In the Complete Word Study Dictionary, New Testament, Spiros Zodhiates writes: Prautes (Meekness), according to Aristotle, is the middle standing between two extremes, getting angry without reason, and not getting angry at all.
Therefore, prautes is getting angry at the right time, in the right measure, and for the right reason. . . .
[I]t is a condition of mind and heart which demonstrates gentleness, not in weakness, but in power. It is a balance born in strength of character. (p. 1209-1210) In Matthew 11:29, Jesus links meekness with lowliness: "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle [meek, KJV] and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." In Matthew 11:29, Jesus is explaining why we should embrace His way of life. As our Lord and Master, He is not harsh, overbearing and oppressive, but gentle in His government. His laws are also reasonable and easy to obey; neither He nor they enslave. He emphasizes the gentle aspect of meekness toward others. From this, we begin to see why meekness must be a virtue of those who will receive the Kingdom and govern. Because God governs in meekness, His children must also.
The association of humility and meekness is natural, and is yet another facet
of meekness. Whereas humility deals with a correct assessment of his merits,
meekness covers a correct assessment of personal rights. This does not in
any way mean a lowering of the standards of justice or of right and wrong.
Paul writes in Titus 3:1-2, "Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all meekness to all men." The possibility of conflict is inherent where the subject includes our relationship with governments; it is quite easy to have conflict with those in authority over us. Some in positions of authority take pleasure in wielding their power, as Jesus notes in Matthew 20:25: "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them."
A. An understanding of the root definition of meek in the original language and how it was used will help us in understanding what Jesus meant. 1. Greek word, 'praus'. a. Used to describe a soothing medicine. b. Used by sailors to describe a gentle breeze. c. Used by farmers to describe a broken colt. 2. What do all these definitions have in common? They all describe great power under control.
B. A good working definition of biblical meekness.
A.W. Tozer once wrote, The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson; but he has stopped being fooled about himself. He has accepted God's estimate of his own life. He knows he is as weak and helpless as God declared him to be, but paradoxically, he knows at the same time that he is in the sight of God of more importance than angels. In himself, nothing; in God, everything. That is his motto."