JULY 14

Proverbs 14:1: "Every wise woman buildeth her house
[in this case, her household, or family]: but the foolish [woman] plucketh [pulls] it down [i.e., destroys or ruins it] with her hands."

In his commentary on this verse, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church explains the steps involved in building a good Christian home.

Here's what the commentary says in paragraph 4b:

" God has given the godly wife a blueprint for the home: God's Word [i.e., the Bible]!
" Just as a set of blueprints spells out how everything is to be assembled on the outside of the structure… God's Word is the woman's blueprint which spells out clearly how things should be ordered on the inside of the home.
" There IS an order: the husband is to be the loving head; the wife is to willingly submit; they are to work together to bring up the children according to God's pattern… and children are to obey.

"1. This order is never to be ignored or reversed."

And this excerpt is from paragraph 5:

"b. The woman's job is to be working on the moral and spiritual climate in the home before the kids.
" A house is built with brick and mortar; wood and nails;
" A home is built with love, kindness, beauty, orderliness; discernment; education; harmony; unity; stability.

"c. The woman's job is to taking care of the internal affairs of the home…
" Is your house IN ORDER?
" Do you take care of your possessions?
" Is it neat or messy?
" Do you walk around the home teaching your children about the Lord?
" Is it a place where Christ is lifted up or hardly mentioned?
" Is it a place of chaos or discipline and order?
" Is the home cold and impersonal or warm and inviting?
" Are the affairs of your household being attended to faithfully--or are you so busy in other things, that the affairs of your household are ignored and unattended to?
" A house is more than a pile of wood, nails, glass, and shingles. A home is more than just people eating and sleeping at the same address.
" Turning that pile of building materials into a house is the job of the construction workers.
" Turning the inside of that building into a home is the wife's responsibility.

"d. A wise woman builds her home…
" The woman builds the family numerically by giving birth.
" She also builds it up spiritually by her godly character reflected in the home day in and day out… and by teaching her children in the things of the Lord.
" She builds it up economically by her industry and hard work. Read Prov. 31 -- this woman was a hard worker and profited the whole family from her efforts." [Note: Proverbs 31:10-31, which describes the characteristics of a virtuous woman, can be found here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+31%3A10-31&version=KJV.]

 If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-14-index/proverbs-14_1/.

JULY 13

Proverbs 13:22: "A good man
[a hard-working, law-abiding parent who saves his (or her) money and spends it wisely] leaveth an inheritance to his [or her] children's children [children and grandchildren]: and the wealth of the sinner [someone with many sinful habits (laziness, gambling, drinking, etc.)] is laid up for the just [usually ends up in the hands of people with good morals]."

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. Here are some excerpts:

-- In the first section, regarding inheritances, the commentary notes that some people don't have children; others are poor and can't leave an inheritance for their children and grandchildren. However, per paragraph 3b:

" Whether you leave earthly goods behind or not--be sure you leave this behind in your portfolio… a godly heritage…
" One man may leave behind a valuable family heirloom: perhaps an antique grandfather clock… or a valuable picture… or a bed George Washington slept in. For years to come your children and grandchildren will remember you by that clock or bed…
" But far more important is it for them to remember grandpa as a man who loved the Lord… who read his Bible every day… and prayed for them every day… and was seen in the Lord's House every Lord's day. That's a priceless inheritance to leave behind!"

-- In the second section, regarding redistribution of wealth, the commentary says that Solomon was right in observing that "Wealth often changes hands… and it seems to end up in the hands of good men."

-- The commentary ends with this:

"5.) One thing is sure--you can't take it [your money] with you [when you die].

"a.) You are never sure how your hard earned wealth will be used…

"b.) But if we leave behind a heritage of godliness [i.e., 'a righteous example… of godliness… mercy… compassion… Christlikeness… charity…'][,] that can never be wasted…"

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-13-index/proverbs-13_22/.

