Another Definition of Meek

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

I’ve always wondered about Matthew 5:5 which is part of the Beatitudes and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The dictionary definition of “meek” is: A person who is quiet, gentle, easily imposed on; submissive. 

Since experts widely agree that the New Testament was written in Greek, I considered a Greek definition of meek. The Greek word for meek is praus (prah-oos). Used in a sentence, it sheds a bit of light on my dilemma. 

For example, when a horse passed the conditioning required to be considered a war horse, its state was described as praus or meek. The horse had “power under authority” or “strength under control.” The horse had been conditioned to withstand the rigors and noises of battle under the authority of its rider without losing power or determination. 

When we become conditioned to the point of becoming praus by overcoming our adversities, we gain power under authority. Those of us who are believers, consider that authority to be God. 

Affirmation: I am meek.

Coaching question: What strength have you gained from your training through adversity? How have you “gained power under authority?” 

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