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TRUE SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING

People’s pre-conceptions and miss-conceptions of the “meanings” of Biblical words are extremely difficult to deal with.  The Scriptural study of the words Knowledge, Discernment, Understanding, and Wisdom has opened my eyes to my own miss-understanding of some of these words; and at the same time has demonstrated to me (once again) how much I still don’t know about the “deep things” [1 Corinthians 2:10] concerning the word of truth.  

All humans possess a body, a soul, and a spirit (our “substance”); we also possess a heart, a mind, and a conscience (our “faculties”). I believe that we acquire worldly, temporal, secular, or carnal “knowledge” mainly through the faculty of the mind (our “intellect”) and that we can also acquire “Bible Knowledge” (“knowledge” about the Bible and/or Bible “subjects”) with this same “faculty”.

It is my firm belief that the basic “problem” with most of today’s “Christian Schools” (Primary, Secondary, Colleges, Universities, and Seminaries), and nearly all of the many “Christian” Schools established since the beginning of the Reformation, is the adoption of worldly and carnal teaching “methods” (Humanistic courses, curriculum, and programs - aimed solely at the mind). Or to put it another way – “Bible” or “Christian” subjects are being taught simply for the sake of “knowledge” alone, with very little thought (or care, or consideration) about genuine “spiritual” understanding and discernment (based on the words of God as found in the Holy Bible). Genuine Biblical “spiritual” understanding and discernment involves the exercise of not only the “faculty” of our mind, but also the “faculties” of our heart and of our conscience.

In addition to the exercise of the “faculties” of our heart, mind, and conscience, the nature of true “spiritual” knowledge, discernment, understanding, and wisdom also involves the “substance” of our spirit; and is dependent upon our spirit <> receiving instruction from the Holy Spirit (through the Holy word of God) <> transmitting, conveying, and disclosing genuine “spiritual” truths to our hearts, our minds, and our consciences [1 Corinthians 2:6-16; 1 John 2:20, 27] in order that we might KNOW “THE TRUTH”; and that we might LIVE ACCORDING TO “THE TRUTH” [1 John 2:21, 3:19; 2 John 1:1-2; 3 John 1;3].

I believe that genuine “spiritual” understanding (“Godly understanding” – based upon Scripture) is primarily dependent upon two basic Biblical principals:

1. For all those who seek true “spiritual understanding” there is, first and foremost, a fundamental necessity of possessing a contrite and humble spirit, in order to receive Scriptural instruction from the Holy Spirit of God.
[Isaiah 57:15 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.]

2. The basic requirement that those persons seeking “spiritual understanding", are possessed of good heart (honest & sincere – Luke 8:15); a sound mind (uncorrupted by worldly influence; chiefly Humanistic philosophy2 Timothy 1:7); and a good conscience (undefiled – 1 Timothy 1:5; Titus 1:15). I do not believe that genuine Biblical “spiritual” understanding is dependent upon a person’s intellect (IQ); schooling; or academic achievements.
[Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.]

[2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.]

[1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:]

[Titus 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.]

    

UNDERSTANDING

UNDERSTANDING – UNDERSTAND – UNDERSTOOD – UNDERSTANDETH – UNDERSTANDEST
  {160 times in 156 vs.}        {91 times in 89 vs.}      {37 times in 36 vs.}          {11 times in 11 vs.}                 {4 times in 4 vs.}    

UNDERSTANDING – FIRST OCCURRENCE IN SCRIPTURE:
Exodus 31:3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

UNDERSTAND – FIRST OCCURRENCE IN SCRIPTURE:
Genesis 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

UNDERSTOOD – FIRST OCCURRENCE IN SCRIPTURE:
Genesis 42:23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter

UNDERSTANDETH – FIRST OCCURRENCE IN SCRIPTURE:
1 Chronicles 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

UNDERSTANDEST – FIRST OCCURRENCE IN SCRIPTURE:
Job 15:9 What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?

 

UNDERSTANDING

DIFFERENT KINDS OF UNDERSTANDING
There exist two basic different kinds of “UNDERSTANDING” in this world. It is important for Bible believers to distinguish between “human understanding” (i.e. “understanding” that is not spiritual, but is worldly; temporal; secular, and carnal) and “spiritual Understanding” {i.e. “understanding” that is given (or taught) by God, and which comes directly from God}.

MANKIND’S QUEST TO “UNDERSTAND”  
{All Of Man’s Religions & Philosophies - Including Humanistic Psychiatry & Psychology.}

Job 37:5 God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counseller?

Amongst those people who are born again there are basically two kinds of "understanding" when it comes to the Holy Bible:

A PERSONAL (or “Private”) “UNDERSTANDING” OF THE BIBLE = WHY & How
{Human reasoning and comprehension of the Bible and Bible “Subjects” that is subject to cultural influence, personal prejudice, denominational bias, and human error.}

A GODLY (Spiritual) “UNDERSTANDING” OF THE BIBLE = WHY & How
{True Spiritual Understanding and Comprehension of God’s Holy word that is given or taught by Almighty God, and which is always Factually True; Scripturally Sound; and Spiritually Edifying.}

{Much of the so-called Bible “understanding” that Christians have today is the reasoning and understanding of the “Christian” scholars and commentators who’s “personal bible understanding” or “private interpretations” are eagerly sought after and accepted by most ordinary Christians as truth; and who’s “private interpretations” are being taught in “Bible” Schools and “Christian” Colleges and Universities as the truth; but which are, in reality, often subject to cultural influence, personal prejudice, denominational bias, and human error.}

WHERE DOES ONE FIND TRUE “SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING”?
Job 28:12
But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?
13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.

Job 28:20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.
22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.

Job 12:13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.

Psalms 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
{All true genuine “spiritual understanding” begins with and is derived from Almighty God – NOT some church; or some school; or some man!}


THE “UNDERSTANDING” OF GOD {The “Understanding” of the Person and Majesty of Almighty God}

Psalms 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

Deuteronomy 32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
3 Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Job 26:14 Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

Job 36:29 Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?

Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

Isaiah 40:21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

Isaiah 43:8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.
9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.
10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
{The “Understanding” of the Person and Majesty of Almighty God is one of the things most lacking in Modern Christianity!}

 

GODLY UNDERSTANDING

GOD’S UNDERSTANDING {Spiritual Understanding – Possessed Only By God}
Psalms 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

Job 28:20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.
22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.

Proverbs 3:19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

Jeremiah 51:15 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.

Job 26:12 He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.

Psalms 139:2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

1 Chronicles 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

UNDERSTANDING GIVEN BY GOD {Talent and Ability (given by God) to accomplish a given Task}

Exodus 31:3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

Exodus 35:31 And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;

Exodus 36:1 Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the LORD had commanded.

1 Kings 7:14 He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.

2 Chronicles 2:13 And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of Huram my father's,
14 The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron, in stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in crimson; also to grave any manner of graving, and to find out every device which shall be put to him, with thy cunning men, and with the cunning men of my lord David thy father.

MEN ARE URGED TO “GET” UNDERSTANDING

Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
{WISDOM = “the principal thing”, and with all our “getting”, we should “get UNDERSTANDING”!}

Proverbs 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

Proverbs 4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

Proverbs 5:1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:

Proverbs 8:5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

Proverbs 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Proverbs 15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Deuteronomy 32:29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

GODLY UNDERSTANDING {“Spiritual Understanding”: Given by God – Imparted to Men}
Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

Job 38:36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?

1 Chronicles 22:12 Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God.

1 Kings 3:12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.

1 Kings 4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.

Daniel 9:22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.

1 Chronicles 28:19 All this, said David, the LORD made me understand in writing  by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern.

2 Chronicles 2:12 Huram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, that made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence and understanding, that might build an house for the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.

2 Timothy 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, *
{* An extremely important Biblical Principal: All genuine and true “spiritual understanding” must come from God. A man can NOT receive true “spiritual understanding” without God Himself imparting “spiritual understanding” to a man’s spirit and opening up a man’s heart, mind, and conscience to receive that “spiritual understanding”.}

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;.

* Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
{* An extremely important Biblical Principal: There are some “things” (spiritual matters and issues) that can only be “understood” – “THROUGH FAITH” – i.e. The Creation; The Godhead; The Inspiration & Preservation of the Scriptures; Salvation; Prophesy; etc.}

GOD’S WRITTEN WORD (“Words”) GIVES UNDERSTANDING ALSO

1 Chronicles 28:19 All this, said David, the LORD made me understand in writing  by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern.

Psalms 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

Psalms 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

Psalms 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. *
{
* An extremely important Biblical Principal: If a man wants to “get” true spiritual understanding – he will have to study God’s “precepts”, “testimonies”, and “words’”– NOT man’s precepts & words!}

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
[Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.]

