DEFINITION OF THE DAY (SOAP, SOBER)

SOAP – Cleaner made by mixing olive oil and alikali from burning certain salt-producing plants. It was used of washing the body (Jer 2:22) and of washing clothes (Mal 3:2). Perhaps the scant references to soap are due to the fact that people in the Near East use oil for cleansing the body and pound clothes on rocks while wet to cleanse them.

SOBER – Characterized by self-control, seriousness, and sound moral judgment (1 these 5:6, 8; 1 Tim 3:2, 11; Titus 1:8; 2:2,6; 1 Pet 1:13; 5:8). The KJV employed “sober” to mean in one’s right mind at 2 Cor 5:13.

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