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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Low; Lowly[Heb šāp̱āl (Job 5:11; Ps. 138:6; Prov. 16:19; 29:33; Ezk. 17:6; etc.), šēp̱el (“low estate,” Ps. 136:23; “low place,” Eccl. 10:6), benê-ʾāḏām—‘sons of man’ (Ps. 49:2 [MT 3]; “men of low estate,” 62:9 [MT 10]), qāṭān—‘small’ (Est. 1:20), šaḥ ʿênayim—‘downcast eyes’ (Job 22:29),
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
LowThe human imagination has gravitated naturally to directional imagery of high and low, up and down, as expressing qualities in human life that really exist and are important in defining persons and values. Being or becoming low is a biblical image that denotes rank or condition-a spatial metaphor
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
LOWLINESS.—The modest attitude of mind and demeanour which characterized our Lord as a man. It is in contrast with, though not in contradiction to, the greatness both of His station and of His claims. He describes Himself (Mt 11:29) as ‘lowly in heart,’ and the word employed (ταπεινός) is accurately