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Smith's Bible Dictionary

In the history of "greater light," of the creation the sun is described as "greater light," in contradistinction to the moon, the "lesser light," in conjunction with which it was to serve "for signs and for seasons, and for days, and for years," while its special office was "to rule the day." (Genesis 1:14-16) The "signs" referred to were probably such extraordinary phenomena as eclipses, which were regarded as conveying premonitions of coming events. (Jeremiah 10:2; Matthew 24:29) with Luke 21:25 The joint influence assigned to the sun and moon in deciding the "seasons," both for agricultural operations and for religious festivals, and also in regulating the length and subdivisions of the years "correctly describes the combination of the lunar and solar year which prevailed at all events subsequent to the Mosaic period. Sunrise and sunset are the only defined points of time in the absence of artificial contrivances for telling the hour of the day. Between these two points the Jews recognized three periods, viz., when the sun became hot, about 9 A.M. (1 Samuel 11:9; Nehemiah 7:3) the double light, or noon. (Genesis 43:16; 2 Samuel 4:5) and "the cool of the day," shortly before sunset. (Genesis 3:8) The sun also served to fix the quarters of the hemisphere, east, west north and south, which were represented respectively by the rising sun, the setting sun, (Isaiah 45:6; Psalms 50:1) the dark quarter, (Genesis 13:14; Joel 2:20) and the brilliant quarter, (33:23; Job 37:17; Ezekiel 40:24) or otherwise by their position relative to a person facing the rising sun--before, behind, on the left hand and on the right hand. (Job 23:8,9) The worship of the sun, as the most prominent and powerful agent in the kingdom of nature, was widely diffused throughout the countries adjacent to Palestine. The Arabians appear to have paid direct worship to it without the intervention of any statue or symbol, (Job 31:26,27) and this simple style of worship was probably familiar to the ancestors of the Jews in Chaldaea and Mesopotamia. The Hebrews must have been well acquainted with the idolatrous worship of the sun during the captivity in Egypt, both from the contiguity of On, the chief seat of the worship of the sun, as implied in the name itself (On being the equivalent of the Hebrew Bethshemesh, "house of the sun") (Jeremiah 43:13) and also from the connection between Joseph and Potipherah("he who belongs to Ela") the priest of On, (Genesis 41:45) After their removal to Canaan, the Hebrews came in contact with various forms of idolatry which originated in the worship of the sun; such as the Baal of the Phoenicians, the Molech or Milcom of the Ammonites, and the Hadad of the Syrians. The importance attached to the worship of the sun by the Jewish kings may be inferred from the fact that the horses sacred to the sun were stalled within the precincts of the temple. (2 Kings 23:11) In the metaphorical language of Scripture the sun is emblematic of the law of God, (Psalms 19:7) of the cheering presence of God, (Psalms 84:11) of the person of the Saviour, (John 1:9; Malachi 4:2) and of the glory and purity of heavenly beings. (Revelation 1:16; 10:1)

ATS Bible Dictionary

The great luminary of day, which furnishes so many similitudes to the Hebrew poets, as well as those of all nations, Jud 5:31 Psalm 84:11 Proverbs 4:18 Luke 1:78,79 John 8:12. For the idolatrous worship of the sun, see BAAL.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Hebrews shemesh), first mentioned along with the moon as the two great luminaries of heaven (Genesis 1:14-18). By their motions and influence they were intended to Mark and divide times and seasons. The worship of the sun was one of the oldest forms of false religion (Job 31:26, 27), and was common among the Egyptians and Chaldeans and other pagan nations. The Jews were warned against this form of idolatry (Deuteronomy 4:19; 17:3; Comp. 2 Kings 23:11; Jeremiah 19:13).
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) See Sunn.

2. (n.) The luminous orb, the light of which constitutes day, and its absence night; the central body round which the earth and planets revolve, by which they are held in their orbits, and from which they receive light and heat. Its mean distance from the earth is about 92,500,000 miles, and its diameter about 860,000.

