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Serve

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SERVE, serv. L. servio. This verb is supposed to be from the noun servus, a servant or slave, and this from servo, to keep.

1. To work for to bestow the labor of boky and mind in the employment of another.

Jacob loved Rachel and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy youngest daughters. Genesis 29 .

No man can serve two masters. Matthew 6 .

2. To act as the minister of to perform official duties to as, a minister serves his prince.

Had I served God as diligently as I have served the king, he would not have given me over in my gray hairs. Cardinal Woolsey.

3. To attend at command to wait on.

A goddess among gods, ador'd and serv'd

By anbels numberless, thy daily train. Milton.

4. To obey servilely or meanly. be not to wealth a servant.
5. To supply with food as, to be served in plate.
6. To be subservient or subordinate to.

Bodies bright and greater should not serve

The less not bright. Milton.

7. To perform the duties required in as, the curate served two churches.
8. To obey to perform duties in the employment of as, to serve the king or the country in the army or navy.
9. To be sufficient, or to promote as, to serve one's turn, end or purpose.
10. To help by good offices as, to serve one's country.
11. To comply with to submit to.

They think herein we serve the time, because thereby we either hold or seek preferment. Hooker.

12. To be sufficient for to satisfy to content.

One half pint bottle serves them both to dine,

And is at once their vinegar and wine. Pope.

13. To be in the place of any thing to one. A sofa serves the Turks for a seat and a couch.
14. To treat to requite as, he served me ungratefully he served me very : We say also, he served me a trick, that is he deceived me, or practiced an artifice on me.
15. In Scripture and theology, to obey and worship to act in conformity to the law of a superior, and treat him with due reverence.

Fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and truth. As for me and my house, we will serve the lord. Joshua 24 .

16. In a bad sense, to obey to yeild compliance or act according to.

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Dictionary of Words from the King James Bible. Public Domain. Copy freely.
Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at av1611.com.
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

Bibliography Information
Entry for 'Serve'. King James Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/kjd/s/serve.html.

Lectionary Calendar
Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
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