What does Flock mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
הַצֹּ֔אן small cattle 5
הַצֹּֽאן small cattle 5
צֹ֥אן small cattle 5
כְּעֵ֣דֶר flock 4
צֹאנִ֔י small cattle 4
הַצֹּ֖אן small cattle 4
הַצֹּ֑אן small cattle 4
צֹאנִי֙ small cattle 3
הַצֹּאן֙ small cattle 3
ποίμνην a flock (esp. 2
צֹ֖אן small cattle 2
ποίμνης a flock (esp. 2
צֹ֣אן small cattle 2
כְּצֹ֣אן small cattle 2
ποίμνιον a flock (esp. 2
הָרֹעֶ֖ה to pasture 2
הַצֹּ֛אן small cattle 2
ποιμνίου a flock (esp. 2
! הַצֹּ֔אן small cattle 1
בְּצֹ֣אן small cattle 1
כַּצֹּ֣אן small cattle 1
צֹֽאנְךָ֜ small cattle 1
הַצֹּ֗אן small cattle 1
הַצֹּ֥אן small cattle 1
וְרָעָה֙ to pasture 1
צֹֽאנְךָ֖ small cattle 1
צֹאנֽוֹ small cattle 1
תִרְעֶ֔ה to pasture 1
הַצֹּ֤אן small cattle 1
כְּצֹ֤אן small cattle 1
כַצֹּ֣אן small cattle 1
כַּ֝צֹּ֗אן small cattle 1
צֹאנְךָ֖ small cattle 1
לַצֹּאן֙ small cattle 1
וָצֹ֔אן small cattle 1
וְהַצֹּ֗אן small cattle 1
צֹאנִֽי small cattle 1
כַ֭צֹּאן small cattle 1
؟ צֹאנ֔וֹ small cattle 1
צֹ֔אן small cattle 1
כַּצֹּ֖אן small cattle 1
הַצֹּ֧אן small cattle 1
צֹ֚אן small cattle 1
צֹאנ֖וֹ small cattle 1
צֹ֥אן‪‬ small cattle 1
בַּצֹּ֔אן small cattle 1
וְהַצֹּ֣אן small cattle 1
בְּצֹאנֶ֑ךָ small cattle 1
צֹֽאן small cattle 1
צֹאנִ֑י small cattle 1
צֹאנִ֛י small cattle 1
עֵ֥דֶר flock 1
כַּ֝עֵ֗דֶר flock 1
עֵ֗דֶר flock 1
כְּעֵ֙דֶר֙ flock 1
וְעֶדְר֔וֹ flock 1
עֶדְרֽוֹ flock 1
הָעֵ֙דֶר֙ flock 1
עֶדְר֣וֹ flock 1
בְּעֶדְרוֹ֙ flock 1
עֶדְר֜וֹ flock 1
מֵהָעֵֽדֶר flock 1
מֵא֔וֹת hundred. 1
כְשָׂבִ֖ים lamb 1
אֲלָפִ֔ים a thousand. / a thousand 1
ποιμνίῳ a flock (esp. 1
ποίμνη a flock (esp. 1
עֶדְרוֹ֙ flock 1
צֹ֞אן small cattle 1
לְצֹאנִ֔י small cattle 1
צֹאנָֽם small cattle 1
וְצֹאנִ֑י small cattle 1
צֹאנִ֣י small cattle 1
צֹאנִ֖י small cattle 1
צֹאנִ֨י small cattle 1
צֹאנִ֣י ׀ small cattle 1
צֹ֛אן small cattle 1
צֹאנֶ֔ךָ small cattle 1
מִצֹּאנוֹ֙ small cattle 1
צֹ֗אן small cattle 1
צֹאנֶֽךָ small cattle 1
וּבְצֹֽאנְךָ֙ small cattle 1
מִצֹּ֣אנְךָ֔ small cattle 1
וּמִצֹּֽאנְךָ֗ small cattle 1
וְצֹאנֶ֑ךָ small cattle 1
מִצֹּ֔אן small cattle 1
לִרְעוֹת֙ to pasture 1

Definitions Related to Flock

H6629


   1 small cattle, sheep, sheep and goats, Flock, flocks.
      1a small cattle (usually of sheep and goats).
      1b of multitude (simile).
      1c of multitude (metaphor).
      

H5739


   1 Flock, herd.
      1a Flock.
      1b herds, flocks and herds.
      

G4167


   1 a Flock (esp.
   ) of sheep.
      1a of Christ’s Flock i.e. the body of those who follow Jesus as their guide and keeper.
      

G4168


   1 a Flock (esp.
   ) of sheep.
   2 a group of Christ’s disciples.
   3 bodies of Christian (churches) presided over by elders.
   

H7462


   1 to pasture, tend, graze, feed.
      1a (Qal).
         1a1 to tend, pasture.
            1a1a to shepherd.
            1a1b of ruler, teacher (fig).
            1a1c of people as Flock (fig).
            1a1d shepherd, herdsman (subst).
         1a2 to feed, graze.
            1a2a of cows, sheep etc (literal).
            1a2b of idolater, Israel as Flock (fig).
      1b (Hiphil) shepherd, shepherdess.
   2 to associate with, be a friend of (meaning probable).
      2a (Qal) to associate with.
      2b (Hithpael) to be companions.
   3 (Piel) to be a special friend.
   

H3967


   1 hundred.
      1a as simple number.
      1b as part of larger number.
      1c as a fraction—one one-hundredth (1/100).
      

H505


   1 a thousand.
      1a as numeral.
   2 a thousand, company.
      2a as a company of men under one leader, troops.
      

Frequency of Flock (original languages)

Frequency of Flock (English)

Dictionary

1910 New Catholic Dictionary - Flock
Emblem in art associated with Saint Joan of Arc, Saint Genevieve, Saint Germaine, and Saint Solange as shepherdesses or tenders of flocks.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words - Flock
1: ποίμνη (Strong's #4167 — Noun Feminine — poimne — poym'-nay ) akin to poimen, "a shepherd," denotes "a flock" (properly, of sheep), Matthew 26:31 ; Luke 2:8 ; 1 Corinthians 9:7 ; metaphorically, of Christ's followers, John 10:16 , RV, for the erroneous AV, "fold." What characterizes Christ's sheep is listening to His voice, and the "flock" must be one as He is one.
2: ποίμνιον (Strong's #4168 — Noun Neuter — poimnion — poym'-nee-on ) possibly a diminutive of No. 1, is used in the NT only metaphorically, of a group of Christ's disciples, Luke 12:32 ; of local churches cared for by elders, Acts 20:28,29 ; 1 Peter 5:2,3 .
Holman Bible Dictionary - Flock
Sheep and goats under the care of a shepherd (Genesis 30:31-32 ). God's people are sometimes described as sheep without a shepherd (Numbers 27:17 ; Ezekiel 34:5 ,Ezekiel 34:5,34:8 ; Matthew 9:36 ; Mark 6:34 ), that is, in need of leaders who would rule them justly and nurture them spiritually. God's people can be described as a flock shepherded by God (Psalm 100:3 ; Jeremiah 23:3 ; Ezekiel 34:31 ) or by Christ, the “great Shepherd of the sheep” (Hebrews 13:20 ; compare John 10:11 ; 1 Peter 5:4 ). The unity of all Christians is pictured by the image of one flock composed of many folds (John 10:16 ). Flocks can refer to individual congregations under the care of a pastor (1 Peter 5:2-3 ).
Judgment is sometimes pictured as the sorting of a flock. In Ezekiel 34:1 the fat, strong sheep (the oppressive leaders of Israel) are separated from the weak sheep that they victimized ( Ezekiel 34:16-17 ,Ezekiel 34:16-17,34:20-21 ). In Matthew 25:32-46 sheep are separated from goats on the basis of concrete acts of love shown to the needy.
Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Flock
Two Hebrew words, eder [1] and son , are regularly translated "flock" in the Old Testament and both are rendered by Greek poimne [2] (or its diminutive poimnion [3]) in the Septuagint and New Testament. The word eder [1] connotes a more collective sense than so'n , which can also be translated "sheep." Both occur figuratively (as do the Greek terms), almost always with Israel (or Judah) and the church in view as the "flock" or people of God.
The designation "flock" is used a number of times simply as an epithet of the people, one that inherently communicates their helplessness, naiveté, simplicity, and dependence (Psalm 74:1 ; 77:20 ; 78:52 ; 79:13 ; 80:1 ; 100:3 ; Isaiah 40:11 ; Zechariah 9:16 ; 10:3 ; 11:7,17 ; John 10:16 ). More particularly, it speaks of Israel as subjects of earthly kings (Jeremiah 13:20 ; 25:34-36 ; Ezekiel 34:2-3 ) or of the elders of the church (Acts 20:28 ; 1 Peter 5:3 ), who are held accountable for their leadership. Failing that leadership, or perhaps in rebellion to it, Israel is seen as a people without a shepherd (Numbers 27:17 ; 1 Kings 22:17 ), helpless ones (2 Samuel 24:17 ) who wander and go astray (Isaiah 53:6 ; Zechariah 10:2 ). Isaiah makes it clear that such behavior is sinful, willful departure from the shepherd.
Although the flock is sometimes scattered in judgment (Ezekiel 34:12 ) it is never without the hope of regathering (Jeremiah 23:1-3 ). The reason for this hope is that Israel is under the care of Yahweh, the Good Shepherd (Psalm 95:7 ; Ezekiel 34:31 ; cf. John 10:11-18 ), who has made his people the objects of his saving grace and heirs of all the covenant promises (Micah 7:14 ).
Eugene H. Merrill
Bibliography . P. L. Garber, ISBE, 4:463-65; B. D. Napier, ISBE, 4:315-16; G. E. Post, Dictionary of the Bible, 4:486-87.
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Flock
FLOCK . See Sheep.
Webster's Dictionary - Flock
(1):
(n.) A lock of wool or hair.
(2):
(n.) Woolen or cotton refuse (sing. / pl.), old rags, etc., reduced to a degree of fineness by machinery, and used for stuffing unpholstered furniture.
(3):
(v. t.) To coat with flock, as wall paper; to roughen the surface of (as glass) so as to give an appearance of being covered with fine flock.
(4):
(n.) A company or collection of living creatures; - especially applied to sheep and birds, rarely to persons or (except in the plural) to cattle and other large animals; as, a flock of ravenous fowl.
(5):
(n.) A Christian church or congregation; considered in their relation to the pastor, or minister in charge.
(6):
(v. t.) To flock to; to crowd.
(7):
(v. i.) To gather in companies or crowds.
(8):
(sing. / pl.) Very fine, sifted, woolen refuse, especially that from shearing the nap of cloths, used as a coating for wall paper to give it a velvety or clothlike appearance; also, the dust of vegetable fiber used for a similar purpose.
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Flock
A term used in the O.T. for Israel as sheep gathered by God as their Shepherd, and called Jehovah's flock. Psalm 77:20 ; Psalm 107:41 ; Jeremiah 13:17 . It is also applied to those of Israel that were gathered to Christ when on earth. To these He added the Gentile believers; and all were united into one flock (not 'one fold'), with Christ as the one Shepherd. John 10:16 . When the leaders of Israel were to be judged as not caring for the Lord's flock, the prophet speaks of the remnant as the poor o f the flock. Zechariah 11:7,11 : cf. Luke 6:20 . The Lord also spoke to His disciples as a little flock, bidding them not to fear: it was their Father's good pleasure to give them the kingdom. Luke 12:32 . In Paul's address to the elders of Ephesus he exhorts them to take heed unto all the flock: the wolves would not spare them. Paul commended the shepherds to God and to the word of His grace. Acts 20:28,29 : cf. 1 Peter 5:2,3 .
Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Flock
Psalm 77:20 (a) The people of Israel are compared to sheep under the leadership of the Lord GOD of Heaven. (See also Isaiah 40:11 - Isaiah 63:11; Jeremiah 13:17; Jeremiah 23:2; Jeremiah 25:34; Ezekiel 24:5; Micah 2:12; Matthew 26:31).
Luke 12:32 (a) This refers to the followers of the Lord JESUS. He is the shepherd, those who love Him are His sheep.
Acts 20:28 (a) In this passage the church is compared to sheep. It refers to the true church of GOD, consisting only of believers, born-again people. It does not refer to those great national and international organizations which call themselves "The Church." (See1Pe 5:2).
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Flock, Tower of the
See EDAR.
King James Dictionary - Flock
FLOCK, n. L. floccus. It is the same radically as flake, and applied to wool or hair, we write it lock. See Flake.
1. A company or collection applied to sheep and other small animals. A flock of sheep answers to a herd of larger cattle. But the word may sometimes perhaps be applied to larger beasts, and in the plural, flocks may include all kinds of domesticated animals. 2. A company or collection of fowls of any kind, and when applied to birds on the wing, a flight as a flock of wild-geese a flock of ducks a flock of blackbirds. in the United States, flocks of wild-pigeons sometimes darken the air. 3. A body or crowd of people. little used. Gr. a troop. 4. A lock of wool or hair. Hence, a flockbed. FLOCK, To gather in companies or crowds applied to men or other animals. People flock together. They flock to the play-house.
Friends daily flock.
Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Flock, Fold
FLOCK, FOLD.—For a general treatment of these words see Sheep, Shepherd. But it may be noted here that, whereas in John 10:1; John 10:16 we find in Authorized Version ‘fold’ three times (‘he that entereth not by the door into the sheep-fold’; and ‘other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and … there shall be one fold and one shepherd’), there is in the original a marked distinction. Two words, absolutely unconnected with each other, are employed. In John 10:1, and in the first clause of John 10:16, the Greek word is αὐλή = ‘enclosure,’ ‘court,’ ‘fold,’ in the strict sense. It is the word used of the enclosed court of the high priest’s palace (Matthew 26:3, Mark 14:54, Luke 22:55, John 18:15), of the strong man’s palace (Luke 11:21), and of the outer court of the Temple (Revelation 11:2). In using this word our Lord seems to refer to those ‘walls of partition’ (cf. Ephesians 2:14) which separated the Jews from the Gentiles and made them a nation by themselves. Within this Jewish fold (αὑλή), our Lord tells us that, at the time when He spoke, He had a number of sheep who were His own; and also that, outside of it, among the Gentiles, dark and miserable as their condition was, He had other sheep, who were His already, and were known to Him, even if they knew it not themselves. These too, He announces, He must bring, and put them along with His Jewish-born sheep; ‘and,’ He adds, ‘there shall be one flock (He uses here the other word ποίμνη), one shepherd.’ He does not say there will be ‘one fold’ (αὐλή), or, indeed, any fold at all. He has unity in view for His sheep—union; but not such as is to be secured by the erection round His flock of such outwardly-enclosing, or constraining ‘walls of partition’—geographical or racial—as had hitherto divided nation from nation and Jew from Gentile. The union whereof He speaks is to be the union of a flock, which is kept together on the one hand by its own instinct of gregariousness, or the mutual affection of the members, and on the other hand by its common subjection to its ‘one Shepherd,’ who loves it, died for it, and whom through all its members it knows. It does not, however, follow that this unity is not a visible unity. The unity of the flock, as it moves along the road under its shepherd’s guidance, is just as visible to the beholder as the unity of the fold whose white walls gleam from the hillside. The difference is not in regard to the visibility of the effect, but the nature of the unifying bond. The distinction is brought out in Revised Version NT 1881, OT 1885.
James Cooper.
The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Flock
The church of Jesus is so often spoken of in Scripture under the figure and similitude of a flock, that I could not think myself justified in passing it by unnoticed. That Jesus is himself called the Shepherd of Israel. (Psalms 80:1) and sometimes the good Shepherd. (John 10:11) and chief Shepherd, (1 Peter 5:4) and the great Shepherd. (Hebrews 13:20) and the one Shepherd. (Ezekiel 34:23) These are familiar names, by which Christ is well known to his church in Scripture. And consequently, as every shepherd is supposed to have a flock, otherwise his very character of shepherd ceaseth; so the church hath various descriptions also as the flock of Christ by which she is known. The church is said by Jesus himself to be his sheep, which his Father hath given him, and which he hath also purchased by his blood, and made them his by the conquests of his grace. Hence he saith, he called them all by name. He knoweth all their persons, state, and circumstances; goeth before them, and them into wholesome pastures, and causeth them to lie down in safety. He undertakes for all their wants, heals the diseased among them, brings home wanderers, restores the misled, and is so watchful over the whole of his flock, that they must all pass again under the hand of him that telleth them. (Jeremiah 33:13) and hence it is impossible that any of them should perish, but he giveth them eternal life. (John 10:1-16)
And what tends, if possible, to endear yet more this view of Christ's church as his flock, is the several properties of it. The flock of Jesus is but one. (Song of Song of Solomon 6:9) though scattered in various parts of the earth, and divided into several folds. Both Jew and Gentile are brought into it, and hereafter will form "one in the general assembly and church of the first-born, whose names are written in heaven." (Hebrews 12:23) And this flock of Christ is not only one, but it forms a separate and distinct one. For separated by distinguishing grace and gathered out of the world's wide wilderness, Jesus hath pent it up, and hedged it in; so that it is for ever separated from the wolves and beasts of prey. Hence Jesus is represented as calling to his church in those sweet words: "Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon; look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir, and Hermon, from the lions' dens, and from the mountains of the leopards." (Song of Song of Solomon 4:8)
There is another great feature of Jesus's flock, and this is, in the present life, compared to the world, they are but small and inconsiderable in number. Jesus himself calleth it a little flock. "Fear not, little flock, (said that gracious Shepherd), for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." (Luke 12:32) But overlooked and despised as the flock of Jesus is by the great ones of the earth, and low and humble as they are in their own view; yet when they are all brought home, and housed in his eternal kingdom, they will form a blessed company. John, the beloved apostle, in his days, when admitted in that glorious vision of the Lord to see heaven opened, related to the church, that he saw "a multitude, whom no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues." (Revelation 7:9) And who shall say what millions since, the Lord hath gathered and taken home to his everlasting sheepfold above? Oh! the blessedness of belonging to the flock of Christ! Well might the prophet in the contemplation, as if speaking to Jesus, the Israel of his people, cry out, "Where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?" (Jeremiah 13:20) And how beautiful, indeed, in the eyes of Jesus, must the flock appear, when made comely in his comeliness! How spotless like the whitest fleece, when washed in his blood, covered in the garment of his righteousness, and made all glorious within by the indwelling residence of the Holy Ghost! Hear what the Lord saith to his church: "Thou art beautiful as Tirzah, O my love! comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners. Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which come up from the washing, whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them." (Song of Song of Solomon 6:4; Son 4:2)
Vine's Expository Dictionary of OT Words - Flock
Tsô'n (צְאוֹן, Strong's #6629), “flock; small cattle; sheep; goats.” A similar word is found in Akkadian, Aramaic, and Syriac, and in the Tel Amarna tablets. In Hebrew, tsô'n kept its meaning in all stages of the development of the language. The word occurs 273 times in the Hebrew Old Testament, with its first occurrence in Gen. 4:2. The word is not limited to any period of Hebrew history or to any type of literature. The Book of Genesis, with the narratives on the patriarchs in their pastoral setting, has the greatest frequency of usage (about 60 times).The primary meaning of tsô'n is “small cattle,” to be distinguished from baqar (“herd”). The word may refer to “sheep” only (1 Sam. 25:2) or to both “sheep and goats”: “So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me” (Gen. 30:33). The “flock” was an important economic factor in the ancient Near East. The animals were eaten (1 Sam. 14:32; cf. Ps. 44:11), shorn for their wool (Gen. 31:19), and milked (Deut. 32:14). They were also offered as a sacrifice, as when Abel sacrificed a firstling of his “flock” (Gen. 4:4).
In the metaphorical usage of tsô'n, the imagery of a “multitude” may apply to people: “As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the Lord” (Ezek. 36:38). God is viewed as the shepherd of His “flock,” God’s people: “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture” (Ps. 100:3; cf. Ps. 23; 79:13; Mic. 7:14). In a period of oppression, the psalmist compared God’s people to “sheep for the slaughter” (Ps. 44:22) and prayed for God’s deliverance.
People without a leader were compared to a “flock” without a shepherd (1 Kings 22:17; cf. Zech. 10:2; 13:7). Jeremiah viewed the Judeans as having been guided astray by their shepherds, or leaders (Jer. 50:6). Similarly, Isaiah wrote: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6).
The prophetic promise pertains to God’s renewed blessing on the remnant of the “flock”: “And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase” (Jer. 23:3). This would come to pass as the Messiah (“the Branch of David”) will establish His rule over the people (vv. 5-6). This idea is also expressed by Ezekiel: “And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it” (Ezek. 34:23- 24).
The Septuagint gives the following translations: probaton (“sheep”) and piomnion (“flock”). The KJV gives these senses: “flocks; sheep; cattle.”
Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Flock
See SHEPHERD .

