The Definition of Liberty from 1828 and earlier

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Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  

II Corinthians 3:17

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1828 edition of Webster’s American Dictionary

of the English Language

the definition of liberty:

Source

liberty

LIB’ERTY, n. [L. libertas, from liber, free.]

1. Freedom from restraint, in a general sense, and applicable to the body, or to the will or mind. The body is at liberty, when not confined; the will or mind is at liberty, when not checked or controlled. A man enjoys liberty, when no physical force operates to restrain his actions or volitions.

2. Natural liberty, consists in the power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature. It is a state of exemption from the control of others, and from positive laws and the institutions of social life. This liberty is abridged by the establishment of government.

3. Civil liberty, is the liberty of men in a state of society, or natural liberty, so far only abridged and restrained, as is necessary and expedient for the safety and interest of the society, state or nation. A restraint of natural liberty, not necessary or expedient for the public, is tyranny or oppression. civil liberty is an exemption from the arbitrary will of others, which exemption is secured by established laws, which restrain every man from injuring or controlling another. Hence the restraints of law are essential to civil liberty.

The liberty of one depends not so much on the removal of all restraint from him, as on the due restraint upon the liberty of others.

In this sentence, the latter word liberty denotes natural liberty.

4. Political liberty, is sometimes used as synonymous with civil liberty. But it more properly designates the liberty of a nation, the freedom of a nation or state from all unjust abridgment of its rights and independence by another nation. Hence we often speak of the political liberties of Europe, or the nations of Europe.

5. Religious liberty, is the free right of adopting and enjoying opinions on religious subjects, and of worshiping the Supreme Being according to the dictates of conscience, without external control.

6. Liberty, in metaphysics, as opposed to necessity, is the power of an agent to do or forbear any particular action, according to the determination or thought of the mind, by which either is preferred to the other.

Freedom of the will; exemption from compulsion or restraint in willing or volition.

7. Privilege; exemption; immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; with a plural. Thus we speak of the liberties of the commercial cities of Europe.

8. Leave; permission granted. The witness obtained liberty to leave the court.

9. A space in which one is permitted to pass without restraint, and beyond which he may not lawfully pass; with a plural; as the liberties of a prison.

10. Freedom of action or speech beyond the ordinary bounds of civility or decorum. Females should repel all improper liberties.

To take the liberty to do or say any thing, to use freedom not specially granted.

To set at liberty, to deliver from confinement; to release from restraint.

To be at liberty, to be free from restraint.

Liberty of the press, is freedom from any restriction on the power to publish books; the free power of publishing what one pleases, subject only to punishment for abusing the privilege, or publishing what is mischievous to the public or injurious to individuals.

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A Layman’s Commentary on The Revelation of Jesus Christ now available on Scribd

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman’s Commentary

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman’s Commentary  Collection of All Chapters

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Revelation 19 © 2006 by Rex & Carleen Morache • All Rights Reserved

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A Layman’s Commentary

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ

(As Recorded by the Beloved Disciple John)

 Jesse C. Jones

In the mid-1990’s when my wife was in the last stages of Alzheimer’s disease, I got into the habit spending the late hours of the day praying and talking to God.  It was during this time that I began to sense God urging me to do something that I would never have considered doing, and certainly did not feel qualified to do under any circumstance: He continually persisted in my writing an exposition on the seven churches of the book of Revelation.  Every night it was the same: He would bring it up, and I would argue that I was not qualified to undertake writing on the Bible, nor did I have the slightest insight regarding the seven churches.  This went on for some time, and eventually I came across a book that had been written on the seven churches of Revelation.  I thought that this was my “Aha” moment, and I immediately brought it to God’s attention, thinking that I was off the hook.  No such luck, for God (as I have learned) always has a Plan B that is better, and usually bigger, in mind, and that’s when He hit me with probably what He had in mind all along: writing a commentary on the entire book of Revelation.  This hit me like a ton of bricks: I had felt unqualified to write on the seven churches, now I was confronted with something so overwhelming there was no question about my inadequacy.  Undoubtedly, that is where He wanted me to be all the time: totally dependent on Him for every idea, concept and interpretation that I put to paper (or computer screen in this case).

So I began to study, search and write, and the words seemed to keep coming.  This was something totally new to me.  I had co-authored a couple of technical books in my last job as a teacher, but this was different.  Here I was dealing with subjects for which I could not reach down within to draw up understanding: I had to depend totally on Him.

I do not want to leave readers with the impression that everything in this book is right out of God’s mouth.  What I hope is contained therein is what God gave, processed through an ordinary layman’s mind and body, and therefore susceptible to some misunderstanding.  Several years ago a friend asked me why I thought God would give me knowledge that He had not given other men.  My answer was that God is no respecter of persons (Ac. 10:34), He gives knowledge to those who have the greatest need and desire, with no consideration of status or position in the world.  In fact, He seems to favor the least capable or honorable (1 Co. 12:22-24).

This work can be downloaded, in part or whole.

My hope is that God will use this to change lives.

Jesse Jones

Shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author’s request and with his permission.   She has known Jesse and his family most of her life and loves him dearly.  It is indeed an honor to share his work and publish it on scribd for him so that many more can read and share and get to know the One who is coming back soon.  The time may be short — be ready!  Special thanks to Rex and Carleen Morache for permission to use their King of Kings painting on the cover.

Cover Page Artwork Revelation Commentary

Summary Revelation Commentary

TOC Revelation Commentary

Preface Revelation Commentary

Introduction to Revelation Commmentary

Chapter 01 – Revelation Commentary Christ Appears to John

Chapter 02 – Revelation Commentary Letter to the Church at Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira

Chapter 03 – Revelation Commentary The Church at Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicia

Chapter 04 – Revelation Commentary John’s Vision of Heaven +

Chapter 05 – Revelation Commentary The Book of Judgment

Chapter 06 – Revelation Commentary The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse +

Chapter 07 – Revelation Commentary 144,000 Israelites Are Sealed +

Chapter 08 – Revelation Commentary Silence in Heaven +

Chapter 09 – Revelation Commentary The Fifth Angel Sounds +

Chapter 10 – Revelation Commentary The Mystery of God is Finished +

Chapter 11 – Revelation Commentary The Seventh Angel Sounds +

Chapter 12 – Revelation Commentary Satan is Cast Out of Heaven

Chapter 13 – Revelation Commentary The Antichrist and False Prophet +

Chapter 14 – Revelation Commentary The Wrath of God +

Chapter 15 – Revelation Commentary The Seven Vials of God’s Wrath +

Chapter 16 – Revelation Commentary Plagues on the Earth +

Chapter 17 – Revelation Commentary The Great Whore +

Chapter 18 – Revelation Commentary The Fall of Babylon +

Chapter 19 – Revelation Commentary The Marriage of the Lamb +

Chapter 20 – Revelation Commentary Resurrection and judgement +

Chapter 21 – Revelation Commentary A New Heaven and Earth +

Chapter 22 – Revelation Commentary Epilog

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