After studying the Bible, meditate on God's Word
After doing a Bible study, you should focus on the verses.  Another word for focusing is meditation.

1.Webster's definition

Meditate from Webster's dictionary means to reflect upon, ponder, or contemplate,
to plan or intend in the mind.

a) Reflect upon,

To reflect means to form an image of ( an object), to mirror, to give back a likeness,
and to think or consider seriously.

b) Ponder,

To ponder means to weigh mentally, consider carefully.

c) Contemplate

To contemplate means to ponder or consider thoughtfully, to regard as possible,
take seriously, to intend or anticipate

d) Plan or intend in the mind.

Each definition from the dictionary is similar to a different Hebrew or Greek word.

2.Different meaning of the word mediation

There are at least 7 Hebrew and 2 Greek words for the word MEDITATION.

a)Hebrew 1897. hagah, haw-Gaw'; to murmur (in pleasure or anger);
to ponder:-imagine, meditate, mourn, mutter, roar, X sore, speak, study, talk, utter.

b)Hebrew 1902. higgayown, hig-Gaw-yone; intens. from Hebrew 1897;
a murmuring sound, a musical notation (prob. similar to the modern affettuoso
to indicate solemnity of movement); a machination, device, meditation, solemn sound.

c)Hebrew 1901. hagiyg, haw-gheeg'; akin to Hebrew 1897; murmur,
complaint:-meditation, musing.

d)Hebrew 1900. haguwth, haw-gooth'; from Hebrew 1897; musing:-meditation.

e)Hebrew 7878. siyach, see'-akh; to ponder, converse (with oneself, and hence aloud),
utter, commune, complain, declare, meditate, muse, pray, speak, talk (with).

f)Hebrew 7879. siyach, see'-akh; from Hebrew 7878; a contemplation, an utterance,
babbling, communication, complaint, meditation, prayer, talk.

g)Hebrew 7881. siychah, see-khaw'; form of Hebrew 7879; reflection, devotion,
meditation, prayer.

h)Greek 3191. meletao, mel-et-ah'-o; to take care of, revolve in the mind:-imagine,
(pre-) meditate.

i)Greek 4304. promeletao, prom-el-et-ah'-o, to premeditate:-meditate before.

3.We will now look at each of the Hebrew or Greek definition.

a)Hebrew1897. hagah, haw-gaw'; to murmur (in pleasure or anger);
to ponder:-imagine, meditate, mourn, mutter, roar, X sore, speak, study, talk, utter.

In the book of:
Joshua 1:8This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt
meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that
is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous,and then thou shalt
have good success.
Rewards:God will make our way prosperous and we will have good success.
Times of meditation: day and night
What to meditate on: The law (God's Word)

Psalm 1:1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psalm 1:2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth
he meditate day and night.
Psalm 1:3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Rewards: Fruitfulness and prosperity
Times of meditation: day and night
What to meditate on: The law (God's Word)

Psalm 63:6When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate
on thee in the night watches.
Times of meditation: night

Psalm 71:24My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all
the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame,
that seek my hurt.
Rewards: Enemies confounded and brought to shame
Times of meditation: day
What to meditate on: God's Righteousness

Psalm 77:12I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.
What to meditate on: The law (God's Word)

Prov 15:28The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth
of the wicked poureth out evil things.
Rewards: Being a disciple (studying to show oneself approved)

b)Hebrew 1902. higgayown, hig-gaw-yone; intens. from Hebrew 1897;
a murmuring sound, a musical notation (prob. similar to the modern affettuoso
to indicate solemnity of movement); a machination, device, meditation, solemn sound.

Psalm 19:14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Rewards: God is my strength and redeemer.

c)Hebrew 1901. hagiyg, haw-gheeg'; akin to Hebrew 1897; murmur,
complaint:-meditation, musing.

Psalm 39:3My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned:
then spake I with my tongue,
Times of meditation: When God put a burning desire in our hearts

Musing - To ponder, meditate, consider reflectively, deliberate at length, and wonder
Reflectively - Of, pertaining to, produced by, or resulting from reflection
Reflection - concentration of the mind, careful consideration
Deliberate - to take careful thought, to consult with another in reaching a decision,
ponder, premeditated

d)Hebrew 1900. haguwth, haw-gooth'; from Hebrew 1897; musing:-meditation.

Psalm 49:3My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart
shall be of understanding.

e)Hebrew 7878. siyach, see'-akh; to ponder, converse (with oneself,
and hence aloud), utter, commune, complain, declare, meditate, muse, pray,
speak, talk (with).

1 Chron 16:9Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
What to meditate on: Wondrous works of God

Psalm 55:17Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud:
and he shall hear my voice.
Times of meditation: Evening, morning, and noon

Psalm 77:6I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart:
and my spirit made diligent search.
Times of meditation: night

Psalm 105:2Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
What to meditate on: Wondrous works of God

Psalm 119:15I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
What to meditate on: Precepts ( God's Word )

Psalm 119:27Make me to understand the way of thy precepts:
so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
What to meditate on: Wondrous works of God and His Precepts ( God's Word )

Psalm 119:48My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments,
which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
What to meditate on: Statutes ( God's Word )

Psalm 119:78Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt
perversely with me without a cause:but I will meditate in thy precepts.
What to meditate on: Precepts ( God's Word )

Psalm 143:5I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works;
I muse on the work of thy hands.
What to meditate on: Works of God

Psalm 145:5I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty,
and of thy wondrous works.
What to meditate on: Glory, honour, majesty, and wondrous works of God

Prov 6:20My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother.
Prov 6:21Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
Prov 6:22When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee;
and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
Times of meditation: When we go, sleep, and wake up.

Prov 6:23For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs
of instruction are the way of life:

f)Hebrew 7879. siyach, see'-akh; from Hebrew 7878; a contemplation,
an utterance, babbling, communication, complaint, meditation, prayer, talk.

Psalm 104:34My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
What to meditate on: God

g)Hebrew 7881. siychah, see-khaw'; form of Hebrew 7879; reflection, devotion,
meditation, prayer.

Psalm 119:97O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
What to meditate on: Word of God
Times of meditation: All the day.

Psalm 119:99I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies
are my meditation.
What to meditate on: Testimonies ( Word of God )
Rewards: More understanding

h)Greek 3191. meletao, mel-et-ah'-o; to take care of, revolve in the mind:-imagine,
(pre-) meditate.

Mark 13:11But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand
what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour,
that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
Rewards: Answers and wisdom in different situations

Luke 21:12But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you,
delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings
and rulers for my name's sake.
Luke 21:13And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
Luke 21:14Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
Luke 21:15For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not
be able to gainsay nor resist.
Rewards: Wisdom and answers in different situations

1 Tim 4:15Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may
appear to all.
Rewards: Advancement, furtherance or profiting

i)Greek 4304. promeletao, prom-el-et-ah'-o, to premeditate:-meditate before.

1 Cor 2:7But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom,
which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Note:  In this verse, the meaning meditate before was changed to ordained before or predestined.

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