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  • n. Plural form of firstling.


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  • Since one merely gave of what he had acquired, but the other gave "firstlings" and "fat pieces" of what he had acquired, it is evident that the one gave because it was time and custom to give -- pure formalism; whereas the other gave the best -- pure, devout worship.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • (Ps 1: 3; Jer 17: 8; Mt 10: 42; 1Co 15: 58). new fruit -- literally, "firstlings," or first fruit.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • This fact, adds Dr. Humphry, does not agree with popular notions that first children inherit a feebleness of constitution, nor with the opinion of racing stables, which is decidedly against the idea that 'firstlings' are to be depended on for good performances on the course.

    Buchanan's Journal of Man, April 1887 Volume 1, Number 3

  • You underrate the firstlings of the heart, the rose and white blossoming, the call upon the senses and the readiness to respond and to fulfil, to give and to take, to be and make happy — the great pride and utter abandon which is young love.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • Thus it was when Abel brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof.


  • He laid tithes upon the people, harangued about fat firstlings and such things, and twisted whatever twisted texts he had ever heard to serve his purpose.


  • The firstlings and the fat thereof were to him the dearest things in the world; yet he gave them over that he might be on good terms with God.


  • And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof.


  • After an arduous battle with themselves, through the practical interpretation of that saying, they became the most fortunate enrichers and increasers of the treasure they had inherited and the firstlings and models for all future national cultures.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • The offering in question was made to Isis, probably on the same principle as the firstlings of the fruits of the earth were everywhere offered.

    A Philosophical Dictionary


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