Word Nerd Wednesday – Submit

This week I’m excited to welcome back Susan B. Mead to My Messy Desk for Word Nerd Wednesday! This word often causes us to bristle, but I think her unique insights will help us all see it more clearly!


Can I honestly say I abhorred the word submit until I found an obscure reference to the root words? That’s when I realized the enemy takes a perfectly good word and perverts it’s meaning in our minds – and often in our lives. But God intends good – even in the midst of our mess. So let’s dig in to see more about the word submit.

Strong’s Concordance shares the original word is hupotassó: to place or rank under, to subject, mid. to obey. Want to see the Greek spelling? ὑποτάσσω. It is a verb – an action word – that we are referencing. The Transliteration is hupotassó and the Phonetic Spelling is (hoop-ot-as’-so)

The short definition is place under, subject to and the longer definition is place under, subject to; mid, pass: I submit, put myself into subjection.

According to HELPS Word-studies, word 5293 is hypotássō (from 5259 /hypó, “under” and 5021 /tássō, “arrange”) – properly, “under God’s arrangement,” i.e. submitting to the Lord (His plan). Under God’s plan or arrangement. Plan also means mission. I LOVE THIS!

In Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, it is STRONGS NT 5293: ὑποτάσσω, which means to arrange under, to subordinate; to subject, put in subjection: to subject oneself, to obey; to submit to one’s control; to yield to one’s admonition or advice: absolutely; to obey

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance submit means to subject, put in subjection. It is from hupo and tasso; to subordinate; reflexively, to obey — be under obedience (obedient), put under, subdue unto, (be, make) subject (to, unto), be (put) in subjection (to, under), submit self unto.

Submit  = voluntarily yielding to another; accountability according to Wikipedia.

What new information did I find?

Sub = under

Mit = arrangement, plan or mission

Oh, to be under the same arrangement, plan or mission – aligned, strong, in God’s will and under the mission of God. I like missions! You too?

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So let’s submit to this word study of scripture to see God’s plan in action as we submit to His glorious Word.

Job 22:21

Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.

Romans 13:1

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.

Romans 13:5

Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.

1 Corinthians 16:16

…to submit to such as these and to everyone who joins in the work, and labors at it.

Ephesians 5:21

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Colossians 3:18

Wives, submit to your husbands, as it is fitting in the Lord.

1 Timothy 2:11

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission.

Hebrews 12:9

Moreover, we have all has human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it.  How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!

Hebrews 13:17

Obey your leaders and submit to their authority.  They keep watch over you as men who must give an account.  Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.

James 3:17

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure: then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

 James 4:7

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

1 Peter 3:1

Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives.

Voluntarily yielding, yes, oh, yes, submitting to

You, O Lord

My precious husband

Authority, Lord


Your peace


My conscience

Your work

Reverence for Christ

It is fitting in the Lord





Good fruit

The devil to flee from me

Wives to win over their husband to you, Lord

In Jesus name.  Amen

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With over 2 million airline miles under her belt, an MBA hanging on the wall and 2 Christian Literary Awards on the shelf, Susan B Mead shares her expert teachings on business, grief and relationships. A master storyteller and award winning author, Susan leaves audiences motivated to live a life free of regrets even though she has done the hardest thing any parent can do – bury her youngest son, Kyle.

Susan has been described as a solid, comforting voice in a messy world. Whether speaking to business professionals, women’s conferences, industry leaders or writer’s workshops, Susan’s insightful wisdom inspires audiences, empowering them to make healthy mental u-turns.

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8 thoughts on “Word Nerd Wednesday – Submit

  1. Love this! I’m walking through I Peter with my weekly women, and we’re just beginning the journey of falling in love with the word submission that takes us low into the very heart of a Savior who submitted to the death of the cross.
    Blessings, Liz, and thanks for sharing Susan’s words here.

  2. Yes!!! We just covered this in our Women’s Bible study– to see it as it was intended– as being under a mission and carrying out the plans of the Lord makes such a difference! Love diving deeper into the word here- thanks Liz for featuring Susan! ♥

  3. Thank you both for tackling this tricky word! It just reiterates the importance of reading scripture deeply, thoughtfully, and carefully. I’ve bumped on the word submission before (Ephesians 5, I’m looking at you), but that concern is an invitation to dig deeper into, rather than withdraw from, the Holy Word.

    1. I like how you put that… an invitation to dig deeper not withdraw! I’m heading over to your site now… faith, hope, love and wine are some of my favorite things! Blessings!

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