Re meek

David inquired about my statement re

meekness in a recent post.

First use of ‘meek’ in the Bible:

“NUM 12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake

against Moses because of the Ethiopian

woman whom he had married: for he had

married an Ethiopian woman.

NUM 12:2 And they said, Hath the LORD

indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he

not spoken also by us? And the LORD

heard it.

NUM 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very

meek, above all the men which were upon

the face of the earth.)

NUM 12:4 And the LORD spake suddenly

unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto

Miriam, Come out ye three unto the

tabernacle of the congregation. And

they three came out.

NUM 12:5 And the LORD came down in the

pillar of the cloud, and stood in the

door of the tabernacle, and called

Aaron and Miriam: and they both came


NUM 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words:

If there be a prophet among you, I the

LORD will make myself known unto him in

a vision, and will speak unto him in a


NUM 12:7 My servant Moses is not so, who

is faithful in all mine house.

NUM 12:8 With him will I speak mouth to

mouth, even apparently, and not in dark

speeches; and the similitude of the

LORD shall he behold: wherefore then

were ye not afraid to speak against my

servant Moses?”

It gets worse if you read on.

Re the lion part: we know what he did

with Pharoah.

“MAT 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they

shall inherit the earth.”

Wesley’s notes: “Happy are the meek –

They that hold all their passions and

affections evenly balanced. They shall

inherit the earth – They shall have all

things really necessary for life and

godliness. They shall enjoy whatever

portion God hath given them here, and

shall hereafter possess the new earth,

wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

The first definition in Webster:

“patient and mild, not inclined to anger

or resentment”. Unfortunately the

second definition is the one we usually


David, I did find a reference re this

somewhere years ago. Who knows where?


McKay! Oh Wow. A house down the street

from us belonged to Buddy McKay, briefly

governor of Florida (until the “Reds”

swept it all aside). Strangely enough I

met Buddy at the Church of the Saviour

in Washington.


4 responses

  1. As far as I know — no relation. Although it is possible he’s a distant one. My Dad’s Dad came from the U.S. apparently. My Dad was an only child, as was his I think.

  2. Elwood! Well you old rascal! A Quaker friend told us that she watches Harvey every week. A little extreme, but I’d like to get a copy.

  3. Speaking of family names and background — this is probably not unusual, but be advised that I have a Quaker in my family tree who was banished from the community for being overly litigious. I’ll try to fight this genetic predisposition…oh, but I’m no better (“fight”). Okay, enough of that.

  4. Marjorie, my ancestor was read out of meeting for marrying a Methodist. In fact in the 18th century the Quakers practically read themselves out of existence. Of course since then they’ve gone to the opposite extreme.

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