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To consider carefully; meditate.

And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and PONDERED them in her heart. ( Luke 2:18-19 )

Source: A King James Dictionary. (Used with permission. Copyright © Philip P. Kapusta)

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"Entry for 'Ponder'". A King James Dictionary.



Occurs in the King James Version 5 times in the Book of Proverbs and nowhere else in the Old Testament. In each case it means "to consider carefully," "to weigh mentally." In Proverbs 4:26 and 5:21, the Revised Version (British and American) substitutes "make level." In Proverbs 5:6, it drops out entirely in the Revised Version (British and American). In Proverbs 21:2 and 24:12, "weigh" is substituted for "ponder." The one New Testament passage is Luke 2:19; here the Revised Version (British and American) has "pondering" where the King James Version has "and pondered."

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'PONDER'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.  

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