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Summary: A brief but in depth outline of the Hebrew words used to define meditation

Meditate/Meditation: A Bible Word Study

I. ’Soo-akh’: English Transliteration of Hebrew Verb

A.Definition: Action word meaning: To muse, commune, or speak

B. First Mention: Genesis 24:63 (quickview) -"And Isaac went out to MEDITATE in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes,

and saw, and, behold the camels were coming."

C. Only time ’Soo-akh’ translated meditate.

II. ’Daw-Gaw’: English Transliteration of Hebrew Verb

A. Definition: Action word meaning: To ruminate, roll over in the mind, analyze, study, imagine, muse, mutter, groanings

B. Translated Meditate (5) Times

1. Joshua 1:8 (quickview) - The object of meditation=God’s Law (5) Books of Moses/Pentateuch & Job

2. Psalm 1:2 (quickview) -The object of meditation=God’s Law (5) Books of Moses/Pentateuch, Joshua, Judges & Job

3. Psalm 63:6 (quickview) -The object of meditation=The Person of God

4. Psalm 77:12 (quickview) -The object of meditation=The Works of God

5. Psalm 143:5 (quickview) -The object of meditation=The Works of God

III. ’Hig-gaw-yone’: English transliteration of Hebrew Noun

A. Definition: Descriptive Word meaning: Resounding musical response, making melody, musing, the act of meditating musically

B. Psalm 19:14 (quickview) -The object of meditation=Unknown (Psalmists personal view of his relationship with the Lord inferred)

IV. ’See-akh’: English transliteration of Hebrew Verb

A. Definition: Action word meaning: Communicating, musing, babbling, deeply considering, pondering, studying,

putting forth thoughts

B. Translated Meditate/Meditation (6) Times

1. Psalm 104:34 (quickview) -The object of meditation=The Person of God

2. Psalm 119:15 (quickview) -The object of meditation=The Precepts of God

3. Psalm 119:23 (quickview) -The object of meditation=The Statutes of God

4. Psalm 119:48 (quickview) -The object of meditation=The Statutes of God

5. Psalm 119:78 (quickview) -The object of meditation=The Precepts of God

6. Psalm 119:148 (quickview) -The object of meditation=The Word of God

C. Translated Muse (1) Time

1. Psalm 143:5 (quickview) -The object of meditation=The Work of God’s Hands

V. ’See-khaw’: English transliteration of Hebrew Noun

A. Definition: Descriptive word meaning: Reflection, Thorough Study, Musing Thoughtfully

B. Translated Meditation (2) Times

1. Psalm 119:97 (quickview) -The object of meditation=The Law of God

2. Psalm 119:99 (quickview) -The object of meditation=The Testimonies of God


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