To understand what someone means (as best as possible), you have to look into the context of what they said. Since the original author (alleged "Matthew" in this case) did not write in English, to do this, you really have to look into the language it was originally written.
The translations in English aren't "wrong" perse. But if you've ever seriously (even if only briefly) tried to study another language, you quickly learn it's not quite so easy as just learning their grammar and finding out their words for our words. A great deal of words do not have one to one translations and some would even be considered "non-translatable" into some languages. Further, even through time, the same words can come to mean different things. I remember growing up and we would sometimes sing a song at school, part of which goes, "laugh, kookaburra laugh, kookaburra gay your life must be". And everyone snickered because we all knew what the word "gay" meant. Except...we didn't.
I think this book gives an interesting look into the context and usage of the word (praeis) by Matthew himself. (Hopefully that cuts straight to the part for you that it did for me)
I recall a few other interesting ideas when I looked into that particular word a while back. But I leave that up to you to discover if you want. The study of languages really is quite a fascinating subject I believe - and I intend to get around to properly studying Ancient (and modern for that matter) Greek sometime...but I only have so many hours in the day and so many other things I want to do. :)
"To what degree are you lost in your dream of success? Your world is your dream pushed out. When you can persuade yourself 100% that you are successful, success is yours! You must become so intense that you completely forget it was only a desire. You must tame the wild, new state you have entered until its naturalness causes you to forget all else. That is how God became you." - Neville Goddard
"In my vision I saw Christ as the ox, as the wild ass, as the wild goat. Was not the wild goat the substitute for Isaac the sacrifice of the sin of the world? And he found the wild goat. Can you tell me the period of gestation of the wild goat? How long will it take Christ in man to really come to earth? Can you domesticate the wild ox? How long does it take you to take that wonderful imagination of yours and actually tame it? Everything denies it, so you go wild in your reactions and you still remain the wild ox. Can you domesticate the wild goat? Do you know the habits of the wild ass? Are we not told, a stupid man will get understanding when the wild ass’s colt is for a man? And did he not ride the ass in the most triumphant ride in the world into Jerusalem? He came riding on an ass. He couldn’t if it was still wild, it had to be controlled, it had to be domesticated, broken in. So he comes riding on that which he had tamed, his own wonderful Human Imagination." - Neville Goddard
"The meek men of the gospels are not the proverbial poor, groveling door mats, as a meek man is generally conceived to be, but the Dr. Millikan’s of the world who, while poor and unproven, dare to assume wealth and greatness. These are the men who inherit the earth. Any concept of self less than the best robs you, and the promise is, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” In the original text, the word translated “meek” means “tamed, as a wild animal is tamed.” A tamed mind may be likened to a pruned vine of which it is said, “Behold this vine. I found it a wild tree whose wanton strength had swollen into irregular twigs. But I pruned the plant and it grew temperate in its vain expense of useless leaves, and knotted as you see into these clean, full clusters to repay the hand that wisely wounded it.”" - Neville Goddaard
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I believe that we could say today, opposite of egotistical. This means those that don't know their true power. These believe they are strong but their strength comes from belief in themselves. No matter how much belief they have in themselves it is limited. But those that say, "I do nothing, it is God that does through me." They have a strength unlimited, a courage unlimited, their belief is in a power far beyond human, an intelligence far beyond human. Because of this submissiveness to God they become more strong than the strong, more courageous than the courageous, more intelligent than the intelligent. In other words what the ego wears as a mask saying, "I am this and that", the meek (when they submit to letting God in control) are far more for real the real thing.
Furthermore ego believes it knows best and will act from pride without careful consideration of options. It will act without care of others and hence has a better chance of making poor choice decisions. It is quick to anger so as to never learn not to get into a hot situation it can't handle.
Meekness takes careful consideration and is slow to judge or anger so it learns to take the best paths. It learns how to make the best decisions because it says, "I could be wrong, I will listen to all before I decide."
Hi Jaianniah, i very much like this question so i will answer it to the best of my capacity;
True meekness is born from the state of being in contact with the primal force, essential energy, soul if you prefer - that profound ubiquitous natural state within us all. And meekness reflects itself in our daily lives and gives us energy, confidence, calm and trust in all that we think, say and do.
There are many ways to contact this ubiquitous, multidimentional state, one of which is through religious ceremony - that is why Jesus said "Blessed are the meek" - thanks
answered 06 Feb '13, 03:42
Meekness is a possible attribute of human nature and behavior. It has been defined several ways:
Godfearing, righteous, humble, teachable, and patient under suffering; willing to follow gospel teachings; an attribute of a true disciple. The Christian Apostle Paul gave an example of meek behavior when writing to Timothy: "The servant of the Lord must be gentle, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose." (2 Tim. 2:24–25) A meek behavior is presented as being opposite to "the natural man" (i.e. one who acts strictly according to desires of the body): "Put off the natural man and become meek." (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 3:19) Sir Thomas Browne explained: "Meekness takes injuries like pills, not chewing, but swallowing them down." This indicates that meekness allows a person to overlook or forgive perceived insults or offenses. "A disposition to be patient and long-suffering." Power under control - roughly equivalent in common usage to humility. Meekness is one of the Seven virtues in Christian tradition. Jesus of Nazareth preached, "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth".
yes very good place to be.
Many follow desire,oppose,fall in conflict are divided,and fall in judgement,do not want to see and ear.Do not want to understand.Do not want to see the truth.think that they are righteous,when they are self righteous.
So they do what they hate and cause what they hate. so they trap them self in a constant hell of their own making.Trap in their own inner darkness.Of their own free will.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
the meek will not do what they hate,in this world. So they will inherit the earth a good life.
Those that are not meek are divided seek control by power and destruction.The wide gate of destruction.
people are often ready to cast the stones(judging) at someone else,are they with out sin and perfect?everyone makes error in this world and should not judge but help people in truth and understanding.
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