Spiritual Dictionary Section W-2

Wisdom - "Say unto wisdom thou art my sister, and call understanding they kinswoman." Proverbs 7:4


Wisdom – “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand His way, but the folly of fools is deceit.” Proverbs 14:8


Wisdom- “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Job 28:28; Eccl. 12”13-14; Prov. 9:10


Witch of Endor – A witch whom Saul allowed to live in violation to the law of God. Satan worked through this witch to drive Saul to discouragement and death.

King Saul goes to the witch because he is cut off from the communication avenues that God has ordained.  I Samuel 28:5-7

          The witch had a familiar spirit. I Samuel 28:7

She lived in Endor which was in Galilee near Nazareth. I Samuel 28:7

The witch was aware of the death decree and that Saul was the active agent of killing the witches. I Samuel 28:9

The demons informed the witch that the man inquiring of her was Saul. I Samuel 28:12; PP 680

The witch saw an old man covered with a mantle. I Samuel 28:13-14

The witch communicated/was the medium between the demon and Saul. I Samuel 28:15-19

The witch feeds King Saul to give him strength to go on his way. I Samuel 28:21-25

The witch had entered into covenant with Satan. PP 676

The witch was willing to yield herself to Satan’s control. PP 676

The witch was willing to fulfill Satan’s purposes. PP 676

Satan wrought wonders for her. PP 676

Satan revealed secret things to the witch. PP 676

The witch had hidden her self away to secretly continue her profane incantations. PP 679

The witch, having a familiar spirit, believed she could consult with the dead to obtain knowledge of future events. PP 684

The familiar spirits with whom the witch communicated were not the spirits of the dead but evil angels. PP 685

Satan hoped to have Israel to have confidence in the witch and would be led to consult with her, and thus have an open channel of communication with Satan and thus to neglect communication with Jesus. PP 686


Witchcraft - Witch - "To whisper"; "To inchant" Strongs concordance. A Bible term to describe the behaviors of individuals who seek to seduce people to participate in various abominations, and especially to induce people to rebel against the words of the Lord. CO

God did not want Israel to allow a witch to live. Exodus 22:18

God did not want Israel to practice abominations (witchcraft) like the nations that were dispossessed to allow Israel to live in Canaan. Deuteronomy 18:9-14

Samuel calls King Saul's rebellion the same as witchcraft. I Samuel 15:1-23

Solomon acts like he is involved in witchcraft in his rebellion against God's counsel in Deuteronomy 17:14-20. I Kings 10:14-11:13

Jezebel introduced as a master of witchcraft - literally - II Kings 9:22,30; and spiritually - Revelation 2:20-23

Ninevah is named the mistress of witchcraft (a precursor of  Babylon) Nahum 3:1-4

Listings of evils including witchcraft. Ezekiel 8; Micah 5:10-15; II Chronicles 33:1-9

                See Abominations, Prophets false, Witchcraft, and Wizards             


Withdraw – from disorderly associates – See Associates – Disorderly.



Witnesses, two – Revelation 11:3 – “The two witnesses represent the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testaments.” GC 267


Witnesses for God - "In every age there were witnesses for God--men who cherished faith in Christ as the only mediator between God and man, who held the Bible as the only rule of life, and who hallowed the true Sabbath." GC 61


Wizard - "A knowing one; a conjurer" Strong's Concordance. By implication a false seer.

Wizards defile. Leviticus 19:31

Those who listen to wizards must be cut off from the people. Leviticus 20:6; I Samuel 28:3,9; II Kings 23:24

Wizards must be put to death by stoning. Leviticus 20:27

Wizards were among the many reasons/abominations that God dispossessed the nations in Canaan. Deuteronomy 18:9-14

Wizards were classed with those who have familiar spirits like the witch of Endor - I Samuel 28

Manasseh consulted with wizards - II Kings 21:6; II Chronicles 33:6

Wizards are unable to help in spiritual issues - Isaiah 8:19

          See Abominations, Prophets false, Witchcraft, and Wizards


Wolves – One of a series of large carnivorous beasts. Also used to symbolize a method of punishing and is compared to deceivers and lying perverted leaders.  CO

