Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.
Means simply presence, as when it is recorded that Adam and Eve hid themselves from the "face [R.V., 'presence'] of the Lord God" (Gen. 3:8;
comp. Ex. 33:14,15
, where the same Hebrew word is rendered "presence"). The "light of God's countenance" is his favour (Ps. 44:3; Dan. 9:17
). "Face" signifies also anger, justice, severity (Gen. 16:6, 8; Ex. 2:15; Ps. 68:1; Rev. 6:16
). To "provoke God to his face" (Isa. 65:3
) is to sin against him openly.
The Jews prayed with their faces toward the temple and Jerusalem (1 Ki. 8:38, 44, 48; Dan. 6:10). To "see God's face" is to have access to him and to enjoy his favour (Ps. 17:15, 27:8). This is the privilege of holy angels (Mt. 18:10; Lk. 1:19). The "face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6) is the office and person of Christ, the revealer of the glory of God (Jn. 1:14, 18).
Original from The Bible Foundation - bf.org. They claim public domain status for their original text.