JULY 13

Proverbs 13:22: "A good man
[a hard-working, law-abiding parent who saves his (or her) money and spends it wisely] leaveth an inheritance to his [or her] children's children [children and grandchildren]: and the wealth of the sinner [someone with many sinful habits (laziness, gambling, drinking, etc.)] is laid up for the just [usually ends up in the hands of people with good morals]."

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. Here are some excerpts:

-- In the first section, regarding inheritances, the commentary notes that some people don't have children; others are poor and can't leave an inheritance for their children and grandchildren. However, per paragraph 3b:

" Whether you leave earthly goods behind or not--be sure you leave this behind in your portfolio… a godly heritage…
" One man may leave behind a valuable family heirloom: perhaps an antique grandfather clock… or a valuable picture… or a bed George Washington slept in. For years to come your children and grandchildren will remember you by that clock or bed…
" But far more important is it for them to remember grandpa as a man who loved the Lord… who read his Bible every day… and prayed for them every day… and was seen in the Lord's House every Lord's day. That's a priceless inheritance to leave behind!"

-- In the second section, regarding redistribution of wealth, the commentary says that Solomon was right in observing that "Wealth often changes hands… and it seems to end up in the hands of good men."

-- The commentary ends with this:

"5.) One thing is sure--you can't take it [your money] with you [when you die].

"a.) You are never sure how your hard earned wealth will be used…

"b.) But if we leave behind a heritage of godliness [i.e., 'a righteous example… of godliness… mercy… compassion… Christlikeness… charity…'][,] that can never be wasted…"

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-13-index/proverbs-13_22/.

JULY 12

Proverbs 12:6: "The words of the wicked
[people] are to lie in wait for blood [in other words, these bad people discuss and brag about their intentions to injure, kill, and/or destroy other people and/or things]: but the mouth of the upright [referring to people with good morals who learn about those evil plans and report them to the proper authorities] shall deliver [rescue] them [i.e., the targets of the evil plans, or the people and/or things being conspired against] [from harm]."

According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, the above verse is about pre-meditated crimes, or those which are thought about and discussed in advance. One way to prevent these crimes from taking place is summarized by a saying that has recently become popular in the United States; i.e., "If you see something, say something."

In paragraph 2c of the first section of his excellent commentary, Pastor Delany says, "Long before the crime, the invasion, the attack, the rape, the robbery, or the mugging ever took place… wicked men sat around somewhere planning it… discussing it… discussing the best way to carry out their evil deeds."

Specific examples of these types of discussions include the following (from paragraph 1 of the commentary):

"c. Gangs of wicked youths gather together to plan robberies… rapes… muggings… and other ways to harm people.

"d. Drug addicts sit around in dingy cellars and discuss how to break into homes, drug stores, and banks--and yes, kill if necessary.

"e. Political leaders in rogue states sit around gilded palaces making plans to invade their neighbor's land… and kill and plunder to overthrow it.

"f. Terrorist cell groups meet secretly to discuss ways to destroy America and Israel.

"g. Some ethnic groups holding on to political power sit around conference tables and discuss how to ethnically cleanse the region of those they hate.

"h. Guerilla groups meet in a secluded jungle discussing how they can take over the villages on the other side of the mountains…

"i. What might appear to be perfectly average suburbanite, might be sitting in someone's living room, talking to some street thug plotting to have his wife killed."

The commentary continues:

"3. It is unlikely that any of us ever hear first hand of such evil plots to kill.

"a. However, we MAY become privy to OTHER forms of wicked words.

"b. We might hear of others gossiping about a person…

"c. We might hear of some employees that are planning to steal some of the company's property.

"d. We might hear damaging words of slander against a brother.

"e. We might hear of plans to cause trouble in the local church.

"f. Some of you young people might hear conversations at school of kids who are planning to break the rules… or to hurt someone in the class… or to steal… or to buy drugs… or get in some other kind of trouble."

