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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) The state of being pleasing; a suiting. See below.

2. (n.) The state of being pleased with, or attracted toward, some thing or person; hence, inclination; desire; pleasure; preference; -- often with for, formerly with to; as, it is an amusement I have no liking for.

3. (n.) Appearance; look; figure; state of body as to health or condition.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

lik, lik'-n, lik'-nes, lik'-ing:

(1) As a noun, "like" in modern English is virtually obsolete, except in the phrase "and the like," which is not found in English Versions of the Bible. "The like," however, occurs in 1 Kings 10:20 parallel 2 Chronicles 9:19 2 Chronicles 1:12; Ezekiel 5:9; Ezekiel 18:10 (the Revised Version (British and American) "any one of these things"-the text is uncertain); 45:25:00; Joel 2:2; The Wisdom of Solomon 16:1 (the Revised Version (British and American) "creatures like those"); Sirach 7:12. "His like" is found in Job 41:33; Sirach 13:15; "their like" in Sirach 27:9. "And such like" (Galatians 5:21) is only slightly archaic, but "doeth not such like" (Ezekiel 18:14) is quite obsolete.

(2) As an adjective "like" is common in the King James Version in such combinations as "like manner" (frequently), "like weight" (Exodus 30:34), "like occupation" (Acts 19:25), etc. Modern English would in most cases replace "like" by "the same," as has been done in 1 Thessalonians 2:14 the Revised Version (British and American) (compare Romans 15:5 Philippians 2:2). So the Revised Version (British and American) has modernized the archaic "like precious faith" of 2 Peter 1:1 by inserting "a" before "like." The King James Version's rendering of 1 Peter 3:21, "the like figure whereunto," could not have been very clear at any time, and the Revised Version (British and American) has revised completely into "after a true likeness" (margin, "in the antitype").

(3) As an adverb "like" is used in Jeremiah 38:9, "He is like to die"; Jonah 1:4, "like to be broken." the Revised Version (British and American) could have used "likely" in these verses. Most common of all the uses of "like" is the quasi-prepositional construction in "He is like a man," etc. This is of course good modern English, but not so when "like" is enlarged (as it usually is in the English Versions of the Bible) into the forms "like to" (Daniel 7:5), "like unto" (very common), "like as" (Isaiah 26:17, etc.). These forms and the simple "like" are interchanged without much distinction, and the Revised Version (British and American) has attempted little systematizing beyond reducing the occurrences of "like as" (compare Matthew 12:13, and the American Standard Revised Version Isaiah 13:4 Jeremiah 23:29).

(4) The verb "like" has two distinct meanings, "be pleased with" and "give pleasure to." The latter sense occurs in Deuteronomy 23:16 (The King James Version, the English Revised Version), "in one of thy gates, where it liketh him best," and in Esther 8:8 Amos 4:5 the King James Version; Sirach 33:13 (the American Standard Revised Version has "pleaseth" in the three Old Testament passages). The other use of "like" belongs also to modern English, although in a much weakened sense. On account of this weakening, 1 Chronicles 28:4 the King James Version, "liked me to make me king" and Romans 1:28 the King James Version "did not like to retain God," have become in the Revised Version (British and American) "took pleasure in" and "refused to" (margin "did not approve"). It would have been better if Deuteronomy 25:7, 8, "like not to take," had been modified also into "hath no wish to take." From this use of "like" is derived liking in the modern sense in The Wisdom of Solomon 16:21, tempered itself to every man's liking" (the Revised Version (British and American) "choice"). In 1 Esdras 4:39, "All men do well like of her works" is a further obsolete use.

(5) Liken and "make like" are common. To be noted only is that, in Hebrews 7:3, "made like unto the Son of God," the sense really is "likened to," "presented by the writer with the qualities of." Likeness normally means "a copy of," but in Psalm 17:15 it means the actual form itself ("form" in the American Standard Revised Version, the English Revised Version margin); compare Romans 6:5; Romans 8:3 Philippians 2:7, and perhaps Acts 14:11. Closely allied with likeness" is an obsolete use of "liking" (quite distinct from that above) in Job 39:4 the King James Version the English Revised Version, "Their young ones are in good liking" Daniel 1:10, "see your faces worse liking." The meaning is "appearance," "appearing," and the American Standard Revised Version renders "their young ones become strong," "see your faces worse looking." Likewise varies in meaning from the simple conjunction "and" to a strong adverb, "in exactly the same way." the Revised Version (British and American) has made some attempt to distinguish the various forces (e.g. compare the King James Version with the Revised Version (British and American) in Luke 22:36; Luke 15:7; Luke 22:20). But complete consistency was not attainable, and in certain instances was neglected deliberately, in order to preserve the familiar wording, as in Luke 10:37, "Go, and do thou likewise."

