Sense of the Day: To Humble (Humiliate) <-> Bring Low

SOTD-SocialShare-612x612Sense: To humble (humiliate) ⇔ bring low

v. — to humble someone or a group of people, conceived of as bringing them low.

I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless.

Isaiah 13:11

Figurative language is so common in everyday speech that we often don’t recognize it when we see it. One common extension in language is the idea that “up” reflects positive or good qualities, and “down” reflects negative or bad qualities. This is why people might say, “I’m feeling ‘up’ today,” or the opposite, “I’m feeling pretty ‘down’ today.” Isaiah 13:11 contains an instance where bringing someone low is used to express the idea of humiliating or humbling someone. It expresses this idea using the concept of “down” as bad. In a case like this, the Bible Sense Lexicon ensures you won’t miss a more specific meaning wrapped up in a familiar metaphor.

What is the Bible Sense Lexicon?

Sense of the Day is based on content from Logos’ Bible Sense Lexicon, which organizes biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words by meaning based on a variety of semantic relationships. Sense of the Day provides examples of senses in context, along with insight into their application for theology and interpretation.

The Bible Sense Lexicon is a Logos dataset available in Logos 5 Gold and higher base packages. If you’re enrolled in the Logos Academic Discount Program, you can also find the Bible Sense Lexicon in the Biblical Languages base package. Take your studies even further by exploring semantic domains, engaging the biblical text like never before.

Learn more about the Bible Sense Lexicon.

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