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The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary


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The Scriptural sense of reproach is not so generally understood. It means, in the fullest sense of the word, reproach for God or God's cause. Thus Joshua, when circumcising Israel at Gilgal, is said to have taken away their reproach. The Lord God said, "This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you." (Joshua 5:9) Hence the place was called Gilgal, rolling away. Similar passages we have Genesis 30:23; Isaiah 4:1; Isa 54:4. In a gospel sense, the reproach for Christ's name is when a believer is content to be considered vile, rather than relinquish his christian calling. The Holy Ghost, by Peter, pronounceth peculiar happiness on such as are "reproached for the sake of Christ." (1 Peter 4:14)

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Hawker, Robert D.D. Entry for 'Reproach'. Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance and Dictionary. London. 1828.

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