Previous Verses
July 2016
JUNE 30

Proverbs 24:17-18: "Rejoice not
[don't be joyful] when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad [don't be glad] when he stumbleth: Lest [or] the LORD [will] see it, and it [will] displease him, and he [will] turn away his wrath [anger] from him."

In other words, we shouldn't gloat (be happy) when others suffer, including our enemies. God will take care of any revenge and punishment that is necessary.

Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse, including an explanation of the important difference between rejoicing and gloating. If you want to read it, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch24_html/Prov.24.17.htm.

JUNE 29

Romans 12:10-13 - The Apostle Paul's Advice to Christians

Verse 10: "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love
[be kind to fellow Christians; treat them like family]; in honour preferring [having mutual respect for] one another;"

Verse 11: "Not slothful
[lazy] in business [employment, jobs, whatever we do]; fervent in spirit [having an enthusiastic attitude]; serving the Lord;"

Verse 12: "Rejoicing in hope
[of eternal life]; patient in tribulation [during trouble, suffering, hard times]; continuing instant [persevering] in prayer [i.e., praying often];"

Verse 13: "Distributing to the necessity of saints
[helping needy Christians]; given to hospitality [the generous and friendly treatment of strangers and guests]."

JUNE 28

Matthew 7:12
[Jesus speaking, in his Sermon on the Mount]: "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would [desire] that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets [Old Testament teaching]."

You may be familiar with the Golden Rule ("Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"), which was taken from this verse.

JUNE 27

Acts 5:1-11 - Ananias and Sapphira
[During the time when many members of the early Christian church willingly shared their possessions with those who were poor]

Verses 1-2: "But a certain man named Ananias, [along] with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession [some land], And kept back [withheld] part of the price [the amount received], his wife also being privy to it [knowing about it], and brought a certain part [of the money], and laid it at the apostles' feet."

Verses 3-4: "But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart
[impelled (persuaded) you] to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it [while the land] remained [in your possession], was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power [to keep the money or give it away]? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart [i.e., the plan to pretend that you're giving all of the money to the church]? thou hast not lied unto men [people], but unto God."

Verses 5-6: "And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost
[died]: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up [like a mummy, in grave clothes (linen cloths, many folds of linen)], and carried him out, and buried him."

Verses 7-8: "And it was about the space of three hours after
[the death of Ananias], when his wife, not knowing what was done [what had happened to her husband], came in. And Peter answered unto her [said], Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much [i.e., a specific price that he stated]? And she said, Yea [yes], for so much [that amount]."

Verses 9-10: "Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together
[with your husband] to tempt the Spirit of the Lord [i.e., the Holy Spirit]? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. Then fell she down straightway [immediately she fell down] at his feet, and yielded up the ghost [died]: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth [away], buried her by her husband."

Verse 11: "And great fear came upon all the
[members of the] church, and upon as many [other people] as heard these things."

In his commentary on verse  9, Albert Barnes answers the question of why Ananias and Sapphira were punished in such a severe and awful manner for their sins of deception and hypocrisy. If you want to read it, click on the link (www.godvine.com/bible/acts/5-9) and scroll down to "Barnes' Notes."

JUNE 26

Psalm 19:1: "The heavens
[all things in the universe] declare the glory [greatness, majesty, excellence] of God; and the firmament [the sky above us, containing the sun, moon, and stars] sheweth [shows] his handywork [what he has made]."

JUNE 25

Psalm 145:2
[King David's prayer to God]: "Every day will I bless thee [worship and thank you]; and I will praise thy name [I will praise you] for ever and ever."

JUNE 24

2 Timothy 3:12
[the apostle Paul's advice to Timothy]: "Yea [yes], and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus [i.e., born-again Christians who obey the Bible] shall suffer persecution [can expect to be treated unfairly or unkindly by others due to their religious beliefs]."

JUNE 23

Proverbs 3:7-8: "Be not wise in thine own eyes
[don't be a know-it-all (someone who is overly confident in himself)]: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health [healing] to thy navel, and marrow [strength] to thy bones."

In other words, if you want to be healthy--physically, mentally, and spiritually--don't do bad things.

