The Berean Expositor
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is therefore a solemn responsibility, for God does not treat lightly those who have
wrongly taught and misled others.
The word `master' meaning a `teacher' probably came from the usage in schools
where teachers are called `masters'. "Doctor" also originally meant a teacher. The
earthly parents of the Lord Jesus, found Him "sitting in the midst of the doctors" in the
Temple. He was sitting among the teachers. A "doctor of law" (Luke 5: 17; Acts 5: 34)
stands for a "teacher of the law".
TELL. This occurs 8 times in the obsolete sense of number or count. The Lord said
to Abram "Look now toward and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them". The
command was to count the stars. "They told the money" (II Kings 12: 10) would be in
modern English "they counted the money". "I may tell all my bones" (Psa. 22: 17)
means "I can count all my bones".
TEMPERANCE. This word in the Bible must not be restricted to alcohol. It means
self-control and is part of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5: 22, 23). In I Cor. 9: 25 Paul
states "every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things". The modern
equivalent is "Every athlete exercises self-control in all things". Other occurrences are
Acts 24: 25 and Titus 1: 7, 8.
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These words are sometimes used in the Scriptures
meaning "to put to the test", "make trial of" without any sense of enticing to sin and they
need to be used with care, specially when applied to God. "And it came to pass after
these things, that God did tempt Abraham" (Gen. 21: 1). This means "God tested
Abraham". In no sense did God try to lead Abraham to commit sin.  James 1: 13, 14
asserts, "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God, for God cannot be
tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man. But every man is tempted when he is
drawn away of his own lust and enticed".
TENDER EYED.  The Scriptures testify to the fact that Jacob preferred Rachel to
Leah. "Leah was tender eyed, but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured". This does
not mean that Leah had beautiful or attractive eyes, but rather that her eyes were weak.
The Septuagint and the Hebrew make this clear.
THOUGHT. This word is found 13 times in the Scriptures in the sense of anxiety or
worry and it is important to know this, otherwise quite the wrong sense of a passage may
be taken. "Take no thought for the morrow" in the sermon on the mount means "Do not