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Pray

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PRAY, L. precor proco this word belongs to the same family as preach and reproach Heb. to bless, to reproach rendered in Job 2.9 , to curse properly, to reproach, to rail at or upbraid. In Latin the word precor signifies to supplicate good or evil, and precis signifies a prayer and a curse. See Imprecate.

1. To ask with earnestness or zeal, as for a favor, or for something desirable to entreat to supplicate.

Pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you. Matthew 5

2. To petition to ask, as for a favor as in application to a legislative body.
3. In worship, to address the Supreme Being with solemnity and reverence, with adoration, confession of sins, supplication for mercy, and thanksgiving for blessings received.

When thou prayest, enter into thy closet,and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6

4. I pray, that is, I pray you tell me, or let me know, is a common mode of introducing a question.

PRAY, To supplicate to entreat to urge.

We pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5

1. In worship, to supplicate to implore to ask with reverence and humility.

Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee.

Acts 8 .

2. To petition. The plaintiff prays judgment of the court.

He that will have the benefit of this act, must pray a prohibition before a sentence in the ecclesiastical court.

3. To ask or intreat in ceremony or form.

Pray my colleague Antonius I may speak with him.

In most instances, this verb is transitive only by ellipsis. To pray God, is used for to pray to God to pray a prohibition, is to pray for a prohibition, &c.

To pray in aid, in law, is to call in for help one who has interest in the cause.

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Entry for 'Pray'. King James Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/kjd/p/pray.html.

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