Discrimination • Spiritual Discernment
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Discern; Discerning; Discernment
Discern; Discerning; Discernment [Heb. bîn] (Dt. 32:29; 1 K. 3:9, 11; Job 6:30; 38:20; Ps. 19:12 [MT 13]; 139:2; Prov. 14:8; Isa. 44:18; Hos. 14:9); AV also CONSIDER, KNOW, UNDERSTAND; NEB also “give thought to” (Dt. 32:29), DISTINGUISH, WARN, ESCORT (Job 38:20), AWARE, FIND, UNDERSTAND, “him who considers” (Hos.
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
DiscernmentDiscernment is an act of wisdom or detection marked by an insight into a person’s character or by an event that comes through insight that goes beyond the facts given. In Scripture people can discern matters in an explicitly spiritual manner (1 Cor 2:14) or through their own cultivated powers
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
discrimination. The drawing of distinctions between persons or groups that results in treating one or more of the persons or groups less favorably than others. Discrimination can be intentional or unintentional. Although the term can carry the positive connotation of practicing discernment or drawing
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Discrimination. Treating people unfairly because they are members of a group marked by certain physical, religious, or social characteristics. Discrimination is not limited to isolated personal actions but may also be embodied in structural arrangements such as laws, policies, community organizations,
Key passages
Ho 14:9

Who is wise that he can understand these things? Who is discerning that he knows them? The ways of Yahweh are right, and the righteous walk in them; but transgressors stumble in them.

Php 1:9–10

And this I pray: that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is superior, in order that you may be sincere and blameless in the day of Christ,

Heb 5:14

But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have trained their faculties for the distinguishing of both good and evil.

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