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Word of the Week Lesson #6 – EXCEEDING

SAW Publishing’s Word of the Week (WOW) program is a vocabulary supplement built around hymns and Bible verses.  Each lesson contains a Webster’s 1828 Dictionary definition, Scripture reference, and examples that encourage students to use new vocabulary in daily life.  To find out more about the program, see our post entitled Boost Your Student’s Vocabulary with our FREE Word of the Week. To receive the FREE Word of the Week lesson the Monday before it is posted, sign up for the WOW email below.

The Word Of The Week lesson #6 takes a look at Matthew 5:11-12 and Genesis 15:1 as we explore the meaning of the word EXCEEDING.

Word of the Week Lesson #6

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Short Definition

Abridged from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

EXCEE’DING, participle present tense

going beyond; surpassing; excelling; outdoing

Webster’s 1828 Full Definition

EXCEE’DING, participle present tense

1. Going beyond; surpassing; excelling; outdoing.

2. Great in extent, quantity or duration; very extensive.

Cities were built an exceeding space of time before the flood. [This sense is unusual.]

3. adverb In a very great degree; unusually; as exceeding rich.

The Genoese were exceeding powerful by sea.

I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. Genesis 15:1.

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

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” ~ Matthew 5:11–12 (KJV)

“After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” ~ Genesis 15:1 (KJV)

Poem or Hymn

“O Saviour, I have naught to plead,
In earth beneath or Heaven above,
But just in my own exceeding need,
And Thy exceeding love.

The need will soon be past and gone,
Exceeding great, but quickly o’er;
The love unbought is all Thine own,
And lasts forevermore.”

– Jane Fox Crewdson (1808–1863), O Saviour, I Have Naught To Plead

All hymn texts are taken from Cyber Hymnal

 Examples From Daily Life

“Ouch!” exclaimed Robyn suddenly.  “I like making real moccasins, but this needle is exceeding sharp.  That sounds a little funny,” she added after a moment’s thought.  “I guess we’d say it’s exceedingly sharp, in modern times.”

“I think we should have enough room to cut out all three pairs,” said Mr. Gravesend, measuring carefully.  “This is an exceedingly large piece of leather.”

“Do you know, Dad?” Philip remarked, leaning back against the tent wall.  “This has been a very good day, exceeding my expectations despite the rain.”

Printable Image with Short Definition and Memory Verse

The Word Of The Week lesson #6 takes a look at Matthew 5:11-12 and Genesis 15:1 as we explore the meaning of the word EXCEEDING.

 Bonus Activity

Some words are stronger than others. Exceptional is stronger than nice.  Painstaking is stronger than careful.  For each of the following words, choose a stronger word that means approximately the same thing.  Then re-read the Examples From Daily Life, substituting your new word for each of the old ones.


Do the new words improve the story, or was it better with the old ones?

The 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 post was laden.

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Are you looking for a fun and easy way to stimulate your child’s vocabulary? Our FREE Word of the Week (WOW) program is the perfect answer.

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2 thoughts on “Word of the Week Lesson #6 – EXCEEDING

  1. Lux G.

    Now that you made that emphasis in the word…this is amazing. What an eye-opener. We need to be really really REALLY glad when all these happen as our reward will be great. Oh, may God’s grace be with us all the time to remind us of this beautiful promise when things get tough.

    1. Courtenay

      How true! It’s so easy to get pulled down by unpleasant circumstances, because we are only looking at the here and now. But as Romans 8:18 says, the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us. When we receive the reward, it will all be worth it. But as you say, the promise is for us right now, as well as in Heaven!