Humility
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Romans 12:3
For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.
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1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
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James 4:10
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
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1 Peter 5:5
Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.
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James 4:6
But he gives more grace. Why he said, God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
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James 1:9
Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
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Psalm 131:1
Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
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Philippians 4:12
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
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ATS Bible Dictionary
Humility

The opposite of pride, in its nature and in the degree of its prevalence. It is often extolled in the Bible, Proverbs 15:33 16:19; and the Savior especially exalts it, Matthew 18:4, and ennobles and endears it by his own example, John 13:4-17 Philippians 2:5-8. Every created being, however holy, should possess it; but in the character of the sinful sons of men it should become a fundamental and allpervading trait, to continue forever.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
A prominent Christian grace (Romans 12:3; 15:17, 18; 1 Corinthians 3:5-7; 2 Corinthians 3:5; Philippians 4:11-13). It is a state of mind well pleasing to God (1 Peter 3:4); it preserves the soul in tranquillity (Psalm 69:32, 33), and makes us patient under trials (Job 1:22).

Christ has set us an example of humility (Philippians 2:6-8). We should be led thereto by a remembrance of our sins (Lamentations 3:39), and by the thought that it is the way to honour (Proverbs 16:18), and that the greatest promises are made to the humble (Psalm 147:6; Isaiah 57:15; 66:2; 1 Peter 5:5). It is a "great paradox in Christianity that it makes humility the avenue to glory."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) The state or quality of being humble; freedom from pride and arrogance; lowliness of mind; a modest estimate of one's own worth; a sense of one's own unworthiness through imperfection and sinfulness; self-abasement; humbleness.

2. (n.) An act of submission or courtesy.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HUMILITY

hu-mil'-i-ti ([`anawah]; tapeinophrosune):

(1) The noun occurs in the Old Testament only in Proverbs 15:33; Proverbs 18:12; Proverbs 22:4, but the adjective "humble" appears frequently as the translation of `ani, `anaw, shaphal, meaning also "poor," "afflicted"; the verb, as the translation of `anah, "to afflict," "to humble," and of kana`, "to be or become humbled"; tsana`, "to be lowly," occurs in Micah 6:8. For "humble" (Psalm 9:12; Psalm 10:12) the Revised Version (British and American) has "poor"; Psalm 10:17; Psalm 34:2; Psalm 69:32, "meek"; for "humbled" (Psalm 35:13), "afflicted" (Isaiah 2:11; Isaiah 10:33), "brought low"; for "He humbleth himself" (Isaiah 2:9) "is brought low," margin "humbleth himself"; Psalm 10:10, "boweth down"; tapeinophrosune is translated "humility" (Colossians 2:18, 23 1 Peter 5:5); in several other places it is translated "lowliness" and "lowliness of mind"; tapeinos is translated "humble" (James 4:6 1 Peter 5:5; elsewhere "lowly," etc.; 1 Peter 3:8, tapeinophron), the Revised Version (British and American) "humble-minded"; tapeinoo, "to humble," occurs frequently (Matthew 18:4; Matthew 23:12, etc.); tapeinosis is "humiliation" (Acts 8:33); for "vile body" (Philippians 3:21) the Revised Version (British and American) gives "body of our humiliation."

(2) (a) In the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament, humility is an essential characteristic of true piety, or of the man who is right with God. God humbles men in order to bring them to Himself (Deuteronomy 8:2, 3, etc.), and it is when men humble themselves before Him that they are accepted (1 Kings 21:29 2 Chronicles 7:14, etc.); to "walk humbly with thy God" completes the Divine requirements (Micah 6:8). In Psalm 18:35 (2 Samuel 22:36) the quality is ascribed to God Himself, "Thy gentleness (or condescension) hath made me great." Of "him that hath his seat on high" it is said, (Hebrew) "humbleth (shaphel) himself to behold the things that are in heaven and in the earth" (Psalm 113:6). It is in the humble heart that "the high and lofty One,. whose name is Holy" dwells (Isaiah 57:15; compare Isaiah 66:2).

(b) The word tapeinophrosune is not found in classical Greek (Lightfoot); in the New Testament (with the exception of 1 Peter 5:5) it is Pauline. In Greek pre-Christian writers tapeinos is, with a few exceptions in Plato and Platonic writers, used in a bad or inferior sense-as denoting something evil or unworthy. The prominence it gained in Christian thought indicates the new conception of man in relation to God, to himself, and to his fellows, which is due to Christianity. It by no means implies slavishness or servility; nor is it inconsistent with a right estimate of oneself, one's gifts and calling of God, or with proper self-assertion when called for. But the habitual frame of mind of a child of God is that of one who feels not only that he owes all his natural gifts, etc., to God, but that he has been the object of undeserved redeeming love, and who regards himself as being not his own, but God's in Christ. He cannot exalt himself, for he knows that he has nothing of himself. The humble mind is thus at the root of all other graces and virtues. Self-exaltation spoils everything. There can be no real love without humility. "Love," said Paul, "vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up" (1 Corinthians 13:4). As Augustine said, humility is first, second and third in Christianity.

