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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary

Death

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Is taken in Scripture, first, for the separation of body and soul, the first death, Genesis 25:11; secondly, for alienation from God, and exposure to his wrath, 1 John 3:14 , etc.; thirdly, for the second death, that of eternal damnation. Death was the penalty affixed to Adam's transgression, Genesis 2:17 3:19; and all his posterity are transgressors, and share the curse inflicted upon him. Romans 5:12-21 1 Corinthians 15:1-58 .

Natural death is described as a yielding up of the breath, or spirit, expiring, Psalm 104:29; as a return to our original dust, Genesis 3:19 Ecclesiastes 12:7; as the soul's laying off the body, its clothing, 2 Corinthians 5:3,4 , or the tent in which it has dwelt, 2 Corinthians 5:1 2 Peter 1:13,14 . The death of the believer is a departure, a going home, a falling asleep in Jesus, Philippians 1:23 Matthew 26:24 John 11:11 .

The term death is also sometimes used for any great calamity, or imminent danger threatening life, as persecution, 2 Corinthians 1:10 . "The gates of death," Job 38:17 , signify the unseen world occupied by departed spirits. Death is also figuratively used to denote the insensibility of Christians to the temptations of a sinful world, Colossians 3:3 .

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Death'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/d/death.html. 1859.

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