Cerinthus, Opponent of Saint John - His silence need perhaps cause no Surprise: Irenaeus was himself a Chiliast of the spiritual school, and in his notes upon Cerinthus he is only careful to mention what was peculiar to his system
Genseric, King of the Vandals - ...
Genseric, after procuring the restoration of his son, took Carthage by Surprise, Oct. His plans were betrayed to the Vandals, who Surprised and carried off the greater part of his ships
Nineveh - The complete demolition of such immense piles as the walls and towers of Nineveh may seem a matter of Surprise to those who do not consider the nature of the materials of which they were constructed, that is, of bricks, dried or baked in the sun, and cemented with bitumen, which were apt to be "dissolved" by water, or to moulder away by the injuries of the weather
Endurance - It need be no cause of Surprise that these purposes are not more frequently enlarged upon in the Gospels, for they were incomprehensible to the disciples (and are remarked as such, Matthew 16:22, Luke 9:45; Luke 18:34, John 13:7) until after the Crucifixion had taken place
Socinians - ...
But, while he was thus disquieted by opposition which, after the liberty with which he had himself departed from the faith of the most ancient and numerous Christian churches, should have created no Surprise, he was highly gratified by the zeal and the establishment of his followers
Isaiah - The prophet, after predicting the liberation of the Jews from their severe captivity in Babylon, and their restoration to their own country, Ezekiel 28:1-3 , introduces a chorus of them, expressing their Surprise and astonishment at the sudden downfall of Babylon, and the great reverse of fortune that had befallen the tyrant, who, like his predecessors, had oppressed his own, and harassed the neighbouring kingdoms
Parousia (2) - It is to break in upon the world as a sudden Surprise, while men are busied with their earthly affairs, like the Flood in the time of Noah, or the destruction of Sodom in the time of Lot (Luke 17:26-30; Luke 17:34), its approach shall be as that of a thief, stealing into the house without warning (Luke 12:39 f
Trial of Jesus - For one thing, these subsequent trials were usually deliberate; occasionally they were expected for some time, so that the Church was not taken by Surprise, and in any case attention was piously paid to the last words and experiences of the saint. ‘The sudden Roman faces and the noise,’ the circumstances of horror and Surprise which attended the arrest of their Master, the haste of the proceedings, and the shock of fear which overtook them, were enough to prevent the disciples from realizing what was going on
Timothy, Epistles to - This is a distinct advance on the ecclesiastical organizations disclosed in earlier NT writings, but need not Surprise us
the Penitent Thief - ' For our Lord never, all His life, got such a Surprise and such a delight as He got on the cross that day,-not from Peter, not from the Syrophænician woman, not from the centurion, not from Mary Magdalene, as He got on His cross that morning from the thief who hung beside Him
Jehoram - Edom, heretofore tributary to Jehoshaphat, made a king over themselves (1 Kings 22:47; 2 Kings 3:9; 2 Samuel 8:14) and revolted; and only by a night Surprise did Jehoram extricate himself at Zair (2 Kings 8:20-22, for which the copyist in 2 Chronicles 21:9 has "with his princes"), in Edom, from "the Edomites who compassed him in
Mark, the Gospel of - It should have come as no Surprise, then, for Peter and the disciples, during their return trip, to find the cursed fig tree dead (Mark 11:21 )
Heal, Health - An impression of Surprise and wonder, of something "extraordinary" indeed, shows that healing never became common- place or automatic
Ephesus - This did not Surprise or disappoint him
the Angel of the Church in Pergamos - The silence and the ignorance and the indifference of earth will only make the Surprise, both of those ministers and of their persecutors, all the greater when the day of their recognition and reward comes
Commandment - Nor will it Surprise us to find that the Pauline Epistles likewise contain but few references to the commandments of the Lord
the Man Who Took a Rain of Mustard Seed And Sowed it in His Field - Every little Scripture lesson learned together: every little prayer offered together: and, especially, alone together: every little occasional word to explain, and to make interesting, his child's little lesson and little prayer every wise little word spoken to his child about his own and his child's Saviour-every such small seed dropped by a parent's hand will yet spring up to his everlasting Surprise, and to his everlasting harvest
Devil - It ought not, however, to Surprise Christians that attempts of this kind should be made
Music - When the art was first discovered of refining and sustaining tones, the power of music over mankind was probably irresistible, from the agreeable Surprise which soft and lengthened sounds must have occasioned
God - ...
This does not mean that events take God by Surprise and he has to revise his plans
Scripture, Unity And Diversity of - ...