(c) Jesus not only strongly impressed His disciples with the need of humility, but was in Himself its supreme example. He described Himself as "meek and lowly (tapeinos) in heart" (Matthew 11:29). The first of the Beatitudes was to "the poor in spirit" (Matthew 5:3), and it was "the meek" who should "inherit the earth. Humility is the way to true greatness: he who should "humble himself as this little child" should be "the greatest in the kingdom of heaven"; "Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled; and whosoever shall humble himself shall be exalted" (Matthew 18:4; Matthew 23:12 Luke 14:11; Luke 18:14). To the humble mind truth is revealed (Matthew 11:25 Luke 10:21). Jesus set a touching example of humility in His washing His disciples' feet (John 13:1-17).

(d) Paul, therefore, makes an earnest appeal to Christians (Philippians 2:1-11) that they should cherish and manifest the Spirit of their Lord's humility-"in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself," and adduces the supreme example of the self-emptying (kenosis) of Christ: "Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus," etc. The rendering of heauton ekenosen (Philippians 2:7 the King James Version) by "he humbled himself" has given rise to the designation of the Incarnation as "the Humiliation of Christ."

(e) There is a false humility which Paul warns against, a self-sought, "voluntary humility" (Colossians 2:18, 23). This still exists in many forms, and has to be guarded against. It is not genuine humility when we humble ourselves with the feeling that we are greater than others, but only when we do not think of self at all. It is not alone the sense of sin that should create the humble spirit: Jesus had no sin. It belongs not merely to the creature, but even to a son in relation to God. There may be much self-satisfaction where sinfulness is confessed. We may be proud of our humility. It is necessary also always to beware of "the pride that apes humility."

W. L. Walker

Greek
5012. tapeinophrosune -- lowliness of mind, humility
... lowliness of mind, humility. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration:
tapeinophrosune Phonetic Spelling: (tap-i-nof-ros-oo'-nay) Short Definition ...
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5012a. tapeinophrosune -- lowliness of mind, humility
... 5012, 5012a. tapeinophrosune. 5012b . lowliness of mind, humility.
Transliteration: tapeinophrosune Short Definition: humility. ...
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4240. prautes -- gentleness
... 1 Tim 6:11; 2 Tim 2:22-25). Word Origin from praus Definition gentleness NASB Word
Usage consideration (1), gentleness (8), humility (1), meekness (1). ...
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5252. huperphroneo -- to be overly proud, to have high thoughts
... and 5426 , "personal perspective regulating behavior") -- properly, think , exceeding
(appropriate) limits; (figuratively) to act , lacking humility and a true ...
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5013. tapeinoo -- to make low, fig. to humble
... With the believer, 5013 ("show humility, true lowliness") happens by being fully
dependent on the Lord -- dismissing reliance upon (-government) and . ...
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4236. praotes -- meekness.
... Word Origin variant reading for prautes, qv. meekness. From praios; gentleness,
by implication, humility -- meekness. see GREEK praios. ...
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Strong's Hebrew
6038. anavah -- humility
... 6037, 6038. anavah. 6039 . humility. Transliteration: anavah Phonetic Spelling:
(an-aw-vaw') Short Definition: humility. Word Origin ...
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Library

Whether Humility is a virtue?
... OF HUMILITY (SIX ARTICLES) Whether humility is a virtue? Objection 1: It
would seem that humility is not a virtue. For virtue conveys ...
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Humility.
... LIV. HUMILITY. 17th Sunday after Trinity. S. Luke, xiv.2. "Whosoever exalteth himself
shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.". ...
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Pride and Humility
... Pride and Humility. A ... Spurgeon. "Before destruction the heart of man is
haughty, and before honor is humility.""Proverbs 18:12. ...
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Pride and Humility
... Pride and Humility. A Sermon No.97. ... "Before destruction the heart of man
is haughty, and before honor is humility.""Proverbs 18:12. ...
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Humility.
... CHRISTIAN CHARACTER AND LIFE. 353. " Humility. 353. LM6l. Montgomery.
Humility. 1 The bird that soars on highest wing Builds ...
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Of Humility
... CHAPTER III. OF HUMILITY. Now understand this: we find in Christ, according
to His Godhead, two kinds of humility. The first kind ...
/.../john/the adornment of the spritual marriage/chapter iii of humility.htm

