Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary

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  1. Monergist

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    Noah Webster's original dictionary was steeped in scripture. It is a resource that every Christian should consider owning. Here's some of my favorite definitions:

    Marriage
    MAR'RIAGE, n. [L.mas, maris.] The act of uniting a man and woman for life; wedlock; the legal union of a man and woman for life. Marriage is a contract both civil and religious, by which the parties engage to live together in mutual affection and fidelity, till death shall separate them. Marriage was instituted by God himself for the purpose of preventing the promiscuous intercourse of the sexes, for promoting domestic felicity,and for securing the maintenance and education of children.

    Marriage is honorable in all and the bed undefiled. Heb 13


    SIN, v.i.

    1. To depart voluntarily from the path of duty prescribed by God man; to violate the divine law in any particular, by actual transgression or by the neglect or non-observance of its injunctions; to violate any known rule of duty. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Rom 3. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned. Psa 51.

    RELIGION, n. relij'on. [L. religio, from religo, to bind anew; re and ligo, to bind. This word seems originally to have signified an oath or vow to the gods, or the obligation of such an oath or vow, which was held very sacred by the Romans.]

    1. Religion, in its most comprehensive sense, includes a belief in the being and perfections of God, in the revelation of his will to man, in man's obligation to obey his commands, in a state of reward and punishment, and in man's accountableness to God; and also true godliness or piety of life, with the practice of all moral duties. It therefore comprehends theology, as a system of doctrines or principles, as well as practical piety; for the practice of moral duties without a belief in a divine lawgiver, and without reference to his will or commands, is not religion.

    2. Religion, as distinct from theology, is godliness or real piety in practice, consisting in the performance of all known duties to God and our fellow men, in obedience to divine command, or from love to God and his law. James 1.

    3. Religion, as distinct from virtue, or morality, consists in the performance of the duties we owe directly to God, from a principle of obedience to his will. Hence we often speak of religion and virtue, as different branches of one system, or the duties of the first and second tables of the law.

    Let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion.

    4. Any system of faith and worship. In this sense, religion comprehends the belief and worship of pagans and Mohammedans, as well as of christians; any religion consisting in the belief of a superior power or powers governing the world, and in the worship of such power or powers. Thus we speak of the religion of the Turks, of the Hindoos, of the Indians, &c. as well as of the christian religion. We speak of false religion, as well as of true religion.

    5. The rites of religion; in the plural.
     
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    2004-1828=176 years of language evolution between this Webster's edition and today.

    A dictionary is to clarify the language by giving you the current definition of a word, not what it used to mean six or seven generations ago.

    But, don't worry. King James Version Onlyists love to appeal to this dictionary to back up their heresy, so it will continue to sell.

    In Christ,
    Trotter
     
  3. Monergist

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    I don't think that one has to be KJV-only (I'm certainly not) to benefit from this book.

    As far as changing definitions go...well, its nice to see a sensible definition that hasn't been distorted by modern thought.

    But to each his own, I guess...
     

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