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    Default "your own good" - "the good"

    1 Corinthians 10

    24 Don't be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.

    The word good here is not an adjective because it preceded by the definite article the. It is a collective noun as Collins says, definition # 2, below. My confusion here is that I couldn’t pick up the exact definition of the word good in the given context above. So, what does the good/your own good mean here, please?

    adjective
    morally excellent or admirable; virtuous; righteous ⇒ a good man
    (as collective noun; preceded by the)
    ⇒ the good

    noun
    moral or material advantage or use; benefit or profit ⇒ for the good of our workers, what is the good of worrying?

    • positive moral qualities; goodness; virtue; righteousness; piety
    • sometimes capital moral qualities seen as a single abstract entity ⇒ we must pursue the Good
    • a good thing

    http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dic...y/english/good
    My suggestion is that it includes everything positive, but I should consult native speakers.

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    Default Re: "your own good" - "the good"

    IMO, "good" here means "well-being" or "welfare".

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    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: "your own good" - "the good"

    I agree entirely with charliedeut. "Good" means "well-being", mental, physical or both.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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