Glossary of Terms


Ecclesiastes - A preacher.

Ecclesiastical - Of or pertaining to the church; relating to the organization or government of the church.

Edify - To instruct and improve the mind in knowledge generally,and particularly in moral and religious knowledge, in faith and holiness. 1st Thessalonians 5.

Elect - Verb: In theology, to designate, choose or select as an object of mercy or favor. Adjective: In theology, chosen as the object of mercy; chosen, selected or designated to eternal life; predestined in the divine counsels. Noun: 1) One chosen or set apart; applied to Christ. 2) Chosen or designated by God to salvation; predestined to glory as the end, and to sanctification as the means; usually with a plural signification, the elect.

Emerods - Hemorrhoids; piles; a dilatation of the veins about the rectum, with a discharge of blood.

Emulation - Contest; contention; strife; competition; rivalry accompanied with a desire of depressing another. Jealous rivalry; envy; envious contention.

Ephah - Of Egyptian derivation; an ephah or measure for grain; hence, a measure in general — ephah, (diverse) measure(-s).

Ephod - A part of the sacerdotal habit among Jews, being a covering for the back and breast, held together on the shoulders by two clasps or brooches of onyx stones set in gold, and fastened by a girdle of the same stuff as the ephod. The ephod for the priests was of plain linen; that for the high priest was richly embroidered in colors. The breastplate of the high priest was worn upon the ephod in front. Exodus 28:6-12.

Epistle - A writing sent to one or more persons; a written communication; a letter.

Espy - 1) To see at a distance; to have the first sight of a thing remove. 2) To see or discover something intended to be hid, or in a degree concealed and not very visible; as, to espy a man in a crowd, or a thief in a wood. 3) To discover unexpectedly. Genesis 42. 4) To inspect narrowly; to examine and make discoveries. Joshua 14. 5) To look narrowly; to look about; to watch. Jeremiah 48.

Essay - To try; to attempt; to endeavor; to exert one's power or faculties, or to make an effort to perform anything.

Execrate - Literally, to curse; to denounce evil against, or to imprecate evil on; hence, to detest utterly; to abhor; to abominate.

Exhort - To incite by words or advice; to animate or urge by arguments to a good deed or to any laudable conduct or course of action.

Expostulate - To reason earnestly with a person, on some impropriety of his conduct, representing the wrong he has done or intends, and urging him to desist, or to make redress; followed by with.

Extirpate - 1) To pull or pluck up by the roots; to root out; to eradicate; to destroy totally; as, to extirpate weeds or noxious plants from a field. 2) To eradicate; to root out; to destroy wholly; as, to extirpate error or heresy; to extirpate a sect. Matthew 15:13.