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Cleft
Cliff • Clift
Dictionaries
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Cleft
Cleft [Heb. niqārâ] (Ex. 33:22); NEB CREVICE; [sā‘îp̱] (Jgs. 15:8, 11; Isa. 2:21; 57:5); AV also TOP; NEB also CAVE, CRANNIES; [nāqîq] (Isa. 7:19; Jer. 13:4; 16:16); AV HOLE; NEB also CREVICE; [ḥāg̱û] (Cant. 2:14; Jer. 49:16; Ob. 3); NEB HOLES, CRANNIES; CLIFF [maḏrēg̱â] (Cant. 2:14; Ezk.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Cleft
CLEFT1. A space or opening, usually narrow, made by cleavage, as the “clefts of the rocks” (Ex 33:22; Isa 2:21; Amos 6:11; Mic 1:4).2. The split in the hoof of an animal (Deut 14:6; cf. Lev 11:3).
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Cleft
CLEFT. The rendering of several Heb. words.1. A space or opening made by cleavage, as a fissure in a building (Isa. 22:9, “breaches”; Amos 6:11, KJV); crevice in a rock (song of Sol. 2:14; Isa. 2:21; Jer. 49:16).2. The split in the hoof of an animal (Deut. 14:6, KJV; NASB and NIV, “split”).
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Cleft
CLEFT — an opening or space made by a division, as a crack in a building (Amos 6:11, KJV), a hollow place in a rock (Ex. 33:22), or the split in the hoof of an animal (Deut. 14:6, KJV).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CLEFT; CLIFF; CLIFT
CLEFT; CLIFF; CLIFT<kleft>, <klif>, <klift>: The first of these words, from cleave, “to split,” is a crevice or narrow opening, as “of the ragged rocks” (Isaiah 2:21); “under the clefts of the rocks” (Isaiah 57:5). “Clift” is an obsolete form of cleft, found in the King James Version Exodus
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Clefts
Clefts or Clifts, openings, fissures or narrow passages in a rock (Isa. 2:21; Jer. 49:16).
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Cleft
cleft. This English noun, meaning “fissure, hollow,” renders several Hebrew words, such as ḥāgû H2511 (e.g., Jer. 49:16). The form can also be the past participle of cleave (e.g., Deut. 14:6 NRSV).
Clift
clift. This obsolete term, equivalent to cleft, is found a few times in most editions of the KJV (Exod. 33:22; Job 30:6; Isa. 57:5).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Cleft, Cliff, Clift
CLEFT, kleft, CLIFF, klif, CLIFT, klift: The first of these words, from cleave, “to split,” is a crevice or narrow opening, as “of the ragged rocks” (Isa 2:21); “under the clefts of the rocks” (Isa 57:5). “Clift” is an obsolete form of cleft, found in AV Ex 33:22; Isa 57:5, but not in RV. “Cliff,” an
Key passages
Ex 33:22

And when my glory passes over, I will put you in the rock’s crevice, and I will cover you with my hand until I pass over.

Jdg 15:8

And he gave them a thorough beating, and he went down and stayed in the cleft of the rock of Etam.

Is 2:21

to enter into the crevices of the rocks and into the clefts of the crags from the presence of the terror of Yahweh and from the glory of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth.

Is 7:19

And all of them will come and settle in the rivers of the cliffs and in the clefts of the rocks and on all of the thornbushes and watering places.

Is 57:5

who burn with lust among the oaks, under every leafy tree, who slaughter children in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks?

See also
Je 16:16; Je 49:16; Ob 3;
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