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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. i.) To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward; -- the opposite of ascend.

2. (v. i.) To enter mentally; to retire.

3. (v. i.) To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence; -- with on or upon.

4. (v. i.) To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase one's self; as, he descended from his high estate.

5. (v. i.) To pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered.

6. (v. i.) To come down, as from a source, original, or stock; to be derived; to proceed by generation or by transmission; to fall or pass by inheritance; as, the beggar may descend from a prince; a crown descends to the heir.

7. (v. i.) To move toward the south, or to the southward.

8. (v. i.) To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone.

9. (v. t.) To go down upon or along; to pass from a higher to a lower part of; as, they descended the river in boats; to descend a ladder.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

de-send', de-sent' (yaradh; katabaino, "go down"); (katabasis): Of Yahweh (Exodus 34:5); of the Spirit (Matthew 3:16); of angels (Genesis 28:12 Matthew 28:2 John 1:51); of Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:16 Ephesians 4:9). "He also descended into the lower parts of the earth" is variously interpreted, the two chief interpretations being the one of the incarnation, and the other of the "descent into hell" (1 Peter 3:19). The former regards the clause "of the earth," an appositive genitive, as when we speak of "the city of Rome," namely, "the lower parts, i.e. the earth." The other regards the genitive as possessive, or, with Meyer, as governed by the comparative, i.e. "parts lower than the earth." For the former view, see full discussion in Eadie; for the latter, Ellicott and especially Meyer, in commentaries on Eph.

H. E. Jacobs

2597. katabaino -- to go down
... Phonetic Spelling: (kat-ab-ah'-ee-no) Short Definition: I go down, come down Definition:
I go down, come down, either from the sky or from higher land, descend ...
// - 9k

2718. katerchomai -- to come down
... 3), went down (4). come down, descend, go down. From kata and erchomai
(including its alternate); to come (or go) down (literally ...
// - 7k

2658. katantao -- to come down to, reach
... to the sea-coast), or from the high seas to the coast; hence met: I arrive at, reach
(my destination), (b) of property: I come down (descend) by inheritance to ...
// - 7k

4782. sugkatabaino -- to go down with
... go down with. From sun and katabaino; to descend in company with -- go down with.
see GREEK sun. see GREEK katabaino. (sunkatabantes) -- 1 Occurrence. ...
// - 6k

Strong's Hebrew
3381. yarad -- to come or go down, descend
... 3380, 3381. yarad. 3382 . to come or go down, descend. Transliteration: yarad
Phonetic Spelling: (yaw-rad') Short Definition: down. Word Origin a prim. ...
/hebrew/3381.htm - 7k

6795. tsanach -- to descend
... 6794b, 6795. tsanach. 6796 . to descend. Transliteration: tsanach Phonetic
Spelling: (tsaw-nakh') Short Definition: alighted. Word Origin a prim. ...
/hebrew/6795.htm - 6k

5181. nacheth -- to go down, descend
... 5180, 5181. nacheth. 5182 . to go down, descend. Transliteration: nacheth Phonetic
Spelling: (naw-khath') Short Definition: bend. Word Origin a prim. ...
/hebrew/5181.htm - 6k

5182. necheth -- to descend
... 5181, 5182. necheth. 5183 . to descend. Transliteration: necheth Phonetic
Spelling: (nekh-ath') Short Definition: deposed. Word ...
/hebrew/5182.htm - 6k

7585. sheol -- underworld (place to which people descend at death)
... underworld (place to which people descend at death). Transliteration: sheol or
sheol Phonetic Spelling: (sheh-ole') Short Definition: Sheol. ...
/hebrew/7585.htm - 6k

4354. Makiri -- descendant of Machir
... of Machir NASB Word Usage Machirites (1). of Machir. Patronymical from Makiyr; a
Makirite or descend. Of Makir -- of Machir. see HEBREW Makiyr. 4353, 4354. ...
/hebrew/4354.htm - 6k

4084. Midyani -- a descendant of Midian
... Midianite. Patronymical or patrial from Midyan; a Midjanite or descend. (native)
of Midjan -- Midianite. Compare Mdaniy. see HEBREW Midyan. see HEBREW Mdaniy. ...
/hebrew/4084.htm - 6k


Whether it was Fitting for Christ to Descend into Hell?
... OF CHRIST'S DESCENT INTO HELL (EIGHT ARTICLES) Whether it was fitting for
Christ to descend into hell? Objection 1: It would seem ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether it was fitting for 7.htm

