- the conditional promises made to humanity by God, as revealed in Scripture.
- the agreement between God and the ancient Israelites, in which God promised to protect them if they kept His law and were faithful to Him.
- a formal agreement of legal validity, especially one under seal.
- an early English form of action in suits involving sealed contracts.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- cove lighting,
- cove stripe,
- covenant of the league of nations,
- covenant of warranty,
Origin of covenant
Examples from the Web for covenant
Fed-up doctors want that too—and many have begun to reclaim the covenant between doctor and patient.The Health-Care System Is So Broken, It’s Time for Doctors to Strike|Daniela Drake|April 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The Covenant—which should have been nominated,” he says with a laugh.‘Lone Survivor’ Taylor Kitsch’s Journey From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom|Marlow Stern|December 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But MLB has a duty at least to try to live up to its contract with the players and its covenant with the public.Major League Baseball Is Right to Punish the Biogenesis Cheats|Michael Brendan Dougherty|June 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It has the right to regard the threat that Hamas poses as an annihilating one, given the emphatic language of its covenant.
How, after all, do you explain a covenant to someone on the outside?
An alien was not to eat thereof: it belonged especially to the covenant people.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus|G. A. Chadwick
When you thus understand well the nature of the covenant, labour to understand the special reasons of it.A Christian Directory|Baxter Richard
That the reasons of a covenant must be express, "Because of all this."
Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.The Bible for Young People|Anonymous
And this is to them my covenant: when I shall take away their sins.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
- an agreement in writing under seal, as to pay a stated annual sum to a charity
- a particular clause in such an agreement, esp in a lease
Word Origin for covenant
c.1300, from Old French covenant "agreement," originally present participle of covenir "agree, meet," from Latin convenire "come together" (see convene). Applied in Scripture to God's arrangements with man as a translation of Latin testamentum, Greek diatheke, both rendering Hebrew berith (though testament also is used for the same word in different places).
c.1300, from covenant (n.). Related: Covenanted; covenanting. Covenanter (1638) was used especially in reference to Scottish Presbyterians who signed the Solemn League and Covenant (1643) for the defense and furtherance of their cause.
Literally, a contract. In the Bible (see also Bible), an agreement between God and his people, in which God makes promises to his people and, usually, requires certain conduct from them. In the Old Testament, God made agreements with Noah, Abraham, and Moses. To Noah, he promised that he would never again destroy the Earth with a flood. He promised Abraham that he would become the ancestor of a great nation, provided Abraham went to the place God showed him and sealed the covenant by circumcision of all the males of the nation. To Moses, God said that the Israelites would reach the Promised Land but must obey the Mosaic law. In the New Testament, God promised salvation (see also salvation) to those who believe in Jesus.