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A passionate ardour for any person or cause. There are various kinds of zeal; as,

1. An ignorant zeal, Romans 10:2; Romans 3:1-31 :

2. A persecuting zeal, Philippians 3:6 .

3. A superstitious zeal, 1 Kings 18:1-46 : Galatians 1:14 .

4. An hypocritical zeal, 2 Kings 10:16 .

5. A contentious zeal, 1 Corinthians 11:16 .

6. A partial zeal, Hosea 7:8 .

7. A temporary zeal, 2 Kings 12:1-21; 2 Kings 13:1-25 : Galatians 4:15-16 .

8. a genuine zeal, which is a sincere and warm concern for the glory of God, and the spiritual welfare of mankind. This is generally compounded of sound knowledge, strong faith, and disinterested regard; and will manifest itself by self-denial, patient endurance, and constant exertion.

The motives to true zeal are,

1. The divine command, Revelation 3:19 .

2. The example of Christ, Acts 10:38 .

3. The importance of the service of Christ.

4. The advantage and pleasure it brings to the possessor.

5. The instances and honourable commendation of it in the Scriptures: Moses, Phineas, Caleb, David, Paul, &c. Galatians 4:18 . Revelation 3:15 , &c. Titus 2:14 .

6. The incalculable good effects it produces on others, James 5:20 .

See Reynolds and Orton on Sacred Zeal; Evan's Christian Temper, ser. 37; Hughes's Sermon on Zeal; Mason's Christ. Mor. ser. 28.

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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Zeal'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. 1802.

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