Spirit of God, in Love Descend,
... PENTECOST Spirit of God, in love descend,. tr., John Brownlie 8,8,8,8. I. Spirit
of God, in love descend,. And make our hearts Thy place of rest,. ...
/.../brownlie/hymns from the morningland/spirit of god in love.htm

Spirit of God, in Love Descend,
... HYMNS OF THE EARLY CHURCH Spirit of God, in love descend,. 8,8,8,8. Spirit of
God, in love descend,. And make our hearts Thy place of rest; ...
/.../brownlie/hymns of the early church/spirit of god in love.htm

Now Comes the Second Part of the Prayer, in which we Descend to ...
... Of Prayer. John Calvin Chapter 44 Now comes the second part of the prayer,
in which we descend to our own? Now comes the second ...
/.../calvin/of prayer--a perpetual exercise of faith/chapter 44 now comes the.htm

The Apostles Teach that it was Neither Christ nor the Saviour, but ...
... Against Heresies: Book III Chapter XVII."The apostles teach that it was neither
Christ nor the Saviour, but the Holy Spirit, who did descend upon Jesus. ...
/.../irenaeus/against heresies/chapter xvii the apostles teach that.htm

"Then Why," it is Asked, "Did the Deity Descend to Such ...
... Chapter XIV. "Then why," it is asked, "did the Deity descend to such humiliation? ...
"Then why," it is asked, "did the Deity descend to such humiliation? ...
/.../gregory/gregory of nyssa dogmatic treatises etc/chapter xiv then why it.htm

The Lord's Descent from Heaven.
... "The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout." The ... "The Lord Himself
shall descend." Unspeakably precious is this word to the hearts of His own. ...
// redeemers return/1 the lords descent from.htm

1 Cor. Ix. 24
... For as there, though many descend into the course not many are crowned, but this
befalls one only; and it is not enough to descend into the contest, nor to ...
/.../homilies on the epistles of paul to the corinthians/homily xxiii 1 cor ix.htm

1 Thessalonians iv. 15-17
... For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of
the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise ...
/.../homily viii 1 thessalonians iv.htm

Psalm CXX.
... But degrees, as they are used in this Psalm, are of ascending...There are therefore
both those who ascend and those who descend on that ladder. ...
/.../ on the book of psalms/psalm cxx.htm

Descend (34 Occurrences)
... a source, original, or stock; to be derived; to proceed by generation or by
transmission; to fall or pass by inheritance; as, the beggar may descend from a ...
/d/descend.htm - 19k

Fall (522 Occurrences)
... 1. (vt) To Descend, either suddenly or gradually; particularly, to descend by the
force of gravity; to drop; to sink; as, the apple falls; the tide falls; the ...
/f/fall.htm - 62k

Nether (19 Occurrences)
... Ezekiel 26:20 then will I bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, to
the people of old time, and will make thee to dwell in the nether parts of ...
/n/nether.htm - 12k

Down (12601 Occurrences)
... 18. (vt) To cause to go down; to make descend; to put down; to overthrow, as in
wrestling; hence, to subdue; to bring down. 19. (vi) To go down; to descend. ...
/d/down.htm - 9k

Alight (3 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (vi) To spring down, get down, or descend, as
from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount. 2. (vi ...
/a/alight.htm - 7k

Nether-world (41 Occurrences)
... its desire, and opened its mouth without measure; and their glory, and their multitude,
and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth among them, descend into it . ...
/n/nether-world.htm - 16k

Light (2869 Occurrences)
... 43. (vi) To dismount; to descend, as from a horse or carriage; to alight; -- with
from, off, on, upon, at, in. 44. (vi) To feel light; to be made happy. 45. ...
/l/light.htm - 31k

Lower (72 Occurrences)
... 2. (v.) To let descend by its own weight, as something suspended; to let down; as,
to lower a bucket into a well; to lower a sail or a boat; sometimes, to pull ...
/l/lower.htm - 30k

Sea (4178 Occurrences)
... above the valley, bring an abnormal amount of debris into the river, as do a large
number of shorter tributaries which descend an equal amount from the ...
/s/sea.htm - 87k

Sheol (64 Occurrences)
... RSV). Job 17:16 Shall it go down with me to the gates of Sheol, or descend
together into the dust?" (WEB ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV). Job ...
/s/sheol.htm - 34k

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Descend (34 Occurrences)

Matthew 7:25
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

Matthew 7:27
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Matthew 11:23
And thou, Capernaum, shalt thou be exalted even to Heaven? Even to Hades shalt thou descend. For had the mighty works been done in Sodom which have been done in thee, it would have remained until now.

