What is Meekness and What does It Mean to be Meek?
➡️Strong's Greek defines Meekness as:G4236 πρᾳότης praiótēs, prah-ot'-ace; from G4235; gentleness, by implication, humility:—meekness.
✨Galatians5:23 Meekness, (G4236) temperance: against such there is no law.
✨ Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; (G4236(considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Writers of the New Testament Understood what Meekness meant when they were writing.
❓Do You? For the Definitions we must go back to Torah for Torah is Still and Always the foundation of the New Testament.
➡️ Strong's Hebrew defines Meekness as:H6035 עָנָו ʻânâv, aw-nawv'; or (by intermixture with H6041) עָנָיו ʻânâyv; from H6031; depressed (figuratively), in mind (gentle) or circumstances (needy, especially saintly):—humble, lowly, meek, poor. Compare H6041.
❓ Outline of Usage: Outline of Biblical Usage poor, humble, afflicted, meek
poor and weak
poor, weak and afflicted
humble, lowly, meek
✨Num 12:3 - (Now the man Moses was very meek, (H6035 H6035) above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
✨Psalm 9:12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.( H6035)
✨Psalm 79:9 When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek (H6035) of the earth. Selah
➡️Strong's Number H6035 matches the Hebrew עָנָו (`anav), which occurs 26 times in 24 verses in the Hebrew concordance of the KJV
➡️H6041 defines Meekness asעָנִי ʻânîy, aw-nee'; from H6031; (practically the same as H6035, although the margin constantly disputes this, making H6035 subjective and objective); depressed, in mind or circumstances:—afflicted, humble, lowly, needy, poor.
❓ Scripture Outline: Outline of Biblical Usage poor, afflicted, humble, wretched
poor and weak
poor, weak, afflicted, wretched
➡️Strong's Number H6041 matches the Hebrew עָנִי (`aniy), which occurs 80 times in 78 verses in the Hebrew concordance of the KJV
✨ Deuteronomy 15:11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, (H6041) and to thy needy, in thy land
✨2 Samuel 22:28 And the afflicted (H6041) people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.
✨Psalm 9:8 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor (H6041) shall not perish for ever.
➡️H6031- עָנָה ʻânâh, aw-naw'; a primitive root (possibly rather identical with H6030 through the idea of looking down or browbeating); to depress literally or figuratively, transitive or intransitive (in various applications, as follows):—abase self, afflict(-ion, self), answer (by mistake for H6030), chasten self, deal hardly with, defile, exercise, force, gentleness, humble (self), hurt, ravish, sing (by mistake for H6030), speak (by mistake for H6030), submit self, weaken, × in any wise.
✨Genesis 15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict H6031 them four hundred years;
✨Exodus 1:11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict H6031 them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
✨Exodus 22:23 If thou afflict H6031 them in any wise, H6031 and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;
✨The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good tidings unto the meek (anav); he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; Isaiah 61:1, 2
✨Blessed are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven Blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted Blessed are the meek (praus) for they shall inherit the earth. Matt 5:3-5
➡️Anav is a condition of a person; a characteristic of a person’s heart. And the condition of one’s heart shows through one’s actions. We cannot ascribe one English word to anav. If we only see this word as meaning humble or meek or lowly in the English sense, we lose so much! So let’s look at some of the other places this word appears in the text and see if it doesn’t enhance, perhaps, our perspective on what anav, in its fullness, means.
✨But with righteousness shall He judge the poor and decide rightly for the meek(anav) of the earth: and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of his lips He shall slay the wicked. Isaiah 11:4
✨The humble ones (anavim) also shall increase their joy in the LORD and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 29:19
✨Come to Me, all those laboring and being burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, because I am meek and lowly in heart; and you will find rest to your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11: 28, 29
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