Glossary: G

Gallant - Well dressed; showy; splendid; magnificent.

Galley - A low flat-built vessel, with one deck, and navigated with sails and oars; used in the Mediterranean. The largest sort of galleys, employed by the Venetians, are 162 feet in length, or 133 feet keel. They have three masts and thirty two banks of oars; each bank containing two oars, and each oar managed by six or seven slaves. In the fore-part they carry three small batteries of cannon.

Gentile - In the scriptures, a pagan; a worshiper of false gods; any person not a Jew or a Christian; a heathen. The Hebrews included in the term goim or nations, all the tribes of men who had not received the true faith,and were not circumcised. The Christians translated goim by the L. gentes, and imitated the Jews in giving the name gentiles to all nations who were not Jews nor Christians. In civil affairs, the denomination was given to all nations who were not Romans.

Gerah - A small coin and weight; 1/20 of a shekel.

Gird - 1) To bind by surrounding with any flexible substance, as with a twig, a cord, bandage or cloth; as, to gird the loins with sackcloth. 2) To make fast by binding; to put on; usually with on; as, to gird on a harness; to gird on a sword. 3) To invest; to surround. 4) To clothe; to dress; to habit. 5) To furnish; to equip. 6) To surround; to encircle; to enclose; to encompass.

Gittith - A Gittite harp.

Goad - A pointed instrument used to stimulate a beast to move faster.

Goodly - Being of a handsome form; beautiful; graceful; as a goodly person; goodly raiment; goodly houses.

Gospel - 1) A good or joyful message. 2) The history of the birth, life, actions, death, resurrection, ascension and doctrines of Jesus Christ; or a revelation of the grace of God to fallen man through a mediator, including the character, actions, and doctrines of Christ, with the whole scheme of salvation, as revealed by Christ and his apostles. This gospel is said to have been preached to Abraham, by the promise, "in thee shall all nations be blessed." Galatians 3. What is the Gospel?

Grace - 1) Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him. Romans 11. 2) Favorable influence of God; divine influence or the influence of the spirit, in renewing the heart and restraining from sin. 2nd Corinthians 12. 3) The application of Christ's righteousness to the sinner. Romans 5. 4) A state of reconciliation to God. Romans 5. 5) Virtuous or religious affection or disposition, as a liberal disposition, faith, meekness, humility, patience, etc., proceeding from divine influence. 6) Spiritual instruction, improvement and edification. Ephesians 4. 7) Apostleship, or the qualifications of an apostle. Ephesians 3. 8) Eternal life; final salvation. 1st Peter 1.

Gravity - Probity: Primarily, tried virtue or integrity, or approved actions; but in general, strict honesty; sincerity; veracity; integrity in principle, or strict conformity of actions to the laws of justice.

Greaves - Armor for the legs; a sort of boots.

Grove - In gardening, a small wood or cluster of trees with a shaded avenue, or a wood impervious to the rays of the sun. A grove is either open or close; open, when consisting of large trees whose branches shade the ground below; close, when consisting of trees and underwood, which defend the avenues from the rays of the sun and from violent winds. Furthermore, a grove can be a place deemed holy or designed for worship. In the Scriptures, groves are often viewed as places the people deemed holy, even though God did not declare the place holy. For this reason, certain groves were to be destroyed, as they were places for idol worship. Deuteronomy 16:21-22; Judges 6:25; 2nd Kings 17:16.