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Flock - Flock, n. A Flock of sheep answers to a herd of larger cattle. But the word may sometimes perhaps be applied to larger beasts, and in the plural, Flocks may include all kinds of domesticated animals. A company or collection of fowls of any kind, and when applied to birds on the wing, a flight as a Flock of wild-geese a Flock of ducks a Flock of blackbirds. in the United States, Flocks of wild-pigeons sometimes darken the air. Hence, a Flockbed. Flock, To gather in companies or crowds applied to men or other animals. People Flock together. They Flock to the play-house. ...
Friends daily Flock
Flock - for Israel as sheep gathered by God as their Shepherd, and called Jehovah's Flock. To these He added the Gentile believers; and all were united into one Flock (not 'one fold'), with Christ as the one Shepherd. When the leaders of Israel were to be judged as not caring for the Lord's Flock, the prophet speaks of the remnant as the poor o f the Flock. The Lord also spoke to His disciples as a little Flock, bidding them not to fear: it was their Father's good pleasure to give them the kingdom. In Paul's address to the elders of Ephesus he exhorts them to take heed unto all the Flock: the wolves would not spare them
Eder - A Flock
Flock - Flock
Fold - —See Flock
Adriel - The Flock of God
Flocked - ) of Flock...
Flocking - ) of Flock...
Regal - ) Pertaining to, or like, a Flock
Flockmel - ) In a Flock; in a body
Regal - ) Pertaining to, or like, a Flock
Edar - Tower of the Flock, a tower between Bethlehem and Hebron, near which Jacob first halted after leaving Bethlehem (Genesis 35:21 ). In Micah 4:8 the word is rendered "tower of the Flock" (marg
Whisp - ) A Flock of snipe
Edar, Tower of - This occurs only in Genesis 35:21 , and signifies 'Tower of the Flock. ' Probably a tower built by the shepherds for the protection of their Flocks. Jacob halted there with his Flocks. The expression 'tower of the Flock' occurs in Micah 4:8 (Edar in the margin ) as the stronghold of the daughter of Zion
Flock - The church of Jesus is so often spoken of in Scripture under the figure and similitude of a Flock, that I could not think myself justified in passing it by unnoticed. And consequently, as every shepherd is supposed to have a Flock, otherwise his very character of shepherd ceaseth; so the church hath various descriptions also as the Flock of Christ by which she is known. He undertakes for all their wants, heals the diseased among them, brings home wanderers, restores the misled, and is so watchful over the whole of his Flock, that they must all pass again under the hand of him that telleth them. (John 10:1-16)...
And what tends, if possible, to endear yet more this view of Christ's church as his Flock, is the several properties of it. The Flock of Jesus is but one. " (Hebrews 12:23) And this Flock of Christ is not only one, but it forms a separate and distinct one. " (Song of Song of Solomon 4:8)...
There is another great feature of Jesus's Flock, and this is, in the present life, compared to the world, they are but small and inconsiderable in number. Jesus himself calleth it a little Flock. "Fear not, little Flock, (said that gracious Shepherd), for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. " (Luke 12:32) But overlooked and despised as the Flock of Jesus is by the great ones of the earth, and low and humble as they are in their own view; yet when they are all brought home, and housed in his eternal kingdom, they will form a blessed company. " (Revelation 7:9) And who shall say what millions since, the Lord hath gathered and taken home to his everlasting sheepfold above? Oh! the blessedness of belonging to the Flock of Christ! Well might the prophet in the contemplation, as if speaking to Jesus, the Israel of his people, cry out, "Where is the Flock that was given thee, thy beautiful Flock?" (Jeremiah 13:20) And how beautiful, indeed, in the eyes of Jesus, must the Flock appear, when made comely in his comeliness! How spotless like the whitest fleece, when washed in his blood, covered in the garment of his righteousness, and made all glorious within by the indwelling residence of the Holy Ghost! Hear what the Lord saith to his church: "Thou art beautiful as Tirzah, O my love! comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners. Thy teeth are like a Flock of sheep that are even shorn, which come up from the washing, whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them
Flock - ) To coat with Flock, as wall paper; to roughen the surface of (as glass) so as to give an appearance of being covered with fine Flock. ) A company or collection of living creatures; - especially applied to sheep and birds, rarely to persons or (except in the plural) to cattle and other large animals; as, a Flock of ravenous fowl. ) To Flock to; to crowd
Scry - ) A Flock of wild fowl
Migdal-Edar - Tower of the Flock, a place 2 miles south of Jerusalem, near the Bethlehem road (Genesis 35:21 )
Aggle - ) A Flock of wild geese
Fold - Gentile believers were added to them, and they became one Flock (not 'one fold') with one Shepherd, the Lord Himself. They are formed into the church, namely, the one Flock
Bellwether - ) A wether, or sheep, which leads the Flock, with a bell on his neck
Regarious - ) Habitually living or moving in Flocks or herds; tending to Flock or herd together; not habitually solitary or living alone
Anza - ) A kind of wild goose, by a Flock of which a virtuoso was fabled to be carried to the lunar world
a'Der - (flock ), a Benjamites, son of Beriah, chief of the inhabitants of Aijalon
e'Dar, Tower of - EDER , a Flock ), a place named only in ( Genesis 35:21 ) According to Jerome it was one thousand paces from Bethlehem
Flock - Tsô'n (צְאוֹן, Strong's #6629), “flock; small cattle; sheep; goats. The “flock” was an important economic factor in the ancient Near East. They were also offered as a sacrifice, as when Abel sacrificed a firstling of his “flock” ( Flock, as the Flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with Flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the Lord” (
People without a leader were compared to a “flock” without a shepherd (1 Kings 22:17; cf. ...
The prophetic promise pertains to God’s renewed blessing on the remnant of the “flock”: “And I will gather the remnant of my Flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase” ( Pastor - 1: ποιμήν (Strong's #4166 — Noun Masculine — poimen — poy-mane' ) "a shepherd, one who tends herds or Flocks" (not merely one who feeds them), is used metaphorically of Christian "pastors," Ephesians 4:11 . "Pastors" guide as well as feed the Flock; cp. 17, indicates that this was the service committed to elders (overseers or bishops); so also in 1 Peter 5:1,2 , "tend the Flock
Pastor - Shepherd, one whose office it is to feed and guard the Flock of Christ, Ephesians 4:11 1 Peter 5:2
Epistles, Pastoral - (Latin: pastor, shepherd; Greek: epistole, letter) ...
Letters written by Saint Paul to Saint Timothy and Saint Titus as bishops, and shepherds of the Flock
Edar, Tower of - The name means "a Flock" or "drove. " The tower was to watch the Flock against wild beasts or robbers
Crosier - ) The pastoral staff of a bishop (also of an archbishop, being the symbol of his office as a shepherd of the Flock of God
Bevy - ) A Flock of birds, especially quails or larks; also, a herd of roes
Eder - ("flock"
Heritage - ) A possession; the Israelites, as God's chosen people; also, a Flock under pastoral charge
Firstling - ) The first produce or offspring; - said of animals, especially domestic animals; as, the firstlings of his Flock
Drove - We speak of a herd of cattle, and a Flock of sheep, when a number is collected but properly a drove is a herd or Flock driven
Flock - 1: ποίμνη (Strong's #4167 — Noun Feminine — poimne — poym'-nay ) akin to poimen, "a shepherd," denotes "a Flock" (properly, of sheep), Matthew 26:31 ; Luke 2:8 ; 1 Corinthians 9:7 ; metaphorically, of Christ's followers, John 10:16 , RV, for the erroneous AV, "fold. " What characterizes Christ's sheep is listening to His voice, and the "flock" must be one as He is one
Flock - God's people can be described as a Flock shepherded by God (Psalm 100:3 ; Jeremiah 23:3 ; Ezekiel 34:31 ) or by Christ, the “great Shepherd of the sheep” (Hebrews 13:20 ; compare John 10:11 ; 1 Peter 5:4 ). The unity of all Christians is pictured by the image of one Flock composed of many folds (John 10:16 ). Flocks can refer to individual congregations under the care of a pastor (1 Peter 5:2-3 ). ...
Judgment is sometimes pictured as the sorting of a Flock
Eder - Flock
Ensample - ...
Being ensamples to the Flock
Fold - A pen or inclosure for sheep a place where a Flock of sheep is kept, whether in the field or under shelter. A Flock of sheep. Hence in a scriptural sense, the church, the Flock of the Shepherd of Israel
Goat - The atuwd , "he goat", the leader of the Flock; hence the chief ones of the earth, leaders in mighty wickedness; the ram represents headstrong wantonness and offensive lust (Isaiah 14:9; Zechariah 10:3; compare Matthew 25:32-33; Ezekiel 34:17). As the word "shepherds" describes what they ought to have been, so "he goats" what they were; heading the Flock, they were foremost in sin, so they shall be foremost in punishment. In Song of Solomon 4:1 the hair of the bride is said to be "as a Flock of goats that appear from mount Gilead," alluding to the fine silky hair of some breeds of goat, the angora and others. In Proverbs 30:31 a he goat is mentioned as one of the "four things comely in going," in allusion to the stately march of the leader of the Flock
Club - ’ The stout shepherd’s club, with its thick end probably studded with nails, with which he defended his Flock against wild beasts, is rendered by ‘rod’ in Psalms 23:4 and elsewhere
Shepherd - a Flock grazing at large
a'Dri-el - (flock of God ), son of Barzillai, to whom Saul gave his daughter Merab, although he had previously promised her to David
e'Der - (a Flock )
Sedge - ) A Flock of herons
Whiteness - ) A Flock of swans
Flock - Two Hebrew words, eder [1] and son , are regularly translated "flock" in the Old Testament and both are rendered by Greek poimne [2] (or its diminutive poimnion [3]) in the Septuagint and New Testament. " Both occur figuratively (as do the Greek terms), almost always with Israel (or Judah) and the church in view as the "flock" or people of God. ...
The designation "flock" is used a number of times simply as an epithet of the people, one that inherently communicates their helplessness, naiveté, simplicity, and dependence (Psalm 74:1 ; 77:20 ; 78:52 ; 79:13 ; 80:1 ; 100:3 ; Isaiah 40:11 ; Zechariah 9:16 ; 10:3 ; 11:7,17 ; John 10:16 ). ...
Although the Flock is sometimes scattered in judgment (Ezekiel 34:12 ) it is never without the hope of regathering (Jeremiah 23:1-3 )
Tower - "The tower of the Flock," or the tower of Ader, Micah 4:8 . Many interpreters assert, that the passage of Micah: in which mention is made of the tower of the Flock: "And thou tower of the Flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion," is to be understood of the city of Bethlehem, out of which our Saviour was to come. Others maintain, that the prophet speaks of the city of Jerusalem, in which there was a tower of this name, through which the Flocks of sheep were driven to the sheep-market. The towers of the watchmen, or of the shepherds, stood alone in the midst of the plain, in which the shepherds and herdsmen who looked after the Flocks, or watchmen, might lodge. King Uzziah caused several towers to be built for the shepherds in the desert, and made many cisterns there, because he had a great number of Flocks, 2 Chronicles 26:10 . ...
The tower of the Flock, and that which Isaiah 5:2 , notices, which was built in the midst of a vineyard, were of the same kind
Offering - Thus Cain consecrated to God of the first-fruits of the earth, and Abel of the firstlings of the Flock (Genesis 4:3,4 )
Covey - ) A brood or hatch of birds; an old bird with her brood of young; hence, a small Flock or number of birds together; - said of game; as, a covey of partridges
Pastor - Sometimes he represents him as the Great Shepherd, (Hebrews 13:20) —and sometimes he calls him the Good Shepherd, which giveth his life for the sheep, (John 10:11) —and by his servant the prophet Zechariah, he calls him JEHOVAH'S Shepherd, (Zechariah 13:7) —and by Peter, the Chief Shepherd, holding him forth to the under pastors of his Flock as a glorious pattern for them to follow, assuring them that when the Chief Shepherd shall appear "they shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. " (1 Peter 5:4) And to distinguish him from every other, and as the only Shepherd of JEHOVAH, to whom the Flock is given, and who alone was, and is, able to purchase it with his blood, and to preserve it by his power, by his servant the prophet Ezekiel, he is expressly called the one Shepherd; "I will set up one Shepherd over them, and he shall feed them. "He shall feed his Flock" (saith the Lord, by the prophet Isaiah, Isaiah 40:11) "like a shepherd. It is his Flock the church, both from the Father's gift, his own purchase, the conquests of his grace, and the voluntary willingness of his people in the day of his power. ...
Jesus hath his under pastors also, by whom he feeds and directs his Flock; hence the Lord, by Jeremiah, promised,"I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which, shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. " (Jeremiah 3:15) And a whole chapter is spent by the prophet Ezekiel, (Ezekiel 34:1-31, in reproving the evil pastors who abused their office, and fed themselves of the Flock, and not their people
Eder - ’ ’Eder means ‘a Flock’; and the phrase Midgal-eder (‘flock-tower,’ cf. Micah 4:8 ) would have been the appellation given to a tower occupied by shepherds for the protection of their Flocks against robbers (cf
Constraint - ...
Feed the Flock of God, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly
Flock, Fold - FLOCK, FOLD. These too, He announces, He must bring, and put them along with His Jewish-born sheep; ‘and,’ He adds, ‘there shall be one Flock (He uses here the other word ποίμνη), one shepherd. He has unity in view for His sheep—union; but not such as is to be secured by the erection round His Flock of such outwardly-enclosing, or constraining ‘walls of partition’—geographical or racial—as had hitherto divided nation from nation and Jew from Gentile. The union whereof He speaks is to be the union of a Flock, which is kept together on the one hand by its own instinct of gregariousness, or the mutual affection of the members, and on the other hand by its common subjection to its ‘one Shepherd,’ who loves it, died for it, and whom through all its members it knows. The unity of the Flock, as it moves along the road under its shepherd’s guidance, is just as visible to the beholder as the unity of the fold whose white walls gleam from the hillside
Pastor - ...
Another point that is clearer in the original language than in English is the connection between the words ‘pastor’, ‘shepherd’ and ‘flock’. A pastor, or shepherd, is one who leads and cares for God’s Flock, the church (John 21:15-17; Acts 20:28-29; 1 Peter 5:1-4). But whereas the shepherd-leaders of Israel were often concerned only for themselves (Ezekiel 34:2-6), the Christian’s example of a shepherd-leader, Jesus Christ, gave himself for the Flock (Matthew 9:36; Matthew 10:6; John 10:1-15; 1 Peter 5:1-4). ...
One reason why pastors must also be teachers is that their means of feeding the Flock is the teaching of the Word (Acts 20:28; see TEACHER)
Sheep-Fold - In John 10:16 the Authorized Version renders by "fold" two distinct Greek words, aule and poimne, the latter of which properly means a "flock," and is so rendered in the Revised Version
Anthony Baldinucci, Blessed - He labored in the neighborhood of Frascati and Viterbo, Italy, his work being characterized by processions, during which Anthony and many of his Flock scourged themselves with disciplines; his success was largely due to his propagation of devotion to the Blessed Virgin, whose image was always carried before him on his missions
Baldinucci, Anthony, Blessed - He labored in the neighborhood of Frascati and Viterbo, Italy, his work being characterized by processions, during which Anthony and many of his Flock scourged themselves with disciplines; his success was largely due to his propagation of devotion to the Blessed Virgin, whose image was always carried before him on his missions
