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This word is employed 3 times. In Genesis 30:27 the King James Version, Laban says, to Jacob, "I have learned by experience (the Revised Version (British and American) "divined") that Yahweh hath blessed me for thy sake." Here it translates the Hebrew nachash, "to observe diligently," as when one examines the entrails of a bird or animal for the purpose of divination. In Ecclesiastes 1:16, the writer says, "I have gotten me great wisdom.; my heart hath had great experience of wisdom and knowledge." Here the Hebrew (ra'ah) means "hath seen abundantly," and the idea seems to be that of a wide outlook combined with actual trial of the things discovered or known.

In Romans 5:4 the King James Version, the Greek word dokime (the American Standard Revised Version more correctly "approvedness"), means the proof or testing of a thing. We rejoice in tribulation because it works out or produces patience, while the latter develops an experience of God, i.e. it brings out as a proved fact His power and love toward us in our preservation in and deliverance from trial.

Thus it is seen the Bible use of the word is not different from the ordinary, which means "the sum of practical wisdom taught by the events and observations of life," or, to go a little farther, the personal and practical acquaintance with what is so taught. Hebrews 5:13 gives a good practical example. the King James Version says, "Every one that useth milk is unskillful (apeiros) in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe," while the Revised Version (British and American) renders "unskilful" by "without experience of." The thought is that he who fails to search out the deep things of the word of God is so lacking in the exercise of his spiritual senses as to be unable really to know truth from error.

James M. Gray

552. apeiros -- without experience of
... without experience of. Part of Speech: Adjective Transliteration: apeiros Phonetic
Spelling: (ap'-i-ros) Short Definition: inexperienced, unskillful Definition ...
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3708. horao -- to see, perceive, attend to
... perceive, attend to. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: horao Phonetic Spelling:
(hor-ah'-o) Short Definition: I see, look upon, experience Definition: I see ...
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2210. zemioo -- to damage, suffer loss
... of the penalty, even when the verb is passive. 2210 (from 2209 , "loss") -- to cause
or experience (), especially carrying a penalty (significant detriment). ...
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2334. theoreo -- to look at, gaze
... to look at, gaze. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: theoreo Phonetic Spelling:
(theh-o-reh'-o) Short Definition: I behold, look at, experience Definition: I ...
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1089. geuomai -- to taste, eat
... to taste, eat. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: geuomai Phonetic Spelling:
(ghyoo'-om-ahee) Short Definition: I taste, experience Definition: (a) I taste ...
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1382. dokime -- (the process or result of) trial, proving ...
... experience, proof, trial. From the same as dokimos; test (abstractly or concretely);
by implication, trustiness -- experience(-riment), proof, trial. ...
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3805. pathetos -- one who has suffered or is subject to suffering
... Cognate: 3805 (an adjective, derived from 3958, "to experience strong feeling, such
as suffering") -- properly, "passable, ie endued with the , " (J. Thayer). ...
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2552. kakopatheia -- affliction
... Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: kakopatheia Phonetic Spelling:
(kak-op-ath'-i-ah) Short Definition: suffering Definition: experience of evil ...
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3958. pascho -- to suffer, to be acted on
... Spelling: (pas'-kho) Short Definition: I am acted upon, suffer Definition: I am
acted upon in a certain way, either good or bad; I experience ill treatment ...
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619. apolausis -- enjoyment
... enjoyment. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: apolausis Phonetic Spelling:
(ap-ol'-ow-sis) Short Definition: the faculty or experience of enjoyment ...
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Strong's Hebrew
5172. nachash -- to practice divination, observe signs
... certainly, divine, enchanter, use enchantment, learn by experience, diligently
observe. A primitive root; properly, to hiss, ie Whisper ...
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7200. raah -- to see
... 1), consider (13), considered (1), display (1), displayed (1), distinguish (1),
encountered (1), enjoy (1), enjoy* (3), examined (1), experience (1), exposed (1 ...
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The Anvil of Experience.
... The Jordan: The Decisive Start The Anvil of Experience. Experience is going
through a thing yourself, and having it go through you. ...
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A Personal Experience.
... A Personal Experience. ... O God, is this all of thy kingdom upon the earth? I would
question the older members of our congregation about their experience. ...
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2,8,8,8,8,8. Sweet, sweet,. It is with thine, my God, to meet,. ...
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Whether Experience is a Cause of Hope?
Whether experience is a cause of hope? Objection 1: It ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether experience is a cause.htm

Experience the Value of Testimony.
... EXPERIENCE THE VALUE OF TESTIMONY. It has pleased God ... and obedience. For years
my religious experience was most unsatisfactory. I was ...
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Experience, Resolve, and Hope
the living.'. Our experience yields fuel for our faith. We ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture j/experience resolve and hope.htm

May the Nineteenth the Rock of Experience
... MAY The Nineteenth THE ROCK OF EXPERIENCE. JOHN ix.26-41. The Lord ... too!
First, he stood upon his own inalienable experience. "One ...
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Christian Experience.
to do at any cost, and asked him to give me a Bible experience. ...
/.../byrum/the value of a praying mother/chapter xi christian experience.htm

Personal Experience
... CHAPTER XIII Personal Experience. In conclusion I desire to add my humble testimony
of a personal experience of the glorious work of entire sanctification. ...
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Travel. A Personal Experience.
... IX. TRAVEL. A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. We have set in order ... limited, imperfect
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) Trial, as a test or experiment.

2. (n.) The effect upon the judgment or feelings produced by any event, whether witnessed or participated in; personal and direct impressions as contrasted with description or fancies; personal acquaintance; actual enjoyment or suffering.

