The meaning of Appearance in the Bible
(From International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)
a-per'-ans (mar'eh; chiefly used of the mystic and supernatural visions of Ezekiel and Daniel): A semblance, as of lightning, wheels, sapphire stone (Ezekiel 1:14, Ezekiel 1:16, Ezekiel 1:26); Gabriel's overpowering revelation (Daniel 8:15; see also Daniel 10:6, Daniel 10:18). In the New Testament refers exclusively, through three Greek words, prosopon, "sight," "countenance," to "outward appearance" (II Corinthians 10:7 the King James Version); and its possibly deceptive nature: opsis, "Judge not according to appearance." (John 7:24); "them that glory in appearance." (II Corinthians 5:12; compare I Samuel 16:7). See also 2:22, the English Revised Version, margin (eidos = "sight").
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