Then, in the second section of the commentary, we find the following:

"5. Applications:

"a. Whistleblowers… if you work for a company and know of theft, or criminal activity, it is our responsibility to speak up for that which is right!
" We are to use our mouths to deliver.
" If a person at work is being blamed for something he didn't do, and is going to be fired for it, and you know who really did it, you have a responsibility to speak up!
" The wicked use their words to cause trouble. We should use our mouths to deliver those folks unjustly accused.

"b. School… if there are kids at school who are planning illegal activity (stealing; drugs; violence, etc.) you have a responsibility to report it to an adult!
" I wonder if any of the kids at Columbine knew about the murderous plot and were afraid to speak up! Imagine how awful they would feel afterwards!
" If you know that your friend at school bought some drugs, and you say nothing about it… imagine how awful you would feel if they overdosed and died?! And just a few words to the right people could have prevented it.
" I wouldn't want that on my conscience!
" We're not talking about being a snitch for every tiny infraction. We are talking about serious issues… grave matters that might affect someone's health or life…

"c. Local Church… if you know of someone spreading gossip… or false doctrine, you have a responsibility to let the leaders know about it… before many are hurt.
" Leaven can spread rapidly.
" The sooner such activity is dealt with in the local church, the better.
" If you know that someone's reputation is being dragged through the mud, and you have information that could deliver that person, then you are responsible to help!

"d. In our country: if we hear of a crime being planned, then by all means, report it to the authorities!
" This is part of our responsibility as a citizen… to promote the welfare of the state… and safety of its people.
" Our government is urging us to be eyes and ears to report all suspicious activity that might be related to terrorism!
" Consider Prov. [Proverbs] 31:8-9 -- in light of abortion. As believers, we have a responsibility to "speak up" for those slated for destruction… for those unable to speak up for themselves. And we can SPEAK on this issue on Election Day!
" There are a lot of issues we as believers can and should speak out on… on Election Day!

"e. Prov. [Proverbs] 24:11-12 -- if we forbear to do what is right… and pretend we didn't know, rest assured, God knows our heart!
" God will hold us accountable.
" We could have and should have delivered someone from injustice… and we sat quietly by and said nothing. Shame on us!
" Sometimes just one simple word can save a man's life… or a man's reputation… his career… because someone had guts enough to stand up and speak up for that which was right.
" You be that kind of person!"

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-12-index/proverbs-12_6/
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JULY 11

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

JULY 5-10

1 Kings 3:16-28 - A very wise king proves that he's also a very wise judge
In this story, King Solomon uses his God-given wisdom to determine who is the child's real mother.

Verse 16: "Then came there two women, that were harlots [prostitutes, both of whom had recently been pregnant], unto the king [Solomon], and stood before him."

Verses 17-18: "And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell
[live together] in one house; and I was delivered of [gave birth to] a child with her in the house. And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save [except, besides] we two in the house [i.e., they were alone, so there were no witnesses to what happened next]."

Verses 19-21: "And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid
[laid on top of, and smothered,] it. And she arose [got up] at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid [referring to herself] slept, and laid it in her bosom [near her breasts], and laid her dead child in my bosom [near my breasts]. And when I rose [got up] in the morning to give my child suck [i.e., to nurse him], behold, it was dead: but when I had considered [thought about] it in the morning, behold, [I realized that] it [the dead child] was not my son, which I did bear [give birth to]."

Verse 22: "And the other woman said, Nay
[no]; but the living [child] is my son, and the dead [one] is thy [your] son. And this [woman, referring to herself,] said, No; but the dead [child] is thy son, and the living [one] is my son. Thus they spake before the king."

Verse 23: "Then said the king, The one
[woman] saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead [child]: and the other [woman] saith, Nay [no]; but thy [your] son is the dead [child], and my son is the living [one]."

Verses 24-25: "And the king said
[to his officers], Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king. And the king said, Divide [cut] the living child in two, and give half to the one [mother], and half to the other."

Verse 26: "Then spake the woman whose the living child was
[to whom the living child belonged] unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon [because she had great love and compassion (pity and concern) for] her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay [kill] it. But the other [woman] said, Let it be neither mine nor thine [yours], but divide it."