Burton Scott Easton

Strong's Hebrew
2492. chalam -- to be healthy or strong
... to be healthy or strong. Transliteration: chalam Phonetic Spelling: (khaw-lam')
Short Definition: dream. cause to dreamer, be in good liking, recover ...
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2196. zaaph -- to be vexed, be enraged
... fret, sad, worse liking, be wroth. A primitive root; properly, to boil up, ie
(figuratively) to be peevish or angry -- fret, sad, worse liking, be wroth. ...
/hebrew/2196.htm - 6k


The Object of Missions, and Various Modes of Operation.
... It cannot be denied that in the discussion thus carried on there has often been
one-sidedness, resulting in some cases from natural liking, in some from ...
/.../life and work in benares and kumaon 1839-1877/chapter xi the object of.htm

How a Man Shall Know when his Thought is no Sin; and if it be Sin ...
... yet if this sudden stirring or thought be not smitten soon down, as fast for frailty
thy fleshly heart is strained thereby: with some manner of liking, if it ...
/.../anonymous/the cloud of unknowing/here beginneth the tenth chapter.htm

That Perfect Love Binds to God Without Loosing and Makes Man ...
... And from this onehead many things draw; that is to say, liking beauty of this world,
vanity of men and women, riches and honours, praise and favour of people. ...
/...// fire of love/chapter xi that perfect love.htm

Of Divers Gifts of God's Chosen: and How Saints Come to Love in ...
... only to God, the which being tasted, and spread in this mind with intentness, affect
her more than may be spoken; they lead with great liking and sweetness of ...
// fire of love/chapter vi of divers gifts.htm

The Teaching of the Boisterous and Untaught, Desiring to Love: and ...
... out pride, for deeply she loves meekness; she abhors vainglory, for desiring only
everlasting mirth, she follows Christ; she hates fleshly liking and softness ...
/...// fire of love/chapter xxix the teaching of.htm

Sensuality is a Power of Our Soul
... was the Sensuality so obedient unto the Will, unto the which it is as it were servant,
that it ministered never unto it any unordained liking or grumbling in ...
/.../anonymous/the cloud of unknowing/here beginneth the six and 5.htm

Of Some Certain Tokens by the which a Man May Prove Whether He be ...
... ALL those that read or hear the matter of this book be read or spoken, and in this
reading or hearing think it a good and liking thing, be never the rather ...
/.../anonymous/the cloud of unknowing/here beginneth the five and 6.htm

Of Divers Friendships of Good and Ill, and if they Can be Loosed ...
... not now perfect, and so gradually it can go to nought; which is against reason in
true friendship where a man is loved for himself and not for profit or liking ...
/.../rolle/the fire of love/chapter ix of divers friendships.htm

John Chapter vii. 37-39
... For when a man loves, and finds that he is regarded with hatred, he feels more
anger than liking. Why does he feel anger rather than liking? ...
/.../augustine/homilies on the gospel of john/tractate xxxii john chapter vii.htm

That the Perfect Lover of God had Liever Run into Great Pain than ...
... also we have withouten doubt: that no young man can be made holy among flatterings,
and sweet words of fair women, and plenteousness of liking things, unless ...
/.../ fire of love/chapter viii that the perfect.htm

Liking (2 Occurrences)
... toward, some thing or person; hence, inclination; desire; pleasure; preference; --
often with for, formerly with to; as, it is an amusement I have no liking for ...
/l/liking.htm - 14k

Liken (12 Occurrences)
... to a pilgrimage. 2. (v.) To make or cause to be like. Int. Standard Bible
Encyclopedia. LIKE; LIKEN; LIKENESS; LIKING. lik, lik'-n ...
/l/liken.htm - 16k

Likeness (52 Occurrences)
... 3. (n.) That which closely resembles; a portrait. 4. (n.) A comparison; parable;
proverb. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. LIKE; LIKEN; LIKENESS; LIKING. ...
/l/likeness.htm - 29k

Like (10728 Occurrences)
... 6. (n.) A liking; a preference; inclination; -- usually in pl.; as, we all have
likes and dislikes. ... Standard Bible Encyclopedia. LIKE; LIKEN; LIKENESS; LIKING. ...
/l/like.htm - 14k

Love (703 Occurrences)
... 4. (n.) Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or desire; fondness;
good will; -- opposed to hate; often with of and an object. ...
/l/love.htm - 65k

Fancy (1 Occurrence)
... 4. (n.) Inclination; liking, formed by caprice rather than reason; as, to strike
one's fancy; hence, the object of inclination or liking. ...
/f/fancy.htm - 8k

Likhi (1 Occurrence)

/l/likhi.htm - 6k

Lover (55 Occurrences)
... 3. (n.) One who has a strong liking for anything, as books, science, or music.
4. (n.) Alt. of Lovery. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. LOVER. ...
/l/lover.htm - 24k

Likings (1 Occurrence)

/l/likings.htm - 6k

Taste (46 Occurrences)
... of taste. 13. (n.) Intellectual relish; liking; fondness; -- formerly with
of, now with for; as, he had no taste for study. 14. (n ...
/t/taste.htm - 59k

Liking (2 Occurrences)

Job 39:4
Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.

Daniel 1:10
And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.



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