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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [1]

1: Ἐγείρω (Strong'S #1453 — Verb — egeiro — eg-i'-ro )

"to awaken, raise up," is used in  Matthew 12:11 , of "lifting" a sheep out of a pit. In the following the RV has "raised" for AV, "lifted:"  Mark 1:31;  9:27;  Acts 3:7 . See Arise , Awake , Raise.

2: Αἴρω (Strong'S #142 — Verb — airo — ah'ee-ro )

signifies (a) "to raise, take up, lift, draw up," (b) "to bear, carry," (c) "to take or carry away." It is used of "lifting" up the voice,  Luke 17:13;  Acts 4:24; eyes,  John 11:41; hand,  Revelation 10:5 . See Away , Bear , Carry , Doubt , A, No. 6, Loose, Put No. 17, Remove, Take

3: Ἐπαίρω (Strong'S #1869 — Verb — epairo — ep-ahee'-ro )

"to lift up, raise" (epi, "upon," and No. 2), is used of "lifting" up the eyes,  Matthew 17:8;  Luke 6:20;  16:23;  18:13;  John 4:35;  6:5;  17:1; the head,  Luke 21:28; the hands,  Luke 24:50;  1—Timothy 2:8; the voice,  Luke 11:27;  Acts 2:14;  14:11;  22:22; a foresail,  Acts 27:40 ("hoisting," RV); metaphorically, of the heel,   John 13:18 , as of one "lifting" up the foot before kicking; the expression indicates contempt and violence; in the Passive Voice,  Acts 1:9 , of Christ's ascension, "was taken up;"  2—Corinthians 10:5 , "is exalted" (with pride);  2—Corinthians 11:20 , "exalteth himself." See Exalt , HOIST, Take.

4: Ὑψόω (Strong'S #5312 — Verb — hupsoo — hoop-so'-o )

"to lift or raise up" (akin to hupsos, "height"), is rendered by the verb "to lift up" in  John 3:14 , of the brazen serpent; of Christ in crucifixion (id.), and  John 8:28;  12:32,34; metaphorically, "to exalt, lift up," e.g.,  James 4:10 , AV, "shall lift ... up," RV, "shall exalt." See Exalt.

5: Ἀνίστημι (Strong'S #450 — Verb — anistemi — an-is'-tay-mee )

"to raise up" (ana, "up," histemi, "to cause to stand"), is translated "lifted (her) up," in  Acts 9:41 , AV; RV, "raised (her) up." See Arise , Raise.

6: Ἀνορθόω (Strong'S #461 — Verb — anorthoo — an-orth-o'-o )

"to set upright" (ana, "up," orthos, "straight"), is used of "lifting" up "hands that hang down,"  Hebrews 12:12; of setting up a building, restoring ruins,  Acts 15:16 (cp., e.g.,   2—Samuel 7:13,16;  1—Chronicles 17:12;  Jeremiah 10:12; often so used in the papyri); of the healing of the woman with a spirit of infirmity,  Luke 13:13 , "was made straight" (for ver. 11, see No. 7). See Set , Straight.

7: Ἀνακύπτω (Strong'S #352 — Verb — anakupto — an-ak-oop'-to )

"to lift oneself up," is used (a) of the body,  Luke 13:11;  John 8:7,10; (b) metaphorically, of the mind, to look up, to be elated,  Luke 21:28 (followed by No. 3, "lift up"); an instance is found in the papyri in which a person speaks of the imposibility of ever looking up again in a certain place, for very shame (moulton and Milligan, Vocab.). In the Sept.,   Job 10:15 .

King James Dictionary [2]

LIFT, We retain this sense in shoplifter. L. levo, elevo.

1. To raise to elevate as, to lift the foot or the hand to lift the head. 2. To raise to elevate mentally.

To thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.  Psalms 25 .

3. To raise in fortune.

The eye of the Lord lifted up his head from misery.

4. To raise in estimation, dignity or rank. His fortune has lifted him into notice, or into office.

The Roman virtues lift up mortal man.

5. To elate to cause to swell, as with pride. Up is often used after lift, as a qualifying word sometimes with effect or emphasis very often, however, it is useless. 6. To bear to support. 7. To steal, that is, to take and carry away. Hence we retain the use of shoplifter, although the verb in this sense is obsolete. 8. In Scripture, to crucify.

When ye have lifted up the Son of man.  John 8 .

1. To lift up the eyes, to look to fix the eyes on.

Lot lifted up his eyes and beheld Jordan.  Genesis 13 .

2. To direct the desires to God in prayer.  Psalms 121 . 1. To lift up the head, to raise from a low condition to exalt.  Genesis 40 . 2. To rejoice.  Luke 21 . 1. To lift up the hand, to swear, or to confirm by oath.  Genesis 14 . 2. To raise the hands in prayer.  Psalms 28 . 3. To rise in opposition to to rebel to assault.