Daniel 9:2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand :)

MEN REQUEST UNDERSTANDING FROM GOD
{Understanding – in order that they might: learn and know His word; discern judgment; and obey His Will}

Psalms 119:27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.

Psalms 119:125 I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.

Psalms 119:169 TAU. Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word. *
{* An extremely important Biblical Principal: “Spiritual Understanding” is a TWO-WAY STREET! God “gives” us understanding in order that we might “learn” & “know” His word; and we “get” (receive) understanding through His word!}

[Psalms 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.]
[Psalms 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.]
[Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.]

{A side note: David prayed for (and desired) understanding “according to thy word” [Psalms 119:169]; and because he knew and understood God’s “precepts” – David HATED “every false way” [Psalms 119:104]! Please notice: David did not “try to understand” false doctrine, nor did he “attempt to reach an accord” or “an accommodation” with those who promoted heresy (i.e. “every false way”); instead he insisted that “ALL” of God’s “precepts concerning ALL things to be right”. [Psalms 119:128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.] There is NOroom” for LEAVEN when it comes to the Holy words of God or Bible Doctrine, i.e. “thy precepts”. [Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.] If a person truly LOVES God’s word (as King David did) they will HATE “every false way” (as King David did). Remember what God said about David: “. . . . I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will." [Acts 13:22]}

1 Kings 3:9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

1 Kings 3:11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
{A Scriptural Principle: A person must have an “understanding heart” BEFORE they can DISCERN JUDGMENT!}

Job 23:5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.

Psalms 119:34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
{A Scriptural Principle: A person must have “understanding” in order to KEEP God's Commandments!}

Psalms 119:73 JOD. Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
{A Scriptural Principle: A person must have “understanding” in order to LEARN God's Commandments!}

Psalms 119:144
The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.
{A Scriptural Principle: A person must have “understanding” in order to LIVE!}

Daniel 9:13
As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.

{Men can KNOW about the “truth – and NOT “UNDERSTAND” IT!}

Daniel 12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?

Daniel 10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

2 Timothy 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

MAN’S SPIRIT IS CONNECTED WITH “SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING”
Job 20:3 I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.

Isaiah 29:24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.

GODLY UNDERSTANDING {Taught by God – Addressed to Men}
Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

Psalms 25:12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

Isaiah 41:19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together:
20 That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.

Psalms 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

Psalms 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

Daniel 2:20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

Daniel 8:16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.

Daniel 8:17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.

Daniel 9:23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.

Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

Daniel 10:1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.

Daniel 10:11 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.

Daniel 10:14 Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.

Matthew 13:51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.

Matthew 15:10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:

Matthew 16:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Matthew 17:12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

Mark 7:14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:

Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
{The Lord must "open" our "understanding" BEFORE we can understand the Scriptures! NO church; NO school; and NO man can do this!}

John 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

THE UNDERSTANDING OF GOD’S WAYS
Proverbs 20:24 Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?   {The Lord must "open" up our "understanding" BEFORE we can understand the Scriptures!}

Psalms 25:12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

Isaiah 29:16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?

Isaiah 40:14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?

Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

Daniel 11:35 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

THE UNDERSTANDING OF GOD’S WILL {“Spiritual Understanding”}
Ephesians 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Deuteronomy 4:5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.

Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

HOW A PERSON CAN GET “GODLY UNDERSTANDING”

{We get “understanding” by seeing, hearing, & reading}     

Job 13:1 Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it.

Isaiah 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

Isaiah 43:8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.
9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.
10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

Acts 28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.

SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES OF “UNDERSTANDING” BY SEEING

Isaiah 41:19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together:
20 That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.

Isaiah 44:18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.

Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Romans 15:21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard
shall understand.

SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES OF “UNDERSTANDING” BY HEARING
Job 23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.

Nehemiah 8:12 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.

Proverbs 5:1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:

Proverbs 15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

Isaiah 40:21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?

Daniel 10:11 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.

Matthew 15:10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:

Mark 7:14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:

John 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES OF “UNDERSTANDING” BY READING
1 Chronicles 28:19 All this, said David, the LORD made me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern.

Nehemiah 8:8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

Psalms 119:27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.

Psalms 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

Psalms 119:125 I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.

Psalms 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
{God’s words “giveth understanding” & God Himself “gives understanding”: 2Timothy 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.}

Psalms 119:169 TAU. Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.
{Godly or spiritual “understanding” must be according to God’s word.}

Daniel 9:2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand :)

Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

GODLY UNDERSTANDING {Exercised by Man}
1 Chronicles 12:32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.

