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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.
"Verse of the Day"
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"Verse of the Day"
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February 2024
FEBRUARY 29

Proverbs 29:16: "When the wicked [people--in this case, leaders] are multiplied [or increase in number], transgression [sin, crimes, wrongdoing] increaseth [increases]: but the righteous [morally good, law-abiding people] shall see their [the wicked leaders'] fall [downfall, defeat]."
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In the introduction to his commentary on Proverbs 29:16, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church said, "This proverb speaks of the results of bad leadership. The result is that sin increases."
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Here are some excerpts from Pastor Delany's commentary:

16a, Paragraph A1:

"e. Usually leaders are a reflection of the people. People put in power someone who is like them. When the wicked multiply in the land -- there will be wicked leaders in positions of power and authority."
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16a, Paragraph C1:

"d. All wicked men in positions of authority have to do is to pass a wicked law and transgressions increase.
" Consider the sins that abounded
[existed in large numbers, or were plentiful] when men voted to allow slavery. (untold evil and abuse was a direct result)
" Consider the sins that abounded when men voted to allow abortions and made them legal. (millions of unborn babies have been scrambled
[torn apart while] alive in the womb)
" Consider the sins that abounded when men today have voted to legalize gay marriage (transgression does and will abound!)
" Consider the sins that abound when men vote to legalize drugs. (God help us… transgression will increase)

"e. When the wicked are multiplied, sin abounds.
" When such laws are passed, people begin to think that it is NORMAL.
" During slavery, people began to think that slavery was normal.
" Today, most people look at abortion as normal -- because it is legal and so many people get abortions.
" Gay marriage will soon seem normal to our kids and grandkids.
" Drug stores may soon be selling not only Tylenol, but marijuana and who knows what else… and after a while it will seem normal.
" It is NOT normal, but it will seem normal.
" The multiplication of wickedness causes transgression to increase.
" When there is a lowering of moral tone and attitude in the land (or in a business--or in a church) it is a perfect environment for sin to prevail
[win, be victorious].
" Wicked people promote wicked ideas… and they
[the wicked ideas] catch on… and over time seem normal. And once it seems normal, it is accepted by society and increases.
" And people become emboldened in wickedness
[or 'are encouraged to do bad things'] when wickedness increases and becomes accepted in society.
" And it is not easy to reverse wickedness. It is hard to reverse when the wicked are MULTIPLIED…. And their ways become entrenched
[firmly established] in the thinking of the majority."
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16a, Paragraph C2:

"e. Prov. 28:28 - When the wicked rise to power, the righteous have to hide out of fear of persecution or abuse.
" Darkness hates the light.
" Those who stand for truth and righteousness are not treated well by the wicked--especially when the wicked are in positions of power.
" The voices of the righteous
[morally good people] are no longer heard."
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16b, Paragraph 1:

"e. Wickedness may seem to prevail all throughout life, but our proverb states that the prosperity
[success] and the reign [time in power] of the wicked will not last forever.

"f. Just read the book of Revelation. Even if you don't understand any of the symbols, you do get the picture that in the end, the wicked are judged, and God rules.

"g. Solomon doesn't tell us when
[the wicked will be judged], but he does state the fact: in the end, righteousness triumphs [wins]."
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16b, Paragraph 2:

"2. There are examples in the Old Testament of righteous men seeing the 'fall' of the wicked.
" Noah saw the destruction of those who perished
[died] in the flood.
" Abraham saw the destruction of those
[people who lived] in Sodom and Gomorrah.
" The Israelites saw the fall and destruction of the Egyptian army at the Red Sea.
" But ultimately
[finally, in the end], when the Kingdom [of God] is established, righteousness will finally reign [rule] on earth."

If you want to read more of Pastor Delany's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-29-index/proverbs-29_16/.

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Donald C. Flemming, a Bible commentator, said:

"The ruler of a country and the head
[or person in charge] of a family should work for the contentment and well-being of those for whom they are responsible, but they can expect success only if they themselves are [morally] good and [righteous, or] just …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/proverbs/29-16.html, "Bridgeway Bible Commentary")

FEBRUARY 28

The Power of Prayer

In these verses, Jesus was encouraging his disciples (followers) to pray.

