|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
Means simply presence, as when it is recorded that Adam and Eve hid themselves from the "face [R.V., `presence'] of the Lord God" (Genesis 3:8; Comp. Exodus 33:14, 15, where the same Hebrew word is rendered "presence"). The "light of God's countenance" is his favour (Psalm 44:3; Dan. 9:17). "Face" signifies also anger, justice, severity (Genesis 16:6, 8; Exodus 2:15; Psalm 68:1; Revelation 6:16). To "provoke God to his face" (Isaiah 65:3) is to sin against him openly.
The Jews prayed with their faces toward the temple and Jerusalem (1 Kings 8:38, 44, 48; Dan. 6:10). To "see God's face" is to have access to him and to enjoy his favour (Psalm 17:15; 27:8). This is the privilege of holy angels (Matthew 18:10; Luke 1:19). The "face of Jesus Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6) is the office and person of Christ, the revealer of the glory of God (John 1:14, 18).
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) The exterior form or appearance of anything; that part which presents itself to the view; especially, the front or upper part or surface; that which particularly offers itself to the view of a spectator.
2. (n.) That part of a body, having several sides, which may be seen from one point, or which is presented toward a certain direction; one of the bounding planes of a solid; as, a cube has six faces.
3. (n.) The principal dressed surface of a plate, disk, or pulley; the principal flat surface of a part or object.
4. (n.) That part of the acting surface of a cog in a cog wheel, which projects beyond the pitch line.
5. (n.) The width of a pulley, or the length of a cog from end to end; as, a pulley or cog wheel of ten inches face.
6. (n.) The upper surface, or the character upon the surface, of a type, plate, etc.
7. (n.) The style or cut of a type or font of type.
8. (n.) Outside appearance; surface show; look; external aspect, whether natural, assumed, or acquired.
9. (n.) That part of the head, esp. of man, in which the eyes, cheeks, nose, and mouth are situated; visage; countenance.
10. (n.) Cast of features; expression of countenance; look; air; appearance.
11. (n.) Ten degrees in extent of a sign of the zodiac.
12. (n.) Maintenance of the countenance free from abashment or confusion; confidence; boldness; shamelessness; effrontery.
13. (n.) Presence; sight; front; as in the phrases, before the face of, in the immediate presence of; in the face of, before, in, or against the front of; as, to fly in the face of danger; to the face of, directly to; from the face of, from the presence of.
14. (n.) Mode of regard, whether favorable or unfavorable; favor or anger; mostly in Scriptural phrases.
15. (n.) The end or wall of the tunnel, drift, or excavation, at which work is progressing or was last done.
16. (n.) The exact amount expressed on a bill, note, bond, or other mercantile paper, without any addition for interest or reduction for discount.
17. (v. t.) To meet in front; to oppose with firmness; to resist, or to meet for the purpose of stopping or opposing; to confront; to encounter; as, to face an enemy in the field of battle.
18. (v. t.) To Confront impudently; to bully.
19. (v. t.) To stand opposite to; to stand with the face or front toward; to front upon; as, the apartments of the general faced the park.
20. (v. t.) To cover in front, for ornament, protection, etc.; to put a facing upon; as, a building faced with marble.
21. (v. t.) To line near the edge, esp. with a different material; as, to face the front of a coat, or the bottom of a dress.
22. (v. t.) To cover with better, or better appearing, material than the mass consists of, for purpose of deception, as the surface of a box of tea, a barrel of sugar, etc.
23. (v. t.) To make the surface of (anything) flat or smooth; to dress the face of (a stone, a casting, etc.); esp., in turning, to shape or smooth the flat surface of, as distinguished from the cylindrical surface.
24. (v. t.) To cause to turn or present a face or front, as in a particular direction.
25. (v. i.) To carry a false appearance; to play the hypocrite.
26. (v. i.) To turn the face; as, to face to the right or left.
27. (v. i.) To present a face or front.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
fas: In Hebrew the translation of three expressions:
(2) `ayin, literally, "eye" and
(3) 'aph, literally, "nose," "nostril," already noted under the word COUNTENANCE, which see.
The first and second of these words are used synonymously, even in metaphorical expressions, as, for example in the phrase "the face of the earth," where panim is used (Deuteronomy 6:15 et passim) and `ayin (Numbers 22:5 et passim). The third expression preserves more clearly its original meaning. It is generally used in the phrases "to bow one's self to the earth," "to fall on one's face," where the nose actually touched the ground. Often "my face," "thy face" is mere oriental circumlocution for the personal pronoun "I," "me," "thou," "thee." "In thy face" means "in thy presence;" and is often so translated. A very large number of idiomatic Hebrew expressions have been introduced into our language through the medium of the Bible translation. We notice the most important of these phrases.
