|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (n.) That by which anything is made known or represented; that which furnishes evidence; a mark; a token; an indication; a proof.
2. (n.) A remarkable event, considered by the ancients as indicating the will of some deity; a prodigy; an omen.
3. (n.) An event considered by the Jews as indicating the divine will, or as manifesting an interposition of the divine power for some special end; a miracle; a wonder.
4. (n.) Something serving to indicate the existence, or preserve the memory, of a thing; a token; a memorial; a monument.
5. (n.) Any symbol or emblem which prefigures, typifies, or represents, an idea; a type; hence, sometimes, a picture.
6. (n.) A word or a character regarded as the outward manifestation of thought; as, words are the sign of ideas.
7. (n.) A motion, an action, or a gesture by which a thought is expressed, or a command or a wish made known.
8. (n.) Hence, one of the gestures of pantomime, or of a language of a signs such as those used by the North American Indians, or those used by the deaf and dumb.
9. (n.) A military emblem carried on a banner or a standard.
10. (n.) A lettered board, or other conspicuous notice, placed upon or before a building, room, shop, or office to advertise the business there transacted, or the name of the person or firm carrying it on; a publicly displayed token or notice.
11. (n.) The twelfth part of the ecliptic or zodiac.
12. (n.) A character indicating the relation of quantities, or an operation performed upon them; as, the sign + (plus); the sign -- (minus); the sign of division , and the like.
13. (n.) An objective evidence of disease; that is, one appreciable by some one other than the patient.
14. (n.) Any character, as a flat, sharp, dot, etc.
15. (n.) That which, being external, stands for, or signifies, something internal or spiritual; -- a term used in the Church of England in speaking of an ordinance considered with reference to that which it represents.
16. (n.) To represent by a sign; to make known in a typical or emblematic manner, in distinction from speech; to signify.
17. (n.) To make a sign upon; to mark with a sign.
18. (n.) To affix a signature to; to ratify by hand or seal; to subscribe in one's own handwriting.
19. (n.) To assign or convey formally; -- used with away.
20. (n.) To mark; to make distinguishable.
21. (v. i.) To be a sign or omen.
22. (v. i.) To make a sign or signal; to communicate directions or intelligence by signs.
23. (v. i.) To write one's name, esp. as a token of assent, responsibility, or obligation.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
sin ('oth "a sign" "mark" mopheth, "wonder" semeion, "a sign," "signal," "mark"): A mark by which persons or things are distinguished and made known. In Scripture used generally of an address to the senses to attest the existence of supersensible and therefore divine power. Thus the plagues of Egypt were "signs" of divine displeasure against the Egyptians (Exodus 4:8 Joshua 24:17, and often); and the miracles of Jesus were "signs" to attest His unique relationship with God (Matthew 12:38 John 2:18 Acts 2:22). Naturally, therefore, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, "signs" are assimilated to the miraculous, and prevailingly associated with immediate divine interference. The popular belief in this manner of communication between the visible and the invisible worlds has always been, and is now, widespread. So-called "natural" explanations, however ingenious or cogent, fail with the great majority of people to explain anything. Wesley and Spurgeon were as firm believers in the validity of such methods of intercourse between man and God as were Moses and Gideon, Peter and John.
The faith that walks by signs is not by any means to be lightly esteemed. It has been allied with the highest nobility of character and with the most signal achievement. Moses accepted the leadership of his people in response to a succession of signs: e.g. the burning bush, the rod which became a serpent, the leprous hand, etc. (Exodus 3; Exodus 4); so, too, did Gideon, who was not above making proof of God in the sign of the fleece of wool (Judges 6:36-40). In the training of the Twelve, Jesus did not disdain the use of signs (Luke 5:1-11, and often); and the visions by which Peter and Paul were led to the evangelization of the Gentiles were interpreted by them as signs of the divine purpose (Acts 10; Acts 16).
