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watchings in the Bible

(2 Cor. 6:5), lit. "sleeplessnesses," the result of "manual labour, teaching, travelling, meditating, praying, cares, and the like" (Meyer's Com.).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • I tell you this is no easy matter; if it were, what need of all those prayers, sighs, watchings?

    The Heavenly Footman John Bunyan
  • Weary were the watchings for the rise of the commander of the gallant ship.

  • The fatigues I had, and watchings with my daughter, threw me into a violent sickness attended with exquisite pain.

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
  • Even the child began to look elderly, and worn as with fastings and with watchings.

    The Garden Of Allah Robert Hichens
  • But his studies began to tell upon his health, and brought on disease in his eyes through his long night watchings with his books.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Sarah longed to stop it, and yet it was a companion in her watchings.

    Turns of Fortune Mrs. S. C. Hall
  • I hope that on some occasion the morphia may be of great comfort to him should his night watchings return.

    The Life of George Borrow Clement K. Shorter
  • Meanwhile Mr. Teaser's labours increased considerably, what with the constant lettings and leavings and watchings for "slopings."

    Ask Momma R. S. Surtees
  • Her morning sleeps are not able to repair her midnight watchings.

  • Then said Ethelwulf; "Choose now one who shall have charge under you of the watchings and beacons on your shore."

    A Thane of Wessex Charles W. Whistler

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