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February 2017

Psalm 119:174: "I have longed for thy salvation
[i.e., the gift of eternal life], O LORD; and thy law [referring to God's word, as recorded in the Bible] is my delight."


Romans 10:15: "And how shall they
[preachers] preach [proclaim the gospel; tell others how to be born again, or saved from hell], except they be sent [by God]? as it is written [in Isaiah 52:7--actual verse is quoted below*], How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace [the message of salvation], and bring glad tidings [news] of good things!"

In this verse, the apostle Paul likens preachers to messengers who have arrived with good news; for example, in a worldly sense, to announce the end of war.

*Isaiah 52:7: "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!"


2 Timothy 4:14
[the apostle Paul, in a letter to Timothy, wrote]: "Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord [will] reward him according to his works [what he has done]:"

The article entitled "Who was Alexander the coppersmith in the Bible?" has background information on this verse. If you want to read it, here's the link:


John 6:40
[Jesus said]: "And this is the will of him that sent me [to earth, referring to God the Father], that every one which seeth [who sees] the Son [of God--Jesus] [either in person, as during his lifetime, or by hearing or reading and understanding the gospel], and believeth on him [i.e., everyone who trusts in Jesus alone for salvation], may have everlasting life: and I will raise him [i.e., his or her body] up [from the grave] at the last day [i.e., on judgment day--see note below*]."

*For an explanation of what will happen on judgment day, please read "What does the Bible say about when God will judge us?" Here's the link:


Zechariah 7:13: "Therefore it is come to pass, that
[just] as he [God, through the prophets, in Old Testament times,] cried [told the Jewish people what he wanted them to do], and they would not hear [listen and obey]; so they [the people] cried [out to me (God) for help], and I would not hear [their prayers], saith the LORD of hosts:


James 5:14-15 - Healing the Sick
This was written by James to the twelve tribes of Israel (the Jewish people).

Verse 14: "Is any [person] sick among you? let him [or her] call [send] for the elders [leaders, pastors] of the church; and let them pray over [with and for] him [the sick person], anointing him [or her] with oil [usually, olive oil--see note below*] in the name of the Lord [Jesus Christ]:"

Verse 15: "And
[unless it is against God's will,] the prayer of [the elders, offered in] faith shall save [heal] the sick [person], and the Lord shall raise him [or her] up [from the bed]; and if he [or she] have committed sins [has done something bad, which caused the illness], they [those sins] shall be forgiven him [or her] [by God]."

*"Anointing him with oil - Oil, or unguents of various kinds, were much used among the ancients, both in health and in sickness. The oil which was commonly employed was olive oil. … The custom of anointing the sick with oil still prevails in the East, for it is believed to have medicinal or healing properties." (Source:, "Barnes' Notes")


Job 4:8-9 - A Friend Offers His Opinion on the Reason for Job's Suffering
Eliphaz the Temanite said this to his friend Job while he was being attacked by Satan. Eliphaz thought that Job was "reaping what he had sown" (being punished for something he had done wrong), but in this case, that wasn't true.

Verse 8: "Even as I have seen [observed or noticed], they that plow iniquity [plan to cause trouble], and sow wickedness [commit evil deeds], reap [receive as a consequence of their actions] the same [things] [for themselves]."

Verse 9: "By the blast
[breath, or judgment] of God [appearing suddenly, like the violent winds in a tornado] they [i.e., those who 'plow iniquity and sow wickedness'] perish [are destroyed], and by the breath of his [God's] nostrils [comparing God's anger to the smoke and flames that come from the noses and mouths of fire-breathing dragons] are they consumed [i.e., quickly, as by fire]."


Romans 8:6
[in a letter to Christians in Rome, the apostle Paul wrote]: "For [a person] to be carnally minded [focused on worldly, or fleshly, desires] is death [meaning that he or she is probably unsaved and headed for hell]; but to be spiritually minded [guided by the Holy Spirit, or focused on spiritual things] is [what people usually do when they are saved, or born again, and have eternal] life and peace."


1 Timothy 2:1-4 - The Importance of Prayer
The apostle Paul wrote this in his letter to Timothy regarding prayer, both public and private.