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on these verses. If you want to read it, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch3_html/Prov.3.7.htm
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JUNE 22

Proverbs 29:1: "He, that being often reproved
[corrected, disciplined] hardeneth his neck [becomes stubborn and obstinate and refuses to heed (pay attention to) the warnings], shall suddenly be destroyed [through loss of life, health, well-being, etc.], and that without remedy [relief, cure]."

According to Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church, this verse explains what happens to disobedient and rebellious people in general and also to Christians who ignore the Holy Spirit's guidance.

If you want to read his commentary, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch29_html/Prov.29.1.htm.

JUNE 21

Philippians 4:19
[the apostle Paul, in a letter to the Christians in Philippi, regarding the gifts they had sent to him in his time of need]: "But [even though I can't repay you for your kindness, I know that] my God shall supply all your need [everything you need, not necessarily everything you want] according to his riches in glory [i.e., an unlimited supply] by [through] Christ Jesus."

JUNE 20

Proverbs 30:5: "Every word of God
[as recorded in the Bible] is pure [true, uncorrupted, without error]: he [God] is a shield [protector, defender] unto them that [of those who] put their trust in him [rather than relying on their own resources]."

According to Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church, "This proverb speaks of the purity of the Word of God and of the security of those who trust in God."

Since there are two different but related thoughts in the above verse, Pastor Delany has written a separate commentary for each one. If you want to read one or both of them, here are the links:

-- www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch30_html/Prov.30.5a.htm
-- www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch30_html/Prov.30.5b.htm

In addition to explaining how God acts as a shield in our spiritual battles, the Proverbs 30.5b commentary has interesting information on shields and bucklers.

JUNE 19

Proverbs 17:6: "Children's children
[grandchildren] are the crown [symbol of honor and glory] of old men [i.e., they are something to glory in or rejoice over]; and the glory of children [i.e., the reason for their delight] are their fathers."

In a perfect world, we could all be proud of our families and our heritage.

For a more detailed explanation of the above verse, click here: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch17_html/Prov.17.6.htm.

If you're a dad, I want to wish you
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

JUNE 18

Proverbs 26:27: "Whoso
[ever] diggeth a pit [to capture animals and perhaps even people] shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone [for example, up a hill], it will return upon him."

In other words, those who try to do bad things to others may get caught in their own trap.

If you enjoy reading Pastor Delany's commentaries on Proverbs, here's the link for this verse: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch26_html/Prov.26.27.htm.

JUNE 17

Romans 13:13
[the apostle Paul's advice to the Christians in Rome]: "Let us walk [live] honestly [decently], as [we usually do] in the day[time] [i.e., when our actions can easily be seen by others]; not in rioting and drunkenness [feasts and drinking parties, similar to Bible times], not in chambering [sexual immorality] and wantonness [offensive sexual behavior], not in strife [arguments] and envying [jealousy]."

JUNE 16

Psalm 37:21: "The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again
[i.e., wicked people don't repay their debts, either intentionally or because they have no money and are unable to do so]: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth [food, money, assistance, etc.] [to others]."

JUNE 15

Proverbs 16:18: "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit
[an arrogant, conceited, stuck-up attitude] [goes] before a fall [calamity, disaster]."

Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse, including many examples of pride. If you want to read it, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch16_html/Prov.16.18.htm.

JUNE 10-14

Due to illness, I was unable to post new verses to my website for several days. I'm really sorry.

JUNE 9

Hebrews 11:6: "But without faith it is impossible to please him
[God]: for he that cometh to God [in prayer] must believe that he is [real] [i.e., that he exists], and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently [earnestly, sincerely] seek him."

JUNE 8

1 Samuel 2:7: "The LORD maketh
[some people] poor, and maketh [some people] rich: he bringeth low [humbles] [those who are full of pride] [i.e., allows them to be humiliated (feel ashamed or stupid)], and lifteth up [gives grace and honor to] [those who are humble]."

JUNE 7

Psalm 62:10: "Trust not in oppression
[don't trust in riches gained by an unjust or excessive exercise of power; see examples below*], and become not vain in robbery [don't depend on cheating and robbery for what is needed in life; see examples below**]: if riches increase [honestly and lawfully--without your having oppressed or robbed anyone], set not your heart [affections] upon them [i.e., don't depend on (idolize, worship) your money and think it's all you need … you also need God]."