The sacramental use of the sign dates from the earliest period, and the character of the sign is as diverse as the occasion. The rainbow furnishes radiant suggestion of God's overarching love and assurance that the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy the earth (Genesis 9:13; compare Genesis 4:15); the Feast of Unleavened Bread is a reminder of God's care in bringing His people out of bondage (Exodus 13:3); the Sabbath is an oft-recurring proclamation of God's gracious thought for the well-being of man (Exodus 31:13 Ezekiel 20:12); the brazen serpent, an early foreshadowing of the cross, perpetuates the imperishable promise of forgiveness and redemption (Numbers 21:9); circumcision is made the seal of the special covenant under which Israel became a people set apart (Genesis 17:11); baptism, the Christian equivalent of circumcision, becomes the sign and seal of the dedicated life and the mark of those avowedly seeking to share in the blessedness of the Kingdom of God (Luke 3:12-14 Acts 2:41, and often); bread and wine, a symbol of the spiritual manna by which soul and body are preserved unto everlasting life, is the hallowed memorial of the Lord's death until His coming again (Luke 22:14-20 1 Corinthians 11:23-28). Most common of all were the local altars and mounds consecrated in simple and sincere fashion to a belief in God's ruling and overruling providence (Joshua 4:1-10).
Signs were offered in proof of the divine commission of prophet (Isaiah 20:3) and apostle (2 Corinthians 12:12), and of the Messiah Himself (John 20:30 Acts 2:22); and they were submitted in demonstration of the divine character of their message (2 Kings 20:9 Isaiah 38:1 Acts 3:1-16). By anticipation the child to be born of a young woman (Isaiah 7:10-16; compare Luke 2:12) is to certify the prophet's pledge of a deliverer for a captive people.
With increase of faith the necessity for signs will gradually decrease. Jesus hints at this (John 4:48), as does also Paul (1 Corinthians 1:22). Nevertheless "signs," in the sense of displays of miraculous powers, are to accompany the faith of believers (Mark 16:17 f), usher in and forthwith characterize the dispensation of the Holy Spirit, and mark the consummation of the ages (Revelation 15:1).
See also MIRACLE.
For "sign" of a ship (parasemos, "ensign," Acts 28:11).
See DIOSCURI; SHIPS AND BOATS, III, 2.
Charles M. Stuart
Sign (181 Occurrences)
Matthew 7:7 Make a request, and it will be answered; what you are searching for you will get; give the sign, and the door will be open to you: (BBE)
Matthew 7:8 Because to everyone who makes a request, it will be given; and he who is searching will get his desire, and to him who gives the sign, the door will be open. (BBE)
Matthew 12:38 Then certain of the scribes and Pharisees answered, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from you." (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 12:39 But he answered them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, but no sign will be given it but the sign of Jonah the prophet. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 16:1 The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing him, asked him to show them a sign from heaven. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 16:4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and there will be no sign given to it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah." He left them, and departed. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 24:3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? What is the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?" (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 24:30 and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 26:48 Now he who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, "Whoever I kiss, he is the one. Seize him." (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Mark 1:4 John came, and gave baptism in the waste land, preaching baptism as a sign of forgiveness of sin for those whose hearts were changed. (BBE)
Mark 8:11 The Pharisees came out and began to question him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, and testing him. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Mark 8:12 He sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Most certainly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation." (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Mark 13:4 "Tell us, when will these things be? What is the sign that these things are all about to be fulfilled?" (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Mark 13:9 But take care: for they will give you up to the Sanhedrins; and in Synagogues you will be whipped; and you will be taken before rulers and kings because of me, for a sign to them. (BBE)
