Romans 12:14: "Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not [don't respond to their mean-spirited attacks in a violent, profane (irreverent, disrespectful), and outrageous manner]."
In other words, be nice to people who are cruel or unkind to you, and don't wish evil on them or try to destroy them with your own hurtful comments.
Revelation 12:12: "Therefore rejoice [be filled with joy or happiness], ye heavens, and ye that dwell [live] in them [i.e., angels, and all babies and born-again Christians who have died]. Woe [great sorrow or distress is coming] to the inhabiters [occupants] of the earth and of the sea! for [because] the devil [has been cast (thrown) out of heaven and] is come down unto you, having great wrath [anger], because he knoweth that he hath but a short time [he has only a short time left to wage war with the saints (born-again Christians) on earth prior to end-time events--specifically, the rapture (when all true Christians will disappear), great tribulation (seven years when the Antichrist will be in charge), and millennium (thousand-year reign of Christ)*]."
*Revelation 20:1-3: "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season."
Revelation 20:10: "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
Matthew 8:23-27 - Jesus Calms the Storm:
Verses 23-24: "And when he [Jesus] was entered into a ship [on the Sea of Tiberias (also known as the Sea of Galilee)], his disciples followed him [into the ship]. And, behold, there arose a great tempest [violent storm] in the sea, insomuch [so] that the ship was covered with the waves [and in danger of sinking]: but he [Jesus] was asleep."
Verses 25-26: "And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish [i.e., help us or we'll die]. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful [afraid], O ye of little faith? Then he arose [got up], and rebuked [restrained (brought under control, held back)] the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm."
Verse 27: "But the men marvelled [were amazed (filled with wonder or astonishment)], saying, What manner [kind] of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!"
1 John 4:19: "We love him [God], because he first loved us."
Romans 5:1: "Therefore being justified [made righteous in God's sight] by faith [by believing that Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins and accepting his free gift of eternal life], we [born-again Christians] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ [because of his death and resurrection]:"
Psalm 50:10-12 [God speaking]: "For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills [i.e., all animals, both wild and domesticated, belong to God]. I know all the fowls [flying creatures--birds, insects, etc.] of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee [you]: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
In other words, the earth and everything on it belong to the one who created them. Consequently, we can only conclude that man is dependent upon God, not the other way around.
Proverbs 29:23: "A man's pride shall bring him low [bring him down, result in humiliation]: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit [i.e., a humble person will be lifted up, exalted (praised, promoted, etc.), given a place of honor]."
Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse, including many examples of pride. If you want to read it, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch29_html/Prov.29.23.htm.
Proverbs 21:17: "He that loveth [lives for, pursues] pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil [a life of luxury; i.e., someone with expensive tastes, who is tempted to live beyond his/her means] shall not be rich."
Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch21_html/Prov.21.17.htm.
Titus 2:11-12: "For the grace [kindness, unmerited (undeserved) favor] of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared [has been revealed] to all men [all classes of people--masters/servants, rich/poor, old/young, wise/foolish, etc.], Teaching us that, denying [or refusing to practice] ungodliness [all things contrary to God] and worldly lusts [ambition, pride, and the desire for riches, pleasure, honor, etc.], we should live soberly [by exercising self-control], righteously [justly, fairly (by treating people in a way that is considered morally right)], and godly [by honoring and obeying God], in this present world;"
John 9:1-7 - Jesus Heals a Blind Man on the Sabbath Day:
Verses 1-3: "And as Jesus passed by [left the temple], he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him [i.e., the reason that the man was blind was not because of their sins but so that the miracle of his healing would be seen by others and bring glory to God]."
Verses 4-5: "I must work [do] the works of him that sent me [God the Father], while it is day [a period of time (in this case, during Jesus' lifetime), not part of an actual 24-hour day]: the night [another period of time (in this case, after Jesus' crucifixion and death)] cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the [spiritual] light of the world."
Verses 6-7: "When he had thus spoken, he spat [spit] on the ground, and made clay of the spittle [saliva], and he anointed [gently rubbed] the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came [back] seeing [not blind, able to see]."
