NOVEMBER 10

Isaiah 64:8
[During his prayer to God concerning the nation of Israel, the prophet Isaiah said]: "But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou [you] [are] our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand."

God has created the Jewish people and everyone else in the world, and he is able to shape us as he sees fit (like a potter does with a lump of clay while creating a beautiful vase). This is especially true after we get saved.

NOVEMBER 9

Psalm 34:9-10: "O fear the LORD
[reverence him, honor him], ye his saints [you born-again Christians]: for there is no want [lack or deficiency of something that is needed] to them that fear him. The young lions do lack [food], and suffer hunger: but they [the people] that seek the LORD [both in prayer and as their savior and friend] shall not want [be without] any good thing."

NOVEMBER 8

Proverbs 8:13
["Lady Wisdom," or God's wisdom personified, says]: "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil [see explanation below*]: pride, and arrogancy [arrogance, conceit, egotism (believing that you are better, smarter, and/or more important than other people)], and the evil way [sinning, doing bad things], and the froward [unmanageable, uncontrollable] mouth [especially when it says mean and hurtful things], do I [Lady Wisdom--and God!] hate."

Salem Bible Church has a good explanation of this verse, which is combined with the commentary on verse 14. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-8-index/proverbs-8_13-14/.
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*In the above verse, The fear of the LORD is to hate evil means that a wise person (someone with 'the fear of the LORD,' or a fear of displeasing God) will hate all evil things, including bad thoughts, bad words, bad actions, bad company (friends), bad forms of worship, and bad doctrines or beliefs.

NOVEMBER 7

James 5:13
[A message from the apostle James to Christians]: "Is any[one] among you afflicted [troubled by physical or mental pain and/or suffering (sickness, death of a loved one, disappointment, persecution, loss of property, etc.)]? let him [or her] pray [to God]. Is any[one] merry [happy]? let him [or her] sing psalms [songs of praise to God]."

Concerning the phrase let him pray in the above verse, John Gill said:

"… Times of afflictions are proper times for prayer; there is then more especially need of it; and God sometimes lays his afflicting hand upon his people, when they have been negligent of their duty, and he has not heard of them for some time, in order to bring them near to him, to seek his face, pay him a visit, and pour out a prayer before him …"

(Source for quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/james/5-13.html, "John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible")

NOVEMBER 6

James 2:15-18 - Faith and Works:

Verses 15-16: "If a brother or sister
[if someone, especially a fellow Christian (a brother or sister in Christ)] be naked [without clothes, or dressed in 'rags'], and destitute of [lacking, without enough] daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart [go away, leave] in peace, be ye warmed and filled [properly clothed and fed]; notwithstanding ye give them not [but you don't give them] those things which are needful to [necessary for] the body; what doth it profit [what good does it do]?

Verses 17-18: "Even so faith
[in Christ for salvation], if it hath not [is not accompanied by] works [good works, charitable acts], is dead, being alone. Yea [yes], a man may say, Thou hast [you have] faith, and I have works: shew me [show me, give evidence of] thy [your] faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works [see note below*]."

If we're saved, we should gladly help people who are in need.
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*Meaning of verse 18, according to Albert Barnes' commentary:

"And I will show thee my faith by my works - I will furnish in this way the best and most certain proof of the existence of faith. It is implied here that true faith is adapted to lead to a holy life, and that such a life would be the appropriate evidence of the existence of faith. By their fruits the principles held by men are known …"

(Source for quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/james-2.html, "Verse 18")

NOVEMBER 5

Matthew 18:10
[Jesus told his disciples]: "Take heed [pay attention to my warning] that ye despise not [don't hate] one of these little ones [referring to born-again Christians, who are being compared to children--see note below*]; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels [ministering spirits, including guardian angels] do always behold [look upon, see] the face of my Father [God] which is in heaven."
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*The phrase one of these little ones in the above verse refers to what Jesus said in Matthew 18:2-3: "And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted [in your thinking], and become [humble and believing,] as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."