Luke 11:9: "And I
[Jesus] say unto you [born-again Christians], Ask [God for what you need or want; i.e., pray in faith, in Jesus' name, according to the will of God], and it shall be given [to] you; seek, and ye [you] shall find; knock [on the door], and it shall be opened unto you."

Luke 11:10: "For every one
[every true Christian--see note below*] that asketh [asks--for something from God] receiveth [receives--it]; and he [or she] that seeketh [seeks, searches for--something] findeth [finds--it]; and to him [or her] that knocketh [knocks, or continues knocking--on the door of God's heavenly house] it [the door] shall be opened."
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*For the definition of true Christian, please read the following article: "What is a true Christian" (https://www.gotquestions.org/true-Christian.html).

FEBRUARY 27

In this verse, quoting part of the prayer of Jesus (God the Son) (while on earth) to God the Father (in heaven) that was recorded in Psalm 40:6-8, King David wrote:

Psalm 40:8: "I delight to do thy will
[I take pleasure in doing what you want me to do], O my God: yea [yes], thy [your] law is within [written in] my heart."
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This was Jesus' prayer and King David's prayer, and it should be the prayer of Christians as well.

FEBRUARY 25-26

The author of this psalm, probably King David, wrote:

Psalm 119:130: "The entrance of thy
[your (God's)] words [into my mind--when I read and study the Bible, sing Christian hymns, listen to preaching, etc.] giveth [gives] light [knowledge, instruction]; it [the 'entrance of thy words'] giveth understanding unto the simple [referring to both simple-minded (unintelligent) and simple-hearted (uneducated but teachable) people--and everyone else, too]."
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How God "turns on the light" of our understanding regarding the Bible is discussed in the following article: "What is the biblical doctrine of illumination?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/biblical-illumination.html.

FEBRUARY 23-24

One day, Jesus said to his followers:

John 6:40: "And this is the will
[desire] of him that sent me [Jesus] [to earth, referring to God the Father], that every one which seeth [or 'who sees'] the Son [of God (Jesus)--either in person, as when Jesus was preaching this message, or with an 'eye of faith,' which comes from hearing or reading God's word (the Bible) and understanding the gospel message], and believeth [believes] on him [Jesus] [meaning they not only believe in Jesus but also trust in him alone (without adding good deeds, baptism, church attendance, etc.) for salvation--see note below*] may have everlasting life [in heaven]: and I [Jesus] will raise him [or her, meaning the believer's body] up [from the grave] at the last day [i.e., on judgment day--see note below**]."
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*Salvation by faith alone (without works) is discussed in the following articles:

-- "Is salvation by faith alone, or by faith plus works?"
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/salvation-faith-alone.html)

-- "Why is salvation by works the predominantly held viewpoint?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/salvation-by-works.html)

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**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: https://www.gotquestions.org/judgment.html.

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Hopefully, you're a born-again Christian and will enjoy an eternity in heaven someday.

For non-believers who want to be saved but don't know what to do, there are detailed instructions in the gospel tracts that I wrote. You'll find them here:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

FEBRUARY 22

Giving Back to God

We can learn something from these commands from God to the nation of Israel in the Old Testament:

Deuteronomy 16:16: "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 [your] 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--see note*]: and they [the people] shall not appear before the LORD empty [or 'empty-handed' (i.e., with nothing in their hands)]:"

Deuteronomy 16:17: "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]."
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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 (cheerfully) 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.

FEBRUARY 21

In a letter to Christians in Rome (and to us), the apostle Paul wrote:

Romans 15:4: "For whatsoever
[whatever] things were written aforetime [previously] [in the Bible, meaning in Old Testament] were written for our learning, [so] that we through patience [while enduring suffering] and comfort of the scriptures [by reading and/or hearing stories of Job, Daniel, David, and other people in the Bible who patiently endured affliction and trials] might have hope [of eternal life and good things to come]."
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Regarding the above verse, Albert Barnes wrote:

"… We may learn here,

"I. That afflictions may prove to be a great blessing.

   "(2)That their
[the afflictions'] proper tendency is to produce 'hope.'

    "(3)That the way to find support in afflictions is to go to the Bible.