*Examples of those who oppress others: Conquerors, tyrants (dictators), slave owners

**Examples of those who commit robbery: Conquerors, thieves, companies that withhold wages from laborers, anyone who cheats in business

(Source: www.godvine.com/bible/psalms/62-10, "Barnes' Notes")

JUNE 6

Proverbs 22:9: "He that hath a bountiful eye
[a generous person--someone who is always watching out for the well being of others] shall be blessed [by God and man]; for he giveth of his bread to [shares his food and other necessities of life with] the poor."

Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse, especially under the bold heading "Shall Be Blessed" (about halfway down the page). In paragraphs 4 and 5 of that section, Pastor Delany tells how people sometimes make incorrect assumptions about the scriptures or twist them to their own advantage. He gives examples of what he calls the "faith principle" (having the wrong motive for giving; i.e., "Giving in order to GET") from books by K.H. Caldwell, Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, and Joel Osteen.

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch22_html/Prov.22.9.htm.

JUNE 5

Romans 8:1
[the apostle Paul, referring to what he said in the preceding chapter]: "There is therefore now no condemnation [punishment in hell for sin] to them which are in Christ Jesus [i.e., born-again Christians], who walk [live their lives] not after the flesh, but after the Spirit [of God] [i.e., as the Holy Spirit leads or prompts] [see examples of 'works of the flesh' and 'fruit of the spirit' in the note below*]."
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*In Galatians 5:19-24, Paul says:

-- Verses 19-21: "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."

-- Verses 22-23: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

-- Verse 24:  "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts."

JUNE 4

Matthew 5:23-24
[Jesus, speaking to his disciples during the Sermon on the Mount]:

Verse 23: "Therefore if thou bring thy gift [sacrifice (during Bible times) or offering] to the altar, and [while] there [you] rememberest [remember] that thy brother [someone, especially a fellow worshiper] hath ought [something] against thee [you] [i.e., has been offended or hurt by you in any way];"

Verse 24: "Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to
[apologize to or make up with] thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift [to God] [see note below*]."
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*Albert Barnes has an excellent explanation for verse 24 in his commentary on Matthew 5:

"First be reconciled - This means to settle the difficulty; to make proper acknowledgment or satisfaction for the injury. If you have wronged him, make restitution. If you owe him a debt which ought to be paid, pay it. If you have injured his character, confess it and seek pardon. If he is under an erroneous impression, if your conduct has been such as to lead him to suspect that you have injured him, make an explanation. Do all in your power; and all you ought to do, to have the matter settled. From this we learn:

"1. That, in order to worship God acceptably, we must do justice to our fellow-men.

"2. Our worship will not be acceptable unless we do all we can to live peaceably with others.

"3. It is our duty to seek reconciliation with others when we have injured them.

"4. This should be done before we attempt to worship God.

"5. This is often the reason why God does not accept our offerings, and we go empty away from our devotions. We do not do what we ought to others; we cherish improper feelings or refuse to make proper acknowledgments, and God will not accept such attempts to worship him."

(Source: www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/matthew-5.html, "Verse 23-24")

JUNE 3

Proverbs 19:23: "The fear of the LORD [
having honor, respect, and love for God] tendeth to life [results in God protecting us and prolonging our life on earth]: and he that hath it [a God-fearing attitude] shall abide [remain, continue to be] satisfied [pleased, content] [with his life]; he shall not be visited with evil [by God] [i.e., will not be punished or judged by God].

Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse, especially the last part about not being visited with evil. If you want to read it, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch19_html/Prov.19.23.htm.

JUNE 2

Revelation 4:10-11 - Part of what the apostle John saw when he was transported "in the spirit" to heaven

Verse 10: "The four and twenty
[24] elders [representatives of the church of God (which is made up of all born-again Christians)] [reverently (very respectfully)] fall down before him that sat on the throne [God], and worship him that liveth for ever and ever [God], and cast [throw, toss] their [gold] crowns before the throne [at God's feet], saying,"

Verse 11: "Thou art
[you are] worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."

JUNE 1

1 Corinthians 11:8-9: "For the man is not of
[is not made from] the woman; but the woman of [is made from] the man [i.e., from his rib--Genesis 2:21-22]. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman [was created] for the man."

