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the representative of several Hebrews and Gr. words, and in the N.T. especially of σπεῖρα, a COHORT (See COHORT) (q- v.).

a part of clerical dress, said to be a relic of the ancient amice (q.v.). It belongs to the full dress of the bar and university in England. "In Scotland it distinguishes ordained ministers from licentiates or probationers, and is said to be a remnant of the old cravat worn universally by the clergy a hundred years ago." (Eadie.) It is worn in the Church of England, in the Protestant Episcopal Church in America, and by the Protestant ministers of the Continental churches of Europe generally. (See CLERGY), Dress of the.

(figuratively used). Government and laws are bands that restrain from sin and draw into the path of righteousness (Psalms 2:3; Jeremiah 5:5). Slavery, distress, fears, and perplexity are called bands because they restrain liberty, and create irritation (Leviticus 26:13; Ezekiel 34:27; Psalm 28:22). Sinful customs or meretricious allurements are bands; they enslave, weaken, degrade, and embitter the soul; they are fetters that at first may seem soft as silk, but are found at last to be stronger than iron (Isaiah 58:6; Ecclesiastes 7:26). The wicked often "have no bands in their death;" that is, they frequently die without any peculiar distress, fear, or perplexity, such as might be expected to stamp their real character and condition on the verge of their future woe (Psalms 73:4; Ecclesiastes 7:15; Ecclesiastes 9:2). Faith and love are bands which unite and fasten every believer to Christ, and to the whole body of his holy people (Colossians 2:19). The authority, arguments, instances, and influence of divine love, because they draw and engage us to follow the Lord in a way suited to our rational nature, are generally supposed to be intended in Hosea 11:4 by "the bands of a man."

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Band'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/b/band.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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