Pastoral Staff - The Pastoral Staff is made in the shape of ashepherd's crook and is frequently given to the Bishop at hisconsecration, to denote that he is then constituted a shepherd overthe Flock of Christ
Feed - "He shall feed his Flock like a shepherd. The church is his Flock, his property, his purchase, his glory. He protects from beasts of prey, heals the diseased, gathers home the wanderer, leads the Flock out to wholesome pastures, and, in short, doth the whole office of a shepherd; and doth it in such a way, and with so much love and tenderness, that they are most blessed who belong to his fold
Maillard, Antoine Simon - His influence over the Indians was so great that the English allowed him to remain with them and gave him a pension and church in Halifax with religious liberty for his Flock
Antoine Maillard - His influence over the Indians was so great that the English allowed him to remain with them and gave him a pension and church in Halifax with religious liberty for his Flock
Priscilla - Timothy at Ephesus would find her counsel invaluable in dealing with the female part of his Flock, his position as a young man needing delicacy and discretion in relation to them (2 Timothy 4:19; Romans 16:3; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Acts 18:2; Acts 18:26)
Preacher: Must Feed the People - Let the preacher give his people food, and they will Flock around him, even if the sounding brass of rhetoric, and the tinkling cymbals of oratory are silent
Pastors - It refers to the elders of the church, who are to "feed (shepherd) the Flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof
Adriel - Flock of God, the son of Barzillai, the Meholathite, to whom Saul gave in marriage his daughter Merab (1 Samuel 18:19 )
Wilfully, Willfully - A — 1: ἑκουσίως (Strong's #1596 — Adverb — hekousios — hek-oo-see'-oce ) denotes "voluntarily, willingly," Hebrews 10:26 , (of sinning) "willfully;" in 1 Peter 5:2 , "willingly" (of exercising oversight over the Flock of God)
Massillon, Jean Baptiste - As bishop he maintained ecclesiastical discipline, was a tender father to his clergy and devoted to his Flock
Jean Massillon - As bishop he maintained ecclesiastical discipline, was a tender father to his clergy and devoted to his Flock
Chestnut Tree - Genesis 30:37, from which Jacob pilled rods to set before the Flock
Non-Residence - Nothing can reflect greater disgrace on a clergyman if a parish, than to receive the emolument without ever visiting his parishioners, and being unconcerned for the welfare of their souls; yet this has been a reigning evil in our land, and proves that there are too many who care little about the Flock, so that they may but live at ease
Scud - ) A small flight of larks, or other birds, less than a Flock
Valley - With respect to the general features of the Holy Land, see Psalm 23:4 , and may have been suggested by the psalmist's experience with his Flock in some of the deep, narrow, and dark ravines of Syria
Devoted Thing - Translated, Leviticus 1:2; "if any man of you bring an offering to Jehovah from the beasts, from the herd or from the Flock shall ye bring your offering" (compare Exodus 13:13; Exodus 34:20; Numbers 18:15). The pagan confounded the two ideas, the devoted thing under ban (as criminals and captives), and the sacrifice of one's Flock or herd as a voluntary offering in worship; but Scripture keeps them distinct
Shepherd - The idea expressed in most of these passages is that the care of Israel, as ‘the Flock of His pasture,’ is given by the Lord in charge of the rulers who are held to account for the welfare of every member of the same. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: … and they shall become one Flock, one shepherd’; cf. 2-3 as the good shepherd to whom the Lord said: ‘Since thon takest such care of the lambs of thy Flock, be thou the shepherd of My Flocks. Matthew 10:6; Matthew 10:16) and to the elders of the Church (Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 5:2) as having charge of the ‘sheep of Christ,’ ‘the Flock of God. that he has to look after the spiritual health of each member of the Flock, keep them in a sound state of perfect faith, strengthen those weakened by doubt, bind up those bruised by the remorse of sin, and bring back those that have gone astray, while expelling those that may affect the moral or spiritual well-being of the Flock by evil conduct or evil doctrine (see article ‘Didascalia’ in Jewish Encyclopedia )
Herd - In biblical usage herd generally refers to cattle in contrast to Flock which refers to sheep or goats
Evangelist - Judging from the case of Philip, evangelists had neither the authority of an apostle, nor the gift of prophecy, nor the responsibility of pastoral supervision over a portion of the Flock
Eder - Micah referred to Jerusalem as the “tower of the Flock,” the same Hebrew expression as in Genesis (Micah 4:8 )
Bergamot - ) A coarse tapestry, manufactured from Flock of cotton or hemp, mixed with ox's or goat's hair; - said to have been invented at Bergamo, Italy
Keys, Power of - A phrase used in reference to the disciplineof the Church which our Lord has intrusted to the Bishops andPastors of the Flock as "ministers and stewards of His grace
Flake - Flake and Flock are doubtless the same word, varied in orthography, and connected perhaps with L. This is a flake, lock or Flock of snow
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The pulpit is the Thermopyho of Protestantism, the tower of the Flock, the Palladium of the church of God
Folk - In the metrical version of Psalms 100:3 , ‘flock’ should be ‘folk,’ corresponding to ‘people’ in the prose version
Shepherd - "In early morning he led forth the Flock from the fold, marching at its head to the spot where they were to be pastured. At night he brought the Flock home to the fold, counting them as they passed under the rod at the door to assure himself that none were missing
Scatter - Many references are made to Israel as a people and nation “being scattered” among the nations, especially in the imagery of a scattered Flock of sheep ( Flock: “… I will even gather you from the people, … where ye have been scattered …” ( Fat - heleb) denotes the richest part of the animal, or the fattest of the Flock, in the account of Abel's sacrifice (Genesis 4:4 )
Snare - in loc), as a net enclosing a Flock of unsuspecting birds
Shearing - ) The product of the act or operation of clipping with shears or a shearing machine; as, the whole shearing of a Flock; the shearings from cloth
Sebastian Rasle - He was attacked by Mohawks on August 23, 1724; he and several of his Flock were killed and scalped
Rasle, Sebastian - He was attacked by Mohawks on August 23, 1724; he and several of his Flock were killed and scalped
Shepherd - The occupation of tending the Flocks was undertaken,not only by the sons of wealthy chiefs, (Genesis 30:29 ) ff. ); a scrip or wallet, containing a small amount of food (1 Samuel 17:40 ) a sling, which is still the favorite weapon of the Bedouin shepherd, (1 Samuel 17:40 ) and lastly, a which served the double purpose of a weapon against foes and a crook for the management of the Flock. (Isaiah 38:12 ) In certain localities, moreover, towers were erected for the double purpose of spying an enemy at a distance and of protecting the Flock; such towers were erected by Uzziah and Jotham, (2 Chronicles 26:10 ; 27:4 ) while their existence in earlier times is testified by the name Migdal-edar (Genesis 35:21 ) Authorized Version "a tower of Edar;" (Micah 4:8 ) Authorized Version "tower of the Flock. " The routine of the shepherd's duties appears to have been as follows: In the morning he led forth his Flock from the fold (John 10:4 ) which he did by going before them and calling to them, as is still usual in the East; arrived at the pasturage he watched the Flock with the assistance of dogs, (Job 30:1 ) and should any sheep stray, he had to search for it until he found it, (Ezekiel 34:12 ; Luke 15:4 ) he supplied them with water, either at a running stream or at troughs attached to wells, (Genesis 29:7 ; 30:38 ; Exodus 2:16 ; Psalm 23:2 ) at evening he brought them back to the fold, and reckoned them to see that none were missing, by passing them "under the rod" as they entered the door of the enclosure (Leviticus 27:32 ; Ezekiel 20:37 ) checking each sheep, as it passed, by a motion of the hand, (Jeremiah 33:13 ) and, finally, he watched the entrance of the fold throughout the night, acting as porter
Wolf - This makes the wolf a fit emblem of the wicked, who molest the sheep and lambs of God's Flock, and even creep in among them
Lamb - Τsown , strictly "a Flock" (Exodus 12:21). Seh , each individual of a Flock
Machale, John - He preached regularly to his Flock in Irish
Quail - Probably the quails that visited the Hebrew camp were a migrating Flock
John Machale - He preached regularly to his Flock in Irish
Ignatius of Antioch, Saint - Saint Peter appointed Ignatius Bishop of Antioch, and he vigilantly protected his Flock during the persecution of Domitian
Antioch, Ignatius of, Saint - Saint Peter appointed Ignatius Bishop of Antioch, and he vigilantly protected his Flock during the persecution of Domitian
Bishop - ' The bishops of Ephesus were exhorted to take heed to all the Flock, and to feed the church of God. ...
Elders were established to exercise godly care in the undivided local assembly — to 'shepherd' the Flock. Happily there are now servants of God who care for the saints, those who are 'apt to teach,' and gifted to feed the Flock of God; and who, without any apostolic appointment, addict themselves to the work of the ministry, as did the house of Stephanas in early days
Jabal - " Abel had a fixed dwelling, the land around which afforded sufficient sustenance for his Flock
Plump - ) A knot; a cluster; a group; a crowd; a Flock; as, a plump of trees, fowls, or spears
Flight - ) A number of beings or things passing through the air together; especially, a Flock of birds flying in company; the birds that fly or migrate together; the birds produced in one season; as, a flight of arrows
Flake - ) A loose filmy mass or a thin chiplike layer of anything; a film; Flock; lamina; layer; scale; as, a flake of snow, tallow, or fish
Towers - A slight tower or look-out was often erected for the keeper of a vineyard or Flock, 2 Chronicles 26:10 Isaiah 5:2 Micah 4:8 Matthew 21:33 ; and travelers in Palestine see them in use at this day
Zeal - On the introduction of Christianity into Iceland, the inhabitants would be baptised only in the hot springs of Hecla; and in the torrid zone, in the plains as well as on the Cordilleras, the natives Flock from all parts to the thermal waters
Neumann, John Nepomucene, Saint - Elevated to the See of Philadelphia, 1852, he worked indefatigably to promote education in his diocese, and to minister to the spiritual and material welfare of his Flock
John Neumann, Saint - Elevated to the See of Philadelphia, 1852, he worked indefatigably to promote education in his diocese, and to minister to the spiritual and material welfare of his Flock
Window - I have a photograph of a Flock of sheep in a barnyard looking up at a closed window in a large barn, from which presently the farmer will throw out their feed
Amos - He told Amaziah, "I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdsman and a gatherer of sycomore fruit: and the Lord took me as I followed the Flock, and the Lord said to me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel
Require - I will require my Flock at their hand
Bishop - The duties of the bishop-elders appear to have been as follows:
General superintendence over the spiritual well-being of the Flock
Vicar - In the English Church, the Rector, orchapter, or religious house or even a layman, has the whole rightto the income of the Parish but the Vicar only to a certain portionof it as the Pastor of the Flock
Trip - ) A Flock of widgeons. ) A herd or Flock, as of sheep, goats, etc
Bishop - Paul came to Miletus, he sent to Ephesus for the presbyters of the church, and thus addressed them: "Take heed unto yourselves, and to all the Flock over which the Holy Ghost hath made you" (the presbyters) " επισκοπους , bishops," or overseers, Acts 20:17 . " In like manner, the Apostle Peter, 1 Peter 5:1 : "The elders" (πρεσβυτερους ) "which are among you I exhort; feed the Flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof; επισκοπουντες , that is, discharging the office of bishops
Shepherd - A large part of the wealth of ancient patriarchs consisted in Flocks and herds, the care of which was shared by their sons, daughters, and servants. In Palestine and its vicinity, besides those who united the keeping of Flocks and herds with the tillage of the ground, there were and still are numbers of nomads or wandering shepherds confining themselves to no settled home. These dwellers in tents often had a wide range of pasture grounds, from one to another of which they drove their Flocks as occasion required, Genesis 37:12-17 . But the heat of summer withered these "pastures of the wilderness," and drove the shepherds and their Flocks to seek for highlands and streams. " The prophets often inveigh against the "shepherds of Israel," that is, the kings, who feed themselves and neglect their Flocks; who distress, illtreat, seduce, and lead them astray, Ezekiel 34:10 . His ministers are in like manner the pastors or under-shepherds of the Flock, Jeremiah 3:15 23:3 Ephesians 4:11 . Modern travelers in the East meet with many pleasing confirmation of the truth of Scripture in respect to these particulars; they see the shepherd walking before his Flock, any one of which will instantly run to him when called by its own name. ...
The Bible applies many of the excellences of the faithful shepherd in illustration of the Savior's care of his Flock. The shepherd was responsible for each member of the Flock intrusted to him, Genesis 31:39 Exodus 22:12 John 10:28 ; he had need of great courage and endurance, Genesis 31:40 1 Samuel 17:34,35 John 15:10 ; he exercised a tender care towards the feeble, and carried the lambs in his arms, Genesis 33:13 Isaiah 40:11 Mark 10:14,16 ; and searched for the lost sheep, bringing it back from the "land of drought and the shadow of death" into green pastures and still waters, Psalm 23:1-6 Luke 15:4-7
Carthage, Cyprian of, Saint - Converted to Christianity late in life, he was ordained priest, 247, and consecrated Bishop of Carthage, c249 During the persecution of Decius, begun 250, Cyprian lived in hiding, directing his Flock from his place of refuge, and for this reason he was condemned by his enemies
Athens - It is supposed that they originated in the practice of letting loose a Flock of sheep and goats in the streets of Athens on the occasion of a plague, and of offering them up in sacrifice, at the spot where they lay down, "to the god concerned
Balaam - 2 Peter 2:15 (b) This man is typical of one who claims to be a servant of GOD and is sometimes used of GOD, but for the sake of permanence and prosperity is willing to lead his Flock astray and to invite worldliness to come in among the members
Team - ) A Flock of wild ducks
Lock - A tuft of hair a plexus of wool, hay or other like substance a Flock a ringlet of hair
Sheep - שה , occurs frequently, and צאן , a general name for both sheep and goats, considered collectively in a Flock, Arabic zain. The Flock follow the ram as their leader; who frequently displays the most impetuous courage in their defence: dogs, and even men, when attempting to molest them, have often suffered from his sagacious and generous valour
Epaphras - The Epistle to the Colossians was a result of this visit, and Epaphras brought it back with him to his Flock
Hireling - —Has that man to be reckoned a hireling who for any reason shrinks from encountering the wolves? He agrees with Augustine that parties may flee ‘if the public advantage of the Flock be thereby promoted’ (Calvin on John, vol
Gregory of Neocaesarea, Saint - When he became bishop there were only 17 Christians in his Flock and at his death there were but 17 pagans in the whole town of Caesarea
Gregory Thaumaturgus, Saint - When he became bishop there were only 17 Christians in his Flock and at his death there were but 17 pagans in the whole town of Caesarea
Lamb (Male) - “And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the Flock by themselves” ( Thaumaturgus, Gregory, Saint - When he became bishop there were only 17 Christians in his Flock and at his death there were but 17 pagans in the whole town of Caesarea
Jes'se - ch (1 Samuel 16:4,5 ) Jesse's wealth seems to have consisted of a Flock of sheep and goats, which were under the care of David