 2 Samuel 18 .

4. To injure or oppress.  Job 31 . 5. To shake off sloth and engage in duty.  Hebrews 41 .

To lift up the face, to look to with confidence, cheerfulness and comfort.  Job 22 .

To lift up the face, to look to with confidence, cheerfulness and comfort.  Job 22 .

To lift up the heel against, to treat with insolence and contempt.

To lift up the horn, to behave arrogantly or scornfully.  Psalms 75 .

To lift up the feet, to come speedily to one's relief.

 Psalms 74 .

To lift up the voice, to cry aloud to call out, either in grief or joy.  Genesis 21 .  Isaiah 24 .


1. To try to raise to exert the strength for the purpose of raising or bearing.

The body strained by lifting at a weight too heavy -

2. To practice theft. Obs.

LIFT, n.

1. The act of raising a lifting as the lift of the feet in walking or running.

The goat gives the fox a lift.

2. An effort to raise as, give us a lift. Popular use. 3. That which is to be raised. 4. A dead lift, an ineffectual effort to raise or the thing which the strength is not sufficient to raise. 5. Any thing to be done which exceeds the strength or a state of inability as, to help one at a dead lift. 6. A rise a degree of elevation as the lift of a lock in canals. 7. In Scottish, the sky the atmosphere the firmament. 8. In seamen's language, a rope descending from the cap and mast-head to the extremity of a yard. Its use is to support the yard, keep it in equilibrio, and raise the end, when occasion requires.

Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types [3]

This action represents in most cases a restoration of power or place, authority or influence. It may represent also the restoration of a radiant spirit and a happy heart. It sometimes means a return to confidence in GOD, and a new trust in His power.

We shall consider a few of the various places in which the expression occurs.

 Genesis 40:13 The head, a restoration to power.

 Numbers 6:26 The expression of the face, showing approval.

 Numbers 16:3 Exalting to a place of power.

 Numbers 23:24 Israel restored to a place of leadership.

 2 Kings 19:4 The prayer ascending to GOD acceptably (See  Isaiah 37:4).

 2 Kings 25:27 The restoration to a high position, though in mockery.

 1 Chronicles 25:5 The sounding forth of the music.

 Ezra 9:6 The upward look of dependence on GOD.

 Job 10:15 An expression of shame and confusion (See  Zechariah 1:21).

 Psalm 7:6 The manifestation of GOD's power publicly.

 Psalm 24:7 A figure of triumph when the conqueror returns.

 Psalm 25:1 The act of bringing oneself into the presence of the Lord by prayer and faith.

 Psalm 93:3 An expression of the uprising of the people as a mob against GOD.

 Psalm 110:7 It represents the constant, buoyant, radiant faith of the Lord Jesus Christ as He walked on earth among His enemies. He enjoyed the presence of His Father, and communed with Him day and night.

 Hebrews 12:12 This is an encouragement to keep the spirit trusting in the Lord, the heart glad in Christ and the faith active in His word.

Lift (Up)

This action is used by the Holy Spirit to describe many situations and conditions throughout the Bible. It expresses the act of bringing one's self into the presence of the Lord by prayer, by faith and by listening to Him, as we find in  Psalm 25:1.

The following are some of the ways in which it is used:

Lift up my hands  Psalm 28:2 This is for supplication in prayer.

Lift up Thy people  Psalm 28:9 Bring them out of slavery and poverty.

Lift up thy feet  Psalm 74:3 A call to action by the Lord.

Lift up the horn  Psalm 75:4 Obtaining power to curb Israel.

Lift up thy waves  Psalm 93:3 Raise up and train great leaders.

Lift up his head  Psalm 110:7 CHRIST raised from Calvary to the Throne.

Lift up mine eyes  Psalm 121:1 Where shall we look for help?

Lift up a companion  Ecclesiastes 4:10 To restore to spiritual health.

Holman Bible Dictionary [4]

 Leviticus 9:22 2 Genesis 14:22 Exodus 6:8 Deuteronomy 32:40 3 2 Samuel 18:28 2 Samuel 20:21 1 Kings 11:26-27 4 Psalm 41:9 John 13:18

Several uses of lift must be viewed in light of the ancient requirement of prostrating oneself before a superior ( Genesis 43:26;  1 Samuel 25:23 ).  5 . To lift up someone's head is to accept the person ( Genesis 40:13;  Psalm 3:3 ) or even exalt the person ( Psalm 27:6 ).  6 . To lift up one's face is to appear bold and confident of acceptance ( 2 Samuel 2:22;  Ezra 9:6 ). To lift up one's face may express a rejection of another's sovereignty ( Judges 8:28 ). The lifting of God's face or countenance is a sign of favor ( Numbers 6:26;  Psalm 4:6 ).  7 . To lift up one's eyes or heart is to be haughty or prideful ( Deuteronomy 8:14;  2 Kings 14:10;  2 Kings 19:22;  2 Chronicles 25:19;  Proverbs 30:13;  Isaiah 37:23 ).  8 . Eyes, hands, heart, and soul are frequently lifted up to God in fervent prayer ( Psalm 25:1;  Psalm 28:2;  Psalm 63:4;  Psalm 134:2;  Psalm 141:2;  Lamentations 2:19;  Daniel 4:34;  1 Timothy 2:8 ).  9 . In John's Gospel, lifting up refers both to the lifting up of Jesus on the cross and to His exaltation (resurrection/ascension) ( John 3:14;  John 8:28;  John 12:32 ,John 12:32, 12:34 ).

