Previous Verses
April 2017
APRIL 30

Psalm 56:3
[King David's prayer to God]: "What time [whenever] I am afraid, I will trust in thee [you] [for protection and help]."

APRIL 29

Acts 13:38-39 - We're Saved by Faith, Not Works
While preaching to Jews in the synagogue at Antioch, the apostle Paul said:

Verse 38: "Be it known unto you therefore [see note below*], men and brethren [brothers], that through this man [Jesus] is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins [by God … because Jesus willingly shed his blood on the cross, sacrificing his life, to pay for our sins]:"

Verse 39: "And by him
[through his suffering and death] all that believe [the gospel; i.e., that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day] are justified [made righteous in God's sight] from all things [sins], from which ye could not be justified by [obeying] the law of Moses."
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*In his commentary, Albert Barnes said, "Paul, having proved his [Jesus'] resurrection, and shown that he was the Messiah, now states the benefits that were to be derived from his death." (Source: www.godvine.com/bible/acts/13-38, "Barnes' Notes")

APRIL 28

1 John 3:5-6 - God Hates Sin, and We Should, Too

Verse 5: "And ye know that he
[the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God] was manifested [appeared among people, became a man] to take away our sins [by dying on the cross]; and in him is no sin."

Verse 6: "Whosoever abideth in him
[those who are united with Jesus in heart and mind and have a desire to please him] sinneth not [do not commit habitual and willful sin]: whosoever sinneth [whoever deliberately and intentionally continues to sin] hath [has] not seen him [Jesus--spiritually], neither [and has not] known him [as Savior; i.e., is not a true Christian]."

APRIL 27

Proverbs 27:2: "Let another man [person] praise thee, and not thine own mouth; [let] a stranger [anyone besides yourself] [praise you], and not thine own lips."

No boasting or bragging. In other words, don't "toot your own horn."

Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse, including many examples to back up his points regarding praise--from others and ourselves. If you want to read it, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch27_html/Prov.27.2.htm.

APRIL 26

Colossians 2:8: "Beware lest any man
[be careful not to let anyone] spoil you [pervert your mind, rob you of your faith and hope] through philosophy and vain deceit [false teachings], after the tradition of men [handed down from age to age through oral communication, or word of mouth], after the rudiments [basic principles, beliefs, rules] of the world [concerning religion, as in the ceremonial laws of the Jews], and not after Christ [what Jesus taught]."

APRIL 25

Proverbs 25:21-22 - Be Kind to Your Enemies
This especially applies to people who are suffering from hunger, thirst, injury, etc.

Verse 21: "If thine [your] enemy be hungry, give him [or her] bread [food] to eat; and if he [or she] be thirsty, give him [or her] water to drink:"

Verse 22: "For
[because by doing so] thou shalt heap [pile up] coals of fire [hot coals] upon his [or her] head [this can mean one of two things--see note below*], and the LORD shall reward thee [bless you] [for your kindness to your enemy and your obedience to God]."

We should always try to be kind to everyone, including our enemies. In my opinion, being mean to people who already hate us only makes them hate us more.
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*According to Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church, the phrase thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head in verse 21 can be interpreted as an act of kindness or an act of divine wrath and vengeance. Both meanings are explained in detail in his commentary on these verses.

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch25_html/Prov.25.21.htm.

APRIL 24

Proverbs 24:29: "Say not
[don't say], I will do so [the same thing] to him [another person (my neighbor, friend, companion, etc.)] as he [or she] hath done to me: I will render [return] to the man [or woman or child] according to his [or her] work."

In other words, if someone does you wrong, don't try to get even. Romans 12:19 says, "…Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord," so let God take care of the matter.


Note: In paragraph 2d of the introduction to his commentary on the above verse, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church says that there is some debate as to "whether verses 28 and 29 are to be considered as individual thoughts or if they are both speaking of the same theme."

He goes on to say:

"3. If they stand alone, then:
    "a. Verse 28 speaks about perjury = lying in court.
    "b. Verse 29 speaks of revenge.
"4. If they are to be taken as a unit of thought then:
    "a. They are both speaking about lying in court.
    "b. Verse 28 forbids lying and deception in court
    "c. Verse 29 forbids lying in court to take revenge on an enemy."

