Wednesday's Words

The word for this week is 'COMPREHEND'.

This insight from Dwight M. Pratt is worth re-printing.


Used in a twofold sense in both the Old Testament and New Testament.

This double meaning appears in two Hebrew and two Greek words which signify in turn:

(1) Mental or spiritual perception,

(2) Capacity to hold or contain, as in a measure or in an all-inclusive principle, e.g.:

(1) yadha, "to see with the eyes or the mind," hence, "know," "understand." Job was urged by Elihu to accept as inscrutable the ways of God, inasmuch as His operations in the physical world are so mighty and mysterious that "we cannot comprehend" them (Job 37:5).

katalambano, "to lay hold of," hence, mentally to apprehend:

Used of the spiritual capacity of the Christian "to comprehend (the Revised Version- "apprehend") with all saints" (Ephesians 3:18) the measureless love of God; and of the inability of the unregenerate heart to know or perceive the revelation of God made in Christ.

(2) kul, "to measure" or "contain," as grain in a bushel. So God's immeasurable greatness is seen in His being able to hold oceans in the hollow of His hand and "comprehend the dust of the earth in a measure" (Isaiah 40:12).

anakephalaioo, "to sum up under one head," e.g. love includes every other moral principle and process. The entire law, says Paul, "is comprehended (the Revised Version-- "summed up") in this saying, namely, you shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Romans 13:9).

God help each of us today who are saved by grace to 'comprehend' the absolute necessity of being gripped in the grace of His measureless love!

May God grant us 'the sense' to first see it and then share it!

God's best,

Pstr K

1 Corinthians 15:58