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Lover
Lovers
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Lover
LoverIn the OT “lover” usually renders the Hebrew verb ʾāhēḇ or its participle ʾōhēḇ (e.g., Ps. 88:18 [MT 19]; 99:4; Lam. 1:2, 19; Ezk. 23:5, 9, 22; Hos. 8:9). This term also often means “friend” (e.g., 1 K. 5:1, JB [AV “lover” in this sense]), which probably should be the rendering in Ps. 88:18
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
LOVER
LOVER<luv’-er> (אֹהֵב‎ [’ohebh], אָהֵב‎ [’ahebh]): In the Old Testament [’ohebh], from [’ahebh], “to love,” is sometimes “lover” in the sense of “friend,” in the older English sense of the word (1 Ki 5:1, “Hiram was ever a lover of David”; Ps 38:11; 88:18; Lam 1:2); more frequently it
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Lover
LOVER, luv´ẽr (אֹהֵב‎, ’ōhēbh, אָהֵב‎, ’āhēbh): In the OT ’ōhēbh, from ’āhēbh, “to love,” is sometimes “lover” in the sense of “friend,” in the older Eng. sense of the word (1 K 5:1, “Hiram was ever a lover of David”; Ps 38:11; 88:18; Lam 1:2); more frequently it has the meaning of “lover” in the
Key passages
Eze 16:33–36

To all prostitutes they give a fee, but you, you gave your gifts to all of your lovers, and you bribed them to come to you from all around in your whorings! And it was the opposite with you from the other women in your whorings; no one solicited you as a prostitute. You gave a harlot’s …

2 Ti 3:2–4

for people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, slanderers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, hardhearted, irreconcilable, slanderous, without self-control, savage, with no interest for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, loving pleasure rather than …