Interesting facts from Clarke's Commentary: "Most of the Asiatic nations have believed in the doctrine of transmigration. The Hindoos [Hindus] still hold it; and profess to tell precisely the sin which the person committed in another body, by the afflictions which he endures in this: they profess also to tell the cures for these. For instance, they say the headache is a punishment for having, in a former state, spoken irrevently [irreverently] to father or mother. Madness is a punishment for having been disobedient to father or mother, or to one's spiritual guide. The epilepsy is a punishment for having, in a former state, administered poison to any one at the command of his master. Pain in the eyes is a punishment for having, in another body, coveted another man's wife. Blindness is a punishment for having killed his mother: but this person they say, before his new birth, will suffer many years' torment in hell. …"
Here's what Albert Barnes has to say about this subject: "… It was a universal opinion among the Jews that calamities of all kinds were the effects of sin. … Many of the Jews … believed in the doctrine of the transmigration of souls; or that the soul of a man, in consequence of sin, might be compelled to pass into other bodies, and be punished there. They also believed that an infant might sin before it was born … and that consequently this blindness might have come upon the child as a consequence of that. It was also a doctrine with many that the crime of the parent might be the cause of deformity in the child, particularly the violation of the command in Leviticus 20:18."
Leviticus 20:18: "And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people."
Sources: Clarke's Commentary and Barnes' Notes on John 9:2 (www.godvine.com/bible/john/9-2)
Jeremiah 17:14: "Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved [from hell]: for thou art [you are] [the reason for] my praise."
1 Thessalonians 5:18: "In every thing give thanks [to God in prayer]: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
Psalm 28:7 [King David speaking]: "The LORD is my strength and my shield [he gives me strength and protects me]; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him."
Proverbs 17:15: "He that justifieth the wicked [excuses wickedness, or declares a criminal or bad person righteous], and he that condemneth the just [condemns (expresses strong disapproval of, or sentences to punishment) a righteous or godly person], even they both are abomination to the LORD."
According to the commentaries that I read, the above verse pertains mainly to injustice in our legal system--when bad people are intentionally set free and innocent people are sent to prison--but it also refers to the "court" of public opinion (i.e., when we call evil good, and good evil).
Once again, the commentary by Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church is excellent and contains many examples. If you want to read it, here's the link: www.salembible.org/biblestudies/proverbs_notes/ch17_html/Prov.17.15.htm.
Verses 4-5: "But when the fulness of the time was come [at the appointed time], God sent forth his Son [Jesus--from heaven], made of a woman [born to the virgin Mary], made under the law [having a human nature and being subject to the Law of God], To redeem them that were under the law [to save sinners], that we might receive the adoption of sons [be adopted into the family of God]."
Verses 6-7: "And because ye [born-again Christians] are sons [and daughters (i.e., children) of God], God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son [the Holy Spirit] into your hearts, crying, Abba [father], Father. Wherefore [for this reason] thou art [you are] no more a servant, but a son [child of God]; and if a son, then an heir of God through [Jesus] Christ."
Ephesians 5:25: "Husbands, love your wives, even [just] as [Jesus] Christ also loved the church [everyone who has truly been born again--past, present, or future], and gave himself for it [died on the cross (became the sacrifice for sin) so we could have eternal life];"
2 Corinthians 1:3-4: "Blessed be [praise and thanks go to] God, even [who is] the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies [compassion], and the God of all comfort [who gives strength and support in times of weakness, danger, anxiety, illness, pain, etc.]; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation [trouble or suffering], [so] that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith [by which] we ourselves are comforted of [by] God [i.e., by using our own experiences to help others in similar situations]."
Job 1:6-22 - Satan Attacks Job's Family and Possessions:
Verses 6-7: "Now there was a day when the sons of God [angels] came to present themselves before the LORD [to report on what they had been doing], and Satan came also among them. And the LORD [God] said unto Satan, Whence comest thou [where did you come from]? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro [back and forth] in the earth, and from walking up and down in it."
Verse 8: "And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered [carefully observed] my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect [godly and morally excellent person] and an upright [honest] man, one that feareth [respects and obeys] God, and escheweth [shuns, avoids] evil?"
Verses 9-11: "Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth [does] Job fear God for nought [nothing]? Hast not thou made an hedge [haven't you placed a barrier of protection] about [around] him, and about his house [family], and about all that he hath on every side [everything else that he has]? thou hast blessed the work of his hands [helped him become successful], and his substance is [money and possessions are] increased in the land. But put forth thine [stretch out your] hand now, and touch [smite, strike] all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face." [Satan wants to prove that Job is a hypocrite.]
Verse 12: "And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he [Job] hath is in thy power [under your control]; only upon himself put not forth thine hand [don't touch him]. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD [went away to carry out his plan]."
