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ABASE - a-bas': The English rendition of shaphel (Job 40:11; Ezek 21:26), and of its derivative shephal (Dan 4:37) = "bring down," "debase," "humble"; of `anah (Isa 31:4) = "abase self," "afflict," "chasten self," "deal harshly with," etc.; and of tapeinoo = "to depress"; figure "to humiliate" (in condition or heart): "abase," "bring low," "humble self" (Phil 4:12). The word is always employed to indicate what should be done to or by him who nurtures a spirit and exhibits a demeanor contrary to the laudable humility which is a natural fruit of religion. Such a person is warned that the most extravagant audacity will not daunt Yahweh nor abate His vengeance (Isa 31:4), and good men are exhorted to employ their powers to bring him low (Job 40:11; Ezek 21:26). If men are not able to curb the arrogant, God is (Dan 4:37); and He has so constituted the world, that sinful arrogance must fall (Mt 23:12 the King James Version; Lk 14:11 the King James Version; 18:14 the King James Version).

Frank E. Hirsch

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