3. (n.) Any heavenly body which forms the center of a system of orbs.

4. (n.) The direct light or warmth of the sun; sunshine.

5. (n.) That which resembles the sun, as in splendor or importance; any source of light, warmth, or animation.

6. (v. t.) To expose to the sun's rays; to warm or dry in the sun; as, to sun cloth; to sun grain.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

(markebhoth ha-shemesh): These, together with "horses of the sun," are mentioned in 2 Kings 23:11. They are said to have stood in the temple, a gift of the kings of Judah. Josiah removed the horses from the precincts of the temple and burned the chariots. Among the Greeks, Helios was endowed with horses and chariots. Thus the course of the sun as he sped across the skies was understood by the mythological mind of antiquity. The Babylonian god Shamash (= Hebrew Shemesh) likewise had his chariot and horses as well as his charioteer. The cult of the sun and other heavenly bodies which was particularly in vogue during the latter days of the Judean monarchy (compare 2 Kings 23:5 Ezekiel 8:16; Deuteronomy 17:3 Jeremiah 8:2) seems to have constituted an element of the Canaanitish religion (compare the names of localities like Beth-shemesh and the like). The chariots of the sun are also referred to in Enoch 72:5, 37; 75:4, and Greek Apocrypha of Baruch 6.

Max L. Margolis


(2 Kings 23:11): In connection with the sun-worship practiced by idolatrous kings in the temple at Jerusalem (2 Kings 23:5; compare Ezekiel 8:16), horses dedicated to the sun, with chariots, had been placed at the entrance of the sacred edifice. These Josiah, in his great reformation, "took away," and burned the chariots with fire. Horses sacred to the sun were common among oriental peoples (Bochart, Heiroz., I, 2, 10).

SUN (2)

(Figurative): Poetical conceptions for the sun are frequently found in the Scriptures, though the strictly figurative expressions are not common. Undoubtedly the Jewish festivals, religious as well as agricultural, were determined by the sun's movements, and this fact, together with the poetical nature of the Hebrews and their lack of scientific knowledge, had a tendency. to multiply spiritual and metaphorical expressions concerning the "greater light" of the heavens. Some of these poetical conceptions are very beautiful, such as the sun having a habitation (Habakkuk 3:11), a tabernacle (Psalm 19:4 f) set for him by Yahweh, out of which he comes as a bridegroom from his chamber, rejoicing as a strong man to run a race. The sun is also given as the emblem of constancy (Psalm 72:5, 17), of beauty (Songs 6:10), of the law of God (Psalm 19:7), of the purity of heavenly beings (Revelation 1:16; Revelation 12:1), and of the presence and person of God (Psalm 84:11). The ancient world given to personifying the sun did not refrain from sun-worship, and even the Hebrew in the time of the kings came perilously near this idolatry (2 Kings 23:11).


C. E. Schenk


smit'-ing: Exposure of the uncovered head to the heat of the sun is likely to produce either of two conditions; the commoner is heat exhaustion with faintness, the rarer is heatstroke with fever and paralysis of the heat-regulating apparatus of the nervous system. This condition is described as siriasis. The two fatal instances recorded were probably of the latter kind. One, the case of the Shunammite's son (2 Kings 4:19), was apparently very acute, like some of the cases described by Manson and Sambon. Of the other case, that of Manasseh, Judith's husband, we have no particulars (Judith 8:3), except that it was likewise brought on by exposure in the harvest field, and occurred at the time of barley harvest, that is, early in May. Jonah's attack was one of heat syncope, as he fainted from the heat (Jonah 4:8). According both to psalmist (Psalm 121:6) and to prophet (Isaiah 49:10), the people of God are protected from the stroke of the sun as well as from that of the moon. The latter was supposed to cause lunacy (hence, the name), and epilepsy, so in Matthew 4:24 the word rendered "lunatic" (the King James Version) for "epileptic" (Revised Version) is seleniazomenous, literally, "moon struck."


