One Scriptural Word That Tells Us Which Passages Need 'Careful Attention'

A university professor in his classroom lectures was in the habit of using the phrase, "Now, you need to understand that … ."

It was almost a litany; some of the students might have found it annoying. The more alert ones soon figured out, however, that this was the professor's way of leading into and emphasizing a point that was very important for them to comprehend, knowledge for which they would be held accountable at examination time. The professor was, in fact, showing consideration for his students, seeing to it that they could grasp and ultimately master the coursework before them.

We see something similar in the English-language scriptures in the frequent use of the word "behold." Its meaning transcends that of "look," "see," "notice" or other synonyms that we might compare it to.

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