|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (n.) The state, condition, or quality of being great; as, greatness of size, greatness of mind, power, etc.
2. (n.) Pride; haughtiness.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
grat, grat'-nes: "Great" occurs very often in Scripture. The chief words so translated are gadhol, rabh; megas, polus.
(1) In the Old Testament many other terms are employed:
(a) gadhol is used to express greatness in various senses, chiefly of magnitude, including excellence, e.g. "great lights" (Genesis 1:16); "the great city" (Genesis 10:12); "a great nation" (Genesis 12:2); "a great sight" (Exodus 3:3); "Moses was very great" (Exodus 11:3); "the great God" (Deuteronomy 10:17 Nehemiah 1:5); "great is Yahweh" (Psalm 48:1). It is sometimes translated by "mighty" (Deuteronomy 4:37; Deuteronomy 7:21, "a mighty God," the Revised Version (British and American) "great"). It is also used to designate the high priest (literally, "great," Leviticus 21:10 Zechariah 3:1, etc.); also to express the "elder" of a family, e.g. Genesis 27:1, "Esau his eldest son," the Revised Version (British and American) "elder"; probably also of great stature: "a great man among the Anakims," the Revised Version (British and American) "the greatest" (Joshua 14:15).
(b) rabh denotes, rather, quantity, number, therefore, often, "many" (Genesis 21:34, etc.; Exodus 2:23 the Revised Version (British and American), etc.); "abundant" (Exodus 34:6, the English Revised Version "plenteous"), and similar terms; thus we have "a great people" (Joshua 17:14); "His mercies are great," the Revised Version, margin "many" (2 Samuel 24:14 1 Chronicles 21:13); "Great was the company," the Revised Version (British and American) "a great host" (Psalm 68:11); "great reward" (Psalm 19:11); "Mine iniquity. is great" (Psalm 25:11); "exceedingly" (Psalm 123:3). In the Septuagint rabh is, for the most part, translated by polus. But it is used for "great" in other senses, e.g. "the great (God)" (Proverbs 26:10), the Revised Version (British and American) "as an archer," margin "master worker; Hebrew text obscure"; "a saviour, and a great one," the Revised Version (British and American) "defender," margin "or a mighty one" (Isaiah 19:20); "Great shall be the peace" (Isaiah 54:13), etc. It is sometimes translated "mighty" (Psalm 89:50, the Revised Version, margin "many"; Isaiah 63:1).
(c) Other words thus translated are kabhedh, "heavy," e.g. "so great a people," the Revised Version (British and American) "thy great people," margin "heavy" (1 Kings 3:9); me'odh, implying force, might, e.g. "with all his might" (2 Kings 23:25). 'El and 'Elohim are sometimes used to express greatness. In Psalm 36:6, we have "Thy righteousness is like the great ('El) mountains," the Revised Version (British and American) "mountains of God"; in Genesis 30:8, "with great ('Elohim) wrestlings," the Revised Version (British and American) "mighty," margin "wrestlings of God"; and in 1 Samuel 14:15 "a very great ('Elohim) trembling," the Revised Version (British and American) "exceeding great," margin "a trembling of God."
(a) Megas denotes magnitude, in its various aspects, physical, moral, etc., e.g. "great joy" (Matthew 2:10); "a great light" (Matthew 4:16); "the great King" (Matthew 5:35); "great in the kingdom" (Matthew 5:19, etc.); "Great is thy faith" (Matthew 15:28); "The greatest is charity" (love), the Revised Version, margin "greater" (1 Corinthians 13:13); "a great high priest" (Hebrews 4:14); "the great shepherd" (Hebrews 13:20); "a great voice" (Revelation 1:10); in Re megas is very frequent.
(b) Polus denotes properly number, multitude, e.g. "great multitudes" (Matthew 4:25); "a great company" (Luke 5:29, the Revised Version (British and American) "a great multitude"; frequent in the Gospels); "great possessions" (Mark 10:22). But also "great" in the sense of magnitude, e.g. "great plainness of speech," the Revised Version (British and American) "boldness" (2 Corinthians 3:12; 2 Corinthians 7:4); "a great trial of affliction," the Revised Version (British and American) "much proof" (2 Corinthians 8:2); "great love" (Ephesians 2:4).
(c) Among other terms we have telikoutos, "so great" (in degree), "so great a salvation" (Hebrews 2:3); tosoutos, "so great" (in quantity), "so great faith" (Matthew 8:10 Luke 7:9); "so great a cloud of witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1); hosos, "how great" (in quantity) (Mark 3:8; Mark 5:19 f); helikos, "how great" (in degree) (Colossians 2:1 James 3:5, "how great a matter," the Revised Version (British and American) "how much wood," margin "how great a forest"); pelikos, "how great" (in degree) (Hebrews 7:4); posos, "how great" (in quantity) (Matthew 6:23), etc.
