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5048 teleioo (tel-i-o’-o); Perfect…

from 5046; to complete, i.e. (literally) accomplish, or (figuratively) consummate (in character):

KJV-- consecrate, finish, fulfil, make) perfect.

-The ground cursed with
.Hedges formed of
.Of afflictions
.Of the adversities of the wicked
.Of the evils that spring from the heart to choke the truth
(Outline from Nave’s Topical Bible)


Figurative. "A painful thorn" should be rendered a smarting sting, figurative of the hurts of paganism. "The most upright like a thorn hedge" refers to the corruption of the nation, which was so great that even the most upright injured all who came in contact with him. From want of energy "the way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns" , i.e., full of almost insurmountable obstacles (cf. <22:5>). To be overgrown with thorns is a figure of desolation (cf. <24:31>).The wicked are often compared to thorns <2 Sam. 23:6; Nah. 1:10>. Thorns and thistles are symbolic of the false prophets .
(from New Unger’s Bible Dictionary)
(originally published by Moody Press of Chicago, Illinois. Copyright (C) 1988.)

Ps 34:19
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

1Thes 3:3
3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.


*** When Dr. Moon of Brighton, England, was suddenly struck with blindness, he said, “ Lord I accept this “talent” of blindness from you. Help me to use it for your glory so that when you return, you may receive it back with interest. Then God enabled him to invent the Moon alphabet for the blind, through which thousands of blind people were enabled to read the word of God and thereby come to the glorious saving knowledge of Christ.

*** God did not remove Paul’s “ thorn in the flesh” He did something much better –He conquered it and made it Paul’s servant.

*** The ministry of thorns has often been a greater service to humankind than the ministry of thrones.

min•is•try (m¹n“¹-str¶) n., pl. min•is•tries. 1.a. The act of serving; ministration. b. One that serves as a means; an instrumentality. 2.a. The profession, duties, and services of a minister.

1. To attend to the wants and needs of others: See Synonyms at tend2. 2. To perform the functions of a cleric. --tr. To administer or dispense, as a sacrament. [Middle English, from Old French ministre, from Latin minister, servant.

2 Chr 33:10-13
10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.
11 Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.
12 And when he was in affliction,