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PREEMINENCE

pre-em'-i-nens: Superiority, especially in noble or excellent qualities. The word stands for: (1) mothar, "what is over and above," "excellence"; "Man hath no preeminence above the beasts" (Eccl 3:19); (2) proteuo, "to be first"; "That in all things he (= Christ) might have the preeminence" (Col 1:18); (3) ho philoproteuon, is translated "who loveth to have the preeminence," literally "who loveth to be first" (of Diotrephes, 3 Jn 1:9).
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'PREEMINENCE'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". bible-history.com - ISBE; 1915.

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