Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What does "Keep Under" Mean?

I love the KJV. Sometimes, however, it uses terms or phrases that are archaic or otherwise hard to understand. One of those expressions is "keep under." The expression appears twice:

2 Chronicles 28:10 And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and Jerusalem for bondmen and bondwomen unto you: but are there not with you, even with you, sins against the LORD your God?

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

In both instances the expression means "to subdue." Today we might use the similar expression "hold down."

-TurretinFan

3 comments:

Ken said...

Another archaic phrase is,
"quit you like men" in KJV of I Cor. 16:13:

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

it means, "act like men"

natamllc said...

I like this one too:::>

2Ti 2:4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

Who in their right mind, if ever there was such a right mind, would even contemplate civilian pursuits?

The world, the world, the world, they have nothing more to offer than golden years and retirement villages!

How much a waste civilian pursuits are?

Answer, "a lot"!

Psa 72:7 In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more!
Psa 72:8 May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth!
Psa 72:9 May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust!

Andrew Suttles said...

For me, the KJV is more quaint than "archaic", but to each his own I guess.

Quaint: "having an old-fashioned attractiveness or charm."