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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Liberal; Liberality; Liberally

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lib´ẽr - al , lib - ẽr - al´i - ti , lib´ẽr - al - i : The different forms of the word all refer to one who is generous, bountiful, willing and ready to give and to help. Both the Hebrew words of the Old Testament and the Greek words of the New Testament translated into the English word "liberal" have a deeper and nobler meaning than is generally conveyed by the English word. In Proverbs 11:25 , the liberal soul (nephesh berākhāh ) means a soul that carries a blessing. In Isaiah 32:5 , the American Standard Revised Version has "bountiful" where the King James Version has "liberal," and in Isaiah 32:8 "noble" takes the place of "liberal" ( nādhı̄bh ). The principal Greek words are ἀπλότης , haplótēs literally, "simplicity," "sincerity," and χάρις , cháris , "grace," "favor." In 1 Corinthians 16:3 , "bounty" substitutes "liberality." It is well to bear in mind that a Biblical liberality can spring only out of a noble soul, and is Godlike in its genesis and spirit.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Liberal; Liberality; Liberally'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/l/liberal-liberality-liberally.html. 1915.

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