ASTRA'Y, adv. [a and stray. See Stray.] Out of the right way or proper place, both in a literal and figurative sense. In morals and religion, it signifies wandering from the path of rectitude, from duty and happiness. Before I was afflicted, I want astray. Psalms 129. Cattle go astray when they leave their proper owners or inclosures. See Deutoronomy 22.
adverb or adjectiveEtymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French estraié wandering, from estraier to stray — more at strayDate: 14th century 1. off the right path or route ; straying 2. in error ; away from what is proper or desirable
adv. & predic.adj. 1 in or into error or sin ( esp. lead astray). 2 out of the right way. Phrases and idioms: go astray be lost or mislaid. Etymology: ME f. OF estraié past part. of estraier ult. f. L extra out of bounds + vagari wander
1. If you are led astray by someone or something, you behave badly or foolishly because of them. The judge thought he'd been led astray by older children.PHRASE: V inflects 2. If someone or something leads you astray, they make you believe something which is not true, causing you to make a wrong decision. We drove east to Rostock, where my map led me astray.= mislead PHRASE: V inflects 3. If something goes astray, it gets lost while it is being taken or sent somewhere. Many items of mail being sent to her have gone astray.PHRASE: V inflects
a-stra' (ta`ah, "to wander," "to err"; planaomai, "to go astray," each carrying the idea of being lost): With one exception (Ex 23:4 "his ass going astray") used metaphorically of moral wandering, going astray in paths of error and sin, like "sheep going astray" (1Pe 2:25 the King James Version; Isa 53:6; Ps 119:176).
This wandering may be due
(1) to inherent evil (Ps 58:3);
(2) to false shepherds (Jer 50:6); contrast the beautiful and classic passage, Mt 18:12,13, the Son of man (verse 12) seeketh that which is gone astray. No word more vividly portrays sin as a straying, a separation from God. To be morally "astray" is to be "lost."
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