When I was a child, the Bible was the good ol’ King James.
Genesis 4:1 (KJV)
And Adam knew Eve his wife;
and she conceived, and bare Cain.
I giggled at that word, knew. I figured that was the King’s polite way of saying, had sex with. “How old fashioned,” I thought.
How little I knew!
The Hebrew word used here is yada, “to know.” To be known. To show and to discover. To perceive, acknowledge, clearly understand.
The same word is used in this beautiful psalm.
Psalm 139: 4 (NIV)
Before a word is on my tongue
you, LORD, know it completely.