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law, principle


A “law” is a legal rule that is usually written down and enforced by someone in authority. A “principle” is a guideline for decision-making and behavior, and is usually not written down or enforced. However, sometimes the term “law” is used to mean a “principle.”

  • A “law” is similar to a “decree,” but the term “law” is generally used to refer to something written rather than spoken.
  • Both “law” and “principle” can refer to a general rule or belief that guides a person’s behavior.
  • This meaning of “law” is different from its meaning in the term “law of Moses,” where it refers to commands and instructions that God gave the Israelites.
  • When a general law is being referred to, “law” could be translated as “principle” or “general rule.”

(See also: law of Moses, decree, command, declare)

Bible References:

  • Deuteronomy 4:2
  • Esther 3:8-9
  • Exodus 12:12-14
  • Genesis 26:5
  • John 18:31
  • Romans 7:1

Word Data:

  • Strong’s: H1285, H1881, H1882, H2706, H2708, H2710, H4687, H4941, H6310, H7560, H8451, G17850, G35480, G35510, G47470