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Word of the Week Lesson #31 – REDEEM

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The Word of the Week Lesson #31 takes a look at Titus 2:13-14 as we explore the meaning of the word REDEEM.

Word of the Week Lesson #31

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Short Definition

Abridged from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

REDEE’M, verb transitive

to purchase back; to rescue or save; to compensate

Webster’s 1828 Full Definition

REDEE’M, verb transitive

[L. redimo; red, re, and emo, to obtain or purchase.]

1. To purchase back; to ransom; to liberate or rescue from captivity or bondage, or from any obligation or liability to suffer or to be forfeited, by paying an equivalent; as, to redeem prisoners or captured goods; to redeem a pledge.

2. To repurchase what has been sold; to regain possession of a thing alienated, by repaying the value of it to the possessor.

If a man [shall] sell a dwelling house in a walled city, then he may redeem it within a whole year after it is sold.  Leviticus 25:29

3. To rescue; to recover; to deliver from.

Th’ Almighty from the grave
Hath me redeem’d.  Sandys.

Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.  Psalm 25:22Deuteronomy 7:8

The mass of earth not yet redeemed from chaos.  S. S. Smith.

4. To compensate; to make amends for.

It is a chance which does redeem all sorrows.  Shakespeare.

By lesser ills the greater to redeemDryden.

5. To free by making atonement.

Thou hast one daughter
Who redeems nature from the general curse.  Shakespeare.

6. To pay the penalty of.

Which of you will be mortal to redeem
Man’s mortal crime?  Milton.

7. To save.

He could not have redeemed a portion of his time for contemplating the powers of nature.  S. S. Smith.

8. To perform what has been promised; to make good by performance. He has redeemed his pledge or promise.

9. In law, to recall an estate, or to obtain the right to re-enter upon a mortgaged estate by paying to the mortgagee his principal, interest, and expenses or costs.  Blackstone.

10. In theology, to rescue and deliver from the bondage of sin and the penalties of God’s violated law, by obedience and suffering in the place of the sinner, or by doing and suffering that which is accepted in lieu of the sinner’s obedience.

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.  Galatians 3:13, Titus 2:14

11. In commerce, to purchase or pay the value in specie, of any promissory note, bill or other evidence of debt, given by the state, by a company or corporation, or by an individual. The credit of a state, a banking company or individuals, is good when they can redeem all their stock, notes or bills, at par.

To redeem time, is to use more diligence in the improvement of it; to be diligent and active in duty and preparation.  Ephesians 5:16

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

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”  ~ Titus 2:13-14 (KJV)

All scripture references are taken from the King James Bible


“Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia!”

– Bohemian Latin Carol (14th Century); Trans. in Lyra Davidica, or a Collection of Divine Songs and Hymns (1708); Alt. by John Arnold in The Compleat Psalmist (1749), Jesus Christ is Risen Today

All hymn texts are taken from Cyber Hymnal

Examples From Daily Life

“You know, Dad,” Robyn said, as they backed out of the driveway at 11:15, “I was frustrated by all the things that went wrong this morning.  But now that we’re doing something special, I don’t feel upset at all.  I’m still sorry Grandma got sick, but the other things don’t seem to matter.  I think our surprise for Xavier has redeemed the whole day.”

“And having a good attitude about it is ‘redeeming the time,’ like Ephesians talks about, too,” Philip added.

“Why are we stopping here, Dad?” Robyn asked, as Mr. Gravesend pulled into a parking lot which certainly didn’t belong to Angle’s Cove.

“I happen to have a coupon for two ice cream cones,” Mr. Gravesend replied, with a twinkle in his eye.  “I thought I might want to redeem it this morning, if I could find someone to eat the ice cream for me.  What do you think?  Do you know of anyone who would be willing to do that?”

Printable Image With Short Definition and Memory Verse

The Word of the Week Lesson #31 takes a look at Titus 2:13-14 as we explore the meaning of the word REDEEM.

Bonus Activity

Today’s hymn contains the past tense of a regular verb that appeared as one of our previous WOW words.  Can you figure out which word it is?

Hint: Remember our discussion of regular and irregular verbs in last week’s lesson.  What ending should you be looking for in the past tense of a regular verb?

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

Answer To Last Week’s Bonus Activity 

find, found, having found – irregular verb

fold, folded, having folded – regular verb

choose, chose, having chosen – irregular verb

wash, washed, having washed– regular verb

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