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Word of the Week Lesson #10 – WITHSTAND

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The Word of the Week Lesson #10 takes a look at Ephesians 6:13 as we explore the meaning of the word WITHSTAND.

Word of the Week Lesson #10

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Short Definition

Abridged from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

WITHSTAND’ verb transitive

to oppose; to resist

Webster’s 1828 Full Definition

WITHSTAND’, verb transitive

[with and stand.]

1. To oppose; to resist, either with physical or moral force; as, to withstand the attack of troops; to withstand eloquence or arguments.

When Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face. Galatians 2:11.

All definitions are taken from the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary from Volume 1 and Volume 2 and can also be found on Webster’s 1828 Dictionary online

Memory Verse

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”  Ephesians 6:13 (KJV)

All scripture references are taken from the King James Bible


“We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.”

“It is safely moored, ‘twill the storm withstand,
For ‘tis well secured by the Savior’s hand;
And the cables, passed from His heart to mine,
Can defy that blast, thro’ strength divine.”

 – Priscilla J. Owens, (1829-1907) We Have An Anchor

All hymn texts are taken from Cyber Hymnal

Sample Answer to Last Week’s Bonus Activity

Philip and Robyn clambered up the hill to the van, laden with camping gear.  They could feel their excitement increase with each step.

“I’ve thought of something else that is a verity,” said Philip, suddenly.  “It was difficult to be steadfast and diligent while we were paddling through the hot afternoon sun.  But now that we’re almost at the van, and can tell Mom all the wonderful things we’ve done, I don’t feel very tired at all.  I guess our eagerness to get to the top of the hill is exceeding our exhaustion.

“Telling Mom about our trip is enough to revive us, and kindle our energy,” Robyn agreed.

“And it’s easy to endure the things that grieve you, once you are safely home,” Philip concluded, and they both laughed.

This completes Part One of the Gravesends’ adventures.  Read today’s Examples from Daily Life to join the Gravesend’s back at home. 

Examples from Daily Life

“Brrr, this is a cold day for digging potatoes,” said Philip, rubbing his hands together.  “But I’m sure we can withstand the wind, and finish our job.  After all, these potatoes have been our special project all year!”

“Besides, think how good a freshly baked potato will taste at dinner,” said Mom, who was helping Philip and Robyn.  “That’s enough to make me withstand any temptation to go back to the warm house.”

“And I will have to stay out too,” Robyn added with a giggle.  “I can’t withstand either of your arguments!”

Printable Image with Short Definition and Memory Verse

The Word of the Week Lesson #10 takes a look at Ephesians 6:13 as we explore the meaning of the word WITHSTAND.

Bonus Activity

Can you spot a previous WOW word in this week’s hymn?  Discuss how the previous word is similar to the one we are studying today.

The answer will appear at the bottom of next week’s WOW lesson.

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