One of the four cardinal points of the compass. A common use of “east” in the Bible is in the listing of the four cardinal points to express totality, “everywhere” (Joel 2:20; Ps 75:7; Job 23:8-9; Matt 8:11; Luke 13:29). The East is the source of such OT wisdom figures as Job (Job 1:3), Agur (Prov 30:1), and Lemuel (Prov 31:1) as well as of the NT magi (Matt 2:1).

Joel 2:20

20I will remove the northern army far from you,
and drive it into a parched and desolate land,
its front into the eastern sea,
and its rear into the western sea ... View more

Ps 75:7

7but it is God who executes judgment,
putting down one and lifting up another.

Job 23:8-9

8“If I go forward, he is not there;
or backward, I cannot perceive him;9on the left he hides, and I cannot behold him;
I turn to the right, but I cannot see him ... View more

Matt 8:11

11I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,

Luke 13:29

29Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God.

Job 1:3

3He had seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred donkeys, and very many servants; so that this man was the greatest ... View more

Prov 30:1

Sayings of Agur
1The words of Agur son of Jakeh. An oracle.

Thus says the man: I am weary, O God,
I am weary, O God. How can I prevail?

Prov 31:1

The Teaching of King Lemuel's Mother
1The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:

Matt 2:1

The Visit of the Wise Men
1In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,

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