Chaldeans (Babylonians) compared to leopards, wolves, and eagles. Habakkuk 1:5-11

Evil prophets and princes in Israel are like lions and wolves.  Ezekiel 22:23-31; Zephaniah 3:1-7; Matthew 7:15

False teachers will come in to the flock like wolves. Acts 20:28-30

In heaven even the wolf will be at peace and will not harm anything. Isaiah 11:6 & 65:25

Judgment will be like a lion, a wolf, or a leopard because of their transgressions and backslidings. Jeremiah 5:5-6

The hireling is afraid of wolves but the good shepherd is like David. John 10:11-14

The tribe of Benjamin compared to a ravening wolf. Genesis 49:27


Woman - strange - "For a whore is a deep ditch and a strange woman is a narrow pit." Proverbs 23:27


Woman - virtuous - "A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband." Proverbs 12:4; Isaiah 62:1-3


Woman – A symbol of a church, righteous or evil. See Revelation 12:1 & 17:1-5; II Corinthians 11:2; Jeremiah 6:2; Isaiah 1:1-8; Song of Solomon 6:10; Ezekiel 16:2-14; Ephesians 5:22-32; Galatians 4:26


Examples of righteous women as a symbol of the church:

Eve – righteous. Genesis 2:18-25; John 19:28-34

Eve – deceived and repentant. Genesis 3:1-17; I Timothy 2:11-15

Deborah – Judges 4:4-14; 5:1-12   

Jael – Judges 4:17-22; 5:24-27

Rahab – Joshua 2:1-25; Matthew 1:5

Sarah – Genesis 17:15-19; Galatians 4:22-28


Examples of women as symbols of an unrighteous church:

Athaliah – II Kings 8:26; II Kings 11:1-20; II Chronicles 22:1-23:21; 24:7

Delilah – Judges 16:4-21

Hagar – Genesis 16:1-16; 21:1-19; Galatians 4:22-31

Herodius – Matthew 14:1-11; Mark 6:14-28

Jezebel – I Kings 16:31-21:25; II Kings 9:1-37; Revelation 2:20-23


Wonders -  A miracle, a wonderful display of power, a distinguished activity showing supernatural power. CO

The plagues on Egypt were a display of God’s wonders. Exodus 3:20

Pharaohs heart will be hardened so that God will multiply His signs and wonders and great wonders in the land of Egypt. Exodus 7:3-4

Moses and Aaron were the tools through which the wonders were accomplished. Exodus 11:10

God had not done such temptations, signs, wonders, war, mighty hand, a stretched out arm, and great terrors, to deliver any other nation in history. Deuteronomy 3:34

God promises to do such wonders as He did on Egypt to any nation that makes Israel afraid. Deuteronomy 7:19

Joshua prophecies that God would do wonders in Israel and then He opens the Jordan river at flood time so that they can walk across. Joshua 3:5-17

Israel, while in rebellion, were unmindful of the wonders that God did among them. Nehemiah 9:16-17

David promises to meditate upon the wonders of God, of all His works and all of His doings. Psalms 77:11-12

          Isaiah and his children are signs and wonders. Isaiah 8:18

Nebuchadnezzar testifies to the signs and wonders that God did for him. Daniel 4:2-3

Darius testifies of the signs and wonders of God especially that of delivering Daniel from the lion’s den. Daniel 6:25-27

Joel prophesies that God will do signs and wonders in the end. Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:14-22

False prophets will show signs and wonders to deceive. Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22

Jesus confronted the nobleman of Capernaum who would not believe unless he saw signs and wonders. Jesus healed the mans son when he believed in Jesus. The second of Jesus’ miracles. John 4:46-53

The disciples did many signs and wonders as a testimony of their connection to Jesus. Acts 2:42-47; 5:12-16; Hebrews 2:1-4

The disciples pray for power to do signs and wonders to exalt the name of Jesus. Acts 4:23-33

