Came across this odd word while reading a Gideon’s bible in a hospital room to kill time. The meaning is obvious after looking at it for a while, and is wonderful in a certain way, but still odd to my ears.
On googling, it gets 23,000, but that seems to be because of its Biblical use which is only twice, once in the Authorized Version of the Hebrew Scriptures (Lamentations 3:45) and once in the AV translation of the Greek (I Cor 4:13). If you google offscouring -bible that gets it down to 1500.
Where is it first used (no help in on-line dictionaries that I could find)?
In its rare uses outside of the Bible, it’s accompanied by “thees” and “thous” and such archaic constructions (see Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles for example. And yet, in none of the on-line dics is “offscouring” noted as archaic.
*edit: FWIW even the Hardy quote is actually a quote of the Corinthians text.