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AUGUST 31

2 Timothy 2:3-4 - The Apostle Paul's Advice to Timothy
This advice is not only for ministers of the gospel (like Timothy) but also for all Christians.

Verse 2: "Thou therefore endure hardness [hardship, trouble], as a good soldier of Jesus Christ."

Verse 3: "No man
[person] that warreth [who goes to war] entangleth himself [or herself] [i.e., becomes entangled, involved, ensnared] with the affairs of this life; [a minister and/or Christian should follow this example--see note below*] [so] that he [or she] may please him [referring to Jesus] who hath chosen him [or her] to be a soldier."
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*In his commentary on verse 4, Albert Barnes says:

"Neither the minister nor the soldier is to be encumbered with the affairs of this life, and the one should not be more than the other. This is always a condition in becoming a soldier. He gives up his own business during the time for which he is enlisted, and devotes himself to the service of his country. The farmer leaves his plow, and the mechanic his shop, and the merchant his store, and the student his books, and the lawyer his brief; and neither of them expect to pursue these things while engaged in the service of their country."

(Source: www.studylight.org/commentary/2-timothy/2-4.html, "Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible")

You may be wondering if it's okay for a pastor to have an outside job to help support his family and pay the bills. That question is answered in the following article: "Should pastors be paid a salary?" If you want to read it, here's the link: www.gotquestions.org/pastors-paid-salary.html.

AUGUST 30

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."

I found an article on the Internet that answers the following question: "Who are the women in the Bible who initially could not give birth (childless) but were healed by God?" It says that:

-- Sarah (wife of Abraham and formerly named Sarai)  was the mother of Isaac.
-- Rebekah (wife of Isaac) was the mother of twins, Jacob and Esau.
-- Rachel (wife of Jacob) was the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. She died giving birth to Benjamin.
-- Samson's mother (wife of Mahoah) gave birth to Samson, the strongest man who ever lived.
-- Hannah (second wife of Elkanah the Ephraimite) was the mother of the prophet Samuel.
-- Elizabeth (wife of Zacharias) was the mother of John the Baptist.

(Above information: Courtesy of The Bible Study Site, www.biblestudy.org/question/how-does-god-use-barren-childless-women.html)

AUGUST 29

Deuteronomy 27:15
[Moses told the Levites what they should say to the men of Israel]: "Cursed be the man [person] that maketh any graven or molten image [statue or idol, an object of worship--see note below*], [which is] an abomination unto the LORD [something that God hates], [and] the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it [the idol] in a secret place [where it can't be seen by others]. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen."
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*According to an article entitled "What is a graven image?" by GotQuestions.org: "A graven image is an image carved out of stone, wood, or metal. It could be a statue of a person or animal, or a relief carving in a wall or pole. It is differentiated from a molten image, which is melted metal poured into a cast." The article then goes into a detailed explanation of idolatry.

If you want to read the article, here's the link: www.gotquestions.org/graven-image.html.

AUGUST 28

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 your fellow Christians; treat them like family]; in honour preferring [having mutual love and 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 [doing things that please God and help to spread the gospel];"

Verse 12: "Rejoicing in hope
[having a joyful and confident hope of eternal life]; patient in tribulation [remaining calm during trouble, suffering, and/or hard times]; continuing instant [persevering] in prayer [i.e., praying often];"

Verse 13: "Distributing to the necessity of saints
[helping those in need, especially Christians]; given to hospitality [being friendly, generous, and kind to strangers and guests]."

AUGUST 27

Psalm 19:1: "The heavens
[sun, moon, and stars] declare [announce, proclaim, make known] the glory [greatness, majesty, excellence] of God; and the firmament [things that God has placed in the space between heaven and earth, meaning the atmosphere or sky] sheweth [shows] his handywork [what he (God) has made]."

AUGUST 26

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 [on their knees … or lay flat on the ground] before him that sat on the throne [i.e., Almighty God], and worship him that liveth for ever and ever [referring to 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 [God], to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast [because you have] created all things [made them from nothing], and for thy pleasure they are and were created [brought into existence]."

AUGUST 25

Proverbs 25:28: "He
[or she] that hath [has] no rule [restraint, control] over his [or her] own spirit [temper, or state of mind, referring to that person's thoughts, desires, inclinations, resentments, etc.] is like a city that is broken down, and without walls."

