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DILIGENCE, n. L., to love earnestly; to choose.
1. Steady application in business of any kind; constant effort to accomplish what is undertaken; exertion of body or mind without unnecessary delay or sloth; due attention; industry; assiduity.
Diligence is the philosophers stone that turns every thing to gold.
Brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure. 2 Peter 1.
2. Care; heed; heedfulness.
Keep thy heart with all diligence. Proverbs 4.
3. The name of a stage-coach, used in France.
DILIGENT, a. L.
1. Steady in application to business; constant in effort or exertion to accomplish what is undertaken; assiduous; attentive; industrious; not idle or negligent; applied to persons.
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings. Provers 22.
2. Steadily applied; prosecuted with care and constant effort; careful; assiduous; as, make diligent search.
The judges shall make diligent inquisition. Judges 19.
DILIGENTLY, adv. With steady application and care; with industry or assiduity; not carelessly; not negligently.
Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 6.
"Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read" —Isaiah 34:16, KJV
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