I’m trying to freshen up my vocabulary because … frankly at the moment mine smells nasty.
I’ve embarrassed myself once too often and I’ve vowed not to repeat another episode of stinking thinking.
To be up front with you (as in vulnerable) I’m not simply talking about using big words for the sake of impressing people with big words.
Fact is people don’t really care about how many big words I think I know.
Yet, I think, most people do appreciate knowing the definition of a big word just in case they ever have to make sense of or have an occasion to use a big word.
Truthfully, I’ve guessed at the meanings of big words and been mistaken.
This time though I did some due-diligence.
Undoubtedly you already realize that words can have numerous shades of meaning.
Let me give you an example.
DO A LITTLE RESEARCH
It says in Psalm 128: 1 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. (KJV)
The word I want to add to my vocabulary and zero in on is the word: feareth
What does feareth mean?
Here’s what I found out:
Different versions of the Bible use different words for feareth.
Mostly three i.e.:
* NIV, NLT, GWT= fear
NAS, TAB, GLT, NKJ= fears
NCV, CEV, ERV= respect
Okay so I took it a bit further and I consulted the argument settling: Strong’s Concordance with Hebrew and Greek Lexicon (http://www.eliyah.com/lexicon.html).
Psalm 128: 1 feareth #3373 from 3372 Hebrew word: yare (pronounced ya-rah) adjective meaning fearing, reverent, afraid. Yare occurs 64 times in 63 verses in the Hebrew Concordance of the KJV.
This was fine but I checked one additional source: (http://thesaurus.com/)
Synonym fear = cold feet, creeps, distress, panic, trembling, uneasiness, hesitation, stand in awe.
PRACTICE: A LIFE-LONG VENTURE
So I added the word feareth to my vocabulary. The definition is like Proverbs 9: 10: “Reverent respect for God is the beginning of wisdom …”
Practicing this freshens my odor.
* NIV= New International Version,
NLT= New Living Translation,
GWT = God’s Word Translation …
NAS= New American Standard
TAB= The Amplified Bible
GLT= Green’s Literal Translation
NKV= New King James …
NCV= New Century Version
CEV= Contemporary English Version
ERV= Easy-to-Read Version