Matthew Henry has a good commentary on this verse. It says:

"Here is, 1. The good character of a wise and virtuous man implied. He is one that has rule over his own spirit; he maintains the government of himself, and of his own appetites and passions, and does not suffer them to rebel against reason and conscience. He has the rule of his own thoughts, his desires, his inclinations, his resentments, and keeps them all in good order. 2. The bad case of a vicious man, who has not this rule over his own spirit, who, when temptations to excess in eating or drinking are before him, has no government of himself, when he is provoked breaks out into exorbitant passions, such a one is like a city that is broken down and without walls. All that is good goes out, and forsakes him; all that is evil breaks in upon him. He lies exposed to all the temptations of Satan and becomes an easy prey to that enemy; he is also liable to many troubles and vexations; it is likewise as much a reproach to him as it is to a city to have its walls ruined, Nehemiah 1:3."

(Source: www.studylight.org/commentary/proverbs/25-28.html, "Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Bible")


Note: Salem Bible Church's website is currently being updated, and all of the links to Pastor Delany's Bible studies on the book of Proverbs have not yet been inserted. Consequently, I was unable to include his commentary on today's verse. I'm really sorry, as I always like to see what he has to say.

AUGUST 24

1 Samuel 15:23
[Samuel, an Old Testament prophet, said to King Saul]: "For rebellion is as [bad as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as [bad as] iniquity [wickedness, sin] and idolatry [worshiping false gods]. Because thou hast [you have] rejected [refused to accept--or, in this case, obey] the word of the LORD [God's commands], he [God] hath also rejected thee from being king [and, as a result, God eventually brought his reign to an end]."

AUGUST 23

Matthew 19:13-15 - Jesus Loves Children

Verse 13: "Then were there brought unto him
[Jesus, probably by their parents, guardians, etc.] little children [very young children and babies], [so] that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them [told those who brought the children that it was an improper thing to do]."

Verse 14: "But Jesus said, Suffer
[allow] little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. [In other words, heaven's inhabitants include little children, plus older children and adults who come to Christ (Jesus) with humility and child-like faith.]"

Verse 15: "And he laid his hands on them
[Jesus blessed the children], and departed thence [went away from there]."

AUGUST 22

Psalm 19:14
[King David's prayer to God]: "Let the words of my mouth [everything that I say], and the meditation of my heart [all of my thoughts], be acceptable in thy sight [be pleasing to you], O LORD, [because you are] my strength, and my redeemer [the one who has redeemed (rescued, delivered, saved) me from my sins]."

AUGUST 21

Genesis 1:14-19 - God Creates the Sun, Moon, and Stars
In Genesis 1:1, the Bible tells us that "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
The process of creation, including a day of rest, took seven days. This is what happened on Day 4:

Verses 14-15: "And God said, Let there be lights [referring to the sun and moon] in the firmament of the heaven [outer space] to divide [separate] the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so."

Verses 16-18: "And God made two great lights; the greater light
[the sun, which produces its own light and is bigger, brighter, and greater in intensity than the moon] to rule the day, and the lesser light [the moon, which reflects the light of the sun] to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set [placed, put] them [all] in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good."

Verse 19: "And the evening and the morning were the fourth day
[of creation]."

AUGUST 20

1 Peter 5:7
[The apostle Peter's advice to Christians]: "Casting [throwing, placing] all your care [cares, burdens, problems--anxiety, fears, worries, troubles, etc.] upon him [God]; for [because] he careth for [cares for, is concerned about, wants to help] you."

AUGUST 19

Judges 2:18-19:

Verse 18: "And when the LORD
[God] raised them up judges [appointed godly men to govern the children of Israel (Jewish people)], then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies [rescued the Jews from their enemies] all the days of the judge [for as long as the judge lived]: for it repented the LORD [i.e., he felt sorry for them] because of their groanings [because they complained so much] by reason of them that [about those who] oppressed [overpowered] them and vexed [tormented] them."

Verse 19: "And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they
[the Jews] returned [to their evil ways], and corrupted themselves more than their fathers [were worse than previous generations], in following other gods [i.e., idols] to serve them [the idols], and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings [didn't stop 'doing their own thing'], nor from their stubborn way [meaning that they ignored, forgot about, or refused to obey God]."

AUGUST 18

Proverbs 18:7: "A fool's
[big] mouth is [the reason for] his [or her] destruction [ruined life], and his [or her] lips are the snare of [trap for] his [or her] soul."

