Train, Trained, Training

This is a subsidiary post of Vocabulary of Discipleship.

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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.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17  –  “…profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness…”

Hebrews 5:14 – “…who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

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…”