The preaching of John the Baptist and Jesus did not totally take Israel by Surprise because it was in concord with the Old Testament prophets
Kenosis - He made a mistake regarding the barren fig-tree (Mark 11:13); He was sometimes Surprised and disappointed [4] (Matthew 8:10; Matthew 26:40, Mark 1:45; Mark 2:1-2; Mark 6:6; Mark 7:24-25; Mark 7:36; Mark 8:12, Luke 2:49); information came to Him by the ordinary channels of hearing and seeing (Matthew 4:12; Matthew 4:17; Matthew 14:12-13, Mark 1:37-38; Mark 2:17, John 4:1-3), and He sought it in this way (John 1:38; John 9:35, Matthew 21:7 Luke 4:17)
Angel - It must therefore not cause Surprise if we find that in its earlier stages the differentiation between Jahweh and angels should be one of degree rather than of kind (see Angel of the Lord)
Various Readings - ...
As such alterations may cause Surprise and uneasiness to simple students of scripture, who believe in its verbal inspiration, an effort is here made to elucidate the subject
Apostles - The call would fill them with the less Surprise because they had already served an apprenticeship to Jesus, when they baptized in obedience to His commands. Yet what materials lay ready to their hand! What were the sentiments with which our Lord addressed Himself to the task? What was His appearance as He stood on the mountain side and called His followers to Him? How did these followers feel as they perceived that He was about to make a choice among them? Was there excitement among the crowd? Was there strong desire on the part of many to be chosen? Was there any discussion as to the principles He followed in the choice, or did reverence prevent all debate? Was there much disappointment when the number was completed? Was there Surprise at the persons named? Not less instructive would be some knowledge of the sentiments of the Apostles when they stood together for the first time in the presence of our Lord
Bible - To this purpose he adds, that the Surprise manifested by Hilkiah, on the discovery of it, and the grief expressed by Josiah when he heard it read, plainly show that neither of them had seen it before. He adds, that the Surprise expressed by Josiah and the people, at his reading the copy found by Hilkiah, may be accounted for by adverting to the history of the preceding reigns, and by recollecting how idolatrous a king Manasseh had been for fifty-five years, and that he wanted neither power nor inclination to destroy the copies of the law, if they had not been secreted by the servants of God
Palestine - Again, the great Christian doctrine of renunciation is essentially an Oriental doctrine, typical of Hebraism as contrasted with Hellenism; so much so, that it is to the Surprise with which that doctrine broke upon the West that its conquest was in part due. ), tell of just such a condition of unsettled government and expectation of Surprise as existed on the borderline between Arabian and Israelite territory
Judges, Theology of - From a point in time after the schism and the erection of golden calves at Dan and Bethel by Jeroboam, the author could in effect be saying, "Look, this is no Surprise—those tribes were always prone to false worship and idolatry
Mary, the Virgin - ...
When Mary reached her kinswoman’s house, a fresh Surprise awaited her in the greeting of Elisabeth: ‘Blessed art thou among women
Night (2) - ...
(e) Night was the season of Surprises. The disciples must guard against a Surprise: ‘for ye know not when the Lord cometh, whether at even, or at midnight, or at cock-crowing, or in the morning; lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping’ (Mark 13:35)
Ethics - This should come as no Surprise, for one of the first ordinances God gave in Genesis 2:23-24 set forth the monogamous relationship as the foundation and cornerstone of the family
Woman - If such significant limitations as these are found in contemporary Judaism, notwithstanding the general humanity of its relationships and the intensity of the national religion, it need not Surprise us to find no effective assertion of the religious equality of woman emanating from Roman patriotism or Greek philosophy
Grace - The initial and controlling causes of that whole vast change are discovered to the primitive Christian perception in a great Surprise of God’s forgiveness, pronounced and imparted by Christ, and made effective for regeneration by a force none other than, not inferior to, His Holy Spirit
Confession (of Christ) - Peter’s language, the thrill of glad Surprise which seems to have shot through Him and which quivers through the benediction into which He burst, the great benediction itself,—these things show the supreme worth He attached to this confession of His strong Apostle
Gratianus, Emperor - He restored it, however, apparently of his own motion, to their equal Surprise and delight, perhaps a
Dispersion - ...
It may cause some Surprise that St
Dispersion - ...
It may cause some Surprise that St
Day of the Lord, God, Christ, the - The Surprise factor (it will come "like a thief in the night") is a marked feature of the day in the New Testament (1 Thessalonians 5:2,4 ; 2 Peter 3:10 )
Jacob - ...
