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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Firstborn  \First"born`\,  a. 
  First  brought  forth;  first  in  the  order  of  nativity;  eldest; 
  hence  most  excellent;  most  distinguished  or  exalted. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  firstborn 
  adj  :  first  in  order  of  birth;  "the  firstborn  child"  [syn:  {eldest}] 
  n  :  the  offspring  who  came  first  in  the  order  of  birth  [syn:  {eldest}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  First-born 
  sons  enjoyed  certain  special  privileges  (Deut.  21:17;  Gen. 
  25:23,  31,  34;  49:3;  1  Chr.  5:1;  Heb.  12:16;  Ps  89:27).  (See  {BIRTHRIGHT}.) 
 
  The  "first-born  of  the  poor"  signifies  the  most  miserable  of 
  the  poor  (Isa.  14:30).  The  "church  of  the  first-born"  signifies 
  the  church  of  the  redeemed. 
 
  The  destruction  of  the  first-born  was  the  last  of  the  ten 
  plagues  inflicted  on  the  Egyptians  (Ex.  11:1-8;  12:29,  30). 
 
  Menephtah  is  probably  the  Pharaoh  whose  first-born  was  slain. 
  His  son  did  not  succeed  or  survive  his  father,  but  died  early. 
  The  son's  tomb  has  been  found  at  Thebes  unfinished,  showing  it 
  was  needed  earlier  than  was  expected.  Some  of  the  records  on  the 
  tomb  are  as  follows:  "The  son  whom  Menephtah  loves;  who  draws 
  towards  him  his  father's  heart,  the  singer,  the  prince  of 
  archers,  who  governed  Egypt  on  behalf  of  his  father.  Dead." 
 




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