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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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April 2024
APRIL 28-30

In this verse, King David prayed to God:

Psalm 4:8: "I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep
[meaning David would be able to lie down and sleep peacefully]: for thou [you], LORD, only [alone] makest [make] me dwell [live] in safety."
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King David trusted God to watch over him and keep him safe from harm. God will do the same for Christians who, like David did, love him (God) and desire to obey his word.

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This verse reminds me of a prayer that I learned when I was a child. It goes like this: "Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take." I wasn't a born-again Christian at the time, but perhaps that prayer was one of the early influences in my life that eventually led to my decision as an adult to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. It goes to show how important prayer can be in a child's life.

APRIL 26-27

In a letter to Christians regarding the second coming of Christ (i.e., a time in the not-too-distant future when Jesus will return to earth--see note below*), the apostle Peter wrote:

 2 Peter 3:8: "But, beloved
[people], be not [don't be] ignorant [lacking in knowledge, unaware] of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord [Jesus Christ, in heaven] [the same] as a thousand years [is with us, here on earth], and a thousand years [on earth] [is the same] as one day [in heaven]."
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Because 1,000 years on earth equals one day in heaven, we know that God measures time differently than we do.

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According to Albert Barnes:

"… This 2 Peter 3:8-9 is the second consideration by which the apostle
[Peter] meets the objection of scoffers [doubters, mockers] against the doctrine of the second coming of the Saviour [the Lord Jesus Christ]. The objection was, that much time, and perhaps the time which had been supposed to be set for his coming, had passed away, and still all things remained as they were. The reply of the apostle is, that no argument could be drawn from this, for that which may seem to be a long time to us is a brief period with God. In the infinity [endlessness] of his own duration there is abundant [plenty of] time to accomplish his designs [plans], and it can make no difference with him whether they are accomplished in one day or extended to one thousand years. Man has but a short time to live, and if he does not accomplish his purposes in a very brief period, he never will. But it is not so with God. …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-peter-3.html, "Verse 8")

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*The "second coming" is discussed in the following articles:

-- "What does 2 Peter 3:8 mean when it says a thousand years are a day?"
    (https://www.gotquestions.org/2-Peter-3-8-thousand-years-day.html)

-- "What is the difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming?"
    (https://www.gotquestions.org/difference-Rapture-Second-Coming.html)

APRIL 23-25

The First Passover

Exodus 12:1-2: "And the LORD
[God] spake unto [spoke to] Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month [Abib, or Nisan--March/April] shall be unto you the beginning of months [on the Jewish calendar]: it shall be the first month of the year to you [with respect to religious rites or ceremonies]."

Exodus 12:3: "Speak ye unto all the congregation
[or 'to all the people'] of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month [Abib] they [the people] shall take to them every man [referring to every head of the household] a lamb [a young sheep (although goats were allowed, too)], according to the house of their fathers [or ancestors, or according to the group they belonged to--see note below*], a lamb for an house [or family, meaning one lamb per household]:"

Exodus 12:4: "And if the household be too little
[in number] for the lamb [i.e., if there aren't enough people (at least 10 but no more than 20) in the family, including servants (but not uncircumcised males), to eat an entire lamb], let him [the head of the household] and his neighbour next unto his house [referring to the family or families living next door] take it [the lamb] according to the [total] number of the souls [people] [involved]; every man [and woman and child] according to his [or her] eating [or 'appetite'] shall make [be included or considered in] your count for [sharing] the lamb." [Note: According to some Bible commentators, because this was done for a solemn (serious, formal) religious occasion, a portion, or serving, could have been as small in size as an olive.]

Exodus 12:5-6,7: "Your lamb shall be without blemish [meaning it would have no defects or imperfections], [and it shall be] a male of the first year: ye [you] shall take it out from the [flock of] sheep [preferably], or from the [herd of] goats: And ye shall keep it [with you, in your house, like a pet] up until the fourteenth day of the same month [in which you took it out from the other animals]: and the whole assembly [gathering] of the congregation of Israel [meaning everyone, not just the priests] shall kill it in the evening [before sunset]. And they shall take of the blood [of the lamb], and [using a bunch of hyssop (a plant in the mint family) like a brush] strike it [with a slapping motion] on the two side posts [of the front door] and on the upper door post [also called 'lintel'] of the houses, wherein [in which] they shall eat it [the lamb] [after sunset]."

Exodus 12:8-9,10: "And they
[the Israelites] shall eat the flesh [meat] [of the lamb that was killed] in that night, roast [or 'roasted'] with fire, and [with] unleavened bread [i.e., bread made without leaven, or yeast]; and with bitter herbs [to represent their bondage (as slaves) in Egypt] they shall eat it. Eat not of it [don't eat it] raw [rare, half-cooked, not thoroughly roasted], nor sodden [soaked] at all with water [i.e., not boiled], but roast [or 'roasted'] with fire; his [the lamb's] head [should be roasted] with his legs [in other words, the lamb was to be roasted whole], and with the purtenance [entrails] thereof [referring to its internal organs, especially the heart, liver, and lungs]. And ye shall let nothing [none] of it [the edible (suitable or safe to be eaten) parts (i.e., the meat and internal organs)] remain until the morning; and that which remaineth [remains] of it [the lamb, meaning the inedible (not fit to be eaten) parts, such as bones] until the morning ye shall burn with fire."

Exodus 12:11,12: "And thus shall ye eat it
[the meal, consisting of the lamb, unleavened bread, and bitter herbs]; with your loins girded [or 'with your long, loose clothes tied up around your waist'], [with] your shoes [or sandals] on your feet, and [with] your staff [walking stick] in your hand; and ye shall eat it [the meal] in haste [quickly]: it is the LORD'S passover. For [because] I [Almighty God] will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite [strike, kill] all [of] the firstborn [males, or 'the oldest son in each family'] in the land of Egypt, both man [mankind, human beings] and beast [animals]; and against all the gods [false gods, or idols] of Egypt [i.e., everything and everyone that the Egyptians worship] I [Almighty God] will execute [carry out] judgment: I am the LORD."

Exodus 12:13: "And the
[lamb's] blood shall be to you for a token [sign] upon the houses where ye are: and when I [God] see the blood, I will pass over you [the Israelites], and the plague [calamity, disaster] shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite [strike, kill the firstborn males throughout] the land of Egypt."

Exodus 12:14: "And this day
[Passover] shall be unto you [Israelites, Jewish people] for a memorial [reminder, remembrance]; and ye shall keep it [every year] [as] a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever."
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In Moses' day, it was the blood of the sacrificial lambs applied to the doorposts that protected the children of Israel from God's judgment (i.e., the death of the firstborns in Egypt). Today, only the blood of the "Lamb of God" (i.e., God's Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to pay for our sins) can save us from God's wrath (extreme anger) and coming judgment (i.e., punishment in hell and the lake of fire) when it (Jesus' blood) is applied to our hearts by faith. This takes place the moment we are saved, or born again.
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Note:
My gospel tracts explain how to be saved according to the Bible. In case you're curious or interested, you can find them here:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

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GotQuestions.org has an article entitled "What is Passover?" that has a lot of additional information about this Jewish holiday. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-Passover.html.

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*According to Adam Clarke:

"… The whole host of Israel
[referring to the entire nation of Israel] was divided into twelve tribes, these tribes [were divided] into families, the families [were divided] into houses, and the houses [were divided] into particular persons …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/exodus/12-3.html, "Clarke's Commentary")

APRIL 21-22

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his disciples (followers) and--via the Bible--all Christians:

Matthew 6:24: "No man
[or woman or child] can serve two masters: for [because] either he [or she] will hate the one [master], and love the other; or else he [or she] will hold [on] to the one [master], and despise [disrespect, neglect, or reject] the other. Ye [you] cannot serve [submit to, obey] [both] God and mammon [money, riches, wealth--see note below*] [at the same time]."
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*Regarding the phrase Ye cannot serve God and mammon, Matthew Henry said:

