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August 2016
AUGUST 31

Proverbs 31:20
[referring to a virtuous (physically, morally, and spiritually strong) woman]: "She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea [yes], she reacheth forth her hands to the needy."

The above verse concerns charity, or helping those in need.

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/ch31_html/Prov.31.20.htm.

AUGUST 30

1 Timothy 6:10: "For the love of money is the root
[source, basic cause] of all [kinds of] evil: which while some [people, including professing Christians] coveted after [it (money)] [i.e., they were greedy and had an insatiable (uncontrollable) desire to be rich], they have erred [wandered away, departed] from the faith [of Christ; i.e., the Christian religion], and pierced themselves through with many sorrows [caused themselves much heartache, pain, and sadness]."

AUGUST 29

Job 1:22
[God removed his 'hedge' of protection around Job and allowed Satan to test him by causing the loss of all of his oxen (1,000), she asses (i.e., female donkeys) (500), and camels (3,000) plus the death of all of his sheep (7,000), most of his servants ('a very great household'), and all of his children (7 sons and 3 daughters), and we're told that]: "In all this Job sinned not [did not sin], nor charged [or blame] God foolishly."

(Source for above statistics: Book of Job, Chapter 1)

AUGUST 28

Ecclesiastes 10:18: "By much slothfulness
[laziness] the building decayeth [rots, deteriorates]; and through idleness [inactivity] of the hands [i.e., when they are not busy or working or when they do nothing] the house droppeth through [leaks, or lets the rain through the roof]."

In other words, there will be terrible consequences if we don't constantly work to protect our property, our health, our government, etc.

AUGUST 27

Acts 2:46-47 - The Beginning of the Christian Church

Verse 46: "And they
[born-again Christians], continuing daily with one accord [meeting together each day around the same time] in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house [having meals with one another], did eat their meat [food] with gladness and singleness of heart [sincere and pure hearts],"

Verse 47: "Praising God, and having favour
[approval] with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be [those who were being] saved [i.e., each day, many new Christians (those who had been born again according to the Bible) were led by God to join the church]."

AUGUST 26

Romans 16:17-18 - The Apostle Paul's Warnings to Christians

Verse 17: "Now I beseech
[beg, urge] you, brethren [brothers and sisters in Christ; i.e., fellow Christians], mark them which [watch out for those who] cause divisions [in the church] and offences [stumbling blocks] contrary [opposite] to the doctrine [religious teachings] which ye have learned; and avoid them [stay away from them]."

Verse 18: "For they that are such
[i.e., false teachers] serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly [their own private interests] ; and by good words and fair speeches [they] deceive [mislead or fool] the hearts of the simple [the minds of innocent, unsuspecting people]."

AUGUST 25

Ephesians 5:19: "Speaking to yourselves in psalms
[referring to the psalms of David, which used to be sung in churches in Bible times] and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;"

Singing is a great way to praise and worship God. In fact, if we pay attention to the words of the hymns (for example, the kind used in Baptist churches) while singing, it will give us joy and help to strengthen our faith

AUGUST 24

2 Peter 3:3-4 - The Apostle Peter's Reminder to Christians

Verse 3: "Knowing this first
[remember], that there shall come in the last days [in the New Testament dispensation (the period of time before Jesus returns to earth)] scoffers [mockers (those who make fun of others)], walking after their own lusts [doing 'their own thing'],"

Verse 4: "And saying, Where is the promise of his
[Jesus'] [second] coming? for [because] since the fathers [aged and pious (old and deeply religious) men in the times of the apostles] fell asleep [died], all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation [i.e., the laws of nature remain the same]."

AUGUST 23

1 Corinthians 4:21
[the apostle Paul, in a letter to the Corinthian church]: "What will ye [have me do]? shall I come unto you with a rod [an instrument of punishment or correction--see note below*], or in love, and in the spirit of meekness [with a gentle, mild temper]?"
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*Adam Clarke has an interesting background note in his commentary on this verse: "Among the Jews, those who did not amend, after being faithfully admonished, were whipped, either publicly or privately, in the synagogue. If on this they did not amend, they were liable to be stoned. We see, from the cases of Ananias and Sapphira, Elymas the sorcerer, Hymenaeus and Alexander, etc., that the apostles had sometimes the power to inflict the most awful punishments on transgressors. The Corinthians must have known this, and consequently have dreaded a visit from him in his apostolical authority." (Source: www.godvine.com/bible/1-corinthians/4-21, "Clarke's Commentary")

AUGUST 22

Jude 1:24-25: "Now unto him
[God] that is able to keep you from falling [into sin], and to present you faultless [without fault, blameless, innocent] before the presence of his glory [in heaven] with exceeding [very great] joy, To the only wise God our Saviour [the Lord Jesus Christ], be glory [honor, praise] and majesty [dignity, grandeur (splendor, magnificence)], dominion [supreme authority] and power [influence and control], both now and ever [always]. Amen."

AUGUST 21

Acts 11:25-26: "Then departed
[went] Barnabas to Tarsus [a major city in Cilicia, in Asia Minor], for to seek [searching for] Saul [the apostle Paul]: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch [a city in Syria]. And it came to pass, that [for] a whole year they assembled themselves [gathered together] with the church, and taught much [many] people. And the disciples [followers of Jesus Christ] were called Christians first [for the first time] in Antioch."

AUGUST 20

Luke 6:35: "But love ye your enemies, and do good
[to everyone], and lend [loan things] [to others], hoping for nothing again [in return]; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest [Almighty God]: for he [God] is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil [to people who are unthankful and evil]."

AUGUST 19

Psalm 33:20
[referring to the people of God]: "Our soul waiteth for [we wait, or depend, on] the LORD: he is our help and our shield [defense, protection]."

AUGUST 18

Psalm 55:22: "Cast thy burden
[heavy load; i.e., things you have to do, your cares and worries, etc.] upon the LORD, and he shall sustain [strengthen, comfort, help] thee: he shall never suffer [allow] the righteous [those who have the imputed righteousness of Christ (i.e., born-again Christians)--see note below*] to be moved [shaken, utterly cast down]."
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*On the cross, our sins were given (imputed) to Jesus, and when we are born again, his righteousness is given to us. (Source: carm.org/dictionary-impute)

AUGUST 17

Philippians 2:3: "Let nothing be done through strife
[trying to outdo someone else] or vainglory [pride; having a desire to honor ourselves, attract attention, win praise, etc.]; but in lowliness of mind [humility] let each [of us] esteem [honor] [the] other [person or people] better than themselves."

In his commentary, Albert Barnes has a very thorough explanation of this verse. If you want to read it, click on the link (www.godvine.com/bible/philippians/2-3) and scroll down to "Barnes' Notes."

AUGUST 14-16

No verses were posted for a few days. Sorry!

AUGUST 13

Matthew 15:32-38 - Jesus Feeds the Multitude (4,000+)
(This miracle took place on a mountain near the Sea of Galilee)

Verse 32: "Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on [pity or sympathy for] the multitude [crowd], because they continue [have remained] with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting [without eating], lest they [or they will] faint in the way [home]."

Verse 33: "And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have
[from where should we get] so much bread in the wilderness, as to [be able to] fill [the stomachs of] so great a multitude [so many people]?"

Verses 34-37: "And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves
[of bread] have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks [to God], and brake them, and gave [the pieces] to his disciples, and the disciples [gave them] to the multitude. And they [the people] did all eat, and were filled: and they [the disciples] took up of the broken meat [food] that was left [over (i.e., uneaten)] seven [large] baskets full."

Verse 38: "And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children."

AUGUST 12

1 Timothy 6:6-7: "But godliness
[having a love for God and a willingness to obey his word] with contentment [peace of mind, happiness, and satisfaction with what we have] is great gain [something valuable and to be desired]. For we brought nothing into this world [when we were born], and it is certain we can carry nothing out [when we die]."

AUGUST 11

Hebrews 12:5-8 - The Apostle Paul, in a Letter to the Hebrew Christians

Verse 5: "And
[it appears that] ye have forgotten the exhortation [encouragement or urging to do something] [in Proverbs 3:11-12*] which speaketh [was addressed] unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou [don't ignore or regard as an unimportant thing] the chastening [correction] of the Lord, nor faint [and don't faint … or be sure to bear up (remain strong and cheerful) with faith and patience; don't be discouraged] when thou art rebuked of [criticized or reprimanded by] him [God]:"

Verse 6: "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth
[corrects when he/she does wrong], and [he] scourgeth [disciplines] every son [person] whom he receiveth [into the 'family of God'--through spiritual birth (i.e., 'born-again Christians')]."

Verses 7-8: "If ye endure chastening
[if you experience correction], God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement [punishment or correction], whereof all are partakers [of which all true children of God take part], then are ye bastards [illegitimate children] [of God] and not sons."
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*Proverbs 3:11-12: "My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth."

AUGUST 10

Galatians 6:2: "Bear ye one another's burdens
[try to help others resist temptation and overcome sin (through guidance, prayer, etc.), and offer your support and assistance to people who are experiencing troubles and trials in their lives], and [by doing] so fulfil [obey] the law of [Jesus] Christ [i.e., to love one another--see reference below*]."
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*John 13:34: "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

AUGUST 9

Romans 13:8-9 - The Apostle Paul, in a Letter to the Born-Again Christians in Rome

Verse 8: "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another
[do no 'ill' to others (do not harm them in any way--physically, mentally, etc.)] [i.e., always repay your debts, and have an ongoing love for mankind]: for he [or she] that loveth another [other people] hath fulfilled [obeyed] the law [of God]."

Verse 9: "For this
[part of the Ten Commandments; i.e.,], Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness [give false testimony in court, spread gossip, lie about someone, etc.], Thou shalt not covet [want something very badly]; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended [contained, included, understood, summed up] in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

In other words, we shouldn't owe anyone anything but love.

AUGUST 8

Psalm 119:97-100 - A Prayer to God
(Author unknown, but probably King David, according to Matthew Henry and Charles Spurgeon)

Verse 97: "O how love I thy law [as recorded in the Bible]! it is my meditation [what I think about] all the day [at various times throughout the day and night]."

Verse 98: "Thou
[you, Lord] through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they [the commandments] are ever [always] with me."

Verses 99-100: "I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are
[what is written in your word is] my meditation [what I think about and study]. I understand more than the ancients [wise old men], because I keep thy precepts [rules of action (for behavior and thought), especially in regard to moral conduct]."

AUGUST 7

Proverbs 18:22: "Whoso
[whoever] findeth a wife [of his own (a woman to marry)] findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD [acceptance and approval from God]."

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse, including characteristics of good wives and examples of bad ones. If you want to read it, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch18_html/Prov.18.22.htm.

AUGUST 6

1 Corinthians 13:12
[the apostle Paul, writing to the Christian church at Corinth about our knowledge here, on earth, as opposed to when we get to heaven]: "For now we see through a glass [such as a foggy glass or frosted window], darkly [imperfectly]; but then [when we get to heaven] [we'll see clearly, as we will be] face to face: now I know [about people and things] in part; but then shall I know [everything about them] even as also [similar to how] I am known [in a personal way by God]."

In his commentary, Albert Barnes has a detailed explanation of this verse, including a description of what windows were like in Bible times. If you want to read it, click on the following link (www.godvine.com/bible/1-corinthians/13-12) and scroll down to "Barnes' Notes."

AUGUST 5

Romans 3:28
[the apostle Paul, in a letter to the Christians in Rome]: "Therefore [referring to what he said in the preceding verses] we conclude that a man [person] is justified [declared righteous in God's sight] by faith [in the Lord Jesus Christ; i.e., by believing that Jesus died to pay for his/her sins] without the deeds of the law [good works]."

It goes without saying that everyone, especially Christians, should always obey the law and do good deeds. However, the point of the above verse is that we can only be saved (born again) through faith, not works. Paul confirms this fact and tells us why in the following verses:

-- Ephesians 2:8-9: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."

AUGUST 3-4

Exodus 18:12-26 - Moses Sets Up a Government for Israel
(This took place after the exodus from Egypt, when the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea)

Verse 12: "And Jethro, Moses' father in law [the priest of Midian], took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God [in appreciation for all that God had done to keep their people safe]: and Aaron [Moses' brother] came, and all the elders of Israel [older men who were leaders], to eat bread with Moses' father in law before God."

Verses 13-14: "And it came to pass on the morrow
[next day], that Moses sat [down] to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening. And when Moses' father in law saw all that he [Moses] did to [for] the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even [evening]?"

Verses 15-16: "And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to inquire of
[get directions from] God: When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes [ordinances, decrees] of God, and his laws."

Verses 17-18: "And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest
[what you are doing] is not good [for your health]. Thou wilt surely wear away [become exhausted], both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy [a burden] [i.e., too difficult] for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone."

Verses 19-20: "Hearken
[listen] now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward [be the intermediary (link) between God and man], [so] that thou mayest bring the causes unto God: And thou shalt teach them [the people] ordinances [God's rules] and laws, and shalt shew [show] them the way wherein they must walk [the path they must follow], and the work that they must do."

Verses 21-22: "Moreover thou shalt provide out of all
[of] the people able [wise and capable] men, such as [those who] fear God, men of truth [honest men, not liars], hating covetousness [not greedy or dishonest]; and place such [men] over them [the people], to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: And let them judge [govern] the people at all seasons [times]: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge [decide]: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee."

Verse 23: "If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee
[to do] so, then thou shalt be able to endure [last, hold up (remain strong), continue to do your job], and all this people shall also go to their place [Canaan] in peace."

Verses 24-26: "So Moses hearkened
[listened] to the voice [advice] of his father in law, and did all that he had said. And Moses chose able men out of all [of] Israel, and made them heads [rulers, judges, governors, and officers] over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And they judged the people at all seasons [times]: the hard causes [cases, things] they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves."

Though the numbers are different, this advice has been, and still is, followed by national, state, and local governments and by militaries, courts, organizations, etc., throughout the world. For example, in my country, cases in the lower courts can be appealed to higher courts, all the way up to the Supreme Court of the United States.

AUGUST 2

Romans 14:19
[the apostle Paul, in a letter to the Christian church in Rome, encouraging its members to overlook their minor disagreements and live in harmony]: "Let us therefore [referring to what he said in the preceding verses] follow after [do] the things which make for [promote (help further the progress of, actively encourage)] peace, and things wherewith [with which] one [person] may edify [instruct (teach, counsel, advise) or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift (build up)] another."

AUGUST 1

Galatians 5:9
[the apostle Paul's warning to Christians about the teaching of false doctrine (religious beliefs)]: "A little leaven [yeast] leaveneth the whole lump [of dough]."

During baking, a small amount of yeast makes all of the dough ferment and rise. Applying this thought to the Bible, a little false teaching (leaven) can spread throughout the church and have a bad influence on many Christians (the whole lump).

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