God is all-knowing

How does the next one make you feel?

God is knowing of everything.

It may be better to say:

God knows everything.

And what about this?

A knowing God is always around you.


"God is knowing of everything" is not a correct sentence.

Yes, it's better to say "God knows everything".

As to the word "knowing", I don't think it can be used as an adjective describing a person. Even translating it into my language, the phrase "A knowing God" doesn't make much sense, because IMHO the verb "know" always has to have an object, even if it's only an implied one. What does he (or anyone else) know?

There is a word "knowingly", as in,

The witness knowingly lied to the police.

It is clear that he knew (what?) that he was lying.

There can also be

"a knowing nod".

E. g. you and your friend are together in the company of friends, you have some kind of a secret that only you two know, and when something comes up in a conversation, you exchange "knowing glances" or "knowing nods".

A person can be "knowledgeable"—when s/he knows a lot.

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The word traditionally used to describe this aspect of the monotheistic God common to Christianity and Judaism (and maybe Islam, but I have insufficient knowledge of that religion to be sure) is "omniscient". That literally means knowing everything. It is sometimes combined with other words as in "omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God...". Literally these words mean: all powerful, all knowing, and everywhere present God. I am quite sure that these words would not be used to describe any person who is thought to be less than divine.

There is a very old cartoon showing a bishop rebuking a boy servant by asking him "Who is it that sees all, knows all, and before whom even I am but a worm?" to which the boy answers "the Missus, my lord" (the bishop's wife).

The point of the joke is that the term "all knowing" cannot really be applied to a living person.

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    But what the question is really asking is whether you can use knowing as an adjective without all. – snailplane Jan 28 '18 at 23:33
  • I would say only in the sense of intimating private knowledge, as in "she gave him a knowing look". In other words she knows something about him that he knows she knows and wishes that nobody knew. – JeremyC Jan 28 '18 at 23:45
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    @JeremyC Yes, "omniscient" is the more technical term, but "all-knowing" is used, too (I'm a Protestant Christian and have heard loooots of sermons). But I concur with snailplane that the OP was asking about "knowing" as an attribute of a person—whether divine or not, is past the point, as it's not used as an attribute of persons, only of "looks", "glances", "nods", as you are saying (and as I've written in my answer). – tenebris2020 Jan 29 '18 at 2:33

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