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  1. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
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    "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?

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

    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
    My suggestion is that it includes everything positive, but I should consult native speakers.

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

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

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

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

    I agree entirely with charliedeut. "Good" means "well-being", mental, physical or both.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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