Stephen did signs and wonders as a sign of his connection to Jesus. Acts 6:6-8

God uses Paul to do signs and wonders to give testimony of the word of His grace. Acts 14:1-3; 15:12; Romans 15:19; II Corinthians 12:11-12

Antichrist (the man of sin) will be empowered to do signs and lying wonders. II Thessalonians 2:9

The beast with two horns will do great wonders even calling down fire from heaven in the sight of men. Revelation 13:13


Wondered – Revelation 13:3; 17:8 The world wondered after the beast. Strong’s concordance states the Greek word is thaumazo from the root word thauma – to admire. Additional words are to marvel and wonder. A display of wonder as though a miracle working power was present.

Other New Testament words which are similarly interpreted are exestimi – astounded and amazed; thambos – stupefied, astonished. Hebrew words in the OT that express a similar concept are shamem – to stun, to stupefy, amaze; mopheth – a miracle, sign, or wonder; pala – to distinguish, wonderful, singular.



Moses wondered at the burning bush. Acts 7:30-31

Peter wondering at the tomb when he could not find Jesus but did find His burial clothing. Luke 24:12

The disciples wondered at Jesus for sleeping during the storm and then rising and causing the storm to cease. They wondered what kind of man is this. Luke 8:22-25

The disciples wondered at Jesus for walking on the water and for making the wind to cease on the sea of Galilee. Mark 6:47-51

The disciples wondered when they saw Jesus after His resurrection. Luke 24:36-41

The multitude wondered when they saw the wondrous works of healing done by Jesus. Matthew 15:30-31

The people and the disciples wondered at Jesus for casting out the demon from the man’s son. Luke 9:37-43

The people of Nazareth wondered at the wondrous and gracious words that came out of the mouth of Jesus as He preached to them. Luke 4:16-22

The people wonder when Jesus casts out demons from the “dumb” man. Luke 11:14

The shepherds wondered at the things they saw regarding the angels and finding Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes. Luke 2:8-18



The people are stupefied and astonished at the healing of the man in the temple by Peter and John. Acts 3:1-12. The Greek word for marvel in verse 12 is thaumazo.



Simon Magus is “astounded” by the miracles that he saw through the Phillip. Acts 8:5-13


The Old Testament:

Jesus wonders that there is no intercessor, He chooses to be that intercessor. Isaiah 59:16

God wonders at no one to help, He chooses to be that Helper. Isaiah 63:5

The last day people are men wondered at. Zechariah 3:1-8


Wood, hay, stubble- "If you are devoting all your strength and talent to the things of this world, your lifework is represented by wood, hay, and stubble, to be consumed by the fires of the last day. But unselfish labor for Christ and the future life will be as gold, silver, and precious stones; it is imperishable." 5T 466


Wood, hay, and stubble - "Do not bring to the foundation wood, hay, and stubble - your own surmising and speculations, which can benefit no one." MA 369


Word - His - "The Saviour contrasted this questioning unbelief with the simple faith of the Samaritans, who asked for no miracle or sign. His word, the ever-present evidence of His divinity, had a convincing power that reached their hearts." DA 198


Word of God – “By coming to well with us, Jesus was to reveal God both to men and to angels. He was the Word of God – God’s thought made audible.” DA 19

Word of God - rejecting it - "It is one thing to treat the Bible as a book of good moral instruction, to be heeded so far as is consistent with the spirit of the times and our position in the world; it is another thing to regard it as it really is - the Word of the living God, the word that is our life, the word that is to mold our actions, our words, and our thoughts. To hold God's word as anything less than this is to reject it." ED 260


Words- "…the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." 2SP 283


Work of God- “This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.”  John 6:29; 2SP 226


Work of every true Christian- “…is to represent Christ, to reflect light, to elevate the standard of morals, and by words and influence consecrated to God, to compel the careless and reckless to think of god and eternity.” 1SM 132


Worker for God- “Everyone in whose heart Christ abides, everyone who will show forth His love to the world, is a worker together with God for the blessing of humanity.” AA 13