"… Mammon is a Syriac word
[i.e., from the language of ancient Syria], that signifies [means] gain; so that whatever in this world is, or is accounted by us to be, gain … is mammon. Whatever is in the world, the lust [powerful desire] of the flesh [as for sex], the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, is mammon. To some [people,] their belly [stomach] is their mammon, and they serve that [by eating too much] …; to others their ease [rest, relaxation], their sleep, their sports and pastimes [hobbies or leisure activities, like fishing and golf], are their mammon …; to others worldly riches [are their mammon] …; to others honours and preferments [promotions] [are their mammon]; the praise and applause of men was the Pharisees' mammon; in a word, self, the unity in which the world's trinity [i.e., a person's body, soul, and spirit] centres [centers, revolves around], sensual [physical, especially sexual, pleasure], secular self [i.e., having no religious or spiritual basis], is the mammon which cannot be served in conjunction [or together] with God; for if it [mammon] [is to] be served, it is in competition with him [God] and in contradiction [or in opposition] to him …"

(Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/matthew/6.html, "Verses 19-24")
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More information on mammon can be found in the article entitled "What is mammon?" If you want to read it, here's the link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-mammon.html.

APRIL 20

2 Timothy 3:16: "All scripture [everything that is written in the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments] is given [to us, via (by way of) the prophets and apostles,] by inspiration of God [i.e., through the influence of the Holy Spirit], and is profitable [useful] for doctrine [teaching of Christian beliefs], for reproof [conviction of sin], for correction [of errors], for instruction in righteousness [or to help us learn what is right and good so we may lead lives that are pleasing to God]:"

APRIL 19

Proverbs 19:17: "He [or she] that hath [has] pity upon the poor [people, referring to everyone who is compassionate (caring) and kind to poor people and helps meet their needs] lendeth [lends] unto the LORD [or 'makes a loan to God']; and that [thing (money, food, clothing, assistance, etc.] which he [or she] hath given [to poor people] will he [God] pay [to] him [or her] again [meaning God will repay, or reward that person--either now or in heaven--for the kindness that he (or she) has shown to others]."
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Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse. Here are some excerpts from it about giving to the poor:

"We are not only showing mercy and love to the poor man, but we are demonstrating love to the Lord! … If you want to honor God--show mercy to His people
[who are] in need!"
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"It's
[or 'giving to the poor is'] for the Lord, not man [mankind] … That means that we can minister to [or help care for] men [and women and children] we may not actually LIKE … Even if we later discover that the people we ministered to were just taking advantage of us, it does not detract [take away] from our ministry to the Lord."
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"And be careful about groups who show pitiful
[distressing] pictures of starving children who claim to be Christian. Make sure you know what KIND of Christian testimony they [the so-called Christian organizations] hold to."
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"Another abuse of the concept in this passage
[Proverbs 19:17] comes from the charismatic movement [see note below*] … They teach that if you give to their ministry, then God will pay you back! … They even say that God will pay you back 10 fold [or ten times as much] … Our adversary [Satan] is clever isn't he? He can twist a [Bible] passage designed to teach God's people to express selfless [unselfish] generosity for God's glory into an expression of greed and selfishness!"

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-19-index/proverbs-19_17/.

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*For background information on the Charismatic movement, read "What is the Charismatic movement?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Charismatic-movement.html.

APRIL 18

Proverbs 18:21: "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it [their tongue, or 'using their tongue'] shall eat the fruit thereof [or 'will suffer the consequences of what they say']."
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Since words are powerful and have consequences, we need to think carefully before we speak. You may have heard this before, but a good rule to follow is: "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." We shouldn't talk too much, but when we do, we should always be kind and try to build people up, not tear them down, with our words.

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As usual, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse, including many examples of how our tongues can be used for good or evil. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-18-index/proverbs-18_21/.

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In "The Biblical Illustrator," another Bible commentator wrote:

"I. Death is in the power of the tongue. How significant it is of the fallen condition of our race
[referring to the 'fall of man' (when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden)--see note below*] that death should here be put first! To prove the truth of our text, let us take some illustrations of the death-dealing power of the tongue.

"1. Take the deadly power of careless, vain
[useless], frivolous [foolish] words. They seem harmless. How much harm is done by the light and careless conversation even of Christian people about religion! How much damage is done by the far too common habit of jesting [making jokes] with Scripture [Bible verses]! Such a habit induces [causes] irreverence [disrespect], and lays the foundation for irreligion [indifference or hostility to religion].

