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“Or No-A’mon, the home of Amon, the name of Thebes, the ancient” “capital of what is called the Middle Empire, in Upper or” “Southern Egypt. “The multitude of No” (Jer. 46:25) is more” “correctly rendered, as in the Revised Version, “Amon of No”,” “i.e., No, where Jupiter Amon had his temple. In Ezek. 30:14, 16” “it is simply called “No;” but in ver. 15 the name has the Hebrew” “Hamon prefixed to it, “Hamon No.” This prefix is probably the” name simply of the god usually styled Amon or Ammon. In Nah. 3:8 “the “populous No” of the Authorized Version is in the Revised” “Version correctly rendered “No-Amon.” “It was the Diospolis or Thebes of the Greeks, celebrated for its hundred gates and its vast population. It stood on both sides of “the Nile, and is by some supposed to have included Karnak and” Luxor. In grandeur and extent it can only be compared to “Nineveh. It is mentioned only in the prophecies referred to,” which point to its total destruction. It was first taken by the Assyrians in the time of Sargon (Isa. 20). It was afterwards delivered into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar and Assurbani-pal “(Jer. 46:25, 26). Cambyses, king of the Persians (B.C. 525),” further laid it waste by fire. Its ruin was completed (B.C. 81) by Ptolemy Lathyrus. The ruins of this city are still among the most notable in the valley of the Nile. They have formed a great storehouse of interesting historic remains for more than two “thousand years. “As I wandered day after day with ever-growing” “amazement amongst these relics of ancient magnificence, I felt” “that if all the ruins in Europe, classical, Celtic, and” “medieval, were brought together into one centre, they would fall” far short both in extent and grandeur of those of this single “Egyptian city.” Manning, The Land of the Pharaohs.”
Meeting with the Lord. (1.) A Levite who returned from Babylon (Ezra 8:33). “(2.) A false prophetess who assisted Tobiah and Sanballat “against the Jews (Neh. 6:14). Being bribed by them, she tried to” “stir up discontent among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and so to” embarrass Nehemiah in his great work of rebuilding the ruined walls of the city.
“Rest, (Heb. Noah) the grandson of Methuselah (Gen. 5:25-29), who” “was for two hundred and fifty years contemporary with Adam, and” “the son of Lamech, who was about fifty years old at the time of” Adam’s death. This patriarch is rightly regarded as the connecting link between the old and the new world. He is the second great progenitor of the human family. “The words of his father Lamech at his birth (Gen. 5:29) have “been regarded as in a sense prophetical, designating Noah as a” “type of Him who is the true “rest and comfort” of men under the” burden of life (Matt. 11:28). “He lived five hundred years, and then there were born unto him “three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth (Gen. 5:32). He was a “just” “man and perfect in his generation,” and “walked with God” (comp.” “Ezek. 14:14, 20). But now the descendants of Cain and of Seth” “began to intermarry, and then there sprang up a race” distinguished for their ungodliness. Men became more and more “corrupt, and God determined to sweep the earth of its wicked” population (Gen. 6:7). But with Noah God entered into a “covenant, with a promise of deliverance from the threatened” deluge (18). He was accordingly commanded to build an ark (6:14-16) for the saving of himself and his house. An interval of one hundred and twenty years elapsed while the ark was being “built (6:3), during which Noah bore constant testimony against” the unbelief and wickedness of that generation (1 Pet. 3:18-20; 2 Pet. 2:5). “When the ark of “gopher-wood” (mentioned only here) was at “length completed according to the command of the Lord, the” living creatures that were to be preserved entered into it; and “then Noah and his wife and sons and daughters-in-law entered it,” “and the “Lord shut him in” (Gen. 7:16). The judgment-threatened” “now fell on the guilty world, “the world that then was, being” “overflowed with water, perished” (2 Pet. 3:6). The ark floated” “on the waters for one hundred and fifty days, and then rested on” “the mountains of Ararat (Gen. 8:3, 4); but not for a” considerable time after this was divine permission given him to “leave the ark, so that he and his family were a whole year shut” up within it (Gen. 6-14). “On leaving the ark Noah’s first act was to erect an altar, the “first of which there is any mention, and offer the sacrifices of” “adoring thanks and praise to God, who entered into a covenant” “with him, the first covenant between God and man, granting him” “possession of the earth by a new and special charter, which” remains in force to the present time (Gen. 8:21-9:17). As a sign “and witness of this covenant, the rainbow was adopted and set” “apart by God, as a sure pledge that never again would the earth” be destroyed by a flood. “But, alas! Noah after this fell into grievous sin (Gen. 9:21); and the conduct of Ham on this sad occasion led to the memorable prediction regarding his three sons and their descendants. Noah “lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years, and he” “died” (28:29). (See DELUGE).” “Noah, motion, (Heb. No’ah) one of the five daughters of Zelophehad (Num. 26:33; 27:1; 36:11; Josh. 17:3).