In his commentary on this verse, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church says that a person's "foolish, thoughtless, arrogant, insensitive, careless, mean-spirited speech" can result in his or her ruin, and he gives examples of  how the bad things that we do with our lips (lie, deceive, brag and boast, curse, threaten, blaspheme, gossip, etc.) have consequences--from something as minor as embarrassment to something serious, like being kicked out of school or having to spend time in prison.

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: www.salembible.org/proverbs-18-index/proverbs-18_7/.

AUGUST 17

Proverbs 17:13: "Whoso
[whoever] rewardeth [returns, repays] evil [bad actions] for good [deeds (kindnesses)], evil [things, such as illness, accidents, money problems, etc.] shall not depart [go away] from his [or her] house [household, or family]."

In his commentary on this verse, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church tells how people may reward evil for good, using King David as his prime example. He also explains the difference between karma and the judgment of God.

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: www.salembible.org/proverbs-17-index/proverbs-17_13/.

AUGUST 16

Proverbs 16:29: "A violent man
[a cruel person; someone who uses physical force to hurt, kill, damage, or destroy people, animals, or things] enticeth [tempts, lures, deceives, persuades] his [or her] neighbour [or friend, relative, companion, etc.], and leadeth him [or her] into the way that is not good."

AUGUST 15

Psalm 34:14: "Depart from evil
[i.e., stop sinning], and do good [things]; seek [try to achieve (obtain) and preserve (keep)] peace, and pursue it [i.e., try to restore the peace if necessary (get it back if lost)]."

JULY 31-AUGUST 14

2 Samuel 11:1-12:24 - David and Bathsheba

Chapter 11

Verses 1-5: "And it came to pass, after the year was expired
[had ended], at the time when kings go forth to battle, that [King] David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children [descendants] of Ammon [i.e., the Ammonites], and besieged Rabbah [surrounded the city with armed forces]. But David tarried still [remained longer than intended] at Jerusalem. And it came to pass in an eveningtide [one afternoon], that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the [flat] roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and inquired after [asked about] the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? And David sent messengers [to invite her to his apartment], and took her [there]; and she came in unto him, and he lay [down and had sex] with her; for she was purified [cleansed] from her uncleanness [her monthly period]: and she returned unto her house. And the woman conceived [got pregnant], and sent [a messenger] and told David, and said, I am with child."

Verses 6-11: "And David sent
[a message] to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him [asked him] how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered [was going]. And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of [left] the king's house, and there followed him a mess of meat [some food, a meal] from the king. But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants [bodyguards] of his lord [the king], and went not down [did not go] to his house. And when they [the servants] had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not [why didn't you] go down unto thine [your] house? And Uriah said unto David, The ark [of the covenant, which was a chest with the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments], and Israel, and Judah, abide [stay] in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord [Joab], are encamped [living in camps] in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie [in bed and have sex] with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing."

Verses 12-13: "And David said to Uriah, Tarry
[stay] here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart [leave]. So Uriah abode [remained] in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow [next day]. And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even [in the evening] he went out to lie on his bed with the servants [bodyguards] of his lord [the king], but went not [did not go] down to his house."

Verses 14-17: "And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah
[who acted as a messenger]. And he [David] wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle [i.e., put him on the front lines], and retire ye from him [leave him by himself], [so] that he may be smitten [hit or struck by a sword, arrow, stone, etc.], and die. And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant [brave, courageous] men were. And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell [were killed] some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also."

Verses 18-25: "Then Joab sent
[a messenger] and told David all the things concerning the war; And charged [instructed] the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king, And if so be that the king's wrath arise [if the king gets angry], and he say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh [near] unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would shoot [arrows and stones] from the wall? Who smote [killed] Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone [a stone used to grind grain] upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh [near] the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. So the messenger went, and came and shewed [showed] David all that Joab had sent him for. And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed [were victorious] against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate. And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some of the king's servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou him."

Verses 26-27: "And when the wife of Uriah
[i.e., Bathsheba] heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned [grieved] for her husband. And when the mourning [period--seven days] was past, David sent and fetched her [had her brought] to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him [gave birth to] a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD."

