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Holyday

HOLYDAY

ho'-li-da:

This word occurs twice in the King James Version, namely, Psalms 42:4, "a multitude that kept (the Revised Version (British and American) "keeping") holyday," and Colossians 2:16. In the latter case it is a rendering of the Greek word heorte, the ordinary term for a religious festival. the Revised Version (British and American) translates "feast day." In the former instance "keeping holyday" renders choghegh. The verb means to "make a pilgrimage," or "keep a religious festival." Occasionally the idea of merrymaking prevails, as in 1 Samuel 30:16--"eating and drinking," and enjoying themselves merrily. The Psalmist (who was perhaps an exiled priest) remembers with poignant regret how he used to lead religious processions on festival occasions.

T. Lewis


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'HOLYDAY'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.