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Below are articles from the following dictionary:
Easton's Bible Dictionary

Gift:

(1.) An gratuity (Pro 19:6) to secure favour (18:16; 21:14), a thank-offering (Num 18:11), or a dowry (Gen 34:12).

(2.) An oblation or proppitatory gift (2Sa 8:2,6; 1Ch 18:2,6; 2Ch 26:8; Psa 45:12; 72:10).

(3.) A bribe to a judge to obtain a favourable verdict (Exd 23:8; Deu 16:19).

(4.) Simply a thing given (Mat 7:11; Luk 11:13; Eph 4:8); sacrifical (Mat 5:23,24; 8:4); eleemosynary (Luk 21:1); a gratuity (Jhn 4:10; Act 8:20). In Act 2:38 the generic word dorea is rendered "gift." It differs from the charisma (1Cr 12:4) as denoting not miraculous powers but the working of a new spirit in men, and that spirit from God.

The giving of presents entered largely into the affairs of common life in the East. The nature of the presents was as various as were the occasions: food (1Sa 9:7; 16:20), sheep and cattle (Gen 32:13-15), gold (2Sa 18:11), jewels (Gen 24:53), furniture, and vessels for eating and drinking (2Sa 17:28); delicacies, as spices, honey, etc. (1Ki 10:25; 2Ki 5:22). The mode of presentation was with as much parade as possible: the presents were conveyed by the hands of servants (Jdg 3:18), or still better, on the backs of beasts of burden (2Ki 8:9). The refusal of a present was regarded as a high indignity; and this constituted the aggravated insult noticed in Mat 22:11, the marriage robe having been offered and refused.

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