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freewill offering

noun
1.
a voluntary religious contribution made in addition to what may be expected or required.
Origin of freewill offering
1525-1535
1525-35
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  • He enables us to present our bodies and all that we have as a free-will offering unto our God, according as He hath blessed us.

  • Did you not give me the money as a free-will offering, for the good of your wife's soul?

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • But of all sweet favours the sweetest to my notion is the free-will offering of a man's beloved.

    Hiero Xenophon
  • The Santy Claus stocking reaches out and annexes the free-will offering.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • The sabattu is described as 'a day of rest for the heart,' and a 'free-will offering' had to be made in the night of it.

    A Primer of Assyriology Archibald Henry Sayce
  • The time and enthusiasm they give to the Sunday school is a free-will offering to a cause in which they believe.

    How to Teach Religion George Herbert Betts
  • I can now erect an altar, and every selfish worldly thought should be laid thereon, a free-will offering.

  • The nation-wide support given to the Fund constituted a free-will offering of the whole people standing behind its soldiers.

  • I honor it the more because it was the free-will offering of men who chose to live together.

  • Old animosities were dead; what was needed was the free-will offering of a free people.

free-will offering in the Bible

a spontaneous gift (Ex. 35:29), a voluntary sacrifice (Lev. 22:23; Ezra 3:5), as opposed to one in consequence of a vow, or in expiation of some offence.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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