"By the example of the ancient saints
[referring to Christians in the Bible], by the expression of their confidence in God, by their patience, 'we' may learn to suffer, and may not only be 'instructed,' but may find 'comfort' in all [of] our trials; see the example of Paul himself in 2 Corinthians 1:2-11."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/romans-15.html, "Verse 4")

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Regarding the Old Testament, another Bible commentator (Robert Haldane) wrote:

"… Some persons have blasphemously
[irreverently] said that the Old Testament is now out of date. But the writers of the New Testament give no such view of the Old [Testament]. Instead of this, they refer to it as proof, and treat it as of constant use to the people of God [i.e., Christians]. All that is therein written, whether history, types' prophecies [predictions], precepts [principles, rules, doctrines], or examples, although under another dispensation [time period], is intended for the instruction of believers [born-again Christians], to train them to patience, and to impart the consolation which the Scriptures [Bible verses] provide for those that have hope in God …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/hal/romans-15.html, "Verse 4")

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Also referring to the Old Testament (in paragraph 6 of his commentary on Romans 15:4, under "Points to Note"), Mark Dunagan wrote:

"Since 'whatsoever' things written were written for our learning it's clear that God teaches us by bad example as well as good
[example]. The unsavory [disagreeable, unpleasant] elements in [or parts of] the lives of Abraham, Lot, Jacob, David and others were written so that we would learn to avoid what they didn't avoid …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dun/romans-15.html, "Verse 4")

FEBRUARY 19-20

In a letter to the Christian church at Corinth, the apostle Paul wrote:

1 Corinthians 11:1: "Be ye
[you should become] followers [imitators] of me [Paul], even as [or 'just like'] I also am [a follower, or imitator,] of [Jesus] Christ.
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Like Paul, Christians should be an example to others of good (godly, moral, lawful) behavior.

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In his commentary on the above verse, Albert Barnes wrote:

"Be ye followers of me - Imitate my example in the matter now under discussion. As I
[Paul] deny myself; as I seek to give no offence to anyone; as I endeavor [try] not to alarm the prejudices of others, but in all things [try] to seek their [the other people's] salvation, so do [or 'should'] you …

"Even as I also am of Christ - I make
[Jesus] Christ my example. He is my model in all things; and if you follow him, and follow me as far as I follow him, you will not err [do wrong, make mistakes]. This is the only safe example; and if we follow this [example], we can never go astray [in the wrong direction]."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-corinthians-11.html, "Verse 1")

FEBRUARY 18

Nahum 1:7: "The LORD is good, [and he is also] a strong hold [a source of safety and protection, like a fortress--see note below*] in the day of trouble [affliction or danger]; and he [God] knoweth [knows] them that trust in him [for salvation and help]."
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*Here are two examples from "The Biblical Illustrator" to help explain the meaning of the term strong hold in the above verse:

-- "God a refuge

"At Holyhead
[a seaport on Holy Island in NW Wales (in Great Britain)] there is a splendid breakwater [a wall that was built to protect the land from the force of waves] which cost a million and a half of money [or '$1,500,000']. Rising thirty feet above the waves it defies [resists, withstands] their utmost fury. We are not surprised that it should be built on so massive [large] a scale, for in a great [powerful] storm each wave strikes with the sledge hammer force of three tons to the square foot. Though a hurricane [should] blow, and the sea be mountains high [or 'as high as mountains'], shipping [or 'ships'] sheltered behind it [the breakwater] ride in perfect safety. This is a type of the security God is to those Who trust Him."

-- "God's shielding love

"Astronomers tell us that every year millions of meteoric bodies
[meteors, or 'space rocks'] make their way towards our earth with a speed many times greater than that of the swiftest [fastest] cannon-ball. These, beyond doubt, would strike the earth and destroy its inhabitants but for the air which surrounds it, That air, soft and yielding as it seems, offers so powerful a resistance to the swift motion of the falling meteors that they become vaporised [turned into vapor]  through increased heat, and if they reach the earth at all, it is only in the form of minute [tiny particles of] meteoric dust. This physical fact has its counterpart in the spiritual realm. The influences Of evil which assail [attack] the Christian as he goes through the world are often enough to crush and kill in him all spiritual life and joy and beauty, but round about him there is the atmosphere of the Divine [godly] love, and that love resists all evil, being as a consuming fire, keeping back from contact with the trusting soul everything that would destroy its purity and blast its blessedness. The love of God is a perfect protection to every Christian believer [or 'every born-again Christian']; with it [i.e., God's love] around us we can walk with untrembling tread [meaning we can walk around without fear], knowing that no 'weapon formed against us can prosper [succeed],' …"

