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Allotment, allowance, ration, share. Portion is frequently used in the literal sense of a share in food, clothing, or property as well as in a variety of figurative senses. Wisdom writings often designate one's lot in life as one's portion (Job 20:29 ; Job 27:13 ; Ecclesiastes 9:9 ). God's chosen people are termed God's portion (Deuteronomy 32:9 ; Jeremiah 21:10 ). The Levites did not receive tribal territory with the other tribes but had the Lord for their special portion (Numbers 18:20 ). To have a portion in the Lord is to share the right of joining the community in worship of God (Joshua 22:25 ,Joshua 22:25,22:27 ; compare Nehemiah 2:20 ). The Psalms often speak of the Lord as the portion of the faithful (Psalm 16:5 ; Psalm 73:26 ; Psalm 119:57 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Portion'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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