Ashtoreth - The ewes of a Flock were called Ashteroth on this principle, propagating the Flock (Deuteronomy 7:13)
Sheep - The Flock is led by the shepherd , though the shepherd’s boy may bring up the rear; on a journey a shepherd of experience must drive the Flock ( Genesis 33:13 ), while another leads
Presbyterians - The Presbyterians believe, that the Gospel, to administer the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's supper, and to feed the Flock of Christ, is derived from the Holy Ghost by the imposition of the hands of the presbytery; and they oppose the independent scheme of the common rights of Christians by the same arguments which are used for that purpose by the Episcopalians. 'The elders (presbyters) which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: feed the Flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, (acting as bishops thereof, ) not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being LORDS over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the Flock, 1 Peter 5:2-3 . From this passage it is evident that the presbyters not only fed the Flock of God, but also governed that Flock with episcopal powers; and that the apostle himself, as a church officer, was nothing more than a presbyter or elder. and 1 Thessalonians 5:12 ; for the bishops are there represented as governing the Flock, speaking to them the word of God, watching for their souls, and discharging various offices, which it is impossible for any man to perform to more than one congregation. ' But diocesan bishops, whom ordinarily the hundredth part of their Flock never hear nor see, cannot be those bishops by whom that Flock is admonished; nor can they be what Peter requires the bishops of the Jewish converts to be, ensamples to the Flock. Take heed, therefore unto yourselves, and to all the Flock over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers (bishops) to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departure shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the Flock. "From this passage it is evident that there was in the city of Ephesus a plurality of pastors of equal authority, without any superior pastor or bishop over them; for the apostle directs his discourse to them all in common, and gives them equal power over the whole Flock. ...
If ever there were a season fitter than another for pointing out the duty of this supposed bishop to his diocese, and his presbyters' duty to him, it was surely when Paul was taking his final leave of them, and discoursing so pathetically concerning the duty of overseers, the coming of ravenous wolves, and the consequent hazard of the Flock. ' But, had Timothy been the fixed bishop of that city, there would surely have been no necessity for beseeching him to abide with his Flock. "The identity of the office of bishop and presbyter being thus clearly established, it follows, that the presbyterate is the highest permanent office in the church, and that every faithful pastor of a Flock is successor to the apostles in every thing in which they were to have any successors. We are persuaded (say they) that it has been the source of much trouble to many a pious clergyman, who from the laudable desire of explaining the Scriptures, and declaring to his Flock all the counsel of God, has employed a variety of expressions of the same import to illustrate those articles of faith, which may be obscurely expressed in the established standards
Presbyterians - The Presbyterians believe, that the Gospel, to administer the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's supper, and to feed the Flock of Christ, is derived from the Holy Ghost by the imposition of the hands of the presbytery; and they oppose the independent scheme of the common rights of Christians by the same arguments which are used for that purpose by the Episcopalians. 'The elders (presbyters) which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: feed the Flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, (acting as bishops thereof, ) not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being LORDS over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the Flock, 1 Peter 5:2-3 . From this passage it is evident that the presbyters not only fed the Flock of God, but also governed that Flock with episcopal powers; and that the apostle himself, as a church officer, was nothing more than a presbyter or elder. and 1 Thessalonians 5:12 ; for the bishops are there represented as governing the Flock, speaking to them the word of God, watching for their souls, and discharging various offices, which it is impossible for any man to perform to more than one congregation. ' But diocesan bishops, whom ordinarily the hundredth part of their Flock never hear nor see, cannot be those bishops by whom that Flock is admonished; nor can they be what Peter requires the bishops of the Jewish converts to be, ensamples to the Flock. Take heed, therefore unto yourselves, and to all the Flock over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers (bishops) to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departure shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the Flock. "From this passage it is evident that there was in the city of Ephesus a plurality of pastors of equal authority, without any superior pastor or bishop over them; for the apostle directs his discourse to them all in common, and gives them equal power over the whole Flock. ...
If ever there were a season fitter than another for pointing out the duty of this supposed bishop to his diocese, and his presbyters' duty to him, it was surely when Paul was taking his final leave of them, and discoursing so pathetically concerning the duty of overseers, the coming of ravenous wolves, and the consequent hazard of the Flock. ' But, had Timothy been the fixed bishop of that city, there would surely have been no necessity for beseeching him to abide with his Flock. "The identity of the office of bishop and presbyter being thus clearly established, it follows, that the presbyterate is the highest permanent office in the church, and that every faithful pastor of a Flock is successor to the apostles in every thing in which they were to have any successors. We are persuaded (say they) that it has been the source of much trouble to many a pious clergyman, who from the laudable desire of explaining the Scriptures, and declaring to his Flock all the counsel of God, has employed a variety of expressions of the same import to illustrate those articles of faith, which may be obscurely expressed in the established standards
Sheep - Probably the Flocks of Abraham and Isaac were of the wild species found still in the mountain regions of Persia and Kurdistan. The care of a shepherd over his Flock is referred to as illustrating God's care over his people (Psalm 23:1,2 ; 74:1 ; 77:20 ; Isaiah 40:11 ; 53:6 ; John 10:1-5,7-16 )
Sheep - The Lord led His sheep out of the Jewish fold: these were united with His 'other sheep' (Gentile believers), that they all should become 'one Flock' with one Shepherd
Abel - Abel presented a sacrifice in the way of faith through a slain firstling of the Flock
Abel - Abel presented a sacrifice in the way of faith through a slain firstling of the Flock
Pastor - The background of the term lies in the biblical image of the people of God as God's Flock (Jeremiah 23:1-4 ; Ezekiel 34:1-16 ; Luke 12:32 ; John 10:16 )
Wolf - So persecutors and false teachers have been "grievous wolves" to the Flock of Christ, Matthew 10:16 Acts 20:29
Wolf - The Scripture observes of the wolf, that it lives upon rapine; is violent, bloody, cruel, voracious, and greedy; goes abroad by night to seek its prey, and is a great enemy to Flocks of sheep. The dispositions of the wolf to attack the weaker animals, especially those which are under the protection of man, is alluded to by our Saviour in the parable of the hireling shepherd: "The wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the Flock," Matthew 7:15 . And the Apostle Paul, in his address to the elders of Ephesus, gives the name of this insidious and cruel animal to the false teachers who disturbed the peace and perverted the faith of their people: "I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the Flock," Acts 20:29
Good Shepherd, Parable of the - The lesson is conveyed in the parable of the lost sheep; a shepherd with a Flock of 100 sheep will leave the 99 that are not in danger and in no special need of his care, in order to look for the one that has been lost, and will not give up the search until he has found the lost one
Lost Sheep - The lesson is conveyed in the parable of the lost sheep; a shepherd with a Flock of 100 sheep will leave the 99 that are not in danger and in no special need of his care, in order to look for the one that has been lost, and will not give up the search until he has found the lost one
Fold - ) A Flock of sheep; figuratively, the Church or a church; as, Christ's fold
Sheep - (Chardin says he saw a clan of Turcoman shepherds whose Flock consisted of 3,000,000 sheep and goats, besides 400,000 Feasts of carriage, as horses, asses and camels. (Job 30:1 ) Shepherds in Palestine and the East generally go before their Flocks, which they induce to follow by calling to them, comp. Passing by a Flock of sheep I asked the shepherd the same question which I had put to the servant, and he gave me the same answer. The relation that exists between Christ, "the chief Shepherd," and his members is beautifully compared to that which in the East is so strikingly exhibited by the shepherds to their Flocks [1]
Shepherd - ) The nomadic state is one of the earliest stages of society, and was regarded as honourable even to a chief (Genesis 4:2; Genesis 4:20; Genesis 30:29 ff; Genesis 37); chiefs' daughters did not disdain to tend Flocks (Genesis 29:6, etc. The shepherd had a mantle of sheepskin with the fleece on (Jeremiah 43:12), a wallet for food (1 Samuel 17:40), a sling such as the Bedouin still carries, a staff to ward off foes and to guide the Flock with its crook (Psalms 23:4; Zechariah 11:7; so Jehovah "lifts up His staff against" His people's foes, Isaiah 10:1-24; His word is at once our prop of support and our defense against Satan). ...
Towers were sometimes erected to spy a foe afar off, and to guard the Flock (2 Chronicles 26:10; 2 Chronicles 27:4, compare "tower of Edar," Genesis 35:21; Micah 4:8). The shepherd had responsibility, and at the same time personal interest in the Flock (1 Samuel 31:39; 1 Samuel 30:32; 1 Corinthians 9:7)
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The term ‘hired servant’ or ‘hireling’ (μισθωτός) is used in speaking of Zebcdee’s servants (Mark 1:20), and of the false shepherd who deserts his Flock at the approach of danger (John 10:12-13)
Bear, - David slew a lion and a bear that had seized a lamb of the Flock
Shepherd - ...
As Jesus is the Shepherd, so they are the Flock; the one character implies the other; and the church made up of sheep and lambs are his property. "Hail, O thou almighty Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a Flock, thou that dwellest between the cherubim, shine forth!" (Psalms 80:1, etc
Flight - A Flock of birds flying in company as a flight of pigeons or wild geese. A periodical flying of birds in Flocks as the spring flight or autumnal flight of ducks or pigeons
Epaphroditus - On recovery he "longed" to return to his Philippian Flock, and in person relieve their anxiety on his behalf
Athanasius, Saint 2 May - He was recalled by his Flock after four months, and spent the remainder of his life proclaiming the Divinity of Christ, thus well deserving the title Father of Orthodoxy
Fat - Abel brought of the fat of his Flock
Hireling - These seek the fleece, not to serve the Flock
Bear - ]'>[1] David had to defend his Flock against bears as well as lions, 1 Samuel 17:34
Laban - Compelled, at length, to pay Jacob wages, he changes them ten times, and, in the spirit of a crafty, griping worldling, makes him account for whatever of the Flock was torn of beasts or stolen, whether by day or night
Rod - This word is used sometimes for the branches of a tree: "And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree,"...
Genesis 30:37 ; sometimes for a staff or wand: "And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs, And Moses took the rod of God in his hand," Exodus 4:17 ; Exodus 4:20 ; or for a shepherd's crook: "And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the Flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod; the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord," Leviticus 27:32 ; or for a rod, properly so called, which God makes use of to correct men: "If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men," 2 Samuel 7:14
Petrus, Bishop of Edessa - 505, Peter made a second application to the emperor, who received him with frowns and rebuked him for leaving his distressed Flock at such a time, but, feeling the justice of the request, remitted the taxes for the whole province, sending the order without informing Peter (ib
Feed, Fed - ...
2: ποιμαίνω (Strong's #4165 — Verb — poimaino — poy-mah'ee-no ) "to act as a shepherd" (from poimen, "a shepherd"), is used (a) literally, Luke 17:7 , RV, "keeping sheep," for AV, "feeding cattle;" 1 Corinthians 9:7 ; (b) metaphorically, "to tend, to shepherd;" said of Christ, Matthew 2:6 , RV, "shall be Shepherd of" (for AV, "shall rule"); of those who act as spiritual shepherds under Him, John 21:16 , RV, "tend" (for AV "feed"); so 1 Peter 5:2 ; Acts 20:28 , "to feed" ("to tend" would have been a consistent rendering; a shepherd does not only "feed" his Flock); of base shepherds, Jude 1:12 . The lesson to be learnt, as Trench points out (Syn, xxv), is that, in the spiritual care of God's children, the "feeding" of the Flock from the Word of God is the constant and regular necessity; it is to have the foremost place
Catechism - " The object of thisrubric is that the minister may have opportunity to prepare theyounger members of his Flock for Confirmation
Sheep - The image is frequent in Scripture: Jehovah the Shepherd, His people the Flock (Psalms 23:1; Isaiah 40:11; Jeremiah 23:1-2; Ezekiel 34)
Zechariah - The book contains six specific references to Christ: 3:8; 6:12; 9:9; 11:12; 12:10; 13:7, representing him as a lowly servant, a priest and king building Jehovah's temple, the meek and peaceful but universal monarch, the shepherd betrayed for the price of a slave (thirty pieces of silver), the leader to repentance, and the Fellow of Jehovah smitten by Jehovah himself, at once the Redeemer and the Pattern of his Flock
Maelmhaedhoc o'Morgair - , ...
"In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his Flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed, and the dreadful Judge will judge the people
Malachy, Saint - , ...
"In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his Flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed, and the dreadful Judge will judge the people
Sacrifice - Abel offered a sacrifice "of the firstlings of his Flock" (4:4; Hebrews 11:4 )
Bell - To bear the bell, is to be the first or leader, in allusion to the bell-wether of a Flock, or the leading horse of a team or drove, that wears bells on his collar
Bethlehem - Over that lovely spot the guiding star hovered; there the eastern sages worshipped the King of kings, and there where David watched his Flock and praised God, were heard the songs of the angelic host at the Savior's birth, Luke 2:8
Shepherd - They lived in tents and moved around from place to place with their Flocks in search of grass and water (Exodus 3:1; Deuteronomy 8:15; Isaiah 13:20; see also SHEEP). ...
After the Israelites took possession of Canaan, the shepherds among them settled down more or less permanently with their Flocks. ...
Leaders of God’s people...
The Old Testament often refers to the leaders of Israel as shepherds, and to the people as the Flock (Numbers 27:17; Isaiah 63:11). ...
In the New Testament also leaders of God’s people are referred to as shepherds of the Flock
Leontius, Bishop of Antioch - Among the orthodox of his Flock were two ascetics, Flavian and Diodorus, who, though not yet advanced to the priesthood, had very great influence because of their holy lives. If there had been any proof of this, Leontius would have been deposed not for mutilation but for corrupting a church virgin; and if it had been believed at Antioch the respect paid him by orthodox members of his Flock would be inconceivable
Communion of the Saints - The sheep of Jesus Flock together; the social element is the genius of Christianity
