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Word of the Week Lesson #34 – LOFTY

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 The Word of the Week Lesson #34 takes a look at Isaiah 57:15 and Psalm 131:1 as we explore the meaning of the word LOFTY.

Word of the Week Lesson #34

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Short Definition

Abridged from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

LOFT’Y, adjective

elevated; high

Webster’s 1828 Full Definition

LOFT’Y, adjective

1. Elevated in place; high; as a lofty tower; a lofty mountain. [But it expresses more than high, or at least is more emphatical, poetical and elegant.]

See lofty Lebanon his head advance.  Pope.

2. Elevated in condition or character.

Thus saith the high and lofty One, that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy – Isaiah 57:15

3. Proud; haughty; as lofty looks. Isaiah 2:11

4. Elevated in sentiment or diction; sublime; as lofty strains; lofty rhyme.  Milton.

5. Stately; dignified; as lofty steps.

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

“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”  ~ Isaiah 57:15 (KJV)

“LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.”  ~ Psalm 131:1 (KJV)

All scripture references are taken from the King James Bible


“I sing the mighty power of God,
That made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad,
And built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained
The sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at God’s command,
And all the stars obey.”

– Isaac Watts (1674–1748), I Sing the Mighty Power of God

All hymn texts are taken from Cyber Hymnal

Examples From Daily Life

As the Gravesends drew closer to the point, the ground began to rise.

“That is a pretty lofty lookout,” said Philip, “Do we get to hike all the way to the top?”

“We don’t need to, for Xavier’s surprise,” said Mr. Gravesend.  “But we can, if you would enjoy the view.  Be careful, Robyn,” he added suddenly, “The rocks are pretty slippery on that side.”

“I’ll be careful,” Robyn assured him confidently.

“Can you see that eagle?” Philip said.  “What a lofty view it must have from up there!”

“I can’t see it,” said Robyn, craning her neck to peer around the rocks.  “Oh, now I do.  It looks like a—”


Robyn lost her footing, and tumbled right into the water.

“OH, NO!” Robyn cried, surveying her wet clothes with dismay.  “I wish I hadn’t had such a lofty opinion of my own judgement!  If I hadn’t been climbing on those slippery rocks, I wouldn’t have landed up in the water.”

“At least you weren’t wearing your pink socks,” Philip teased.  “And at least you didn’t get hurt,” he added more seriously.  “But I hope Xavier’s surprise isn’t something that requires dry clothes!”

Printable Image with Short Definition and Memory Verse

 The Word of the Week Lesson #34 takes a look at Isaiah 57:15 and Psalm 131:1 as we explore the meaning of the word LOFTY.

Bonus Activities

1) Today’s hymn talks about God’s mighty power.  Isaac Watts saw God’s power displayed all around him, because he realized that God had created all the wonders of nature.

How many different natural phenomena does he list as evidence of God’s power, in the verse above?

2) Did you notice a previous WOW word in one of our memory verses?  It occurs not once, but twice!  See if you can spot it without looking back at the previous lessons.

The answers to both Bonus Activities will appear at the bottom of next week’s WOW lesson.

Answer To Last Week’s Bonus Activity 

Water going over a waterfall – continual

Heaven – eternal

The moon orbiting the earth – continual

The wheels on a car – continual

Our souls – eternal

God’s Word – eternal

The four seasons – continual

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