Wednesday Word Study – Double-minded

November 9, 2011 
Double-minded 

 

Transliteration: dipsuchos
Phonetic Spelling:
(dip’-soo-khos)
Short Definition:
double-minded, wavering
Definition: (lit: of two souls, of two selves), double-minded, wavering.

 

Monday we discussed the scripture:

 

James 1:5-8

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

 

The word I want to explore today is the word double-minded.  I found that it is only used two times and both times are by James in the book of James.  In the definition it says that it is literally two souls or two selves.  Another expansion of the definition said …a person “split in half,” vacillating like a “spiritual schizophrenic.”

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