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Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Job 38:12; Luke 1:78), the dawn of the morning; daybreak. (Comp. Isaiah 60:1, 2; Malachi 4:2; Revelation 22:16.)
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(n.) The beginning of the day, or first appearance of light; the dawn; hence, the beginning.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

da'-spring: This beautiful English word, in current use in the time of the King James Version, is found in the Old Testament as the translation of shachar, "Hast thou. caused the dayspring to know his place?" (Job 38:12 the King James Version). This is no doubt intended literally for the dawn. The "place" of the dayspring is the particular point of the horizon at which the sun comes up on any given day. This slowly changes day by day through the year, moving northward from midwinter till midsummer, and back again southward from midsummer to midwinter. See ASTRONOMY, sec. I, 2. Also once in the New Testament for anatole, "a rising." "The dayspring from on high hath visited us" (the King James Version; the Revised Version (British and American)) "shall visit us," Luke 1:78). Also in Apocrypha, "At the dayspring pray unto thee" (AV; the Revised Version (British and American) "plead with thee at the dawning of the light," The Wisdom of Solomon 16:28). Both the Hebrew and Greek words, however, are of frequent occurrence, but variously rendered "dawn," "break of day," "morning," "sunrise," "east." Note especially "the spring of the day" (1 Samuel 9:26), "the day began to spring" (Judges 19:25). Used with heliou, "sun," for rising of the sun (Revelation 7:2; Revelation 16:12). In the Septuagint the same Greek word is used for Hebrew tsemach, "branch," to designate the Messiah (Jeremiah 23:5 Zechariah 6:12. But this sense of the word is wholly unknown in profane Greek The word is also employed in Septuagint to express the rising of a heavenly body, as the moon (Isaiah 60:19). This is good Greek See the kindred verb anatello, "to rise" (the Septuagint, Isaiah 60:1 Malachi 4:2).

What is the meaning of anatole in Luke 1:78 ? Certainly not branch; that does not fit any of the facts, unless it be rendered "branch of light" (see Reynolds, John the Baptist, 115).

It occurs in Zacharias' hymn over the birth of his son. The ode consists of two parts, "The glory and security of the Messiah's kingdom," and "The glory of the Forerunner." The expression before us is in the latter part. It naturally refers, therefore, not to the Messiah himself, but to John. He is the dayspring from on high who hath visited the people who sat in darkness and the shadow of death. With Godet we believe that the picture is borrowed from the caravan which has missed its way in the desert. The unfortunate pilgrims, overtaken by the night, are sitting down expecting death, when suddenly a star brightly beams above them. They take courage at the sight. The whole caravan leaps to its feet. It is the herald of the coming day and soon they see the great orb himself filling the east with orient pearl and gold. Is not one tempted to go a little farther and see here the morning star, herald of the coming sun to be obliterated by his rising? `He must wax, but I must wane' (John 3:30). What was John's work but, by his own testimony, to guide the benighted pilgrims into the way of peace, that is, to Him who was the Prince of Peace? If, however, as by most commentators, it be taken to refer to the Messiah, it probably implies prophetic knowledge that the conception of Jesus had already taken place, and that the Messianic era was at hand, when the Jewish world should be filled with spiritual splendor. See DAY-STAR.

G. H. Trever

395. anatole -- a rising
... dayspring, east, dawn. From anatello; a rising of light, ie Dawn (figuratively);
by implication, the east (also in plural) -- dayspring, east, rising. ...
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Strong's Hebrew
7837. shachar -- dawn
... dayspring, early, light, morning, whence rises. From shachar; dawn (literal, figurative
or adverbial) -- day(-spring), early, light, morning, whence riseth. ...
/hebrew/7837.htm - 6k

The Dayspring from on High
... VOLUME I: ST. LUKE Chaps. I to XII THE DAYSPRING FROM ON HIGH. 'The day-spring from
on high hath visited us, 79. ... II. Now, note secondly, the dayspring, or dawn. ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture e/the dayspring from on high.htm