Mark 14:44 Now he who betrayed him had given them a sign, saying, "Whoever I will kiss, that is he. Seize him, and lead him away safely." (WEB WEY BBE DBY NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 2:12 This is the sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a feeding trough." (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 2:34 and Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which is spoken against. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 3:3 And he came into all the country round about Jordan, preaching baptism as a sign of forgiveness of sin for those whose hearts were changed. (BBE)
Luke 11:9 And I say to you, Make requests, and they will be answered; what you are searching for, you will get; when you give the sign, the door will be open to you. (BBE)
Luke 11:10 For to everyone who makes a request, it will be given; and he who is searching will get his desire; and to him who gives the sign, the door will be open. (BBE)
Luke 11:16 Others, testing him, sought from him a sign from heaven. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 11:29 When the multitudes were gathering together to him, he began to say, "This is an evil generation. It seeks after a sign. No sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah, the prophet. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 11:30 For even as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will also the Son of Man be to this generation. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 21:7 They asked him, "Teacher, so when will these things be? What is the sign that these things are about to happen?" (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 23:8 And when Herod saw Jesus he greatly rejoiced, for he had been a long while desirous of seeing him, because of hearing many things concerning him, and he hoped to see some sign done by him; (DBY YLT NAS RSV)
John 2:18 The Jews therefore answered him, "What sign do you show us, seeing that you do these things?" (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 4:54 This is again the second sign that Jesus did, having come out of Judea into Galilee. (WEB ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 6:14 When therefore the people saw the sign which Jesus did, they said, "This is truly the prophet who comes into the world." (WEB ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 6:30 They said therefore to him, "What then do you do for a sign, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you do? (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 10:41 Many came to him. They said, "John indeed did no sign, but everything that John said about this man is true." (WEB ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 12:18 For this cause also the multitude went and met him, because they heard that he had done this sign. (WEB ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 13:24 Making a sign therefore to him, Simon Peter said, "Tell us to whom he is referring." (WEY BBE DBY)
John 19:20 Therefore many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. (See NIV)
Acts 4:16 Saying, What are we to do with these men? for certainly it is clear to all who are living in Jerusalem that a most important sign has been done by them, and it is not possible to say that it is not so. (BBE DBY YLT RSV)
Acts 4:22 for the man on whom this sign of healing had taken place was above forty years old. (DBY YLT RSV)
Acts 7:8 And he made with him the agreement of which circumcision was the sign. And so Abraham had a son, Isaac, and gave him circumcision on the eighth day; and Isaac had a son, Jacob, and Jacob was the father of the twelve heads of the families of Israel. (BBE)
Acts 12:17 But he made a sign to them with his hand to be quiet, and gave them an account of how the Lord had taken him out of prison. And he said, Give the news to James and the brothers. And then he went away. (BBE DBY)
Acts 13:16 And Paul, getting up and making a sign with his hand, said, Men of Israel, and you who have the fear of God, give ear. (BBE DBY)
Acts 17:31 Because a day has been fixed in which all the world will be judged in righteousness by the man who has been marked out by him for this work; of which he has given a sign to all men by giving him back from the dead. (BBE)
Acts 19:33 Then they took Alexander out from among the people, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander, making a sign with his hand, was about to make a statement to the people in answer: (BBE)
Acts 21:40 And when he let him do so, Paul, from the steps, made a sign with his hand to the people, and when they were all quiet, he said to them in the Hebrew language, (BBE)
Acts 24:10 Then, at a sign from the Governor, Paul answered, "Knowing, Sir, that for many years you have administered justice to this nation, I cheerfully make my defence. (WEY BBE)
Acts 28:11 After three months, we set sail in a ship of Alexandria which had wintered in the island, whose sign was "The Twin Brothers." (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
Romans 3:25 Whom God has put forward as the sign of his mercy, through faith, by his blood, to make clear his righteousness when, in his pity, God let the sins of earlier times go without punishment; (BBE)
