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August 2020
AUGUST 2

Job 27:4
[Responding to his friends' accusations that he had done something bad that deserved to be punished by God (which was a lie--see note below*), Job said]: "My lips shall not speak wickedness [or 'say things that I know are wrong'], nor [shall] my tongue utter [speak] deceit [i.e., words meant to make people believe something that is not true]."

Like Job, we should always try to tell the truth--about others and about ourselves.

In his commentary, Matthew Poole said that in the above verse, Job was telling his friends, "I will speak nothing but the truth with all plainness and impartiality, neither defending myself and cause by vain and false professions of those virtues or graces which I know I have not; nor yet, in compliance with your desire and design, falsely accusing myself of those crimes wherewith you charge me, whereof I know myself to be innocent."

(Source for above quote:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/job/27-4.html, "Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible")

Likewise, Charles Spurgeon wrote: "Remember that Job's friends had accused him of having committed some great sin; which would account for his great sorrows … He felt that; it would be wicked for him to confess to what he had never done; it would be deceit for him to acknowledge crimes which he had never committed. Therefore he most solemnly asseverates [emphatically declares], by the living God, that he never will permit the falsehood to pass his lips. He had not transgressed against God in the way his friends insinuated, and he would not own that he had …"

(Source for Spurgeon quote:
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/spe/job-27.html, "Verses 1-23")
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*For background information on Job, read "Who was Job in the Bible?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/life-Job.html.

AUGUST 1

Deuteronomy 16:16-17: Giving Back to God
We can learn something from these commands from God to the nation of Israel in the Old Testament:

Verse 16: "Three times in a year shall all thy [your] males [probably meaning those who were at least 20 years of age] appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he [God] shall choose; in the feast of unleavened [made without yeast] bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles [all of these feasts are described in the article mentioned below*]: and they [the people] shall not appear before the LORD empty[-handed]:"

Verse 17: "Every man shall give
[to God] as he is able [to give], according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he [God] hath [has] given [to] thee [you--the person who has received God's blessings]."

Like the Jewish people, who were instructed to give back to God according to the blessings they had received, if we have been blessed by God, not only should we willingly give back to him (via the church), but, in regard to God's kindness, we should also try to "pay it forward" and be a blessing to others by gladly giving money, food, assistance, etc., to charities, poor people, and those who truly need our help.
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*Jewish people celebrate seven important feasts (festivals) each year. They are described in the article entitled "What are the different Jewish festivals in the Bible?" If you want to read it, here's the link:  https://www.gotquestions.org/Jewish-festivals.html.


AUGUST 2

Job 27:4
[Responding to his friends' accusations that he had done something bad that deserved to be punished by God (which was a lie--see note below*), Job said]: "My lips shall not speak wickedness [or 'say things that I know are wrong'], nor [shall] my tongue utter [speak] deceit [i.e., words meant to make people believe something that is not true]."

Like Job, we should always try to tell the truth--about others and about ourselves.

In his commentary, Matthew Poole said that in the above verse, Job was telling his friends, "I will speak nothing but the truth with all plainness and impartiality, neither defending myself and cause by vain and false professions of those virtues or graces which I know I have not; nor yet, in compliance with your desire and design, falsely accusing myself of those crimes wherewith you charge me, whereof I know myself to be innocent."

(Source for above quote:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/job/27-4.html, "Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible")

Likewise, Charles Spurgeon wrote: "Remember that Job's friends had accused him of having committed some great sin; which would account for his great sorrows … He felt that; it would be wicked for him to confess to what he had never done; it would be deceit for him to acknowledge crimes which he had never committed. Therefore he most solemnly asseverates [emphatically declares], by the living God, that he never will permit the falsehood to pass his lips. He had not transgressed against God in the way his friends insinuated, and he would not own that he had …"

(Source for Spurgeon quote:
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/spe/job-27.html, "Verses 1-23")
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*For background information on Job, read "Who was Job in the Bible?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/life-Job.html.

AUGUST 1

Deuteronomy 16:16-17: Giving Back to God
We can learn something from these commands from God to the nation of Israel in the Old Testament:

Verse 16: "Three times in a year shall all thy [your] males [probably meaning those who were at least 20 years of age] appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he [God] shall choose; in the feast of unleavened [made without yeast] bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles [all of these feasts are described in the article mentioned below*]: and they [the people] shall not appear before the LORD empty[-handed]:"

Verse 17: "Every man shall give
[to God] as he is able [to give], according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he [God] hath [has] given [to] thee [you--the person who has received God's blessings]."

Like the Jewish people, who were instructed to give back to God according to the blessings they had received, if we have been blessed by God, not only should we willingly give back to him (via the church), but, in regard to God's kindness, we should also try to "pay it forward" and be a blessing to others by gladly giving money, food, assistance, etc., to charities, poor people, and those who truly need our help.
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*Jewish people celebrate seven important feasts (festivals) each year. They are described in the article entitled "What are the different Jewish festivals in the Bible?" If you want to read it, here's the link:  https://www.gotquestions.org/Jewish-festivals.html.


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