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charj, char’-ja-b’-l (from Latin carrus, "a wagon," hence, "to lay or put a load on or in," "to burden, or be a burden"):


(1) of a special duty mishmereth, ("thing to be watched"), "the charge of Yahweh" (Le 8:35), the injunctions given in Ex 29; "the charge of the tabernacle" (Nu 1:53); "the charge of the sons of Getshon" (Nu 3:25);

(2) of the burden of expense (kabhedh, "to be, or make heavy"; adapanos, "without expense"), "lest we be chargeable unto thee" (2Sa 13:25 the King James Version, the Revised Version (British and American) "burdensome"); "The former governors .... were charge unto the people" (Ne 5:15 margin "laid burdens upon"); "that .... I may make the gospel without charge" (1Co 9:18; see Charges);

(3) of oversight, care, custody, "Who gave him a charge over the earth?" (Job 34:13); "to have the charge of the gate" (2Ki 7:17); "charge of the vessels of service" (1Ch 9:28); "cause ye them that have charge (pequddoth, "inspectors") over the city" (Eze 9:1); "who had the charge of all her treasure" (Ac 8:27 the King James Version, the Revised Version (British and American) "was over");

(4) of a command, injunction, requirement, "He gave him a charge" (Ge 28:6); "His father charged the people with the oath" (1Sa 14:27); "Jesus strictly (m "sternly") charged them" (Mt 9:30); "I charge you by the Lord" (1Th 5:27 the King James Version, the Revised Version (British and American) "adjure"); "having received such a charge" (Ac 16:24, paraggelia, "private or extra message"); "This charge I commit unto thee" (1Ti 1:18);

(5) of blame, responsibility, reckoning, "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge" (Ac 7:60); "nothing laid to his charge" (Ac 23:29); "Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?" (Ro 8:33).