Watching—found ninety-four times in eighty-six verses

Variations: watch, watched, watcher, watchers, watches, watcheth, watchful, watching, watchings

Defined: As a verb it means to be alert or awake.

First usage: Genesis 31:49 (watch)

Last usage: Revelation 16:15 (watcheth)

Interesting fact: Oftentimes, a person undertaking an action is denoted by simply adding the suffix –er to the end of the word; for example, one who teaches is a teacher (Hebrews 5:12). At other times, the individual undertaking a task is denoted by adding the word man at the end; for instance, one who herds is “an herdman(Amos 7:14). Interestingly, both suffixes are used in conjunction with watching. It appears that the words watchman and watchmen point to men while at least three of the four references to watcher(s) refer to spiritual beings (Daniel 4:13, 17, 23).

Bible study tip: Proper nouns sometimes carry with them meanings that provide deeper understanding or offer an interesting thought. These meanings of places and people’s names are not always crucial for biblical understanding. There are times, however, when the meanings are provided within the context of the place or mention of the person. Sometimes, the definition only becomes evident through diligent search. At other times, the Bible uses a phrase such as “which is by interpretation” (John 1:42) followed by the definition.


Sunday, Day 344—Church Day (no devotional)

Monday, Day 345—Watch Ye

Tuesday, Day 346—In Watchings Often

Wednesday, Day 347Church Night (no devotional)

Thursday, Day 348—The Watchman and Prayer

Friday, Day 349—A Circumspect Walk

Saturday, Day 350—Could Ye Not Watch One Hour?


Day 344: Church Day

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;