Degree The RSV uses this term twice as a general expression of rank or status. In Lk. 1:52 it translates Gk. tapeínos (“low degree”), rendered “humble” by the NEB. In 1 Cor. 3:18 the RSV supplies “degree” to translate the Gk. apó dóxēs eis dóxan. In the AV this term is also used in the obsolete
DEGREE. The Bible speaks of men of high degree (1 Chr 17:17) and of low degree (Lk 1:52; Jas 1:9) with reference to their position in human society, whether they be exalted like David or of humble circumstances.The deacons who serve well “purchase to themselves a good degree” (1 Tim 3:13, KJV), i.e.,
DEGREE (Heb. ma˓ălâ, a “step”). This term is used of a group of Levites “of the second degree” (1 Chron. 15:18, KJV; NASB and NIV, “rank”) in the sense of rank or order of enumeration. David, in the expression “Thou … hast regarded me according to the standard of a man of high degree” (17:17), seems
DEGREE<de-gre’> ([מַעֲלָה, màalah], “a going up” or “ascent,” hence, a staircase or flight of steps; “rank”: [ταπεινός, tapeinos], “low”): By derivation it should mean “a step down” (Latin, de, down, gradus, step). It is used, however, of any step, up or down; then of grade or rank, whether
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degree. This English term (which once could mean “step”) occurs frequently in the KJV as a rendering of Hebrew maʿălâH5092, used, for example, of the steps in the stairway of Ahaz (2 Ki. 20:9–11; see dial). The phrase “song of degrees” is found in the titles of Ps. 120–34 (NIV, “song of ascents”);
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DEGREE,dē̇-grēʹ (מַעֲלָה, ma‛ălāh, “a going up” or “ascent,” hence a staircase or flight of steps; “rank”: ταπεινός,tapeinós, “low”): By derivation it should mean “a step down” (Lat, de, down, gradus, step). It is used, however, of any step, up or down; then of grade or rank, whether high or low.