Alexander Macalister



SUN (1)

See ASTRONOMY, sec. I, 2.







2246. helios -- the sun
... the sun. Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: helios Phonetic Spelling:
(hay'-lee-os) Short Definition: the sun, sunlight Definition: the sun ...
// - 6k

1424. dusme -- a setting (as of the sun), by impl. (the) western ...
... 1423, 1424. dusme. 1425 . a setting (as of the sun), by impl. ... Word Origin
from duno Definition a setting (as of the sun), by impl. ...
// - 6k

4862. sun -- with, together with (expresses association with)
... 4861, 4862. sun. 4863 . with ... completeness. see GREEK meta. see GREEK para.
(sun) -- 128 Occurrences. 4861, 4862. sun. 4863 . Strong's Numbers.
// - 7k

1931. epiduo -- to set (of the sun)
... to set (of the sun). Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: epiduo Phonetic Spelling:
(ep-ee-doo'-o) Short Definition: I sink, set Definition: I sink, set, set ...
// - 6k

395. anatole -- a rising
... a rising. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: anatole Phonetic Spelling:
(an-at-ol-ay') Short Definition: rising of the sun, the East Definition: (a ...
// - 6k

1506. eilikrines -- judged by sunlight, unalloyed, pure
... Word Origin of uncertain origin, perhaps from heile (the sun's ray) and krino
Definition judged by sunlight, unalloyed, pure NASB Word Usage sincere (2). ...
// - 7k

3326. meta -- with, among, after
... with which it is joined; occupying an intermediate position between apo or ek and
eis or pros; less intimate than en and less close than sun) -- after(-ward ...
// - 8k

4944. sunodino -- to be in travail together
... Word Origin from sun and odino Definition to be in travail together NASB Word Usage
suffers the pains of childbirth (2), together* (1). ... see GREEK sun. ...
// - 6k

4943. sunupourgeo -- to help together
... Word Origin from sun and hupourgeo (to render service, assist) Definition to help
together NASB Word Usage joining in helping (1). help together. ... see GREEK sun. ...
// - 7k

4853. sumphuletes -- a fellow tribesman or countryman
... Word Origin from sun and phule Definition a fellow tribesman or countryman NASB
Word Usage countrymen (1). countryman. ... see GREEK sun. see GREEK phule. ...
// - 6k

Strong's Hebrew
8121. shemesh -- sun
... 8120, 8121. shemesh. 8122 . sun. Transliteration: shemesh Phonetic Spelling:
(sheh'-mesh) Short Definition: sun. Word Origin from ...
/hebrew/8121.htm - 6k

2535. chammah -- heat, sun
... 2534, 2535. chammah. 2536 . heat, sun. Transliteration: chammah Phonetic
Spelling: (kham-maw') Short Definition: sun. Word Origin ...
/hebrew/2535.htm - 6k

8122. shemash -- sun
... shemash. 8123 . sun. Transliteration: shemash Phonetic Spelling: (sheh'-mesh)
Short Definition: sunset. ... sun. (Aramaic) corresponding to shemesh; the sun -- sun ...
/hebrew/8122.htm - 6k

2775a. cheres -- the sun
... cheres. 2775b . the sun. Transliteration: cheres Short Definition: sun. Word Origin
of uncertain derivation Definition the sun NASB Word Usage sun (2). ...
/hebrew/2775a.htm - 5k

2775. cherec -- the sun
... 2774, 2775. cherec. 2775a . the sun. Transliteration: cherec Phonetic
Spelling: (kheh'-res) Short Definition: itch. itch, sun Or ...
/hebrew/2775.htm - 5k

