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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
GENERAL . This adj. means in AV [Note: Authorized Version.] ‘universal,’ as Latimer, Sermons , 182, ‘The promises of God our Saviour are general; they pertain to all mankind.’ So in Hebrews 12:23 , ‘the general assembly’ means the gathering of all without exception. Generally in like manner means ‘universally,’ 2 Samuel 17:11 ‘I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto thee.’ The subst. ‘general’ is once ( 1 Chronicles 27:34 ) used for Heb. sar , of which the more usual rendering is ‘captain’ (wh. see; cf. Army, Â§ 2 ).
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Hastings, James. Entry for 'General'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/g/general.html. 1909.
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