JULY 31

Colossians 3:23: "And whatsoever
[whatever] ye do, do it heartily [cheerfully, enthusiastically], as to [for] the Lord, and not unto [just for] men;"

JULY 30

1 Corinthians 3:19: "For the wisdom of this world
[concerning religion and philosophy] is foolishness with God. For it is written [in Job 5:13*], He taketh the wise [people] in their own craftiness [dishonesty, deceitfulness] [i.e., God 'catches them in their own nets,' foils their plans (prevents them from succeeding), etc.]."
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*Job 5:13: "He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong."

JULY 29

Psalm 103:2-5
[King David, reminding himself]: "Bless the LORD [praise God], O my soul, and forget not [don't forget] all his benefits [all the things he does]:

Who forgiveth
all thine iniquities
[forgives your sins];
who healeth all thy diseases
[heals your diseases, restores your health];
Who redeemeth thy life
[saves you] from destruction [death and hell];
who crowneth thee
[surrounds you] with lovingkindness [kindness] and tender mercies [compassion];
Who satisfieth thy mouth with
[gives you] good things;

so that
[in old age] thy youth [your strength or vitality] is renewed like the eagle's [see note below*]."
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*According to Matthew Henry's commentary on verse 5: "The eagle is long-lived, and, as naturalists say, when she is nearly 100 years old, casts all her feathers (as indeed she changes them in a great measure every year at moulting time), and fresh ones come, so that she becomes young again." (Source: www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/psalms/103.html, "v. 5")

JULY 28

Luke 5:17-26 - Jesus Heals the Man With the Palsy

Verse 17: "And it came to pass on a certain day, as he
[Jesus] was teaching [in a house, probably in Capernaum], that there were Pharisees [members of a Jewish sect, distinguished by strict observance of traditional and written law] and doctors of the law [scribes, religious teachers] sitting by [him], which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them."

Verses 18-19: "And, behold,
[four] men brought in a bed [probably something like a thin mattress or heavy blanket that could be rolled up and carried, like a sleeping bag] [upon which] a man which was taken with a palsy [i.e., a paralyzed man] [was lying]: and they sought means [looked for a way] to bring [carry] him in, and to lay him [set him down] before him [Jesus]. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude [crowd], they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch [bed] into the midst [middle] [of the house--see note below*] before Jesus."

Verses 20-21 "And when he
[Jesus] saw their faith [i.e., the faith of the paralyzed person and his friends], he said unto him [the paralyzed person], Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason [in their hearts (minds)], saying [to themselves], Who is this which speaketh blasphemies [things that insult God, as claiming that man can do what only God can do]? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"

Verses 22-25: "But when Jesus perceived
[knew] their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts [why are you wondering]? Whether [it] is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up [stand] and walk? But [so] that ye may know that the Son of man [Jesus, who is also the Son of God] hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the [man who was] sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch [bed], and go into thine house. And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay [his bed], and departed [went] to his own house, glorifying [praising] God."

Verse 26: "And they were all amazed, and they glorified
[praised] God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange [unexpected, incredible, wonderful] things to day."
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*This incident is told in different ways in the books of Matthew (9:1-8), Mark (2:1-12), and Luke (5:17-26), and Albert Barnes has a detailed explanation of it in his commentary on Matthew 9, especially the part, in verse 2, about lowering the man through the roof and why Jesus forgave his sins. Here's what it says:

(Note: All references in the following quoted material have been omitted.)

"Mark says 'they uncovered the roof,' … Luke says 'they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling,' … To us it would appear that much injury must have been done to the house where Jesus was, and that they must be much incommoded by the removal of tiles and rafters, etc. An acquaintance, however, with the mode of building in the East removes every difficulty of this nature. Houses in Eastern countries are commonly square in their form, and of a single story. On approaching them from the street a single door is seen in the center, and usually, directly above it, a single latticed window. This destitution of doors and lights from the streets, though it gives their dwellings a sombre appearance, is yet adapted to the habits of retirement and secrecy among the people of the East, where they are desirous of keeping their 'females' from observation. … On entering the only door in front, the first room is a small square room, surrounded with benches, called the 'porch.' In this room the master of the family commonly transacts business, and on private occasions receives visits. Passing through the porch, you enter a large square room directly in the center of the building, called the court. Luke says that the 'paralytic' was let down 'into the midst;' not in the midst of the 'people,' but of the 'building' - the 'middle place' of the house. This 'court' is paved commonly with marble; and, if possible, a fountain of water is formed in the center, to give it beauty, and to diffuse a grateful coolness. This room is surrounded by a gallery or covered walk on every side. From that covered walk doors open into the other apartments of the house.

"This center room, or court, is commonly uncovered or open above. In wet weather, however, and in times of great heat of the sun, it is covered with an awning or canvas, stretched on cords and capable of being easily removed or rolled up. This is what Mark means when he says 'they uncovered the roof.' They 'rolled up' or removed this awning.

"From the court to the roof the ascent is by flights of stairs, either in the covered walk or gallery or in the porch. The roof is nearly flat. It is made of earth; or, in houses of the rich, is a firmly; constructed flooring, made of coals, chalk, gypsum, and ashes, made hard by repeated blows. On those roofs spears of grass. wheat, or barley sometimes spring up; but these are soon withered by the sun … The roof is a favourite place for walking, for repose in the cool of the day, for conversation, and for devotion. … On such a roof Rahab concealed the spies …, Samuel talked with Saul …, David walked at eventide …, and Peter went up to pray …. This roof was surrounded with a 'balustrade,' or railing, breast-high, on the sides; but where a house was contiguous to another, and of the same height, the railing was lower, so as to walk from one roof to another. In cities where the houses were constructed in this manner, it was possible to walk through a considerable part of the city on the roofs. A breastwork or railing was of course built in the same manner around the 'open space' in the center, to prevent persons from falling into the court below. This railing, or breastwork, is what Luke … says they let him down through. They removed it, probably, so that the couch could be conveniently let down with cords; and, standing on the roof 'over' the Saviour, they let the man down directly before him. The perseverance they had manifested was the evidence of their faith or confidence in his power to heal the sick man.

"Be of good cheer: thy sins be forgiven thee - It may seem remarkable, since the man came only to be 'healed,' that Jesus should have first declared his sins forgiven. For this the following reasons may be suggested:

"1. The man might have brought on this disease of the palsy by a long course of vicious indulgence. Conscious of guilt, he may have feared that he was so great a sinner that Christ would not regard him. He therefore assured him that his offences were pardoned, and that he might lay aside his fears.

"2. Jesus might be willing to show his power to forgive sins. Had he stated it without any miracle, the Jews would not have believed it, and even his disciples might have been staggered. In proof of it, he worked a miracle; and no one, therefore, could doubt that he had the power. The miracle was performed in 'express attestation' of the assertion that he had power to forgive sins. As God would not work a miracle to confirm a falsehood or to deceive people, the miracle was a solemn confirmation, on the part of God, that Jesus had the power to forgive sins.

"3. The Jews regarded disease as the effect of sin, …. There is a 'real' connection between sin and suffering, as in the case of gluttony, intemperate drinking, lewdness, debauchery. Jesus might be willing to direct the minds of the spectators 'to this fact;' and, by pointing them to a manifest instance of the effect of sin, to lead them to hate and forsake it. Diseases are sometimes the direct judgment of God for sin, …. This truth, also, Christ might have been desirous of impressing on the people."

If you want to read the entire commentary, click on the link (www.godvine.com/bible/matthew/9-2) and scroll down to "Barnes' Notes."

JULY 27

Psalm 119:29
[King David's prayer to God]: "Remove from me the way of lying [anything that may tempt me to lie or believe a lie]: and grant me thy law graciously [help me obey your word]."

JULY 26

Romans 11:33
[the apostle Paul, referring to the gospel and plan of salvation]: "O the depth [deepness, complexity] of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [unable to be investigated] are his judgments, and his ways [manner of thinking, feeling, deciding] [are] past finding out [cannot be comprehended or fully understood]!"

JULY 25

1 John 3:19-21 - How to Have Peace and the Assurance of Salvation
[The apostle John, writing to Christians]

Verse 19: "And hereby [by this] we know that we are of the truth [have been born again], and shall assure [persuade, make certain, reassure] our hearts before him [God]."