5885. En Shemesh -- "spring of (the) sun," a place on the border ...
... En Shemesh. 5886 . "spring of (the) sun," a place on the ... En-shemesh. From ayin
and shemesh; fountain of the sun; En-Shemesh, a place in Palestine -- En-shemesh ...
/hebrew/5885.htm - 6k

2553. chamman -- a sun pillar
... chamman. 2554 . a sun pillar. Transliteration: chamman Phonetic Spelling:
(kham-mawn') Short Definition: altars. ... From chammah; a sun-pillar -- idol, image. ...
/hebrew/2553.htm - 6k

5905. Ir Shemesh -- "city of the sun," a city in Dan
... 5904, 5905. Ir Shemesh. 5906 . "city of the sun," a city in Dan. Transliteration:
Ir Shemesh Phonetic Spelling: (eer sheh'-mesh) Short Definition: Ir-shemesh ...
/hebrew/5905.htm - 6k

1053. Beth Shemesh -- "sun temple," three places in Palestine ...
... "sun ... Word Origin from bayith and shemesh Definition "sun temple," three places in
Pal., also a place in Eg. NASB Word Usage Beth-shemesh (20), Heliopolis (1). ...
/hebrew/1053.htm - 6k

8556. Timnath Cherec -- "territory of the sun," a village in the ...
Timnath Cherec. 8555, 8556. Timnath Cherec. 8556a . "territory of the sun,"
a village in the hill country of Ephraim. Transliteration: Timnath Cherec Phonetic ...
/hebrew/8556.htm - 6k


Sun and Wind
... SUN AND WIND. Once upon a time, according to an old fable, the sun and the northwind
had a contest to see which could take a man's coat off the more quickly. ...
/.../chidley/fifty-two story talks to boys and girls/sun and wind.htm

"Above the Sun. "
... "ABOVE THE SUN.". ... All night's golden constellations dimly shine as day draws on,
And the moon must veil her beauties at the rising of the sun. ...
// groans and new songs/above the sun.htm

The Sun Stayed
... THE BOOK OF JOSHUA THE SUN STAYED. Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon.'-JOSHUA
x.12. 'The last time,' what a sad sound that has! ... It is vain for us to say, 'Sun! ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/the sun stayed.htm

Phial the Fourth, on the Sun of the Bestial Heaven.
... Phial the Fourth, On the Sun of the Bestial Heaven. ... For the sun is not to be
placed, or conceived to exist, but in a heaven suitable to it. ...
/.../ key to the apocalypse/phial the fourth on the.htm

"The Sun of Righteousness"
... "The Sun of Righteousness". A Sermon (No.1020). Delivered on Lord's-day Morning,
November 12th, 1871 by. CH SPURGEON,. ... "The Sun of righteousness.""Malachi 4:2. ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 17 1871/the sun of righteousness.htm

Beyond the Brightness of the Sun
... Beyond the Brightness of the Sun. TP Acts 22:11. ... I have seen a light from heaven,.
Past the brightness of the sun". Light that knows no cloud, no waning,. ...
/.../bevan/hymns of ter steegen suso and others/beyond the brightness of the.htm

Out from the Rising of the Sun,
... CHRISTMAS Out from the rising of the sun,. 8,6,8,6,8,6 tr., John Brownlie. I.
Out from the rising of the sun,. O'er tracts of desert wild,. ...
/...// from the east/out from the rising of.htm

Of the Sun and Moon.
... VIII."Of the Sun and Moon. Concerning the Sun and Moon ye are in error,
although they are in our immediate presence; in that ye ...
/.../commodianus/the instructions of commodianus/viii of the sun and moon.htm

Like the Beams that from the Sun
... PENTECOST Like the beams that from the sun. tr., John Brownlie 7,7,7,3. I. Like
the beams that from the sun,. Pierce the blackness of the night,. ...
/.../brownlie/hymns from the morningland/like the beams that from.htm