Verse 27: "Then the king answered and said, Give her
[the woman who truly loved and was willing to give up] the living child, and in no wise [by no means] slay it: she is the mother thereof."

Verse 28: "And all
[of the people in] Israel [or 'all of the Jewish people'] heard of the judgment [case] which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment [make wise decisions]."

JULY 4

1 Peter 2:13-16 - The Apostle Peter's Advice to Christians

Verses 13-14: "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man
[obey all laws, as long as they are not in conflict with the law of God] for the Lord's sake [because he has required it]: whether it be [obedience] to the king, as supreme [highest in rank or authority]; Or [obedience] unto governors [people who run the government], as unto them that are sent by him [i.e., the king, or person who is highest in command] for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well."

Verse 15: "For so
[that] is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men [and women] [see note below*]:"

Verse 16: "
[Do this (i.e., 'Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man')] As [being] free [spiritually--from bondage to Satan and sin], and not using your [Christian] liberty [referring to your freedom in Christ, or salvation,] for a cloke [cloak] of [or cover for] maliciousness [a feeling of hatred for others along with a desire to hurt them, either through words or deeds], but as the servants of God."
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*According to Albert Barnes, regarding verse 15: "… One of the best ways of meeting the accusations of our enemies is to lead a life of strict integrity. It is not easy for the wicked to reply to this argument." (Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-peter-2.html, "Verse 15")

JULY 3

Proverbs 3:3-4 - Two Important Virtues: Mercy and Truth
This is King Solomon's advice to his son, but it also applies to us.

Verse 3: "Let not [don't let] mercy [goodness, kindness, compassion] and truth [truthfulness, reliability, faithfulness (loyalty), as when you are true to someone, meaning they can depend on you] forsake thee [leave you]: bind them about thy [around your] neck [like a necklace]; write them upon the table [tablet] of thine [your] heart [i.e., keep them close to your heart and don't be ashamed of them]:"

Verse 4: "
[If  those two virtues (mercy and truth, which are examples of good moral character) become second nature (meaning they can be done instinctively, or automatically),] So shalt thou [then you will] find favour [acceptance] and good understanding in the sight of God and man [mankind, people]."

If we want to have love and respect, we need to exhibit mercy and truth.

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-3-index/proverbs-3_3-4/.

JULY 2

John 3:19-20 - Jesus Tells Nicodemus Why People Reject the Gospel

Verse 19: "And this is the
[cause of] condemnation [or 'the reason why people are sent to hell'] [i.e.,], that light [referring to the Lord Jesus Christ] is come into the world, and men [and women and children] loved darkness rather than light [preferred error (false doctrine) over truth, and sin over righteousness (salvation)], because their deeds [works, actions] were evil."

Verse 20: "For
[because] every one that doeth evil [or does bad things] hateth [hates] the light, neither cometh [and does not come] to the light, lest [for fear that] his [or her] deeds should be reproved [detected (discovered) and punished]." [That could why more bad behavior and crime occurs at night.]

Regarding verse 19, one Bible commentator said: "This verse forever lays to rest the conceit that unbelief is an intellectual problem; on the contrary, it is basically a moral problem." (Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/john/3-19.html, "Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible")

JULY 1

Jude 1:24-25 - God Deserves Our Worship and Praise

Verse 24: "Now unto him
[God the Father] that is able to keep you from falling [into error and sin], and to present you faultless [without fault, blameless, innocent] before the presence of his glory [in heaven] with exceeding [very great] joy,"

Verse 25: "To the only wise God our Saviour
[referring to God the Father, who is the source of our salvation, and/or God the Son (i.e., the Lord Jesus Christ), who died on the cross to pay for our sins so we could have the gift of eternal life--see note below*], be glory [honor, praise] and majesty [dignity, grandeur (splendor, magnificence)], dominion [supreme authority] and power [influence and control], both now and ever [forever, always]. Amen."
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*Many Bible commentators agree that the phrase To the only wise God our Saviour in the above verse refers to God the Father. Here is what two of them wrote:

