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Even; Evening; Eventide

EVEN; EVENING; EVENTIDE

e'-v'-n, ev'-ning, ev-'-n-tid' ("even," "evening," 'erebh; opsia, opse; see Thayer under the word):

The words are used in slightly different meanings:

(1) The time of sunset, the beginning of the Hebrew day, as in Leviticus 15, where directions are given for the removal of uncleanness, which took place at sunset.

(2) Twilight, the time of approaching darkness when lamps are lighted; Exodus 30:8 (literally, "between the two evenings"); Jeremiah 6:4 ("the shadows of the evening").

(3) The early part of the night (Proverbs 7:9; Ezekiel 12:7).

The Greek opse is literally, "late" (Mark 11:19). The Greek hespera, refers evidently to sunset, in Luke 24:29. "Eventide," `eth `erebh, "time of evening" (2 Samuel 11:2; Isaiah 17:14). "Evening," used in connection with wolves (Jeremiah 5:6; Zechariah 3:3), is from the Hebrew [`arabhah], which may mean "darkness" or "dark cloud," but more probably "plain" or "desert."

H. Porter


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'EVEN; EVENING; EVENTIDE'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.