Isaiah 1:18: "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet [a bright red color], they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson [a deep purplish red], they shall be as wool [i.e., as white as undyed wool]." [In other words, that's what people mean when they sing, 'What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.']
Proverbs 22:7: "The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender."
[Note: Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch22_html/Prov.22.7.htm.]
Verse 16: "And, behold, one [a young man, who was a ruler] came and said unto him [Jesus], Good Master [teacher], what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?"
Verses 17-20: "And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life [have eternal life in heaven], keep [obey] the [ten] commandments. He saith unto him, Which [ones]? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder [6th commandment], Thou shalt not commit adultery [7th commandment], Thou shalt not steal [8th commandment], Thou shalt not bear false witness [9th commandment], Honour thy father and thy mother [5th commandment]: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept [obeyed] from my youth up [since I was a child]: what lack I yet [what else do I need to do]?"
Verses 21-22: "Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect [if your obedience will be complete], go and sell that thou hast [your possessions], and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me [obey my commandments, follow my example, and live like I do]. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful [filled with sadness]: for he had great possessions [was very rich--and, unfortunately, loved his money and possessions more than he loved God]."
Verses 23-26: "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily [truly] I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven [i.e., it is very hard for a rich man to be saved]. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God [heaven]. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved [born again]? But Jesus beheld [looked at] them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."
1 Timothy 2:1-4 [the apostle Paul, on the subject of prayer]: "I exhort [strongly urge] therefore, that, first of all [most importantly], supplications [prayers for mercy, guidance, protection, daily bread, etc.], prayers [for everything else we need], intercessions [prayers for assistance and blessings for others], and giving of thanks [to God for answered prayer], be made for all men; [but especially] For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may [have religious freedom and] lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved [whose desire is that everyone will be born again], and to come unto the knowledge of the truth [i.e., the gospel of Jesus Christ]."
Matthew 18:19-20 [Jesus, speaking to his disciples (the apostles) about organizing the church]: "Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching [regarding] any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father [God] which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name [as in church], there am I [Jesus, in their hearts, in Spirit form] in the midst [middle] of them."
Psalm 116:15: "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints [people who are saved; i.e., born-again Christians]."
John 14:15: "If ye love me [Jesus], keep my commandments."
Matthew 22:36-40 [One of the Pharisees, a lawyer, asked Jesus]: "Master, which is the great [greatest] commandment in the law [of Moses--the Ten Commandments]? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind [i.e., we should love God supremely--above everything else]. This is the first and great [most important] commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets [i.e., love is the basis of the teachings of the Old Testament]."
Proverbs 28:27: "He that giveth unto the poor [i.e., those who are poor through no fault of their own] shall not lack [blessings, and--for Christians--rewards in heaven]: but he that hideth his eyes [disregards/ignores poor people] shall have many a curse [including--for Christians--the loss of heavenly rewards]."
[Note: Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch28_html/Prov.28.27.htm.]
Proverbs 27:2: "Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger [anyone besides yourself], and not thine own lips." [No bragging or boasting; in other words, "Don't toot your own horn."]
John 6:37 [Jesus speaking]: "All that the Father [God] giveth me [i.e., everyone who believes the gospel and wants to be saved] shall come to me [Jesus]; and him that cometh to me [for salvation] I will in no wise [never] cast out."
Luke 9:49-50: "And John [one of the original twelve disciples/apostles] answered [Jesus] and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him [told him not to do it], because he followeth not with us [i.e., was not part of our group]. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us."
John 8:44 [Jesus, speaking to the unbelieving Jews]: "Ye are of your father the devil [i.e., you have the same temper, disposition, and spirit as he does], and the lusts [desires or wishes] of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning [of the world, as when he tempted Adam and Eve to sin and, as a result, brought physical and spiritual death to the human race], and abode not [did not continue] in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own [accord]: for he is a liar, and the father of it [i.e., he is the originator of all lies]."
Proverbs 14:9: "Fools make a mock at [make fun of] sin: but among the righteous there is favour [of God]."
Philippians 4:13 [the apostle Paul speaking]: "I can do all things [bear all trials, resist temptation, etc.] through [Jesus] Christ which strengtheneth [who strengthens] me."
