|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (v. t.) To contain; to embrace; to include; as, the states comprehended in the Austrian Empire.
2. (v. t.) To take in or include by construction or implication; to comprise; to imply.
3. (v. t.) To take into the mind; to grasp with the understanding; to apprehend the meaning of; to understand.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
kom-pre-hend': Used in a twofold sense in both the Old Testament and New Testament. This double meaning appears in two Hebrew and two Greek words which signify in turn
(1) mental or spiritual perception,
(2) capacity to hold or contain, as in a measure or in an all-inclusive principle, e.g.:
(1) yadha`, "to see with the eyes or the mind," hence, "know," "understand." Job was urged by Elihu to accept as inscrutable the ways of God, inasmuch as His operations in the physical world are so mighty and mysterious that "we cannot comprehend" them (Job 37:5). Modern science, in unveiling the secrets of Nature, is opening the way for a better understanding of God's creative purpose and plan.
katalambano, "to lay hold of," hence, mentally to apprehend: used of the spiritual capacity of the Christian "to comprehend (the Revised Version (British and American) "apprehend") with all saints" (Ephesians 3:18) the measureless love of God; and of the inability of the unrenewed heart to know or perceive the revelation of God made in Christ: "the darkness comprehended it not" (John 1:5 the Revised Version (British and American) "apprehended"; the Revised Version, margin "overcame"; compare John 12:35).
(2) kul, "to measure" or "contain," as grain in a bushel. So God's immeasurable greatness is seen in His being able to hold oceans in the hollow of His hand and "comprehend the dust of the earth in a measure" (Isaiah 40:12).
anakephalaioo, "to sum up under one head," e.g. love includes every other moral principle and process. The entire law on its manward side, says Paul, "is comprehended (the Revised Version (British and American) "summed up") in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" (Romans 13:9).
Dwight M. Pratt
Comprehend (9 Occurrences)
Luke 18:34 They understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they didn't understand the things that were said. (See NAS)
John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (Root in KJV WBS NAS)
Ephesians 3:18 may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, (WEB KJV WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Job 36:26 Lo, ?God is great, and we comprehend him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out. (DBY)
Job 37:5 God thunders marvelously with his voice. He does great things, which we can't comprehend. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV)
Proverbs 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; To discern the words of understanding; (See JPS)
Ecclesiastes 8:17 then I saw all the work of God, that man can't find out the work that is done under the sun, because however much a man labors to seek it out, yet he won't find it. Yes even though a wise man thinks he can comprehend it, he won't be able to find it. (WEB NIV)
Isaiah 33:19 You will no longer see the fierce people, a people of a deep speech that you can't comprehend, with a strange language that you can't understand. (WEB ASV DBY NAS RSV)
Isaiah 44:18 They have no knowledge or wisdom; for he has put a veil over their eyes, so that they may not see; and on their hearts, so that they may not give attention. (See NAS)