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Does meek equal weak?

October 2, 2005

Why is it that people think Christians are these weak, frail people that are hiding behind an outdated book?

I was watching a western staring Sam Huston, called The Quick and the Dead. Well about half way through this movie Sam Huston grabs this guy and says something along the lines of “When are you going to knock of the meek with inherit the earth junk.” This got me thinking, what does that word meek mean?

So I did a quick study on the word meek, using E-Sword, and this is what I came up with.

Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.


Apparently a primary word; mild, that is, (by implication) humble: – meek. See also G4235.Meek
MEEK, a. [L. mucus; Eng. mucilage; Heb. to melt.]


Thayer Definition:
1) mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit, meekness
Part of Speech: adjective
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: apparently a primary word
Citing in TDNT: 6:645, 929


1. Mild of temper; soft; gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; yielding; given to forbearance under injuries.

Now the man Moses was very meek, above all men. Num 12.

2. Appropriately, humble, in an evangelical sense; submissive to the divine will; not proud, self-sufficient or refractory; not peevish and apt to complain of divine dispensations. Christ says, “Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls.” Mat 11.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Mat 5.

This Webster’s definition is from one of the first dictionary that Noah Webster published. So what does Webster say now:

Pronunciation: ‘mEkFunction: adjectiveEtymology: Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse mjukr gentle; akin to Welsh mwyth soft1 : enduring injury with patience and without resentment : MILD 2 : deficient in spirit and courage : SUBMISSIVE 3 : not violent or strong : MODERATE

Boy, what a difference a few hundred years will make, in the meaning of a word.

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