|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (v. t.) To separate with a sieve, as the fine part of a substance from the coarse; as, to sift meal or flour; to sift powder; to sift sand or lime.
2. (v. t.) To separate or part as if with a sieve.
3. (v. t.) To examine critically or minutely; to scrutinize.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
See AGRICULTURE; THRESHING.
Sift (5 Occurrences)
Luke 22:31 The Lord said, "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as wheat, (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Judges 7:4 Yahweh said to Gideon, "The people are still too many. Bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. It shall be, that of whom I tell you,'This shall go with you,' the same shall go with you; and of whoever I tell you,'This shall not go with you,' the same shall not go." (See NIV)
Ecclesiastes 3:18 I said in my heart, It is because of the sons of men, that God may prove them, and that they may see that they themselves are but as beasts. (See JPS)
Isaiah 30:28 His breath is as an overflowing stream that reaches even to the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction; and a bridle that leads to ruin will be in the jaws of the peoples. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Amos 9:9 "For, behold, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all the nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve, yet not the least kernel will fall on the earth. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS)