“8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is [e]lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, [f]dwell on these things.“
First let’s consider what it means to dwell on these things. The Greek Word for dwell is logizomai. According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, logizomai means “to consider, take account, weigh, meditate on: τί, a thing, with a view to obtaining it”. Now that we have that understanding, here are the Greek words for each of these things to be meditated on.
True (alēthēs): true (as not concealing):—true, truly, truth.
Honorable (semnos): venerable, i.e. honorable:—grave, honest
Right (dikaios): in a wide sense, upright, righteous, virtuous, keeping the commands of God;
Pure (hagnos): properly, clean, i.e. (figuratively) innocent, modest, perfect:—chaste, clean, pure.
Lovely (prosphilēs): friendly towards, i.e. acceptable, pleasing:—lovely.
Good repute (euphēmos): well spoken of, i.e. reputable:—of good report.
Excellence (aretē): Any particular moral excellence, as modesty, purity;
Worthy of praise (epainos): a commendable thing:—praise.
It’s always really interesting to get a broader sense of what these words in scripture mean through looking up the Greek. Something you should consider with words in certain verses you’re not entirely sure what’s being meant. So take some time today to think about these things. Try to make it habit to have these things on your mind daily. Lastly, consider whether the thoughts you’ve been dwelling on have been in contrast to these things you’re supposed to be dwelling on.
Peace to you all in Christ.
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