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The word of God endureth for ever.
Masonic mottoes
In imitation of the sentences appended to the Coats of Arms and seals of the Gilds and other societies, the Freemasons have for different branches of their Order mottoes, which are placed on their banners or put at the head of their documents, which are expressive of the character and design, either of the whole Order or of the particular branch to which the motto belongs. [Mackey’s Encyclopedia, p. 684.]
1395 Ancient Craft Masonry Ordo ab Chao Order out of Chaos
1472 London Company of Freemasons God is our Guide.
1677 London Company of Masons In Deo fiducia vinces In the Lord is all our Trust
1717 Premier Grand Lodge of Freemasons In Deo fiducia vinces In the Lord is all our Trust
1751 Ancient Grand Lodge Holiness to the Lord
1740s Mark Master Lapis reprobatus caput anguli [the] stone [which was] rejected [has become] the head[stone] of the corner [Acts 4:11]
1783 Capitular Masonry Kodesh Layehovah
Exodus 39:30
Holiness to the Lord
1780 Templar Masonry In hoc signo vinces By this sign thou shalt conquer
1802 Scottish Rite Lux e tenebris Light out of darkness
1815 UGLE coat of arms Kodes la Adonai Holiness to the Lord
[Exodus 28:36]
Audi, Vide, Tace
"Audi, vide, tace, si vis vivere in pace"
Hear, see, be silent, if you would live in peace.
1855 Scottish Rite, 14° Virtus junxit, mors non separabit Virtue has united, death shall not separate
Scottish Masonry 30° Ne plus ultra Nothing more beyond
Scottish Masonry 32° Spes mea in Deo est My hope is in God
Scottish Masonry 33° Deus meumque Jus God and my right
A. & A. S. R. S. J. Dieu et mon Droit God and my right
1865 Order of the Red Cross Magna est Veritas, et praevalabit Great is truth, and it will prevail
Pulsanti Operietur to him who knocks it shall be opened
G. O. D. (acronym) Gomer, Oz, Dabar Wisdom, Strength and Beauty
Bene agere et laetari Do good cheerfully

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