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To do something arbitrarily without divine permission; to act on one's own decision rather than considering the needs of others and the purpose of God. Jacob rebuked Simeon and Levi for wanton, undisciplined actions (Genesis 49:6 ). Titus 1:7 teaches that a bishop cannot be self-willed, that is stubborn and arrogant. Such activity is presumptuous and marks the fleshly person ( 2 Peter 2:10 ).

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Self-Willed'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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