|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (n.) Satisfaction; pleasure; hence, accommodation; entertainment.
2. (n.) Freedom from anything that pains or troubles; as: (a) Relief from labor or effort; rest; quiet; relaxation; as, ease of body.
3. (n.) Freedom from care, solicitude, or anything that annoys or disquiets; tranquility; peace; comfort; security; as, ease of mind.
4. (n.) Freedom from constraint, formality, difficulty, embarrassment, etc.; facility; liberty; naturalness; -- said of manner, style, etc.; as, ease of style, of behavior, of address.
5. (n.) To free from anything that pains, disquiets, or oppresses; to relieve from toil or care; to give rest, repose, or tranquility to; -- often with of; as, to ease of pain; ease the body or mind.
6. (n.) To render less painful or oppressive; to mitigate; to alleviate.
7. (n.) To release from pressure or restraint; to move gently; to lift slightly; to shift a little; as, to ease a bar or nut in machinery.
8. (n.) To entertain; to furnish with accommodations.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ez (sha'anan, shal'anan, chiefly, "at ease"):
Used 19 times in the Old Testament and once in the New Testament, most frequently meaning tranquillity, security or comfort of mind; in an ethical sense, indicating carelessness or indifference with reference to one's moral or religious interests.
The prophet Jeremiah used the phrase as an indication of national or tribal indifference: "Moab hath been at ease from his youth" (Jeremiah 48:11); "I am very sore displeased with the nations that are at ease" (Zechariah 1:15). Frequent allusions are made also by various prophets to individuals or groups of individuals, as "Woe to them that are at ease in Zion" (Amos 6:1); "Rise up, ye women that are at ease" (Isaiah 32:9), and "Tremble, ye women that are at ease" (Isaiah 32:11).
The word in another form is used also in a verbal sense and to apply to physical ease and comfort, as "My couch shall ease my complaint" (Job 7:13 compare especially 2 Chronicles 10:4, 9). Simple mental tranquillity or peace of mind is also expressed by it (Jeremiah 46:27).
The single instance of its use in the New Testament is illustrative of its figurative but most common usage in the Old Testament, where it refers to moral indifference in the parable of the Rich Fool: "Soul. take thine ease, eat, drink, be merry" (Luke 12:19).
Walter G. Clippinger
Ease (46 Occurrences)
Luke 12:19 I will tell my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years. Take your ease, eat, drink, be merry."' (WEB KJV WEY ASV WBS NAS RSV)
1 Corinthians 16:10 Now if Timothy comes, see that he is with you without fear, for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do. (See RSV)
2 Corinthians 8:13 For this is not that others may be eased and you distressed, (Root in WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Genesis 33:14 Please let my lord pass over before his servant, and I will lead on gently, according to the pace of the livestock that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I come to my lord to Seir." (Root in WEB DBY NAS)
Genesis 43:23 And he said: 'Peace be to you, fear not; your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money.' And he brought Simeon out unto them. (See NAS)
Deuteronomy 23:13 And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee: (KJV WBS)
Deuteronomy 28:65 Among these nations you shall find no ease, and there shall be no rest for the sole of your foot: but Yahweh will give you there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and pining of soul; (WEB KJV ASV WBS RSV)
Judges 20:43 Thus they inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and trode them down with ease over against Gibeah toward the sunrising. (KJV WBS YLT)
1 Samuel 6:5 So make images of the growths caused by your disease and of the mice which are damaging your land; and give glory to the God of Israel: it may be that the weight of his hand will be lifted from you and from your gods and from your land. (Root in BBE NAS)
2 Samuel 14:17 Then your handmaid said,'Please let the word of my lord the king bring rest; for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad. May Yahweh, your God, be with you.'" (Root in WEB YLT NAS)
2 Chronicles 10:4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee. (KJV WBS)
2 Chronicles 10:9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us? (KJV WBS)
Job 3:18 There the prisoners are at ease together. They don't hear the voice of the taskmaster. (WEB JPS ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Job 3:26 I am not at ease, neither am I quiet, neither have I rest; but trouble comes." (WEB JPS ASV NAS RSV)
Job 7:13 When I say,'My bed shall comfort me. My couch shall ease my complaint;' (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Job 12:5 In the thought of him who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune. It is ready for them whose foot slips. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Job 16:12 I was at ease, and he broke me apart. Yes, he has taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces. He has also set me up for his target. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Job 20:20 For he hath not known ease in his belly. With his desirable thing he delivereth not himself. (YLT)
