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Art/Literary - Religion
|English term or phrase: civil|
|We are taught to manage our civil and spiritual business with ease and safety, and to avoid everything that might encumber of ensnare us. Stumbling-bolcks lie before us in our journey through life, and they who have not a skilful guide often fall upon them to their hurt.|
Do you think that "civil" here can be undestood as "earthly", "material"?
is what it means in this context. It is the counterpart to spiritual in your sentence, so that "civil and spiritual business" means "all one's business".
The Oxford Dict. defines one of the senses of civil as "of ordinary citizens and their concerns, as distinct from military or naval or ecclestical matters".
Your example is similar to the way civil is used in the term "civil marriage" which means a secular marriage ceremony (in the UK, one carried out at a registry office) as distinct from a religious ceremony held in a church.
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