1. Anything written; a writing; a document; an inscription.
I have put it in scripture and in remembrance. --Chaucer.
Then the Lord of Manny read the scripture on the tomb, the which was in Latin. --Ld. Berners.
2. The books of the Old and the New Testament, or of either of them; the Bible; -- used by way of eminence or distinction, and chiefly in the plural.
There is not any action a man ought to do, or to forbear, but the Scripture will give him a clear precept or prohibition for it. --South.
Compared with the knowledge which the Scriptures contain, every other subject of human inquiry is vanity. --Buckminster.
3. A passage from the Bible; a text.
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. --Shak.
Hanging by the twined thread of one doubtful Scripture. --Milton.
n 1: the sacred writings of the Christian religions; "he went to
carry the Word to the heathen" [syn: Bible, Christian
Bible, Book, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy
Writ, Word of God, Word]
2: any writing that is regarded as sacred by a religious group
[syn: sacred scripture]
invariably in the New Testament denotes that definite collection
of sacred books, regarded as given by inspiration of God, which
we usually call the Old Testament (2 Tim. 3:15, 16; John 20:9;
Gal. 3:22; 2 Pet. 1:20). It was God's purpose thus to perpetuate
his revealed will. From time to time he raised up men to commit
to writing in an infallible record the revelation he gave. The
"Scripture," or collection of sacred writings, was thus enlarged
from time to time as God saw necessary. We have now a completed
"Scripture," consisting of the Old and New Testaments. The Old
Testament canon in the time of our Lord was precisely the same
as that which we now possess under that name. He placed the seal
of his own authority on this collection of writings, as all
equally given by inspiration (Matt. 5:17; 7:12; 22:40; Luke
16:29, 31). (See BIBLE; CANON.)