Webster's Dictionary [5]

(1): ( v. t.) To raise, elevate, exalt, improve, in rank, condition, estimation, character, etc.; - often with up.

(2): ( v. i.) To rise; to become or appear raised or elevated; as, the fog lifts; the land lifts to a ship approaching it.

(3): ( v. t.) To live by theft.

(4): ( v. t.) To collect, as moneys due; to raise.

(5): ( n.) A handle.

(6): ( n.) Act of lifting; also, that which is lifted.

(7): ( n.) A hoisting machine; an elevator; a dumb waiter.

(8): ( v. i.) To try to raise something; to exert the strength for raising or bearing.

(9): ( n.) The space or distance through which anything is lifted; as, a long lift.

(10): ( n.) That portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given.

(11): ( n.) A layer of leather in the heel.

(12): ( n.) One of the steps of a cone pulley.

(13): ( n.) A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below; - used for raising or supporting the end of the yard.

(14): ( n.) A lift gate. See Lift gate, below.

(15): ( n.) A rise; a degree of elevation; as, the lift of a lock in canals.

(16): ( n.) An exercising machine.

(17): ( v. t.) To bear; to support.

(18): ( n.) That by means of which a person or thing lifts or is lifted

(19): ( n.) The sky; the atmosphere; the firmament.

(20): ( v. t.) To move in a direction opposite to that of gravitation; to raise; to elevate; to bring up from a lower place to a higher; to upheave; sometimes implying a continued support or holding in the higher place; - said of material things; as, to lift the foot or the hand; to lift a chair or a burden.

(21): ( v. t.) To steal; to carry off by theft (esp. cattle); as, to lift a drove of cattle.

(22): ( n.) Help; assistance, as by lifting; as, to give one a lift in a wagon.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [6]

To make lofty, to raise up. A very common word in English Versions of the Bible representing a great variety of Hebrew and Greek words, although in the Old Testament used chiefly as the translation of נשׂא , nāsā' . Of none of these words, however, is "lift" used as a technical translation, and "lift" is interchanged freely with its synonyms, especially "exalt" (compare   Psalm 75:5;  Psalm 89:24 ) and "raise" (compare  Ecclesiastes 4:10;  2 Samuel 12:17 ). "Lift" is still perfectly good English, but not in all the senses in which it is used in English Versions of the Bible; e.g. such phrases as "men that lifted up axes upon a thicket" ( Psalm 74:5 ), "lift up thy feet unto the perpetual ruins" ( Psalm 74:3 , etc.), and even the common "lift up the eyes" or "hands" are distinctly archaic. However, almost all the uses are perfectly clear, and only the following need be noted. "To lift up the head" ( Genesis 40:13 ,  Genesis 40:19 ,  Genesis 40:20;  2 Kings 25:27;  Psalm 3:3; Sirach 11:13;  Luke 21:28 ) means to raise from a low condition (but on  Psalm 24:7 ,  Psalm 24:9 see Gate ). To "lift up the horn" ( Psalm 75:5 ) is to assume a confident position, the figure being taken from fighting oxen (see Horn ). "Lift up the face" may be meant literally ( 2 Kings 9:32 ), or it may denote the bestowal of favor ( Psalm 4:6 ); it may mean the attitude of a righteous man toward God ( Job 22:26 ), or simply the attitude of a suppliant ( Ezra 9:6 ).

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature [7]

(prop. נָשָׂא , Αἴρω ), besides having the general sense of raising, is used in several peculiar phrases in Scripture. To Lift Up The Hands is, among the Orientals, a common part of the ceremony of taking an oath: "I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord," says Abraham ( Genesis 14:22); "I will bring you into the land concerning which I lift up my hand" ( Exodus 6:8), which I promised with an oath. To Lift Up One'S Hand Against Any One is to attack him, to fight him ( 2 Samuel 18:28;  1 Kings 11:26). To Lift Up One'S Face in the presence of any one is to appear boldly in his presence ( 2 Samuel 2:22;  Ezra 9:6. (See also  Job 10:15;  Job 11:15.) To Lift Up One'S Hands, Eyes, Soul, or Heart Unto The Lord are expressions describing the sentiments and emotion of one who prays earnestly or desires a thing with ardor.