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12/1/22: I just found out that most of the commentaries on the Bible Study Tools website are no longer free. That's where most of the quotes that appear on the "Verse of the Day" and "Previous Verses" pages of my website are taken from, so from now on, many of the "Source:" links that I provide on those pages will not contain the quoted text.

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Something is wrong with my Christian forum. Everything seems to be working normally (i.e., the articles are there, and the links work), but for some reason, the forum's format has changed slightly, and I am currently unable to post anything new.

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Notes from Linda:

12/1/22: I just found out that most of the commentaries on the Bible Study Tools website are no longer free. That's where most of the quotes that appear on the "Verse of the Day" and "Previous Verses" pages of my website are taken from, so from now on, many of the "Source:" links that I provide on those pages will not contain the quoted text.

I was disgusted to read about the organization's new "PLUS" membership, and the only thing I can say about it is that the Bible has this warning in 1 Timothy 6:10 for the owner of Bible Study Tools: "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
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8/8/21:
Something is wrong with my Christian forum. Everything seems to be working normally (i.e., the articles are there, and the links work), but for some reason, the forum's format has changed slightly, and I am currently unable to post anything new.

I'm really sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully, the problem is only temporay and will be fixed soon.
"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verse(s)

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Today
January 29-31, 2023
Proverbs 29:2: "When the righteous [people--those who are 'good'] are in authority [in charge of governments], the people [of those nations] rejoice [are glad, or filled with joy]: but when the wicked [people--those who are 'bad'] beareth rule [bear rule, are in charge], the people mourn [grieve (are very sad)]."
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Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse, including many examples of what leaders do to cause their people to rejoice and mourn. Also mentioned are specific things that have occurred recently in the United States that illustrate the moral and spiritual decline of our country.

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Here are some excerpts from the above commentary:

"2. What does a righteous man in a position of authority DO that causes the people to rejoice?

"a. People rejoice when they have freedom: when they can speak their mind; worship and practice their faith openly; live according to their consciences; etc.

"b. People rejoice when good, moral laws are established and supported.

"c. People rejoice when law and order are maintained.

"d. People rejoice when murderers and thieves are punished and restrained.

"e. People rejoice when they enjoy a sense of safety and security.

"f. People rejoice when their property rights are maintained.

"g. People rejoice when the judicial system is blind and fair, and everyone is treated the same--rich, poor, red, yellow, black, and white, male, female.

"h. People rejoice when the government is not cruel and oppressive--taxing them to death, taking advantage of the less powerful.

"i. People rejoice when those in authority are not crooks lining their pockets and robbing from the citizens.

"j. People rejoice when the government listens to the people and the people have a voice."
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"4. We too
[referring to Americans] mourn when we see the moral direction in which our country is headed.

"a. Abortion (even partial birth abortion) is promoted from the highest offices.

"b. Massachusetts nearly passed a law permitting suicide in your own home.
" A few years ago
[actually, more than a few years ago] we [who live in Massachusetts] were scandalized by Doctor assisted suicide. This is a take home package. You don't even need a doctor present for this.
" When we have lost sight of the sacredness of human life, where do these issues lead for the next generation?
" Euthanasia
[assisted suicide], mercy killings, suicide on demand, killing the aged [old people, senior citizens] or the handicapped?

"c. Gay marriage is now being publically supported from the highest offices
[in the government].
" The thinking is that 'we should be able to marry whomever we love.'
" But where does that lead? Polygamy
[having more than one wife or husband at the same time]? Bestiality [sexual relations between a person and an animal]? Incest [sexual relations between family members or close relatives]?

"d. Two states legalized marijuana -- Colorado and Washington
[and now many more states have done the same thing].
" And this was not for medicinal
[health] purposes but for recreational use [i.e., for pleasure or enjoyment].
" And where does this lead in the next generation? All 50 states? And what drugs are next? Crack cocaine? Heroine?

"e. We are beginning to see the US
[United States] turn its back on Israel.
" Gen. 12:3 -- Concerning the nation Israel, God said: 'And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee.'
" As a nation, we have experienced God's blessing for our support of Israel. We may soon experience a curse.

"f. Religious institutions
[churches, etc.] are being forced to violate their conscience.
" If they
[the people in charge of the government] come after the Catholics today, it will be us [born-again Christians that they come after] tomorrow.
" In recent years we've heard a lot about the war on poverty, and the war on drugs, and the war on women.
" But the real war we've been seeing (that doesn't get nearly as much publicity) is the war on Christianity.

"g. These issues represent serious moral and spiritual decline in our country.

"h. Once you start down a pathway like this, it is virtually impossible to reverse direction.
" It's like going downhill on a toboggan.
" We
[Americans] are on a slippery slope and scary pathway as a nation. We have good cause to mourn.

"i. And it is not one person or one
[political] party. The whole nation is headed in that direction. The people we vote into office are but a reflection of where the country is… morally and spiritually.

"j. Our proverb
[Proverbs 29:2] reminds us that 'when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.'

"k. We can and should pray for good, moral leaders in our country.

"l. A good leader can help temporarily, but only temporarily.

"m. Let's not get dreamy eyed over this. We are never going to bring in the Kingdom
[of God] through political means.

"n. The USA
[United States of America] is never going to return to the days of the Puritans [i.e., people who had high moral values]. Those days are long gone.

"o. We are seeing the moral collapse of a nation right before our eyes. And unfortunately, it doesn't look like it will ever turn around.

"p. It might slow down for a while; it may take a few baby steps in a good direction, but the overall trajectory
[path] is down.

"5. But this does not mean we should despair
[lose hope].

"a. It is all part of God's plan… and that is irreversible
[impossible to change].

"b. Evil men will wax
[grow, become] worse and worse in the last days [before Jesus come back to earth].

"c. And as dark as things get around us, don't forget the words of the apostle Paul: 'But where sin abounded
[meaning there was a very great amount of it], grace did much more abound.'

"d. It is an opportunity for us to shine as witnesses to the truth and point men to the Savior
[Jesus Christ].

"e. Our job is to walk with
[live in obedience to] God and fish as many men out of those polluted waters [of sin] as we can.

"f. On the one hand, we may mourn the direction our country is headed in; but on the other hand, we can rejoice that the coming of the Lord draweth nigh
[draws near]! Even so come, Lord Jesus.

"g. And we can pray: 'I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.' (I Tim.2:1-4)"

If you want to read the rest of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-29-index/proverbs-29_2/.





In case you're wondering, before adding my comments
in brackets to the above verse(s), I usually refer to Bible
commentaries by Albert Barnes, Matthew Henry, John Gill,
and others (which can be found online) and try to summarize
what they say. For verses from Proverbs, I also refer to the
Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem
Bible Church. Word definitions are taken from online
dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


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Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 28

1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.