(Source for both quotes: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tbi/nahum-1.html, "Verse 7")

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Hopefully, you're already saved, or born again. If not, and you would like to be, you'll find detailed instructions in the gospel tracts that are located in the "Printable Gospel Tracts" section of my website. Here's a direct link to that page: https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

FEBRUARY 17

Ecclesiastes 5:10: "He [or she] that loveth [loves] silver [or, in this case, 'money'] shall not be satisfied with silver; nor [will] he [or she] that loveth abundance [i.e., having more than he (or she) needs--of money, possessions, etc.] [be satisfied] with increase [or 'with more money and things']: this [love of money, covetousness] is also vanity [useless, pointless, worthless--because it brings emptiness and dissatisfaction, like many other things mentioned in Ecclesiastes--see note below*]."
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For some people, the more they have, the more they want.

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In his commentary on the Bible, Mark Dunagan summarized today's verse this way:

"… If anything is worse than the addiction
[that] money brings, it is the emptiness it leaves …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dun/ecclesiastes-5.html "Verse 10")

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*Concerning the word vanity, Albert Barnes says:

"… In this book
[Ecclesiastes, which was written by King Solomon, who was a very wise and wealthy (rich) man] it is applied to all works on earth, to pleasure, grandeur [splendor], wisdom, the life of man, childhood, youth, and length of days [old age], the oblivion of [or state of being forgotten in] the grave, wandering and unsatisfied desires, unenjoyed possessions, and anomalies [abnormalities or peculiarities] in the moral government of the world …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/ecclesiastes-1.html, "Verse 2")

FEBRUARY 16

In a letter to the church at Corinth, the apostle Paul wrote:

2 Corinthians 5:7: "(For
[because God the Father and God the Son (Jesus) are in heaven and we can't see them,] we [believers] walk [through life on earth, meaning we live the Christian life, trying to do things that are pleasing to God,] by faith [in God's promises of wonderful things to come (i.e., eternal life in heaven, etc.)], not by sight:)"
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In other words, according to Justin Edwards, a Bible commentator, when Christians "walk by faith," we "are controlled, not by what we see, but by what we believe."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/fam/2-corinthians-5.html, "Verse 7")

FEBRUARY 15

In a letter sent to Timothy (who was Paul's "son in the faith"--see note below*) from prison, the apostle Paul wrote:

2 Timothy 1:8: "Be not thou therefore
[therefore, do not be] ashamed of the testimony [gospel] of our Lord [Jesus Christ], nor [and don't be ashamed] of me his prisoner [Paul said this because he was a 'servant of the Lord' and had been put in jail for preaching the gospel]: but be thou [you be or 'be'] [a] partaker of the afflictions of the gospel [i.e., Paul is encouraging Timothy (and everyone who is a Christian) to be willing to share, take part, or participate in any pain, suffering, or distress that might result from a profession of the gospel] according to the power [ability] of God [to help us endure (withstand) those trials];"
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From the above verse, we learn that Christians should not be ashamed of the gospel or of being associated with those who preach its message of salvation through faith, not works.
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This is where in the Bible you can find:

-- The definition of gospel:

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

-- That salvation is by faith, not works:

Ephesians 2:8-9: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works
[good deeds], lest any man should boast."
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The following articles provide additional information about the gospel and salvation:

-- "What is the gospel?"
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-the-gospel.html)

-- "What are the essentials of the gospel message?"
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/gospel-message.html)

-- "What is the Christian doctrine of salvation?"
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-doctrine-salvation.html)

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*Background information about Timothy can be found in the article entitled "What can we learn from what the Bible says about Paul and Timothy?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Paul-and-Timothy.html.

FEBRUARY 14

In a letter directed to all born-again Christians, both children and adults, the apostle John wrote:

1 John 3:18: "My little children
[in Christ], let us not [only] love in word, neither in tongue [i.e., not just by saying that we love someone]; but [also] in deed and in truth [i.e., by doing things which show that our professed love is sincere and real]."
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According to Charles Spurgeon:

"Love that consists only of words is utterly worthless
[;] if it is true love, it must prove itself by kind deeds and gracious [courteous, pleasant] actions."

