This is a subsidiary post of Vocabulary of Discipleship.
Modern colloquial usage:
- “Using a brush and comb every day a boy can train his hair to stay in place.”
An asterisk at the beginning of the citation indicates a use of “train” (or one of its cognates) in an unrighteous way.
Luke 6:40 – “…everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.”
Hebrews 12:11 – “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” – Thus we are trained by discipline.
*2 Peter 2:12-16 – “…having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children; forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness…” – In this case, the training comes not by way of conscious, righteous attention, but rather by means of mere repetition – even mindless repetition.
Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go…”