Then he comes to the following conclusion:

"5. It is probably best to understand these two proverbs as one proverbial thought… acknowledging that even as a unit, each passage can have many applications on its own-beyond the courtroom scene."

For today's verse, I chose to focus on the subject of revenge in general.

If you want to read Pastor Delany's commentaries on one or both of these verses, here are the links:

-- Verse 28: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch24_html/Prov.24.28.htm
-- Verse 29: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch24_html/Prov.24.29.htm

APRIL 23

Proverbs 23:19--21 - The Results of Drunkenness and Gluttony
King Solomon warns his son to exercise self-control and stay away from bad people.

Verse 19: "Hear thou [listen], my son, and be wise [make wise decisions], and guide thine heart in the way [right direction]."

Verse 20: "Be not among
[don't hang out with] winebibbers [alcoholics, drunkards--people who drink to excess]; [or] among riotous eaters of flesh [gluttons--people who eat too much]:"

Verse 21: "For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty
[will become poor]: and drowsiness [excessive sleepiness or laziness, especially due to drunkenness] shall clothe [dress] a man [person] with rags [old and torn clothing … because he or she won't have the money to buy nice things]."

As usual, Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on these verses. If you want to read it, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch23_html/Prov.23.19.htm.

APRIL 22

Psalm 24:1
[King David wrote]: "The earth is the LORD'S, and [so is] the fulness thereof [everything in it]; the world [is the LORD'S], and [so are] they that dwell therein [its inhabitants]."

In other words, God created our planet, so the earth and everything on it and in it (plants, animals, minerals and precious metals, people and the things that they make or build, etc.) belongs to him.

APRIL 21

Deuteronomy 5:18
[Moses reminded the children of Israel (Jews) of the seventh commandment when he said]: "Neither shalt thou [you shall not] commit adultery."

Dictionary.com's definition of adultery: voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse.

GotQuestions.org has written an article to answer the following question: "Why is 'You shall not commit adultery' in the Ten Commandments?" If you want to read it, here's the link: www.gotquestions.org/you-shall-not-commit-adultery.html.

APRIL 20

1 John 3:14: "We know that we have passed from
[spiritual] death unto [spiritual] life [i.e., that we have been born again, or saved], because we love [are fond of, have affection for] the brethren [fellow Christians, our 'brothers and sisters in Christ']. He [or she] that loveth not [does not love] his [or her] [Christian] brother [or sister] abideth in death [is still unsaved, or remains spiritually dead]."

According to the Bible, born-again Christians are children of God, as is confirmed by the following verse:

-- Galatians 3:26: "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."

APRIL 19

Psalm 91:9-12 - Protected by God's Angels
This is a message from the psalmist to believers, or born-again Christians.

Verses 9-10: "Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my [the psalmist's] refuge [place of shelter], even the most High [God], thy habitation [your home]; There shall no evil befall thee [happen to you], neither shall any plague [any type of punishment (disease, pain, suffering, etc.) sent from God] come nigh [near] thy dwelling [your residence, the place where you live]."

Verses 11-12: "For
[because] he [God] shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee [keep you safe, guard and protect you] in all thy ways [wherever you go, in whatever you do]. They [the angels] shall bear [lift or hold] thee up in their hands [i.e., they will carry you], lest thou [so you won't] dash thy foot against a stone [stumble and fall--into sin, trouble, danger, etc.]."

In other words, God sends his angels to protect Christians who love him and obey his word.

APRIL 18

Romans 5:8-9: "But God commendeth
[has expressed, shown, proven, given clear evidence of] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ [Jesus] died [on the cross] for us [to pay for our sins]. Much more then, being now justified [pardoned, accepted as righteous by God] by his [Jesus'] blood, we shall be saved from [God's] wrath [anger; i.e., punishment in hell] through him [Jesus]."

For an explanation of the importance and power of Jesus' blood, read "What is the meaning of the blood of Christ?" Here's the link: www.gotquestions.org/blood-of-Christ.html.

APRIL 17

Psalm 40:8
[King David's psalm, referring to Jesus' prayer to God]: "I delight to do thy will [I take pleasure in doing what you want me to do], O my God: yea [yes], thy law is within [written in] my heart."

This was Jesus' prayer, but it should be the prayer of Christians as well.

APRIL 16

John 20:1-18 - The Resurrection of Jesus

Verse 1: "The first day of the week
[Sunday] cometh Mary Magdalene early [before dawn], when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre [tomb], and seeth the stone taken away [notices that the very large rock had been removed] from the [entrance of the] sepulchre."

Verses 2-4: "Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved
[i.e., John], and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord [Jesus] out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple [John] did outrun [run faster than] Peter, and came first to the sepulchre."

Verses 5-9: "And he
[John] stooping down, and looking in [into the tomb], saw the linen [grave] clothes lying [there]; yet went he not in [but he didn't go inside]. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie [lying there], And the napkin, that was about his [the cloth that had been covering Jesus'] head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together [folded] in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple [John], which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw [the same things that Peter saw], and believed [that Jesus was alive]. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he [Jesus] must rise again from the dead."

Verse 10: "Then the disciples went away again unto their own home."

Verses 11-13: "But Mary stood without
[outside] at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth [sees] two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou [why are you crying]? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him."

Verses 14-15: "And when she had thus said, she turned herself back
[around], and saw Jesus standing [there], and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou [whom do you seek]? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence [carried him away], tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away."

Verses 16-17 "Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself
[toward Jesus], and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not [don't touch me]; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren [disciples], and say unto them, I [Jesus] ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God."

Verse 18: "Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her."

In regard to Jesus' words Touch me not in verse 16, C. I. Scofield explains:

"Three views are held:

"(1) That Jesus speaks to Mary as the High Priest fulfilling the day of atonement (Leviticus 16). Having accomplished the sacrifice, He was on His way to present the sacred blood in heaven, and that, between the meeting with Mary in the garden and the meeting of Matthew 28:9 [when the women came and held him by the feet]. He had so ascended and returned: a view in harmony with types.

"(2) That Mary Magdalene, knowing as yet only Christ after the flesh … and having found her Beloved, sought only to hold Him so; while He, about to assume a new relation to His disciples in ascension, gently teaches Mary that now she must not seek to hold Him to the earth, but rather become His messenger of the new joy.

"(3) That He merely meant: "Do not detain me now; I am not yet ascended; you will see me again; run rather to my brethren," etc.

(Source: www.studylight.org/commentary/john/20-17.html, "Scofield's Reference Notes")


Here is an excellent reason for believing the first view given above. It is quoted from "The Blood of Jesus is in Heaven On the Mercy Seat!" (www.jesus-is-savior.com/Believer%27s%20Corner/Doctrines/blood_in_heaven.htm).

The LITERAL Blood of Jesus Had to be Applied to the Mercy Seat in Heaven

The great Bible teacher, M.R. DeHaan, M.D. …, has it 100% correct when he states concerning the blood of Jesus...

   "The blood was to be sprinkled, remember, on the mercy seat right after the death of the substitutionary animal of sacrifice, Now Christ is, of course, our substitute. He was slain for us upon the Cross, and entered into death for us, and when He arose, He immediately went to heaven, entered into the holy of holies in heaven, sprinkled His precious blood upon the mercy seat before the throne of God, and forever settled the sin questions, and delivered us from the curse of the law. This is clearly taught in the New testament. Hebrews 9:12 is very definite on this:

      'But by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.'

   "The Bible also makes plain when He accomplished this. On the morning of the resurrection He meets Mary at the tomb. As soon as Mary recognized Him, she prostrated herself upon Him, and would have kissed His feet, but with shocking suddenness, Jesus emphatically says to her: 'Touch me not'; and then He proceeds immediately to give the reason why Mary is not permitted to touch Him at all.

      'For I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.' (John 20:17)

   "Literally the Lord Jesus Christ said, 'Touch me not; for I now am about to ascend unto my Father.' We can understand this action when we remember the the high priest after he had offered the sacrifice, was to enter the holy of holies, before he did anything else, with the precious blood. No one was allowed to approach him. Everyone was shut out until this was completely done. And here in the record of the meeting with Mary we have the fulfillment of this type. Here Mary meets her great High Priest, just arisen from the tomb, but before He had entered the holy of holies with the reconciling blood. And so He says to her, 'TOUCH ME NOT.'

   SOURCE: The TABERNACLE, by M.R. DeHaan, M.D., ISBN 0-310-23491-3, page 129.