"2. Take the deadly power of mocking words
[i.e., imitating what people say and how they say it]. A gibe [insult, taunt], a sneer, cuts many a man like a knife. By the mocking words of companions many a soul who has just escaped has been forced back into the bondage of sin, and driven to a Christless grave [or 'an eternity in hell'].

"3. As a graver
[more serious] illustration of the same thing, take the power of false words. While open and deliberate lying is reprobated [disapproved of] by all [people], many have not [do not have] a sufficient sense of the mischief wrought [brought about] by falsehood [lies] and insincerity of [or 'hypocritical'] speech. Every lie begets [brings about] other lies; and from the thoughtless exaggerations of conversation to the deliberate perjury [lying], which has in our day become so common in our law courts, the descent [from thoughtless lies to deliberate lies] is quick and easy.

"4. A still more serious illustration of the death-dealing power of the tongue is seen in connection with slander
[character assassination (making false statements that damage people's reputations)] [which acts like poison] … So it is in the power of slanderous words to inflame hearts [provoke strong feelings, like anger], to fever human existence, to poison human society at the fountain springs of life."

"5. But the supreme illustration of the death-dealing power of the tongue is found in indecent words. The man of indecent speech may be compared with the murderer. The one destroys the body, the other destroys the soul … By it
[indecent speech] the imagination is defiled [made dirty or unclean], the corrupt nature [is] set on fire, the barriers that guard purity [are] broken down, and the soul [is] led to absolute ruin.

"II. Life is in the power of the tongue. When the tongue is consecrated
[dedicated to a higher purpose], when it is guided and controlled by a heart full of the Holy Ghost [the Holy Spirit] [which happens when someone is 'born again,' or saved from hell], it [the tongue] becomes a mighty power to destroy the [evil] works of the devil.

"1. Grave
[serious] and gracious [kind and courteous] speech takes the place of careless, light, and frivolous [silly, goofy, dumb] speech. Our words lead [salvation] seekers to [Jesus] Christ, in Him to find eternal life.

"2. Comforting and encouraging words take the place of mocking words. The power of words of comfort to encourage those who are sorrowing
[grieving] and desponding [depressed] is simply marvellous [wonderful]. They literally [actually] bring life to the soul.

"3. Kind words take the place of cruel words. Every kind word that is uttered
[spoken] makes this world more like heaven. For where slander begets [brings about] hate, kindness begets love.

"4. True words go forth to do battle against the falsehoods of which the earth is full. Every true word that is spoken binds human society more closely together, and makes the burden of life easier to bear.

"5. And then pure words go forth to enlighten and purify and cleanse lives darkened and debased and defiled by the evils of the world …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tbi/proverbs-18.html, "Verse 21," "The power of speech")

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*The story of Adam and Eve and the consequences of their sin is told in the following article: "What truly happened at the fall of man?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/fall-of-man.html.

APRIL 17

God Doesn't Judge People by Their Looks, and Neither Should We

The following event took place after God told his prophet Samuel to go to Bethlehem, make a sacrifice to him (God), and anoint a new king for Israel. We find out later on in this chapter that God's choice for king was Jesse's youngest son, David.

1 Samuel 16:6: "And it came to pass, when they
[Jesse and seven of his eight sons] were come [had arrived] [to witness the sacrifice], that he [Samuel] looked on [upon, or at] Eliab [Jesse's oldest son], and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed [person] [i.e., God's choice for king, to replace Saul, who (as we learn in 1 Samuel 9:2) was a very tall man] is before him [God, … meaning Eliab was standing near the altar, where God was present]."

1 Samuel 16:7: "But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on
[don't look at, or pay attention to] his [Eliab's] countenance [appearance; i.e., whether he was good-looking or not], or on the height of his stature [how tall he was]; because I have refused [rejected] him [as my choice for king]: for [because] the LORD seeth not [does not see] as [like] man [mankind, human beings, people] seeth; for man looketh [looks] on the outward appearance [of a person], but the LORD looketh on the heart [meaning what that person is like inside]."
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God judges people by their hearts. not their appearance, and so should we.

