(From International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)
re-nu': The word is used in various senses: (1) of material things, e.g. Psalms 104:30; here it means to give a new appearance, to refresh, to restore the face of the earth; (2) in I Samuel 11:14, to establish more firmly the kingdom by reinstalling King Saul; (3) in II Chronicles 15:8, to rebuild or repair the broken altar; (4) in Lamentations 5:21, "renew our days," restore the favors of former days; (5) in Isaiah 41:1, 'let them gather together, or marshal their strongest arguments for answer'; (6) in Psalms 103:5; Isaiah 40:31, it refers to the restoring of spiritual strength; (7) in the New Testament it invariably refers to spiritual renewal, e.g. Romans 12:2; II Corinthians 4:16; Ephesians 4:23; Colossians 3:10; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 6:6; all derivatives of kainos, "new."
G. H. Gerberding
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