"To seek the face" is to seek an audience with a prince or with God, to seek favor (Psalm 24:6; Psalm 27:8; Psalm 105:4 Proverbs 7:15 Hosea 5:15; compare Proverbs 29:26, where the Revised Version (British and American) translates "Many seek the ruler's favor," literally, many seek the face (Hebrew pene) of a ruler).
If God "hides his face" He withdraws His presence, His favor (Deuteronomy 32:20 Job 34:29 Psalm 13:1; Psalm 30:7; Psalm 143:7; Isaiah 54:8 Jeremiah 33:5 Ezekiel 39:23, 14 Micah 3:4). Such withdrawal of the presence of God is to be understood as a consequence of man's personal disobedience, not as a wrathful denial of God's favor (Isaiah 59:2). God is asked to "hide his face," i.e. to disregard or overlook (Psalm 51:9; compare Psalm 10:11). This is also the idea of the prayer: "Cast me not away from thy presence" (literally, "face," Psalm 51:11), and of the promise: "The upright shall dwell in thy presence" (literally, "face," Psalm 140:13). If used of men, "to hide the face" expresses humility and reverence before an exalted presence (Exodus 3:6 Isaiah 6:2); similarly Elijah "wrapped his face in his mantle" when God passed by (1 Kings 19:13). The "covering of the face" is a sign of mourning (2 Samuel 19:4 = Ezekiel 12:6, 12); a "face covered with fatness" is synonymous with prosperity and arrogance (Job 15:27); to have one's face covered by another person is a sign of hopeless doom, as if one were already dead. This was done to Human, when judgment had been pronounced over him (Esther 7:8).
"To turn away one's face" is a sign of insulting indifference or contempt (2 Chronicles 29:6 Ezekiel 14:6; Sirach 4:4; compare Jeremiah 2:27; Jeremiah 18:17; Jeremiah 32:33); on the part of God an averted face is synonymous with rejection (Psalm 13:1; Psalm 27:9; Psalm 88:14).
"To harden the face" means to harden one's self against any sort of appeal (Proverbs 21:29 Isaiah 50:7 Jeremiah 5:3; compare Ezekiel 3:9).
See also SPIT.
In this connection we also mention the phrase "to respect persons," literally, to "recognize the face" (Leviticus 19:15, or, slightly different in expression, Deuteronomy 1:17; Deuteronomy 16:19 Proverbs 24; Proverbs 23; Proverbs 23 28:21), in the sense of unjustly favoring a person, or requiting him with undue evil. Compare also the Hebrew hadhar (Exodus 23:3 the King James Version), "to countenance" (see under the word).
The "showbread" meant literally, "bread of the face," "of the presence," Hebrew lechem panim; Greek artoi enopioi, artoi tes protheseos.
H. L. E. Luering
Face (780 Occurrences)
Matthew 4:9 And he said to him, All these things will I give you, if you will go down on your face and give me worship. (BBE)
Matthew 5:39 But I say to you, Do not make use of force against an evil man; but to him who gives you a blow on the right side of your face let the left be turned. (BBE)
Matthew 6:16 "Moreover when you fast, don't be like the hypocrites, with sad faces. For they disfigure their faces, that they may be seen by men to be fasting. Most certainly I tell you, they have received their reward. (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 6:17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face; (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 11:10 For this is he, of whom it is written,'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.' (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Matthew 16:3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? (KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
Matthew 17:2 He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became as white as the light. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 17:6 When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces, and were very afraid. (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 18:10 See that you don't despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 18:26 So the servant went down on his face and gave him worship, saying, Lord, give me time to make payment and I will give you all. (BBE)
Matthew 18:29 So that servant went down on his face, requesting him and saying, Give me time and I will make payment to you. (BBE)
Matthew 22:16 and they send to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, 'Teacher, we have known that thou art true, and the way of God in truth thou dost teach, and thou art not caring for any one, for thou dost not look to the face of men; (YLT)
Matthew 26:39 He went forward a little, fell on his face, and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless, not what I desire, but what you desire." (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 26:67 Then they spit in his face and beat him with their fists, and some slapped him, (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Mark 1:2 As it is written in the prophets, "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Mark 5:33 The woman, shaking with fear, conscious of what had been done to her, came and, falling on her face before him, gave him a true account of everything. (BBE)
Mark 10:22 But his face fell at that saying, and he went away sorrowful, for he was one who had great possessions. (WEB BBE NIV)
Mark 12:14 and they having come, say to him, 'Teacher, we have known that thou art true, and thou art not caring for any one, for thou dost not look to the face of men, but in truth the way of God dost teach; is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not? may we give, or may we not give?' (YLT)
Mark 14:35 Going forward a short distance He threw Himself upon His face and prayed repeatedly that, if it was possible, He might be spared that time of agony; (WEY)
Mark 14:65 Some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to beat him with fists, and to tell him, "Prophesy!" The officers struck him with the palms of their hands. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Luke 1:17 And he shall go before his face in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient 'to walk' in the wisdom of the just; to make ready for the Lord a people prepared 'for him'. (ASV BBE)
Luke 1:76 And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the face of the Lord to make ready his ways, (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
Luke 2:31 which you have prepared before the face of all peoples; (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
