It's sometimes easy to forget that the Bible wasn't originally written in our current everyday language. If you go way back to the beginning, the reality is that the Bible was written in three separate languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. As a result, the Bibles we use today have been translated several times before reaching our eyes and ears. When studying our translations, it can be helpful to go back to the original language and discover the original meanings of the words used.
It's actually a lot easier than it sounds. A simple internet search of the word and it's Strong's Concordance number will give you an original definition of the word in question. Once you've read the original definition, the internet search will more than likely also give you every scripture reference of that word's usage throughout the Bible. Simply reading through those cross references can give even more illumination for the original intent.