Chapter 12

Verses 1-6: "And the LORD
[God] sent Nathan [a prophet] unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him [told him the following story:], There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many [a large number of] flocks [of sheep] and herds [of cattle]: But the poor man had nothing, save [except] one little ewe [female] lamb, which he had bought and nourished up [fed]: and it grew up together with him, and with his children [as a pet]; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom [i.e., he held it in his arms], and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to [decided not to] take [any of the animals] of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress [prepare for cooking] for the wayfaring man [the traveler] that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it [prepared it for cooking] for the man that was come to him. And David's anger was greatly kindled [stirred up] against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold [give back to the owner four times as much], because he did this thing, and because he had no pity."

Verses 7-12: "And Nathan said to David, Thou art
[you are] the man [that the story was about]. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee thy master's [King Saul's] house, and thy master's [King Saul's] wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine [your] house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it [committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband] secretly: but I will do this thing [give David's wives to his neighbor] before all Israel, and before the sun."

Verses 13-14: "And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin
[forgiven you]; thou shalt not die. Howbeit [nevertheless], because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme [speak irreverently or disrespectfully about God], the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die."

Verses 15-19: "And Nathan departed unto
[left and went to] his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife [i.e., Bathsheba] bare [gave birth to] unto David, and it was very sick. David therefore besought [begged] God [in prayer] for the child; and David fasted [stopped eating], and went in, and lay all night upon the earth [on the floor]. And the elders [older people] of his house arose [stood up], and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not [get up], neither did he eat bread [food] with them. And it came to pass on the seventh day [after its birth], that the child died. And the servants of David feared [were afraid] to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto [spoke to] him, and he would not hearken unto [listen to] our voice: how will he then vex himself [what will he do to himself], if we tell him that the child is dead? But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived [guessed or sensed] that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead."

Verses 20-23: "Then David arose from the earth
[got up], and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel [clothes], and came into the house of the LORD [i.e., the temple], and worshipped [God]: then he came to his own house; and when he required [asked for it], they set bread before him, and he did eat. Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept [cried]: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore [why] should I fast? can I bring him back [to life] again? I shall go to him [in heaven, when I die], but he shall not return to me."

Verse 24: "And David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay
[down and had sex] with her: and she bare [gave birth to] a [second] son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him."

AUGUST 31

2 Timothy 2:3-4 - The Apostle Paul's Advice to Timothy
This advice is not only for ministers of the gospel (like Timothy) but also for all Christians.

Verse 2: "Thou therefore endure hardness [hardship, trouble], as a good soldier of Jesus Christ."

Verse 3: "No man
[person] that warreth [who goes to war] entangleth himself [or herself] [i.e., becomes entangled, involved, ensnared] with the affairs of this life; [a minister and/or Christian should follow this example--see note below*] [so] that he [or she] may please him [referring to Jesus] who hath chosen him [or her] to be a soldier."
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*In his commentary on verse 4, Albert Barnes says:

"Neither the minister nor the soldier is to be encumbered with the affairs of this life, and the one should not be more than the other. This is always a condition in becoming a soldier. He gives up his own business during the time for which he is enlisted, and devotes himself to the service of his country. The farmer leaves his plow, and the mechanic his shop, and the merchant his store, and the student his books, and the lawyer his brief; and neither of them expect to pursue these things while engaged in the service of their country."

(Source: www.studylight.org/commentary/2-timothy/2-4.html, "Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible")

You may be wondering if it's okay for a pastor to have an outside job to help support his family and pay the bills. That question is answered in the following article: "Should pastors be paid a salary?" If you want to read it, here's the link: www.gotquestions.org/pastors-paid-salary.html.

AUGUST 30

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."

I found an article on the Internet that answers the following question: "Who are the women in the Bible who initially could not give birth (childless) but were healed by God?" It says that:

-- Sarah (wife of Abraham and formerly named Sarai)  was the mother of Isaac.
-- Rebekah (wife of Isaac) was the mother of twins, Jacob and Esau.
-- Rachel (wife of Jacob) was the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. She died giving birth to Benjamin.
-- Samson's mother (wife of Mahoah) gave birth to Samson, the strongest man who ever lived.
-- Hannah (second wife of Elkanah the Ephraimite) was the mother of the prophet Samuel.
-- Elizabeth (wife of Zacharias) was the mother of John the Baptist.