NOVEMBER 4

Jeremiah 22:3
[A message from God, delivered to the king of Judah by the prophet Jeremiah]: "Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness [judge correctly], and deliver the spoiled [referring to people whose possessions have been stolen] out of the hand of the oppressor [i.e., rescue them from cruel and oppressive rulers (dictators, etc.)]: and do no wrong [to anyone], do no violence to the stranger [traveler, temporary resident], the fatherless [orphan], nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood [and don't harm or murder innocent and defenseless people, including babies] in this place [in your kingdom]."

This is good advice for all leaders, not just the king of Judah.

NOVEMBER 3

Proverbs 3:1-2
[King Solomon said to his son]: "My son, forget not my law [don't forget the things that I have taught you and the guidance that I have given to you throughout your life]; but let thine [your] heart keep [obey] my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee."

What Solomon said to his son is also true for born-again Christians, who are the "children of God": If we want to have a long, happy, and peaceful life, we should try to memorize scripture and obey God's word, especially the Ten Commandments.

We should memorize Bible verses because:

-- Psalm 119:11 says: "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."

The Bible is our best teacher because:

-- 2 Timothy 3:16 says: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on these verses. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-3-index/proverbs-3_1-2/.

NOVEMBER 2

Hebrews 4:12: "For the word of God
[the Bible--see Note 1 below] is quick [alive], and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder [cutting through and causing separation] of soul and spirit [explained in Note 2 below], and [separation] of the joints [places in the body (elbow, knee, etc.) where two bones are joined together] and marrow [a substance contained within the bones], and is a discerner of [which means that it (the word of God) can detect, discover, judge] the thoughts and intents [intentions] of the heart [mind, conscience]."

In his commentary, Albert Barnes said this verse shows "… that we cannot escape the notice of God; that all insincerity, unbelief, hypocrisy, will be detected by him; and that since our hearts are perfectly open before him, we should be sincere and should not attempt to deceive him. The sense is, that the truth of God is all-penetrating and searching, and that the real thoughts and intents of the heart will be brought to light, and that if there is insincerity and self-deception there can be no hope of escape."

(Source for quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/hebrews-4.html, "Verse 12")
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Note 1: For a detailed explanation of why the Bible is called the word of God, read "Is the Bible truly God's Word?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-God-Word.html.

Note 2: Regarding soul and spirit: "The soul and the spirit are connected, but separable … The soul is the essence of humanity's being; it is who we are. The spirit is the immaterial part of humanity that connects with God." (Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/soul-spirit.html)

NOVEMBER 1

Psalm 7:11: "God judgeth
[does justice to, or pronounces a just judgment on behalf of,] the righteous [referring to born-again Christians, who are considered righteous because they have accepted Jesus' death on the cross as payment for their sins], and God is angry with the wicked [people, or unsaved sinners,] every day [continually, constantly, always]."

Regarding the above verse, Albert Barnes said:

"God judgeth the righteous - That is, he pronounces a just judgment on their behalf; he vindicates their character. It is true, in a general sense, that God judges all according to their character; but the particular idea here is, that God will do justice to the righteous; he will interpose to vindicate them, and he will treat them as they ought to be treated when assailed by their enemies, and when reproached and calumniated. The original phrase here is susceptible of two translations; either, 'God is a righteous judge' or, 'God is judging,' that is judges, 'the righteous.' The sense is not materially varied, whichever translation is adopted. Our common version [i.e., King James] has probably expressed the true idea; and there the design of the writer is to contrast the manner in which God regards and treats the righteous, with the manner in which he regards and treats the wicked. The one he judges, that is, he does him justice; with the other he is angry every day."

(Source for quote:
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-7.html, "Verse 11")


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NOVEMBER 11

2 Timothy 2:3-4 - The Apostle Paul's Advice to Timothy
This advice is not only for ministers of the gospel (like Timothy) but also for all Christians.

Verse 3: "Thou therefore endure hardness [hardship, trouble], as a good soldier of Jesus Christ."

Verse 4: "No man
[person] that warreth [who goes to war] entangleth himself [or herself] [i.e., becomes entangled, involved, ensnared] with the affairs of this life; [a minister and/or Christian should follow this example--see note below*] [so] that he [or she] may please him [referring to Jesus] who hath chosen him [or her] to be a soldier."
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*In his commentary on verse 4, Albert Barnes says:

"… Neither the minister nor the soldier is to be encumbered with the affairs of this life, and the one should not be more than the other. This is always a condition in becoming a soldier. He gives up his own business during the time for which he is enlisted, and devotes himself to the service of his country. The farmer leaves his plow, and the mechanic his shop, and the merchant his store, and the student his books, and the lawyer his brief; and neither of them expect to pursue these things while engaged in the service of their country …"

(Source for quote:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/2-timothy/2-4.html, "Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible")


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NOVEMBER 10

Isaiah 64:8
[During his prayer to God concerning the nation of Israel, the prophet Isaiah said]: "But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou [you] [are] our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand."

God has created the Jewish people and everyone else in the world, and he is able to shape us as he sees fit (like a potter does with a lump of clay while creating a beautiful vase). This is especially true after we get saved.

NOVEMBER 9

Psalm 34:9-10: "O fear the LORD
[reverence him, honor him], ye his saints [you born-again Christians]: for there is no want [lack or deficiency of something that is needed] to them that fear him. The young lions do lack [food], and suffer hunger: but they [the people] that seek the LORD [both in prayer and as their savior and friend] shall not want [be without] any good thing."

NOVEMBER 8

Proverbs 8:13
["Lady Wisdom," or God's wisdom personified, says]: "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil [see explanation below*]: pride, and arrogancy [arrogance, conceit, egotism (believing that you are better, smarter, and/or more important than other people)], and the evil way [sinning, doing bad things], and the froward [unmanageable, uncontrollable] mouth [especially when it says mean and hurtful things], do I [Lady Wisdom--and God!] hate."

Salem Bible Church has a good explanation of this verse, which is combined with the commentary on verse 14. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-8-index/proverbs-8_13-14/.
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*In the above verse, The fear of the LORD is to hate evil means that a wise person (someone with 'the fear of the LORD,' or a fear of displeasing God) will hate all evil things, including bad thoughts, bad words, bad actions, bad company (friends), bad forms of worship, and bad doctrines or beliefs.

NOVEMBER 7

James 5:13
[A message from the apostle James to Christians]: "Is any[one] among you afflicted [troubled by physical or mental pain and/or suffering (sickness, death of a loved one, disappointment, persecution, loss of property, etc.)]? let him [or her] pray [to God]. Is any[one] merry [happy]? let him [or her] sing psalms [songs of praise to God]."

Concerning the phrase let him pray in the above verse, John Gill said:

"… Times of afflictions are proper times for prayer; there is then more especially need of it; and God sometimes lays his afflicting hand upon his people, when they have been negligent of their duty, and he has not heard of them for some time, in order to bring them near to him, to seek his face, pay him a visit, and pour out a prayer before him …"

(Source for quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/james/5-13.html, "John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible")

NOVEMBER 6

James 2:15-18 - Faith and Works:

Verses 15-16: "If a brother or sister
[if someone, especially a fellow Christian (a brother or sister in Christ)] be naked [without clothes, or dressed in 'rags'], and destitute of [lacking, without enough] daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart [go away, leave] in peace, be ye warmed and filled [properly clothed and fed]; notwithstanding ye give them not [but you don't give them] those things which are needful to [necessary for] the body; what doth it profit [what good does it do]?

Verses 17-18: "Even so faith
[in Christ for salvation], if it hath not [is not accompanied by] works [good works, charitable acts], is dead, being alone. Yea [yes], a man may say, Thou hast [you have] faith, and I have works: shew me [show me, give evidence of] thy [your] faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works [see note below*]."

If we're saved, we should gladly help people who are in need.
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*Meaning of verse 18, according to Albert Barnes' commentary:

"And I will show thee my faith by my works - I will furnish in this way the best and most certain proof of the existence of faith. It is implied here that true faith is adapted to lead to a holy life, and that such a life would be the appropriate evidence of the existence of faith. By their fruits the principles held by men are known …"

(Source for quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/james-2.html, "Verse 18")

NOVEMBER 5

Matthew 18:10
[Jesus told his disciples]: "Take heed [pay attention to my warning] that ye despise not [don't hate] one of these little ones [referring to born-again Christians, who are being compared to children--see note below*]; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels [ministering spirits, including guardian angels] do always behold [look upon, see] the face of my Father [God] which is in heaven."
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*The phrase one of these little ones in the above verse refers to what Jesus said in Matthew 18:2-3: "And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted [in your thinking], and become [humble and believing,] as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."