The Sun to Rule by Day
... The Sun to Rule by Day. Gerhard Ter Steegen Philippians 2:13. ... By valiant purpose
and by steadfast will. Behold the summer flowers beneath the sun,. ...
/.../bevan/hymns of ter steegen suso and others/the sun to rule by.htm

Sun (1708 Occurrences)
... The worship of the sun was one of the oldest forms of false religion (Job 31:26,
27), and was common among the Egyptians and Chaldeans and other pagan nations. ...
/s/sun.htm - 14k

Sun-rising (14 Occurrences)
Sun-rising. Sunrising, Sun-rising. Suns . Multi-Version Concordance
Sun-rising (14 Occurrences). Numbers 2:3 And for ...
/s/sun-rising.htm - 10k

Sun-worship. Sunworship, Sun-worship. Sup . Int. Standard Bible
Encyclopedia SUN-WORSHIP. sun'-wur-ship: The splendor of ...
/s/sun-worship.htm - 8k

Sun-images (6 Occurrences)
Sun-images. Sunimages, Sun-images. Sun-jewels . Int. Standard Bible
Encyclopedia SUN-IMAGES. See IMAGES. Multi-Version Concordance ...
/s/sun-images.htm - 8k

Sun's (3 Occurrences)
... Multi-Version Concordance Sun's (3 Occurrences). Luke 23:45 the sun's light failing:
and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. (ASV RSV). ...
/s/sun's.htm - 7k

Sun-pillars (3 Occurrences)
Sun-pillars. Sunlight, Sun-pillars. Sunrise . Multi-Version
Concordance Sun-pillars (3 Occurrences). Leviticus 26:30 ...
/s/sun-pillars.htm - 7k

Sun-jewels (1 Occurrence)
Sun-jewels. Sun-images, Sun-jewels. Sunk . Multi-Version Concordance
Sun-jewels (1 Occurrence). Isaiah 3:18 In that ...
/s/sun-jewels.htm - 6k

Sun-scorched (2 Occurrences)
Sun-scorched. Sun's, Sun-scorched. Sunset . Multi-Version Concordance Sun-scorched
(2 Occurrences). Psalms 68:6 God sets the lonely in families. ...
/s/sun-scorched.htm - 7k

Sun-dial (1 Occurrence)
Sun-dial. Sundial, Sun-dial. Sundown . Multi-Version Concordance
Sun-dial (1 Occurrence). Isaiah 38:8 behold, I will ...
/s/sun-dial.htm - 6k

Sun-setting (1 Occurrence)
Sun-setting. Sunset, Sun-setting. Sunshine . Multi-Version
Concordance Sun-setting (1 Occurrence). Joshua 23:4 Behold ...
/s/sun-setting.htm - 6k

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Sun (1708 Occurrences)

