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1 Timothy 5:22
Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep yourself pure.
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1 Timothy 3:8
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
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1 Timothy 5:17
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) The act of consecrating for ministry, appointing, or setting apart; the state of being ordained, appointed, etc.

2. (n.) The act of setting apart to an office in the Christian ministry; the conferring of holy orders.

3. (n.) Disposition; arrangement; order.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ORDAIN; ORDINATION

or-dan', or-di-na-shun (Latin ordinare, "to set in order" "to arrange"; in post-Augustan Latin "to appoint to office"; from ordo, gen. ordinis, "order," "arrangement"): In the King James Version the verb "to ordain" renders as many as 35 different words (11 Hebrew words in the Old Testament, 21 Greek words in Apocrypha and the New Testament, and 3 Latin words in Apocrypha). This is due to the fact that the English word has many shades of meaning (especially as used in the time the King James Version was made), of which the following are the chief:

(1) To set in order, arrange, prepare:

"All things that we ordained festival,

Turn from their office to black funeral."

-Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, IV, v, 84.

This meaning is now obsolete. It is found in the King James Version of Psalm 132:17 Isaiah 30:33 Hebrews 9:6 (in each of which cases the Revised Version (British and American) or margin substitutes "prepare"); 1 Chronicles 17:9 (the Revised Version (British and American) "appoint"); Psalm 7:13 (the Revised Version (British and American) "maketh"); Habakkuk 1:12 (also the Revised Version (British and American)).

(2) To establish, institute, bring into being: "When first this order (i.e. the Garter) was ordained, my Lord" (Shakespeare). So in 1 Kings 12:32, "Jeroboam ordained a feast in the 8th month" (12:33); Numbers 28:6 Psalm 8:2, 3 Isaiah 26:12; 2Es 6:49 the King James Version (the Revised Version (British and American) "preserve"); Sirach 7:15; Galatians 3:19.

(3) To decree, give orders, prescribe:

"And doth the power that man adores

Ordain their doom"-Byron.

So Esther 9:27, "The Jews ordained.... that they would keep these two days according to the writing thereof"; 1 Esdras 6:34; 2 Esdras 7:17; 8:14 the King James Version; Tobit 1:6; 8:7 the King James Version (the Revised Version (British and American) "command"); Additions to Esther 14:9; 1 Maccabees 4:59; 7:49; Acts 16:4 Romans 7:10 the King James Version; 1 Corinthians 2:7; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 1 Corinthians 9:14 Ephesians 2:10 the King James Version.

(4) To set apart for an office or duty, appoint, destine: "Being ordained his special governor" (Shakespeare). Frequent in EV. When the King James Version has "ordain" in this sense, the Revised Version (British and American) generally substitutes "appoint"; e.g. "He (Jesus) appointed (the King James Version "ordained") twelve, that they might be with him" (Mark 3:14). So 2 Chronicles 11:15 Jeremiah 1:5 Daniel 2:24; 1 Esdras 8:49; 1 Maccabees 3:55; 10:20; John 15:16 Acts 14:23 1 Timothy 2:7; Titus 1:5 Hebrews 5:1; Hebrews 8:3. The Revised Version (British and American) substitutes "formedst" in The Wisdom of Solomon 9:2, "recorded" in Sirach 48:10, "become" in Acts 1:22, "written of" (margin "set forth") in Jude 1:4, but retains "ordain" in the sense of "appoint," "set apart," in 2 Kings 23:5 1 Chronicles 9:22; 1 Chronicles 1 Esdras 8:23; Additions to Esther 13:6; Acts 10:42; Acts 13:48; Acts 17:31 Romans 13:1.

(5) To appoint ceremonially to the ministerial or priestly office, to confer holy orders on. This later technical or ecclesiastical sense is never found in English Versions of the Bible. The nearest approach is (4) above, but the idea of formal or ceremonial setting-apart to office (prominent in its modern usage) is never implied in the word.

Ordination: The act of arranging in regular order, especially the act of investing with ministerial or sacerdotal rank (ordo), the setting-apart for an office in the Christian ministry. The word does not occur in English Version of the Bible. The New Testament throws but little light on the origin of the later ecclesiastical rite of ordination. The 12 disciples were not set apart by any formal act on the part of Jesus. In Mark 3:14 John 15:16, the King James Version rendering "ordain" is, in view of its modern usage, misleading; nothing more is implied than an appointment or election. In John 20:21-23, we have indeed a symbolic act of consecration ("He breathed on them"), but "the act is described as one and not repeated. The gift was once for all, not to individuals but to the abiding body" (Westcott, at the place). In the Apostolic age there is no trace of the doctrine of an outward rite conferring inward grace, though we have instances of the formal appointment or recognition of those who had already given proof of their spiritual qualification.

