Monday, May 06, 2013

Be Pitiful

1 Peter 3:8 KJV
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

I think of the word pitiful as an adjective describing something
  • Deplorable
  • Substandard
  • Rejected.
Here it is used as a verb describing an action I am to do.

The use of words changes over time. It does not mean that I should change the Bible to fit our new meaning but that I should study the Bible to ensure I am getting the correct understanding of a passage.

The phrase means that
  • I ought to have sympathy for the afflicted
  • I ought to be aware if them and of their battle
  • I ought to exercise pity for them

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