(3) In His person and teaching, Jesus introduced into the world a new conception of greatness. It was to be found in humility and self-forgetting service: "Whosoever would become great among you shall be your minister (the Revised Version, margin "servant"); and whosoever would be first among you shall be your servant (the Revised Version, margin "(Greek) bond-servant"): even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:26-28; compare also Matthew 18:1-4; Matthew 23:11 Philippians 2:5-11).
W. L. Walker
Greatness (63 Occurrences)
Luke 9:43 And all were astonished at the glorious greatness of God. And as all wondered at all the things which Jesus did, he said to his disciples, (DBY YLT NAS NIV)
Acts 19:27 Now not only there is danger for us that our business come into discredit, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis be counted for nothing, and that her greatness should be destroyed whom the whole of Asia and the world reveres. (DBY YLT)
2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in clay vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves. (WEB WEY ASV NAS)
2 Corinthians 12:7 By reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted excessively, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, that I should not be exalted excessively. (WEB ASV DBY YLT NAS)
Ephesians 1:19 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Philippians 3:8 Yes most certainly, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ (See NIV)
Hebrews 1:3 who being the effulgence of his glory and the expression of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, having made by himself the purification of sins, set himself down on the right hand of the greatness on high, (DBY YLT)
Hebrews 8:1 Now a summary of the things of which we are speaking is, We have such a one high priest who has sat down on the right hand of the throne of the greatness in the heavens; (DBY YLT)
Jude 1:25 to the only wise God our Saviour, 'is' glory and greatness, power and authority, both now and to all the ages! Amen. (YLT)
Exodus 15:7 In the greatness of your excellency, you overthrow those who rise up against you. You send forth your wrath. It consumes them as stubble. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 15:16 Terror and dread falls on them. By the greatness of your arm they are as still as a stone- until your people pass over, Yahweh, until the people pass over who you have purchased. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Numbers 14:19 Pardon, please, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of your loving kindness, and according as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Deuteronomy 3:24 "Lord Yahweh, you have begun to show your servant your greatness, and your strong hand: for what god is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to your works, and according to your mighty acts? (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Deuteronomy 5:24 and you said, "Behold, Yahweh our God has shown us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God does speak with man, and he lives. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Deuteronomy 9:26 I prayed to Yahweh, and said, "Lord Yahweh, don't destroy your people and your inheritance, that you have redeemed through your greatness, that you have brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Deuteronomy 11:2 Know this day: for I don't speak with your children who have not known, and who have not seen the chastisement of Yahweh your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his outstretched arm, (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Deuteronomy 32:3 For I will proclaim the name of Yahweh. Ascribe greatness to our God! (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Joshua 9:13 and these 'are' the wine-bottles which we filled, new, and lo, they have rent; and these, our garments and our sandals, have become old, from the exceeding greatness of the way.' (YLT)
2 Samuel 7:21 For your word's sake, and according to your own heart, you have worked all this greatness, to make your servant know it. (WEB JPS ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV)
2 Samuel 7:23 And who 'is' as Thy people, as Israel -- one nation in the earth, whom God hath gone to redeem to Him for a people, and to make for Him a name -- and to do for you the greatness -- even fearful things for Thy land, at the presence of Thy people, whom Thou hast redeemed to Thee out of Egypt -- 'among the' nations and their gods? (YLT)
1 Chronicles 17:19 Yahweh, for your servant's sake, and according to your own heart, you have worked all this greatness, to make known all these great things. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
1 Chronicles 17:21 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his own people, to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before thy people whom thou hast redeemed out of Egypt? (KJV DBY WBS)
1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, Yahweh, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, Yahweh, and you are exalted as head above all. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Chronicles 9:6 However I didn't believe their words, until I came, and my eyes had seen it; and behold, the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me: you exceed the fame that I heard. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
2 Chronicles 24:27 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid on him, and the rebuilding of the house of God, behold, they are written in the commentary of the book of the kings. Amaziah his son reigned in his place. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Nehemiah 13:22 I commanded the Levites that they should purify themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the Sabbath day. Remember to me, my God, this also, and spare me according to the greatness of your loving kindness. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS NAS RSV)
Esther 1:4 in his shewing the wealth of the honour of his kingdom, and the glory of the beauty of his greatness, many days -- eighty and a hundred days. (YLT)
Esther 6:3 And the king saith, 'What honour and greatness hath been done to Mordecai for this?' And the servants of the king, his ministers, say, 'Nothing hath been done with him.' (YLT)