(Source: https://www.truthaccordingtoscripture.com/commentaries/spe/1-john-3.php, "Verses 10-24")

FEBRUARY 11-13

New Jerusalem, the Heavenly City

In the following verses, the apostle John describes his vision of future events:

Revelation 21:9: "And
[during the Tribulation,] there came unto me [John] one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and [he] talked with me, saying, Come hither [come here], I will shew [show] thee [you] the bride [of Christ (referring to the 'church of God,' which is made up of all born-again Christians), who is], the Lamb's wife [note: Jesus is sometimes called the 'Lamb of God' because he died on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins]."

Revelation 21:10,11: "And he
[the angel] carried me [John] away in the spirit [or 'spiritually'] to a great [very large] and high [tall] mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending [coming down] out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her [the city's] light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;"

Revelation 21:12,13,14: "And
[the city] had a wall [that was] great and high, and had twelve gates [three on each side], and at the gates [stood] twelve angels [as guards], and names [were] written thereon [i.e., on the gates], which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel [Jacob]: On the east [side of the city] [were] three gates; on the north [side] [were] three gates; on the south [side] [were] three gates; and on the west [side] [were] three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them [were written] the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb [of God--Jesus]."

Revelation 21:15,16,17: "And he
[the angel] that talked with me [John] had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare [meaning  it was a perfect cube], and the length is as large as the breadth [width]: and he [the angel] measured the city with the reed, [and it was] twelve thousand furlongs [1500 miles]. The length and the breadth and the height of it [the city] are equal. And he [the angel] measured the wall thereof [the wall of the city], [which was] an hundred and forty and four cubits [144 cubits, or 216 feet], according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel."

Revelation 21:18: "And the building
[material] of the wall of it [the city] was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass."

Revelation 21:19,20: "And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished
[decorated] with all manner [kinds] of precious stones [gemstones--see note below*]. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst."

Revelation 21:21: "And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate
[or 'each gate'] was of one [gigantic] pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as [if] it were transparent [see-through] glass."

Revelation 21:22: "And I
[John] saw no temple [place of worship] therein [i.e., in the city]: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb [of God--Jesus] are the temple of it."

Revelation 21:23,24,25: "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb
[Jesus] is the light thereof [or 'the light of the city']. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it [the city]: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it [or 'the gates of the city'] shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there."

Revelation 21:26,27: "And they
[the kings of the earth] shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise [in no way] enter into it [the city] any thing that defileth [defiles], neither whatsoever [nor anything] [that] worketh [works] abomination [or 'does bad things'], or maketh [makes, tells] a lie: but [only] they which [or 'those whose names'] are written in the Lamb's book of life."

Revelation 22:1,2: "And he
[the angel] shewed me [John] a pure river of water of life, [as] clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst [middle] of the street of it [the city], and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare [bore] twelve manner [kinds] of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."

Revelation 22:3,4: "And there shall be no more curse
[referring to the curse placed on the earth by God in the Garden of Eden--see note below**]: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it [the city]; and his [God's] servants shall serve him [God]: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be [written] in their foreheads."

Revelation 22:5: "And there shall be no night there
[in New Jerusalem]; and they [the city's inhabitants] need no candle [no lamp or artificial light], neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth [gives] them light: and they [God's servants--born-again Christians] shall reign [as kings] for ever and ever."
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There is additional information on this subject in the article entitled "What is the New Jerusalem?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/new-jerusalem.html.

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*The foundations of the wall surrounding New Jerusalem consist of 12  precious stones. You can read about these gemstones and see pictures of them in the following articles:

-- "New Jerusalem Gems"
    (https://www.biblestudy.org/bible-study-by-topic/gemstones-in-the-bible/gems-in-new-jerusalem.html)

-- "Heaven's New Jerusalem and Birds -- Foundation Stones"
    (https://leesbird.com/2019/02/22/heavens-new-jerusalem-and-birds-foundation-stones/)

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**The curse referred to in Revelation 22:3 refers to the things that God cursed after Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden (which can be found in the third chapter of Genesis: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%203%3A14-19&version=KJV).
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Albert Barnes summarized that curse as follows:

