Showing the words used for “meek” in Greek:
Original Word: πραΰς, πραεῖα, πραΰ
Definition: mild, gentle.
Cognate: 4239praýs (also listed as 4239a/praupathia in NAS dictionary) – meek
This difficult-to-translate root (pra-) means more than “meek.” Biblical meekness is not weakness but rather refers to exercising God’s strength under His control – i.e. demonstrating power without undue harshness.
[The English term “meek” often lacks this blend – i.e. of gentleness (reserve) and strength.]
Source: BibleHub; Strong’s, 4239
Strong’s Concordancepraos: meek.
Original Word: πρᾷος, α, ον
Definition: mild, gentle, meek, kind.HELPS Word-studies
Cognate: 4235 práos – meek, i.e. the necessary balance of exercising power and avoiding harshness. See 4236 (praotēs).
Source: BibleHub; Strong’s, 4235
Strong’s Concordancepraotés: meekness.
Original Word: πρᾳότης, τητος, ἡ
Definition: mildness, gentleness, meekness, kindness.HELPS Word-studies
4236 praótēs– properly, temperate, displaying the right blend of force and reserve (gentleness). 4236 /praótēs (“strength in gentleness”) avoids unnecessary harshness, yet without compromising or being too slow to use necessary force.
Source: BibleHub; Strong’s, 4236
What we think of as meek isn’t necessarily what Christ meant.
More to come.