Sheep - Jesus contrasted His care for His Flock with other religious leaders, especially the Pharisees who behaved as thieves and robbers (John 10:1 )
Fetch - ...
Go to the Flock, and fetch me from thence two kids of the goats
Abel - Abel was occupied as a keeper or feeder of sheep; and in process of time brought of the firstlings, or first-fruits of his Flock, an offering unto the Lord, It is supposed that besides a thank-offering, Abel brought a sin-offering, and thus showed his sense of sin, as well as his faith in a promised Saviour
Salvius, Bishop of Alby - When Mummolus carried off some of the Flock of Salvius as prisoners, he followed and ransomed them at his own cost; and when Alby was almost depopulated by a plague that ravaged S
Milk - It was supplied by the females of the ‘herd’ and of the ‘flock,’ the latter term including both sheep and goats ( Deuteronomy 32:14 , where render ‘sour milk [1] of the herd, and milk [2] of the Flock’), probably also by the milch camels ( Genesis 32:15 )
Shepherds - The patriarchal shepherds, rich in Flocks and herds, in silver and gold, and attended by a numerous train of servants purchased with their money, or hired from the neighbouring towns and villages, acknowledge no civil superior; they held the rank, and exercised the rights, of sovereign princes; they concluded alliances with the kings in whose territories they tended their Flocks; they made peace or war with the surrounding states; and, in fine, they wanted nothing of sovereign authority but the name. " "Give ear; O shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a Flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubim, shine forth. ...
The patriarchs did not commit their Flocks and herds solely to the care of menial servants and strangers; they tended them in person, or placed them under the superintendence of their sons and their daughters, who were bred to the same laborious employment, and taught to perform, without reluctance, the meanest services. From the same authority we know that Rachel, the daughter of Laban, kept her father's Flocks, and submitted to the various privations and hardships of the pastoral life in the deserts of Syria. The patriarch Jacob, though he was the son of a shepherd prince, kept the Flocks of Laban, his maternal uncle; and his own sons followed the same business, both in Mesopotamia, and after his return to the land of Canaan. Homer often sends the daughters of princes and nobles to tend the Flocks, to wash the clothes of the family at the fountain, or in the flowing stream, and to perform many other menial services. Adonis, the son of Cinyras, a king of Cyprus, fed his Flocks by the streaming rivers:...
Et formosus oves ad flumina pavit Adonis. ...
"Along the streams his Flock Adonis fed. ...
Andromache, the wife of Hector, complains that Achilles had slain her seven brothers when they were tending their Flocks and herds. ...
The Flocks and herds of these shepherds were immensely numerous. The sheep of the Bedoween Arabs in Egypt, and probably throughout the east, are very fine, black-faced and white-faced, and many of them clothed in a brown coloured fleece: and of this superior breed the ample Flocks of the Syrian shepherds consisted. In modern times, the numbers of cattle in the Turcoman Flocks, which feed on the fertile plains of Syria, are almost incredible. Russel, in his "History of Aleppo," speaks of vast Flocks which pass that city every year, of which many sheep are sold to supply the inhabitants. The Flocks and herds which belonged to the Jewish patriarchs were not more numerous. ...
The care of such overgrown Flocks, says Paxton, required many shepherds. ...
"O that your birth and business had been mine, To feed the Flock and prune the spreading vine!" WHARTON. The numerous Flocks of Pharaoh seem to have required the superintending care of many overseers, Genesis 47:6 . But in the reign of David, the important office of chief herdsman was abolished, and the vast Flocks and herds of that monarch were entrusted to a number of superintendents; animals of the same species forming a separate Flock, under its proper overseer, 1 Chronicles 27:29 . These overseers, in the language of the Hebrews, were called the princes of the Flock; they were treated with great distinction, and seem to have been selected in the reign of David from among the nobles of his court. Diodorus relates from Ctesias, that Simma was overseer of the royal Flocks under Ninus, king of Assyria. According to Plutarch, one Samo managed the Flocks and herds of Neoptolemus, the king of the Molossians. The office of chief shepherd was also known among the Latins; for, in the seventh AEneid, Tyrrheus is named as governor of the royal Flocks:...
Tyrrheusque pater, cui regia parent ...
Armenta, et late custodia credita camp
Wages - Still, a skilled shepherd, like Jacob, might receive a portion of the Flock and thus begin his own herd (Genesis 30:32-33 ; Genesis 31:8 ; and legal texts from both Assyria and Babylonia)
Cain - Abel's offering was of the "firstlings of his Flock and of the fat," while Cain's was "of the fruit of the ground
Emilianus (8), Solitary - ...
He began life as a shepherd, and while following his Flock over the mountains had the dream which caused his conversion
Church - It is Christ's household, ( Matthew 10:25 ) the salt and light of the world, (Matthew 5:13,15 ) Christ's Flock, (Matthew 26:31 ; John 10:15 ) its members are the branches growing on Christ the Vine, John 15 ; but the general description of it, not metaphorical but direct, is that it is a kingdom, (Matthew 16:19 ) From the Gospel then we learn that Christ was about to establish his heavenly kingdom on earth, which was to be the substitute for the Jewish Church and kingdom, now doomed to destruction (Matthew 21:43 ) The day of Pentecost is the birthday of the Christian church
Goat - חשופּ? , 1 Kings 20:27 , which means the ram-goat, or leader of the Flock. עתודים , a word which never occurs but in the plural, and means, the best prepared, or choicest of the Flock; and metaphorically princes, as, Zechariah 10:3 , "I will visit the goats, saith the Lord," that is, I will begin my vengeance with the princes of the people. And Jeremiah, speaking of the princes of the Jews, says, "Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and be as the he-goats before the Flocks," Jeremiah 1, 8
Micah - I will put them together as a Flock in the fold
Micheas - I will put them together as a Flock in the fold
Elder - " ...
The "elders" of the New Testament church were the "pastors" (Ephesians 4:11 ), "bishops or overseers" (Acts 20:28 ), "leaders" and "rulers" (Hebrews 13:7 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:12 ) of the Flock
Charles Borromeo, Saint - and self-sacrifice during the plague, 1576, and his able administration of the diocese made him beloved by his Flock
Wallet - In it the shepherd carries his supply of provisions when going with the Flock to distant pasture
Drunk - ...
Ezekiel 34:18 (a) The Lord is reproving the shepherds of Israel because they took for themselves the best of the land, its riches and its increase, while neglecting to care for the Flock of GOD
Warp - ) To fly with a bending or waving motion; to turn and wave, like a Flock of birds or insects
Gilead - "Behold, (saith Jesus,) thou art fair, my love, thou art fair; thou hast dove's eyes within thy locks; thy hair is as a Flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead. And as the Flocks on mount Gilead, high and lifted up, live securely, feed luxuriously, and are lovely in their numbers and good order; so the fold of Christ have their Gilead, that glorious mountain which was once "a stone cut out without hands;" but now filling the earth, where they live and dwell securely
Lose, Loss, Lost - , Luke 15:4 (2nd part), "which is lost;" metaphorically, from the relation between shepherd and Flock, of spiritual destitution and alienation from God, Matthew 10:6 , "(the) lost (sheep)" of the house of Israel; Luke 19:10 (the perfect tense translated "lost" is here intransitive)
Lock - ) A tuft of hair; a Flock or small quantity of wool, hay, or other like substance; a tress or ringlet of hair
Sponsors - The Church was anxious notto lose these lambs of the Flock, and so it was a wise and godlyprovision that there should be some one who, in default of theirparents, surviving or in case of their apostasy, might see toit that their godchildren were "brought up to lead a godly anda Christian life
Shepherd - Shepherds guarded their Flocks at night whether in the open (Luke 2:8 ) or in sheepfolds (Zephaniah 2:6 ) where they counted the sheep as they entered (Jeremiah 33:13 ). Paul likened the church and its leaders to a Flock with shepherds (Acts 20:28 )
Dog - The watch of the house, and of the Flock (Isaiah 56:10-11; Job 30:1)
Flush - ) A Flock of birds suddenly started up or flushed
Pick - ) That which would be picked or chosen first; the best; as, the pick of the Flock
Shepherds - " The character of shepherds, simply as shepherds, would not have been so odious to the Egyptians, for we read of the Flock and cattle of Egypt, as well as those of Israel, and therefore they must have had shepherds also
Tower - And we meet with the word tower sometimes made use of by way of figure, such as the tower of the Flock, and God is my high tower, etc
Abel - Cain, as a husbandman, offered the fruits of the field; Abel, as a shepherd, of the firstlings of his Flock
Theology, Pastoral - As teacher he must preach the word of God to his Flock
Warp - To fly with a bending or waving motion to turn and wave, like a Flock of birds or insects
Japheth - The full consummation of the prophecy will be when Israel, sprung from Shem, shall be spiritual head of the nations, and they shall Flock to Jerusalem where Israel's king shall reign (Jeremiah 3:17)
Amos - And the Lord took me when I followed the Flock, and the Lord said to me: Go, prophesy to my people Israel" (Amos 7)
Abel - It was in accordance with primitive Semitic ideas that the occupation of a keeper of sheep was more pleasing be God than that of a tiller of the ground, and accordingly that a firstling of the Flock was a more acceptable offering than the fruit of the ground
Galilee - Still in that despised district the Lord spent His youth: thus early was He as One separated from the course of the nation of Israel, a Nazarene; and the principal part of His ministry was among the poor of the Flock in that locality; fulfilling thus the will of God and the prophetic word, on which God had caused His people to hope
Simon Peter - Because of his faith, fidelity, enthusiasm, and love, although he was somewhat irresolute of character, Jesus showered him with many favors; He gave him the name Peter, cured his mother-in-law, appointed him chief of the Apostolic band, made him head of the Church, chose him as one of the witnesses of the raising of Jairus's daughter from the dead, and of the Transfiguration, and of the Agony in the Garden; and after the Resurrection, lest Peter's denial make him lose prestige, Our Lord renewed his commission as chief pastor of the Flock
Abel - It was in accordance with primitive Semitic ideas that the occupation of a keeper of sheep was more pleasing be God than that of a tiller of the ground, and accordingly that a firstling of the Flock was a more acceptable offering than the fruit of the ground
Leading - The OT metaphor of Jehovah as a Shepherd leading His people like a Flock (Psalms 23:1; Psalms 80:1) is repeated in the parables representing Christ as a Shepherd whose sheep recognize and obey Him (John 10:3-4; John 10:27)
Asterius, Bishop of Amasea - ) contrasts him with his Arian namesake, as stanch in the faith, devoting himself to the care of his Flock, and setting an example of a virtuous and godly life
Abel - Cain "brought of the fruit of the ground;" Abel "the firstlings of his Flock, and of the fat thereof. "Cain brought of the fruit of the ground; and Abel also brought of the firstlings of his Flock, and of the fat thereof;" or, more literally, "the fat of them," that is, according to the Hebrew idiom, the fattest or best of his Flock; and in this circumstance consisted its specific character as an act of faith. Kennicott takes it in the sense of measure and quantity, as well as quality; and supposes that Abel brought a double offering of the firstlings of his Flock, and of the fruit of the ground also. Without this, the faith to which his offering, which was an offering of the firstlings of his Flock, had a special fitness and adaptation, could have had no warrant in Divine authority
Flavianus (4) i, Bishop of Antioch - As bishop he continued to occupy the family mansion at Antioch, which he devoted to the reception of the sick and distressed of his Flock. A council at Alexandria, early in 362, wisely advised that Paulinus and his Flock should unite with Meletius, who had now returned from exile; but the precipitancy of Lucifer of Cagliari perpetuated the schism by ordaining Paulinus bishop. The exiles were recalled, and Meletius resumed charge of his Flock. The two rivals continued to exercise episcopal functions for their respective Flocks
Offering - The burnt-offering was to be a male without blemish, of the herd and of the Flock, offered voluntarily at the door of the tabernacle, the hand of the offerer being upon the head of the victim
Pastor - His prudence will enable him to discern, and his faithfulness oblige him to distribute wholesome food to his Flock
Evangelist - But this passage seems to show that there is room for the evangelist at home as well as abroad, and that the faithful minister of Christ, in order to ‘make full proof of his ministry,’ will not only watch over the morals of his Flock and attend to their upbuilding in sound doctrine, but seek to win outsiders to Christ by proclaiming the gospel of His grace
Issachar - On the other hand, in the Blessing of Moses ( Deuteronomy 33:18-19 ) great commercial prosperity is indicated, and the maintenance of a sanctuary to which ‘the peoples’ Flock to the sacrificial worship
Gentleness - He cares tenderly for the Flock under his care, and "gently leads those that have young" (Isaiah 40:11 )
Sheep - It is a gregarious animal also; and as loving the companionship of the Flock and dependant of the protection and guidance of its master, its name is often given to the people of God, 2 Kings 22:17 Psalm 79:13 80:1 Matthew 25:32
Sixtus ii., Bishop of Rome - He was found by the soldiers seated on his episcopal chair, in the cemetery of Praetextatus on the Appian Way, surrounded by members of his Flock
Tithe - (Genesis 14:20 ; Hebrews 7:2,6 ) ...
Jacob, after his vision at Luz, devoting a tenth of all his property to God in case he should return home in safety (Genesis 28:22 ) The first enactment of the law in respect of tithe is the declaration that the tenth of all produce, as well as of Flocks and cattle belongs to Jehovah and must be offered to him that the tithe was to be paid in kind, or, if redeemed, with an addition of one fifth to its value. (12:5-18) ...
All the produce of the soil was to be tithed every and these tithes with the firstlings of the Flock and herd, were to be eaten in the metropolis
Answer - …” In a similar sense, Jacob proposed that Laban give him all the spotted and speckled sheep of the Flock, so that “my righteousness [3] answer Shepherd - So “Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the Flock with his brethren; and [1]” ( Return - The verb can also be used in close relation to another verb to indicate the repetition of an action presented by the other verb: “… I will again feed and keep thy Flock” ( Eusebius, Bishop of Pelusium - 246); he "entrusted the Flock to dogs, wolves, foxes" (v
Mountain Range - The word can be used of particular “mountains”: “… And he led the Flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of Godeven to Horeb” ( Mount Zion - ) "They shall come (saith another) and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the Flock, and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden, and they shall not sorrow any more at all
Servant - Nor was he suffered to go away empty, but must be furnished liberally out of the Flock, out of the floor, and out of the wine-press
Elder - In Paul's farewell to the Ephesian elders he said: "Keep watch over yourselves and all the Flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. The pastoral character of this task of oversight is also indicated when Peter writes: "To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder Be shepherds of God's Flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the Flock
