Covenant

Definition of Covenant

Cov´e`nant   Pronunciation: k?v´?-n?nt
n.1.
1.A mutual agreement of two or more persons or parties, or one of the stipulations in such an agreement.
Then Jonathan and David made a covenant.
- 1 Sam. xviiii. 3.
Let there be covenants drawn between us.
- Shak.
If we conclude a peace,
It shall be with such strict and severe covenants
As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby.
- Shak.
2.(Eccl. Hist.) An agreement made by the Scottish Parliament in 1638, and by the English Parliament in 1643, to preserve the reformed religion in Scotland, and to extirpate popery and prelacy; - usually called the "Solemn League and Covenant."
He [Wharton] was born in the days of the Covenant, and was the heir of a covenanted house.
- Macaulay.
3.(Theol.) The promises of God as revealed in the Scriptures, conditioned on certain terms on the part of man, as obedience, repentance, faith, etc.
I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
- Gen. xvii. 7.
4.A solemn compact between members of a church to maintain its faith, discipline, etc.
5.(Law) An undertaking, on sufficient consideration, in writing and under seal, to do or to refrain from some act or thing; a contract; a stipulation; also, the document or writing containing the terms of agreement.
v. i.1.To agree (with); to enter into a formal agreement; to bind one's self by contract; to make a stipulation.
[imp. & p. p. Covenanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Covenanting.]
Jupiter covenanted with him, that it should be hot or cold, wet or dry, . . . as the tenant should direct.
- L'Estrange.
And they covenanted with him for thyrty pieces of silver.
- Matt. xxvi. 15.
v. t.1.To grant or promise by covenant.
My covenant of peace that I covenanted with you.
- Wyclif.

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