Verse 1: "I exhort [strongly urge] therefore, that, first of all [most importantly], supplications [requests for protection and help], prayers [for ourselves--everything that we may want or need (forgiveness, daily bread, wisdom, guidance, mercy, etc.)], intercessions [prayers on behalf of others regarding salvation, assistance, blessings, etc.], and giving of thanks [to God for answered prayer], be made for all men [people];"

Verse 2: "
[and I also urge that prayers be made] For kings [see Note 1 below], and for all that are in authority; [so] that we may [have religious freedom and consequently] lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty [i.e., regarding our duties to God and mankind]."

Verses 3-4: "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour
[in this case, referring to God the Father]; Who will have all men to be saved [whose desire is for everyone to be saved, or born again--see Note 2 below], and to come unto the knowledge of the truth [both of the gospel and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is 'the way, the truth, and the life'--see Note 3 below]."

Note 1: In his commentary on verse 2, Albert Barnes explained the phrase For kings (i.e., rulers, leaders, etc.) as follows: "The meaning here is, that while all people should be the subjects of prayer, those should be particularly remembered before the throne of grace who are in authority. The reason is, that so much depends on their character and plans; that the security of life, liberty, and property, depends so much on them. God has power to influence their hearts, and to incline them to what is just and equal; and hence we should pray that a divine influence may descend upon them. The salvation of a king is of itself of no more importance than that of a peasant or a slave; but the welfare of thousands may depend on him, and hence he should be made the special subject of prayer." (Source:, "Barnes' Notes")

Note 2: Regarding the phrase Who will have all men to be saved in verse 4, Albert Barnes said: "This verse proves … that people are to blame if they are not saved. If God did not wish their salvation, and if he had made no provision for it, they could not be to blame if they rejected the gospel. If God wishes it, and has made provision for it, and they are not saved, the sin must be their own - and it is a great sin, for there is no greater crime which a man can commit than to destroy his own soul, and to make himself the eternal enemy of his Maker." (Source:, "Barnes' Notes")

Note 3:

-- 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 [the gospel, as stated by the apostle Paul]: "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

-- John 14:6: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."


Psalm 37:8: "Cease from anger, and forsake wrath
[don't be angry at the existence of wicked people or at God, for allowing them to become prosperous (rich and successful) and do bad things]: fret not thyself in any wise [don't ever let your anger or jealousy cause you] to do evil."


Deuteronomy 23:21-23 - Keeping Our Promises to God

Verse 21: "When thou shalt vow a vow
[make a promise] unto the LORD thy God [to do something for him (obey his commandments, read the Bible, pray, go to church, preach the gospel, become a missionary, etc.) and/or give something to him (like offering sacrifices (in Bible times) or giving money to help support his work and/or church)], thou shalt not slack [delay] to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it [i.e., not keeping your promise] would be sin in thee."

Verse 22: "But if thou shalt forbear
[refuse, decline] to [make a] vow, it shall be no [not be] sin in thee."

Verse 23: "That which is gone out of thy lips
[i.e., your promises to God] thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill [voluntary] offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth."

For more information about this subject, you may want to read "What does the Bible say about keeping your vows / oaths?" Here's the link:


Proverbs 16:7: "When a man's
[or woman's or child's] ways please the LORD, he [God] maketh even his [that person's] enemies to be at peace with him [or her]."

In his commentary on the above verse, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church said, "In a roundabout way, Solomon is teaching in this passage that much of the turmoil we have to endure in life is self-inflicted!"

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link:


1 Corinthians 13:1-7 - Characteristics of True Love
[The apostle Paul wrote this in a letter to the Corinthian church]

Verse 1: "Though I speak with the tongues [languages] of men and of angels, and have not charity [love], I am become as sounding brass [musical instruments made of brass; e.g., trumpets], or a tinkling cymbal [referring to the sound that it makes]."

Verse 2: "And though I have the gift of prophecy
[the ability to predict future events], and understand all mysteries [hidden things, secrets] [of religion], and all knowledge [i.e., about everything]; and though I have all [a strong, wonder-working] faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing [in God's eyes]."

Verse 3: "And though I bestow
[distribute in small portions] all my goods [money, property, possessions] to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned [for example, as when martyrs (people who are willing to die rather than renounce, or give up, their religious beliefs) are 'burned at the stake'], and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing [does me no good]."