-- "… Clearly this is a reference to God the Father, which might at first seem confusing, because normally we think of Jesus as Savior (and rightly so!). However, since God is manifest as a Trinity, all three Persons of the Godhead participate in salvation. The Father initiates salvation, Jesus accomplishes it and the Spirit effects it." (Source:
https://www.preceptaustin.org/jude_25_commentary, "Praise to the Only God")

-- "The oldest manuscripts add, 'through Jesus Christ our Lord.' The transcribers, fancying that 'Savior' applied to Christ alone, omitted the words. The sense is, To the only God (the Father) who is our Savior through (that is, by the mediation of) Jesus Christ our Lord." (Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/jude/1-25.html, "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible")


Previous Verses
July 2019
JULY 14

Proverbs 14:1: "Every wise woman buildeth her house
[in this case, her household, or family]: but the foolish [woman] plucketh [pulls] it down [i.e., destroys or ruins it] with her hands."

In his commentary on this verse, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church explains the steps involved in building a good Christian home.

Here's what the commentary says in paragraph 4b:

" God has given the godly wife a blueprint for the home: God's Word [i.e., the Bible]!
" Just as a set of blueprints spells out how everything is to be assembled on the outside of the structure… God's Word is the woman's blueprint which spells out clearly how things should be ordered on the inside of the home.
" There IS an order: the husband is to be the loving head; the wife is to willingly submit; they are to work together to bring up the children according to God's pattern… and children are to obey.

"1. This order is never to be ignored or reversed."

And this excerpt is from paragraph 5:

"b. The woman's job is to be working on the moral and spiritual climate in the home before the kids.
" A house is built with brick and mortar; wood and nails;
" A home is built with love, kindness, beauty, orderliness; discernment; education; harmony; unity; stability.

"c. The woman's job is to taking care of the internal affairs of the home…
" Is your house IN ORDER?
" Do you take care of your possessions?
" Is it neat or messy?
" Do you walk around the home teaching your children about the Lord?
" Is it a place where Christ is lifted up or hardly mentioned?
" Is it a place of chaos or discipline and order?
" Is the home cold and impersonal or warm and inviting?
" Are the affairs of your household being attended to faithfully--or are you so busy in other things, that the affairs of your household are ignored and unattended to?
" A house is more than a pile of wood, nails, glass, and shingles. A home is more than just people eating and sleeping at the same address.
" Turning that pile of building materials into a house is the job of the construction workers.
" Turning the inside of that building into a home is the wife's responsibility.

"d. A wise woman builds her home…
" The woman builds the family numerically by giving birth.
" She also builds it up spiritually by her godly character reflected in the home day in and day out… and by teaching her children in the things of the Lord.
" She builds it up economically by her industry and hard work. Read Prov. 31 -- this woman was a hard worker and profited the whole family from her efforts." [Note: Proverbs 31:10-31, which describes the characteristics of a virtuous woman, can be found here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+31%3A10-31&version=KJV.]

 If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-14-index/proverbs-14_1/.

JULY 13

Proverbs 13:22: "A good man
[a hard-working, law-abiding parent who saves his (or her) money and spends it wisely] leaveth an inheritance to his [or her] children's children [children and grandchildren]: and the wealth of the sinner [someone with many sinful habits (laziness, gambling, drinking, etc.)] is laid up for the just [usually ends up in the hands of people with good morals]."

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. Here are some excerpts:

-- In the first section, regarding inheritances, the commentary notes that some people don't have children; others are poor and can't leave an inheritance for their children and grandchildren. However, per paragraph 3b:

" Whether you leave earthly goods behind or not--be sure you leave this behind in your portfolio… a godly heritage…
" One man may leave behind a valuable family heirloom: perhaps an antique grandfather clock… or a valuable picture… or a bed George Washington slept in. For years to come your children and grandchildren will remember you by that clock or bed…
" But far more important is it for them to remember grandpa as a man who loved the Lord… who read his Bible every day… and prayed for them every day… and was seen in the Lord's House every Lord's day. That's a priceless inheritance to leave behind!"

-- In the second section, regarding redistribution of wealth, the commentary says that Solomon was right in observing that "Wealth often changes hands… and it seems to end up in the hands of good men."

-- The commentary ends with this:

"5.) One thing is sure--you can't take it [your money] with you [when you die].

"a.) You are never sure how your hard earned wealth will be used…

"b.) But if we leave behind a heritage of godliness [i.e., 'a righteous example… of godliness… mercy… compassion… Christlikeness… charity…'][,] that can never be wasted…"

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-13-index/proverbs-13_22/.

JULY 12

Proverbs 12:6: "The words of the wicked
[people] are to lie in wait for blood [in other words, these bad people discuss and brag about their intentions to injure, kill, and/or destroy other people and/or things]: but the mouth of the upright [referring to people with good morals who learn about those evil plans and report them to the proper authorities] shall deliver [rescue] them [i.e., the targets of the evil plans, or the people and/or things being conspired against] [from harm]."

According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, the above verse is about pre-meditated crimes, or those which are thought about and discussed in advance. One way to prevent these crimes from taking place is summarized by a saying that has recently become popular in the United States; i.e., "If you see something, say something."

In paragraph 2c of the first section of his excellent commentary, Pastor Delany says, "Long before the crime, the invasion, the attack, the rape, the robbery, or the mugging ever took place… wicked men sat around somewhere planning it… discussing it… discussing the best way to carry out their evil deeds."

Specific examples of these types of discussions include the following (from paragraph 1 of the commentary):

"c. Gangs of wicked youths gather together to plan robberies… rapes… muggings… and other ways to harm people.

"d. Drug addicts sit around in dingy cellars and discuss how to break into homes, drug stores, and banks--and yes, kill if necessary.

"e. Political leaders in rogue states sit around gilded palaces making plans to invade their neighbor's land… and kill and plunder to overthrow it.

"f. Terrorist cell groups meet secretly to discuss ways to destroy America and Israel.

"g. Some ethnic groups holding on to political power sit around conference tables and discuss how to ethnically cleanse the region of those they hate.

"h. Guerilla groups meet in a secluded jungle discussing how they can take over the villages on the other side of the mountains…

"i. What might appear to be perfectly average suburbanite, might be sitting in someone's living room, talking to some street thug plotting to have his wife killed."

The commentary continues:

"3. It is unlikely that any of us ever hear first hand of such evil plots to kill.

"a. However, we MAY become privy to OTHER forms of wicked words.

"b. We might hear of others gossiping about a person…

"c. We might hear of some employees that are planning to steal some of the company's property.

"d. We might hear damaging words of slander against a brother.

"e. We might hear of plans to cause trouble in the local church.

"f. Some of you young people might hear conversations at school of kids who are planning to break the rules… or to hurt someone in the class… or to steal… or to buy drugs… or get in some other kind of trouble."

Then, in the second section of the commentary, we find the following:

"5. Applications:

"a. Whistleblowers… if you work for a company and know of theft, or criminal activity, it is our responsibility to speak up for that which is right!
" We are to use our mouths to deliver.
" If a person at work is being blamed for something he didn't do, and is going to be fired for it, and you know who really did it, you have a responsibility to speak up!
" The wicked use their words to cause trouble. We should use our mouths to deliver those folks unjustly accused.

"b. School… if there are kids at school who are planning illegal activity (stealing; drugs; violence, etc.) you have a responsibility to report it to an adult!
" I wonder if any of the kids at Columbine knew about the murderous plot and were afraid to speak up! Imagine how awful they would feel afterwards!
" If you know that your friend at school bought some drugs, and you say nothing about it… imagine how awful you would feel if they overdosed and died?! And just a few words to the right people could have prevented it.
" I wouldn't want that on my conscience!
" We're not talking about being a snitch for every tiny infraction. We are talking about serious issues… grave matters that might affect someone's health or life…

"c. Local Church… if you know of someone spreading gossip… or false doctrine, you have a responsibility to let the leaders know about it… before many are hurt.
" Leaven can spread rapidly.
" The sooner such activity is dealt with in the local church, the better.
" If you know that someone's reputation is being dragged through the mud, and you have information that could deliver that person, then you are responsible to help!

