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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.


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"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verse(s)

Today
July 13, 2024
Proverbs 13:12: "Hope [the desire for something good to happen] deferred [postponed] maketh [makes] the heart [feel] sick [or sad or hopeless, because when we don't get what we had hoped for--and want--right away (or not at all), we are disappointed and can become discouraged (and sometimes even angry)]: but when the desire cometh [comes] [referring to a 'good' thing being realized, as when our prayers are finally answered and/or our desires are fulfilled], it is a tree of life [a source of joy]."
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Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse. It is filled with examples of hope and hope deferred. Here are some of them:

Section A - "Hope":

"3. We all have hopes… hopes that keep us going… hopes of a better tomorrow…

"a. hopes for our kids… to have wisdom; to walk with the Lord
[or 'in obedience to God']; to make sensible decisions; to turn out right; to find a godly spouse; to do well in their careers [occupations, jobs]

"b. hopes for this assembly
[referring to Pastor Delany's congregation, but the comment is applicable to any Christian church]… for unity; growth; spiritual strength;

"c. hopes for the salvation of souls… friends; family; neighbors; spouse; co workers;

"d. hopes for doing well at school…

"e. for promotion at work…

"f. hopes of finding a mate
[spouse, husband or wife]

"g. for others, their hope is having a baby…

"h. for buying a house… to fix up a house; to pay off a house…

"i. for losing weight…for getting physically fit… for a disease to remain in remission…

"j. for finishing college… for landing a good job

"k. for restoring a broken relationship…

"l. Hope for a backslidden believer
[Christian] to return to the Lord…

"m. hopes for getting victory over a besetting
[persistent, troublesome] sin…

"n. Hopes for getting out of debt…"
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Section B - "Hope Deferred":

"3. Examples of hope deferred…

"a. We had our heart set on getting that big promotion at work… and Fred got the job instead of you…

"b. We had hoped and dreamed that this certain relationship would develop into marriage… and our hopes are dashed
[destroyed]… she goes off with someone else…

"c. We had hoped for our son to do well at college, and after his first year he quits…

"d. We had hoped that this new medication
[medicine] would put our disease into remission--only to discover that it didn't work and the disease has returned…

"e. We had hoped that our wayward
[headstrong, stubborn] son would return to the Lord, but instead he moves in with his girlfriend and becomes a Unitarian [member of a type of church that rejects the doctrine of the Trinity]

"f. Perhaps a woman had longed to have a child and is told that she will not be able to…

"g. We had hoped to pay off our loans and get out of debt, but another huge, unexpected expense comes along…

"h. All too often in life we discover that the things we had such bright and vibrant hope for… after time, seem so elusive
[hard to find]."

If you want to read the rest of the commentary, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-13-index/proverbs-13_12/.





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 13

1 A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
8 The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.