Verse 20: "For if our heart
[conscience] condemn us [accuses us--of being hypocrites or hiding secret sins], God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things."

Verse 21: "Beloved, if our heart condemn us not
[doesn't condemn us], then have we confidence toward God [and know that we are truly saved and living a life that is pleasing to him]."

JULY 20-24

Acts 26:19-32 - The Apostle Paul Appears Before King Agrippa After Being Arrested

Verses 19-20
[After telling the story of his conversion--when Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus and told him to become a minister and preach the gospel, Paul (formerly known as Saul) said]: "Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: But [I] shewed [explained] first unto them [the Jews] of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles [non-Jews], that they should repent [change their minds] and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance [do things that prove they have repented and are saved]."

Verses 21-23: "For these causes
[reasons] the Jews caught [captured] me in the temple, and went about [attempted, tried] to kill me. Having therefore obtained help of [from] God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to [those who are] small and great [everyone--young and old, rich and poor, etc.], saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say [prophesy] [in the Old Testament] should come [to pass (take place)]: That [Jesus] Christ [the Messiah] should suffer, and that he should be the first [person] that [who] should rise from the dead [to die no more], and should shew light [bring the message of salvation] unto the [Jewish] people, and to the Gentiles."

Verses 24-26: "And as he
[Paul] thus spake for [defended] himself, Festus [the Roman governor] said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself [you are not in your right mind]; much learning doth make thee mad [mentally ill, insane]. But he [Paul] said, I am not mad [crazy--see note below*], most noble Festus; but [I] speak forth the words of truth and soberness [soundness of mind]. For the king knoweth of these things, before whom [referring to the king] also I speak freely [openly, boldly]: for I am persuaded [convinced] that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing [Paul's conversion to Christianity] was not done in a corner [a secret place]."

Verses 27-29: "King Agrippa, believest thou
[do you believe] the prophets? I know that thou believest. Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest [you have almost persuaded] me to be a Christian. And Paul said, I would [pray] to God, that not only thou [you], but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am [just like me], except [for] these bonds [physical restraints, like ropes or chains]."

Verses 30-32: "And when he had thus spoken, the king rose
[stood] up, and [so did] the governor, and Bernice [the king's sister], and they that sat with them: And when they were gone aside [out of the room], they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds. Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty [given his freedom], if he had not appealed unto [Nero] Caesar [the Roman emperor]."
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*In his commentary on verse 25, when talking about how Christians are sometimes viewed as crazy, Albert Barnes said: "All people know that if there is an eternity, it is right to prepare for it; if there is a God, it is proper to serve him; if a Saviour died for us, we should love him; if a hell, we should avoid it; if a heaven, we should seek it." (Source: www.godvine.com/bible/acts/26-25, "Barnes' Notes")

JULY 19

Psalm 37:23-24: "The steps of a good man are ordered
[directed] by the LORD: and he [God] delighteth in his way [the path that the man takes in life]. Though he [may] fall [into temptation, trouble, etc.], he shall not be utterly cast down [ruined, unable to get back up]: for the LORD upholdeth [supports] him with his hand."

In other words, God guides his people and takes care of them.

JULY 18

Proverbs 26:11: "As a dog returneth to his vomit
[goes back and eats it], so a fool returneth to his folly [repeats his foolish or sinful behavior]."

Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse. In it, he illustrates the above verse by providing many examples of people who are likely to quit their old habits temporarily and go back to them. They include alcoholics, drug addicts, adulteresses, people with anger-control issues, thieves, and false teachers.

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch26_html/Prov.26.11.htm.

JULY 17

Genesis 1:1: "In the beginning
[of time] God created the heaven [the part that can be seen; i.e., the universe] and the earth." [He made them out of nothing.]

JULY 16

James 4:1-3 - War, Covetousness, Answers to Prayer
[The apostle James, to the twelve tribes of Israel (specifically, Jewish Christians) … but what he says really applies to everyone]

Verse 1: "From whence [where] come wars and fightings [heated arguments, disagreements, etc., leading to violence] among you? come they not hence [from here], even of your lusts [desires for pleasure] that war in your members [i.e., don't they originate from lust*]?"

Verse 2: "Ye lust
[want things], and have not [don't have them]: ye kill, and desire to have [the possessions of others], and cannot obtain [them] [in a fair and honest way]: ye fight and war, yet ye have not [you don't have], because ye ask not [you don't ask]."

Verse 3: "Ye ask
[God, in prayer], and receive not [and don't receive], because ye ask amiss [wrongly, inappropriately], [so] that ye may consume it upon [waste it on, satisfy] your lusts [desires for worldly pleasure]."
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*According to Albert Barnes' commentary on James 4:1: "The desire of booty, the love of conquest, the ambition for extended rule, the gratification of revenge, these and similar causes have led to all the wars that have desolated the earth." (Source: www.godvine.com/bible/james/4-1, "Barnes' Notes")

JULY 15

Proverbs 14:12: "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."

In other words, some of the paths in life that we choose to follow may lead to death.

According to Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church, just because something seems right doesn't mean it is right. In his excellent commentary on this verse, he gives examples of things that seem right to man and result in death. They include the following: "Abortion … Homosexuality … Abolishing the death penalty … Persecuting Christians … Suicide bombers." There are many more examples, including spiritual applications.

 If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch14_html/Prov.14.12.htm.

JULY 14

2 Timothy 3:6-7 - The Apostle Paul's Advice to Timothy

Verse 6: "For of this sort
[i.e., people with the same character traits as those who will be living in the 'last days,' as described in verses 2-5] are they [false religious teachers] which creep [privately enter] into houses, and lead captive [capture, gain the confidence of] silly [easily deceived (fooled)] women [like Adam's wife, Eve] [who are] laden [burdened] with sins, [and who are] led away with [misled due to] divers [various kinds of] lusts [pride, vanity, etc.],"

Verse 7
[referring to the 'silly' women]: "Ever [always] learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth [salvation]."

JULY 13

Proverbs 15:16: "Better is
[having a] little [money] with the fear of the LORD than [having] great treasure [lots of money] and trouble therewith [with it] [without the fear of God]."

Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse, including examples from the Bible of people who chose great treasure over the fear of God. If you want to read it, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch15_html/Prov.15.16.htm.

JULY 12

Ephesians 4:15
[the apostle Paul's advice to Christians]: "But speaking the truth [regarding all things, especially when preaching and teaching about the Bible] in love [with kindness], [so that] [we] may grow up [into a complete (spiritually mature) person, deeply rooted] into him [in Jesus Christ] in all things [knowledge, love, faith, and all the parts of the 'new man'*], which [referring to Jesus] is the head [of the 'body' of Christians (i.e., members of the true Christian church)], even Christ:"

*According to the Bible, a new man is a born-again Christian:

-- 2 Corinthians 5:17: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

JULY 11

Luke 6:36-37 - Jesus' Advice to His Followers During the Sermon on the Mount

Verse 36: "Be ye therefore merciful
[compassionate, tender, kind] [to others], as your Father [in heaven; i.e., God] also is merciful [to you]."

Verse 37: "Judge not
[don't judge others in a rash (reckless, impulsive), censorious (severely critical), and unjust way], and ye shall not be judged [unfairly] [by others or God]: condemn not [don't condemn (express complete disapproval of) others], and ye shall not be condemned [by others or God]: forgive [others], and ye shall be forgiven [by others and God]:"

JULY 7-10

Proverbs 1:20-33 - Wisdom Personified (speaking like a person)

Verses 20-23: "Wisdom crieth without
[outside, in public]; she uttereth her voice [speaks] in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse [a large open area], in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones [you willfully ignorant, inexperienced people], will ye love simplicity? and [how long will] the scorners delight [take pleasure] in their scorning [mocking (making fun of) everything that is good], and [how long will] fools hate knowledge? Turn you at [turn toward, heed] my reproof [criticism or correction] [i.e., repent and obey] [and]: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you."

Verses 24-27: "Because I
[Wisdom] have called, and ye refused [to listen]; I have stretched out my hand [offered to help], and no man regarded [paid attention]; But ye have set at nought [you have ignored, disregarded] all my counsel [advice], and would [have] none of my reproof [criticism or correction]: [so] I also will laugh [a sad kind of laughter] at your calamity [great misfortune or disaster]; I will mock [make fun of you] when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation [destruction], and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind [suddenly, like a tornado or hurricane]; when distress [extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain] and anguish [mental or physical pain or suffering] cometh upon you."

