forehead

forehead

The portion of the face between eyebrows and hairline. The Bible depicts the forehead or brow as a significant spot due to its location and visibility. Even soldiers’ helmets sometimes left the lower brow somewhat vulnerable (which is evident from the story of Goliath, 1Sam 17:4). The following passages illustrate the visual prominence of the forehead: the phrase “Holy to the Lord” was to appear over the high priest’s forehead (Exod 28:36-38); God struck Uzziah with leprosy on his forehead (2Chr 26:19; 2Chr 26:20; Lev 13:41-43); a frontlet or phylactery was to be worn on the forehead (Exod 13:9; Exod 13:16; Deut 6:8); in visions of the future, allegiance to God was often represented by a mark or seal on the forehead (Ezek 9:4; Rev 7:3; Rev 9:4; Rev 14:1; Rev 22:4); association with the “beast” was likewise depicted in such a manner (Rev 13:16; Rev 14:9; Rev 20:4). The term “forehead” was also used figuratively to represent persistent obstinacy (Isa 48:4; Ezek 3:7-9) and shamelessness (Jer 3:3; this allusion probably derived from an actual mark).

1Sam 17:4

4And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

Exod 28:36-38

36You shall make a rosette of pure gold, and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet, “Holy to the Lord.”37You shall fasten it on the turban with a blue c ... View more

2Chr 26:19

19Then Uzziah was angry. Now he had a censer in his hand to make offering, and when he became angry with the priests a leprous disease broke out on his forehead ... View more

2Chr 26:20

20When the chief priest Azariah, and all the priests, looked at him, he was leprous in his forehead. They hurried him out, and he himself hurried to get out, be ... View more

Lev 13:41-43

41If he loses the hair from his forehead and temples, he has baldness of the forehead but he is clean.42But if there is on the bald head or the bald forehead a ... View more

Exod 13:9

9It shall serve for you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead, so that the teaching of the Lord may be on your lips; for with a strong hand ... View more

Exod 13:16

16It shall serve as a sign on your hand and as an emblem on your forehead that by strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt.”

Deut 6:8

8Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead,

Ezek 9:4

4and said to him, “Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of those who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are commit ... View more

Rev 7:3

3saying, “Do not damage the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have marked the servants of our God with a seal on their foreheads.”

Rev 9:4

4They were told not to damage the grass of the earth or any green growth or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

Rev 14:1

The Lamb and the 144,000
1Then I looked, and there was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion! And with him were one hundred forty-four thousand who had his name and ... View more

Rev 22:4

4they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.

Rev 13:16

16Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead,

Rev 14:9

9Then another angel, a third, followed them, crying with a loud voice, “Those who worship the beast and its image, and receive a mark on their foreheads or on t ... View more

Rev 20:4

4Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus an ... View more

Isa 48:4

4Because I know that you are obstinate,
and your neck is an iron sinew
and your forehead brass,

Ezek 3:7-9

7But the house of Israel will not listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to me; because all the house of Israel have a hard forehead and a stubborn h ... View more

Jer 3:3

3Therefore the showers have been withheld,
and the spring rain has not come;
yet you have the forehead of a whore,
you refuse to be ashamed.

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