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mercy seat

  1. Bible.
    1. the gold covering on the ark of the covenant, regarded as the resting place of God. Ex. 25:17–22.
    2. the throne of God.
  2. South Midland and Southern U.S. mourners' bench.
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Origin of mercy seat

First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for mercy seat

Historical Examples

  • There is the blood on the mercy-seat, and there are the angels of gold looking at that spot of blood.

    Broken Bread

    Thomas Champness

  • Devoutly and reverently did they bow with us at the Mercy-seat.

    By Canoe and Dog-Train

    Egerton Ryerson Young

  • A cloud, of old, hovered over the mercy-seat in the tabernacle and temple.

    The Mind of Jesus

    John R. Macduff

  • Thus also it is that in the Tabernacle they looked toward the mercy-seat.

  • There I will meet with thee, and commune with thee from off my mercy-seat!

British Dictionary definitions for mercy seat

mercy seat

  1. Old Testament the gold platform covering the Ark of the Covenant and regarded as the throne of God where he accepted sacrifices and gave commandments (Exodus 25:17, 22)
  2. Christianity the throne of God
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