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Sun Gate

Sun: Created

Sun: Diurnal Motion of

Sun: Does not Shine in Heaven

Sun: Figurative

Sun: Kings of Judah Dedicate Horses To

Sun: Miracles Concerning: Darkening of

Sun: Rising and Setting of

Sun: Shadow of Went Back on the Sun-Dial of Ahaz

Sun: Stood Still

Sun: Worship of, Forbidden

Sun: Worshiped


Tanning: General Scriptures Concerning

The Sun of Christ's Coming

The Sun of God's Favour

The Sun of Supreme Rulers

The Sun of the Glory of Christ

The Sun: (Before or in Sight of) of Public Ignominy

The Sun: (Darkened) of Severe Calamities

The Sun: (Going Down at Noon) of Premature Destruction

The Sun: (Its Brightness) of the Future Glory of Saints

The Sun: (Its Clearness) of the Purity of the Church

The Sun: (Its Power) of the Triumph of Saints

The Sun: (No More Going Down) of Perpetual Blessedness

The Sun: Called the Greater Light

The Sun: Clearness of Its Light Alluded To

The Sun: Compared to a Bridegroom Coming Forth from his Chamber

The Sun: Compared to a Strong Man Rejoicing to Run a Race

The Sun: Diffuses Light and Heat to all the Earth

The Sun: God: Appointed to Divide Seasons

The Sun: God: Appointed to Rule the Day

The Sun: God: Causes to Know Its Time of Setting

The Sun: God: Causes, to Rise Both on Evil and Good

The Sun: God: Created

The Sun: God: Exercises Sovereign Power Over

The Sun: God: Placed in the Firmament

The Sun: Indicates the Hours of the Day by the Shadow on the Dial

The Sun: Made to Praise and Glorify God

The Sun: Miracles Connected With: Darkened at the Crucifixion

The Sun: Miracles Connected With: Shadow Put Back on the Dial

The Sun: Miracles Connected With: Standing Still for a Whole Day in the Valley of Ajalon

The Sun: The Jews: Commenced Their Day With the Rising of

The Sun: The Jews: Commenced Their Evening With the Setting of

The Sun: The Jews: Consecrated Chariots and Horses, As Symbols of

The Sun: The Jews: Expressed the East by Rising of

The Sun: The Jews: Expressed the West by Setting of

The Sun: The Jews: Expressed the Whole Earth By, from Rising of, to Setting of

The Sun: The Jews: Forbidden to Worship

The Sun: The Jews: Made Images of

The Sun: The Jews: Worshipped

The Sun: The Power and Brilliancy of Its Rising Alluded To

The Sun: The Rays of Change the Colour of the Skin

The Sun: The Rays of Frequently Destructive to Human Life

The Sun: The Rays of Pleasant to Man

The Sun: The Rays of Produce and Ripen Fruits

The Sun: The Rays of Soften and Melt some Substances

The Sun: The Rays of Wither and Burn up the Herbs of the Field

The Sun: Worshippers of, Turned Their Faces Towards the East

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Sun-dial (1 Occurrence)

Sun-setting (1 Occurrence)

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Sunshine (4 Occurrences)

Sunlight (5 Occurrences)

Shone (27 Occurrences)

Brick (10 Occurrences)

Ariseth (20 Occurrences)

Smiting (76 Occurrences)

Meaningless (32 Occurrences)

Battle (282 Occurrences)

Sundown (9 Occurrences)

Sunrising (15 Occurrences)

Daylight (24 Occurrences)

Shine (62 Occurrences)

Sunrise (25 Occurrences)

Brightness (36 Occurrences)

Dayspring (2 Occurrences)

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Scorching (11 Occurrences)

Ashe'rim (19 Occurrences)

Dial (2 Occurrences)

Stars (64 Occurrences)

Vexation (36 Occurrences)

Ashtoreth (3 Occurrences)

Asherahs (23 Occurrences)

Bethhoron (12 Occurrences)

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Shining (115 Occurrences)

Sets (80 Occurrences)

Striving (33 Occurrences)

Moon (70 Occurrences)

Setting (82 Occurrences)

En-shemesh (2 Occurrences)

Distress (169 Occurrences)

Mist (17 Occurrences)

Blazing (27 Occurrences)

Brighter (6 Occurrences)

Circuit (27 Occurrences)

Chasing (12 Occurrences)


Astarte (2 Occurrences)

Shines (15 Occurrences)

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Scorched (21 Occurrences)

Dry (217 Occurrences)

Vanity (100 Occurrences)

Black (52 Occurrences)

Burned (587 Occurrences)

Burn (206 Occurrences)

Splendor (87 Occurrences)

Appointeth (28 Occurrences)


Bowing (35 Occurrences)


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Pursuit (35 Occurrences)

Enjoy (68 Occurrences)

Dark (234 Occurrences)

Shed (73 Occurrences)

Code (6 Occurrences)

Suburbs (75 Occurrences)

Advantage (44 Occurrences)

Samson (37 Occurrences)

Broad (113 Occurrences)


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Cold (25 Occurrences)

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