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1. (n.) The act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of seizing unexpectedly; surprisal; as, the fort was taken by surprise.

2. (n.) The state of being surprised, or taken unawares, by some act or event which could not reasonably be foreseen; emotion excited by what is sudden and strange; a suddenly excited feeling of wonder or astonishment.

3. (n.) Anything that causes such a state or emotion.

4. (n.) A dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no other contents.

5. (n.) To come or fall suddenly and unexpectedly; to take unawares; to seize or capture by unexpected attack.

6. (n.) To strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound; as, his conduct surprised me.

7. (n.) To lead (one) to do suddenly and without forethought; to bring (one) into some unexpected state; -- with into; as, to be surprised into an indiscretion; to be surprised into generosity.

8. (n.) To hold possession of; to hold.

1436. ea -- ah! ha! (interj. expressing surprise, indignation ...
... expressing surprise, indignation, fear). Part of Speech: Interjection Transliteration:
ea Phonetic Spelling: (eh'-ah) Short Definition: an interjection: ho! ...
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3758. oua -- ah! ha! (an expression of wonder or surprise)
... ah! ha! (an expression of wonder or surprise). Part of Speech: Interjection
Transliteration: oua Phonetic Spelling: (oo-ah') Short Definition: ah!, aha! ...
// - 6k

3579. xenizo -- to receive as a guest, to surprise
... to receive as a guest, to surprise. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: xenizo
Phonetic Spelling: (xen-id'-zo) Short Definition: I entertain a stranger, I ...
// - 7k

4301. prolambano -- to take beforehand
... am-ban'-o) Short Definition: I take before, anticipate, am overtaken Definition:
I take before, anticipate; pass: I am caught or overtaken, taken by surprise. ...
// - 6k

2396. ide -- see! behold!
... behold, see. Second person singular imperative active of eido; used as an interjection
to denote surprise; lo! -- behold, lo, see. see GREEK eido. 2395, 2396 ...
// - 6k

5035. tachu -- quickly
... Neuter singular of tachus (as adverb); shortly, ie Without delay, soon, or (by surprise)
suddenly, or (by implication, of ease) readily -- lightly, quickly. ...
// - 7k

2284. thambeo -- to astonish
... amaze, astonish. From thambos; to stupefy (with surprise), ie Astound -- amaze,
astonish. see GREEK thambos. (ethambethesan) -- 1 Occurrence. ...
// - 7k

2285. thambos -- amazement
... amazed, astonished, wonder. Akin to an obsolete tapho (to dumbfound); stupefaction
(by surprise), ie Astonishment -- X amazed, + astonished, wonder. ...
// - 7k

Strong's Hebrew
8610. taphas -- to lay hold of, wield
... catch, handle, lay, take hold on, over, stop, surely, surprise,. A primitive
root; to manipulate, ie Seize; chiefly to capture, wield ...
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253. ach -- ah!, alas!
... NASB Word Usage Ah (1), alas (1). ah, alas. A variation for 'ahahh; Oh! (expressive
of grief or surprise) -- ah, alas. see HEBREW 'ahahh. 252, 253. ach. 254 ...
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2005. hen -- lo! behold!
... behold, if, lo, though. A primitive particle; lo!; also (as expressing surprise)
if -- behold, if, lo, though. 2004, 2005. hen. 2006 . Strong's Numbers.
/hebrew/2005.htm - 6k


The Surprise Party.
to be the only guest, but found that a surprise had been planned for her. ...
/.../byrum/the value of a praying mother/chapter xiv the surprise party.htm

The Surprise of the Righteous
... SERMON XXXVII. THE SURPRISE OF THE RIGHTEOUS. Preached at Southsea for the Mission
of the Good Shepherd. October 1871. St Matthew 25:34-37. ...
/.../kingsley/all saints day and other sermons/sermon xxxvii the surprise of.htm

