The subject of this post is “presence” – as in “the presence of the Lord.”

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James 4:10 exhorts us to humble ourselves in the Lord’s presence.  The Strong’s Concordance that is used in the NASB website gives the following information about the Greek word which is translated “presence”:

1799 enôpios; from 1722 and ôps (the eye, face); in sight of, before:–before(46), front(1), presence(20), sight(22).

We can see from this entry that the word is more often translated “before Him” or “in the sight of” than it is “presence.”  Therefore, “humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord” is equivalent to

“humble yourselves before the Lord”

“humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord”


Acts 2:28 (quoting Acts 16:11 below)  –  “…YOU WILL MAKE ME FULL OF GLADNESS WITH YOUR PRESENCE.”

Acts 3:19, 20, 21  –  “…so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things…”  –  Contrast with Hebrews 10:31.

2 Thessalonians 1:9, 10  –  “These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed…”

James 4:10  –  “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord…”


Genesis 3:8  –  “…the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.”

Exodus 33:14, 15  –  “And He said, ‘My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.’  Then he said to Him, ‘If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.'”

Psalm 16:11 (quoted in Acts 2:28 above)  –  “…in Your presence is fullness of joy…”

Psalm 51:11  –  “Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.”

Psalm 139:7  –  “Where can I go from Your Spirit?  Or where can I flee from Your presence?”

Psalm 140:13  –  “Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name; the upright will dwell in Your presence.”

Ecclesiastes 5:2  –  “Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God…”

Isaiah 3:8  –  “…their speech and their actions are against the LORD, to rebel against His glorious presence.”

Jeremiah 15:1 – “Even though Moses and Samuel were to stand before Me, My heart would not be with this people; send them away from My presence and let them go!”

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