(1) The Seven were chosen by the brethren as men already "full of the Spirit and of wisdom," and were then "appointed" by the Twelve, who prayed and laid their hands upon them (Acts 6:1-6).

(2) The call of Barnabas and Saul came direct from God (Acts 13:2, "the work whereunto I have called them"; Acts 13:4, they were "sent forth by the Holy Spirit"). Yet certain prophets and teachers were instructed by the Holy Spirit to "separate" them (i.e. publicly) for their work, which they did by fasting and praying and laying on of hands (Acts 13:3). But it was utterly foreign to Paul's point of view to regard the church's act as constituting him an apostle (compare Galatians 1:1).

(3) Barnabas and Paul are said to have "ordained," the Revised Version (British and American) "appointed" (cheirotonesantes, "elect," "appoint," without indicating the particular mode of appointment), elders or presbyters in every city with prayers and fasting (Acts 14:23). So Titus was instructed by Paul to "appoint elders in every city" in Crete (Titus 1:5).

(4) The gift of Timothy for evangelistic work seems to have been formally recognized in two ways:

(a) by the laying on of the hands of the presbytery (1 Timothy 4:14),

(b) by the laying on of the hands of Paul himself (2 Timothy 1:6). The words "Lay hands hastily on no man" (1 Timothy 5:22) do not refer to an act of ordination, but probably to the restoration of the penitent. The reference in Hebrews 6:2 is not exclusively to ordination, but to all occasions of laying on of hands (see HANDS, IMPOSITION OF). From the few instances mentioned above (the only ones found in the New Testament), we infer that it was regarded as advisable that persons holding high office in the church should be publicly recognized in some way, as by laying on of hands, fasting, and public prayer. But no great emphasis was laid on this rite, hence, "it can hardly be likely that any essential principle was held to be involved in it" (Hort, The Christian Ecclesia, 216). It was regarded as an outward act of approval, a symbolic offering of intercessory prayer, and an emblem of the solidarity of the Christian community, rather than an indispensable channel of grace for the work of the ministry. (For the later ecclesiastical doctrine and rite see Edwin Hatch's valuable article on "Ordination" in the Dictionary of Christian Antiquity)

D. Miall Edwards

ORDINATION

or-di-na'-shun.

See ORDAIN, ORDINATION.

Strong's Hebrew
4394. millu -- setting, installation
... 4393, 4394. millu. 4395 . setting, installation. Transliteration: millu
Phonetic Spelling: (mil-loo') Short Definition: ordination. ...
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4390. male -- to be full, to fill
... 1), given fully (1), gratified (1), live (1), massed (1), messengers (1), mount*
(1), mounted (1), ordain* (4), ordained* (4), ordination* (1), overflowing* (1 ...
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3027. yad -- hand
... 2), much (1), much as he is able (1), much as one is able (1), next (2), next*
(13), occasion (1), ordain* (4), ordained* (4), order (1), ordination* (1), part ...
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Library

Ordination or Installation.
... DEDICATIONS; ORDINATIONS; INSTALLATIONS. 709. " Ordination or Installation.
709. LM H. Ware, Jr. Ordination or Installation. ...
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Ordination Hymn.
... DEDICATIONS; ORDINATIONS; INSTALLATIONS. 710. " Ordination Hymn. 710.
CM EH Chapin. Ordination Hymn. 1 O Thou, who didst ordain ...
/.../adams/hymns for christian devotion/710 ordination hymn.htm

Ordination Hymn.
... DEDICATIONS; ORDINATIONS; INSTALLATIONS. 707. " Ordination Hymn. 707. LM Pierpont.
Ordination Hymn. 1 O Thou, who art above all height! ...
/.../adams/hymns for christian devotion/707 ordination hymn.htm

Ordination or Installation.
... DEDICATIONS; ORDINATIONS; INSTALLATIONS. 713. " Ordination or Installation. 713. ...
M. E. Peabody. Ordination or Installation. 1 Lift aloud the voice of praise! ...
/.../adams/hymns for christian devotion/713 ordination or installation.htm

Ordination.
... Homily III. Chapter LXXII."Ordination. And having thus spoken, he placed
his hand upon Zacchæus, saying, "O Thou Ruler and Lord ...
/.../unknown/the clementine homilies/chapter lxxii ordination.htm

CM * Ordination.
... VIII. VARIOUS OCCASIONS. 385. CM * Ordination. 1 Go, preach the gospel in my name,
Said he of Bethlehem: Teach of a crown more glorious Than earthly diadem. ...
/.../various/book of hymns for public and private devotion/385 c m ordination.htm

LM * Ordination.
... VIII. VARIOUS OCCASIONS. 386. LM * Ordination. 1 Thy servant's sandals,
Lord, are wet With Jordan's wave but lately met, And in ...
/.../various/book of hymns for public and private devotion/386 l m ordination.htm