Rufus - A new David comes forth from little Bethlehem, and the rest of his brethren return to the children of Israel—that is, the kindred Hebrew nations again accept the sway of the new king, who stands and feeds his Flock in the strength of Jehovah, in the majesty of the name of Jehovah his God. Psalms 147:2); His care for His Flock comprehends the most considerate tending of individuals (Psalms 23:1-3 a, Isaiah 40:11, Psalms 119:176 seeking the lost sheep). To David, as His vicegerent, He commits the care of His Flock (2 Samuel 5:2, Psalms 78:71), and He will yet set up one shepherd over them, who shall be pre-eminent in those qualities which David in a large measure manifested as a ruler (Micah 5:4, Ezekiel 34:23; Ezekiel 37:24, Psalms 2:9 Rufus - A new David comes forth from little Bethlehem, and the rest of his brethren return to the children of Israel—that is, the kindred Hebrew nations again accept the sway of the new king, who stands and feeds his Flock in the strength of Jehovah, in the majesty of the name of Jehovah his God. Psalms 147:2); His care for His Flock comprehends the most considerate tending of individuals (Psalms 23:1-3 a, Isaiah 40:11, Psalms 119:176 seeking the lost sheep). To David, as His vicegerent, He commits the care of His Flock (2 Samuel 5:2, Psalms 78:71), and He will yet set up one shepherd over them, who shall be pre-eminent in those qualities which David in a large measure manifested as a ruler (Micah 5:4, Ezekiel 34:23; Ezekiel 37:24, Psalms 2:9 Elder - ...
Responsibilities of elders...
Elders are likened to shepherds over a Flock. Elders can learn how to be true shepherds of the Flock by following the example of the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for it (1 Peter 5:4; cf
Eusebius, Bishop of Samosata - The effect of his departure upon his Flock is graphically described by Theodoret. His successor, Lucius, "a wolf and a deceiver of the Flock," was received with scant courtesy. For Eusebius, concealed in exile, Basil contrived means of communication with his old Flock
Drift - ) A drove or Flock, as of cattle, sheep, birds
Ashtaroth - ” This word, “ashtaroth,” appears in Deuteronomy 7:13 and Deuteronomy 28:4 ,Deuteronomy 28:4,28:18 ,Deuteronomy 28:18,28:51 to describe the young of the Flock
All - In the sense of although, as, "all were it as the rest," and in the sense of just, or at the moment, as "all as his straying Flock he fed," it is obsolete, or restricted to poetry
Peter, First Epistle of - Again, in 1 Peter 4 it is said that the time has come for judgement to begin at the house of God; and if it begin first at us, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?...
The epistle closes with special and touching admonitions to the elders and the younger, the former being especially exhorted to shepherd the Flock of God
Gospel, the, - Though this gospel was rejected by Israel at large, the Lord gathered around Him a little Flock, who formed the nucleus of the church at Pentecost
Festus - Morrison, The Footsteps of the Flock, 1904
Bishop - overseeing the Flock (1 Timothy 5:17; 1 Peter 5:1-2). Yet as Jews and Gentiles regarded second marriages with prejudice (compare Anna, Luke 2:36-37), and a bishop ought to stand well in the esteem of his Flock, he should be married but once
Laban (2) - very frequently, Numbers 14:22) he changed his wages when constrained to remunerate him; and as a covetous master made Jacob accountable for all of the Flock that were stolen or torn. Jacob, during the absence of Laban, sheep-shearing, stole away with his family and Flocks, crossing the Euphrates for the W
Abel - one which had more of the true virtue of sacrifice; for it was an animal sacrifice of the firstlings of the Flock, a token of the forfeiture of man's life by sin, and a type of the Redeemer to be bruised in heel that He might bruise the serpent's head
Schism - whenever any brother is sinking in the esteem of his Flock through their caprice, perverseness, or antinomianism, endeavour to hold up his hands and his heart in his work
Ministry - Bishop), whose duties are to feed the Flock and help the weak ( Acts 20:17 ; Acts 20:28 ; Acts 20:35 , 1 Peter 5:2 ) to visit and pray for the sick ( James 5:14 ), to rule and teach ( 1 Timothy 3:2 ; 1 Timothy 3:5 )
Passover, the - ...
It appears evident that the term 'passover' was also applied to the Feast of Unleavened Bread, as in Deuteronomy 16:2 : "Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the Lord thy God, of the Flock and the herd
Felix - Morrison, The Footsteps of the Flock, 1904, p
Church - Some of these have been intimated above; others are that of husband and wife, Ephesians 5:30-32, a vine and its branches, John 15:1-6, and a shepherd and his Flock, John 10:11
Elder - Their duty was to feed, oversee and look after the Flock
the Angel of the Church of Ephesus - At the same time, it looked to him but like yesterday when he had heard the prince of the apostles saying to him those never-to-be-forgotten words-"Take heed to thyself, and to all the Flock over which the Holy Ghost hath made thee an overseer, to feed the Flock of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood. For his office was just to feed the Flock of God, as Paul has it
Typology - Peter urged all the elders to become examples or patterns for the Flock rather than “lording it over” the Flock (1 Peter 5:3 )
Dove - Its gregariousness answers to the communion of saints, all having Flocked together to Christ (Isaiah 60:8); the returning Israelites shall so Flock to Jerusalem, as doves in a cloud to their cotes; and the converted Gentiles to Israel
Crowd - To John there Flocked at the outset of his ministry the people in the neighbourhood, but afterwards the movement reached the north and the inflammable Galilee. It is clear from these incidents that the Messianic hope was very present with the people; and whenever the times raised up a man who seemed to have a distinctive message, the Jews were more than willing to Flock to listen to him
Petrus, Patriarch of Jerusalem - His mission was successful and he was received with much joy on his return by Peter and his Flock (Cyrill
Zechariah, Prophecy of - The whole Flock (nation) is given over to slaughter, and Jehovah takes up their cause, for their own shepherds (scribes, elders, rulers, priests) did not pity them. He raises up the true Shepherd, who feeds the remnant (the poor of the Flock). Matthew 22:15-46 , and the poor of the Flock have intelligence as to what God is doing
Episcopalians - Paul appear, from the book of Acts and the Epistles, to have been teachers, pastors, overseers, of the Flock of Christ; and to Timothy, who was a minister of the word, the Apostle speaks of "the gift which is in thee by the putting on of my hands," 2 Timothy 1:6 . , who was by no means an unlearned defender of that form of government to which he was a martyr, the presbyters are episcopi gregis; [1] but the bishops are episcopi gregis et pastorum, Perfect, Perfectly - ' It expresses the pastor's desire for the Flock, in prayer, Hebrews 13:21 , and in exhortation, 1 Corinthians 1:10 , RV, 'perfected' (AV, 'perfectly joined'); 2 Corinthians 13:11 , as well as his conviction of God's purpose for them, 1 Peter 5:10
Helladius, Bishop of Tarsus - He wrote to Alexander that, wearied by the struggle and sick at heart at the defection of his fellow-combatants, he longed to retire to a monastery, and was only restrained by his care for his Flock ( ib
Build - ...
Bên is sometimes used to mean a single individual; thus Abraham ran to his Flock and picked out a “son of a cow” ( Offer - The first occurrence of the word is used of an “offering” presented as a sacrifice: “If any man of you bring an offering unto the Lord, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the Flock” ( Tithes - And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the Flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord," Leviticus 27:30-32 . And thou shalt eat before the Lord thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thy oil, and of the firstlings of thy herds and of thy Flocks: that thou mayest learn to fear the Lord thy God always,"...
Deuteronomy 14:22-23 . For there are few Jews now that have any lands of their own, or any Flocks
Maximus the Cynic, Bishop of Constantinople - We hear of him next at Corinth, with a high reputation for religion, leading about a band of females—"the swan of the Flock"—under colour of devotion (Carm
Meletius, Bishop of Lycopolis - of Alexandria then wrote forbidding his Flock to have fellowship with Meletius until these acts had been investigated
Gelasius (1) i, Bishop of Rome - The shepherd ought, he says, to lead the Flock, not the Flock control the shepherd
Age, Old (the Aged) - ...
The officers known as "elders" in the early church are also sometimes called "bishops" ("overseers, " episkopos [ Acts 20:28 ), pastors (Ephesians 4:11 ), and leaders (Hebrews 13:7 ), who had authority over the Flock of God (1 Thessalonians 5:12 )
Fig (Tree) - The Flock cut off from the fold would indicate either the invasion of the enemy who would steal the cattle, or else the prevalence of a disease which would kill off the animals
Antichrist - In Zechariah 11:15-17 he is referred to as the foolish and idol shepherd, who cares not for the Flock, in opposition to the Lord Jesus the good Shepherd
Keep - To tend to feed to pasture as, to keep a Flock of sheep or a herd of cattle in a yard or in a field
Peter - And presently Jesus charged him to make good his protestation of love by diligent care of the Flock for which He, the Good Shepherd, had died. ‘Be it the office of love to feed the Lord’s Flock, if it was an evidence of fear to deny the Shepherd’ (Augustine)
Philippians, the Epistle to the - But now being well he "longed" to return to his Philippian Flock and relieve them of their anxiety about him
Home - Thus in the Pastoral Epistles the bishop must be husband of one wife, given to hospitality, ruling well his own house, having his children in subjection; for ruling his family well leads to his ruling his Flock well; a test of his having trained his children well is that they believe, and are not accused of riot and are not unruly (1 Timothy 3:1-5, Titus 1:6)
Save - 2:17 (the first appearance of this verb) yâsha‛ signifies to remove someone from a burden or job: “… Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their Flock
Zechariah, Book of - The shepherds of Judah, Jehovah’s Flock, are condemned, and victory is promised to the Flock
Manasseh (1) - "...
After the fall of the ten tribes, Psalm 80 expresses Judah's prayer of sympathy for her sister: "give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a Flock
Titus - "God put the same earnest care (for the Flock) in his heart" as in Paul's
Land, Ground - His offering from the fruit of the ground was not accepted by the Lord, while Abel's offering of the firstling of his Flock was accepted
Honesty - the false leaders of the people are compared to ‘thieves and robbers’ who ravage the Flock, in contrast to the Good Shepherd who tends it
Angel - It seems as though the leader is held responsible to obtain special messages from GOD for the people that compose the Flock
Faustus (11), Sometimes Called the Breton - But his own Flock at Riez, deeply moved by his life and preaching, and warmly attached to his memory, insisted on giving him a local canonization as Sanctus Faustus Reiensis ; they erected a basilica, dedicated in his name, and kept Jan
Desert, Wilderness - It was in the wilderness that the shepherds tended their Flocks, and other forms of life were also to be found there. As the pasture to be found in the wilderness was scanty and insufficient to support a Flock of sheep for any length of time, the shepherds had to move from place to place in order to obtain the necessary food for their Flocks
Husbandry - In the primitive ages of the world, agriculture, as well as the keeping of Flocks, was a principal employment among men, Genesis 2:15 ; Genesis 3:17-19 ; Genesis 4:2 . ' Though Moses was the friend of the agriculturist, he by no means discouraged the keeper of the Flock
David - He succeeded in relieving from time to time the mind of king Saul, oppressed by a spirit of melancholy and remorse, and became a favorite attendant; but on the breaking out of war with the Philistines he seems to have been released, and to have returned to take care of his father's Flock
Oneness - The oneness of Christ’s people as constituting a Body or Church, is expressed in the metaphor of the one Flock (John 10:16 Revised Version NT 1881, OT 1885 ), divided amongst Jewish and Gentile folds
Jacob - staying at home, minding the Flocks and household duties; not, like Esau, wandering abroad in keen quest of game, "a man of the field," wild, restless, self indulgent, and seldom at home in the tent. ...
"One (zeh ) 20 years I was with thee (tending thy Flocks, but not in thy house); another (zeh ) 20 years I was for myself in thy house, serving thee 14 years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle. Thus by trickery he foiled Laban's trickery in putting three days' journey between his Flock tended by Jacob and Jacob's stipulated Flock of spotted and speckled goats and brown put under the care of his sons. Secondly, Jacob separated the speckled young, which were his, so as to be constantly in view of Laban's one-colored Flock
John, the Epistles of - As Peter addressed the Asiatic Flock tended first by Paul, then by John, so John, Peter's close companion, addresses the Flock among whom Peter was when he wrote
Nineveh - Now foreign merchants Flock into Nineveh, bringing with them the most valuable productions from all countries, gold and perfume from South Arabia and the Chaldean Sea, Egyptian linen and glass-work, carved enamels, goldsmiths' work, tin, silver, Phoenician purple; cedar wood from Lebanon, unassailable by worms; furs and iron from Asia Minor and Armenia" (Ancient Egypt and Assyria, by G
Arms - The SLING (Judges 20:16), the usual weapon of a shepherd, as David, to ward off beasts from the Flock
Micah, Book of - God plans to raise up a Shepherd from Bethlehem to bring peace and victory to His beleagured Flock (Micah 5:1-9 )
Lamb, Lamb of God - Each family took a year-old male lamb without defect from their Flock, and on the fourteenth day of the month it was slaughtered at twilight (Exodus 12:1-30 )
Firstborn - " It is astonishing to what minute circumstances every thing in the church of the Old Testament had a reference, by way of typifying the Lord Jesus Christ in this pre-eminency of character, as the first, and first-born, and first-fruits, and the firstlings of the Flock, and of the herd
Church - ...
Flock of God, Acts 20:28
Wells - When the pool, the fountain, and the river fail, the oriental shepherd is reduced to the necessity of digging wells; and, in the patriarchal age, the discovery of water was reckoned of sufficient importance to be the subject of a formal report to the master of the Flock, who commonly distinguished the spot by an appropriate name. In this manner the well was covered, from which the Flocks of Laban were commonly watered: and the shepherds, careful not to leave them open at any time, patiently waited till all the Flocks were gathered together, before they removed the covering, and then, having drawn a sufficient quantity of water, they replaced the stone immediately. But after the question of right, or of possession, was decided, it would seem the shepherds were often detected in fraudulently watering their Flocks and herds from their neighbour's well. This was probably the reason that the shepherds of Padanaram declined the invitation of Jacob to water the Flocks, before they were all assembled; either they had not the key of the lock which secured the stone, or, if they had, they durst not open it but in the presence of Rachel, to whose father the well belonged. It is ridiculous to suppose the stone was so heavy that the united strength of several Mesopotamian shepherds could not roll it from the mouth of the well, when Jacob had strength or address to remove it alone; or that, though a stranger, he ventured to break a standing rule for watering the Flocks, which the natives did not dare to do, and that without opposition. ...
Twice in the day they led their Flocks to the wells; at noon, and when the sun was going down. To water the Flocks was an operation of much labour, and occupied a considerable space of time. It was, therefore, an office of great kindness with which Jacob introduced himself to the notice of his relations, to roll back the stone which lay upon the mouth of the well, and draw water for the Flocks which Rachel tended. A trough was also placed by the well, from which the daughters of Jethro watered his Flocks, Exodus 2:16 ; and, if we may judge from circumstances, was a usual contrivance in every part of the east
