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Word of the Week Lesson #26 – ATTEND

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The Word of the Week Lesson #26 takes a look at Psalm 86:6 and Proverbs 4:1 as we explore the meaning of the word ATTEND.

Word of the Week Lesson #26

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Short Definition

Abridged from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

ATTEND’, verb intransitive

to listen; to regard with attention

Webster’s 1828 Full Definition

ATTEND’, verb intransitive

[L. attendo; Fr. attendre, to wait, stay, hold, expect; Sp. attender; It. attendere; L. ad and tendo, to stretch, to tend.  See Tend.]

1. To listen; to regard with attention; followed by to.

Attend to the voice of my supplication.  Psalm 86:6

Hence much used in the imperative, attend!

2. To regard with observation, and correspondent practice.

My son, attend to my words.

Hence, to regard with compliance.

He hath attended to the voice of my prayer.  Psalm 66:19

3. To fix the attention upon, as an object of pursuit; to be busy or engaged in; as, to attend to the study of the scriptures.

4. To wait on; to accompany or be present, in pursuance of duty; with on or upon; as, to attend upon a committee; to attend upon business. Hence,

5. To wait on, in service or worship; to serve.

That ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.  1 Corinthians 7:35

6. To stay; to delay. Obs.

For this perfection she must yet attend,
Till to her maker she espoused be.  Davies.

7. To wait; to be within call.  Spenser.

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

The Word of the Week Lesson #26 takes a look at Psalm 86:6 and Proverbs 4:1 as we explore the meaning of the word ATTEND.Memory Verses

“Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.”  ~ Psalm 86:6 (KJV)

“Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.”  ~ Proverbs 4:1 (KJV)

All scripture references are taken from the King James Bible


“Praise to the Lord, Who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.”

 – Joachim Neander (1650–1680), trans. Catherine Winkworth (1827–1878), Praise to the Lord, the Almighty 

All hymn texts are taken from Cyber Hymnal

 Examples from Daily Life

“I think we’d better leave the coffee table until after school,” Mrs. Gravesend decided.  “We have other things to attend to right now.”

“I am going to attend to my grammar lesson as fast as I can,” said Robyn with sudden inspiration.  “Maybe if I get done early, we can try something else on the stains.”

“There is the doorbell ringing,” said Philip.  “I guess Mom will have to attend to that before anything else!”

Printable Image with Short Definition and Memory Verse

The Word of the Week Lesson #26 takes a look at Psalm 86:6 and Proverbs 4:1 as we explore the meaning of the word ATTEND.

Bonus Activity

This week’s Bonus Activity is connected to last week’s.  In the answer to last week’s Bonus Activity (given below), Philip and Robyn have completed the scavenger hunt challenge.  But they have also hidden some familiar WOW words along the way!  How many of these words can you find?

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

Answer To Last Week’s Bonus Activity 

Here are Philip and Robyn’s answers to the scavenger hunt:

  1. An opportunity to yield to someone else’s wishes – Philip had just come into the dining room laden with a pile of library books, when the little boys called him and Robyn to come outside.

Robyn looked at Philip, and Philip looked at Robyn.  Then Robyn remembered the scavenger hunt.

“We’ll come,” she decided promptly.

  1. An opportunity NOT to yield to temptation – Robyn stood steadfast against the desire to take just one peak inside the top book. It happened to be a peculiar favorite of hers.

“But it isn’t nice to keep people waiting,” Robyn thought.  “It would be much better to play with the boys first, and read afterwards.”

  1. An opportunity to yield cheerfully when things go wrong – Robyn’s kindness revived Philip, and he determined to endure the delay with a good attitude.

“We’re coming!” he called to the boys, depositing the books on the table, and hurrying to the closet for his shoes.

  1. An opportunity NOT to yield to grumpiness – When the children got outside, they found that the morning’s rain had been sufficient to completely drench the swing set.

The boys looked very disappointed and a little bit cross.  “Never mind,” Robyn said quickly, remembering the scavenger challenge, “I have every assurance that we can find a multitude of games that don’t require the swings.”

  1. An opportunity to yield obedience to your parents – As the children looked in the shed for a soccer ball, Philip spied the recycling bin, which he had forgotten to take up to the curb.

“I’d better attend to that now,” he thought.  “Mom asked me to do it first thing this morning.”  Then he laughed.  “There is definitely room to increase my diligence in the future!”

  1. An opportunity to persevere, and NOT yield to difficulties – The recycling bin was very full. With every step, something seemed to tumble to the ground.

“You look very perplexed,” Robyn called, as Philip tried to pick up a cereal box, without dropping anything more.  A tin can flew out of the bin, and rolled across the grass.

“I’ll get it!” Robyn offered, chasing after the can.  “When you consider how much recycling we have this week, you’re really doing pretty well,” she added, as Philip continued toward the curb.

  1. An opportunity to yield praise to God – “Look at the rainbow!” Philip exclaimed, as he set the recycling bin down at the end of the driveway.

“A beautiful thing like a rainbow makes us magnify God, doesn’t it?” Robyn asked.  “I think we’ve found all seven items for our scavenger hunt.”

“There’s only one thing left to do,” Philip decided.

“What’s that?” said Robyn.

“We need to actually play with the little boys!” Philip finished, with a laugh.

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2 thoughts on “Word of the Week Lesson #26 – ATTEND

  1. Jennifer

    Oh wow! This is so detailed and helpful!

    I love this idea and it really helps to dig into the scripture more (and glean more understanding from it)!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Margaret

      Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer. Developing this series has been a blessing to us, so good to hear it has blessed you as well.