The Berean Expositor
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worry about tomorrow" (Matt. 6: 34). Not to make legitimate provision for the future is
a sin as I Tim. 5: 8 shows: "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those
of his own house, he hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel (unbeliever)". It is
worry regarding future things for which he has made provision, that the Lord wants to
save us from.
TIRE. This word has no connection with tiredness or exhaustion, but is a shortened
form of `attire'. As a substantive it means an ornament or headdress and as a verb it
means to adorn. "Bind the tire of thine head upon thee" (Ezek. 24: 17) means "bind on
your turban". "Round tires like the moon" (Isa. 3: 18) were crescent-shaped ornaments
that were worn by women.
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TO. This common word occurs hundreds of times in our English Version, but in two
passages it is used in an obsolete sense. "I have a Levite to my priest" (Judges 17: 13)
and in Matt. 3: 9 "We have Abraham to our father". In these cases it is used in an
archaic sense, meaning "for", "by way of", "in the capacity of". With this meaning it can
also be found in Shakespeare and Spenser.
TRIBUTE. The A.V. never uses this word in the modern sense of praise. It means a
tax paid or compulsory work by a vassal or subject state. In Josh. 17: 13 Israel "put
the Canaanites to tribute" means "put the Canaanites to forced labour". II Sam. 20: 24
reads "Adoram was over the tribute" and this is equivalent to "Adoram was in charge of
the forced labour". Solomon likewise used conscription "upon those did Solomon levy a
tribute of bondservice unto this day" (I Kings 9: 21) the meaning of which is "these
Solomon made a forced levy of slaves, and so they are to this day".
TROW  is an old word meaning "think", "to be of opinion", and occurs once in
Luke 17: 9, "Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded
him? I trow not".
TRUE  is sometimes used in the A.V. in an archaic sense. "We are true men, thy
servants are no spies". Here true means honest. In John 19: 35 we have "And he that
saw it bear record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might
believe". Today we would render it "He who saw it has borne witness--his testimony is
true and he knows that he speaks the truth, that you also may believe".