Food - The former comprised the two classes of ‘the Flock,’ i. From the females of the herd and of the Flock ( Deuteronomy 32:14 ), especially from the she-goat ( Proverbs 27:27 ), probably also from the milch-camel ( Genesis 32:15 ), came the supply of milk and its preparations, butter and cheese , for which see Milk. Under the simpler conditions of early times the exclusive source of supply was the householder’s own herd ( Genesis 18:7 ) or Flock ( Genesis 27:9 ), his vineyard and oliveyard or his ‘garden of herbs’ ( 1 Kings 21:2 )
Little Ones - When Jesus speaks of His followers as ‘children of the kingdom,’ for example, He is applying to them a Messianic designation; or, to confine ourselves to the circle of ideas most closely related to the passages of the Old Testament supposed to be in His mind in the instance holding our attention, when He calls them His ‘sheep’ (Matthew 26:31) or more pointedly His ‘little Flock’ (Luke 12:32), these are Messianic designations which He is applying to them. They were not merely His ‘flock’ (Matthew 26:31, John 10:16), but His ‘little Flock’ (Luke 12:32)
Animals - So in the Song of Solomon (Song of Solomon 4:1) the locks of the beloved are compared to ‘a Flock of goats that appear from Mt. Flocks of goats are most frequent in hilly districts from Hebron to Lebanon, where their habit of browsing on young trees tends to deforest the country. ποίμνη, ποίμνιον, ‘a Flock,’ are not infrequent. The wolf is the chief enemy against which the shepherd has to guard his Flock
Slave - " (Leviticus 25:39,40,43 ) At the termination of his servitude the master was enjoined not to "let him go away empty," but to remunerate him liberally out of his Flock, his floor and his wine-press
Teacher - Through their teaching they care for and feed the Flock (Acts 20:28; see PASTOR)
Cattle - ...
Behemah is a general term for animals ( Exodus 9:9 ; Isaiah 30:6 ), for four-footed animals (1 Kings 4:33 ), wild animals (Deuteronomy 28:26 ; 1 Samuel 17:44 ), as well as for domestic cattle including both herds of cattle and Flocks of sheep and goats (Leviticus 1:2 ) and oxen and donkeys (Deuteronomy 5:14 ). ...
Behemah can be cattle distinguished from sheep and goats of the Flock (2 Chronicles 32:28 ). ...
Miqneh is the Hebrew word for “possessions” and most frequently refers to herds and Flocks ( Genesis 26:14 ) and possibly to a longer list of animals (Genesis 47:17-18 ; Exodus 9:3 ; Job 1:3 )
Thankfulness, Thanksgiving - Neither Adam nor Eve thanked God for his creation, and, compared to Abel's gift of the fat portions from the firstborn of his Flock, Cain's gift of "some fruit" seems singularly thankless
Petrus, Saint, Archbaptist of Alexandria - 311 "the Christians found themselves again in great peril" (Burton); and one of the first acts of Maximin's renewed persecution was to smite the shepherd of the Flock at Alexandria
Arius, Followers of - Constantius summoned Athanasius to his presence, and after a friendly interview dismissed him, and wrote three letters, one to the bishops and clergy in Egypt, one to the laity, and one to the governors of provinces, explaining that it was his will that Athanasius should be allowed to return in peace to his Flock. Early in 356 the imperial troops burst into the cathedral at Alexandria to seize Athanasius, who was at prayer with his Flock. In 361, on his return to Alexandria, he was seized and murdered by his exasperated Flock
Man (2) - They were also under His Father’s care; they were the Father’s Flock, and no one should snatch them out of His hand (Luke 12:28; Luke 12:32, John 10:29). If the recovery of one sheep brought joy to the shepherd in charge of the Flock, a man, by his choice and pursuit of the good, could bring joy to the heart of God (Luke 15:3-7)
Cain (1) - " His "offering of the fruit of the ground," not "the firstling's of the Flock," seems to have been an unhumbled self-willed setting aside of God's will (to be inferred from the "coats of skin," Genesis 3:21, involving animal sacrifices) that the death which man's sin incurred should be acknowledged as due by the sinner offering penitently a slain victim, and a substitution of his own act of will worship ("the error of Cain," Judges 1:11), a mere thankoffering
Holy Spirit, the - " He makes them "overseers over the Flock" (Acts 20:28)
Bishop - Paul reminds the elders of Ephesus that the Holy Ghost has made them bishops over the Flock; in Philippians 1:1 he sends a greeting to the saints at Philippi ‘with bishops and deacons’; in 1 Timothy 3:2 he tells Timothy that ‘the bishop must be blameless,’ etc
American Martyrology - , killed by his own Flock in EI Pope revolt at Puebla de Los Angeles, August 10, 1680
Firstborn - † Amos - ...
Amos was a layperson who disclaimed professional status as a prophet: “I am no prophet, nor a prophet's son, but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and the Lord took me from following the Flock, and the Lord said to me, Go, prophesy to my people Israel'” (Amos 7:14-15 RSV)
Judah - And surely, as it is said of Christ in one blessed Scripture, that the names of his people are all "written in the book of life," (Revelation 20:15) and in another he bids his people to "rejoice that their names are written there," (Luke 10:20) as when considering himself the shepherd of his Flock, and his people the sheep of his fold, he saith that "he calleth them all by name, and leadeth them out," (John 10:3) and as the whole Flocks of the mountains and of the vale, and of the cities of Benjamin, Jerusalem, and Judah, shall all pass again under the hands of him that telleth them, (Jeremiah 33:13) surely it is not stretching the Scripture to say, that the Shebeth of Jehudah is as eminently descriptive of the greatness of his character, when speaking of this use of it, in writing, as in ruling, for sovereignty is implied in both, And the poor feeble hand that is now writing these lines, (earnestly begging forgiveness if he errs in the matter) cannot conclude this article without first saying, (and will not the reader for himself also join the petition?) Oh, that the almighty Jehudah may have graciously exercised the Shebeth of his power, and written my poor name, worthless as it is, among the millions he hath marked down in the book of life! Amen
Arabia - The greater part of this division was more exclusively the possession of the Midianites, or land of Midian; where Moses, having fled from Egypt, married the daughter of Jethro, and spent forty years keeping the Flocks of his father-in-law: no humiliating occupation in those days, and particularly in Midian, which was a land of shepherds; the whole people having no other way of life than that of rearing and tending their Flocks, or in carrying the goods they received from the east and south into Phenicia and Egypt. The word Flock, used here, must not convey the idea naturally entertained in our own country of sheep only, but, together with these or goats, horned cattle and camels, the most indispensable of animals to the Midianite. It was a mixed Flock of this kind which was the sole care of Moses, during a third part of his long life; in which he must have had abundance of leisure, by night and by day, to reflect on the unhappy condition of his own people, still enduring all the rigours of slavery in Egypt. It was a similar Flock also which the daughters of Jethro were watering when first encountered by Moses; a trifling event in itself, but important in the history of the future leader of the Jews; and showing, at the same time, the simple life of the people among whom he was newly come, as well as the scanty supply of water in their country, and the strifes frequently occasioned in obtaining a share of it
Church - For the disciples meeting in Jerusalem were, as a matter of fact, the true Israel ( Galatians 6:16 ), the little Flock to whom was to be given the Messianic Kingdom ( Luke 12:32 ). The method by which the Apostle reached his doctrine of the Church is best illustrated by his charge to the elders at Miletus to feed the Flock of God over which the Holy Ghost had made them overseers ( Acts 20:28 )
Gaudentius, Bishop of Brescia - The most modest of men, he thought it enough if he might instruct the Flock committed to him by word of mouth (Praefatio ad Benivolum )
Discipleship - ) are, under one aspect, all so many facets of discipleship; metaphors like ‘the salt of the earth,’ the ‘light of the world’ (Matthew 5:13-14), ‘a little Flock’ (Luke 12:32), ‘the branches of the vine’ (John 15:5), ‘every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted’ (Matthew 15:13), and many another, including those developed into parables,—all sketch some features of discipleship, as do such sayings as that one must be reborn, and much of the teaching concerning the Kingdom
Theophilus, Bishop of Antioch - Eusebius, however, speaks of the zeal which he and the other chief shepherds displayed in driving away the heretics who were attacking Christ's Flock, with special mention of his work against Marcion ( H
Christ, Christology - At the failure of the princely and priestly shepherd of Israel Ezekiel prophesies that the Lord God himself will come as shepherd: "As a shepherd looks after his scattered Flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will shepherd the Flock with justice" (34:12,15-16)
Unity (2) - Unity is involved in the fact that its bond is a relation to Himself: the one Shepherd implies the one Flock, the one door implies the one fold (John 11:9; John 11:16). ...
As for local unity, the safeguard of that was the recognized principle that only one valid ecclesiastical authority could exist in the same community; latterly, that only one bishop could validly occupy one seat, that presbyters could not act validly without him, and that the Flock should communicate with him in sacraments and prayer
Sacrifice - The revelation was doubtless God's command to sacrifice animals ("the firstlings of the Flock") in token of man's forfeiture of life by sin, and a type of the promised Bruiser of the serpent's head (Genesis 3:15), Himself to be bruised as the one sacrifice. It was not intrinsic merit in "the firstling of the Flock" above "the fruit of the ground
Offerings, the - " The victim might be a male of the herd, or a sheep or a goat of the Flock, or be turtle doves or young pigeons, according to the ability of the offerer, or the appreciation he had of the offering. The peace offering might be of the herd or of the Flock, male or female
Church - Also called Christ's "flock," never to be plucked out of His hand (John 10:28), "branches" in Him "the true Vine
Hospitality - Taking the role of host to the multitude, Jesus is portrayed as one like Yahweh, who fed the people in the wilderness (Exodus 16 ); as one like the prophets of Yahweh, who fed his disciples and had food left over (136:25 ); as one like the coming Davidic shepherd, who would care for his Flock in the wilderness (Ezekiel 34:11-31 )
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The elders were called parnasiym , "pastors," "shepherds" (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 5:1), ruling over the Flock (1 Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 13:7); they with the ruler managed the affairs of the synagogue and had the power of excommunication
Bethesda - It is at the north-east angle of the Temple area, and is the gate through which the Bedawîn still lead their Flocks to Jerusalem for sale. 750) says: ‘May all things be propitious to thee, O Probation, the most holy temple of the Mother of God! May all things be propitious to thee, O Probatica, ancestral domicile of a queen! May all things be propitious to thee, O Probatica, formerly the fold of Joachim’s Flocks, but now a church, heaven-resembling, of the rational Flock of Christ!’ Brocardus also speaks (a
Euphemius, Patriarch of Constantinople - He refuses to send a mission to Constantinople, for it is the pastor's duty to convince his own Flock
Passover And Feast of Unleavened Bread - We may notice here: ( a ) the Passover is regarded as part of the Feast of Unleavened Bread ( Mazzoth ), the two being apparently blended into one; ( b ) the sacrifice, though composed of individual sacrifices, is to be offered only at the Temple in Jerusalem; ( c ) the offering may be taken from Flock or herd. ( a ) The most widely accepted theory is that it was in origin the shepherd’s offering of the first-fruits from his Flocks, the slaughter of the Egyptian firstborn being Pharaoh’s punishment for hindering this observance. On this theory, later tradition would then have altered the sequence, and have regarded the slaughter of the Egyptians as the reason why the Israelites should offer the firstborn of their Flocks
Pass'Over, - --On the tenth day of the month, the head of each family was to select from the Flock either a lamb or a kid, a male of the first year, without blemish
Law of Moses - (1 Kings 9:20-22 ; 2 Chronicles 2:16,17 ) (4) Flocks and herds. of the herd or the Flock; to be offered continually, (Exodus 29:38-42 ) and the fire on the altar never to be extinguished. (c) The peace offering, ( Leviticus 3:1 ; Leviticus 7:11-21 ) of the herd or the Flock; either a thank offering or a vow or free-will offering
Episcopacy - It is allowed that Ignatius in many places distinguishes between bishops and presbyters, and requires obedience to bishops from the whole church, but as he often supposes each of the churches to which he wrote to meet in one place, and represents them as breaking one loaf, and surrounding one altar, and charges the bishop to know all his Flock by name, it is most evident that he much speak of a parochial and not a diocesan bishop
Pope - Peter the apostle chief pastor under himself, to watch over his whole Flock here on earth, and to preserve the unity of it, giving him the power requisite for these ends
Ave Maria - In the ideal picture of the future fold, the one Flock still needs the presence of the one Shepherd (John 10:16)
Bishop, Elder, Presbyter - In the NT it means an overseer of men in reference to their spiritual life, and is closely connected with the idea of shepherding; ‘the shepherd (ποιμήν) and overseer (ἐπίσκοπος) of your souls’ (1 Peter 2:25); ‘the Flock (ποίμνιον) in the which the Holy Ghost had made you overseers (ἐπίσκοποι) to tend (ποιμαίνειν) the Church (ἐκκλησία) of God’ (Acts 20:28)
Christians, Names of - Isaiah 45:4 ]'>[1]), figures of speech (like Flock Prophets - Amos, therefore, speaks of it as an extraordinary case, that though he was not one of the sons of the prophets, but a herdsman, "yet the Lord took him as he followed the Flock, and said unto him, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel," Amos 7:14-15
John, Theology of - These are gifts possessed exclusively by those who belong to Jesus' Flock (10:1-10) and which remain mysterious to those in the world, whose domain is darkness. This is Jesus' Flock and he is the shepherd (chap
Offering - And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his Flock and of the fat thereof. The very first reference to “sacrifice” in Leviticus is to the qorbân as a burnt “offering”: “If any man of you bring an offering unto the Lord, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the Flock
John, the Gospel by - Also there is no fold now, but one Flock and one Shepherd: thus Jews and Gentiles are joined in one Flock
Cooking And Heating - Meat was always available from the sheep and goats of the Flock, but the hunting of wild animals which came up from the jungle in the Jordan Valley was popular
Animals - For example, in Isaiah 40:11 we read: "he tends his Flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young" (cf
Micah, Theology of - He will shepherd his Flock in the strength of the Lord (v
Salvation - He is the keeper of his Flock (Ezekiel 34 ) and on him alone one waits for a saving word to penetrate the silence (Psalm 62 )
Invitation - It is a king inviting his subjects to the wedding-feast of his son (Matthew 22:2-14); it is a great man entertaining a miscellaneous assemblage of guests from all quarters (Luke 14:15-24); it is a father welcoming home a renegade son with the best of the Flock
Versions of the Scripture, English - Them also must I bringe, that they maye heare my voyce, and that ther maye be one Flocke and one shepeherde. ...
Both Wycliffe and Coverdale agree with the "one Flock," so that if the translators of the A
