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providence


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Providence  \Prov"i*dence\,  n.  [L.  providentia:  cf  F. 
  providence.  See  {Provident},  and  cf  {Prudence}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  providing  or  preparing  for  future  use  or 
  application;  a  making  ready;  preparation. 
 
  Providence  for  war  is  the  best  prevention  of  it 
  --Bacon. 
 
  2.  Foresight;  care  especially,  the  foresight  and  care  which 
  God  manifests  for  his  creatures;  hence  God  himself, 
  regarded  as  exercising  a  constant  wise  prescience. 
 
  The  world  was  all  before  them  where  to  choose  Their 
  place  of  rest,  and  Providence  their  guide.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  (Theol.)  A  manifestation  of  the  care  and  superintendence 
  which  God  exercises  over  his  creatures;  an  event  ordained 
  by  divine  direction. 
 
  He  that  hath  a  numerous  family,  and  many  to  provide 
  for  needs  a  greater  providence  of  God.  --Jer. 
  Taylor. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Providence 
  n  1:  the  capital  and  largest  city  of  Rhode  Island;  located  in 
  northeastern  Rhode  Island  on  Narragansett  Bay;  site  of 
  Brown  University  [syn:  {Providence},  {capital  of  Rhode 
  Island}] 
  2:  the  guardianship  and  control  exercised  by  a  deity;  "divine 
  providence" 
  3:  a  manifestation  of  God's  foresightful  care  for  His  creatures 
  4:  the  prudence  and  care  exercised  by  someone  in  the  management 
  of  resources  [ant:  {improvidence}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Providence,  AL  (town,  FIPS  62688) 
  Location:  32.34445  N,  87.77210  W 
  Population  (1990):  307  (121  housing  units) 
  Area:  4.6  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Providence,  KY  (city,  FIPS  63372) 
  Location:  37.39920  N,  87.75021  W 
  Population  (1990):  4123  (1823  housing  units) 
  Area:  15.9  sq  km  (land),  0.1  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  42450 
  Providence,  NC 
  Zip  code(s):  27315 
  Providence,  RI  (city,  FIPS  59000) 
  Location:  41.82195  N,  71.41973  W 
  Population  (1990):  160728  (66794  housing  units) 
  Area:  47.8  sq  km  (land),  5.3  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  02903,  02906,  02908 
  Providence,  UT  (city,  FIPS  62360) 
  Location:  41.70516  N,  111.81344  W 
  Population  (1990):  3344  (897  housing  units) 
  Area:  6.9  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  84332 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Providence 
  literally  means  foresight,  but  is  generally  used  to  denote  God's 
  preserving  and  governing  all  things  by  means  of  second  causes 
  (Ps.  18:35;  63:8;  Acts  17:28;  Col.  1:17;  Heb.  1:3).  God's 
  providence  extends  to  the  natural  world  (Ps.  104:14;  135:5-7; 
  Acts  14:17),  the  brute  creation  (Ps.  104:21-29;  Matt.  6:26; 
  10:29),  and  the  affairs  of  men  (1  Chr.  16:31;  Ps  47:7;  Prov. 
  21:1;  Job  12:23;  Dan.  2:21;  4:25),  and  of  individuals  (1  Sam. 
  2:6;  Ps  18:30;  Luke  1:53;  James  4:13-15).  It  extends  also  to 
  the  free  actions  of  men  (Ex.  12:36;  1  Sam.  24:9-15;  Ps  33:14, 
  15;  Prov.  16:1;  19:21;  20:24;  21:1),  and  things  sinful  (2  Sam. 
  16:10;  24:1;  Rom.  11:32;  Acts  4:27,  28),  as  well  as  to  their 
  good  actions  (Phil.  2:13;  4:13;  2  Cor.  12:9,  10;  Eph.  2:10;  Gal. 
  5:22-25). 
 
  As  regards  sinful  actions  of  men,  they  are  represented  as 
  occurring  by  God's  permission  (Gen.  45:5;  50:20.  Comp.  1  Sam. 
  6:6;  Ex  7:13;  14:17;  Acts  2:3;  3:18;  4:27,  28),  and  as 
  controlled  (Ps.  76:10)  and  overruled  for  good  (Gen.  50:20;  Acts 
  3:13).  God  does  not  cause  or  approve  of  sin,  but  only  limits, 
  restrains,  overrules  it  for  good. 
 
  The  mode  of  God's  providential  government  is  altogether 
  unexplained.  We  only  know  that  it  is  a  fact  that  God  does  govern 
  all  his  creatures  and  all  their  actions;  that  this  government  is 
  universal  (Ps.  103:17-19),  particular  (Matt.  10:29-31), 
  efficacious  (Ps.  33:11;  Job  23:13),  embraces  events  apparently 
  contingent  (Prov.  16:9,  33;  19:21;  21:1),  is  consistent  with  his 
  own  perfection  (2  Tim.  2:13),  and  to  his  own  glory  (Rom.  9:17; 
  11:36). 
 




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