Dayspring of Eternity!
... IV. Dayspring of eternity! 7,7,7,7,7,3 Morgenglanz der Ewigkeit. ... trans. by Catherine
Winkworth, 1855. Dayspring of eternity! Dawn on us this morning-tide. ...
/.../winkworth/lyra germanica the christian year/iv dayspring of eternity.htm

Advent the Dayspring from on High.
... Advent The Dayspring from on High. I. The Dayspring from on High.
8,8,8,8. Ihr Himmel tr??pfelt Thau in Eil. [41]Johann Franck.1653. ...
/.../advent the dayspring from on.htm

M. Gaskell. The Dayspring from on High.
... III. JESUS CHRIST. 104. 8 & 7s. M. Gaskell. The Dayspring From on High.
1 Darkness o'er the world was brooding Sadder than Egyptian ...
/.../various/book of hymns for public and private devotion/104 8 & 7s m.htm

Christ Bringing a Sword.
... by strife about His name"all these things we should keep in view when we celebrate
His appearing; and thus we shall recognise Him as the Dayspring from on ...
/.../selected sermons of schleiermacher/xvii christ bringing a sword.htm

D. The Birth of John, and the "Benedictus. " Ch. 1:57-80
... 77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people In the remission of their sins,
78 Because of the tender mercy of our God, Whereby the dayspring from on high ...
/.../erdman/the gospel of luke an exposition/d the birth of john.htm

"The Tender Mercy of Our God"
... "To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins through
the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 32 1886/the tender mercy of our.htm

The Cure of Simon's Wife's Mother.
... free winds, and delicate odours; and however the fogs may be needful for the soul,
right gladly does he send them away, and cause the dayspring from on high to ...
/.../macdonald/miracles of our lord/iii the cure of simons.htm

Morning Hymn
... No longer then may we disguise Our dark intents from those clear eyes: Yea, at the
dayspring's advent blest Our inmost thoughts will stand confest. ...
// hymns of prudentius/ii morning hymn.htm

The Swallow
... To bask every moment in infinite love; Let us fly the dark winter, and follow
the road. That leads to the dayspring appearing above. ...
/.../cowper/translations from the french of madame de la mothe guion/the swallow.htm

Dayspring (2 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. DAYSPRING. da ... thou. caused the dayspring
to know his place?" (Job 38:12 the King James Version). ...
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Daysman (1 Occurrence)

/d/daysman.htm - 9k

Visited (40 Occurrences)
... NAS RSV). Luke 1:78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring
from on high hath visited us, (KJV DBY WBS). Luke 7 ...
/v/visited.htm - 18k

Wherein (208 Occurrences)
... (KJV ASV). Luke 1:78 on account of the bowels of mercy of our God; wherein
the dayspring from on high has visited us, (DBY). Luke ...
/w/wherein.htm - 38k

Day-spring (2 Occurrences)
Day-spring. Dayspring, Day-spring. Daystar . Multi-Version Concordance
Day-spring (2 Occurrences). ... Dayspring, Day-spring. Daystar . Reference Bible.
/d/day-spring.htm - 6k

Bowels (40 Occurrences)
... Bowels (40 Occurrences). Luke 1:78 on account of the bowels of mercy of our
God; wherein the dayspring from on high has visited us, (DBY). ...
/b/bowels.htm - 20k

Account (460 Occurrences)
... happy, (WEY). Luke 1:78 on account of the bowels of mercy of our God; wherein
the dayspring from on high has visited us, (DBY). Luke 2 ...
/a/account.htm - 35k

... This changing place of sunrise is also referred to when God asked Job (38:12-14):
Hast thou "caused the dayspring to know its place," and the passage goes on ...
/a/astronomy.htm - 40k

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Dayspring (2 Occurrences)

Luke 1:78
Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

Job 38:12
Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;



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