2 Chronicles 26:5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.

Psalms 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
{“Charismatics” and “Pentecostals” take note!}

Psalms 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Psalms 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
{If we want to receive true “spiritual understanding”, we must “meditate” on “Thy testimonies”, i.e. God’s “words” – NOT Man’s testimonies!}

Psalms 119:100
I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

{“Understanding” comes from KEEPING “Thy precepts”, i.e. God’s “words” – NOT Man’s precepts!}

Psalms 107:40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.
41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.
42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.
43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

Psalms 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Proverbs 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 13:15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard..

Proverbs 19:8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

Proverbs 20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Proverbs 28:2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

Proverbs 28:5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

Proverbs 28:11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

Isaiah 32:4 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.
{In the Millennial Reign of Christ}

Daniel 10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand , and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
{Please NOTICE: Daniel “set” his “heart to understand” – NOT his “mind” only! HEART MOTIVE – a man must have the right “motive” before God will teach him true genuine “spiritual understanding”.

Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

Luke 1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,

Luke 2:47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

Romans 15:21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.

1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

BIBLE EXAMPLES OF MEN & WOMEN OF UNDERSTANDING

Genesis 41:15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.

Deuteronomy 1:13 Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.
{“Rulers” (secular & spiritual) are to be taken from among “wise men and understanding” men}

1 Samuel 25:3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.

Ezra 8:16 Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, for Shemaiah, and for Elnathan, and for Jarib, and for Elnathan, and for Nathan, and for Zechariah, and for Meshullam, chief men; also for Joiarib, and for Elnathan, men of understanding.
17 And I sent them with commandment unto Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, and I told them what they should say unto Iddo, and to his brethren the Nethinims, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house of our God.
18 And by the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brethren, eighteen;

Nehemiah 8:2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.

Nehemiah 10:28 And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding;

Job 12:3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?

Job 12:12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

Job 34:10 Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

Job 34:16 If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.

Job 34:34 Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.

Proverbs 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

Proverbs 8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

Proverbs 10:13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Proverbs 10:23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom. {Understanding & Wisdom are tied together – they are inseparable.}

Proverbs 11:12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

Proverbs 14:33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known. {Wisdom & Understanding are tied together – they are inseparable.}

Proverbs 15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
{A person with true “spiritual understanding” will always seek after true “spiritual knowledge.”}

Proverbs 15:21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

Proverbs 17:27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

Proverbs 20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Proverbs 28:2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

Proverbs 28:11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

Daniel 1:4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.

Daniel 1:17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Daniel 1:19 And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.
20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.

Daniel 5:10 Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house: and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed:
11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;
12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.
13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry?
14 I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee.

Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

UNDERSTANDING {Instruction Concerning Spiritual Understanding – Taught by man}
Men can teach about “spiritual understanding”; they can “declare thy truth”; they can give “the sense” of Scripture; and even “cause others to understand the reading” of a particular Scripture; but what men can NOT do is to actually “give” (or impart) to another man (or woman) genuine “spiritual understanding”. True “spiritual understanding” can only be “given” (or imparted) by God.  

Job 6:24
Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Nehemiah 8:7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place.

Nehemiah 8:8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

Nehemiah 8:13 And on the second day were gathered together the chief of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even to understand the words of the law.

Proverbs 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:

Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Proverbs 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Proverbs 10:13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

Proverbs 16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

Proverbs 17:24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 19:25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

Proverbs 24:3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:

Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. <!–selection begin–>
{A “pastor” is supposed to “feed” God’s people “with knowledge and understanding” (from God’s Holy word) – It’s up to each of the brethren to partake (“eat”) of that word [Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4]. The pastor can’t “eat” for them! You can lead a horse to water – but you can’t “make” him drink!}

Daniel 11:33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. {Those who “instruct” should be men of “understanding”.}

Proverbs 8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. *
{* An extremely important Biblical Principal: God does NOT teach complex “systems of biblical interpretation” or convoluted “theological formulations”. ALL of God’s words are “RIGHT”; and they are “ALL PLAIN” to all those to whom God has given “spiritual understanding”.}

Mark 12:33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

1 Corinthians 14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
{“Charismatics” & “Pentecostals” take note!}

1 Corinthians 14:19
Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

{“Charismatics” and “Pentecostals” take note!}

1 Corinthians 14:20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. {An Important Scriptural Principle:  we are not to be as children in our understanding}

Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

Philippians 1:12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;

2 Peter 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

UNDERSTANDING CAN BE HIDDEN BY GOD

Job 17:4 For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them.