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The phrase man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart in 1 Samuel 16:7 reminds me of the part of Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech in which he said, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character [i.e., the way that they think, feel, and behave]." It sounds like Dr. King wanted us to do what God does: judge people by their hearts ("the content of their character") rather than by how they look.
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The meaning of Dr. King's statement is explained in detail in an article that Gregg Henriques, Ph.D., posted to his blog in 2016. In it, he wrote:

"Let's take a minute and reflect on what Martin Luther King meant when he talked about the content of character. This refers to the core
[basic] ethical [moral] values of honesty and integrity [incorruptibility], respecting others, taking responsibility for one's actions, being fair and just, and being someone who promotes love and compassion [sympathy] in others. We can also think about the content of character in terms of core virtues and the extent to which one embodies [represents] wisdom, humility, courage, justice, temperance [self-control], and the value of human dignity."

(Source for above quotes by Drs. King and Henriques: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/theory-knowledge/201609/the-content-our-character)

APRIL 16

At the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples:

John 13:34: "A new commandment I
[Jesus] give unto you, That ye [you] love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another [in the same way]."
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In addition to other things, Jesus was unselfish and helpful, and he always treated others with kindness, compassion [sympathy, understanding], mercy, and forgiveness. Like the disciples were commanded to do, everyone--but especially Christians--should follow Jesus' wonderful example of brotherly love.

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The following story from "The Biblical Illustrator" is an example of:

"The victorious
[triumphant] power of love

"A lady brought a little ragged orphan girl
[meaning she was messy, dirty, and wearing old, torn clothes] to her house for a playmate for her three daughters. But the little thing [the young girl] would venture [go] no further than the lobby, where she sat crying as if her heart would break. The lady said to her daughters there was one secret of four letters she thought would win the little one [over] [or 'change her mind']. The eldest [oldest] girl tried her doll, the second [girl tried] her new muff [hand warmer], but still the little stranger kept on weeping [crying]. At length the youngest sister ran into the lobby, sat down beside her [the orphan], began to weep with her, and then put her arms about her neck and kissed her, till at last she easily got her [the little girl] into the room; and then it was found that the secret [word] was love …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tbi/john-13.html, "Verse 34")

APRIL 14-15

Proverbs 14:4: "Where no oxen [cattle] are, the crib [or manger or feeding trough--where the oxen's food is placed] is clean [empty]: but much increase is [gained, or 'comes'] by the strength of the ox."
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In other words, it takes money, time, and effort to have oxen (i.e., to purchase the animals, buy their food, clean their stalls, feed them, etc.), but the benefits (faster plowing, more crops, increased profit, etc.) are great. That is true in other aspects of our lives, too. If we want to succeed, we often must be willing to take the "bad" with the "good."

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Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse, which (as usual) contains many examples of the subject being discussed. Applications for this verse include: young people investing in their future by going to college, homemakers baking pies from scratch because they taste better, factory owners buying newer and more efficient equipment to improve production, and small-business owners paying for advertising to increase sales.
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Toward the end of the commentary, Pastor Delany says, "In every area of life--the strength of the ox is by FAR worth the extra expense and effort required to maintain the ox. … This is especially so in our spiritual lives." Then he also lists some spiritual applications.

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-14-index/proverbs-14_4/.

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Here is some interesting information about oxen, according to Adam Clarke:

"… The ox is the most profitable
[financially rewarding] of all the beasts [animals] used in husbandry [farming]. Except merely [only] for speed, he [the ox] is almost in every respect superior to [better than] the horse.

"1. He
[the ox] is longer lived [or 'lives longer'] [than the horse].

"
[He (the ox) is] Scarcely liable to [or 'not likely to contract (catch)'] any diseases.

" He
[the ox] is steady [on his feet], and always pulls fair in his gears.

" He
[the ox] lives, fattens [gains weight, becomes fatter], and maintains his strength on what a horse will not eat, and therefore is supported on one third the cost [of the horse].