Seventeenth Day. Humility.
... Seventeenth Day. HUMILITY. "He riseth from supper, and laid aside His garments;
and took a towel and girded Himself. ... What a matchless picture of humility! ...
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Whether Humility is a Part of Modesty or Temperance?
... OF HUMILITY (SIX ARTICLES) Whether humility is a part of modesty or
temperance? Objection 1: It would seem that humility is not ...
/...//christianbookshelf.org/aquinas/summa theologica/whether humility is a part.htm

Prayer to Obtain Humility
... PRAYERS OF SOEUR THÉRÈSE, THE LITTLE FLOWER OF JESUS PRAYER TO OBTAIN
HUMILITY. Written for a Novice O JESUS! When Thou wast a ...
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Whether Humility is the Greatest of the virtues?
... OF HUMILITY (SIX ARTICLES) Whether humility is the greatest of the virtues? Objection
1: It would seem that humility is the greatest of the virtues. ...
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Thesaurus
Lowliness (9 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (n.) The state or quality of being lowly; humility;
humbleness of mind. 2. (n.) Low condition, especially as to manner of life. ...
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Gentleness (17 Occurrences)
... Thy gentleness hath made me great," the Revised Version, margin "or condescension";
so also Psalm 18:35, where the word is `anwah "humility," "gentleness," or ...
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Feet (2931 Occurrences)
... His act of humility actually cleansed their hearts of selfish ambition,
killed their pride, and taught them the lesson of love. ...
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Washing (56 Occurrences)
... His act of humility actually cleansed their hearts of selfish ambition,
killed their pride, and taught them the lesson of love. ...
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Voluntary (17 Occurrences)
... Colossians 2:18 Let no one rob you of your prize by a voluntary humility and
worshipping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he has not seen, vainly ...
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Down (12601 Occurrences)
... top of an ascent; from an upright position; to the ground or floor; to or into a
lower or an inferior condition; as, into a state of humility, disgrace, misery ...
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Meekness (14 Occurrences)
... it had been defined by Aristotle, was raised by Christianity to a much higher level,
and associated with the commonly despised quality of humility (see under ...
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Gentle (48 Occurrences)
... 2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul, myself, entreat you by the humility and gentleness
of Christ; I who in your presence am lowly among you, but being absent am of ...
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Showing (41 Occurrences)
... Christ. (See NAS RSV). Ephesians 4:2 with all lowliness and humility, with
patience, bearing with one another in love; (See NAS). 2 ...
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Patience (59 Occurrences)
... NIV). Ephesians 4:2 with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing
with one another in love; (WEB WEY NAS RSV). Colossians ...
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Bible Concordance
Humility (20 Occurrences)

Acts 20:19 serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears, and with trials which happened to me by the plots of the Jews;
(WEB KJV WEY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul, myself, entreat you by the humility and gentleness of Christ; I who in your presence am lowly among you, but being absent am of good courage toward you.
(WEB)

Ephesians 4:2 with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love;
(WEB NAS)

Philippians 2:3 doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself;
(WEB WEY YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Colossians 2:18 Let no one rob you of your prize by a voluntary humility and worshipping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NIV)

Colossians 2:23 Which things indeed appear like wisdom in self-imposed worship, and humility, and severity to the body; but aren't of any value against the indulgence of the flesh.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NIV)

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance;
(WEB NAS NIV)

Titus 3:2 to speak evil of no one, not to be contentious, to be gentle, showing all humility toward all men.
(WEB NIV)

James 1:21 Therefore, putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with humility the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
(WEB NAS)

James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good conduct that his deeds are done in gentleness of wisdom.
(See NIV)

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with humility and fear:
(WEB)

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger ones, be subject to the elder. Yes, all of you gird yourselves with humility, to subject yourselves to one another; for "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 45:4 In your majesty ride on victoriously on behalf of truth, humility, and righteousness. Let your right hand display awesome deeds.
(WEB NIV)

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes shame, but with humility comes wisdom.
(WEB NIV)

Proverbs 15:33 The fear of Yahweh teaches wisdom. Before honor is humility.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Proverbs 16:19 Better is humility of spirit with the poor, Than to apportion spoil with the proud.
(YLT)

Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is proud, but before honor is humility.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Proverbs 22:4 The result of humility and the fear of Yahweh is wealth, honor, and life.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Proverbs 29:23 The pride of man humbleth him, And humility of spirit upholdeth honour.
(YLT)

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek Yahweh, all you humble of the land, who have kept his ordinances. Seek righteousness. Seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of Yahweh's anger.
(WEB JPS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Subtopics

