Eyes of the Law
If the pen is mightier than the sword, as a master of words, you shall shape nations.
Etymology is the study of the origins of words; their composition, denotation and connotation. The pursuit of this art and science details the journey it makes from its original meaning and usage into the vocabulary of the layperson. There are many interesting and fascinating divergences that words travel from their origin to their common meaning.
The modern definitions of the language of the layperson, common English, is then set out in dictionaries. For the English language, the standard for meaning comes from the Oxford English Dictionary.
Law is not the same and the language of law is rigidly entrenched through the precedent of their meaning. The legal definitions of words stand true to their origins and this is the nature of precedence; meaning extends out of prior usage and definitions.
Legal language imposes a second set of meaning and intention into the lay-language and by giving words hidden meanings and circuitous definitions, creates a discourse of confusion.
To understand how Legal English and Lay-English diverge, you must consider the deviation between the common understanding of standard vocabulary and the Legal definition and how it binds you to Legal jurisdiction.
Ultimately, this discourse is about the place of the Bible in the foundation of law and the sanctuary that it offers those who can master the discourse of a rigidly defined language and the principles that have been developed with their substance.