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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Proph·e·cy n.; pl. Prophecies
 1. A declaration of something to come; a foretelling; a prediction; esp., an inspired foretelling.
    He hearkens after prophecies and dreams.   --Shak.
    Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man.   --2. Pet. i. 21.
 2. Script. A book of prophecies; a history; as, the prophecy of Ahijah.
 3. Public interpretation of Scripture; preaching; exhortation or instruction.