I must Express My Surprise that Celsus Should Class the Odrysians. ...
... Chapter XVI. I must express my surprise that Celsus should class the
Odrysians? I must express my surprise that Celsus should ...
/.../origen/origen against celsus/chapter xvi i must express.htm

And it is not Matter of Surprise that in Certain Generations There ...
... Chapter VIII. And it is not matter of surprise that in certain generations
there have existed prophets? And it is not matter of ...
/...// against celsus/chapter viii and it is.htm

Great Surprises.
... S. Luke 16:23. "In hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments.". INTRODUCTION."
What a great surprise for Dives! So utterly unawaited! ... Surprise number one. ...
/.../the village pulpit volume ii trinity to advent/xxxviii great surprises.htm

The Surprising Jew.
... Some Surprising Results of the Tragic Break The Surprising Jew. There is a third
surprise growing out of this tragic break, the greatest of all"the Jew. ...
// talks about jesus/the surprising jew.htm

But, if it Does not Weary You, Let the Point Out as Briefly as ...
... the faith may have these testimonies written on their hearts, lest any doubt concerning
the things which they believe should at any time take them by surprise. ...
/.../20 but if it does.htm

Sowing and Reaping.
... Their surprise well illustrates the state in which woman was held before Christ
lifted her to the side of man as his equal and companion. ...
/.../johnson/the new testament commentary vol iii john/sowing and reaping.htm

The Anointing of Jesus.
... This token of affection took the company by surprise. ... It was the manner
of the acknowledgment which took the company by surprise. ...
/.../the expositors bible the gospel of st john vol ii/i the anointing of jesus.htm

The Surprised Church.
... Another surprise is for the church, that is, the church of later generations, including
our own. The old Jew saw only a triumphant king, not a suffering king. ...
/...// talks about jesus/the surprised church.htm

Surprise (27 Occurrences)
... 1. (n.) The act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of seizing unexpectedly;
surprisal; as, the fort was taken by surprise. ...Surprise (27 Occurrences). ...
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Ambush (39 Occurrences)
... 1. (n.) The act of lying in wait, for the purpose of attacking by surprise. ... 4.
(vt) To station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy. ...
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Wonder (148 Occurrences)
... or the presentation to the sight or mind of something new, unusual, strange, great,
extraordinary, or not well understood; surprise; astonishment; admiration ...
/w/wonder.htm - 37k

Retribution (14 Occurrences)
... All things considered, the fact of punishment for sinners need not surprise;
the fact of pardon is the surprising thing. The surprise...
/r/retribution.htm - 29k

Alarm (26 Occurrences)
... 4. (n.) Sudden surprise with fear or terror excited by apprehension of danger; in
the military use, commonly, sudden apprehension of being attacked by surprise...
/a/alarm.htm - 16k

Startle (2 Occurrences)
... start. 2. (vt) To excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension; to frighten
suddenly and not seriously; to alarm; to surprise. 3 ...
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Attack (221 Occurrences)
... as you did to Jericho and its king: but their goods and their cattle you may take
for yourselves: let a secret force be stationed to make a surprise attack on ...
/a/attack.htm - 37k

Sounds (64 Occurrences)
... Jeremiah 18:16 Making their land a thing of wonder, causing sounds of surprise for
ever; everyone who goes by will be overcome with wonder, shaking his head. ...
/s/sounds.htm - 26k

Laughter (14 Occurrences)
... LAUGHTER. laf'-ter (chaq, tsachaq, "to laugh," sechoq, "laughter"; gelao, katagelao):
(1) Laughter as the expression of gladness, pleasurable surprise, is the ...
/l/laughter.htm - 13k

Lapse (9 Occurrences)
... 10. (vt) To surprise in a fault or error; hence, to surprise or catch, as an
offender. Multi-Version Concordance Lapse (9 Occurrences). ...
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Surprise (27 Occurrences)

Luke 11:38
Now the Pharisee saw to his surprise that He did not wash His hands before breakfasting.

