“Be anxious for nothing”

Written Dec 20, 2016

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6, 7 KJV

"Careful" is the Greek to english translation of merimnaó

Definition: I am over-anxious; with acc: I am anxious about, distracted; I care for.

"for nothing" = médeis, médemia, méden
Definition: no one, none, nothing. literally, "not even one."

but in "everything" = pas
Definition: all, the whole, every kind of.

by prayer and "supplication" = deésis
Definition: supplication, prayer, entreaty.

Cognate: ((of a word) having the same linguistic derivation as another; from the same original word or root):

1162 déēsis (deō, "to be in want, lack"; see the cognate 1189 /déomai, "praying for a specific, felt need") – heart-felt petition, arising out of deep personal need (sense of lack, want).

[1162 (déēsis) ultimately roots back to 1211 /dḗ ("really") which likewise implies a felt need that is personal and urgent (R, 1149).]

with "thanksgiving" = eucharistia
Definition: thankfulness, gratitude; giving of thanks, thanksgiving.

Cognate: 2169 euxaristía (from 2170/euxáristos, "thankful for God's grace") – properly, thankfulness (thanksgiving) – literally, "the giving of thanks for God's grace." See 2168 (euxaristeō).

let you "request" = aitéma
Definition: a petition, request.

"be made known" = gnórizó
Definition: I make known, declare, know, discover.

Unto God. And "the peace" = eiréné
Definition: peace, peace of mind; invocation of peace a common Jewish farewell, in the Hebraistic sense of the health (welfare) of an individual.

1515 eirḗnē (from eirō, "to join, tie together into a whole") – properly, wholeness, i.e. when all essential parts are joined together; peace (God's gift of wholeness).

of God which "passeth" = huperechó
Definition: I excel, surpass, am superior.

5242 hyperéxō (from 5228 /hypér, "beyond, above" and 2192/exō, "have") – properly, "have beyond, i.e. be superior, excel, surpass" (A-S); to exercise prominence (superiority).

all "understanding" = nous
Definition: the mind, the reason, the reasoning faculty, intellect.

"shall keep" = phroureó
Definition: I guard, keep, as by a military guard.

5432 phrouréō (from phrousos, "a sentinel, guard") – properly, to guard (keep watch) like a military sentinel; (figuratively) to actively display whatever defensive and offensive means are necessary to guard.

your "hearts" = kardia
Definition: lit: the heart; mind, character, inner self, will, intention, center.

[Heart (2588 /kardía) is mentioned over 800 times in Scripture, but never referring to the literal physical pump that drives the blood. That is, "heart" is only used figuratively (both in the OT and NT.]

and "minds" = nous
Definition: the mind, the reason, the reasoning faculty, intellect.

3563 noús (a masculine noun) – the God-given capacity of each person to think (reason); the mind; mental capacity to exercise reflective thinking. For the believer, 3563 (noús) is the organ of receiving God's thoughts, through faith.

Ro 12:2,3: "2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (3563 /ólynthos), so that you may prove what the will (2307 /thélēma) of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. 3For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith (4102 /pístis)"

"through" = en
Definition: in, on, among.

1722 en (a preposition) – properly, in (inside, within); (figuratively) "in the realm (sphere) of," as in the condition (state) in which something operates from the inside (within).

"Christ" = Christos
Definition: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ.

"Jesus" = Iésous
Definition: Jesus; the Greek form of Joshua; Jesus, son of Eliezer; Jesus, surnamed Justus.

"Jesus Christ" is properly "Jesus the Christ." "Jesus" (2424 /Iēsoús) is His human name, as the incarnate, eternal Son of God (Mt 1:21,25, see also Lk 1:31) – the Christ, the divine Messiah.

[Christ (His title) means "the Anointed One" (the eternal pre-incarnate, Logos, Jn 1:1-18).]

Amen. And I pray to the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ that He bless you all today. And please pray for me as well. Thank you and praise God through Jesus Christ.

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