Humility

Humility is Before Honor

Humility: A Characteristic of Saints

Humility: Abraham

Humility: Afflictions Intended to Produce

Humility: Ahab

Humility: Blessedness of

Humility: Centurion

Humility: Christ an Example of

Humility: Cornelius

Humility: David

Humility: Elihu

Humility: Elisabeth

Humility: Elizabeth

Humility: Excellency of

Humility: Exemplified

Humility: General Scriptures Concerning

Humility: Gideon

Humility: Hezekiah

Humility: Isaiah

Humility: Jacob

Humility: Jeremiah

Humility: Job

Humility: John

Humility: John the Baptist

Humility: Joseph

Humility: Joshua

Humility: Josiah

Humility: Leads to Riches, Honor, and Life

Humility: Manasseh

Humility: Mephibosheth

Humility: Moses

Humility: Necessary to the Service of God

Humility: Paul

Humility: Peter

Humility: Saints should be Clothed With

Humility: Saints should Beware of False

Humility: Saints should Put On

Humility: Saints should Walk With

Humility: Temporal Judgments Averted By

Humility: The Who Have are Greatest in Christ's Kingdom

Humility: The Who Have: Delivered by God

Humility: The Who Have: Enjoy the Presence of God

Humility: The Who Have: Exalted by God

Humility: The Who Have: Heard by God

Humility: The Who Have: Lifted up by God

Humility: The Who Have: Receive More Grace

Humility: The Who Have: Regarded by God

Humility: The Who Have: Upheld by Honor

Humility: Want of, Condemned

Humility: Woman of Canaan

The Humility of Christ: Declared by Himself

The Humility of Christ: Exhibited in His: Associating With the Despised

The Humility of Christ: Exhibited in His: Becoming a Servant

The Humility of Christ: Exhibited in His: Birth

The Humility of Christ: Exhibited in His: Death

The Humility of Christ: Exhibited in His: Entry Into Jerusalem

The Humility of Christ: Exhibited in His: Exposing Himself to Reproach and Contempt

The Humility of Christ: Exhibited in His: Obedience

The Humility of Christ: Exhibited in His: Partaking of Our Infirmities

The Humility of Christ: Exhibited in His: Poverty

The Humility of Christ: Exhibited in His: Refusing Honors

The Humility of Christ: Exhibited in His: Station in Life

The Humility of Christ: Exhibited in His: Subjection to his Parents

The Humility of Christ: Exhibited in His: Submitting to Ordinances

The Humility of Christ: Exhibited in His: Submitting to Sufferings

The Humility of Christ: Exhibited in His: Taking Our Nature

The Humility of Christ: Exhibited in His: Washing his Disciples' Feet

The Humility of Christ: His Exaltation, the Result of

The Humility of Christ: On Account of, he Was Despised

The Humility of Christ: Saints should Imitate

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Washing (56 Occurrences)

Voluntary (17 Occurrences)

Down (12601 Occurrences)

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Gentle (48 Occurrences)

Showing (41 Occurrences)

Patience (59 Occurrences)

Proud (96 Occurrences)

Humility (20 Occurrences)

False (303 Occurrences)

Simon (75 Occurrences)

Ones (687 Occurrences)

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Victoriously (1 Occurrence)

Vain-glory (3 Occurrences)

Vainly (4 Occurrences)

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Neglecting (6 Occurrences)

Upholdeth (8 Occurrences)

Unspiritual (6 Occurrences)

Urge (34 Occurrences)

Opposed (23 Occurrences)

Overflowing (54 Occurrences)

Opposes (7 Occurrences)

Jude (4 Occurrences)

Lowly (29 Occurrences)

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Gird (44 Occurrences)

Worshipping (49 Occurrences)

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Implanted (3 Occurrences)

Idle (33 Occurrences)

Indulgence (3 Occurrences)

Filth (21 Occurrences)

Filthiness (16 Occurrences)

Feeling (59 Occurrences)

Foot (193 Occurrences)

Fleshly (15 Occurrences)

Factiousness (1 Occurrence)

Teaches (24 Occurrences)

Trials (11 Occurrences)

Treatment (6 Occurrences)

Temptations (9 Occurrences)

Timid (8 Occurrences)

Tolerance (2 Occurrences)

Tested (80 Occurrences)

Resist (23 Occurrences)

Resists (4 Occurrences)

Rob (27 Occurrences)

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Rigor (8 Occurrences)

Resisteth (3 Occurrences)

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Exists (18 Occurrences)

Downwards (2 Occurrences)

Devotion (17 Occurrences)

Dog (19 Occurrences)

Detail (19 Occurrences)

Disqualify (1 Occurrence)

Doorkeeper (8 Occurrences)

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Malign (6 Occurrences)

Prostration

Puffed (13 Occurrences)

Promoting (2 Occurrences)

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Plotting (13 Occurrences)

Predestination

Plots (20 Occurrences)

Prostrate (25 Occurrences)

Prize (13 Occurrences)

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