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Study Resources :: Dictionaries :: Discern, Discerner, Discernment

Dictionaries :: Discern, Discerner, Discernment

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Below are articles from the following dictionary:
Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Verb Strong's Number: g350 Greek: anakrino

Discern, Discerner, Discernment:

"to distinguish, or separate out so as to investigate (krino) by looking throughout (ana, intensive) objects or particulars," hence signifies "to examine, scrutinize, question, to hold a preliminary judicial examination preceding the trial proper" (this first examination, implying more to follow, is often present in the non-legal uses of the word), e.g., Luk 23:14; figuratively, in 1Cr 4:3; it is said of searching the Scriptures in Act 17:11; of "discerning" or determining the excellence or defects of a person or thing, e.g., 1Cr 2:14, AV, "discerned;" RV, "judged;" in 1Cr 10:27, "asking (no) question" (i.e., not raising the question as to whether the meat is the residue from an idolatrous sacrifice). Except in Luk 23:14, this word is found only in Acts and 1 Cor.

A-2 Verb Strong's Number: g1252 Greek: diakrino

Discern, Discerner, Discernment:

signifies "to separate, discriminate;" then, "to learn by discriminating, to determine, decide." It is translated "discern" in Mat 16:3, of discriminating between the varying conditions of the sky (see dokimazo, No. 3, below, in Luk 12:56), and in 1Cor 11:29, with reference to partaking of the bread and the cup of the Lord's Supper unworthily, by not "discerning" or discriminating what they represent; in ver. 31, the RV has "discerned," for the AV, "would judge," of trying oneself, "discerning" one's condition, and so judging any evil before the Lord; in 1Cr 14:29, regarding oral testimony in a gathering of believers, it is used of "discerning" what is of the Holy Spirit, RV, "discern" (AV, "judge").

A-3 Verb Strong's Number: g1381 Greek: dokimazo

Discern, Discerner, Discernment:

signifies "to test, prove, scrutinize," so as "to decide." It is translated "discern" in the AV of Luk 12:56; RV, "interpret" (marg., "prove").

B-1 Noun Strong's Number: g1253 Greek: diakrisis

Discern, Discerner, Discernment:

cp. A, No. 2, "a distinguishing, a clear discrimination, discerning, judging," is translated "discernings" in 1Cr 12:10, of "discerning" spirits, judging by evidence whether they are evil or of God. In Hbr 5:14 the phrase consisting of pros, with this noun, lit., "towards a discerning," is translated "to discern," said of those who are capable of discriminating between good and evil. In Rom 14:1 the word has its other sense of decision or judgment, and the phrase "doubtful disputations" is, lit., "judgments of reasonings" (marg., "not for decisions of doubts," i.e., not to act as a judge of the weak brother's scruples).
See DECISION, B, No.2.

Note: For "discernment," Phl 1:19, see JUDGMENT, Note (4).

C-1 Adjective Strong's Number: g2924 Greek: kritikos

Discern, Discerner, Discernment:

signifies "that which relates to judging (krino, "to judge"), fit for, or skilled in, judging" (Eng., "critical"), found in Hbr 4:12, of the Word of God as "quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart," (lit., "critical of, etc."), i.e., discriminating and passing judgment on the thoughts and feelings.


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