(Above information: Courtesy of The Bible Study Site, www.biblestudy.org/question/how-does-god-use-barren-childless-women.html)

AUGUST 29

Deuteronomy 27:15
[Moses told the Levites what they should say to the men of Israel]: "Cursed be the man [person] that maketh any graven or molten image [statue or idol, an object of worship--see note below*], [which is] an abomination unto the LORD [something that God hates], [and] the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it [the idol] in a secret place [where it can't be seen by others]. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen."
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*According to an article entitled "What is a graven image?" by GotQuestions.org: "A graven image is an image carved out of stone, wood, or metal. It could be a statue of a person or animal, or a relief carving in a wall or pole. It is differentiated from a molten image, which is melted metal poured into a cast." The article then goes into a detailed explanation of idolatry.

If you want to read the article, here's the link: www.gotquestions.org/graven-image.html.

AUGUST 28

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 your fellow Christians; treat them like family]; in honour preferring [having mutual love and 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 [doing things that please God and help to spread the gospel];"

Verse 12: "Rejoicing in hope
[having a joyful and confident hope of eternal life]; patient in tribulation [remaining calm during trouble, suffering, and/or hard times]; continuing instant [persevering] in prayer [i.e., praying often];"

Verse 13: "Distributing to the necessity of saints
[helping those in need, especially Christians]; given to hospitality [being friendly, generous, and kind to strangers and guests]."

AUGUST 27

Psalm 19:1: "The heavens
[sun, moon, and stars] declare [announce, proclaim, make known] the glory [greatness, majesty, excellence] of God; and the firmament [things that God has placed in the space between heaven and earth, meaning the atmosphere or sky] sheweth [shows] his handywork [what he (God) has made]."

AUGUST 26

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 [on their knees … or lay flat on the ground] before him that sat on the throne [i.e., Almighty God], and worship him that liveth for ever and ever [referring to 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 [God], to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast [because you have] created all things [made them from nothing], and for thy pleasure they are and were created [brought into existence]."

AUGUST 25

Proverbs 25:28: "He
[or she] that hath [has] no rule [restraint, control] over his [or her] own spirit [temper, or state of mind, referring to that person's thoughts, desires, inclinations, resentments, etc.] is like a city that is broken down, and without walls."

Matthew Henry has a good commentary on this verse. It says:

"Here is, 1. The good character of a wise and virtuous man implied. He is one that has rule over his own spirit; he maintains the government of himself, and of his own appetites and passions, and does not suffer them to rebel against reason and conscience. He has the rule of his own thoughts, his desires, his inclinations, his resentments, and keeps them all in good order. 2. The bad case of a vicious man, who has not this rule over his own spirit, who, when temptations to excess in eating or drinking are before him, has no government of himself, when he is provoked breaks out into exorbitant passions, such a one is like a city that is broken down and without walls. All that is good goes out, and forsakes him; all that is evil breaks in upon him. He lies exposed to all the temptations of Satan and becomes an easy prey to that enemy; he is also liable to many troubles and vexations; it is likewise as much a reproach to him as it is to a city to have its walls ruined, Nehemiah 1:3."

(Source: www.studylight.org/commentary/proverbs/25-28.html, "Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Bible")


Note: Salem Bible Church's website is currently being updated, and all of the links to Pastor Delany's Bible studies on the book of Proverbs have not yet been inserted. Consequently, I was unable to include his commentary on today's verse. I'm really sorry, as I always like to see what he has to say.

AUGUST 24

1 Samuel 15:23
[Samuel, an Old Testament prophet, said to King Saul]: "For rebellion is as [bad as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as [bad as] iniquity [wickedness, sin] and idolatry [worshiping false gods]. Because thou hast [you have] rejected [refused to accept--or, in this case, obey] the word of the LORD [God's commands], he [God] hath also rejected thee from being king [and, as a result, God eventually brought his reign to an end]."

AUGUST 23

Matthew 19:13-15 - Jesus Loves Children

Verse 13: "Then were there brought unto him
[Jesus, probably by their parents, guardians, etc.] little children [very young children and babies], [so] that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them [told those who brought the children that it was an improper thing to do]."

Verse 14: "But Jesus said, Suffer
[allow] little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. [In other words, heaven's inhabitants include little children, plus older children and adults who come to Christ (Jesus) with humility and child-like faith.]"

Verse 15: "And he laid his hands on them
[Jesus blessed the children], and departed thence [went away from there]."

