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Covenant, an agreement. In law, an agreement or promise under seal contained in a deed or instrument sealed and delivered by the promisor, who is termed the covenanter, the promisee being the covenantee. A covenant being a contract, is largely subject to the same rules as other contracts. A legal covenant may be personal, or it may affect a person only in a certain capacity, as, for instance, as the holder of certain land, in which case the covenant is said to run with the land. In theology the Old Testament is called a covenant, i.e. the covenant of God with His chosen people, and the Greek title of the New Testament is the New Covenant. In Scotland the word is used to denote the National Covenant of 1580, and also the Solemn League and Covenant of 1643, which was annulled in 1663, and the adherence to which was made treason in 1685.