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Word of the Week Lesson #21 – CONSIDER

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The Word of the Week Lesson #21 takes a look at Luke 12:27-28 as we explore the meaning of the word CONSIDER.

Word of the Week Lesson #21

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Short Definition

Abridged from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

CONSID’ER, verb transitive

to think on with care; to ponder

Webster’s 1828 Full Definition

CONSID’ER, verb transitive

[L. considero, to consider, to view attentively, from consido or consideo, to sit by; con and sedeo, to sit.  See Sit.  The literal sense is, to sit by or close, or to set the mind or the eye to; hence, to view or examine with attention.]

The Word of the Week Vocabulary Lesson #21 takes a look at Luke 12:27-28 as we explore the meaning of the word CONSIDER.1. To fix the mind on, with a view to a careful examination; to think on with care; to ponder; to study; to meditate on.

Know, therefore, this day, and consider it in thy heart.  Deuteronomy 4:39

Hast thou considered my servant Job?  Job 1:8

Consider the lilies of the field how they grow.  Matthew 6:28

2. To view attentively; to observe and examine.

The priest shall consider the leprosy.  Leviticus 13:13

3. To attend to; to relieve.

Blessed is he that considereth the poor.  Psalm 41:1

4. To have regard to; to respect.

Let us consider one another, to provoke to love, and to good works.  Hebrews 10:24

5. To take into view in examination, or into account in estimates.

In adjusting accounts, services, time, and expense ought to be considered.

6. In the imperative, consider is equivalent to, think with care, attend, examine the subject with a view to truth or the consequences of a measure. So we use see, observe, think, attend.

7. To requite; to reward; particularly for gratuitous services.

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

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?”  ~ Luke 12:27-28 (KJV)

All scripture references are taken from the King James Bible


My recommendation for today’s hymn is “How Great Thou Art,” one of the most famous Christian compositions of the 20th century.  As it is still under copyright, we are not able to include the text here, but you can follow the link to Cyber Hymnal for the full words and tune.

I would advise using the first verse and chorus for your WOW lesson, although more may be included if desired.

How Great Thou Art, by Stuart K. Hine (1899-1989).

Examples from Daily Life

“I didn’t consider the possibility that Skye would colour on the table,” said Philip, with some consternation.

“Don’t worry,” Mrs. Gravesend assured him, as she gently freed Skye’s hand from the pencil.  “Pencils are for paper, not for tables,” she told the toddler.  “I’m going to take Skye upstairs to play in the big girls’ room,” she added to Philip and Robyn.  “I think she’s a little too young to colour without supervision.  When I come back, we can consider what to do about these pencil marks.”

“Let’s get our math lesson finished, while Mom is gone,” Robyn suggest.  “That will be a nice surprise for her.  After all, she is probably pretty disappointed about the table, considering we only got it last week.”

Printable Image with Short Definition and Memory Verse

The Word of the Week Lesson #21 takes a look at Luke 12:27-28 as we explore the meaning of the word CONSIDER.

Bonus Activity

For this week’s bonus activity, you will be creating an acrostic.  Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines an acrostic as: “A composition in verse, in which the first letters of the lines, taken in order, form the name of a person, kingdom, city, &c., which is the subject of the composition, or some title or motto.”

Today, an acrostic does not necessarily need to be poetry.  Often, each “line” consists of just one word.  Occasionally, it is the last, or even the middle letter, which forms the hidden message.  But the foundational idea behind acrostics is still the same.

As an example, consider the following:

Examine, and

Choose one of the past WOW words, and write an acrostic to help you remember its meaning.

Answer to Last Week’s Bonus Activity 

WOW #19 was sufficient.  2 Corinthians 9:8 contained the word sufficiency.

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