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March 2016

Proverbs 19:5: "A false witness
[for example, someone who gives false testimony in court] shall not be unpunished [by God], and he that speaketh lies [in daily conversations] shall not escape [judgment or punishment]."

In other words, there are consequences for lying.

As usual, Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on the above verse. If you want to read it, here's the link:


1 John 2:15-17:

Verse 15: "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world
[i.e., worldly pleasures]. If any man love the world, the love of the Father [God] is not in him [i.e., he is not a true Christian]."

Verse 16: "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh
[sins of the flesh (body); i.e., fornication, gluttony, drunkenness, etc.], and the lust of the eyes [wanting to be rich and have luxurious possessions, being addicted to pornography, etc.], and the pride of life [seeking power, honor, fame, etc.], is not of the Father [does not come from God], but is of the world."

Verse 17: "And the world
[the things in it] passeth away, and [so does] the lust [strong desires, cravings] thereof: but he that doeth the will of God [i.e., the person who is born again and obeys God's word] abideth [remains, continues] for ever [in the love of God]."


Psalm 86:3-5
[King David's prayer to God]: "Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry [call out] unto thee daily [in prayer]. Rejoice the soul of thy servant [fill me with joy]: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto [filled with compassion for] all them that call upon thee [in prayer]."


Matthew 12:34-37
[Jesus, speaking to the Pharisees (part of the ruling class of Israel), who condemned him because he healed people on sabbath days and who accused him of casting out devils by Beelzebub (the prince of devils) rather than by the Holy Spirit of God]:

Verses 34-35: "O generation of vipers
[he's comparing them to extremely venomous (poisonous) snakes], how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance [fullness] of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure [storehouse] of the heart bringeth forth good things [out of his mouth]: and an evil man out of the evil treasure [of the heart] bringeth forth evil things [out of his mouth]."

Verses 36-37: "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak
[everything that people say during their lives, meaningful or not], they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified [considered righteous in God's sight], and by thy words thou shalt be condemned [pronounced guilty]."


John 11:25-27: "Jesus said unto her
[his friend Martha, after her brother (Lazarus) had died], I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth [has faith or puts trust] in me, though he were dead [physically], yet shall he live [again, after the resurrection]: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me [i.e., born-again Christians] shall never die [spiritually]. Believest thou this [do you believe this]? She saith unto him, Yea [yes], Lord: I believe that thou art [you are] the Christ [Messiah], the Son of God, which should come into the world."


Psalm 122:6-9
[King David speaking]:

Verses 6-7: "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
[often referred to in the Bible as the 'city of God']: they shall prosper [have peace] that love thee. Peace be within thy walls [i.e., the walls of the city], and prosperity [quietness, peace] [shall be] within thy palaces [where the leaders reside]."

Verses 8-9: "For my brethren and companions'
[brothers' (relatives) and friends'] sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the LORD our God [i.e., the temple, or place where God was worshiped when this psalm was written] I will seek thy good."


Ephesians 6:1: "Children, obey your parents in the Lord
[according to the Bible, or word of God]: for this is right."

Albert Barnes has an excellent commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, click on the link ( and scroll down to "Barnes' Notes."


Proverbs 22:1: "A good name
[good reputation] is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour [i.e., being well liked, accepted, favored--by God and man] rather [is rather to be chosen] than silver and gold."

As usual, Salem Bible Church has a very thorough explanation of this verse. If you want to read it, here's the link:


Proverbs 16:19: "Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly
[lowly financially; i.e., poor people], than to divide the spoil [booty, loot (goods stolen or taken forcibly from a person or place)] with the proud [those who are proud--and, usually, rich]."

In other words, it's better to be poor and humble than rich and proud.

Salem Bible Church has a good explanation of this verse. If you want to read it, here's the link:


Genesis 18:20-21: "And the LORD
[God, appearing in human form] said [to Abraham], Because the cry of [the cities of] Sodom and Gomorrah is great [loud], and because their sin [homosexuality] is very grievous [serious]; I will go down [I will go there] now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me [i.e., I'll see if they have really done those things]; and if not, I will know."


Matthew 5:42: "Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away."

In other words, if a person is truly in need and asks you for food, money (or a loan), etc., you should do whatever you can to help him or her.

Albert Barnes has an excellent commentary on the above verse. If you want to read it, click on the link ( and scroll down to "Barnes' Notes."


