|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (superl.) Possessing eminence, elevation, dignity, etc.; above whatever is low, mean, degrading, or dishonorable; magnanimous; as, a noble nature or action; a noble heart.
2. (superl.) Grand; stately; magnificent; splendid; as, a noble edifice.
3. (superl.) of exalted rank; of or pertaining to the nobility; distinguished from the masses by birth
4. (n.) A person of rank above a commoner; a nobleman; a peer.
5. (n.) An English money of account, and, formerly, a gold coin, of the value of 6 s. 8 d. sterling, or about USD1.61.
6. (n.) A European fish; the lyrie.
7. (v. t.) To make noble; to ennoble.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
NOBLE; NOBLES; NOBLEMAN
no'-b'-l, no'-b'-lz, no'-b'-l-man (chorim, 'addir; eugenes, Kratistos, basilikos): "Nobles" is the translation of the Hebrew chorim (occurring only in the plural), "free-born," "noble" (1 Kings 21:8, 11 Nehemiah 2:16; Nehemiah 6:17, etc.); of 'addir, "begirded," "mighty," "illustrious" or "noble" (Judges 5:13 2 Chronicles 23:20, etc.); of nadhibh, "liberal," "a noble" (Numbers 21:18 Proverbs 8:16, etc.).
Other words are gadhol, "great" (Jonah 3:7); yaqqir, Aramaic "precious" (Ezra 4:10); naghidh, "a leader" (Job 29:10); partemim, "foremost ones" (Esther 1:3; Esther 6:9); atsilim, "those near," "nobles" (Exodus 24:11); bariah, "fugitive" (Isaiah 43:14); kabhedh, "weighty," "honored" (Psalm 149:8); eugenes, "wellborn" (Acts 17:11 1 Corinthians 1:26); kratistos, "strongest," "most powerful" (Acts 24:3; Acts 26:25).
The Apocrypha, the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American), still further enlarges the list. In the Revised Version (British and American) we have megistanes, "great ones" (1 Esdras 1:38; 8:26, with entimos, "in honor"; The Wisdom of Solomon 18:12). Otherwise the Revised Version's uses of "noble," and "nobleness" are for words containing the root genitive and referring to birth (compare The Wisdom of Solomon 8:3; 2 Maccabees 6:27, 31; 12:42; 14:42 twice). The King James Version's uses are wider (Judith 2:2, etc.).
Nobleman is, in Luke 19:12, the translation of eugenes anthropos, "a man well born," and in John 4:46, 49 of basilikos, "kingly," "belonging to a king," a designation extended to the officers, courtiers, etc., of a king, the Revised Version margin "king's officer"; he was probably an official, civil or military, of Herod Antipas, who was styled "king" (basileus).
For "nobles" (Isaiah 43:14), the King James Version "have brought down all their nobles," the Revised Version (British and American) has "I will bring down all of them as fugitives," margin "or, as otherwise read, all their nobles even," etc.; for "nobles" (Jeremiah 30:21), "prince"; the English Revised Version has "worthies" for "nobles" (Nahum 3:18); the Revised Version (British and American) has "the noble" for "princes" (Proverbs 17:26): "nobles" for "princes" (Job 34:18 Daniel 1:3), for "Nazarites" (Lamentations 4:7, margin "Nazirites"); "her nobles" for "his fugitives," margin "or, as other otherwise read, fugitives" (Isaiah 15:5); the American Standard Revised Version has "noble" for "liberal" (Isaiah 32:5); for "The nobles held their peace," the King James Version margin "The voice of the nobles was hid" (Job 29:10), the Revised Version (British and American) has "The voice of the nobles was hushed," margin "Hebrew: hid"; for "most noble" (Acts 24:3; Acts 26:25), "most excellent."
W. L. Walker
Noble (61 Occurrences)
Luke 1:3 it has seemed right to me also, after careful investigation of the facts from their commencement, to write for you, most noble Theophilus, a connected account, (WEY BBE YLT)
Luke 8:15 That in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it tightly, and bring forth fruit with patience. (See NIV)
Luke 19:12 He said therefore, "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 21:5 As some were talking about the temple and how it was decorated with beautiful stones and gifts, he said, (See RSV)
Acts 17:11 Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Acts 23:26 Claudius Lysias, to the most noble ruler, Felix, peace be with you. (BBE YLT)
Acts 24:2 So Paul was sent for, and Tertullus began to impeach him as follows: "Indebted as we are," he said, "to you, most noble Felix, for the perfect peace which we enjoy, and for reforms which your wisdom has introduced to this nation, (WEY)
Acts 24:3 We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness. (KJV BBE WBS YLT)
Acts 26:25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. (KJV WEY BBE WBS YLT)
Romans 9:21 Or hasn't the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel for honor, and another for dishonor? (See NIV)
Romans 12:17 Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men. (See RSV)
1 Corinthians 1:26 For you see your calling, brothers, that not many are wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, and not many noble; (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Philippians 4:8 For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are noble, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are amiable, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if any praise, think on these things. (DBY NIV)
1 Timothy 3:1 Faithful is the saying, "If any one is eager to have the oversight of a Church, he desires a noble work." (WEY RSV NIV)
1 Timothy 6:12 Exert all your strength in the honourable struggle for the faith; lay hold of the Life of the Ages, to which you were called, when you made your noble profession of faith before many witnesses. (WEY)
1 Timothy 6:13 I charge you--as in the presence of God who gives life to all creatures, and of Christ Jesus who at the bar of Pontius Pilate made a noble profession of faith-- (WEY)
1 Timothy 6:18 They must be beneficent, rich in noble deeds, open-handed and liberal; (WEY)
2 Timothy 2:20 Now in a large house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of clay. Some are for honor, and some for dishonor. (See RSV NIV)
2 Timothy 2:21 If anyone therefore purges himself from these, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, and suitable for the master's use, prepared for every good work. (See RSV NIV)