"d. In our country: if we hear of a crime being planned, then by all means, report it to the authorities!
" This is part of our responsibility as a citizen… to promote the welfare of the state… and safety of its people.
" Our government is urging us to be eyes and ears to report all suspicious activity that might be related to terrorism!
" Consider Prov. [Proverbs] 31:8-9 -- in light of abortion. As believers, we have a responsibility to "speak up" for those slated for destruction… for those unable to speak up for themselves. And we can SPEAK on this issue on Election Day!
" There are a lot of issues we as believers can and should speak out on… on Election Day!

"e. Prov. [Proverbs] 24:11-12 -- if we forbear to do what is right… and pretend we didn't know, rest assured, God knows our heart!
" God will hold us accountable.
" We could have and should have delivered someone from injustice… and we sat quietly by and said nothing. Shame on us!
" Sometimes just one simple word can save a man's life… or a man's reputation… his career… because someone had guts enough to stand up and speak up for that which was right.
" You be that kind of person!"

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-12-index/proverbs-12_6/
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JULY 11

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

JULY 5-10

1 Kings 3:16-28 - A very wise king proves that he's also a very wise judge
In this story, King Solomon uses his God-given wisdom to determine who is the child's real mother.

Verse 16: "Then came there two women, that were harlots [prostitutes, both of whom had recently been pregnant], unto the king [Solomon], and stood before him."

Verses 17-18: "And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell
[live together] in one house; and I was delivered of [gave birth to] a child with her in the house. And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save [except, besides] we two in the house [i.e., they were alone, so there were no witnesses to what happened next]."

Verses 19-21: "And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid
[laid on top of, and smothered,] it. And she arose [got up] at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid [referring to herself] slept, and laid it in her bosom [near her breasts], and laid her dead child in my bosom [near my breasts]. And when I rose [got up] in the morning to give my child suck [i.e., to nurse him], behold, it was dead: but when I had considered [thought about] it in the morning, behold, [I realized that] it [the dead child] was not my son, which I did bear [give birth to]."

Verse 22: "And the other woman said, Nay
[no]; but the living [child] is my son, and the dead [one] is thy [your] son. And this [woman, referring to herself,] said, No; but the dead [child] is thy son, and the living [one] is my son. Thus they spake before the king."

Verse 23: "Then said the king, The one
[woman] saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead [child]: and the other [woman] saith, Nay [no]; but thy [your] son is the dead [child], and my son is the living [one]."

Verses 24-25: "And the king said
[to his officers], Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king. And the king said, Divide [cut] the living child in two, and give half to the one [mother], and half to the other."

Verse 26: "Then spake the woman whose the living child was
[to whom the living child belonged] unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon [because she had great love and compassion (pity and concern) for] her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay [kill] it. But the other [woman] said, Let it be neither mine nor thine [yours], but divide it."

Verse 27: "Then the king answered and said, Give her
[the woman who truly loved and was willing to give up] the living child, and in no wise [by no means] slay it: she is the mother thereof."

Verse 28: "And all
[of the people in] Israel [or 'all of the Jewish people'] heard of the judgment [case] which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment [make wise decisions]."

JULY 4

1 Peter 2:13-16 - The Apostle Peter's Advice to Christians

Verses 13-14: "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man
[obey all laws, as long as they are not in conflict with the law of God] for the Lord's sake [because he has required it]: whether it be [obedience] to the king, as supreme [highest in rank or authority]; Or [obedience] unto governors [people who run the government], as unto them that are sent by him [i.e., the king, or person who is highest in command] for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well."

