'Understand' in the Bible
Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”
But against any of the sons of Israel a dog will not even bark, whether against man or beast, that you may understand how the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.’
But if the Lord brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they descend alive into Sheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned the Lord.”
He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.
“The Lord will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as the eagle swoops down, a nation whose language you shall not understand,
God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice,
Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebnah and Joah, said to Rabshakeh, “Speak now to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand it; and do not speak with us in Judean in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.”
“All this,” said David, “the Lord made me understand in writing by His hand upon me, all the details of this pattern.”
He read from it before the square which was in front of the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of men and women, those who could understand; and all the people were attentive to the book of the law.
“What do you know that we do not know?What do you understand that we do not?
“Behold, these are the fringes of His ways;And how faint a word we hear of Him!But His mighty thunder, who can understand?”
“The abundant in years may not be wise,Nor may elders understand justice.
“Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds,The thundering of His pavilion?
‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand,Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”
The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of menTo see if there are any who understand,Who seek after God.
When I pondered to understand this,It was troublesome in my sight
They do not know nor do they understand;They walk about in darkness;All the foundations of the earth are shaken.
A senseless man has no knowledge,Nor does a stupid man understand this:
Pay heed, you senseless among the people;And when will you understand, stupid ones?
Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders;They did not remember Your abundant kindnesses,But rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
Make me understand the way of Your precepts,So I will meditate on Your wonders.
I understand more than the aged,Because I have observed Your precepts.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;You understand my thought from afar.
To understand a proverb and a figure,The words of the wise and their riddles.
The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way,But the foolishness of fools is deceit.
Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord,How then can man understand his way?
Evil men do not understand justice,But those who seek the Lord understand all things.
The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor,The wicked does not understand such concern.
There are three things which are too wonderful for me,Four which I do not understand:
“An ox knows its owner,And a donkey its master’s manger,But Israel does not know,My people do not understand.”
He said, “Go, and tell this people:‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive;Keep on looking, but do not understand.’
“Render the hearts of this people insensitive,Their ears dull,And their eyes dim,Otherwise they might see with their eyes,Hear with their ears,Understand with their hearts,And return and be healed.”
Well then, where are your wise men?Please let them tell you,And let them understand what the Lord of hostsHas purposed against Egypt.
“As often as it passes through, it will seize you;For morning after morning it will pass through, anytime during the day or night,And it will be sheer terror to understand what it means.”
Then Eliakim and Shebna and Joah said to Rabshakeh, “Speak now to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand it; and do not speak with us in Judean in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.”
“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord,“And My servant whom I have chosen,So that you may know and believe MeAnd understand that I am He.Before Me there was no God formed,And there will be none after Me.
They do not know, nor do they understand, for He has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend.
Thus He will sprinkle many nations,Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him;For what had not been told them they will see,And what they had not heard they will understand.
“Behold, I am bringing a nation against you from afar, O house of Israel,” declares the Lord.“It is an enduring nation,It is an ancient nation,A nation whose language you do not know,Nor can you understand what they say.
Who is the wise man that may understand this? And who is he to whom the mouth of the Lord has spoken, that he may declare it? Why is the land ruined, laid waste like a desert, so that no one passes through?
“The heart is more deceitful than all elseAnd is desperately sick;Who can understand it?
“The anger of the Lord will not turn backUntil He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart;In the last days you will clearly understand it.
The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn backUntil He has performed and until He has accomplishedThe intent of His heart;In the latter days you will understand this.
The Lord has spoken to you, O remnant of Judah, “Do not go into Egypt!” You should clearly understand that today I have testified against you.
Therefore you should now clearly understand that you will die by the sword, by famine and by pestilence, in the place where you wish to go to reside.
nor to many peoples of unintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. But I have sent you to them who should listen to you;
Therefore, son of man, prepare for yourself baggage for exile and go into exile by day in their sight; even go into exile from your place to another place in their sight. Perhaps they will understand though they are a rebellious house.
The king said to them, “I had a dream and my spirit is anxious to understand the dream.”
But as for me, this mystery has not been revealed to me for any wisdom residing in me more than in any other living man, but for the purpose of making the interpretation known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.
When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it; and behold, standing before me was one who looked like a man.
So he came near to where I was standing, and when he came I was frightened and fell on my face; but he said to me, “Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end.”
He said to me, “O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.
Then he said, “Do you understand why I came to you? But I shall now return to fight against the prince of Persia; so I am going forth, and behold, the prince of Greece is about to come.
As for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?”
Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.
Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;Whoever is discerning, let him know them.For the ways of the Lord are right,And the righteous will walk in them,But transgressors will stumble in them.
“But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord,And they do not understand His purpose;For He has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.
Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,‘You will keep on hearing, but will not understand;You will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;
For the heart of this people has become dull,With their ears they scarcely hear,And they have closed their eyes,Otherwise they would see with their eyes,Hear with their ears,And understand with their heart and return,And I would heal them.’
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.
After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, “Hear and understand.
Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?
Do you not yet understand or remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets full you picked up?
How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
“Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
so that while seeing, they may see and not perceive, and while hearing, they may hear and not understand, otherwise they might return and be forgiven.”
And He *said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables?
After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand:
And He *said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him,
And Jesus, aware of this, *said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart?
And He was saying to them, “Do you not yet understand?”
But they did not understand this statement, and they were afraid to ask Him.
Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God?
“But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.
But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.” And he went out onto the porch.
But they did not understand the statement which He had made to them.
And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.
But they did not understand this statement, and it was concealed from them so that they would not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this statement.
Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?
Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.
This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.
but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.”
These things His disciples did not understand at the first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him.
Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.”
For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.
And he supposed that his brethren understood that God was granting them deliverance through him, but they did not understand.
Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
Opening his mouth, Peter said:“I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality,
And those who were with me saw the light, to be sure, but did not understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me.
And I said, ‘Lord, they themselves understand that in one synagogue after another I used to imprison and beat those who believed in You.
saying,‘Go to this people and say,“You will keep on hearing, but will not understand;And you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;
For the heart of this people has become dull,And with their ears they scarcely hear,And they have closed their eyes;Otherwise they might see with their eyes,And hear with their ears,And understand with their heart and return,And I would heal them.”’
For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.
but as it is written,“They who had no news of Him shall see,And they who have not heard shall understand.”
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.
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