Romans 5:19: "For as by one man's disobedience
[Adam's--by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil after God told him not to do that] many [i.e., all of his descendants] were made sinners [by inheriting the sin nature], so [in a similar manner] by the obedience of one [Jesus--by dying on the cross to pay for our sins] shall many be made righteous [acceptable in God's sight--by being born again, as instructed in the Bible]."


Proverbs 11:12: "He that is void of wisdom
[a person who lacks good judgment and common sense] despiseth [hates] his neighbour [or friend--and says bad things about him or her, true or false]: but a man of understanding [a wise man] holdeth his peace [keeps silent if and when he hears offensive things being said about others or himself]."

According to Salem Bible Church's commentary, this verse is about the tongue. If you want to read it, here's the link:


Psalm 78:58: "For they
[the children (nation) of Israel] provoked him to anger [made God very angry] with their high places [where idols were worshiped in Bible times*], and moved him to jealousy with their graven images [idols]."

*Biblical definition of high places: places of worship on elevated pieces of ground, or raised altars in low land such as a valley. Source:


Romans 6:15-16
[the apostle Paul, referring to born-again Christians]:

Verse 15: "What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law
[of Moses, which prohibits sin], but under grace [which pardons sin]? God forbid [absolutely not!]."

Verse 16: "Know ye not
[don't you know], that to whom ye yield [give] yourselves [as] servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin [i.e., Satan] unto death, or of obedience [to God] unto righteousness [morality (good morals), holiness]?"


2 Timothy 2:15
[the apostle Paul's advice to Timothy]: "Study [the Bible] to shew thyself approved unto God [to prove yourself acceptable to God], a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth [see explanation below*]."

*According to Adam Clarke's commentary, " … by rightly dividing the word of truth, we are to understand his [a minister's] continuing in the true doctrine, and teaching that to every person; … giving each his portion of meat in due season - milk to babes, strong meat to the full grown, comfort to the disconsolate, reproof to the irregular and careless; in a word, finding out the necessities of his hearers, and preaching so as to meet those necessities."

Albert Barnes gives the same meaning but states it a little differently. According to him, a minister's job is "… rightfully and skillfully teaching the word of truth. The idea seems to be, that the minister of the gospel is to make a proper distribution of that word, adapting his instructions to the circumstances and wants of his hearers, and giving to each that which will be fitted to nourish the soul for heaven."

Source for both quotes:


Proverbs 19:4: "Wealth maketh
[riches attract] many friends; but the poor [person] is separated [set apart] from his neighbour [neighbors and friends]."

According to Salem Bible Church's commentary, this verse is about true and false friendships. If you want to read it, here's the link:


Luke 17:3-4
[Jesus, speaking to his disciples]: "Take heed to yourselves [carefully consider this]: If thy brother [a fellow Christian] trespass [sins] against thee, rebuke him [tell him what he did, and seek an explanation]; and if he repent [is truly sorry*], forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him."

*Biblical definition of repent: a change of mind that results in a change of action.


Proverbs 18:6: "A fool's lips enter into contention
[a foolish person who speaks his mind will cause controversy and become involved in arguments and disagreements], and his mouth calleth for strokes [hitting or striking someone, resulting in trouble for others and trouble for himself]."

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, here's the link:


John 3:14-15: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent
[or snake, made of brass--on a pole] in the wilderness [see explanation below*], even so must the Son of man [Jesus, the Messiah] be lifted up [on the cross]: [so] That whosoever believeth in him [all who believe that Jesus died to pay for our sins; i.e., everyone who trusts him as their Savior] should not perish [be destroyed in hell and/or the lake of fire], but [will] have eternal life [in heaven]."

*Numbers 21:5-9:

-- Verses 5-6: "And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died."

-- Verses 7-8: "Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live."

-- Verse 9: "And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."


Psalm 46:1: "God is our refuge
[place of shelter and protection] and [source of] strength, a very present help [when we are] in trouble."


Hebrews 12:28-29: "Wherefore we
[born-again Christians] receiving a kingdom [of God in heaven] which cannot be moved [is permanent and unchanging], let us have grace [merciful kindness of God], whereby we may serve [worship] God acceptably with reverence [great respect and awe] and godly fear [of God's hatred of sin; i.e., having a willingness to obey God, so as to not offend or displease him]: For [because] our God is a consuming fire [able to destroy everything]."


