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To curse, signifies to imprecate, to call for mischief upon, or wish evil to, any one. Noah cursed his grandson Canaan, Genesis 9:25 : Jacob cursed the fury of his two sons, Genesis 49:7 : Moses enjoins the people of Israel to denounce curses against the violaters of the law, Deuteronomy 27:15-16 , &c. Joshua pronounced a curse upon him who should undertake to rebuild Jericho. These curses were such as were either ordained by God himself, and pronounced by men under the influence of his Spirit; or they were predictions of certain evils which would happen to individuals, or to a people, uttered in the form of imprecations. They were not the effects of passion, impatience, or revenge; and, therefore, were not things condemned by God in his law, like the cursing mentioned, Exodus 21:17 ; Exodus 22:28 , Leviticus 19:14 .

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Curse'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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