Verse 15: "For so
[that] is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men [and women] [see note below*]:"

Verse 16: "
[Do this (i.e., 'Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man')] As [being] free [spiritually--from bondage to Satan and sin], and not using your [Christian] liberty [referring to your freedom in Christ, or salvation,] for a cloke [cloak] of [or cover for] maliciousness [a feeling of hatred for others along with a desire to hurt them, either through words or deeds], but as the servants of God."
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*According to Albert Barnes, regarding verse 15: "… One of the best ways of meeting the accusations of our enemies is to lead a life of strict integrity. It is not easy for the wicked to reply to this argument." (Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-peter-2.html, "Verse 15")

JULY 3

Proverbs 3:3-4 - Two Important Virtues: Mercy and Truth
This is King Solomon's advice to his son, but it also applies to us.

Verse 3: "Let not [don't let] mercy [goodness, kindness, compassion] and truth [truthfulness, reliability, faithfulness (loyalty), as when you are true to someone, meaning they can depend on you] forsake thee [leave you]: bind them about thy [around your] neck [like a necklace]; write them upon the table [tablet] of thine [your] heart [i.e., keep them close to your heart and don't be ashamed of them]:"

Verse 4: "
[If  those two virtues (mercy and truth, which are examples of good moral character) become second nature (meaning they can be done instinctively, or automatically),] So shalt thou [then you will] find favour [acceptance] and good understanding in the sight of God and man [mankind, people]."

If we want to have love and respect, we need to exhibit mercy and truth.

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-3-index/proverbs-3_3-4/.

JULY 2

John 3:19-20 - Jesus Tells Nicodemus Why People Reject the Gospel

Verse 19: "And this is the
[cause of] condemnation [or 'the reason why people are sent to hell'] [i.e.,], that light [referring to the Lord Jesus Christ] is come into the world, and men [and women and children] loved darkness rather than light [preferred error (false doctrine) over truth, and sin over righteousness (salvation)], because their deeds [works, actions] were evil."

Verse 20: "For
[because] every one that doeth evil [or does bad things] hateth [hates] the light, neither cometh [and does not come] to the light, lest [for fear that] his [or her] deeds should be reproved [detected (discovered) and punished]." [That could why more bad behavior and crime occurs at night.]

Regarding verse 19, one Bible commentator said: "This verse forever lays to rest the conceit that unbelief is an intellectual problem; on the contrary, it is basically a moral problem." (Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/john/3-19.html, "Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible")

JULY 1

Jude 1:24-25 - God Deserves Our Worship and Praise

Verse 24: "Now unto him
[God the Father] that is able to keep you from falling [into error and sin], and to present you faultless [without fault, blameless, innocent] before the presence of his glory [in heaven] with exceeding [very great] joy,"

Verse 25: "To the only wise God our Saviour
[referring to God the Father, who is the source of our salvation, and/or God the Son (i.e., the Lord Jesus Christ), who died on the cross to pay for our sins so we could have the gift of eternal life--see note below*], be glory [honor, praise] and majesty [dignity, grandeur (splendor, magnificence)], dominion [supreme authority] and power [influence and control], both now and ever [forever, always]. Amen."
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*Many Bible commentators agree that the phrase To the only wise God our Saviour in the above verse refers to God the Father. Here is what two of them wrote:

-- "… Clearly this is a reference to God the Father, which might at first seem confusing, because normally we think of Jesus as Savior (and rightly so!). However, since God is manifest as a Trinity, all three Persons of the Godhead participate in salvation. The Father initiates salvation, Jesus accomplishes it and the Spirit effects it." (Source:
https://www.preceptaustin.org/jude_25_commentary, "Praise to the Only God")

-- "The oldest manuscripts add, 'through Jesus Christ our Lord.' The transcribers, fancying that 'Savior' applied to Christ alone, omitted the words. The sense is, To the only God (the Father) who is our Savior through (that is, by the mediation of) Jesus Christ our Lord." (Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/jude/1-25.html, "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible")


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