Luke 5:12 It happened, while he was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man full of leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell on his face, and begged him, saying, "Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean." (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 6:29 To him who gives you a blow on one side of the face offer the other side also; and to him who is robbing you of your outer garment refuse not the under one also. (WEY BBE)
Luke 7:27 This is he of whom it is written,'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.' (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Luke 9:29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became white and dazzling. (WEB WEY BBE YLT NAS NIV)
Luke 9:51 It came to pass, when the days were near that he should be taken up, he intently set his face to go to Jerusalem, (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Luke 9:52 and sent messengers before his face. They went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, so as to prepare for him. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Luke 9:53 They didn't receive him, because he was traveling with his face set towards Jerusalem. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Luke 10:1 After these things the LORD appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. (KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Luke 12:56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? (KJV ASV BBE WBS YLT)
Luke 17:16 He fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks; and he was a Samaritan. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Luke 21:35 For it will come like a snare on all those who dwell on the surface of all the earth. (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 22:64 Having blindfolded him, they struck him on the face and asked him, "Prophesy! Who is the one who struck you?" (WEB KJV WBS YLT)
Luke 24:5 Becoming terrified, they bowed their faces down to the earth. They said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 11:44 He who was dead came out, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Free him, and let him go." (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
John 18:22 But as he said these things, one of the officers who stood by gave a blow on the face to Jesus, saying, Answerest thou the high priest thus? (DBY NIV)
John 19:3 and came to him and said, Hail, king of the Jews! and gave him blows on the face. (DBY NAS NIV)
John 20:7 and the towel, which had been placed over the face of Jesus, not lying with the cloths, but folded up and put by itself. (WEY NAS)
Acts 1:18 (Now having bought a piece of ground with the money paid for his wickedness he fell there with his face downwards, and, his body bursting open, he became disembowelled. (WEY)
Acts 2:25 For David says concerning him,'I saw the Lord always before my face, For he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved. (WEB KJV ASV BBE WBS)
Acts 2:28 You have made me see the ways of life; I will be full of joy when I see your face. (BBE)
Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Servant Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied before the face of Pilate, when he had determined to release him. (ASV)
Acts 6:15 All who sat in the council, fastening their eyes on him, saw his face like it was the face of an angel. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Acts 7:45 which also our fathers, in their turn, brought in with Joshua when they entered into the possession of the nations, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers, to the days of David, (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS)
Acts 13:24 John having proclaimed before the face of his entry among the people the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. (DBY)
Acts 16:19 But when her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. (See NIV)
Acts 16:29 And he sent for lights and came rushing in and, shaking with fear, went down on his face before Paul and Silas, (BBE)
Acts 17:26 He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the boundaries of their dwellings, (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Acts 20:25 "Now, behold, I know that you all, among whom I went about preaching the Kingdom of God, will see my face no more. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Acts 20:38 sorrowing most of all because of the word which he had spoken, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Acts 25:16 To whom I answered that it is not the custom of the Romans to give up any man to destruction, before the accused has met the accusers face to face, and has had opportunity to make his defense concerning the matter laid against him. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Acts 27:15 When the ship was caught, and couldn't face the wind, we gave way to it, and were driven along. (WEB ASV NAS RSV)
Romans 8:36 Even as it is written, "For your sake we are killed all day long. We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter." (See NIV)
1 Corinthians 7:28 But if you marry, you have not sinned. If a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Yet such will have oppression in the flesh, and I want to spare you. (See NIV)
1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Corinthians 14:25 And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed. So he will fall down on his face and worship God, declaring that God is among you indeed. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
2 Corinthians 3:7 But if the service of death, written engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look steadfastly on the face of Moses for the glory of his face; which was passing away: (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Corinthians 3:13 and not as Moses, who put a veil on his face, that the children of Israel wouldn't look steadfastly on the end of that which was passing away. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Corinthians 4:6 seeing it is God who said, "Light will shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Corinthians 5:12 for not again ourselves do we recommend to you, but we are giving occasion to you of glorifying in our behalf, that ye may have 'something' in reference to those glorifying in face and not in heart; (YLT)
