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This term in the O.T. generally signifies that which God 'ordered' for His people to observe. "They kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them." Psalm 99:7 . "Ye are gone away from mine ordinances." Malachi 3:7 . It is also applied to things in creation: God giveth "the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night." Jeremiah 31:35 . David made an ordinance. Ezra 3:10 : cf. Nehemiah 10:32 . In the N.T. it refers especially to the enactments of the law: "ordinances of divine service," Hebrews 9:1,10 ; "blotting out the handwriting of ordinances." Colossians 2:14 . It is also applied to human laws, Romans 13:2 ; 1 Peter 2:13 ; and to the rules of the moralists. Colossians 2:20 . The directions that Paul had given to the Corinthians are in the A.V. called 'ordinances,' 1 Corinthians 11:2 ; margin , 'traditions.'

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Ordinance '. Morrish Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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