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Gift
Gifts • Giving • Gratuity • Present
Dictionaries
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Gift
GIFT. Several words with the basic meaning of “gratuity” come from the Heb. root nāthan meaning “to give.” They were used of dowry (Gen 24:53; 34:12); a portion of inheritance (Gen 25:6; 2 Chr 21:3); a religious sacrificial offering (Num 18:11); an incentive to obtain favor from another (Prov 18:16;
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Gift
GIFT. In the OT a dozen words are used of gifts of one kind or other. The sacrifices and other offerings were gifts to God (Ex. 28:38; Nu. 18:11, etc.). The Levites were also, in a way, a gift to the Lord (Nu. 18:6). Occasionally there is the thought of God’s gifts to men, as health and food and wealth
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Gift
Gift. The giving and receiving of presents has in all ages been not only a more frequent but also a more formal and significant proceeding in the East than among ourselves. We cannot adduce a more remarkable proof of the important part which presents play in the social life of the East than the fact
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Gift
GIFT. The giving and receiving of presents has in all ages been not only a more frequent, but also a more formal and significant proceeding in the East than among ourselves. We cannot offer a more remarkable proof of the important part that presents play in the social life of the East than the fact that
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Gift
Gift(1.) An gratuity (Prov. 19:6) to secure favour (18:16; 21:14), a thank-offering (Num. 18:11), or a dowry (Gen. 34:12).(2.) An oblation or proppitatory gift (2 Sa 8:2, 6; 1 Ch 18:2, 6; 2 Ch 26:8; Ps. 45:12; 72:10).(3.) A bribe to a judge to obtain a favourable verdict (Ex. 23:8; Deut. 16:19).(4.)
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Gift, giving
GIFT, GIVING — the act of bestowing a favor or an item on another person without expecting anything in return. The purpose of a gift may be to honor (2 Sam. 8:2; Dan. 2:48), celebrate (Rev. 11:10), or simply to bestow favor or help (Esth. 9:22). God is the giver of every good and perfect gift (Matt.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
GIFT
GIFT<gift> ([מַתָּנָה‎, mattanah], [מִנְחָה‎, minchah], [שׂחַד‎, shochadh]; [δω̂ρον, doron], [δωρεά, dorea], [χάρισμα, chairisma]): In Gen 25:6; Ex 28:38; Nu 18:6, 7, 29; Ezek 20:26, etc., mattanah, “a gift,” is so rendered; minchah, an offering or present, used especially of the “meat
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Gift
Gift, the rendering in our Authorized Version of quite a number of Hebrew and Greek words, each having a distinct and special meaning indicative of the relation of giver and receiver, or of the motive and object of the presentation. The most common senses connected with the word are these: 1. A gratuity
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Gift
GIFT.—Christ continually reminds His disciples that the Father is the source of all gifts. To Him we must trustfully turn. ‘Ask, and it shall be given’ (Mt 7:7); ‘Everyone that asketh receiveth’ (Lk 11:10), and not only ‘daily bread’ (Mt 6:11, Lk 11:3), but ‘whatsoever’ is asked (Jn 15:16, 16:23). He
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Gift, Giving
GIFT, GIVING Favor or item bestowed on someone. Gifts were given on numerous occasions for a variety of purposes: as dowry for a wife (Gen. 34:12); as tribute to a military conqueror (2 Sam. 8:2); as bribes (Exod. 23:8; Prov. 17:8; Isa. 1:23); as rewards for faithful service and to ensure future loyalty
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Gift
gift. This English term is used variously in Bible versions to render numerous Hebrew words, especially minḥâ H4966 and mattān H5508; the most common Greek terms are dōron G1565 and charisma G5922 (the latter is in the NT restricted to the favors that God grants, both physical and spiritual). In
Key passages
Ge 34:12

Make the bride price and gift as high as you like; I will give what you say to me. But give me the girl as a wife.”

Ps 45:12

Even the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift. The rich from among people will seek your favor.

Ro 6:23

For the compensation due sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Co 9:15

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Jas 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of change.

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