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Highest

HIGHEST

hi'-est (`elyon; hupsistos):

The translation of `elyon, used frequently of God and commonly translated "Most High" (Psalms 18:13, "The Highest gave his voice," the Revised Version (British and American) "Most High"; Psalms 87:5, "the highest himself," the Revised Version (British and American) "Most High"; Ezekiel 41:7, "the lowest (chamber) to the highest"); of tsammereth, the foliage of a tree (as if the wool or hair of trees), "the highest branch" (Ezekiel 17:3,12, the Revised Version (British and American) "top," "lofty top"); of ro'sh, "head," "top" (Proverbs 8:26, "the highest part of the dust of the world," the King James Version margin "the chief part," the Revised Version (British and American) "the beginning of," margin "sum"); gappe marom, "on the ridges of the heights" (Proverbs 9:3, "the highest places of the city"); ghabhoah me`al gabhoah, literally, "one high (powerful) who is above the high (oppressor)," is translated "he that is higher than the highest" (Ecclesiastes 5:8), the Revised Version (British and American) "one higher than the high (regardeth)." In the New Testament, hupsistos (like `elyon) is used of God (Luke 1:32, "the Son of the Highest," Luke 1:35, "the power of the Highest," Luke 1:76, "the prophet of the Highest"; Luke 6:35, "the children of the Highest," in these places the Revised Version (British and American) has "Most High"); we have also "Hosanna in the highest" (Matthew 21:9; Mark 11:10; see HOSANNA), "Glory to God in the highest" (Luke 2:14), "Glory in the highest" (Luke 19:38); protoklisia, "the first reclining-place" (at table), the chief place at meals, the middle place in each couch of the triclinium (Robinson), is rendered (Luke 14:8), "the highest room," the Revised Version (British and American) "chief seat"; "room" was introduced by Tyndale; Wycliff had "the first place"; protokathedria (protos, "first," kathedra, "seat"), "the first or chief seat," is rendered (Luke 20:46) "the highest seats," the Revised Version (British and American) "chief seats" Wycliff "the first chairs."

"The Highest" as a term for God appears (2 Esdras 4:11,34, the Revised Version (British and American) "Most High"; The Wisdom of Solomon 6:3, hupsistos; Ecclesiasticus 28:7, the Revised Version (British and American) "Most High").

See also GOD, NAMES OF.

W. L. Walker


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