" His
[the ox's] manure is [or 'droppings are'] more profitable [worth more money]. And,

" When he
[the ox] is worn out in his labor his flesh [i.e., the soft part of his body between the skin and bones] is good for the nourishment of man [mankind] [when the ox is eaten as food], his horns [are] of great utility [usefulness], and his hide [skin] [is] almost invaluable [extremely valuable, priceless].

"It might be added, he
[the ox] is little or no expense in shoeing [which means it doesn't cost much to fit him with horseshoes], and his gears are much more simple, and much less expensive, than those of the horse. In all large farms oxen are greatly to be preferred to horses. Have but [or 'have a little'] patience with this most patient animal, and you will soon find that there is much increase by the strength and labor of the ox."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/proverbs/14-4.html, "Clarke's Commentary")

APRIL 13

Proverbs 13:19: "The [good, proper] desire [or 'thing desired'] [when] accomplished [brought about, achieved] is sweet [pleasant, satisfying] to the soul [of the person who gets what he or she wants--see note below for examples*]: but it is abomination [a disgusting, repulsive, hateful thing or thought] to fools to depart from evil [or 'stop doing bad things,' as in the examples listed below*]."
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*Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse, including many examples of people whose "desires were accomplished" when they paid off their mortgages, received college degrees, became missionaries, climbed mountains, saw loved ones get saved, etc.
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The pastor also gives examples of people (fools) whose "desires are not accomplished" because they refuse to "depart from evil." Here's what he said about them in Section 2, paragraph 2, of his commentary:

"a. They want a happy family… but refuse to stop messing around
[sexually, as in having sexual relations with someone else's spouse]… and their hopes for a happy family are dashed [destroyed, not achieved]!

"b. They want to do well at work and get promotions… but they continue to show up late… do sloppy work… because they refuse to get up on time… or put in an honest day's work.

"c. They would love to have a college degree, but will not depart from all their partying and night life to go to college…

"d. They want to have friends too…but refuse to stop their gossip and bad behavior that causes their acquaintances to stay away…

"e. They want good health too… but refuse to depart from their many habits that are hazardous to their health… they drive fast, smoke, drink, take drugs… etc… and good health seems to elude them
[meaning it can't be obtained]."
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There are more examples of foolish behavior in Section 2, paragraph 3, of the commentary:

"b. A man with lung cancer who continues to smoke…

"c. A man who just wrecked his family because of his drinking who continues to drink
[alcoholic beverages]

"d. The homosexual who contracts
[catches] aids [AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, the most advanced stage of HIV infection], and refuses to depart from [or stop living] his lifestyle…

"e. The big mouth
[boastful person] who gossips and slanders [spreads rumors and lies] wherever he goes and makes enemies and brings trouble on himself… who continues to blab [reveal secrets]…"

If you want to read the rest of Pastor Delany's  commentary, including examples of ways in which our good desires can get out of control, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-13-index/proverbs-13_19/.

APRIL 12

This was one reason why Jesus said that his followers (and all Christians) should watch for the "day of the Lord":

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10: "For
[because] God hath [has] not appointed us to wrath [in other words, God's preference is for us not to endure punishment in hell due to his anger at sin], but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who [referring to Jesus] died for us [on the cross, to pay for our sins], [so] that, whether we wake or sleep [or 'whether we are awake or asleep' (or 'are alive or dead') when the rapture occurs--see note below*], we should live together with him [Jesus] [in heaven]."
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*Some commentators believe that the above verses refer to the "second coming of Christ," or the "day of the Lord," but they actually refer to the "rapture."
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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: https://www.gotquestions.org/difference-Rapture-Second-Coming.html.

APRIL 11

The Apostle Paul Appears Before Ananias and the Sanhedrin

Acts 23:1: "And Paul, earnestly beholding
[looking intently at the members of] the council [Sanhedrin--see note below*], said, Men and brethren [brothers--in this case, referring to his fellow Jews], I have lived [my life] in all good conscience before God until this day [meaning he had always done what he believed was right, both before and after becoming a Christian]."

Acts 23:2: "And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him
[those who stood near Paul] to smite [slap, punch, hit] him [Paul] on the mouth."