3. (n.) An act of knowledge, one or more, by which single facts or general truths are ascertained; experimental or inductive knowledge; hence, implying skill, facility, or practical wisdom gained by personal knowledge, feeling or action; as, a king without experience of war.

Experience (28 Occurrences)
... inductive knowledge; hence, implying skill, facility, or practical wisdom gained
by personal knowledge, feeling or action; as, a king without experience of war ...
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... Contrasted Estimates of our Lord's Person (1) The Non-Believing Estimate-not Truly
Historical (2) The Believing Estimate-Relation to Experience 6. Christianity ...
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Taste (46 Occurrences)
... 4. (vt) To become acquainted with by actual trial; to essay; to experience;
to undergo. ... 16. (n.) Essay; trial; experience; experiment. 17. ...
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Expert (59 Occurrences)
... 1. (a.) Taught by use, practice, or experience, experienced; having facility of
operation or performance from practice; knowing and ready from much practice ...
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Prove (83 Occurrences)
... to prove a will. 4. (vt) To gain experience of the good or evil of; to know
by trial; to experience; to suffer. 5. (vt) To test, evince ...
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Miracle (15 Occurrences)
... They are credible just as any facts of history well authenticated are credible.
Miracles, it is said, are contrary to experience. ...
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Adoption (5 Occurrences)
... THE CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE 1. In Relation to Justification 2. In Relation to
Sanctification 3. In Relation to Regeneration IV. ... III. The Christian Experience. ...
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Conversion (1 Occurrence)
... " `To be converted,' `to be regenerated,' `to receive grace,' `to experience religion,'
`to gain an assurance,' are so many phrases which denote the process ...
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... jo-han'-in,-in: I. THE ANTECEDENTS 1. Personality of Writer 2. Earlier New Testament
Writings 3. Christian Experience and Teaching of History 4. Widening ...
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Experienced (23 Occurrences)
... Deuteronomy 11:2 And be certain in your minds this day; for these words are not
said to your children, who have had no experience of the training of the Lord ...
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Bible Concordance
Experience (28 Occurrences)

Romans 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

Romans 12:2 And do not follow the customs of the present age, but be transformed by the entire renewal of your minds, so that you may learn by experience what God's will is--that will which is good and beautiful and perfect.

1 Corinthians 1:6 Thus my testimony as to the Christ has been confirmed in your experience,

2 Corinthians 1:6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer.
(See RSV)

2 Corinthians 2:9 For in writing to you I have also this object in view--to discover by experience whether you are prepared to be obedient in every respect.

2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am talking foolishly) I am more so; I have had more experience of hard work, of prisons, of blows more than measure, of death.

Galatians 3:4 Did you suffer so many things in vain, if it is indeed in vain?
(See RSV)

Ephesians 5:10 and learn in your own experiences what is fully pleasing to the Lord.
(Root in WEY BBE)

Philippians 1:9 And my prayer is that you may be increased more and more in knowledge and experience;

Colossians 1:9 For this reason, we, from the day when we had word of it, keep on in prayer for you, that you may be full of the knowledge of his purpose, with all wisdom and experience of the Spirit,

Hebrews 5:13 For everyone who lives on milk is not experienced in the word of righteousness, for he is a baby.
(Root in WEB ASV BBE)

Hebrews 10:30 For we have had experience of him who says, Punishment is mine, I will give reward. And again, The Lord will be judge of his people.

Hebrews 11:5 By faith, Enoch was taken away, so that he wouldn't see death, and he was not found, because God translated him. For he has had testimony given to him that before his translation he had been well pleasing to God.
(See NIV)

Hebrews 12:6 For the Lord sends punishment on his loved ones; everyone whom he takes as his son has experience of his rod.

1 Peter 2:3 if you have had any experience of the goodness of the Lord.

1 Peter 5:9 Withstand him, firm in your faith; knowing that your brethren in other parts of the world are passing through just the same experiences.
(Root in WEY NAS RSV)

Genesis 30:27 And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favor in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.

Exodus 23:9 Do not be hard on the man from a strange country who is living among you; for you have had experience of the feelings of one who is far from the land of his birth, because you yourselves were living in Egypt, in a strange land.

Numbers 16:29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then Yahweh hasn't sent me.
(See NIV)

Deuteronomy 11:2 And be certain in your minds this day; for these words are not said to your children, who have had no experience of the training of the Lord your God, and who have not seen his great power or his strong hand and his stretched-out arm,

Judges 3:1 Now these are the nations which the Lord kept in the land for the purpose of testing Israel by them, all those who had had no experience of all the wars of Canaan;

Judges 3:2 Only because of the generations of the children of Israel, for the purpose of teaching them war--only those who up till then had no experience of it;

Job 21:29 Have you not put the question to the travellers, and do you not take note of their experience?

Psalms 34:8 By experience you will see that the Lord is good; happy is the man who has faith in him.

Psalms 60:3 You have shown your people hard things. You have made us drink the wine that makes us stagger.
(See NAS)

Ecclesiastes 1:16 I said to myself, "Behold, I have obtained for myself great wisdom above all who were before me in Jerusalem. Yes, my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge."

Isaiah 9:9 And all the people will have experience of it, even Ephraim and the men of Samaria, who say in the pride of their uplifted hearts,

Ezekiel 25:14 I will take payment from Edom because of my people Israel; and I will take Edom in hand in my wrath and in my passion: and they will have experience of my reward, says the Lord.



Experience: Solomon's

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