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6.15.2012

Five interesting words

Here are five interesting words I've emailed about before:

Fix, frame, set, constant, plain.

Or, fixed, framed, set, constant, plain (or plainness).

Fix - To rest; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering.

Frame - To regulate; to adjust; to shape; to conform; as, to frame our lives according to the rules of the gospel. Or to frame our heart or mind by categories of Scripture.

Set - To fix; to establish; to ordain. To set right, to correct; to put in order. To put or place in its proper or natural posture. To return to its proper place or state; to replace; to reduce from dislocated or fractured state; as, to set a bone or a leg. To be set on the straight and narrow way.

Constant - Fixed; firm; opposed to fluid. Certain; steady; firmly adherent; as a man constant to his purpose, or to his duties.

Plain (or Plainness) - Want of ornament; want of artificial show. Clearness; openness; sincerity. Levelness; evenness or surface. It also has a sense of being complete in a modest, or simple, or perhaps self-contained way, though connected to God for life source. Like a cosmos with a boundary with no breaches in it.

Fix and set are similar, yet you can see a difference. Set might have an element of motion to it. Set on a right path.

The definitions are from Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary.

I haven't done a KJV search, though that would be interesting. OK, I'll do a quick search

For fix there is none, but there are four references to fixed. Three relevant, all in Psalms, refering to 'my heart is fixed.'

For frame there are five references, most relevant: Hos 5:4 They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD.

For set there are too many references, almost 700, but here is a good one: Psa 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

For constant there is one reference: 1Ch 28:7 Moreover I will establish his kingdom for ever, if he be constant to do my commandments and my judgments, as at this day.

For plain there are over 70 references, here's a good one: 2Co 3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

All these words are from the language of building. Even plain has overtones of what a plane is, i.e. the tool.

I see the words as useful for the language of biblical development, or sanctification, or the level where you have reached terminal understanding and you are practicing the faith in a real way.


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