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The English word stature was derived from the Latin (which is not a "Biblical" language, while Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic are the actual languages of the Holy Scriptures) word statura, which means to stand (numerous words originated from the very same word, including state, status, and statute, and statue). Stature is used to translate the Hebrew words of the Old Testament (pronounced) koe-maw, meaning height, and mid-daw meaning an extension, as in height. In the New Testament stature is used to translate the Greek word (pronounced) hay-lik-ee-ah, meaning maturity or greatness. In the Old Testament stature was intended primarily as a physical quality, while in the New Testament stature was used primarily as a measure of wisdom and righteousness.


David and Goliath The first human king that the Israelites chose for themselves was a very tall man; Saul was a head taller than most other Israelites:

"And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people." (1 Samuel 9:2 KJV)

But Saul failed, not because he was unusually tall, but because he turned out to be unwise and unstable. Being a "head taller" is of no advantage if what goes on inside that head isn't right, or in the eyes of The Lord, righteous - the reason that the fallible human version of Might Makes Right sometimes has disastrous consequences. When David was chosen, by God, to replace Saul, The Lord looked at the heart, the character - whether David was five foot six, or six foot five, was irrelevant to God:

"And The Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? ... But The Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but The Lord looketh on the heart." (1 Samuel 16:1,7 KJV)

By the time of the New Testament, stature was used to describe wisdom and righteousness. Jesus Christ is described as growing in "wisdom and stature," meaning "in favour with God and man":

"And the child grew, and waxed strong in Spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him."

"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man" (Luke 2:40,52 KJV)

Christians are expected to grow in stature, "unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." Short or tall, God loves them all - if they seek to grow in knowledge and obedience to and of God's Truth (see also Christian Living)

"And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children [see Babes], tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the Truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ" (Ephesians 4:11-15 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) Was Jesus Christ tall or short? Was there anything unusual or exceptional about His physical appearance? (b) What does Jesus Christ look like now?
(a) See What Did Jesus Look Like? (b) See What Does Jesus Look Like Now?

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