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Purpose

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PUR'POSE, n. L. propositum, propono pro, before,and pono, to set or place.

1. That which a person sets before himself as an object to be reached or accomplished the end or aim to which the view is directed in any plan, measure or exertion. We believe the Supreme Being created intelligent beings for some benevolent and glorious purpose, and if so, how glorious and benevolent must be his purpose in the plan of redemption! The ambition of men is generally directed to one of two purposes, or to both the acquisition of wealth or of power. We build houses for the purpose of shelter we labor for the purpose of subsistence.
2. Intention design. This sense, however, is hardly to be distinguished from the former as purpose always includes the end in view.

Every purpose is established by counsel. Proverbs 20

Being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Ephesians 1

3. End effect consequence, good or bad. What good purpose will this answer? We sometimes labor to no purpose. Men often employ their time, talents and money for very evil purposes.

To what purpose is this waste? Matthew 26

4. Instance example. Not in use.
5. Conversation. Not in use.

Of purpose, on purpose, with previous design with the mind directed to that object. On purpose is more generally used, but the true phrase is of purpose.

PUR'POSE,v.t. To intend to design to resolve to determine on some end or object to be accomplished.

I have purposed it,I will also do it. Isaiah 46; Ephesians 3

Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem. Acts 19 .

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