John 16:24
[Jesus, to his disciples]: "Hitherto [until now] have ye asked [for] nothing in my name: ask [God the Father, in prayer, in Jesus' name], and ye shall receive [an answer to your prayer], [so] that your joy may be full [complete]."

We must pray for things in Jesus' name because he is the mediator (intercessor) between God and man.


Ephesians 4:28: "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour
[be employed, get a job, make an honest living], working with his hands the thing which is good [doing things that will benefit others], that he may have [enough left over] to give to him that needeth [to help those who are unable to help themselves]."

Albert Barnes has an excellent commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, click on the link ( and scroll down to "Barnes' Notes."


James 1:1-3:

Verse 1: "James
[an apostle, and probably the brother of Jesus], a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, [in a letter] to the twelve tribes [of Israel] which are scattered abroad [throughout the civilized world], greeting."

Verses 2-3: "My brethren
[fellow Christians], count it all joy [rejoice, be happy] when ye fall into divers temptations [various kinds of trials (sickness, poverty, bereavement, persecution, etc.)]; Knowing this, that the trying [testing] of your faith worketh [results in] patience."


Ephesians 6:4: "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath
[don't make your children angry by having unreasonable rules or punishment]: but bring them up in the nurture [training and education, instruction, discipline] and admonition [counseling, warning] of the Lord."

Albert Barnes has an excellent commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, click on the link ( and scroll down to "Barnes' Notes."


Leviticus 19:31: "Regard not
[turn away from, don't pay attention to] them that have familiar spirits [demonic spirits that serve individuals (also known as 'spirit guides')], neither seek after wizards [and don't try to find people who practice magic (magicians and sorcerers)], to be defiled [made dirty or unclean] by them: I am the LORD your God."


Proverbs 20:3: "It is an honour for a man to cease from strife
[a wise man (person) will refuse to become involved in arguments and quarrels]: but every fool will be meddling [interfering in other people's business]."

As you may know by now, my favorite commentaries on Proverbs were written by Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church. If you want to read what he said about the above verse, here's the link:


1 Thessalonians 5:2-3
[the apostle Paul, with Silas and Timothy, in a letter to the church of the Thessalonians]: "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord [*] [i.e., when Jesus returns to earth for judgment] so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they [unbelievers, unsaved people] shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail [labor] [comes unexpectedly, or without warning] upon a woman with child [i.e., a pregnant woman about to give birth]; and they shall not escape [the destruction, or punishment]."

*The "day of the Lord" is also known as the "second coming" of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you're interesting in learning more about the second coming, the article entitled "What Is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?" may be helpful. If you want to read it, here's the link:


2 Timothy 3:1-5 - Description of People--Including "Christians"--Living in the "Last Days":

"This know also, that in the last days
[in gospel times, before Jesus returns to earth] perilous [dangerous] times shall come. For [because] men [and women and children] shall be

lovers of their own selves
[loving money and things, wanting to be rich],
[bragging about their achievements, possessions, or abilities],
[cursing or taking God's name in vain],
disobedient to parents
[showing disregard for what is holy, or dedicated to God],
Without natural affection
[refusing to honor agreements or keep their word],
false accusers
[making false statements about others and damaging their reputation],
[lacking self-control (unable to resist feelings of passion, desire for food, etc.)],
[haters] of those that are good,
[willing to betray their country or friends],
[headstrong, stubborn, determined to have their own way],
lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof
[or, as suggested by Adam Clarke in his commentary on verse 5, 'They have religion in their creed, but none in their hearts']: from such turn away [i.e., don't associate with them]."

Adam Clarke, Albert Barnes, and Matthew Henry have good commentaries on these verses. If you want to read them:

-- Click on and scroll down to "Clarke's Commentary" and/or "Barnes' Notes." This link is for verse 2; you can go forward or backward from there to read the other verses.

-- Click on and find the section entitled "Verses 1-9." Specific verses he is commenting on are highlighted in blue (example: "v.3").


Proverbs 13:22: "A good man
[a hard-working, law-abiding person who saves his money and spends it wisely] leaveth an inheritance to his children's children [his 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. If you want to read it, here's the link:

In other words, God created all of us and shapes us as he sees fit.

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