Houses - To these luxurious indulgences the prophets occasionally seem to allude: Ezekiel was commanded to pronounce a "wo to the women that sew pillows to all armholes," Ezekiel 13:18 ; and Amos denounces the judgments of his God against them "that lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the Flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stalls," Amos 6:4
mo'Ses - There was a famous well ("the well,") (Exodus 2:15 ) surrounded by tanks for the watering of the Flocks of the Bedouin herdsmen. (2) In (Hebrews 3:1-19 ; 12:24-29 ; Acts 7:37 ) Christ is described, though more obscurely, as the Moses of the new dispensation --as the apostle or messenger or mediator of God to the people --as the controller and leader of the Flock or household of God
Poet - He knows the ways and the folding of the Flock (John 10:14; John 10:16). When the Shepherd is smitten, the sheep will be scattered abroad (Matthew 26:31), nevertheless He will ‘go before them into Galilee’ (Mark 16:7), bringing the scattered Flock home
Sacrifice And Offering - Cain and Abel brought offerings to the Lord from the produce of the land and from the first born of the Flock (Leviticus 6:24-30 )
the Slothful Servant Who Hid His Lord's Money - The rudeness, ill-nature, or perverse behaviour, of any of his Flock used at first to betray Ouranius into impatience
Cyprianus (1) Thascius Caecilius - He is the apostle of his Flock ( Ephesians 3 , iii. In the first terror there was a large voluntary abjuration of Christianity, whether literally by "the majority of his Flock" ( Ep
Baptism - 4) made all ready to Flock to the forerunner
Birds - Probably the quails which visited the Hebrew camp were a migrating Flock. ...
In Psalm 102:7 , the translation “sparrow” may be inappropriate because the verse refers to a bird “alone upon the house top,” and the most common sparrows always appeared in Flocks
Coelestinus, Commonly Called Celestine, b.p. of Rome - In the appointment of bishops he said that the wishes of the Flock must be respected: Nullus invitis detur episcopus
Economic Life - In these areas only dry or irrigation farming is possible, and much of the land is given over to pastoralists guiding their Flocks and herds. The Flocks were moved to new pastures in the hill country with the coming of the dry summer season (1 Samuel 25:7-8 ), but this would have required only a few herdsmen (1 Samuel 16:11 ). Then the slave was to be released and given a portion of the Flock and the harvest with which to make a new start (Deuteronomy 15:12-14 )
Jacob - The valley was suitable for the recuperation of the Flocks and herds after so long a journey; and it is probable, from the character of the buildings erected, as well as from the fact that opportunity must be given for Dinah, one of the youngest of the children ( Isaiah 30:21 ), to reach a marriageable age ( Isaiah 34:2 ff. The next stopping-place was the tower of Eder ( Genesis 35:21 ) or ‘the Flock’ a generic name for the watch-towers erected to aid in the protection of the Flocks from robbers and wild beasts
Entry Into Jerusalem - After the feeding of the 5000 (John 6:14) the multitude recognized Jesus as the prophet that should come into the world, and would have seized Him and made Him a king, but He defeated their purpose; for He could not allow an emotional peasantry, ever ready to Flock to the standard of a deliverer, to identify His Kingdom with this world, or His cause with that of a Judas of Galilee
Apocalyptic Literature - The years of misery are represented by a Flock under seventy shepherds, who, in the new age about to dawn, are to be cast with the evil men and angels into an abyss of fire
Peter (2) - Then he in his turn is entrusted with the weightiest and most honourable of all charges: he is commissioned and commanded to feed and tend the Flock of Christ
Sidonius Apollinaris, Saint - He also begs the prayers of the bishop and his Flock for the people of Auvergne, and as a claim upon their attention mentions the transfer to Vienne at some previous time of the remains of Ferreolus and the head of Julian, both of them martyrs and natives of Auvergne
Church, the - ); "Abraham's seed" (Romans 4:16 ; Galatians 3:29 ); "the remnant" (Romans 9:27 ; 11:5-7 ); "the elect" (Galatians 4:21-31 ; Ephesians 1:4 ); "the Flock" (Acts 20:28 ; Hebrews 13:20 ; 1 Peter 5:2 ); "priesthood" (1 Corinthians 11:24-251 ; Revelation 1:6 ; 5:10 )
Mission - , Luke 18:9-14; Luke 7:9), that He should foresee the approach of all men to Himself (John 12:32), and anticipate a time when He should be the Shepherd of one Flock consisting of sheep gathered from far and near (John 10:16)
Ethics - The Shepherd cares for the one lost sheep ( Luke 15:4-7 ), and has names for all the members of the Flock ( John 10:14 )
Light - For it is characteristic of the Fourth Gospel that good people, rather than sinners (as in the Synoptic narratives), Flock to Christ
Paul as a Pastor - "Another part is to have a special care of each member of our Flock
Zechariah, the Book of - Zechariah 11 foretells the destruction of the second temple and Jewish polity for the rejection of Messiah (Zechariah 11:4; Zechariah 11:7, the "flock" doomed to slaughter by Rome, whom Messiah "fed," but they rejected Him "the Bread of life"
Peter, the Epistles of - ...
Also he alludes often to Christ's language, Romans 12:17; "Shepherd of souls," 1 Peter 2:25; "feed the Flock of God
Manicheans - A shepherd sees a wild beast about to rush into the midst of his Flock
Poetry of the Hebrews - Hence flowed, of course, the many allusions to pastoral life, to the "green pastures and the still waters," and to the care and watchfulness of a shepherd over his Flock, which carry to this day so much beauty and tenderness in them, in Psalms 23, and in many other passages of the poetical writings of Scripture
David - He mentions that with his own unaided hand he slew a lion and also a bear, when they came out against his Flock, beating them to death in open conflict with his club (1 Samuel 17:34,35 ). ...
While David, in the freshness of ruddy youth, was thus engaged with his Flocks, Samuel paid an unexpected visit to Bethlehem, having been guided thither by divine direction (1 Samuel 16:1-13 )
Children - ’ Though the language, doubtless, rather expresses His love for His Flock than distributes it into constituent classes, we may be permitted to see in it also the richness of our Lord’s sympathy for the literal Iambs of His fold
Aaron - I Am! was all that God had said to Moses, year after year, as Moses fed the Flock of his father-in-law in the mount of God
Church - The term pastor implies the duties both of instruction and of government, of feeding and of ruling the Flock of Christ; and, as the presbyters or bishops were ordained in the several churches, both by the Apostles and Evangelists, and rules are left by St
Sin - The “trespass offering” was the blood sacrifice of a ram: “And he shall bring a ram without blemish out of the Flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his ignorance wherein he erred and wist it not, and it shall be forgiven him” ( Animals - David defended his father's Flock against lions and bears (1 Samuel 17:34-35 )
Joshua - David, also, while yet a ruddy youth, had read the Book of Joshua in the intervals of feeding his father's Flock
Nestorian Church - , would never allow his execution, but feared also to protect him efficiently, and for 7 of the 9 years of his tenure of office he was in prison, ruling his Flock thence
Offence (2) - Jesus on the last night of His life recalls to the Twelve the prophecy of Zechariah (Zechariah 13:7): ‘I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the Flock shall be scattered,’ and applies it by adding, ‘All ye σκανδαλισθήσεσθε ἐν ἐμοὶ ἐν τῇ νυκτὶ ταύτῃ
David - In early life he tended Jesse's Flocks, thereby being trained for his subsequent career, for he had ample scope for quiet and prayerful meditations such as Moses had in his 40 years retirement in Midian before his call to public life, and as Paul had in the Arabian sojourn (Galatians 1:17) before his worldwide ministry. Hence, he had assigned to him the charge of the Flock, ordinarily assigned to the least esteemed of the family, women, and servants, as was the case with Moses, Zipporah, Jacob, Rachel
Moses - Reuel's daughters, in telling of Moses' help to them in watering their Flocks, called him "an Egyptian," judging from his costume and language, for he had not yet been long enough living with Israelites to be known as one; an undesigned coincidence and mark of genuineness. Moses led Jethro's Flock to the W
Jesus Christ - Jesus had risen and the once fearful Flock was now emboldened and empowered to preach the message of the risen Christ as the salvation of the world
Offerings And Sacrifices - ...
Even as early as Genesis 4:3-5 Cain brought an offering to the Lord from the fruit of the ground and Abel brought one from his Flock
Hermas Shepherd of - In the next, two shepherds are shown, one of pleasant mien sporting with his sheep, the other of sour countenance lashing his Flock with a whip and otherwise maltreating them
Barnabas, Epistle of - This is the letter of a true Christian pastor of much moral and spiritual earnestness; he is deeply concerned for the salvation of his Flock and desirous of imparting to them the best that he has
Abram - Chaldea, the native country of Abraham, was inhabited by a pastoral people, who were almost irresistibly invited to the study of the motions of the heavenly bodies, by the peculiar serenity of the heavens in that climate, and their habit of spending their nights in the open air in tending their Flocks. A part of society following therefore the pastoral life, led forth their Flocks, and, in large family tribes, of which the parent was the head, uniting both the sovereign power and the priesthood in himself, and with a train of servants attached to the tribe by hereditary ties, pitched their camps wherever a fertile and unappropriated district offered them pasture. Others, more bold, followed the track of rivers, and the sweep of fertile valleys, and at length some built cities and formed settlements in those distant regions; whilst others, either from attachment to their former mode of life, or from necessity, continued in their pastoral occupations, and followed the supplies afforded for their Flocks by the still expanding regions of the fertile earth. Here, as his Flocks and herds, and those of Lot, had greatly increased, and strifes had arisen between their herdsmen as to pasturage and water, they peaceably separated. About the same time, Abimelech came with Phicol, his general, to conclude an alliance with Abraham, who made that prince a present of seven ewe lambs out of his Flock, in confirmation that a well he had opened should be his own property; and they called the place Beer-sheba, or "the well of swearing," because of the covenant there ratified with oaths
Prayer - Stated meetings for social prayer are such as are held weekly in some places which have a special regard to the state of the nation and churches: missionary prayer-meetings for the spread of the Gospel: weekly meetings held in most of the congregations which have a more particular reference to their own churches, ministers, the sick, feeble, and weak of the Flock
Prophet, Prophetess, Prophecy - It was the Lord who "took" him from tending the Flock and the orchards and commanded him, "Go, prophesy to my people Israel" (7:15)
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‘All believers in Christ Flock together from all quarters of the earth, not as of old to behold the beauty of Jerusalem, or that they may worship in the former Temple which stood in Jerusalem, but that they may abide there, and both hear the story of Jerusalem, and also worship in the Mount of Olives over against Jerusalem, whither the glory or the Lord removed itself, leaving the earlier city
Mental Characteristics - His followers were described as ‘a Flock,’ ‘a church,’ ‘a vine,’ in which the severance of a member involved its utter futility
Christ in Art - There are two distinct classes of Good Shepherd pictures in the Catacombs:—(a) 21 represent him feeding his Flock (in one case he protects it against a pig and an ass); these belong to the 3rd and 4th cents
Hilarius (7) Pictaviensis, Saint - He is still in effect a bishop in Gaul, ministering to his Flock through the clergy
Augustine - " He frequently complains of this oppressive weight of occupation in which his love of his Flock had engaged him, by obeying the Apostolical precept, which forbids Christians from going to law before Pagan tribunals
Polycarp - Fixed to the stake, his hands behind his back, he was ‘like a noble ram out of a great Flock for an offering’ (xiv
Ambrosius of Milan - ...
We must take into account the state of mind brought about in the bishop and his Flock by that protracted vigil in the basilica, when we read of the miracles into which their triumph over heresy blazed forth
Christ in the Early Church - But the earliest personal representation is suggestive; it is the figure of the Good Shepherd, sometimes bearing the lost sheep on His shoulders, sometimes surrounded by His Flock
Gregorius (14) Nazianzenus, Bishop of Sasima And of Constantinople - The earlier part treats of the reasons for his flight: (1) he was wholly unprepared for the ordination; (2) he had always been attracted by the monastic life; (3) he was ashamed of the life and character of the mass of the clergy; (4) he did not at that time, he did not now—and this reason weighed with him most of all—think himself fit to rule the Flock of Christ and govern the minds of men" ( Orat
Babylon - " It was prophesied of Ammon that it should be a stable for camels and a couching place for Flocks; and of Philistia, that it should be cottages for shepherds, and a pasture of Flocks. "It is common in these parts for shepherds to make use of ruined edifices to shelter their Flocks in. Instead of taking the bricks from thence, the shepherd might very readily erect a defence from wild beasts, and make a fold for his Flock amidst the heaps of Babylon; and the Arab who fearlessly traverses it by day, might pitch his tent by night
Jesus Christ - Not only did the paschal lamb, which was to be killed every year in all the families of Israel, which was to be taken out of the Flock, to be without blemish, to be eaten with bitter herbs, to have its blood sprinkled, and to be kept whole that not a bone of it should be broken; not only did the offering up of Isaac, and the lifting up of the brazen serpent in the wilderness, by looking upon which the people were healed, and many ritual observances of the Jews, prefigure the manner of Christ's death, and the sacrifice which was to be made for sin; but many express declarations abound in the prophecies, that Christ was indeed to suffer
Neology - Rose, to run through the whole maze of error into which this body of Protestant divines themselves wandered, and led their Flocks. It became even, at least, a negative good, that the sermons delivered were often discourses on the best modes of cultivating corn and wine, and the preachers employed the Sabbath and the church in instructing their Flocks how to choose the best kinds of potatoes, or to enforce upon them the benefits of vaccination. There, however, most are borne, as by a torrent, with the multitude; they Flock to logical, metaphysical, ethical, polemical, physical, pneumatical lectures, and what not; treating least of all those things whose benefit is most permanent in their future office, especially deferring, and at last neglecting, the study of the sacred languages
Tertullianus, Quintus Septimius Florens - The Flock looked to their pastors for guidance: prayer, baptism, repentance, and the discipline connected with them; woman's dress and woman's life, married or unmarried; pleasures, amusements, how far lawful or unlawful,—all were matters upon which direction was desirable, and to all does Tertullian apply himself
Theodoretus, Bishop of Cyrrhus - in 449 that by the help of his prayers not a single plant of tares was left among them, and that his whole Flock had been delivered from heretical errors (Epp. 104–109), and a letter of his to Alexander of Hierapolis, whom he was representing, informing him how matters were going on at Chalcedon, telling him of the popularity of the deputies with the people, who, in spite of the hostility of the clergy and monks by whom they had been repeatedly stoned, Flocked to hear them, assembling in a large court surrounded with porticos, the churches being closed against them; but Theodoret laments their ill-success with the emperor