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a -bil´i -ti ( δύναμις , dúnamis , or ισχύς , ischús ): Variously used of resources, material, mental and spiritual; e.g. of wealth, "gave after their ability" (Ezra 2:69 ); of mental endowment, "ability to stand in the king's palace" (Daniel 1:4 ); of talents and character, "several ability" (Matthew 25:15 ); of spiritual strength, "minister, as of the ability which God giveth" (the King James Version 1 Peter 4:11 ). It thus may signify either possessions, native capacity, or gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Ability'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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