APRIL 15

Proverbs 15:1: "A soft answer
[gentle words, a kind response] turneth away wrath [anger, fury, rage]: but grievous [provoking, offensive] words stir up anger."

Following this advice is a great way to end arguments and/or keep the peace.

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch15_html/Prov.15.1.htm.

APRIL 14

Matthew 12:38-41 - When Was Jesus Crucified?

Verse 38: "Then certain
[some] of the scribes [teachers of the people and interpreters of the law] and of the Pharisees [members of a religious group] answered [Jesus], saying, Master, we would [like to] see a sign from thee [you] [i.e., a sign from heaven, in the form of a miracle] [to prove that you are the Christ, or Messiah, and have been sent by God]."

Verses 39-40: "But he
[Jesus] answered and said unto them [the crowd], An evil and adulterous generation [referring to the Jews, many of whom--at that time--were unfaithful to their spouses and/or God] seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it [to the 'evil and adulterous generation'], but [except] the sign of the prophet Jonas [Jonah]: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man [Jesus] be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth [i.e., Jesus would be in the grave, or tomb, for three days and three nights between his crucifixion and resurrection, which was the same amount of time that Jonah spent inside the whale]."

Verse 41: "The men
[inhabitants] of Nineveh [the capital city of the Assyrian empire] shall rise [as witnesses] in judgment [on judgment day] with this generation [of Jews], and [the example of the Ninevites] shall condemn it [this generation]: because they [the people of Nineveh] repented at the preaching of Jonas [a prophet (messenger of God), who was only a man)]; and, behold, a greater [one] than Jonas is here [referring to himself (Jesus), who was and is the Son of God)] [and the Jews refused to repent at his preaching]."

Christians normally celebrate Good Friday as the day when Jesus was crucified, but according to verse 40 above, that's not true. There are other theories about when he died, and they are discussed in the following article: "On what day was Jesus crucified?". If you want to read it, here's the link: www.gotquestions.org/three-days.html.

APRIL 13

Proverbs 13:20: "He
[or she] that walketh [keeps company, spends much time] with wise men [people] shall be wise: but a companion of [someone who is a close friend of or hangs around with] fools shall be destroyed."

In his commentary on this verse, Adam Clarke wrote: "To walk with a person implies love and attachment; and it is impossible not to imitate those we love. So we say, 'Show me his company, and I'll tell you the man.' Let me know the company he keeps, and I shall easily guess his moral character." (Source: www.godvine.com/bible/proverbs/13-20, "Clarke's Commentary")

Salem Bible Church also has an excellent commentary on this verse, including many examples of how our friends and companions influence our behavior. If you want to read it, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch13_html/Prov.13.20.htm.

APRIL 12

Luke 11:9-10 - The Power of Prayer
In these verses, Jesus encouraged his disciples to pray:

Verse 9: "And I say unto you [who are born-again Christians], Ask [God for what you need or want; i.e., pray in faith, in Jesus' name, according to the will of God], and it shall be given [to] you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

Verse 10: "For every one
[every true Christian--see note below*] that asketh [for something from God] receiveth [it]; and he [or she] that seeketh [something] findeth [it]; and to him [or her] that knocketh [continues knocking] [on the door of God's heavenly house] it [the door] shall be opened."
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*For the definition of true Christian, please read the following article: "What is a true Christian" (www.gotquestions.org/true-Christian.html).

APRIL 11

1 Corinthians 11:23-30 - The Lord's Supper
The apostle Paul, in a letter to the Corinthian church, wrote:

Verses 23-24: "For I have received of [directly from] the Lord that [information] which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed [by Judas Iscariot] took bread: And when he had given thanks [to God], he brake it [the bread], and said [to his disciples], Take [it], [and] eat: this is [a symbol of] my body, which is broken for you [on the cross--one time, as a sacrifice--to pay for your sins]: this do [i.e., eat the bread] in remembrance of me [i.e., of Jesus' suffering and death]."

Verses 25-26 "After the same manner also he
[Jesus] took the cup [of wine], when he had supped [eaten the Passover meal], saying, This cup is [represents] the new testament in my blood [a new covenant, agreement, dispensation]: this do ye, as oft [often] as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup [of wine (or grape juice, as is used in some churches today)], ye do shew [show, proclaim, remember] the Lord's death till he come [i.e., until Jesus returns to judge the world]."