Verse 4: "Charity
[love] suffereth long [is long-suffering, or patiently endures hardship], and is kind; charity envieth not [is not envious]; charity vaunteth not itself [is not boastful], is not puffed up [full of pride],"

Verse 5: "
[Charity, or love] Doth not behave itself unseemly [does not behave inappropriately or in an indecent manner], seeketh not her own [things, meaning 'is not selfish'], is not easily provoked [to anger], thinketh no evil [about others--regarding their motives and conduct];"

Verse 6: "
[Charity, or love] Rejoiceth not in iniquity [unrighteousness, injustice; does not applaud the sins, wickedness, or evil deeds of others and is not glad to hear that someone has done bad things and must suffer the consequences of those actions], but rejoiceth in the truth [of the gospel and in the virtues (goodness, moral excellence) of others];"

Verse 7: "
[Charity, or love] Beareth all things [doesn't publicize (make known to the public) or avenge (seek vengeance, or revenge, for) the faults of others], believeth all things [i.e., thinks good thoughts about others; always gives people 'the benefit of the doubt'], hopeth all things [i.e., hopes that everything turns out well], endureth [endures, or bears up under] all things [persecution, hardship, etc.]."

1 Corinthians 13:13: "And now abideth
[remains--after prophecies, 'tongues' (the ability to speak foreign languages without learning them), and knowledge are gone--see verse quoted below*] faith, hope, charity, these three [things]; but the greatest of these is charity [love]."

*1 Corinthians 13:8: "Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away."


Isaiah 40:28
[the prophet Isaiah reminds the Jews why God is always able to guide and protect his people]: "Hast thou not known [don't you know]? hast thou not [haven't you] heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth [i.e., the whole earth], fainteth not, neither is weary [does not become weak or tired]? there is no searching of his understanding [intelligence, insight]."


Galatians 6:3
[the apostle Paul's advice to Christians]: "For if a man [person] think himself [or herself] to be something, when he [or she] is nothing, he [or she] deceiveth [fools] himself [or herself]."

In his commentary, Matthew Henry summarized the above verse as follows: "Self-conceit is but self-deceit:" (Source:, "v. 3")

And according to Albert Barnes, a person who is full of pride "does not accomplish what he expected to do; and instead of acquiring reputation from others, as he expected, he renders himself contemptible in their sight." (Source:, "Barnes' Notes")


Psalm 147:16-18 - God Controls the Weather

Verses 16-17: "He
[God] giveth snow [covers the earth with snow, which is white and fluffy] like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost [frost] like ashes. He casteth forth [throws down] his ice [hail] like morsels [small pieces of food]: who can stand before his cold [endure the cold weather]?"

Verse 18: "He sendeth out his word
[gives a command, or speaks], and melteth them [i.e., the snow, frost, and ice]: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow."


Isaiah 5:20
[through his prophet Isaiah, God said]: "Woe [great distress, affliction, or trouble will come] unto them that call evil [things] good, and [call] good [things] evil; that put darkness [ignorance, error, false doctrine, crime] for light [truth, knowledge, piety (devotion to God)], and [put] light for darkness; that put bitter [sinful things] for sweet [things, like virtue (morality) and purity], and [put] sweet for bitter!"

In other words, there are consequences for those who pervert, or twist, the truth.

In his commentary, Matthew Henry said that this verse is directed toward those "who not only live in the omission of that which is good, but condemn it, argue against it, and, because they will not practise it themselves, run it down in others, and fasten invidious epithets upon it-not only do that which is evil, but justify it, and applaud it, and recommend it to others as safe and good." (Source:, "v. 20")


1 Thessalonians 5:9-10: "For God hath not appointed us to wrath
[to endure punishment in hell due to his anger at sin], but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us [Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins], [so] that, whether we wake or sleep [are awake or asleep, meaning 'are alive or dead' when the rapture (or second coming, as some commentators believe) occurs--see note below*], we should live together with him [in heaven]."

*The terms rapture and second coming refer to two different events and are described in the following article: "What is the difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming?" If you want to read it, here's the link:


Psalm 34:17: "The righteous
[i.e., born-again Christians, who were given Jesus' righteousness when they were saved] cry [out--to God, in prayer, for help], and the LORD heareth, and delivereth [rescues] them out of all [of] their troubles."


Galatians 4:16
[the apostle Paul, this in a letter to the Christian churches in Galatia, wrote]: "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth [about Jesus, salvation, sin, the law, false teachings, etc.]?"