Romans 4:11 He received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while he was in uncircumcision, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they be in uncircumcision, that righteousness might also be accounted to them. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Corinthians 1:22 For Jews ask for signs, Greeks seek after wisdom, (Root in WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Corinthians 9:2 If to others I am not an Apostle, at least I am one to you: for the fact that you are Christians is the sign that I am an Apostle. (BBE)
1 Corinthians 11:10 for this cause ought the woman to have 'a sign of' authority on her head, because of the angels. (ASV BBE NIV)
1 Corinthians 14:22 Therefore other languages are for a sign, not to those who believe, but to the unbelieving; but prophesying is for a sign, not to the unbelieving, but to those who believe. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Corinthians 1:22 And it is he who has put his stamp on us, even the Spirit, as the sign in our hearts of the coming glory. (BBE)
2 Corinthians 13:3 Seeing that you are looking for a sign of Christ giving out his word in me; who is not feeble in relation to you, but is strong in you: (BBE)
Ephesians 1:13 In whom you, having been given the true word, the good news of your salvation, and through your faith in him, were given the sign of the Holy Spirit of hope, (BBE)
Philippians 1:28 Having no fear of those who are against you; which is a clear sign of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God; (BBE NAS NIV)
2 Thessalonians 1:5 This is an obvious sign of the righteous judgment of God, to the end that you may be counted worthy of the Kingdom of God, for which you also suffer. (WEB BBE)
2 Thessalonians 3:17 The greeting of me, Paul, with my own hand, which is the sign in every letter: this is how I write. (WEB YLT)
2 Timothy 2:19 But God's strong base is unchanging, having this sign, The Lord has knowledge of those who are his: and, Let everyone by whom the name of the Lord is named be turned away from evil. (BBE)
Hebrews 9:20 Saying, This blood is the sign of the agreement which God has made with you. (BBE)
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the sign that the things not seen are true. (BBE)
Hebrews 11:28 By faith he kept the Passover, and put the sign of the blood on the houses, so that the angel of destruction might not put their oldest sons to death. (BBE)
Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus by whom the new agreement has been made between God and man, and to the sign of the blood which says better things than Abel's blood. (BBE)
1 Peter 2:19 For it is a sign of grace if a man, desiring to do right in the eyes of God, undergoes pain as punishment for something which he has not done. (BBE)
Revelation 3:20 See, I am waiting at the door and giving the sign; if my voice comes to any man's ears and he makes the door open, I will come in to him, and will take food with him and he with me. (BBE)
Revelation 12:1 A great sign was seen in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (WEB ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS NIV)
Revelation 12:3 Another sign was seen in heaven. Behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven crowns. (WEB ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS NIV)
Revelation 15:1 I saw another great and marvelous sign in the sky: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them God's wrath is finished. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Genesis 4:15 Yahweh said to him, "Therefore whoever slays Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold." Yahweh appointed a sign for Cain, lest any finding him should strike him. (WEB JPS ASV NAS)
Genesis 9:12 And God said, This is the sign of the agreement which I make between me and you and every living thing with you, for all future generations: (BBE DBY NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 9:13 I set my rainbow in the cloud, and it will be for a sign of a covenant between me and the earth. (WEB BBE DBY NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 9:17 And God said to Noah, This is the sign of the agreement which I have made between me and all flesh on the earth. (BBE DBY NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 17:11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and that shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. (DBY NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 20:13 And when God sent me wandering from my father's house, I said to her, Let this be the sign of your love for me; wherever we go, say of me, He is my brother. (BBE)
Genesis 24:27 And said, Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has given a sign that he is good and true to my master, by guiding me straight to the house of my master's family. (BBE)
Genesis 33:10 And Jacob said, Not so; but if I have grace in your eyes, take them as a sign of my love, for I have seen your face as one may see the face of God, and you have been pleased with me. (BBE)
Genesis 38:17 And he said, I will give you a young goat from the flock. And she said, What will you give me as a sign till you send it? (BBE)