Verse 27: "Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily
[in a thoughtless, careless, improper way or for the wrong reason, such as lacking proper respect or seriousness for the Lord's supper, treating it like a common meal rather than observation of an ordinance (established rite or ceremony), etc.], shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord [i.e., will share the guilt of Jesus' death with those who shouted, 'Crucify him, crucify him']."

Verses 28-30: "But let a man
[i.e., every born-again Christian] examine himself [his or her thoughts, words, and actions--to make sure he or she is partaking of the Lord's supper for the right reasons and that all known sins have been confessed to, and forgiven by, God], and so [then] let him [or her] eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he [or she] that eateth and drinketh unworthily [irreverently] [during the Lord's supper], eateth and drinketh damnation [condemnation, judgment, punishment] to himself [or herself], not discerning the Lord's body [by not understanding the true meaning of the Lord's supper and/or by treating it as a common meal rather than something that is very special to God]. For this cause [reason] many are weak and sickly [sick] among you, and many sleep [have died].

APRIL 10

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 - Companions Are Good

Verse 9: "Two
[people--friends, marriage partners, etc.] are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour."

Verse 10: "For if they fall
[down, or into trouble], the one will lift up his [or her] fellow [companion] [or will assist the other person by providing comfort, advice, encouragement, etc.]: but woe [great sorrow or distress] [will come] to him [or her] that is alone when he [or she] falleth [into danger, temptation, sin, etc.]; for he [or she] hath not another [person] to help him [or her] up."

APRIL 9

Psalm 118:24: "This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."

According to commentators, this verse refers to the Sabbath. However, as Christians, we should appreciate every day that we are given by God, especially Sunday (sometimes called the "Lord's day") and Easter (when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ).

APRIL 8

Galatians 3:24-25 - Purpose of the Law:

Verse 24: "Wherefore the law
[of God, as given to the Jewish nation through the prophet Moses] was our schoolmaster [teacher] to bring us unto Christ [Jesus] [i.e., to make us realize that we have sinned (disobeyed God's commandments--see note below*) and need a Savior (in this case Jesus, who became the only acceptable sacrifice for our sins)], [so] that we might be justified [made righteous before God] by faith."

Verse 25: "But after that faith is come
[after we are born again, or saved], we are no longer under a schoolmaster [we no longer need a teacher and are free from the ceremonial parts of the Mosaic law (i.e., no longer in bondage to religious ceremonies and rites)--see note below**]."
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*James 2:10: "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." In this verse, the phrase keep the whole law refers to obeying the moral law, including the Ten Commandments. For your convenience, they are listed below:

Exodus 20:2-17 - The Ten Commandments

I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
[1] Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
[2] Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
[3] Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
[4] Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
[5] Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
[6] Thou shalt not kill.
[7] Thou shalt not commit adultery.
[8] Thou shalt not steal.
[9] Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
[10] Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's."


**I found two good articles that explain what the apostle Paul meant when he said, in verse 25, that we are no longer under a schoolmaster. They are as follows:

-- "What does it mean that Christians are not under the law?" (
www.gotquestions.org/not-under-the-law.html)
-- "What is antinomianism?" (
www.gotquestions.org/antinomianism.html)

APRIL 7

Proverbs 20:18: "Every purpose
[intention or plan to do something] is established [decided] by counsel [advice, guidance]: and with good advice make war."

Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse, including many examples of why we should always seek good advice and direction (from people, the Bible, and God himself), not only before going to war but before making any big life decisions.

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch20_html/Prov.20.18.htm.

APRIL 6

Psalm 94:19 [the psalmist's prayer to God]: "In the multitude [great number] of my thoughts within me [including anxious, nagging, troublesome thoughts] thy comforts [comforting thoughts … about God, Jesus, heaven, hope, faith, love, etc.] delight my soul [bring me much joy]."

APRIL 5

Psalm 147:3: "He
[God] healeth the broken in heart [broken-hearted people, or those who are overcome by grief (great sorrow or sadness), disappointment, or despair (feelings of hopelessness)], and bindeth up their wounds [like doctors, who put bandages on injuries]."