Jacob's new name is a great Surprise to us
David - in His Services - Think of the sweet start, the overpowering Surprise, the solemnity, the rejoicing with trembling, the resignation, the triumph with which the growing Saviour was led of the Spirit from Psalm to Psalm till He had searched out all David's Psalms in which David had prophesied and sung concerning his Messiah Son
Omnipresence - " That we cannot comprehend how God is fully, and completely, and undividedly present every where, need not Surprise us, when we reflect that the manner in which our own minds are present with our bodies is as incomprehensible as the manner in which the supreme Mind is present with every thing in the universe
Jesus Christ - That is why none of the events surrounding his death took him by Surprise
Grace - The initial and controlling causes of that whole vast change are discovered to the primitive Christian perception in a great Surprise of God’s forgiveness, pronounced and imparted by Christ, and made effective for regeneration by a force none other than, not inferior to, His Holy Spirit
Christ, Christology - In the twin parables of the treasure hidden in a field and the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:44-46 ) Jesus describes the Surprise and joy of discovering and acquiring great treasure, implying that the saving reign of God is present to be discovered and acquired
Ezekiel, Theology of - ...
For the reader, the Surprise is that Ezekiel begins his message of judgment not with the sinfulness of Judah but with the sovereignty of God. Guilty of such outrageous behavior, the people hardly had a right to be Surprised when they saw judgment bearing down on their city and temple
Galatians, Epistle to the - There is therefore no reason for Surprise that the recent attack on the authenticity of the Epistle has been decisively rejected in this country by all the best critics
Holy, Holiness - It is no Surprise, then, that the common description for those who believe on the Triune God and relate to that God is "holy ones" (hagioi over sixty times in the New Testament)
Organization (2) - Christ imbued His disciples with an ideal; they accepted His declaration of a Kingdom of God unfettered in plan and method and time; they knew it was to come imperceptibly (‘the wind bloweth where it listeth,’ John 3:8), and to one the Kingdom will appear with the Surprise of a treasure found in a field (Matthew 13:44), while to another it will be the pearl gained at the willing cost of all else (Matthew 13:45)
Parable - This occasions no Surprise, for we know that the term had long been current in the circle to which the Evangelists belonged, appearing, as it does, often in the LXX Septuagint
Holiness Purity - -That ‘holiness’ and ‘holy’ are comparatively infrequent in this connexion in the NT need occasion no Surprise
Jerusalem - with a promptness that took men by Surprise, restored all that his father had desecrated (2 Chronicles 29:3; 2 Chronicles 29:36)
Mark, Gospel According to - Mark alone speaks of the Surprise, added to the distraction from grief, of Jesus’ human soul in the Agony
Hell - Our Surprise is not lessened by the recollection of the fact that, according to the Rabbis, ‘seven things were created before the world-Torah, Gehenna, the Garden of Eden, the Throne of Glory, the Sanctuary, Repentance, and the Name of Messiah
Law - It need, therefore, occasion no Surprise that in his conversion Saul had become convinced of the universality of Christianity, or that thereafter he maintained that the Law was not in a religious sense binding upon either Gentile or Jewish Christians (Galatians 1:2)
Holiness - It need occasion no Surprise that even to His disciples our Lord should not speak directly concerning holiness until in His farewell prayer He asked that the men called to continue His mission might share His consceration
Judas Iscariot (2) - In the Fourth Gospel the phrase is used once of another than Judas; like a note of exclamation, it expresses Surprise that Thomas, a member of the Apostolic band, was absent when the risen Saviour appeared to His disciples (John 20:24)
Isidorus Pelusiota, an Eminent Ascetic - This does not Surprise me
Hell - Our Surprise is not lessened by the recollection of the fact that, according to the Rabbis, ‘seven things were created before the world-Torah, Gehenna, the Garden of Eden, the Throne of Glory, the Sanctuary, Repentance, and the Name of Messiah
Proverbs - Jesus was prepared to sow the good seed of the Kingdom and have long patience until it should ripen, and it filled His heart with Surprise and gladness when He beheld His seed ripening in an hour
Elisha - Benhadad, while Elisha resided at Dothan, half-way between Samaria and Jezreel, tried to Surprise Israel from different points, but was foiled by Elisha warning the Israelite king, "beware that thou pass not such a place
Virgin Birth - Besides, Luke 2:36 (‘And behold, Elisabeth, thy kinswoman, she also hath conceived a son in her old age’) implies that a conception of an extraordinary character has been mentioned in the previous verses in reference to Mary; and the words suggest that a not unnatural doubt and Surprise on her part are being set at rest (cf
John, Theology of - And, to no one's Surprise, it experiences conflict with the world