Matthew 27:40
and saying, Thou that destroyest the temple and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou art Son of God, descend from the cross.

Matthew 27:42
He saved others, himself he cannot save. He is King of Israel: let him descend now from the cross, and we will believe on him.

Mark 15:30
save thyself, and descend from the cross.

Mark 15:32
Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

John 1:32
John testified, saying, "I have seen the Spirit descending like a dove out of heaven, and it remained on him.

John 1:33
I didn't recognize him, but he who sent me to baptize in water, he said to me,'On whomever you will see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.'

Acts 11:5
"I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision: a certain container descending, like it was a great sheet let down from heaven by four corners. It came as far as me.

Romans 10:7
or,'Who will descend into the abyss?' (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead.)"

1 Thessalonians 4:16
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with God's trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first,

Exodus 19:24
And Jehovah said to him, Go, descend, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee; but the priests and the people shall not break through to go up to Jehovah, lest he break forth on them.

Exodus 32:7
And Jehovah saith unto Moses, 'Go, descend, for thy people whom thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt hath done corruptly,

Exodus 33:9
It happened, when Moses entered into the Tent, that the pillar of cloud descended, stood at the door of the Tent, and spoke with Moses.

Numbers 16:30
But if the LORD make a new thing, and the ground open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down alive into the pit, then ye shall understand that these men have despised the LORD.'
(See NAS)

Numbers 34:11
And the coast shall go down from Shepham to Riblah, on the east side of Ain; and the border shall descend, and shall reach unto the side of the sea of Chinnereth eastward:

Deuteronomy 32:2
My doctrine shall drop as the rain. My speech shall condense as the dew, as the small rain on the tender grass, as the showers on the herb.
(See NIV)

1 Samuel 26:10
David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.

Nehemiah 3:15
The spring gate repaired Shallun the son of Colhozeh, the ruler of the district of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it, and set up its doors, its bolts, and its bars, and the wall of the pool of Shelah by the king's garden, even to the stairs that go down from the city of David.
(See NAS)

Job 17:16
Shall it go down with me to the gates of Sheol, or descend together into the dust?"

Psalms 7:16
The trouble he causes shall return to his own head. His violence shall come down on the crown of his own head.

Psalms 49:17
For when he dies he shall carry nothing away. His glory shall not descend after him.

Song of Songs 4:1
Behold, you are beautiful, my love. Behold, you are beautiful. Your eyes are doves behind your veil. Your hair is as a flock of goats, that descend from Mount Gilead.

Song of Songs 4:8
Come with me from Lebanon, my bride, with me from Lebanon; see from the top of Amana, from the top of Senir and Hermon, from the places of the lions, from the mountains of the leopards.
(See NIV)

Isaiah 5:14
Therefore Sheol has enlarged its desire, and opened its mouth without measure; and their glory, their multitude, their pomp, and he who rejoices among them, descend into it.

Isaiah 14:19
But you, like a birth before its time, are stretched out with no resting-place in the earth; clothed with the bodies of the dead who have been put to the sword, who go down to the lowest parts of the underworld; a dead body, crushed under foot.
(See NIV)

Isaiah 27:6
He shall cause them that descend from Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.

Isaiah 32:19
But it shall hail in the downfall of the forest; and the city shall be utterly laid low.
(See JPS)

Isaiah 34:5
For my sword in heaven is full of wrath: see, it is coming down on Edom, in punishment on the people of my curse.

Isaiah 43:14
Thus said Jehovah, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: 'For your sake I have sent to Babylon, And caused bars to descend -- all of them, And the Chaldeans, whose song 'is' in the ships.

Lamentations 1:13
From above He hath sent fire into my bone, And it subdueth it, He hath spread a net for my feet, He hath turned me backward, He hath made me desolate -- all the day sick.
(See RSV)

Ezekiel 26:20
then will I bring you down with those who descend into the pit, to the people of old time, and will make you to dwell in the lower parts of the earth, in the places that are desolate of old, with those who go down to the pit, that you be not inhabited; and I will set glory in the land of the living:

Ezekiel 31:16
I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to Sheol with those who descend into the pit; and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, were comforted in the lower parts of the earth.



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