2 Corinthians 8:24 Show ye therefore unto them in the face of the churches the proof of your love, and of our glorying on your behalf. (ASV YLT)
2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul, myself, entreat you by the humility and gentleness of Christ; I who in your presence am lowly among you, but being absent am of good courage toward you. (See NAS RSV NIV)
2 Corinthians 10:7 Do you look at things only as they appear in front of your face? If anyone trusts in himself that he is Christ's, let him consider this again with himself, that, even as he is Christ's, so also we are Christ's. (WEB ASV NIV)
2 Corinthians 11:20 For you bear with a man, if he brings you into bondage, if he devours you, if he takes you captive, if he exalts himself, if he strikes you on the face. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Corinthians 11:28 Besides those things that are outside, there is that which presses on me daily, anxiety for all the assemblies. (See NIV)
Galatians 1:22 I was still unknown by face to the assemblies of Judea which were in Christ, (WEB KJV ASV BBE WBS YLT)
Galatians 2:6 And from those who were esteemed to be something -- whatever they were then, it maketh no difference to me -- the face of man God accepteth not, for -- to me those esteemed did add nothing, (YLT)
Galatians 2:11 But when Peter came to Antioch, I resisted him to his face, because he stood condemned. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Colossians 2:1 For I desire to have you know how greatly I struggle for you, and for those at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
1 Thessalonians 2:2 but having suffered before and been shamefully treated, as you know, at Philippi, we grew bold in our God to tell you the Good News of God in much conflict. (See RSV)
1 Thessalonians 2:17 But we, brothers, being bereaved of you for a short season, in presence, not in heart, tried even harder to see your face with great desire, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
1 Thessalonians 3:10 night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face, and may perfect that which is lacking in your faith? (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
2 Thessalonians 1:9 who will pay the penalty: eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might, (WEB ASV BBE YLT)
Hebrews 9:24 For Christ entered not into a holy place made with hands, like in pattern to the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear before the face of God for us: (ASV BBE DBY)
Hebrews 9:27 Inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this, judgment, (See NIV)
Hebrews 10:32 But remember the former days, in which, after you were enlightened, you endured a great struggle with sufferings; (See NIV)
James 1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations, (See NIV)
James 1:23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror; (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
James 5:10 Take, brothers, for an example of suffering and of patience, the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. (See NIV)
1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears open to their prayer; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 John 1:12 Having many things to write to you, I don't want to do so with paper and ink, but I hope to come to you, and to speak face to face, that our joy may be made full. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE WBS NAS RSV NIV)
3 John 1:14 but I hope to see you soon, and we will speak face to face. Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Revelation 1:16 He had seven stars in his right hand. Out of his mouth proceeded a sharp two-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest. (WEB BBE NAS RSV NIV)
Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I went down on my face at his feet as one dead. And he put his right hand on me, saying, Have no fear; I am the first and the last and the Living one; (BBE)
Revelation 4:7 The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like a man, and the fourth was like a flying eagle. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Revelation 6:16 They told the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Revelation 7:11 All the angels were standing around the throne, the elders, and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before his throne, and worshiped God, (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Revelation 10:1 I saw a mighty angel coming down out of the sky, clothed with a cloud. A rainbow was on his head. His face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Revelation 12:14 Two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, so that she might be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
Revelation 19:10 And I went on my face before his feet to give him worship. And he said to me, See you do it not: I am a brother-servant with you and with your brothers who keep the witness of Jesus: give worship to God: for the witness of Jesus is the spirit of the prophet's word. (BBE)
Revelation 20:9 And they went up over the face of the earth, and made a circle about the tents of the saints, and the well loved town: and fire came down out of heaven for their destruction. (BBE)
Revelation 20:11 I saw a great white throne, and him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. There was found no place for them. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
Revelation 22:3 "In future there will be no curse," he said, "but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in that city. And His servants will render Him holy service and will see His face, (WEY)
Revelation 22:4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Revelation 22:8 And I, John, am he who saw these things and to whose ears they came. And when I had seen and given ear, I went down on my face to give worship at the feet of the angel who made these things clear to me. (BBE)
Genesis 1:2 Now the earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep. God's Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 1:20 And God saith, 'Let the waters teem with the teeming living creature, and fowl let fly on the earth on the face of the expanse of the heavens.' (YLT)