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  1. བླུ་​བ།

    p. བླུས།

    Biblical: to ransom or redeem; usually as རིན་​གྱིས་​བླུ་​བ། to redeem with a price: ཁྱེད་​རྣམས་​མི་​རྟག་​པའི་​གསེར་​རམ་​དངུལ་​གྱི་​རིན་​གྱིས་​བླུས་​པ་​མ་​ཡིན། it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed (1 Pet. 1:18), བཀའ་​ཁྲིམས་​ཀྱི་​དམོད་​པ་​ལས་​ང་​ཚོ་​རིན་​གྱིས་​བླུས་​པ་​ཡིན་​ནོ། [Christ] redeemed us from the curse of the law (Gal. 3:13). Mt. makes the idea of redemption explicit: མང་​པོའི་​སྲོག་​ཚབ་​ལ་​རང་​སྲོག་​གཏོང་​བ། gave his life for [in place of] the lives of many (Mt. 20:28).

    Buddhist: བླུ་​བ། in a religious sense is to ransom a living thing that is about to be killed (TDC 1916) in order to gain merit: ངས་​གསེར་​ལུས་​པོའི་​ཚད་​ཙམ་​ཞིག་​བཙལ་​ཟིན་​ནས་​ཁྱེད་​རང་​བླུ་​བར་​ཕྱིན་​པ་​ཡིན། I have already found almost your body's weight in gold and went to ransom you (TRC 153).

  2. བླུ་​རིན།

    [lit. ransom + price]

    Biblical: a ransom; the price paid to redeem something: ཁྱེད་​བླུ་​རིན་​གྱིས་​ཉོས་​པས། you were bought at a price (1 Cor. 6:20), དེ་​ནི་​ཐམས་​ཅད་​ཀྱི་​དོན་​དུ་​རང་​ཉིད་​བླུ་​རིན་​དུ་​སྩལ་​བའི་​སྐྱེས་​བུ་​མ་​ཤི་​ཀ་​ཡེ་​ཤུ་​ཡིན། the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men (1 Tim. 2:5,6).

    Buddhist: བླུ་​རིན། is the price paid for བླུ་​བ། above.

    Cognates: 1) སྲོག་​བླུ། to ransom the life of an animal in order to gain merit; 2) བླུ་​ཉོ། to take goods in exchange for money; to pawn (TDC 1916).