Sense of the Day: Compassion


Sense: compassion

n. — a deep awareness of and sympathy for another’s suffering.

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, . . .

Colossians 3:12

Words in lists, as in Colossians 3:12, can be difficult because no specific surrounding context suggests what each word means. This is where definitions—as opposed to translation values or glosses—can come in handy. The Bible Sense Lexicon provides a way to define words like compassion without ever leaving the text. It’s as simple as looking at the verse with the reverse interlinear ribbon pulled up. To get the definition for compassion, just scroll over it in the sense line at the bottom of the reverse interlinear ribbon. Clicking this will take you to the Bible Sense Lexicon, where you can also see usages of the Greek word for compassion in more specific contexts.

What is the Bible Sense Lexicon?

Sense of the Day is based on content from Logos’ Bible Sense Lexicon, which organizes biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words by meaning based on a variety of semantic relationships. Sense of the Day provides examples of senses in context, along with insight into their application for theology and interpretation.

The Bible Sense Lexicon is a Logos dataset available in Logos 5 Gold and higher base packages. If you’re enrolled in the Logos Academic Discount Program, you can also find the Bible Sense Lexicon in the Biblical Languages base package. Take your studies even further by exploring semantic domains, engaging the biblical text like never before.

Learn more about the Bible Sense Lexicon.

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