Verse of the Day – Jan. 2, 2023

Verse of the Day – Jan. 2, 2023

January 02, 20243 – Tuesday  

Matthew 5:5    NET  

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 

Matthew 5:5    NKJV  

Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. 

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This was not my first choice for the Verse of the Day, but when I ran across an unusual explanation of meek in this verse. In the video (1:50-2:020 he said, “The word meek is not well translated. It means something more like this: Those who have swords and know how to use them but keep them sheathed will inherit the world.”  

Frankly this was nothing like I had ever heard or read, so I went searching. In Guzik’s Enduring Word commentary I found, In the vocabulary of the ancient Greek language, the meek person was not passive or easily pushed around. The main idea behind the word “meek” was strength under control, like a strong stallion that was trained to do the job instead of running wild. Then quoting Poole he gave us, The meek, who can be angry, but restrain their wrath in obedience to the will of God, and will not be angry unless they can be angry and not sin, nor will be easily provoked by others. 

Then looking up the Greek word praus in Strong’s Dictionary, G4239, found it means mild, gentle. But under the HELPS Word-studies found, This difficult-to-translate root (pra-) means more than “meek.” Biblical meekness is not weakness but rather refers to exercising God’s strength under His control – i.e. demonstrating power without undue harshness. Then there was this added note. The English term “meek” often lacks this blend – i.e. of gentleness (reserveand strength

Ellicott’s Commentary wrote of the meekThe word so rendered was probably used by St. Matthew in its popular meaning, without any reference to the definition which ethical writers had given of it, but it may be worth while to recall Aristotle’s account of it (Eth. Nicom. v. 5) as the character of one who has the passion of resentment under control, and who is therefore tranquil and untroubled, as in part determining the popular use of the word, and in part also explaining the beatitude. Looks like we are getting closer to the meaning given in the video. 

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible gives us this in his commentary: The Jews, though a proud, haughty, and wrathful people, cannot but speak in its praise: “Wisdom, fear, and meekness, say (b) they, are of high esteem; but “meekness”, is greater than them all.” And finally, the Expositor’ Greek Testament gives us, The meek of England, driven from their native land by religious intolerance, have inherited the continent of America. Weiss (Meyer) is quite sure, however, that this thought was far (ganz fern) from Christ’s mind. I venture to think he is mistaken. There is much more here, but I wanted to give you a good taste of a different way to look at the adjective meek. I hope I have done so. 

Bottom Line: Be careful of current English word usages that may not apply to the word when used 2,000 years or more ago.  

Prayer: Almighty God, Please help me to always have my anger under control and instead exhibit the gifts of the spirit you have given me. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.  

RileyD, nwJ    

Riley D. Driver – Pastor                        

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