Isaiah 29:14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

Isaiah 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

Isaiah 44:18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.
19 And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?
20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Mark 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

John 12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

Acts 28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.

Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

UNDERSTANDING CAN BE TAKEN AWAY BY GOD

Job 12:20 He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.

THE ABSENCE OF UNDERSTANDING
Psalms 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Deuteronomy 32:28 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.

Job 32:9 Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

Job 39:17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.

Job 42:3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

Psalms 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Psalms 19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

Psalms 32:9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

Psalms 49:20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

Psalms 53:2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Psalms 82:5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

Psalms 92:5 O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.
6 A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.

Psalms 94:1 O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.
2 Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.
3 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?
4 How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?
5 They break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflict thine heritage.
6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
7 Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.
8 Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?
9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
10 He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?
11 The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

Psalms 106:7 Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea.

Proverbs 6:32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

Proverbs 7:7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

Proverbs 10:13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
{With Humanism – Even reproving or rebuking such a person is “verboten”!}

Proverbs 12:11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding. {This applies to all Christians – following famous “Christian” pastors and celebrities.}

Proverbs 17:18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.

Proverbs 18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.  {Humanism}

Proverbs 20:24 Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

Proverbs 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

Proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

Proverbs 28:5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

Proverbs 28:16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days. {John Calvin? Today’s “Imperial” pastors! World leaders!}

Proverbs 30:2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.

Isaiah 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

Isaiah 44:18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.

Isaiah 56:9 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.
10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. {Celebrity Preachers?}
12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.

Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

Jeremiah 5:21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

Daniel 8:27 And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.

Hosea 4:14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.

Micah 4:12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.

Matthew 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

Matthew 15:16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?

Matthew 15:17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

Matthew 16:9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

Matthew 16:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?

Mark 7:18 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;

Mark 8:17 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?

Mark 8:21 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

Mark 9:32 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

Luke 2:50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

Luke 9:45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying.

Luke 18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

John 8:27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.

John 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
{The Lord can not be referring to people being physically unable to “hear” with their ears, because the people certainly “heard” Jesus’ words; the inability to “understand my speech” hinges on “this people’s heart is waxed gross” [Matthew 13:15; Acts 28:27] and people’s REFUSAL TO BELIEVE GOD’S “WORDS”. It’s no wonder why so many of today’s “Christians” have so little true genuine “spiritual understanding” – If they do not even know WHAT God’s word is, or WHERE to find it!}

John 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

John 12:16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

Acts 7:25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Romans 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

1 Corinthians 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

2 Peter 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

UNDERSTANDING {Simple Comprehension}
[Numbers 16:30; Deuteronomy 9:3; Deuteronomy 9:6; 1 Samuel 4:6; 1 Samuel 26:4; 2Samuel 3:37; Nehemiah 8:3; Nehemiah 8:12; Nehemiah 13:7; Job 13:1; Job 15:9; Job 36:29; Psalms 73:17; Proverbs 17:28; Proverbs 29:19; Isaiah 28:19; Jeremiah 9:12; Matthew 13:51; Matthew 16:12; Matthew 17:13; Matthew 26:10; Mark 14:68; Acts 7:25; Acts 8:30; Acts 23:27, Acts 23:34; Acts 24:11; John 10:6, 12:16]

“UNDERSTANDING” {Concerning Another Language}
Genesis 11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

Genesis 42:23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.

Deuteronomy 28:49 The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;

2 Kings 18:26 Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah, unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, to thy servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it: and talk not with us in the Jews' language in the ears of the people that are on the wall.

Psalms 81:5 This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not.

Isaiah 33:19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.

Isaiah 36:11 Then said Eliakim and Shebna and Joah unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, unto thy servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it: and speak not to us in the Jews' language, in the ears of the people that are on the wall.

Jeremiah 5:15 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel, saith the LORD: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say.

Ezekiel 3:6 Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.

1 Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

1 Corinthians 14:9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

1 Corinthians 14:16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

THE “UNDERSTANDING” OF THE WORLD {“Worldly Understanding” – temporal; secular, & carnal}
Ezekiel 28:4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:

Daniel 4:34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:

Daniel 8:23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

Hosea 13:2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.

I am sure there is much more that could be gleaned from the Holy word of God in regards to this issue, and I will add more later on; but I have yet to examine “Spiritual Wisdom”, so I will close for now.

(To be continued)

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