Vincent Word Studies - Colossians 1:9 - 1:9

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Marking the reciprocal feeling of Paul and Timothy with that of the Colossians.

Pray - desire (προσευχόμενοι - αἰτούμενοι)

The words occur together in Mar 11:24. The former is general, the latter special. Rev. make request is better than desire. The A.V. renders indiscriminately ask and desire. Rev. alters desire to ask. Desire in the sense of ask occurs in Shakespeare and Spenser.

Knowledge (ἐπίγνωσιν)

See on Rom 3:20; see on Phm 1:6. Full knowledge. See Rom 1:21, Rom 1:28; 1Co 13:12, where Paul contrasts γινώσκειν to know γνῶσις knowledge, with ἐπιγινώσκειν to know fully, ἐπίγνωσις full knowledge. Here appropriate to the knowledge of God in Christ as the perfection of knowledge.

Wisdom and spiritual understanding (σοφίᾳ καὶ συνέσει πνευματικῇ)

Rev., better, applies spiritual to both - spiritual wisdom and understanding. The kindred adjectives σοφός wise and συνετός prudent, occur together, Mat 11:25; Luk 10:21. For σοφία wisdom, see on Rom 11:33, and on wise, Jam 3:13. For σύνεσις understanding, see on Mar 12:33, and see on prudent, Mat 11:25. The distinction is between general and special. Understanding is the critical apprehension of particulars growing out of wisdom, which apprehension is practically applied by φρόνησις prudence, see on Luk 1:17; see on Eph 1:8. Spiritual is emphatic, as contrasted with the vain philosophy of false teachers.