Genesis 38:20 Then Judah sent his friend Hirah with the young goat, to get back the things which he had given as a sign to the woman: but she was not there. (BBE)
Genesis 48:20 So he gave them his blessing that day, saying, You will be the sign of blessing in Israel, for they will say, May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh; and he put Ephraim before Manasseh. (BBE)
Genesis 49:3 "Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength; excelling in dignity, and excelling in power. (See NIV)
Exodus 3:12 And he said, Truly I will be with you; and this will be the sign to you that I have sent you: when you have taken the children of Israel out of Egypt, you will give worship to God on this mountain. (BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 3:15 And God went on to say to Moses, Say to the children of Israel, The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has sent me to you: this is my name for ever, and this is my sign to all generations. (BBE)
Exodus 4:8 "It will happen, if they will neither believe you nor listen to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS
Exodus 8:23 I will put a division between my people and your people: by tomorrow shall this sign be."'" (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 12:13 And the blood will be a sign on the houses where you are: when I see the blood I will go over you, and no evil will come on you for your destruction, when my hand is on the land of Egypt. (BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 13:9 It shall be for a sign to you on your hand, and for a memorial between your eyes, that the law of Yahweh may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand Yahweh has brought you out of Egypt. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 13:16 It shall be for a sign on your hand, and for symbols between your eyes: for by strength of hand Yahweh brought us forth out of Egypt." (WEB JPS ASV BBE DBY NAS NIV)
Exodus 24:8 Then Moses took the blood and let it come on the people, and said, This blood is the sign of the agreement which the Lord has made with you in these words. (BBE)
Exodus 31:13 "Speak also to the children of Israel, saying,'Most certainly you shall keep my Sabbaths: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that you may know that I am Yahweh who sanctifies you. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 31:17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.'" (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 33:16 For is not the fact of your going with us the sign that I and this people have grace in your eyes, so that we, that is, I and your people, are separate from all other people on the face of the earth? (BBE)
Leviticus 2:2 And let him take it to Aaron's sons, the priests; and having taken in his hand some of the meal and of the oil, with all the perfume, let him give it to the priest to be burned on the altar, as a sign, an offering made by fire, for a sweet smell to the Lord. (BBE)
Leviticus 2:9 And he is to take from the meal offering a part, for a sign, burning it on the altar; an offering made by fire for a sweet smell to the Lord. (BBE)
Leviticus 2:16 And part of the meal of the offering and part of the oil and all the perfume is to be burned for a sign by the priest: it is an offering made by fire to the Lord. (BBE)
Leviticus 5:12 And let him come to the priest with it, and the priest will take some of it in his hand, to be burned on the altar as a sign, among the offerings of the Lord made by fire: it is a sin-offering. (BBE)
Leviticus 6:15 The priest is to take in his hand some of the meal of the meal offering and of the oil of it, and all the perfume on it, burning it on the altar as a sign, for a sweet smell to the Lord. (BBE)
Leviticus 21:10 And he who is the chief priest among his brothers, on whose head the holy oil has been put, who is marked out to put on the holy robes, may not let his hair go loose or have his clothing out of order as a sign of sorrow. (BBE)
Leviticus 24:7 And on the lines of cakes put clean sweet-smelling spices, for a sign on the bread, an offering made by fire to the Lord. (BBE)
Numbers 5:26 And he will take some of it in his hand, burning it on the altar as a sign, and then he will give the woman the bitter water. (BBE)
Numbers 6:18 Then let his long hair, the sign of his oath, be cut off at the door of the Tent of meeting, and let him put it on the fire on which the peace-offerings are burning. (BBE)
Numbers 10:2 Make two silver horns of hammered work, to be used for getting the people together and to give the sign for the moving of the tents. (BBE)
Numbers 10:6 At the sound of a second loud note, the tents on the south side are to go forward: the loud note will be the sign to go forward. (BBE NIV)
Numbers 16:38 even the censers of these sinners against their own lives; and let them be made beaten plates for a covering of the altar: for they offered them before Yahweh; therefore they are holy; and they shall be a sign to the children of Israel." (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)