Acts 3:10
And they saw that it was the man who made requests for money at the door of the Temple, and they were full of wonder and surprise at what had taken place.

Acts 3:12
And when Peter saw it he said to the people, You men of Israel, why are you so greatly surprised at this man? or why are you looking at us as if by our power or virtue we had given him the use of his legs?
(Root in BBE NIV)

Acts 8:9
But there was a certain man named Simon, who in the past had been a wonder-worker and a cause of surprise to the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was a great man:

Acts 8:13
And Simon himself had faith and, having had baptism, he went with Philip and, seeing the signs and the great wonders which he did, he was full of surprise.

1 Thessalonians 5:4
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that daylight should surprise you like a thief;

Joshua 8:2
And you are to do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king: but their goods and their cattle you may take for yourselves: let a secret force be stationed to make a surprise attack on the town from the back.

Joshua 8:12
And taking about five thousand men, he put them in position for a surprise attack on the west side of Ai, between Beth-el and Ai.

Joshua 8:21
And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the town had been taken by the surprise attack, and that the smoke of the town had gone up, turning round they overcame the men of Ai.

Joshua 10:9
Joshua therefore came on them suddenly. He went up from Gilgal all night.
(See NIV)

Judges 9:34
So Abimelech and the people with him got up by night, in four bands, to make a surprise attack on Shechem.

Judges 20:29
So Israel put men secretly all round Gibeah to make a surprise attack on it.

Judges 20:33
So all the men of Israel got up and put themselves in fighting order at Baal-tamar: and those who had been waiting secretly to make a surprise attack came rushing out of their place on the west of Geba.

Judges 20:36
So the children of Benjamin saw that they were overcome: and the men of Israel had given way before Benjamin, putting their faith in the watchers who were to make the surprise attack on Gibeah.

Judges 20:38
Now the sign fixed between the men of Israel and those making the surprise attack was that when they made a pillar of smoke go up from the town,

2 Chronicles 13:13
But Jeroboam had put some of his men to make a surprise attack on them from the back, so some were facing Judah and others were stationed secretly at their back.

2 Chronicles 20:22
And at the first notes of song and praise the Lord sent a surprise attack against the children of Ammon and Moab and the people of Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were overcome.

Psalms 35:8
Let destruction come on him unawares. Let his net that he has hidden catch himself. Let him fall into that destruction.
(See NIV)

Psalms 55:15
Let death come suddenly on them. Let them go down alive into Sheol. For wickedness is in their dwelling, in the midst of them.
(See NIV)

Jeremiah 18:16
Making their land a thing of wonder, causing sounds of surprise for ever; everyone who goes by will be overcome with wonder, shaking his head.

Jeremiah 19:8
And I will make this town a thing of wonder and a cause of surprise; everyone who goes by will be overcome with wonder and make sounds of surprise, because of all its troubles.

Jeremiah 25:9
See, I will send and take all the families of the north, says the Lord, and Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, my servant, and make them come against this land, and against its people, and against all these nations on every side; and I will give them up to complete destruction, and make them a cause of fear and surprise and a waste place for ever.

Jeremiah 25:18
Jerusalem and the towns of Judah and their kings and their princes, to make them a waste place, a cause of fear and surprise and a curse, as it is this day;

Jeremiah 29:18
I will go after them, attacking them with the sword and with need of food and with disease, and will make them a cause of fear to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse and a wonder and a surprise and a name of shame among all the nations where I have sent them:

Jeremiah 51:12
Let the flag be lifted up against the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, put the watchmen in their places, make ready a surprise attack: for it is the Lord's purpose, and he has done what he said about the people of Babylon.

Jeremiah 51:37
And Babylon will become a mass of broken walls, a hole for jackals, a cause of wonder and surprise, without a living man in it.

Ezekiel 27:36
Those who do business among the peoples make sounds of surprise at you; you have become a thing of fear, you have come to an end for ever.



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