"The earth will be no more cursed, and will produce no more thorns and thistles; man will be no more compelled to earn his bread by the sweat of his brow; woman will be no more doomed to bear the sufferings which she does now; and the abodes of the blessed will be no more cursed by sickness, sorrow, tears, and death."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/revelation-22.html, "Verse 3")

FEBRUARY 9-10

In the 16th chapter of Chronicles, King David was telling his people why they should thank and praise God. In these verses, he said:

1 Chronicles 16:25-26: "For great
[in importance] is the LORD [the one true God], and [he is] greatly [very much] to be praised: he also is to be feared above all [other] gods. For [because] all the gods of the people are idols [false gods]: but the LORD [Almighty God] made [created] the heavens [the universe--and everything in it]."
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Regarding the above verses, here are links to two articles you may be interested in reading:

-- "Who is the one true God?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/one-true-God.html)

-- "What is the definition of idolatry?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/idolatry-definition.html)

FEBRUARY 8

Defending the Gospel

Jude was the brother of James and, most likely, the half-brother of Jesus, and he may also have been one of the apostles. In a letter to Jewish Christians living in Jerusalem, he wrote:

Jude 1:3: "Beloved
[meaning 'you who are dearly loved'], when I gave all diligence [although I had thought about and intended] to write unto you of the common salvation [i.e., salvation that is common to everyone, Jews and gentiles (non-Jews) alike], it was needful [necessary] for me to write unto you [about false teachers], and exhort [strongly encourage] you that ye [you] should earnestly [eagerly] contend for [defend--by debate, reasoning, etc.] the faith [truth of the gospel] which was once [one time] delivered [by God, through inspiration of the Holy Spirit and by the teachings of Jesus and his apostles, as recorded in the Bible,] unto the saints [i.e., born-again Christians--see note below*]."
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Jude 1:3 is explained in detail in the article entitled "What does it mean to contend for the faith?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/contend-for-the-faith.html.

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*You may be wondering why Jude referred to Christians as saints in today's verse. That is explained in the following article: "What are Christian saints according to the Bible?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/saints-Christian.html.

FEBRUARY 7

Christians: The Holy Spirit Lives in Us

In a letter to the Christian church at Corinth, the apostle Paul wrote:

1 Corinthians 3:16: "Know ye not
[don't you know] that ye [you--born-again Christians] are the [spiritual] temple [or church] of God, and that the Spirit of God [the Holy Spirit] dwelleth [dwells, lives] in you?"

1 Corinthians 3:17: "If any man
[or woman or child] defile [corrupts] the temple of God [the Christian community as a whole--by causing division or by teaching false doctrine or principles that lead to an ungodly (immoral or sinful) lifestyle], him [or her] shall God destroy; for [because] the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."
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The following articles should help to answer any questions you may have concerning today's verses:

-- "What does it mean that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/body-temple-Holy-Spirit.html)

-- "What does it mean to defile the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:17)?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/defile-the-temple-of-God.html)

FEBRUARY 6

Romans 10:15: "And how shall they [preachers--including ministers, pastors, other religious leaders, missionaries, and born-again Christians] 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 the Bible--Isaiah 52:7], 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!"
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In today's verse, the apostle Paul likens (compares) preachers to messengers who have arrived with good news--as would happen, for example (in a worldly sense), if someone came to announce the end of war.

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According to the Bible, only those who are saved God's way will be allowed into heaven.

If you want to be saved but don't know what to do
, there are detailed instructions in the gospel tracts that I wrote. You'll find them here:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

FEBRUARY 3-5

There's a Time for Everything

Ecclesiastes 3:1: "To
[for] every thing there is a season [a time that is appointed (set, determined) by God], and [there is] a time to [for] every purpose under the heaven [i.e., on the earth.] [For example, there is]:

Ecclesiastes 3:2: "A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant
[crops, trees, flowers, etc.], and a time to pluck up [pull out (uproot) or harvest] that which is planted;"

Ecclesiastes 3:3: "A time to kill
[for example, the death penalty for criminals, during war, in self-defense], and a time to heal [sick and injured people and animals]; a time to break down [take apart, dismantle], and a time to build up [rebuild];"

Ecclesiastes 3:4: "A time to weep
[cry], and a time to laugh; a time to mourn [grieve], and a time to dance;"

