|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
Of Jordan (Jeremiah 12:5), literally the "pride" of Jordan (as in R.V.), i.e., the luxuriant thickets of tamarisks, poplars, reeds, etc., which were the lair of lions and other beasts of prey. The reference is not to the overflowing of the river banks. (Comp. 49:19; 50:44; Zechariah 11:3).
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Swell.
2. (n.) The act of that which swells; as, the swelling of rivers in spring; the swelling of the breast with pride.
3. (n.) A protuberance; a prominence
4. (n.) an unnatural prominence or protuberance; as, a scrofulous swelling.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
swel'-ing: The verb ga'-ah, means "rise up" (Ezekiel 47:5, etc.), so that the noun ga'awah (Psalm 46:3) means "arising." The "swelling" of the sea that shakes the mountains is a perfectly good translation, and "pride" (so the American Revised Version margin) is beside the mark. In Jeremiah 12:5; Jeremiah 49:19 parallel 50:44; Zechariah 11:3 is found the phrase ge'on ha-yarden, "exaltation of the Jordan," which the King James Version translates "pride of Jordan" in Zechariah and "swelling of Jordan" in Jeremiah (the Revised Version (British and American) has "pride" throughout, with "swelling" in the margin of Jeremiah). What is described is a place, with a mass of vegetation, easily burned (Zechariah 11:1-3), a lair of lions (Jeremiah 49:19 Zechariah 11:3), and a particularly dangerous place for human beings (Jeremiah 12:5). The luxuriant thicket of the Jordan bank is evidently meant, which could well be spoken of as "Jordan's pride" (OHL, "majesty of the Jordan"), and "swelling" is quite impossible.
In the New Testament "swelling" is used in 2 Corinthians 12:20 for phusiosis, "puffing up," "blatant self-conceit," and 2 Peter 2:18 parallel Jude verse 16 for huperogkos, "overgrown," "solemnly inane."
Burton Scott Easton
Swelling (14 Occurrences)
2 Peter 2:18 For, uttering great swelling words of emptiness, they entice in the lusts of the flesh, by licentiousness, those who are indeed escaping from those who live in error; (WEB KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage. (KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Leviticus 13:2 "When a man shall have a rising in his body's skin, or a scab, or a bright spot, and it becomes in the skin of his body the plague of leprosy, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest, or to one of his sons, the priests: (See NAS RSV NIV)
Leviticus 13:10 and the priest shall examine him. Behold, if there is a white rising in the skin, and it has turned the hair white, and there is raw flesh in the rising, (See NAS RSV NIV)
Leviticus 13:19 and in the place of the boil there is a white rising, or a bright spot, reddish-white, then it shall be shown to the priest; (See NAS RSV NIV)
Leviticus 13:28 If the bright spot stays in its place, and hasn't spread in the skin, but is faded, it is the swelling from the burn, and the priest shall pronounce him clean; for it is the scar from the burn. (WEB NAS RSV NIV)
Leviticus 13:43 Then the priest shall examine him; and, behold, if the rising of the plague is reddish-white in his bald head, or in his bald forehead, like the appearance of leprosy in the skin of the flesh, (See NAS RSV)
Leviticus 14:56 and for a rising, and for a scab, and for a bright spot; (See NAS RSV NIV)
Psalms 46:3 though its waters roar and are troubled, though the mountains tremble with their swelling. Selah. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS)
Psalms 89:9 Thou rulest the pride of the sea: When the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them. (See JPS NAS)
Isaiah 30:13 therefore this iniquity shall be to you like a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking comes suddenly in an instant. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
Jeremiah 12:5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan? (KJV DBY WBS)
Jeremiah 49:19 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan against the habitation of the strong: but I will suddenly make him run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me? (KJV DBY WBS)
Jeremiah 50:44 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan unto the habitation of the strong: but I will make them suddenly run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me? (KJV DBY WBS)