Verses 13-15: "And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest [oldest] brother's house: And there came a messenger [one of Job's servants] unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses [donkeys] [were] feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon [attacked] them, and took them away; yea, they have slain [killed] the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee [I'm the only one who escaped]."
Verse 16: "While he was yet speaking, there came also another [messenger (servant)], and said, The fire of God [probably lightning] is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed [destroyed] them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee."
Verse 17: "While he was yet speaking, there came also another [messenger], and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands [divided themselves into three groups], and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee."
Verses 18-19: "While he was yet speaking, there came also another [messenger], and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: And, behold, there came a great wind [whirlwind, or tornado] from the wilderness [across the desert], and smote [struck] the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men [and women], and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee."
Verses 20-22: "Then Job arose [stood up], and rent his mantle [ripped his clothes], and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground [lay down, stretched out, face down], and worshipped [God], And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb[*] [I came into the world with nothing (no possessions)], and naked shall I return thither [and I'll go to the grave with nothing]: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not [didn't sin], nor charged [blamed] God foolishly."
*In verse 21, the phrase "mother's womb" can have be taken two ways--either literally (as when Job was born) or figuratively (using the term Mother Earth and referring to the day that the first person, Adam, was created using the dust of the ground).
1 John 4:4: "Ye are [members of the family] of God, little children [born-again Christians], and have overcome them [false prophets and teachers, who tried to lure you away from the truth]: because greater is he that is in you [i.e., the Holy Spirit, living in your heart], than he that is in the world [Satan]."
Philippians 2:5-8 - A Lesson in Humility:
Verse 5: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus [follow the example of Jesus, God's Son]:"
Verses 6-7: "Who, being in the form of God [having the same splendor (magnificent appearance) and majesty as God the Father], thought it not robbery to be equal with God [it wasn't robbery because Jesus is equal with God*]: But made himself of no reputation [laid aside his majesty and glory], and [willingly] took upon him the form of a servant [the body of a human being, in a lowly position in life], and was made in the likeness of men:"
Verse 8: "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself [to God and everyone he came in contact with], and became obedient [to God's will] unto [until] death, even the [long-lasting, extremely painful, and humiliating] death of the cross [so that sinners could be saved from hell]."
*The Godhead (Trinity) consists of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all of whom--according to 1 John 5:7--are equal: "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."
1 Thessalonians 2:18 [the apostle Paul, with Silas and Timothy, in a letter to the church of the Thessalonians]: "Wherefore we would have come unto you [visited you], even I Paul, once and again [several times]; but Satan hindered us [prevented or stopped us from doing so]."
1 Peter 4:17: "For the time is come that judgment [calamities, trials and testing, persecution] must begin at the house of God [with the church, or people of God; i.e., born-again Christians]: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God [what worse judgment (punishment) will unbelievers receive]?"
Revelation 13:16-18 - Mark of the Beast:
(This event will occur in the future--after the rapture and during the tribulation)
Verses 16-17: "And he [the second beast, or false prophet] causeth all [makes everyone], both small and great [young and old, short and tall, humble and powerful, etc.], rich and poor, free and bond [people who enjoy freedom and those who do not], to receive a mark [have a mark stamped or imprinted] in their right hand, or in their foreheads [perhaps as a tattoo]: And that no man might buy or sell, save [except] he that had the mark, or the name of the beast [the Antichrist], or the number of his name."
Verse 18: "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six ."
1 Corinthians 3:5-9 - The Apostle Paul, Regarding Divisions in the Corinthian Church:
Verses 5-6: "Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers [servants of God] by whom ye believed [the gospel], even as the Lord gave [gifts, talents, abilities] to every man? I [Paul] have planted [the seeds of the gospel], Apollos watered [them--through preaching and teaching]; but God gave the increase [saved the souls (gave the people eternal life) and grew the church]."
Verses 7-8: "So then neither is he that planteth any thing [i.e., greater than someone else], neither [is] he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase [is most important]. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one [are united in doing one part of the work; God does the other part]: and every man shall receive his own reward [in heaven] according to his own labour."
Verse 9: "For we are labourers together with God: ye [you] are God's husbandry [an agricultural metaphor comparing Christians to a cultivated field (land that has been prepared to raise crops)], ye are God's building [an architectural metaphor comparing us to a church]."
Isaiah 64:8: "But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou [you] [are] our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand."