- 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.
Origin of covenant
OTHER WORDS FROM covenantcov·e·nan·tal [kuhv-uh-nan-tl], /ˌkʌv əˈnæn tl/, adjective
How to use covenant in a sentence
But this begs the question, precisely, of how to understand the covenantal mission and how to engender it.
Cooper , for example, discusses her ideas on the relevance of covenantal relationships for nursing ethics.
Entering these covenantal relationships obligates us to mutually live and grow in caring.
Van Os, of Zwolle, attacked the accepted covenantal theory, and the doctrine of immediate imputation.
British Dictionary definitions for covenant (1 of 2)
- 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
Derived forms of covenantcovenantal (ˌkʌvəˈnæntəl), adjectivecovenantally, adverb
Word Origin for covenant
British Dictionary definitions for covenant (2 of 2)
Cultural definitions for covenant
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.