Esther 10:2 All the acts of his power and of his might, and the full account of the greatness of Mordecai, to which the king advanced him, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Job 23:6 Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No, but he would listen to me. (WEB ASV NAS RSV)
Job 36:18 For let not wrath stir thee up against chastisements; Neither let the greatness of the ransom turn thee aside. (ASV JPS NAS RSV)
Psalms 5:7 But as for me, in the greatness of thy loving-kindness will I enter thy house; I will bow down toward the temple of thy holiness in thy fear. (DBY)
Psalms 34:3 Ascribe ye greatness to Jehovah with me, And we exalt His name together. (YLT)
Psalms 51:1 To the Overseer. -- A Psalm of David, in the coming inn unto him of Nathan the prophet, when he hath gone in unto Bath-Sheba. Favour me, O God, according to Thy kindness, According to the abundance of Thy mercies, Blot out my transgressions. (See NAS)
Psalms 66:3 Tell God, "How awesome are your deeds! Through the greatness of your power, your enemies submit themselves to you. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS)
Psalms 69:13 But as for me, let my prayer be made to you, O Lord, at a time when you are pleased; O God, give me an answer in your great mercy, for your salvation is certain. (See NAS)
Psalms 69:16 Give an answer to my words, O Lord; for your mercy is good: be turned to me, because of your great pity. (See NAS)
Psalms 71:21 Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS)
Psalms 79:11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you. According to the greatness of your power, preserve those who are sentenced to death. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS)
Psalms 106:45 And kept in mind his agreement with them, and in his great mercy gave them forgiveness. (See NAS)
Psalms 145:3 Great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised! His greatness is unsearchable. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Psalms 145:6 Men will speak of the might of your awesome acts. I will declare your greatness. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Psalms 150:2 Praise him for his mighty acts! Praise him according to his excellent greatness! (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Proverbs 5:23 He will die for lack of instruction. In the greatness of his folly, he will go astray. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS)
Isaiah 9:9 And the people have known -- all of it, Ephraim, and the inhabitant of Samaria, In pride and in greatness of heart, saying, (YLT)
Isaiah 10:12 And it hath come to pass, When the Lord doth fulfil all His work In mount Zion and in Jerusalem, I see concerning the fruit of the greatness Of the heart of the king of Asshur. And concerning the glory of the height of his eyes. (YLT)
Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these, who brings out their army by number. He calls them all by name. by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power, Not one is lacking. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV)
Isaiah 57:10 Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is no hope: thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieved. (KJV WBS YLT)
Isaiah 63:1 Who is this who comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this who is glorious in his clothing, marching in the greatness of his strength? "It is I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Jeremiah 13:22 If you say in your heart, Why are these things come on me? for the greatness of your iniquity are your skirts uncovered, and your heels suffer violence. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS RSV)
Jeremiah 30:14 All your lovers have forgotten you; they don't seek you: for I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the greatness of your iniquity, because your sins were increased. (WEB JPS ASV DBY)
Jeremiah 30:15 Why do you cry for your hurt? Your pain is incurable: for the greatness of your iniquity, because your sins were increased, I have done these things to you. (WEB JPS ASV DBY)
Ezekiel 31:2 Son of man, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to his multitude: Whom are you like in your greatness? (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Ezekiel 31:7 Thus was it beautiful in its greatness, in the length of its branches; for its root was by many waters. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Ezekiel 31:18 To whom are you thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? yet you will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the lower parts of the earth: you shall lie in the midst of the uncircumcised, with those who are slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, says the Lord Yahweh. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Ezekiel 38:23 And I will make my name great and make myself holy, and I will make myself clear to a number of nations; and they will be certain that I am the Lord. (See RSV NIV)
Daniel 4:22 it is you, O king, that are grown and become strong; for your greatness is grown, and reaches to the sky, and your dominion to the end of the earth. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Daniel 4:36 At the same time my understanding returned to me; and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and brightness returned to me; and my counselors and my lords sought to me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent greatness was added to me. (WEB JPS ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV)
Daniel 5:18 You, king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father the kingdom, and greatness, and glory, and majesty: (WEB JPS ASV DBY YLT RSV NIV)
Daniel 5:19 and because of the greatness that he gave him, all the peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him: whom he would he killed, and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he raised up, and whom he would he put down. (WEB JPS ASV DBY YLT RSV)
Daniel 7:27 The kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole sky, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High: his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Hosea 9:7 The days of visitation are come; the days of recompence are come: Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the inspired man is mad, because of the greatness of thine iniquity, and the great enmity. (DBY)
Micah 5:4 And he hath stood and delighted in the strength of Jehovah, In the excellency of the name of Jehovah his God, And they have remained, For now he is great unto the ends of earth. (See NIV)