Job 21:23 One dies in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Psalms 25:13 His soul shall dwell at ease. His seed shall inherit the land. (WEB KJV ASV WBS)
Psalms 30:6 And I -- I have said in mine ease, 'I am not moved -- to the age. (YLT)
Psalms 73:12 Behold, these are the wicked. Being always at ease, they increase in riches. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Psalms 119:45 And I shall walk at liberty; For I have sought thy precepts. (See JPS)
Psalms 123:4 Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scoffing of those who are at ease, with the contempt of the proud. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV)
Proverbs 1:32 For the backsliding of the simple will kill them. The careless ease of fools will destroy them. (WEB ASV)
Proverbs 1:33 But whoever listens to me will dwell securely, and will be at ease, without fear of harm." (WEB NAS RSV NIV)
Isaiah 1:24 Therefore saith the LORD, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Isaiah 32:9 Rise up, you women who are at ease! Hear my voice! You careless daughters, give ear to my speech! (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV)
Isaiah 32:11 Tremble, you women who are at ease! Be troubled, you careless ones! Strip yourselves, make yourselves naked, and put sackcloth on your waist. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV)
Jeremiah 12:1 You are righteous, Yahweh, when I contend with you; yet I would reason the cause with you: why does the way of the wicked prosper? why are all they at ease who deal very treacherously? (WEB ASV DBY NAS NIV)
Jeremiah 22:21 I have spoken unto thee in thine ease, Thou hast said, 'I do not hearken,' This 'is' thy way from thy youth, For thou hast not hearkened to My voice. (YLT)
Jeremiah 30:10 Therefore don't you be afraid, O Jacob my servant, says Yahweh; neither be dismayed, Israel: for, behold, I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be quiet and at ease, and none shall make him afraid. (WEB JPS ASV DBY NAS RSV)
Jeremiah 46:27 But don't you be afraid, Jacob my servant, neither be dismayed, Israel: for, behold, I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be quiet and at ease, and none shall make him afraid. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Jeremiah 48:11 Moab has been at ease from his youth, and he has settled on his lees, and has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither has he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remains in him, and his scent is not changed. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV)
Jeremiah 49:31 Arise, go up to a nation that is at ease, that dwells without care, says Yahweh; that have neither gates nor bars, that dwell alone. (WEB JPS ASV DBY NAS RSV NIV)
Lamentations 1:5 Her adversaries are become the head, her enemies prosper; For Jehovah hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: Her young children are gone into captivity before the adversary. (See JPS YLT NIV)
Ezekiel 16:4 As to thy nativity, in the day thou wast born, Thou -- thy navel hath not been cut, And in water thou wast not washed for ease, And thou hast not been salted at all, And thou hast not been swaddled at all. (YLT)
Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: pride, fullness of bread, and prosperous ease was in her and in her daughters; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. (WEB JPS ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV)
Ezekiel 23:42 The voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with men of the common sort were brought drunkards from the wilderness; and they put bracelets on the hands of them twain, and beautiful crowns on their heads. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT)
Ezekiel 39:6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell at ease in the isles: and they shall know that I am Jehovah. (DBY)
Daniel 4:4 I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at rest in my house, and flourishing in my palace. (See NAS RSV)
Daniel 4:27 Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and thy sins by righteousness break off, and thy perversity by pitying the poor, lo, it is a lengthening of thine ease. (YLT NIV)
Daniel 8:25 And by his understanding he hath also caused deceit to prosper in his hand, and in his heart he exerteth himself, and by ease he destroyeth many; and against the prince of princes he standeth -- and without hand he is broken. (YLT NAS)
Amos 6:1 Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who are secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel come! (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV)
Jonah 4:6 Yahweh God prepared a vine, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to deliver him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the vine. (See NIV)
Zechariah 1:15 I am very angry with the nations that are at ease; for I was but a little displeased, but they added to the calamity." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)