APRIL 4

Jude 1:3
[Jude, brother of James--and, most likely, half-brother of Jesus--writing to Christians, said]: "Beloved, when I gave all diligence [was determined, had intended] to write unto you of the common salvation [salvation that is common to everyone, Jews and gentiles (non-Jews) alike], it was needful [necessary] for me to write unto you [about false teachers], and exhort [strongly encourage] you that ye should earnestly contend for [defend--by debate, reasoning, etc.] the faith [truth of the gospel] which was once [one time] delivered [by God, through inspiration of the Holy Spirit and by the teachings of Jesus and his apostles,] unto the saints [born-again Christians]."

APRIL 3

Psalm 113:3: "From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same
[from sunrise to sunset and/or from east to west (i.e., throughout the world)] the LORD'S name is to be praised [meaning that it's always good to praise God]."

APRIL 2

1 Corinthians 1:10
[the apostle Paul, in a letter to the Christian church at Corinth, said]: "Now I beseech [implore, beg] you, brethren [fellow believers], by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ [by his authority and as his representative], that ye all speak the same thing [agree on the fundamental, or basic, Christian doctrines--see note below*], and that there be no divisions [within the church] among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."

Individual Christians may sometimes disagree about minor points of our religion, but as a group, we should always be united and able to live in harmony (have a peaceful, friendly relationship) with one another.
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*According to McGuiggan's commentary, fundamental truths "are those the Bible links explicity [sic] or clearly implicitly with such categories as remission of sins, salvation, union with Christ, eternal life, forgiveness, justification, redemption, propitiation, washing away of sins, reconciliation, and the like." (Source: www.studylight.org/commentary/1-corinthians/1-10.html, "Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible")

APRIL 1

Luke 12:15-21 - Parable of the Rich Fool

Verse 15: "And he
[Jesus] said unto them [his disciples, or followers], Take heed [pay attention], and beware of [guard against] covetousness [greed]: for a man's [person's] life consisteth not in [does not depend upon] the abundance [large quantity or amount] of the things which he [or she] possesseth."

Verses 16-17: "And he
[Jesus] spake a parable unto them [told them a story], saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully [produced many crops]: And he [the rich man] thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow [gather together, collect] my fruits [of the earth (i.e., fruits, vegetables, grain)]?"

Verses 18-19: "And he
[the rich man] said [to himself], This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater [larger] [ones]; and there will I bestow [store] all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul [myself], Soul, thou hast much goods [property] laid up for many years; take thine ease [rest, relax], eat, drink, and be merry [enjoy life]."

Verses 20-21: "But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee
[tonight you will die]: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he [or she] [a fool, like the rich man, and likely to suffer a similar fate] that [referring to the person who] layeth up treasure for himself [or herself], and is not rich toward God."

In other words, money and possessions will not prolong your life.


Albert Barnes summarized the parable as follows:

"From this instructive parable we learn:

"1. That wicked people are often signally prospered - their ground brings forth plentifully. God gives them their desire, but sends leanness into their souls.

"2. That riches bring with them always an increasing load of cares and anxieties.

"3. That they steal away the affections from God - are sly, insinuating, and dangerous to the soul.

"4. That the anxiety of a covetous man is not what 'good' he may do with his wealth, but where he may hoard it, and keep it secure from doing any good.

"5. That riches cannot secure their haughty owners from the grave. Death will come upon them suddenly, unexpectedly, awfully. In the very midst of the brightest anticipations - in a moment - in the twinkling of an eye it may come, and all the wealth that has been accumulated cannot alleviate one pang, or drive away one fear, or prolong life for one moment.

"6. That the man who is trusting to his riches in this manner is a fool in the sight of God. Soon, also, he will be a fool in his 'own' sight, and will go to hell with the consciousness that his life has been one of eminent folly.

"7. That the path of true wisdom is to seek first the kingdom of God, and to be ready to die; and 'then' it matters little what is our portion here, or how suddenly or soon we are called away to meet our Judge. If our affections are not fixed on our riches, we shall leave them without regret. If our treasures are laid up in heaven, death will be but 'going home,' and happy will be that moment when we are called to our rest."

(Source: www.godvine.com/bible/luke/12-21, "Barnes' Notes")


For additional insights on the parable, you can read the following article: "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Rich Fool?" Here's the link: www.gotquestions.org/parable-rich-fool.html.

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