Ember Days and Ordination
... IV. SPECIAL OCCASIONS Ember Days and Ordination. [1709]450 Lord, pour thy
Spirit from on high [1710]451 God of the prophets! Bless ...
/.../ember days and ordination.htm

Ordination of Clement.
... Epistle of Peter to James. Chapter II."Ordination of Clement. But about
that time, when he was about to die, the brethren being ...
/.../unknown/epistle of peter to james/chapter ii ordination of clement.htm

Ordination and Duties of the Clergy.
... Sec. III."Ordination and Duties of the Clergy. Concerning the Ordination of
Presbyters"The Constitution of John, Who Was Beloved by the Lord. XVI. ...
/.../various/constitutions of the holy apostles/sec iii ordination and duties of.htm

Thesaurus
Ordination (12 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. ORDAIN; ORDINATION. ... The New Testament throws but
little light on the origin of the later ecclesiastical rite of ordination. ...
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Ordain (13 Occurrences)
... functions; to introduce into the office of the Christian ministry, by the laying
on of hands, or other forms; to set apart by the ceremony of ordination. Int. ...
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Imposition (3 Occurrences)
... delusion; imposture. 5. (n.) The act of laying on the hands as a religious
ceremony, in ordination, confirmation, etc. 6. (n.) The ...
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Bishop (4 Occurrences)
... between presbyters and bishops. Of a formal ordination, in the later
hierarchical sense, there is no trace as yet. The word "ordained ...
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Laying (87 Occurrences)
... This is noticed as taking place in the appointment of the Seven (Acts 6:6), in the
sending out of Barnabas and Saul (Acts 13:3), at the ordination of Timothy ...
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Timothy (28 Occurrences)
... 7. His Ordination: Showing the importance which Paul assigned to this act of ordination,
he refers to it in a letter to Timothy written many years afterward ...
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Ordinary (17 Occurrences)

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Hands (998 Occurrences)
... This is noticed as taking place in the appointment of the Seven (Acts 6:6), in the
sending out of Barnabas and Saul (Acts 13:3), at the ordination of Timothy ...
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Ore (5 Occurrences)

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Office (64 Occurrences)
... 8. (n.) Any service other than that of ordination and the Mass; any prescribed
religious service. 9. (vt) To perform, as the duties of an office; to discharge. ...
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Bible Concordance
Ordination (12 Occurrences)

Exodus 29:22 Also you shall take some of the ram's fat, the fat tail, the fat that covers the innards, the cover of the liver, the two kidneys, the fat that is on them, and the right thigh (for it is a ram of consecration),
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Exodus 29:26 And thou shalt take the breast of Aaron's ram of consecration, and wave it for a wave-offering before the LORD; and it shall be thy portion.
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Exodus 29:27 You shall sanctify the breast of the wave offering, and the thigh of the wave offering, which is waved, and which is heaved up, of the ram of consecration, even of that which is for Aaron, and of that which is for his sons:
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Exodus 29:31 "You shall take the ram of consecration, and boil its flesh in a holy place.
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Exodus 29:33 They shall eat those things with which atonement was made, to consecrate and sanctify them: but a stranger shall not eat of it, because they are holy.
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Exodus 29:34 If anything of the flesh of the consecration, or of the bread, remains to the morning, then you shall burn the remainder with fire: it shall not be eaten, because it is holy.
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Leviticus 7:37 This is the law of the burnt offering, of the meal offering, and of the sin offering, and of the trespass offering, and of the consecration, and of the sacrifice of peace offerings;
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Leviticus 8:22 And he put the other sheep before the Lord, the sheep with which they were made priests; and Aaron and his sons put their hands on the head of the sheep,
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Leviticus 8:28 And Moses took them from off their hands, and made them smoke on the altar upon the burnt-offering; they were a consecration-offering for a sweet savour; it was an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
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Leviticus 8:29 And Moses took the breast, and waved it for a wave-offering before the LORD; it was Moses' portion of the ram of consecration; as the LORD commanded Moses.
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Leviticus 8:31 And Moses said to Aaron and to his sons, The flesh is to be cooked in water at the door of the Tent of meeting, and there you are to take it as food, together with the bread in the basket, as I have given orders, saying, It is the food of Aaron and his sons.
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Leviticus 8:33 You shall not go out from the door of the Tent of Meeting seven days, until the days of your consecration are fulfilled: for he shall consecrate you seven days.
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Subtopics

Ordination

Ordination of Female Pastors

Related Terms

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Imposition (3 Occurrences)

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Ordinary (17 Occurrences)

Hands (998 Occurrences)

Ore (5 Occurrences)

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Impose (12 Occurrences)

Foreknowledge (2 Occurrences)

Foreknow (1 Occurrence)

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Sprinkle (37 Occurrences)

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Government (20 Occurrences)

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