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Clergy

The men of God's lot or inheritance. In St. Peter's first epistle (ch. v. 3) the Church is called “God's heritage” or lot. In the Old Testament the tribe of Levi is called the “lot or heritage of the Lord.” (Greek, Latin, clerus and clericus, whence Norman clerex and clerkus; French, clergé.)

Benefit of clergy.
(See Benefit)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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