Ecclesiastes 3:5: "A time to cast away
[throw] stones [as when land is being cleared], and a time to gather stones together [as when they are to be used as building materials]; a time to embrace [hold closely, hug] [someone], and a time to refrain [hold back] from embracing;"

Ecclesiastes 3:6: "A time to get
[things--through hard work, gifts, by searching for and finding them, etc.], and a time to lose [them]; a time to keep [things, friends, etc.], and a time to cast [them] away [or 'separate ourselves from them'];"

Ecclesiastes 3:7: "A time to rend
[rip or tear apart], and a time to sew [together]; a time to keep silence [be silent or keep quiet], and a time to speak;"

Ecclesiastes 3:8: "A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."
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In his commentary on the this chapter of Ecclesiastes, Matthew Henry gives examples of what is meant by the words and phrases that I have italicized in the above verses. Here, in part, is what he said:

(Note: All references in the following quoted material have been omitted.)

"1. There is a time to be born and a time to die. These [times] are determined by the divine counsel; and, as we were born, so we must die, at the time appointed [by God]

"2. A time for God to plant a nation, as that of Israel in Canaan, and, in order to
[do] that, to pluck up the seven nations that were planted there [i.e., Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, per Deuteronomy 7:1], to make room for them [Israel]; and at length there was a time when God spoke concerning Israel too, to pluck up and to destroy, when the measure of their iniquity [sinfulness] was full. There is a time for men to plant, a time of the year, a time of their lives; but, when that which was planted has grown fruitless and useless, it is time to pluck it up.

"3. A time to kill, when the judgments of God are abroad in a land and lay all waste; but, when he
[God] returns in ways of mercy, then is a time to heal what he has torn, to comfort a people after the time that he has afflicted them. There is a time when it is the wisdom of rulers to use severe methods, but there is a time when it is as much their wisdom to take a more gentle course, and to apply themselves to lenitives [soothing things], not corrosives [harmful things].

"4. A time to break down a family, an estate, a kingdom, when it has ripened itself for destruction; but God will find a time, if they
[the people] return and repent, to rebuild what he has broken down; there is a time, a set time, for the Lord to build up Zion [Jerusalem]. There is a time for men to break up house, and break off trade, and so to break down, which those that are busy in building up both must expect and prepare for.

"5. A time when God's providence
[guidance or care] calls to weep and mourn, and when man's wisdom and grace will comply with the call, and will weep and mourn, as in times of common calamity and danger, and there it is very absurd [ridiculous] to laugh, and dance, and make merry; but then, on the other hand, there is a time when God calls to cheerfulness, a time to laugh and dance, and then he expects we should serve him with joyfulness and gladness of heart. Observe, The time of mourning and weeping is put first, before that of laughter and dancing, for we must first sow in tears and then reap in joy.

"6. A time to cast away stones, by breaking down and demolishing fortifications
[strong walls, towers, etc., that are built to protect a place], when God gives peace in the borders, and there is no more occasion for them [the fortifications]; but there is a time to gather stones together, for the making of strong-holds [fortifications]. A time for old towers to fall, as [the one] that [was] in Siloam, and for the temple itself to be so ruined as that not one stone should be left upon another; but also a time for towers and trophies too to be erected [constructed, built], when national affairs prosper [are successful].

"7. A time to embrace a friend when we find him faithful, but a time to refrain from embracing when we find he is unfair or unfaithful, and that we have cause to suspect him; it is then our prudence
[wise judgment] to be shy and keep at a distance. …

"8. A time to get, get money, get preferment
[a promotion], get good bargains and a good interest, when opportunity smiles, a time when a wise man will seek (so the word is); when he is setting out in the world and has a growing family, when he is in his prime, when he prospers and has a run of business, then it is time for him to be busy and make hay when the sun shines [or 'take advantage of favorable circumstances']. There is a time to get wisdom, and knowledge, and grace, when a man has a price put into his hand; but then let him expect there will come a time to spend, when all he has will be little enough to serve his turn [or 'satisfy a purpose of need']. Nay [no], there will come a time to lose, when what has been soon got will be soon scattered and cannot be held fast [or tight].

