The Meek: A Definition (2 Nephi 27:30)

“And the meek also shall increase, and their joy shall be in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” – – 2 Nephi 27:30

As I read this scripture today, the word meek caused me to pause for a moment. Do I really understand what it means?

So often, we think we know what words mean in the scriptures. But it really helps to look words up. So instead of assuming I really understood the word meek, I looked it up in the dictionary.

Here’s what I found:

  • Humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others
  • Overly submissive or compliant. Tame
  • Gentle. Kind

I hope this has helped your understanding of meek.

I don’t think that our world values meekness all that much. At least not so much in the U.S. We seem to be such a competitive society. (This is a broad generalization, I realize). Still “submissive” isn’t really a compliment these days.

Unless you choose to look at life through a spiritual lens. Christ was submissive. He did nothing but what God commanded Him. He wasn’t easily provoked. He was gentle. He was kind. He was meek.

Though meekness might not get you “ahead” in this world, their joy in the Lord will increase. And let’s not forget what the Savior, himself, said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

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