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Word of the Week Lesson #11 – DEPART

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 The Word of the Week Lesson #11 takes a look at Proverbs 16:6 and Proverbs 22:6 as we explore the meaning of the word DEPART.

Word of the Week Lesson #11

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Short Definition

Abridged from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

DEP’ART verb intransitive

to leave; to go from; to forsake

Webster’s 1828 Full Definition

DEP’ART verb intransitive

[Fr. Departir; de and partir, to separate; Sp. departir.  See Part.]

1. To go or move from.

Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire.  Matthew 25:41

It is followed by from, or from is implied before the place left.

“I will depart to my own land,” that is, I will depart from this place to my own land.  Numbers 10:30

2. To go from; to leave; to desist, as from a practice. Jehu departed not from the sins of Jeroboam. Jehoshaphat departed not from the way of Asa his father.

3. To leave; to deviate from; to forsake; not to adhere to or follow; as, we cannot depart from our rules.

I have not departed from thy judgements. Psalm 119:102

4. To desist; to leave; to abandon; as, he would not depart from his purpose, resolution, or demand.

5. To be lost; to perish; to vanish; as, his glory has departed.

6. To die; to decease; to leave this world.

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word.  Luke 2:29

To depart this life is elliptical, from being understood.

7. To leave; to forsake; to abandon; as, to depart from evil.

8. To cease.

The prey departeth not. Nahum 3:1

9. To deviate; to vary from.

If the plan of the convention be found to depart from republican principles –  Madison.

10. To vary; to deviate from the title or defense in pleading. Blackstone.

11. To part with. [Not in use.] Shakespeare.

To depart from God, is to forsake his service and live in sin; to apostatize; to revolt; to desert his government and laws.

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 Verses

“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.”  ~ Proverbs 16:6 (KJV) 

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  ~ Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)

All scripture references are taken from the King James Bible


“Come, holy Comforter,
Thy sacred witness bear
In this glad hour.
Thou who almighty art,
Now rule in every heart,
And ne’er from us depart,
Spirit of power!”

– Author Unknown (c. 1743), Come, Thou Almighty King

All hymn texts are taken from Cyber Hymnal

Examples from Daily Life

“Do you think Dad will depart from work early today?” Philip asked his mother.  “Robyn and I wanted to take some of our potatoes to Aunt Elizabeth’s family.  They were so kind to share their cranberry sauce with us at Thanksgiving.  We would like to give them part of our garden produce.”

“That’s a good idea,” Mrs. Gravesend replied.  “Dad might be able to take you right before supper.  I was thinking of departing from our afternoon routine anyway, since Robyn asked if she could make the baked potatoes for dinner.”

“We’d better hurry inside right away,” Robyn exclaimed.  “I need to start washing potatoes, and Philip will have to hurry, or he won’t be ready to depart when Dad gets home!”

Printable Image with Short Definition and Memory Verse

The Word of the Week Lesson #11 takes a look at Proverbs 16:6 and Proverbs 22:6 as we explore the meaning of the word DEPART.

Bonus Activity

Do you think of the word depart as a positive or a negative concept?

Sometimes we are glad when a person departs from something, and at other times we are sorry.  Our two memory verses are a good example of this.  To depart from evil is a praiseworthy action, but to depart from a godly way is not.

Make two lists, one titled things we should depart from and the other titled things we should not depart from.  See how many items you can find for each column.

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

Answer to Last Week’s Bonus Activity 

The previous WOW word hidden in last week’s hymn was steadfast.

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