NOVEMBER 4

Jeremiah 22:3
[A message from God, delivered to the king of Judah by the prophet Jeremiah]: "Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness [judge correctly], and deliver the spoiled [referring to people whose possessions have been stolen] out of the hand of the oppressor [i.e., rescue them from cruel and oppressive rulers (dictators, etc.)]: and do no wrong [to anyone], do no violence to the stranger [traveler, temporary resident], the fatherless [orphan], nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood [and don't harm or murder innocent and defenseless people, including babies] in this place [in your kingdom]."

This is good advice for all leaders, not just the king of Judah.

NOVEMBER 3

Proverbs 3:1-2
[King Solomon said to his son]: "My son, forget not my law [don't forget the things that I have taught you and the guidance that I have given to you throughout your life]; but let thine [your] heart keep [obey] my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee."

What Solomon said to his son is also true for born-again Christians, who are the "children of God": If we want to have a long, happy, and peaceful life, we should try to memorize scripture and obey God's word, especially the Ten Commandments.

We should memorize Bible verses because:

-- Psalm 119:11 says: "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."

The Bible is our best teacher because:

-- 2 Timothy 3:16 says: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on these verses. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-3-index/proverbs-3_1-2/.

NOVEMBER 2

Hebrews 4:12: "For the word of God
[the Bible--see Note 1 below] is quick [alive], and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder [cutting through and causing separation] of soul and spirit [explained in Note 2 below], and [separation] of the joints [places in the body (elbow, knee, etc.) where two bones are joined together] and marrow [a substance contained within the bones], and is a discerner of [which means that it (the word of God) can detect, discover, judge] the thoughts and intents [intentions] of the heart [mind, conscience]."

In his commentary, Albert Barnes said this verse shows "… that we cannot escape the notice of God; that all insincerity, unbelief, hypocrisy, will be detected by him; and that since our hearts are perfectly open before him, we should be sincere and should not attempt to deceive him. The sense is, that the truth of God is all-penetrating and searching, and that the real thoughts and intents of the heart will be brought to light, and that if there is insincerity and self-deception there can be no hope of escape."

(Source for quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/hebrews-4.html, "Verse 12")
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Note 1: For a detailed explanation of why the Bible is called the word of God, read "Is the Bible truly God's Word?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-God-Word.html.

Note 2: Regarding soul and spirit: "The soul and the spirit are connected, but separable … The soul is the essence of humanity's being; it is who we are. The spirit is the immaterial part of humanity that connects with God." (Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/soul-spirit.html)

NOVEMBER 1

Psalm 7:11: "God judgeth
[does justice to, or pronounces a just judgment on behalf of,] the righteous [referring to born-again Christians, who are considered righteous because they have accepted Jesus' death on the cross as payment for their sins], and God is angry with the wicked [people, or unsaved sinners,] every day [continually, constantly, always]."

Regarding the above verse, Albert Barnes said:

"God judgeth the righteous - That is, he pronounces a just judgment on their behalf; he vindicates their character. It is true, in a general sense, that God judges all according to their character; but the particular idea here is, that God will do justice to the righteous; he will interpose to vindicate them, and he will treat them as they ought to be treated when assailed by their enemies, and when reproached and calumniated. The original phrase here is susceptible of two translations; either, 'God is a righteous judge' or, 'God is judging,' that is judges, 'the righteous.' The sense is not materially varied, whichever translation is adopted. Our common version [i.e., King James] has probably expressed the true idea; and there the design of the writer is to contrast the manner in which God regards and treats the righteous, with the manner in which he regards and treats the wicked. The one he judges, that is, he does him justice; with the other he is angry every day."

(Source for quote:
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-7.html, "Verse 11")


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