What does the word behest mean?

Usage examples for behest

  1. Peace be to them; eternal peace and rest, And the fulfilment of the great behest: " Ye have been faithful over a few things, Over ten cities shall ye reign as kings." – The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. I will not see her, were she ten times a witch, since she is of his nation and surely comes at his behest. – A Book of Quaker Saints by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
  3. One of these men ran away to fetch a hackney- coach at Mr. Audley's behest, and reappeared presently, urging on a pair of horses- which were so small as to suggest the idea that they had been made out of one ordinary- sized animal- with wild shrieks and whoops that had a demoniac sound in the darkness. – Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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