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WIT . The vb. ‘to wit,’ which means ‘to know,’ is used in AV [Note: Authorized Version.] in most of its parts. The present tense is I wot, thou wottest, he wot or wotteth, we wot ; the past tense, I wist, he wist, ye wist ; the infinitive, ‘to wit.’ In 2 Corinthians 8:1 occurs the phrase do to wit , i.e. make to know we do you to wit of the grace of God.’ The subst. ‘wit’ means in AV [Note: Authorized Version.] ‘knowledge’; it occurs only in Psalms 107:27 ‘at their wit’s end.’ ‘Witty,’ which is found in Proverbs 8:12 , Jdt 11:23 , Wis 8:19 , has the sense of ‘knowing,’ ‘skilful’; and ‘wittingly’ ( Genesis 48:14 ) is ‘knowingly.’

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Wit'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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