Hebrews 1:4 Having become by so much better than the angels, as the name which is his heritage is more noble than theirs. (BBE)
James 2:7 and the very people who speak evil of the noble Name by which you are called? (WEY NIV)
2 Peter 1:5 But for this very reason--adding, on your part, all earnestness-- along with your faith, manifest also a noble character: along with a noble character, knowledge; (WEY)
2 John 1:1 I, a ruler in the church, send word to the noble sister who is of God's selection, and to her children, for whom I have true love; and not only I, but all who have knowledge of what is true; (BBE)
2 John 1:13 The children of your noble sister, who is of God's selection, send you their love. (BBE)
Judges 5:13 "Then a remnant of the nobles and the people came down. Yahweh came down for me against the mighty. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Ruth 3:11 Now, my daughter, don't be afraid; I will do to you all that you say; for all the city of my people does know that you are a worthy woman. (See NIV)
Ezra 4:10 and the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Osnappar brought over, and set in the city of Samaria, and in the rest of the country beyond the River, and so forth. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS RSV)
Esther 6:9 Let the clothing and the horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that they may array the man whom the king delights to honor with them, and have him ride on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him,'Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!'" (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Job 21:28 For ye say, Where is the house of the noble? and where the tent of the dwellings of the wicked? (DBY YLT NAS)
Psalms 8:1 <To the chief music-maker on the Gittith. A Psalm. Of David.> O Lord, our Lord, whose glory is higher than the heavens, how noble is your name in all the earth! (BBE)
Psalms 8:9 O Lord, our Lord, how noble is your name in all the earth! (BBE)
Psalms 16:3 As for the saints who are in the earth, they are the noble in whom is all my delight. (BBE RSV)
Psalms 16:6 Fair are the places marked out for me; I have a noble heritage. (BBE)
Psalms 29:4 The voice of the Lord is full of power; the voice of the Lord has a noble sound. (BBE)
Psalms 45:1 For the Chief Musician. Set to "The Lilies." A contemplation by the sons of Korah. A wedding song. My heart overflows with a noble theme. I recite my verses for the king. My tongue is like the pen of a skillful writer. (WEB NIV)
Psalms 45:9 Kings' daughters are among your noble women: on your right is the queen in gold of Ophir. (BBE NAS)
Psalms 72:19 Praise to the glory of his noble name for ever; let all the earth be full of his glory. So be it, So be it. (BBE)
Psalms 87:3 Noble things are said of you, O town of God. (Selah.) (BBE)
Psalms 122:7 May peace be inside your walls, and wealth in your noble houses. (BBE)
Psalms 136:18 And put noble kings to death: for his mercy is unchanging for ever: (BBE)
Proverbs 8:6 Hearken, for noble things I speak, And the opening of my lips 'is' uprightness. (YLT NAS RSV)
Proverbs 8:16 By me princes rule; nobles, and all the righteous rulers of the earth. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Proverbs 12:4 A woman of virtue is a crown to her husband; but she whose behaviour is a cause of shame is like a wasting disease in his bones. (See NIV)
Proverbs 17:7 Excellent speech becometh not a vile man; how much less do lying lips a noble! (DBY YLT)
Proverbs 17:26 Also to punish the righteous is not good, Nor to smite the noble for their uprightness. (See JPS ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV)
Proverbs 19:6 Many court the favour of a noble; and every one is friend to a man that giveth. (DBY YLT)
Proverbs 25:7 For better 'that' he hath said to thee, 'Come thou up hither,' Than 'that' he humble thee before a noble, Whom thine eyes have seen. (YLT NIV)
Proverbs 31:10 Who may make discovery of a woman of virtue? For her price is much higher than jewels. (See NIV)
Proverbs 31:29 "Many women do noble things, but you excel them all." (WEB NIV)
Ecclesiastes 10:17 Happy are you, land, when your king is the son of nobles, and your princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness! (Root in WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS NIV)
Song of Songs 6:12 Before I was conscious of it, ... (See NAS)
Isaiah 3:5 And the people will be crushed, every one by his neighbour; the young will be full of pride against the old, and those of low position will be lifted up against the noble. (BBE)
Isaiah 12:5 Make a song to the Lord; for he has done noble things: give news of them through all the earth. (BBE)
Isaiah 32:5 The fool will no longer be called noble, nor the scoundrel be highly respected. (WEB JPS ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Isaiah 32:8 But the noble devises noble things; and he will continue in noble things. (WEB ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Jeremiah 2:21 Yet I had planted you a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then have you turned into the degenerate branches of a foreign vine to me? (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS)
Jeremiah 25:34 Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the dust, noble ones of the flock: for the days of your slaughter are accomplished, and I will disperse you; and ye shall fall like a precious vessel. (DBY)
Jeremiah 25:35 And refuge shall perish from the shepherds, and escape from the noble ones of the flock. (DBY)
Jeremiah 25:36 There shall be a voice of the cry of the shepherds, and a howling of the noble ones of the flock: for Jehovah layeth waste their pasture; (DBY)
Ezekiel 17:8 It was planted in a good field by many waters, that it might bring forth branches and bear fruit, that it might be a noble vine. (DBY RSV)
Ezekiel 17:23 upon the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it; and it shall bring forth branches, and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar; and under it shall dwell all birds of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell. (DBY RSV)