|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (v. i.) To grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant; a thrive.
2. (v. i.) To be prosperous; to increase in wealth, honor, comfort, happiness, or whatever is desirable; to thrive; to be prominent and influential; specifically, of authors, painters, etc., to be in a state of activity or production.
3. (v. i.) To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions; to be flowery.
4. (v. i.) To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion.
5. (v. i.) To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.
6. (v. i.) To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude.
7. (v. i.) To boast; to vaunt; to brag.
8. (v. t.) To adorn with flowers or beautiful figures, either natural or artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish.
9. (v. t.) To embellish with the flowers of diction; to adorn with rhetorical figures; to grace with ostentatious eloquence; to set off with a parade of words.
10. (v. t.) To move in bold or irregular figures; to swing about in circles or vibrations by way of show or triumph; to brandish.
11. (v. t.) To develop; to make thrive; to expand.
12. (n.) A flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor.
13. (n.) Decoration; ornament; beauty.
14. (n.) Something made or performed in a fanciful, wanton, or vaunting manner, by way of ostentation, to excite admiration, etc.; ostentatious embellishment; ambitious copiousness or amplification; parade of words and figures; show; as, a flourish of rhetoric or of wit.
15. (n.) A fanciful stroke of the pen or graver; a merely decorative figure.
16. (n.) A fantastic or decorative musical passage; a strain of triumph or bravado, not forming part of a regular musical composition; a cal; a fanfare.
17. (n.) The waving of a weapon or other thing; a brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
flur'-ish (parach, tsuts; anathallo):
The translation of parach, "to break forth" (Psalm 72:7; Psalm 92:12, 13 Proverbs 14:11 Isaiah 66:14 Songs 6:11; Songs 7:12; the Revised Version (British and American) "budded"); of tsuts "to bloom" (Psalm 72:16, 90:6; Psalm 92:7; Psalm 103:15; 132:18); ra`anan, "green," "fresh," is translated "flourishing" in Psalm 92:14, the Revised Version (British and American) "green," and ra`anan, Aramaic in Daniel 4:4; nubh, "to sprout" (Zechariah 9:17, the King James Version "cheerful").
In an interesting passage (Ecclesiastes 12:5 the King James Version), the Hiphil future of na'ats, meaning properly "to pierce or strike," hence, to slight or reject, is translated "flourish"; it is said of the old man "The almond tree shall flourish," the Revised Version (British and American) "blossom" (so Ewald, Delitzsch, etc.); na'ats has nowhere else this meaning; it is frequently rendered "contemn;" "despise," etc. Other renderings are, "shall cause loathing" (Gesenius, Knobel, etc.), "shall be despised," i.e. the hoary head; "The almond tree shall shake off its flowers," the silvery hairs falling like the fading white flowers of the almond tree; by others it is taken to indicate "sleeplessness," the name of the almond tree (shaqedh) meaning the watcher or early riser (compare Jeremiah 1:11, "a rod of an almond-tree," literally, "a wakeful (or early) tree"), the almond being the first of the trees to wake from the sleep of winter.
"Flourish" appears once only in the New Testament, in the King James Version, as translation of anathallo, "to put forth anew," or "to make put forth anew" (Philippians 4:10): "Your care for me hath flourished again," the Revised Version (British and American) "Ye have revived your thought for me."
W. L. Walker
Flourish (26 Occurrences)
Genesis 26:22 He left that place, and dug another well. They didn't argue over that one. He called it Rehoboth. He said, "For now Yahweh has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land." (See NIV)
Numbers 17:5 And it hath come to pass, the man's rod on whom I fix doth flourish, and I have caused to cease from off me the murmurings of the sons of Israel, which they are murmuring against you.' (YLT)
Job 8:11 "Can the papyrus grow up without mire? Can the rushes grow without water? (See RSV)
Job 14:9 From the fragrance of water it doth flourish, And hath made a crop as a plant. (YLT NAS)
Job 15:32 It shall be accomplished before his time. His branch shall not be green. (See NIV)
Psalms 44:2 You drove out the nations with your hand, but you planted them. You afflicted the peoples, but you spread them abroad. (See NIV)
Psalms 72:7 In his days, the righteous shall flourish, and abundance of peace, until the moon is no more. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Psalms 72:16 There shall be abundance of grain throughout the land. Its fruit sways like Lebanon. Let it flourish, thriving like the grass of the field. (WEB KJV ASV WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Psalms 92:7 though the wicked spring up as the grass, and all the evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Psalms 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree. He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Psalms 92:13 They are planted in Yahweh's house. They will flourish in our God's courts. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Psalms 132:18 His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish. (KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Proverbs 11:28 He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Proverbs 14:11 The house of the wicked will be overthrown, but the tent of the upright will flourish. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Ecclesiastes 12:5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: (KJV WBS)
Song of Songs 7:12 Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves. (KJV WBS YLT)
Isaiah 17:11 In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow. (KJV DBY WBS YLT)
Isaiah 35:1 They joy from the wilderness and dry place, And rejoice doth the desert, and flourish as the rose, (YLT)
Isaiah 35:2 Flourishing it doth flourish, and rejoice, Yea, 'with' joy and singing, The honour of Lebanon hath been given to it, The beauty of Carmel and Sharon, They -- they see the honour of Jehovah, The majesty of our God. (Root in YLT)
Isaiah 55:10 For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and does not go back again, but gives water to the earth, and makes it fertile, giving seed to the planter, and bread for food; (See NIV)
Isaiah 66:14 You will see it, and your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like the tender grass: and the hand of Yahweh shall be known toward his servants; and he will have indignation against his enemies. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Ezekiel 17:24 All the trees of the field shall know that I, Yahweh, have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish; I, Yahweh, have spoken and have done it. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Hosea 13:15 Though he is fruitful among his brothers, an east wind will come, the breath of Yahweh coming up from the wilderness; and his spring will become dry, and his fountain will be dried up. He will plunder the storehouse of treasure. (See NAS RSV)
Hosea 14:7 Return do the dwellers under his shadow, They revive 'as' corn, and flourish as a vine, His memorial 'is' as wine of Lebanon. (YLT RSV NIV)
Habakkuk 3:17 For though the fig tree doesn't flourish, nor fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive fails, the fields yield no food; the flocks are cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls: (WEB ASV YLT)
Zechariah 9:17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins. (WEB JPS ASV DBY NAS RSV)