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Word of the Week Lesson #14 – MAGNIFY

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The Word of The Week Lesson #14 takes a look at Psalm 69:30 as we explore the meaning of the word MAGNIFY.

Word of the Week Lesson #14

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Short Definition

Abridged from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

MAGNIF’Y verb transitive

to make great; to exalt; to extol

Webster’s 1828 Full Definition

MAGNIF’Y verb transitive

[L. magnifico; magnus, great, and facio, to make.]

1. To make great or greater; to increase the apparent dimensions of a body. A convex lens magnifies the bulk of a body to the eye.

2. To make great in representation; to extol; to exalt in description or praise. The embassador [sic] magnified the king and queen.

3. To extol; to exalt; to raise in estimation.

Thee that day
Thy thunders magnified. Milton.

The Lord magnified Solomon exceedingly.  1 Chronicles 29:25

To magnify one’s self, to raise in pride and pretensions.

He shall magnify himself in his heart.  Daniel 8:25

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

“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.”  ~ Psalm 69:30 (KJV)

All scripture references are taken from the King James Bible


“O magnify the Lord with me,
With me exalt His name;
When in distress to Him I called,
He to my rescue came.”

– Nahum Tate (1652–1715) and Nicholas Brady (1659–1726), Through All the Changing Scenes of Life

All hymn texts are taken from Cyber Hymnal

Examples from Daily Life

“These snowflakes are huge,” said Philip, reaching out the van door to catch some on his coat sleeve.  “I wish I had my magnifying glass—then we could see their crystals in detail.”

“We’d certainly have plenty of time to look at them,” Robyn added.  “Poor Dad—I think this weather is going to magnify his difficulties.  It isn’t easy to fix an engine with frozen fingers!”

“Let’s take a minute, and pray about this problem,” said Mr. Gravesend, stepping back to the shelter of the vehicle.  “If we magnify the Lord, and thank Him for his protection, we’ll feel less frustrated by the troubles with the van.”

Printable Image With Short Definition and Memory Verse

The Word of The Week Lesson #14 takes a look at Psalm 69:30 as we explore the meaning of the word MAGNIFY.

Bonus Activity

Luke 1:46-55 is known as the Magnificat.  Read through the passage and see if you can guess why it is given this name.  Which verse gives you the clue?  Do you think the word Magnificat describes the entire passage as well?

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

Sample Answer to Last Week’s Bonus Activity

Student answers will vary, based on which word is chosen.

I looked up the word furnish, and was surprised to find that it has a strong sense of supplying.  When Webster says that assurance is “the act of . . . making a declaration in terms that furnish grounds of confidence,” he means that the person giving the assurance is supplying what is needed for confidence.

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