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Meekness is a possible attribute of human nature and behavior. It has been defined several ways:
- righteous, humble, teachable, and patient under suffering; willing to follow gospel teachings; an attribute of a true disciple.
- The Christian Apostle Paul gave an example of meek behavior when writing to Timothy: "The servant of the Lord must be gentle, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose." (2 Tim. 2:24–25)
- A meek behavior is presented as being opposite to "the natural man" (i.e. one who acts strictly according to desires of the body): "Put off the natural man and become meek." (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 3:19)
- Sir Thomas Browne explained: "Meekness takes injuries like pills, not chewing, but swallowing them down." This indicates that meekness allows a person to overlook or forgive perceived insults or offenses.
- "A disposition to be patient and long-suffering."
- Power under control - roughly equivalent in common usage to humility.
Meekness is one of the Seven virtues in Christian tradition. Jesus of Nazareth preached, "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth". Meek, a Greek derivative, also refers to a war horse that is bridled and ready for battle.
- LDS.org Guide to the Scriptures, meekness
- Neal A. Maxwell, Meekness -- A Dimension of True Discipleship, 1982
- The Free Dictionary, Usages of meekness
- The Free Dictionary, Meekness
- Matthew (1806). A Discourse Concerning Meekness. Hilliard
- Bobbio, Norberto (2000). In praise of meekness: Essays on ethics and politics. Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 978-0-7456-2309-2
- Bible, Matthew 5:5 of the Beatitudes