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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Ascend

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a -send ´: By derivation the English word implies motion from a lower place to (not merely toward) a higher one; and usage tends to restrict it to cases where the beholder is in the lower, not the higher, position. the King James Version uses it 39 times in all: (1) of the going up of vapor (Psalm 135:7 ), flame (Judges 20:40 ), or smoke (Revelation 8:4 ); (2) of travel from one place to another (Acts 25:1 ) or of the course of a boundary (Joshua 15:3 ); (3) of coming up from the underworld (1 Samuel 28:13; Revelation 11:7; Revelation 17:8 ); and (4) of the going up (of men, angels, our Lord) from earth to the skies or to heaven (Genesis 28:12; John 3:13 ). the Revised Version (British and American) uses the appropriate form of "to go up" in all cases falling under (2) and (3); in those under (4) it retains "ascend" with an occasional change in tense; under (1) it retains "ascend" everywhere in Old Testament (Exodus 19:18; Joshua 8:20 , Joshua 8:21; Psalm 135:7 parallel Jeremiah 10:13 parallel Jeremiah 51:16 ) except Judges 20:40 , but substitutes "went up," "goeth up," in New Testament (Revelation 8:4; Revelation 14:11 ). The like change in the Old Testament passages would make the usage of the Revised Version (British and American) uniform.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Ascend'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/a/ascend.html. 1915.

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