Guard, n. (1) An armed brute entrusted with the responsibility of
keeping people from escaping imprisonment. (2) A complete set of rules
around the insufficient set established in Scripture, given limited
support in I Cor. 4:6 and Deut. 4:2. Due to the fallenness of human
nature, the fact that we do not live in a perfect world, and the
powerlessness of the Holy Spirit, the naive and simplistic ideas
generated by God's inferior wisdom are not enough; a guard around the
law is necessary in order to prevent transgression against the moral
laws. While few have managed to duplicate the exacting precision and
completeness of the Pharisees' Guard around the Law, it must be said
that there are many who are carrying on their worthy tradition.
Being instated as an archangel, Satan made himself multifariously
objectionable and was finally expelled from Heaven. Halfway in his
descent he paused, bent his head in thought a moment and at last
went back. "There is one favor I should like to ask," said he.
"Man, I understand, is about to be created. He will need laws."
"What, wretch! you his appointed adversary, charged from the dawn
of eternity with hatred of his soul--you ask for the right to make
"Pardon; what I have to ask is that he be permitted to make them
It was so ordered.
-Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
- -- Hayward's Unabridged Dictionary