John 6:66-69: "From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve [apostles], Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God."
Isaiah 45:18: "For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else."
John 9:4 [Jesus, speaking to his disciples as he healed the blind man on the sabbath]: "I must work the works [referring to the miracles that Jesus was performing] of him that sent me [God], while it is day [while I am alive]: the night [death] cometh, when no man can work."
Proverbs 30:11: "There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother."
Matthew 7:13-14: "Enter ye in [to heaven] at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction [hell], and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto [eternal] life, and few there be that find it."
Philippians 2:4: "Look not every man on his own things [don't be too self-absorbed], but every man also on the things of others [show an interest in the concerns of others, and help them if and when you are able]."
[Note: Albert Barnes has a good commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, click on the link (www.godvine.com/bible/philippians/2-4) and scroll down to "Barnes' Notes." ]
Job 26:7: "He [God] stretcheth out the north [northern hemisphere] over the empty place [emptiness, when the earth was without form, and void], and hangeth the earth upon nothing."
Psalm 107:8: "Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!"
Leviticus 19:13: "Thou shalt not defraud [cheat] thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning."
Deuteronomy 5:11: "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."
Ecclesiastes 9:10: "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither [where] thou goest."
Proverbs 23:4-5: "Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven."
2 Corinthians 7:10: "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death."
[Note: Albert Barnes has a good commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, click on the link (www.godvine.com/bible/2-corinthians/7-10) and scroll down to "Barnes' Notes." ]
Matthew 18:15-17: "Moreover if thy brother [a fellow Christian] shall trespass [sin] against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican."
Proverbs 13:10: "Only by pride cometh contention [arguments, disagreements]: but with the well advised is wisdom."
JULY 16 - The Fall of Man
Genesis 3:1-7 [This takes place in the Garden of Eden, with Satan, disguised as the serpent, appearing to Adam and Eve and tempting them to sin]: "Now the serpent was more subtil [subtle] than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst [middle] of the garden [i.e., the tree of the knowledge of good and evil], God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes [of the mind, or understanding] shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons."
2 Timothy 3:13: "But evil men and seducers shall wax [become] worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."
Isaiah 64:6: "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses [good deeds] are as filthy rags*; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities [sins], like the wind, have taken us away."
*According to John Gill's commentary on Isaiah 64:6 (which you can find here: www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/isaiah-64-6.html), "The words may be rendered, 'as a menstruous cloth,' ... or as a foul plaster or cloth taken off a sore, with purulent matter [pus] on it, ... or any other impure and nauseous thing."
Psalm 34:19: "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all."
Revelation 20:11-15 [the apostle John, referring to his vision of future events]: "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it [the Lord Jesus Christ], from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great [all of them], stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
[Note: Albert Barnes has a good commentary on these verses. If you want to read them, click on the link (www.godvine.com/bible/revelation/20-12) and scroll down to "Barnes' Notes." This link is for verse 12; you can go backward or forward from there to read the other verses.]
Mark 2:14-17: "And as he [Jesus] passed by, he saw Levi [also known as Matthew, the tax collector] the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat [to eat] in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
2 Corinthians 5:20 [Paul and Timothy, writing to the members of the church at Corinth]: "Now then we are ambassadors for [representatives of] Christ, as though God did beseech [make an urgent appeal to] you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."
2 Corinthians 6:2: "(For he [God] saith [to Jesus], I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured [helped] thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)"
John 16:21: "A woman when she is in travail [labor] hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish [pain], for joy that a man is born into the world."
Proverbs 15:27: "He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts [as bribes] shall live."
Proverbs 30:12: "There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness [in the blood of Jesus Christ, which comes about when we, through faith, accept Jesus' death as full payment for our sins, ask him to come into our hearts, and receive him as our personal Savior]."
Ephesians 2:8-9: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it [salvation] is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
Galatians 5:1 [the apostle Paul, writing to the Christian churches in Galatia]: "Stand fast therefore in the liberty [of the gospel] wherewith Christ hath made us free [from religious rites and ceremonies], and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage [to Jewish ceremonial law]."
Psalm 51:5 [King David's prayer to God]: "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me [i.e., he was born a sinner]."
Colossians 3:12-13: "Put on therefore, as the elect of God [born-again Christians], holy and beloved, bowels of mercies [feelings of compassion], kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another [having patience or self-control when annoyed or provoked by someone], and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any [one]: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye."
Proverbs 31:20: "She [a virtuous woman] stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy."