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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Preeminence

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prḗ - em´i - nens : Superiority, especially in noble or excellent qualities. The word stands for: (1) מותר , mōthār , "what is over and above," "excellence"; "Man hath no preeminence above the beasts" ( Ecclesiastes 3:19 ); (2) πρωτεύω , prōteúō , "to be first"; "That in all things he (= Christ) might have the preeminence" (Colossians 1:18 ); (3) ὁ φιλοπρωτεύων , ho philoprōteúōn , is translated "who loveth to have the preeminence," literally "who loveth to be first" (of Diotrephes, 3 John 1:9 ).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Preeminence'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/p/preeminence.html. 1915.

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