AUGUST 22

Psalm 19:14
[King David's prayer to God]: "Let the words of my mouth [everything that I say], and the meditation of my heart [all of my thoughts], be acceptable in thy sight [be pleasing to you], O LORD, [because you are] my strength, and my redeemer [the one who has redeemed (rescued, delivered, saved) me from my sins]."

AUGUST 21

Genesis 1:14-19 - God Creates the Sun, Moon, and Stars
In Genesis 1:1, the Bible tells us that "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
The process of creation, including a day of rest, took seven days. This is what happened on Day 4:

Verses 14-15: "And God said, Let there be lights [referring to the sun and moon] in the firmament of the heaven [outer space] to divide [separate] the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so."

Verses 16-18: "And God made two great lights; the greater light
[the sun, which produces its own light and is bigger, brighter, and greater in intensity than the moon] to rule the day, and the lesser light [the moon, which reflects the light of the sun] to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set [placed, put] them [all] in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good."

Verse 19: "And the evening and the morning were the fourth day
[of creation]."

AUGUST 20

1 Peter 5:7
[The apostle Peter's advice to Christians]: "Casting [throwing, placing] all your care [cares, burdens, problems--anxiety, fears, worries, troubles, etc.] upon him [God]; for [because] he careth for [cares for, is concerned about, wants to help] you."

AUGUST 19

Judges 2:18-19:

Verse 18: "And when the LORD
[God] raised them up judges [appointed godly men to govern the children of Israel (Jewish people)], then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies [rescued the Jews from their enemies] all the days of the judge [for as long as the judge lived]: for it repented the LORD [i.e., he felt sorry for them] because of their groanings [because they complained so much] by reason of them that [about those who] oppressed [overpowered] them and vexed [tormented] them."

Verse 19: "And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they
[the Jews] returned [to their evil ways], and corrupted themselves more than their fathers [were worse than previous generations], in following other gods [i.e., idols] to serve them [the idols], and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings [didn't stop 'doing their own thing'], nor from their stubborn way [meaning that they ignored, forgot about, or refused to obey God]."

AUGUST 18

Proverbs 18:7: "A fool's
[big] mouth is [the reason for] his [or her] destruction [ruined life], and his [or her] lips are the snare of [trap for] his [or her] soul."

In his commentary on this verse, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church says that a person's "foolish, thoughtless, arrogant, insensitive, careless, mean-spirited speech" can result in his or her ruin, and he gives examples of  how the bad things that we do with our lips (lie, deceive, brag and boast, curse, threaten, blaspheme, gossip, etc.) have consequences--from something as minor as embarrassment to something serious, like being kicked out of school or having to spend time in prison.

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: www.salembible.org/proverbs-18-index/proverbs-18_7/.

AUGUST 17

Proverbs 17:13: "Whoso
[whoever] rewardeth [returns, repays] evil [bad actions] for good [deeds (kindnesses)], evil [things, such as illness, accidents, money problems, etc.] shall not depart [go away] from his [or her] house [household, or family]."

In his commentary on this verse, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church tells how people may reward evil for good, using King David as his prime example. He also explains the difference between karma and the judgment of God.

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: www.salembible.org/proverbs-17-index/proverbs-17_13/.

AUGUST 16

Proverbs 16:29: "A violent man
[a cruel person; someone who uses physical force to hurt, kill, damage, or destroy people, animals, or things] enticeth [tempts, lures, deceives, persuades] his [or her] neighbour [or friend, relative, companion, etc.], and leadeth him [or her] into the way that is not good."

AUGUST 15

Psalm 34:14: "Depart from evil
[i.e., stop sinning], and do good [things]; seek [try to achieve (obtain) and preserve (keep)] peace, and pursue it [i.e., try to restore the peace if necessary (get it back if lost)]."

JULY 31-AUGUST 14

2 Samuel 11:1-12:24 - David and Bathsheba

Chapter 11

Verses 1-5: "And it came to pass, after the year was expired
[had ended], at the time when kings go forth to battle, that [King] David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children [descendants] of Ammon [i.e., the Ammonites], and besieged Rabbah [surrounded the city with armed forces]. But David tarried still [remained longer than intended] at Jerusalem. And it came to pass in an eveningtide [one afternoon], that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the [flat] roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and inquired after [asked about] the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? And David sent messengers [to invite her to his apartment], and took her [there]; and she came in unto him, and he lay [down and had sex] with her; for she was purified [cleansed] from her uncleanness [her monthly period]: and she returned unto her house. And the woman conceived [got pregnant], and sent [a messenger] and told David, and said, I am with child."

