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Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary

Malefactor

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We meet with this word but upon one occasion in the Bible, namely, at the crucifixion of Christ, (Luke 23:32) and, therefore, for want of a stop at the word preceding it, we make a wrong application of it, and destroy the sense of the passage. The evangelist saith, "and there were two other malefactors led with him, (that is, the Lord Jesus) to be put to death." If we put a stop at the end of the word other, we express the true sense of the passage, and are in exact correspondence to the pure word of God. And there were two other--which were malefactors. But without this detachment of the passage, we include him as a third, "who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth." Jesus indeed became sin and a curse for us, but when he did it, he was in the same moment "holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens." (Hebrews 7:26)

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Hawker, Robert D.D. Entry for 'Malefactor'. Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance and Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/pmd/m/malefactor.html. London. 1828.

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