Psalm 78:17-29 - God "Rained Down Manna" to Feed the Jews in the Wilderness
In this psalm, we are reminded how God had protected the children of Israel and provided for them in the wilderness in miraculous ways (i.e., he parted the sea, led the people in a pillar of a cloud during the day and in a pillar of fire at night,.gave the people water from a rock, etc.). He also met their demands for certain types of food:

Verses 17-18: "And they [the Jewish people, who were ungrateful to God for removing them from Egypt, where they always had plenty to eat] sinned yet more against him [God] [than they had done during the time that they were slaves] by provoking the most High in the wilderness [desert]. And they tempted God in their heart [i.e., tested him] by asking [for] meat [certain types of food] for their lust [to satisfy their cravings]."

Verses 19-20: "Yea
[yes], they spake [spoke] against God; they said, Can God furnish a table [filled with an assortment of food, as at a feast or banquet] in the wilderness? Behold, he [God] smote [struck] the rock, [so] that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give [us] bread also? can he provide flesh [meat] for his people?"

Verses 21-22: "Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth
[exasperated, infuriated, very angry--because they had doubted his power]: so a fire [the fire of his anger] was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel [the Jews]; Because they believed not [didn't believe] in God, and trusted not [didn't trust] in his salvation:"

Verses 23-25: "Though he
[God] had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, And had rained down manna [see note below*] upon them [the Jews] to eat, and had given them of the corn [or grain, as in wheat, referring to the manna, or 'bread'] of heaven. Man [the people] did eat angels' food: he [God] sent them meat [food] to the full [to satisfy their hunger]."

Verses 26-29: "He
[God] caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind. He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls [birds] [both of which (i.e., flesh and feathered fowls) refer to quails] like as the sand of the sea [in other words, God sent so many quails, their quantity is compared to the number of particles of dust on the ground and sand in the sea]: And he let it [i.e., the 'shower' of quails] fall in the midst [middle] of their camp, round about their habitations [near where the people were]. So they did eat, and were well filled: for he [God] gave them their own desire [what they wanted];"

*For a description of manna and additional information about it, see the following articles:

-- "What was manna?" (

-- "Why did the Israelites need manna if they had flocks/herds of animals that they could eat?" (


Titus 3:8
[the apostle Paul, in a letter to Titus, wrote]: "This is a faithful [true] saying, and these things [see note below*] I will that thou affirm [I want you to state positively, or confirm] constantly, that they which have believed in God [i.e., those who have been 'born again,' or received Jesus as their personal Savior] might be careful to maintain good works [try to be good and do good; i.e., do good to others, and try to lead an honest and holy life]. These things are good and profitable unto men [all people]."

*According to Adam Clarke: "… The things to which the apostle refers are those of which he had just been writing, and may be thus summed up: -

"1. The ruined state of man, both in soul and body.

"2. The infinite goodness of God which devised his salvation.

"3. The manifestation of this goodness, by the incarnation of Jesus Christ.

"4. The justification which they who believed received through his blood.

"5. The mission of the Holy Spirit, and the purification of the heart by his influence.

"6. The hope of the resurrection of the body, and the final glorification of both it and the soul through all eternity.

"7. The necessity of obedience to the will of God, and of walking worthy of the vocation wherewith they had been called."

(Source:, "Clarke's Commentary")


Galatians 5:14: "For all [of] the law [of Moses, i.e., the moral law, as stated in the Ten Commandments (specifically, Commandments 5-10), regarding our duty to mankind, or how we should treat others--see note below*] is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

*Exodus 20:2-17 - Ten Commandments

"I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee [Israel] out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
[1] Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
[2] Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
[3] Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
[4] Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
[5] Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
[6] Thou shalt not kill.
[7] Thou shalt not commit adultery.
[8] Thou shalt not steal.
[9] Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
[10] Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's."


Proverbs 11:15: "He that is surety for a stranger
[the person who agrees to guarantee payment of or become legally responsible for another person's debt (money owed), default (failure to repay a loan), or delinquency (overdue payments), especially someone he or she doesn't know very well] shall smart [feel pain; bear the penalty or consequences] for it: and he [or she] that hateth [avoids] suretiship [assuming someone else's obligations] is sure [safe from trouble]."

In his Bible study notes on Proverbs, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church summarized the above verse as follows: "… don't risk YOUR personal, financial security in order to provide financial security for someone else-especially a stranger!"

If you want to read his commentary, here's the link:

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