Verses 6-11: "And David sent
[a message] to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him [asked him] how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered [was going]. And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of [left] the king's house, and there followed him a mess of meat [some food, a meal] from the king. But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants [bodyguards] of his lord [the king], and went not down [did not go] to his house. And when they [the servants] had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not [why didn't you] go down unto thine [your] house? And Uriah said unto David, The ark [of the covenant, which was a chest with the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments], and Israel, and Judah, abide [stay] in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord [Joab], are encamped [living in camps] in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie [in bed and have sex] with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing."

Verses 12-13: "And David said to Uriah, Tarry
[stay] here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart [leave]. So Uriah abode [remained] in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow [next day]. And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even [in the evening] he went out to lie on his bed with the servants [bodyguards] of his lord [the king], but went not [did not go] down to his house."

Verses 14-17: "And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah
[who acted as a messenger]. And he [David] wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle [i.e., put him on the front lines], and retire ye from him [leave him by himself], [so] that he may be smitten [hit or struck by a sword, arrow, stone, etc.], and die. And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant [brave, courageous] men were. And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell [were killed] some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also."

Verses 18-25: "Then Joab sent
[a messenger] and told David all the things concerning the war; And charged [instructed] the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king, And if so be that the king's wrath arise [if the king gets angry], and he say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh [near] unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would shoot [arrows and stones] from the wall? Who smote [killed] Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone [a stone used to grind grain] upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh [near] the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. So the messenger went, and came and shewed [showed] David all that Joab had sent him for. And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed [were victorious] against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate. And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some of the king's servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou him."

Verses 26-27: "And when the wife of Uriah
[i.e., Bathsheba] heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned [grieved] for her husband. And when the mourning [period--seven days] was past, David sent and fetched her [had her brought] to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him [gave birth to] a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD."

Chapter 12

Verses 1-6: "And the LORD
[God] sent Nathan [a prophet] unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him [told him the following story:], There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many [a large number of] flocks [of sheep] and herds [of cattle]: But the poor man had nothing, save [except] one little ewe [female] lamb, which he had bought and nourished up [fed]: and it grew up together with him, and with his children [as a pet]; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom [i.e., he held it in his arms], and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to [decided not to] take [any of the animals] of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress [prepare for cooking] for the wayfaring man [the traveler] that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it [prepared it for cooking] for the man that was come to him. And David's anger was greatly kindled [stirred up] against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold [give back to the owner four times as much], because he did this thing, and because he had no pity."

Verses 7-12: "And Nathan said to David, Thou art
[you are] the man [that the story was about]. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee thy master's [King Saul's] house, and thy master's [King Saul's] wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine [your] house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it [committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband] secretly: but I will do this thing [give David's wives to his neighbor] before all Israel, and before the sun."

Verses 13-14: "And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin
[forgiven you]; thou shalt not die. Howbeit [nevertheless], because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme [speak irreverently or disrespectfully about God], the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die."

Verses 15-19: "And Nathan departed unto
[left and went to] his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife [i.e., Bathsheba] bare [gave birth to] unto David, and it was very sick. David therefore besought [begged] God [in prayer] for the child; and David fasted [stopped eating], and went in, and lay all night upon the earth [on the floor]. And the elders [older people] of his house arose [stood up], and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not [get up], neither did he eat bread [food] with them. And it came to pass on the seventh day [after its birth], that the child died. And the servants of David feared [were afraid] to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto [spoke to] him, and he would not hearken unto [listen to] our voice: how will he then vex himself [what will he do to himself], if we tell him that the child is dead? But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived [guessed or sensed] that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead."

Verses 20-23: "Then David arose from the earth
[got up], and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel [clothes], and came into the house of the LORD [i.e., the temple], and worshipped [God]: then he came to his own house; and when he required [asked for it], they set bread before him, and he did eat. Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept [cried]: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore [why] should I fast? can I bring him back [to life] again? I shall go to him [in heaven, when I die], but he shall not return to me."

Verse 24: "And David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay
[down and had sex] with her: and she bare [gave birth to] a [second] son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him."

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