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Word of the Week Lesson #12 – DILIGENCE

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The Word of the Week Lesson #12 takes a look at Proverbs 4:23 as we explore the meaning of the word DILIGENCE.

Word of the Week Lesson #12

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Short Definition

Abridged from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary


steady application in business of any kind; industry; carefulness

Webster’s 1828 Full Definition


[L. diligentia, from diligo, to love earnestly; di and lego, to choose.]

1. Steady application in business of any kind; constant effort to accomplish what is undertaken; exertion of body or mind without unnecessary delay or sloth; due attention; industry; assiduity.

Diligence is the philosopher’s stone that turns every thing to gold.

Brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure.  2 Peter 1:10

2. Care; heed; heedfulness.

Keep thy heart with all diligence. Proverbs 4:23

3. The name of a stage-coach, used in France.

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

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”  ~ Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)

All scripture references are taken from the King James Bible


“O let me run the Christian race
With diligence and speed!
God’s word, His Spirit, and His grace,
Do all to duty lead.”

Benjamin Beddome (1717–1795), If Duty Calls 

All hymn texts are taken from Cyber Hymnal

Examples from Daily Life

“Guess what, Dad?” Philip exclaimed as Mr. Gravesend stepped into the front hall.  “Robyn has worked so diligently on the potatoes that she has them all ready for the oven!  She can come with us to Aunt Elizabeth’s.”

“I’m glad to hear that,” said Mr. Gravesend, picking up the bag of potatoes that Philip had ready at the door.  “I think someone must have been showing diligence at another job, too.  This bag of potatoes is very full!”

“We’ve been very diligent about learning diligence,” Robyn laughed.  “And now Dad can take both of us to the Mathews’ house.”

Printable Image with Short Definition and Memory Verse

The Word of the Week Lesson #12 takes a look at Proverbs 4:23 as we explore the meaning of the word DILIGENCE.

Bonus Activity

The final definition of diligence makes reference to a type of stage-coach which once existed in France.  Do you think that driving a stage-coach called a diligence would be a good reminder to be careful and responsible?

Write the word diligence on a small strip of paper.  Now choose one of your daily responsibilities that you want to be more diligent about.  Tape the piece of paper onto an item you use in performing your chosen task.  Make sure you ask one of your parents if it is alright to use tape on the item, before you stick the paper on!

Does your diligence label help you to be more diligent?

I am going to be using this technique with one of my own responsibilities, and I’ll give you an update on how it’s working at the bottom of next week’s WOW lesson.

Sample Answer to Last Week’s Bonus Activity 

Things we should depart from

  • Sin
  • Danger
  • Bad Habits
  • Carelessness
  • Selfishness
  • Temptation

Things we should not depart from

  • The Lord
  • A godly life
  • Kindness
  • Obedience
  • Hope
  • Perseverance
  • The Fruit of the Spirit
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