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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Accept, Acceptable, Accepted

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(properly רָצָה , ratsah' to take pleasure in δέχομαι). To accept is not only to receive, but to receive with pleasure and kindness (Genesis 32:20). It stands opposed to reject, which is a direct mode of refusal, and implies a positive sentiment of disapprobation (Jeremiah 6:30; Jeremiah 7:29). To receive, is an act of right we receive what is our own; to accept, is an act of courtesy we accept what is offered by another. Hence an acceptable time, or accepted time (Psalms 69:13; 2 Corinthians 6:2), signifies a favorable opportunity. "No prophet is accepted in his own country" (Luke 4:24), that is to say, his own countrymen do not value and honor him as they ought. "Neither acceptest thou the person of any" (Luke 20:21). The word person here is intended to denote the outward appearance in contrast with inward character. (See ACCESS).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Accept, Acceptable, Accepted'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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