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madness, insanity

This word is used in its proper sense in Deut. 28:34; John 10:20; 1 Cor. 14:23.

It also denotes a reckless state of mind arising from various causes, as over-study (Eccl. 1:17; 2:12), blind rage (Luke 6:11), or a depraved temper (Eccl. 7:25; 9:3; 2 Pet. 2:16).

David feigned madness (1 Sam. 21:13) at Gath because he “was sore afraid of Achish.”

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