“High place, a city of the priests, first mentioned in the” history of David’s wanderings (1 Sam. 21:1). Here the tabernacle “was then standing, and here Ahimelech the priest resided. (See” AHIMELECH.) From Isa. 10:28-32 it seems to have been near “Jerusalem. It has been identified by some with el-Isawiyeh, one” mile and a half to the north-east of Jerusalem. But according to “Isa. 10:28-32 it was on the south of Geba, on the road to” “Jerusalem, and within sight of the city. This identification” “does not meet these conditions, and hence others (as Dean” “Stanley) think that it was the northern summit of Mount Olivet,” “the place where David “worshipped God” when fleeing from Absalom” “(2 Sam. 15:32), or more probably (Conder) that it was the same” “as Mizpeh (q.v.), Judg. 20:1; Josh. 18:26; 1 Sam. 7:16, at Nebi” “Samwil, about 5 miles north-west of Jerusalem.” “After being supplied with the sacred loaves of showbread, and “girding on the sword of Goliath, which was brought forth from” “behind the ephod, David fled from Nob and sought refuge at the” “court of Achish, the king of Gath, where he was cast into” prison. (Comp. titles of Ps. 34 and 56.)
“(Gr. basilikos, i.e., “king’s man”), an officer of state (John” 4:49) in the service of Herod Antipas. He is supposed to have “been the Chuza, Herod’s steward, whose wife was one of those” “women who “ministered unto the Lord of their substance” (Luke” 8:3). This officer came to Jesus at Cana and besought him to go “down to Capernaum and heal his son, who lay there at the point” of death. Our Lord sent him away with the joyful assurance that his son was alive.
The Hebrew name of an Egyptian city (Isa. 19:13; Jer. 2:16; “44:1; 46:14, 19; Ezek. 30:13, 16). In Hos. 9:6 the Hebrew name” “is Moph, and is translated “Memphis,” which is its Greek and” Latin form. It was one of the most ancient and important cities “of Egypt, and stood a little to the south of the modern Cairo,” on the western bank of the Nile. It was the capital of Lower Egypt. Among the ruins found at this place is a colossal statue of Rameses the Great. (See MEMPHIS.)
“(Heb. tsaphon), a “hidden” or “dark place,” as opposed to the” sunny south (Deut. 3:27). A Hebrew in speaking of the points of the compass was considered as always having his face to the “east, and hence “the left hand” (Gen. 14:15; Job 23:9) denotes” “the north. The “kingdoms of the north” are Chaldea, Assyria,” “Media, etc.”
“Only mentioned in Isa. 3:21, although refered to in Gen. 24:47,” “Prov. 11:22, Hos. 2:13. They were among the most valued of” “ancient female ornaments. They “were made of ivory or metal, and” “occasionally jewelled. They were more than an inch in diameter,” and hung upon the mouth. Eliezer gave one to Rebekah which was of gold and weighed half a shekel…At the present day the women in the country and in the desert wear these ornaments in one of “the sides of the nostrils, which droop like the ears in” “consequence.”
Definition of No: “stirring up; forbidding”
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