Verses 28-29: "Then shall they call upon me
[Wisdom], but I will not answer; they shall seek [search for] me early [earnestly, eagerly], but they shall not find me: For that [because] they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:"

Verses 30-32: "They would
[have] none of my counsel [advice]: they despised [hated] all my reproof [criticism or correction]. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices [plans] [i.e., they will 'reap what they have sown' (suffer the consequences of their decisions and actions)]. For the turning away of the simple [from wisdom] shall slay [kill] them, and the prosperity [carefree lifestyle] of fools shall destroy them."

Verse 33: "But whoso hearkeneth unto me
[whoever listens to me (Wisdom)] shall dwell safely [live in safety], and shall be quiet from fear of evil."

As you may know, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church has written excellent, in-depth commentaries for every verse in the book of Proverbs. Since this passage on wisdom is so long, I have arranged the verses on this page in groups to correspond to Pastor Delany's commentaries (which were probably taken from sermons that he delivered to his congregation). If you want to read any or all of these commentaries, here are the links:

-- Verses 20-23: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch1_html/Prov.1.20.htm
-- Verses 24-27: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch1_html/Prov.1.24.htm
-- Verses 28-29: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch1_html/Prov.1.28.htm
-- Verses 30-32: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch1_html/Prov.1.30.htm
-- Verse 33: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch1_html/Prov.1.33.htm

As usual, Pastor Delany gives many terrific examples to illustrate the subject of each verse.

JULY 6

Psalm 19:7: "The law of the LORD
[the Bible (both Old and New Testaments), containing instruction and guidance from God] is perfect [complete], [and is capable of] converting the soul [from sin to salvation, returning us to a right relationship with God]: the testimony [witness] of the LORD is sure [trustworthy, dependable], making wise the simple [those who are humble and teachable, or even those who are weak and foolish]."

JULY 5

2 Corinthians 13:5: "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith
[are true Christians]; prove your own selves [prove your piety (godliness, reverence for God) by testing your religion (subjecting it to actual trial in the various duties and responsibilities of life)]. Know ye not your own selves, how that [don't you know that] Jesus Christ is in you [in your heart], except ye be reprobates [unless you are not really saved]?"

In other words, if you are a true Christian (i.e., have been born again according to the Bible), you should know it.

Albert Barnes has an excellent commentary on the above verse. To read it, click on the link (www.godvine.com/bible/2-corinthians/13-5), then scroll down the page until you get to the section entitled "Barnes' Notes."

JULY 4

Galatians 5:1
[the apostle Paul, writing to the Christian churches in Galatia]: "Stand fast [be firm and unwavering] therefore in the liberty [freedom] [of the gospel (i.e., salvation)] wherewith [by which] Christ [Jesus] hath made us free [from religious rites and ceremonies], and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage [i.e., don't go back to being a slave to Jewish ceremonial law]."

Dictionary.com's definition of yoke: a wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plow or cart that they are to pull.

JULY 3

Psalm 113:9: "He
[God] maketh the barren [sterile, infertile (unable to conceive)] woman to keep house [to have a family], and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD."

JULY 2

Deuteronomy 27:15
[Moses, telling the Levites what they should say to the men of Israel]: "Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image [to worship] [i.e., an idol made by carving (a graven image) or with metal that has been reduced to liquid form by heating (a molten image)], [which is] an abomination unto the LORD [something that God hates], the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place [where it can't be seen by others]. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen."

JULY 1

Proverbs 12:4: "A virtuous
[strong, hard-working, morally excellent] woman is a crown [is valuable, supports, and brings honor and joy] to her husband: but she that maketh [him] ashamed [frustrated, humiliated, disgraced] [by her bad behavior] is as rottenness in [like cancer eating away at] his bones."

Salem Bible Church's commentary on this verse includes examples of how a wife's behavior affects her husband. Near the bottom of his commentary, under the heading "Conclusions," Pastor Delany has good advice for young men seeking a wife.

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch12_html/Prov.12.4.htm.

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