Apocalyptic Literature - Nevertheless, it was no source of Surprise when it was announced that a new Enoch had been found
Ascension (2) - The relationship between Jesus and the disciples evinces a certain reserve on His side, a certain Surprise and perplexity on theirs
Innocentius, Bishop of Rome - Some at least of these questions had already been decided by Innocent, for he expresses Surprise and displeasure at their being again mooted
Palesti'na - Such glorious fountains as those of Ain-jalud or the Ras el-Mukatta --where a great body of the dearest water wells silently but swiftly out from deep blue recesses worn in the foot of a low cliff of limestone rock and at once forms a considerable stream --are rarely to be met with out of irregular, rocky, mountainous countries, and being such unusual sights can hardly be looked on by the traveler without Surprise and emotion
Personality - The truth is that through the limitations of bodily existence there are mental and moral workings which do not at once cross the threshold of consciousness, but may at any time Surprise the soul, as in the flash of genius or the turn of conversion
Babel - Babylon's capture by Surprise during a festival was foretold in Jeremiah 51:31; Jeremiah 51:39, and that the capture should be by the Medes and Persians, 170 years earlier in Isaiah 21:1-9
Ethics (2) - Hence, if in view of these facts we inquire concerning the originality of Jesus, the result will be a Surprise
John Epistles of - The world’s hatred should not Surprise them; it is the natural attitude of those who cannot stand the sight of good
John (the Apostle) - It will Surprise no one to know that the life of one so eminent as John was embellished with all manner of legends, such as his meeting with Cerinthus in the bath-house at Ephesus (adv
Augustus (2) - ...
It need not Surprise us that there is no further reference in the 20 years of contemporaneous history that followed
Old Testament (ii. Christ as Student And Interpreter of). - Whether He returned at all, or frequently, during His youth and early manhood, to the Holy City, we have no means of ascertaining; but in Nazareth He would seem to have been a constant attender at the synagogue services, for such is noted in the Gospels as being His practice; and when He returned to the town, after His public ministry had begun, it was not His presence in the synagogue that Surprised His fellow-townsmen, but the learning of one whom they had previously regarded as an ordinary comrade. Yet His methods of interpretation created far more Surprise among His hearers than did the teaching of the orthodox and recognized men of learning
Poet - ...
It need not Surprise us when we find the imagination of Jesus reaching its climax of realistic vividness in the field of the weird and the ghastly
Athanasius, Archbishop of Alexandria - He contracted an admiration for monasticism, which will not Surprise those who remember that the spiritual intensity of the Christian life had found a most emphatic, though a one-sided expression, in the lives of men who fled, like Anthony, from a society at once tainted and brutalized beyond all modern conception. Surprised at the summons, he inquired as to its probable cause, and learned that some bishops had been urging Constans to propose to Constantius the assembling of a new council, at which East and West might be represented
Character of Christ - From the temple He returns to His village home, without Surprise and without disappointment, still to be in His Father’s presence, and to be about His Father’s business
Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch - If the writing of epistles under the circumstances of his captivity should cause Surprise, it must be remembered that they are only short letters, not books
Clementine Literature - The discussion is closed by a dramatic Surprise
Cyprianus (1) Thascius Caecilius - This Surprise (for fuller details of which see Novatian) was prepared by the party of severity, who were disappointed by the election of Cornelius, stimulated by Evaristus, whom Cyprian regarded as the author of the movement ( Ep
Babylon - " "They were taken," says Herodotus, "by Surprise; and such is the extent of the city, that, as the inhabitants themselves affirm, they who lived in the extremities were made prisoners before any alarm was communicated to the centre of the place," where the palace stood. How is the praise of the whole earth Surprised!"—...
"In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunken, that they may rejoice and sleep a perpetual sleep, and not awake, saith the Lord
Jerusalem - To see the Jews scattered over the whole world, according to the word of God, must doubtless excite Surprise
Neology - " Melancholy as this picture is, nothing in it can Surprise any one, except that the very persons who have created the evil should themselves be astonished at its existence, or even affect to be so
Person of Christ - He asks questions to elicit information; He feels and expresses Surprise; He looks to find fruit upon the fig-tree, and there is none
Mahometanism - Mahomet immediately gave orders for preparations to be made that he might Surprise the Meccans while they were unprovided to receive him; in a little time he began his march thither; and by the time he came near the city, his forces were increased to ten thousand men