Meek in Greek

Showing the words used for “meek” in Greek:

Strong’s Concordance
Original Word: πραΰς, πραεῖα, πραΰ
Transliteration: praus
Definition: mild, gentle.

HELPS Word-studies

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 Concordance
praos: meek.

Original Word: πρᾷος, α, ον
Transliteration: praos
Definition: mild, gentle, meek, kind.

HELPS Word-studies

Cognate: 4235 práosmeek, i.e. the necessary balance of exercising power and avoiding harshness. See 4236 (praotēs).

Source: BibleHub; Strong’s, 4235

Strong’s Concordance
praotés: meekness.

Original Word: πρᾳότης, τητος, ἡ
Transliteration: praotés
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.