- First Reference: Genesis 19:3
- Last Reference: Jude 1:12
- Included in Eastons: Yes
- Included in Hitchcocks: No
- Included in Naves: No
- Included in Smiths: No
- Included in Websters: Yes
- Included in Strongs: Yes
- Included in Thayers: Yes
- Included in BDB: Yes
- H2282 Used 51 times
- H2287 Used 4 times
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- H4960 Used 21 times
- G1403 Used 2 times
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- G4910 Used 1 time
- G755 Used 3 times
As a mark of hospitality (Genesis 19:3; 2 Samuel 3:20; 2 Kings 6:23); on occasions of domestic joy (Luke 15:23; Genesis 21:8); on birthdays (Genesis 40:20; Job 1:4; Matthew 14:6); and on the occasion of a marriage (Judges 14:10; Genesis 29:22).
Feasting was a part of the observances connected with the offering up of sacrifices (Deuteronomy 12:6, 7; 1 Samuel 9:19; 16:3, 5), and with the annual festivals (Deuteronomy 16:11). "It was one of the designs of the greater solemnities, which required the attendance of the people at the sacred tent, that the oneness of the nation might be maintained and cemented together, by statedly congregating in one place, and with one soul taking part in the same religious services. But that oneness was primarily and chiefly a religious and not merely a political one; the people were not merely to meet as among themselves, but with Jehovah, and to present themselves before him as one body; the meeting was in its own nature a binding of themselves in fellowship with Jehovah; so that it was not politics and commerce that had here to do, but the soul of the Mosaic dispensation, the foundation of the religious and political existence of Israel, the covenant with Jehovah. To keep the people's consciousness alive to this, to revive, strengthen, and perpetuate it, nothing could be so well adapated as these annual feasts." (See FESTIVALS.)
FEAST, noun [Latin festum.]
1. A sumptuous repast or entertainment, of which a number of guests partake; particularly, a rich or splendid public entertainment.
On Pharaoh's birth day, he made a feast to all his servants. Genesis 40:20.
2. A rich or delicious repast or meal; something delicious to the palate.
3. A ceremony of feasting; joy and thanksgiving on stated days, in commemoration of some great event, or in honor of some distinguished personage; an anniversary, periodical or stated celebration of some event; a festival; as on occasion of the games in Greece, and the feast of the passover, the feast of Pentecost, and the feast of tabernacles among the Jews.
4. Something delicious and entertaining to the mind or soul; as the dispensation of the gospel is called a feast of fat things. Isaiah 25:6.
5. That which delights and entertains.
He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast
In the English church, feasts are immovable or movable; immovable, when they occur on the same day of the year, as Christmas day, etc.; and movable, when they are not confined to the same day of the year, as Easter, which regulates many others.
FEAST, verb intransitive
1. To eat sumptuously; to dine or sup on rich provisions; particularly in large companies, and on public festivals.
And his sons went and feasted in their houses. Job 1:4.
2. To be highly gratified or delighted.
FEAST, verb transitive
1. To entertain with sumptuous provisions; to treat at the table magnificently; as, he was feasted by the king.
2. To delight; to pamper; to gratify luxuriously; as, to feast the soul.
Whose taste or smell can bless the feasted sense.
FE'ASTED, participle passive Entertained sumptuously; delighted.
1. One who fares deliciously.
2. One who entertains magnificently.
1. Festive; joyful; as a feastful day or friend.
2. Sumptuous, luxurious; as feastful rites.
FE'ASTING, participle present tense
1. Eating luxuriously; faring sumptuously.
2. Delighting; gratifying.
3. Entertaining with a sumptuous table.
FE'ASTING, noun An entertainment.
FE'ASTRITE, noun Custom observed in entertainments.
Ancient customs at:
Men alone present at
Genesis 40:20; Genesis 43:32; Genesis 43:34; 1 Samuel 9:22; Esther 1:8-9; Mark 6:21; Luke 14:24
Men and women attend
Exodus 32:6; Exodus 32:2-3; Daniel 5:1-3
Riddles propounded at
Marriage feasts provided by the bridegroom
Judges 14:10; Judges 14:17
Guests arranged according to age
Guests arranged according to rank
1 Samuel 9:22; Luke 14:8-10
Reclined on couches
Amos 6:4; Amos 6:7; Luke 7:38; John 13:25
Served in one dish
Were presided over by a governor
Wine served at
Esther 5:6; Esther 7:7
Isaiah 5:12; Amos 6:4-5; Luke 15:25
Matthew 14:6; Luke 15:25
Given by kings
1 Samuel 20:5; 1 Samuel 25:36; 2 Samuel 9:10; 1 Kings 2:7; 1 Kings 4:22; 1 Kings 18:19; Esther 1:3-8; Daniel 5:1-4
1 Samuel 25:36; Esther 1:10; Daniel 5:1-4
Covenants ratified by
Genesis 40:20; Mark 6:21
1 Kings 1:25; 1 Chronicles 12:38-40
Esther 8:17; Esther 9:17-19
Matthew 22:1-14; Luke 14:16-24; Revelation 19:9; Revelation 19:17
Annual festivals instituted by Moses:
Numbers 15:3; 2 Chronicles 8:13; Lamentations 2:6; Ezekiel 46:9
Numbers 29:39; Ezra 3:5
First and last days were Sabbatic
Leviticus 23:39-40; Numbers 28:18-25; Numbers 29:12; Numbers 29:35; Nehemiah 8:1-18
Kept with rejoicing
Leviticus 23:40; Deuteronomy 16:11-14; 2 Chronicles 30:21-26; Ezra 6:22; Nehemiah 8:9-12; Nehemiah 8:17; Psalms 42:4; Psalms 122:4; Isaiah 30:29; Zech 8:19
Divine protection given during
The three principal festivals were Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles:
All males were required to attend
Exodus 23:17; Exodus 34:23; Deuteronomy 16:16; Psalms 42:4; Psalms 122:4; Ezekiel 36:38; Luke 2:44; John 4:45; John 43:7
Aliens permitted to attend
John 12:20; Acts 2:1-11
Attended by women
1 Samuel 1:3; 1 Samuel 1:9; Luke 2:41
Matthew 26:17-20; Luke 2:41-42; Luke 22:15; John 2:13; John 2:23; John 5:1; John 7:10; John 10:22
Acts 18:21; Acts 19:21; Acts 20:6; Acts 20:16; Acts 24:11; Acts 24:17
Passover; Pentecost; Purim; Tabernacles; Trumpets