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HEBREW: 5906 vye `Ayish or ve `Ash
NAVE: Bear
EBD: Bear
Bealiah | Bealoth | Beam | Bean | Beans | Bear | Bear, The (Arcturus) | Bearbel | Beard | Beast | Beast, the Mark


In Bible versions:

a constellation


Strongs #05906: vye `Ayish or ve `Ash

1) a constellation
1a) Great Bear, Ursa Major
1b) (TWOT) Arcturus

5906 `Ayish ah'-yish

or mAsh {awsh}; from 5789; the constellation of the Great
Bear (perhaps from its migration through the heavens):-
see HEBREW for 05789

Bear [EBD]

a native of the mountain regions of Western Asia, frequently mentioned in Scripture. David defended his flocks against the attacks of a bear (1 Sam. 17:34-37). Bears came out of the wood and destroyed the children who mocked the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 2:24). Their habits are referred to in Isa. 59:11; Prov. 28:15; Lam. 3:10. The fury of the female bear when robbed of her young is spoken of (2 Sam. 17:8; Prov. 17:12; Hos. 13:8). In Daniel's vision of the four great monarchies, the Medo-Persian empire is represented by a bear (7:5).

Bear [NAVE]

Ferocity of, 2 Sam. 17:8; Prov. 17:12; 28:15; Isa. 11:7; 59:11; Lam. 3:10; Hos. 13:8; Amos 5:19.
Killed by David, 1 Sam. 17:34-37.
Two destroy the children of Beth-el, who mocked Elisha, 2 Kin. 2:24.
Dan. 7:5; Rev. 13:2.


(1 Samuel 17:34; 2 Samuel 17:8) The Syrian bear, Ursus syriacus, which is without doubt the animal mentioned in the Bible, is still found on the higher mountains of Palestine. During the summer months these bears keep to the snowy parts of Lebanon, but descend in winter to the villages and Gardens. It is probable also that at this period in former days they extended their visits to other parts of Palestine.


AGAIN - a-gen': Advb. denoting repetition; in New Testament, generally for palin, "back," "once more." Occasionally, it has the force of a connective, synonymous with "moreover," as in Rom 15:10 ff; 1 Cor 3:20, etc. The expression "born again" of the King James Version, Jn 3:3,7; 1 Pet 1:23, translating the Greek "anothen" and "ana" in composition, becomes in the Revised Version (British and American) "anew," i.e. "over again." As these particles mean "from above" and "up," their use as indicating repetition is sometimes disputed, but without further foundation than that "again" does not exhaust the meaning.




BEAR - bar (dobh; compare Arabic dubb): In 1 Sam 17:34-37, David tells Saul how as a shepherd boy he had overcome a lion and a bear. In 2 Ki 2:24 it is related that two she bears came out of the wood and tore forty-two of the children who had been mocking Elisha. All the other references to bears are figurative; compare 2 Sam 17:8; Prov 17:12; 28:15; Isa 11:7; 59:11; Lam 3:10; Dan 7:5; Hos 13:8; Am 5:19; Rev 13:2. The Syrian bear, sometimes named as a distinct species, Ursus Syriacus, is better to be regarded as merely a local variety of the European and Asiatic brown bear, Ursus arctos. It still exists in small numbers in Lebanon and is fairly common in Anti-Lebanon and Hermon. It does not seem to occur now in Palestine proper, but may well have done so in Bible times. It inhabits caves in the high and rugged mountains and issues mainly at night to feed on roots and vegetables. It is fond of the chummuc or chick-pea which is sometimes planted in the upland meadows, and the fields have to be well guarded. The figurative re ferences to the bear take account of its ferocious nature, especially in the case of the she bear robbed of her whelps (2 Sam 17:8; Prov 17:12; Hos 13:8). It is with this character of the bear in mind that Isaiah says (11:7), "And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together."

Alfred Y. Day


BEAR; BORN - bar, born (vb.), (yaladh): Occurs frequently in its literal sense, alluding to motherhood (Gen 16:11; 17:17,19,21; 18:13; 22:23; 30:3; Lev 12:5; Jdg 13:3; 5:7; Ruth 1:12; 1 Ki 3:21; Jer 29:6); in the New Testament gennao, in the same sense (Lk 1:13).

Figurative: It is often used with reference to the beginning of the spiritual life or regeneration (Jn 1:13; 3:3-8; 1 Jn 2:29; 3:9; 4:7; 5:1,4,18 the King James Version).



BEAR; BORNE - bar, born (nasa'; lambano, anaphero, bastazo): In English Versions of the Bible the physical sense is familiar, of supporting or carrying any weight or burden. The translation of the Revised Version (British and American) is to be preferred in Ps 75:3 ("have set up"); Lam 3:28 ("hath laid it upon him"); Zeph 1:11 ("were laden with silver"); Lk 18:7 ("he is longsuffering over them"); Jn 12:6 ("took away what was put therein"); Acts 27:15 ("could not face the wind").

Figurative: The words are used in the figurative sense of enduring or taking the consequences of, be it for oneself or as representative for others: one's own iniquity (Lev 5:17 and often); chastisement (Job 34:31); reproach (Ps 69:7; 89:50); or the sins of others (Isa 53:4,11,12; Mt 8:17; Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 2:24). In Isa 46:1-7 a striking contrast is presented between the idols of Babylon whom their worshippers had carried (borne) about and which would be borne away by the conquerors, and Yahweh who had ca rried (borne) Israel from the beginning. "Jacob and Israel .... borne by me from their birth .... and I will bear; yea, I will carry." "They bear it upon the shoulder," etc.

M. O. Evans





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