Judgment seat

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the seat or bench on which judges sit in court; hence, a court; a tribunal.

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All the well-known people of that period, from Alexander and Napoleon to Madame de Stael, Photius, Schelling, Fichte, Chateaubriand, and the rest, pass before their stern judgment seat and are acquitted or condemned according to whether they conduced to progress or to reaction.
Shimerda at `Thy judgment seat, which is also Thy mercy seat.
Finally, leading him out of the church they carried him to the judgment seat and seated him on it, and the duke's majordomo said to him, "It is an ancient custom in this island, senor governor, that he who comes to take possession of this famous island is bound to answer a question which shall be put to him, and which must he a somewhat knotty and difficult one; and by his answer the people take the measure of their new governor's wit, and hail with joy or deplore his arrival accordingly.
The old judgment seat stood back against the wall, and our table was the one at which the justices had been wont to sit.
These clothes and trinkets they were wearing were as fine and dainty as the shrewdest stretch of the sumptuary laws allowed to people of their degree; and in these pretty clothes, she crying on his shoulder, and he trying to comfort her with hopeful words set to the music of despair, they went from the judgment seat out into the world homeless, bedless, breadless; why, the very beggars by the road- sides were not so poor as they.
He believes in a soul in the same way Therese does, as something that can be touched with grace or go to perdition; and he doesn't want to be damned with me before his own judgment seat.
When I am called before the Judgment Seat I shall have this in my hand.
We shall all stand before the judgment seat of God, but members of Congress stand before the judgment of the voters in November.
Remember, even the believer in Christ must stand before the judgment seat of Christ one of these days and be judged concerning what he did with his life after becoming a Christian.
Obviously, they do not realize that whenever a criminal comes before the judgment seat of God, whatever his sins are, God is not going to ask him/her how many lives he/she has killed, or how many times he/she has committed adultery, or got involved in drugs.
First published in German in 1988, The Constitution Before the judgment Seat is an English translation of Jurgen Heideking's most important work.
a dream black and blue, whipped at the judgment seat for reading Latin