Proverbs 22:6: "Train up a child in the way he should go [get him started on the right pathway of life]: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
Isaiah 42:8: "I am the LORD [Yahweh, Jehovah--the one true God]: that is my name: and my glory [honor] will I not give [will not allow to be given] to another, neither [will I allow] my praise to [be given to] graven images [idols]."
Matthew 5:43-45 [Jesus, speaking to his disciples]: "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love [show good will and compassion to] your enemies, bless [speak well of or to--or say nothing about] them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you [treat you maliciously, with an intent to injure], and persecute [harass or bully] you; That ye may be the children of [i.e., that you may resemble, imitate, be like] your Father [God] which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."
Hebrews 13:5-6: "Let your conversation [conduct] be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he [God] hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."
1 Corinthians 14:33 [the apostle Paul, in a letter to the Corinthian church, regarding rules for public worship, especially when it involves spiritual gifts, such as speaking in tongues, prophesying, etc.]: "For God is not the author of confusion [disorder], but of peace, as in all churches of the saints [i.e., Christian churches]."
James 1:13-15: "Let no man say when he is tempted [to sin], I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with [to do] evil, neither tempteth he any man [to do wrong]: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust [intense desire for something], and enticed [seduced, persuaded to do evil, led astray by promises of pleasure or profit]. Then when lust hath conceived [when our desire is indulged in an improper manner, as with gluttony, greed, covetousness, etc.], it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished [committed], bringeth forth death."
Matthew 4:17-20: "From that time [after he was tempted by Satan] Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother [both of whom were disciples of John the Baptist before he was put sent to prison], casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers [fishermen]. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men [soul winners]. And they straightway [immediately] left their nets, and followed him [became his disciples]."
2 Peter 3:8: "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."
Galatians 6:7-8: "Be not deceived [don't be misled or fooled]; God is not mocked [disrespected, dishonored, ignored]: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap [as when a farmer scatters/plants seeds and harvests a crop]. For he that soweth to his flesh [fleshly appetites and passions, luxurious living] shall of the flesh reap corruption [sorrow or distress, disease, death]; but he that soweth to the Spirit [of God; i.e., follows the leading of the Holy Spirit] shall of the [Holy] Spirit reap life everlasting [eternal life]."
Romans 10:1-4: "Brethren, my heart's desire [sincere wish] and prayer to God for Israel [the Jewish nation] is, that they might be saved [born again]. For I [the apostle Paul] bear them record [bear witness, or give evidence] that they have a zeal of [great energy and enthusiasm for] God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness [not understanding the gospel, or the plan of salvation; i.e., that sinners are justified by grace through faith in Jesus Christ], and going about to establish their own righteousness [through good works and obedience to the law of Moses], have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For [faith in] Christ is the end of the [moral] law [i.e., the Ten Commandments] for righteousness [justification] to every one that believeth [on him--Jesus, the Messiah--for salvation]."
Genesis 16:1-12 - Ishmael and His Descendants (the Arab Nation)
Verses 1-4: "Now Sarai [Sarah] Abram's [Abraham's] wife bare him no children [was childless]: and she had an handmaid [a servant], an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened [listened] to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived [got pregnant]: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes [i.e., she hated Sarah]."
Verses 5-9: "And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee [i.e., she blamed Abraham for her problems]: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee. But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly [harshly] with her, she fled from her face [ran away]. And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou [where did you come from]? and whither wilt thou go [where will you go]? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands [serve and obey her]."
Verses 10-12: "And the angel of the LORD said unto her [Hagar], I will multiply thy seed [offspring] exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him [i.e., his descendants will always be at war with others]; and he shall dwell [live] in the presence of all his brethren [in the Middle East]."
Matthew 6:24: "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon [money, riches, wealth]."
Proverbs 15:3: "The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding [watching, observing, seeing] the evil and the good [i.e., everyone and everything, including what is done in secret]."
Matthew 26:41: "Watch [be on your guard] and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit [your mind and heart] indeed is willing [to bear the trials of your faith], but the flesh [human nature] is weak."