"9. A time to keep, when we have use for what we have got, and can keep it without running the hazard of a good conscience; but there may come a time to cast away, when love to God may oblige us to cast away what we have, because we must deny Christ and wrong
[go against] our consciences if we keep it, and rather to make shipwreck of all than of the faith; nay, when love to ourselves may oblige [compel] us to cast it away, when it is for the saving of our lives, as it was when Jonah's mariners [sailors] heaved [threw] their cargo [in this case, Jonah] into the sea.

"10. A time to rend the garments, as upon occasion of some great grief, and a time to sew, them again, in token
[as a sign] that the grief is over. A time to undo what we have done and a time to do again what we have undone. Jerome applies this to the rending of the Jewish church and the sewing and making up of the gospel church thereupon.

"11. A time when it becomes us, and is our wisdom and duty, to keep silence, when it is an evil time, when our speaking would be the casting of pearl before swine, or when we are in danger of speaking amiss
[wrong]; but there is also a time to speak for the glory of God and the edification [instruction] of others, when silence would be the betraying of a righteous cause, and when with the mouth confession is to be made to salvation; and it is a great part of Christian prudence [wisdom, good judgment] to know when to speak and when to hold our peace [or keep silent].

"12. A time to love, and to show ourselves friendly, to be free and cheerful, and it is a pleasant time; but there may come a time to hate, when we shall see cause to break off all familiarity with some
[people] that we have been fond of [or liked very much], and to be upon the reserve, as having found reason for a suspicion, which love is loth [reluctant] to admit.

"13. A time of war, when God draws the sword for judgment and gives it commission to devour
[destroy], when men draw the sword for justice and the maintaining of their rights, when there is in the nations a disposition to war; but we may hope for a time of peace, when the sword of the Lord shall be sheathed [put into its sheath, or protective covering] and he shall make wars to cease [come to an end], when the end of the war is obtained, and when there is on all sides a disposition to peace. War shall not last always, nor is there any peace to be called lasting on this side the everlasting peace. Thus in all these changes God has set the one over-against the other, [so] that we may rejoice as though we rejoiced not [did not rejoice] and weep as though we wept not [did not weep] …"

(Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/ecclesiastes/3.html, "Verses 1-10")

FEBRUARY 1-2

God Hates Sin, and We Should, Too

1 John 3:5: "And ye
[you born-again Christians] know that he [the Lord Jesus Christ (the Son of God, or God the Son)] was manifested [appeared among people, became a human being] to take away our sins [by dying on the cross as a sacrifice for sin--see note below*]; and in him is no sin [because he was born without sin, and he never sinned while on earth--not even once!]."

1 John 3:6: "Whosoever
[whoever] abideth [abides] in him [Jesus] [referring to everyone who is genuinely saved and consequently is united with Jesus in heart and mind and has a desire to please him] sinneth not [does not commit habitual and willful sin]: whosoever sinneth [whoever deliberately and intentionally continues to sin, with no feelings of remorse (regret) and no desire for repentance] hath [has] not seen him [Jesus--spiritually], neither [and has not] known him [as Savior, which means that person is not a true Christian]."
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*You may be wondering, "If God hates human sacrifice, how could Jesus' sacrifice be the payment for our sins?" Click here for the answer: https://www.gotquestions.org/human-sacrifice.html.

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Regarding the concept (idea or principle) that born-again Christians do not sin, Albert Barnes said:

"… he who is born again does not do wrong deliberately and by design. He means to do right. He is not willfully and deliberately a sinner. If a man deliberately and intentionally does wrong, he shows that he is not actuated
[motivated] by the spirit of religion. It is true that when one does wrong, or commits sin, there is a momentary assent [agreement, approval] of the will; but it is under the influence of passion, or excitement, or temptation, or provocation, and not as the result of a deliberate plan or purpose of the soul. A man who deliberately and intentionally does a wrong thing, shows that he is not a true Christian; and if this were all that is understood by "perfection," then there would be many who are perfect, for there are many, very many Christians, who cannot recollect an instance for many years in which they have intentionally and deliberately done a wrong thing. Yet these very Christians see much corruption in their own hearts over which to mourn, and against which they earnestly strive; in comparing themselves with the perfect law of God, and with the perfect example of the Saviour [Jesus Christ], they see much in which they come [or fall] short …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-john-3.html, "Verse 6")