Marvelous (To Be) - Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old Testament Words

Usage Number: 1
Strong's Number: H6381
Original Word: pala’

Usage Notes: "to be marvelous, be extraordinary, be beyond one's power to do, do wonderful acts." As can be seen from the suggested meanings, this verb is not easy to define. As a denominative verb, it is based on the noun for "wonder, marvel," so it expresses the idea of doing or making a wondrous thing. Found in both biblical and modern Hebrew, pala’ occurs some 70 times in the Hebrew Old Testament. The verb is found for the first time in Gen. 18:14: "Is any thing too hard for the Lord"

Usage Number: 2
Original Word: pala’

Usage Notes:Pala’ is used primarily with God as its subject, expressing actions that are beyond the bounds of human powers or expectations. This idea is well expressed by the psalmist: "This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes" (Psa. 118:23). Deliverance from Egypt was the result of God's wondrous acts: "And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in [it]…" (Exod. 3:20). Praise is constantly due God for all His wonderful deeds (Psa. 9:1). At the same time, God does not require anything of His people that is too hard for them (Deut. 30:11). Although something may appear impossible to man, it still is within God's power: "If it be marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvelous in mine eyes saith the Lord of hosts" (Zech. 8:6).

Usage Number: 3
Part Of Speech: Noun
Strong's Number: H6382
Original Word: pele’

Usage Notes: "wonder; marvel." This noun frequently expresses the "wonder," the extraordinary aspects, of God's dealings with His people (Exod. 15:11; Psa. 77:11; Isa. 29:14). The messianic title, "marvel of a counselor" (Isa. 9:6; kjv, rsv, "wonderful counselor"), points toward God's Anointed continuing the marvelous acts of God.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old Testament Words