modern word redefinitions that weaken the Bible - temperance --> self-control

Steven Avery

There are hundreds, and more.
Let's start with one from an apostolic forum, this morning.

Steven Avery

People do not know the word temperance ??
Then you should help share and teach.

(contra) said:
...when a group of scholars sits down to translate the Bible into English, they have to recognize what words in English no longer carry the same meaning or have a different force of meaning, then they did, say fifty or one hundred years ago.... Take the word "temperance", as one of the fruits of the Spirit (and in other passages). Your average English speaker doesn't use that word and likely doesn't know what it means, so, it gets replaced with the word phrase "self-control".
Acts 24:25
And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come,
Felix trembled, and answered,
Go thy way for this time;
when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

Galatians 5:23
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

2 Peter 1:6
And to knowledge temperance;
and to temperance patience;
and to patience godliness;

Thanks for a great example of a redefinition to a word with a very different sense and meaning. Temperance is an aspect of Godly and goodly and holy behavior, as contrasted to sinful living. Self-control is our effort, bumbling, and is more from the psychobabble realm than Christian understanding.

Even the Webster 1828 could help you here:

1. Moderation; particularly, habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence; as, temperance in eating and drinking , temperance in the indulgence of joy or mirth. Temperance in eating and drinking is opposed to gluttony and drunkenness, and in other indulgences, to excess.

2. Patience; calmness; sedateness; moderation of passion..
He calmed his wrath with goodly temperance. [Unusual] Spenser

“Sir Thomas Elyott, writing in 1534, speaks of the now familiar words, frugality, temperance, sobriety,and magnanimity, as being then not in general use in England.’’

A Dictionary of the English Language - Vol 2 (1832)
Noah Webster

Thanks, (contra), for giving the forum such an excellent example of modern word redefinition, which mangles the spiritual Christian holiness sense of the word temperance.

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modern word redefinitions that weaken the Bible
temperance --> self-control