Acts 23:3: "Then said Paul unto him
[Ananias], God shall smite thee [punish you], thou [you] whited [whitewashed] wall [a phrase meaning 'you hypocrite']: for sittest thou [aren't you, as head of the council, supposed] to judge me after [according to] the law [of Moses], and [instead you] commandest [command, order] me to be smitten [struck] contrary to [in violation of] the law?"

Acts 23:4: "And they that stood by
[nearby] said [to Paul], Revilest thou [why are you verbally attacking] God's high priest?"

Acts 23:5: "Then said Paul, I wist not
[did not know], brethren, that he [Ananias] was the high priest [probably because, when this story took place, Ananias was not really the high priest but was only filling in as high priest while that office was vacant--see note below**]: for it is written [in Exodus 22:28], Thou shalt [you shall] not speak evil of [say bad things about] the ruler of thy [your] people."
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According to the Bible, we need to respect our leaders, both good and bad, because of the offices that they hold. If Ananias had been the true high priest (i.e., officially appointed to that office), Paul wouldn't have spoken to him that way.

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*For background information on the Sanhedrin, see the GotQuestions.org article entitled "What was the Sanhedrin?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Sanhedrin.html.

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**For an explanation of why Ananias was not considered by Paul to be the high priest when this story took place, see Albert Barnes' commentary on verses 2 and 5 (https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/acts-23.html).

APRIL 7-10

Some End-Times Events

In these verses, Jesus was referring to two events: the destruction Jerusalem in 70 A.D. and the end of the world:

Matthew 24:3: "And as he
[Jesus] sat upon the mount of Olives [i.e., a mountain ridge in East Jerusalem], the disciples [in this case, Peter, James, John, and Andrew--Mark 13:3] came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy [your] coming, and of the end of the world?"

Matthew 24:4-5,6: "And Jesus answered and said unto them
[the disciples], Take heed that [pay attention that, or let] no man deceive you. For many [men] shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ [the Messiah]; and shall deceive [fool] many [people]. And ye [you] shall hear of wars and rumours [rumors] of wars [referring to wars that are declared or threatened but not carried out]: see that ye be not troubled [frightened, alarmed]: for all these things must come to pass [or 'must happen'], but the end is not yet."

Matthew 24:7-8: "For nation shall rise
[up in revolt, or fight] against nation, and kingdom [shall rise] against kingdom [meaning there will be rebellion, riots, and civil wars]: and there shall be famines [extreme shortages of food, causing starvation], and pestilences [epidemic diseases with a high death rate], and earthquakes, in divers [various] places. [In addition, per Luke 21:11: '… fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.'] All these [things] are the beginning of sorrows [which means that worse calamities are yet to come]."
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More end-times events are mentioned in the following articles:

-- "What signs indicate that the end times are approaching?"
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/signs-end-times.html)

-- "Are we living in the end times?"
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/living-in-the-end-times.html)

-- "Is an eclipse a sign of the end times?"
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/eclipse-sign-end-times.html)

APRIL 6

The Consequences of Adultery

Proverbs 6:30-31: "Men
[people] do not despise [hate] a thief [in this case, referring to an honest but poor man--not a drug addict, lazy man, or bank robber], if he steal [or 'if he is stealing'] to satisfy his soul [or 'fill his stomach'] when he is hungry; But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold [i.e., pay back seven times as much as he took]; he shall give all the substance [contents] of his house."

Proverbs 6:32: "But whoso
[whoever] committeth adultery [commits adultery, or has sexual relations] with a woman [he is not married to, meaning another man's wife] lacketh [lacks] understanding: he that doeth [does] it [commits adultery] destroyeth [destroys] his own soul [life]."

Proverbs 6:33: "A wound and dishonour
[disgrace, shame] shall he get; and his reproach [expressions of disapproval and/or disappointment from others for what he has done] shall not be wiped away [from their memories]."
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According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, verses 30-35 in Chapter 6 of Proverbs are grouped together in his commentary because they all address the subject of adultery. In them, King Solomon "… teaches his son about long lasting consequences of the sin of adultery. His hope is that his son will listen and spare himself from guilt and shame."
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Here is an excerpt from the middle of Pastor Delany's commentary, where he talks about the sin of adultery:

"1. BUT--Solomon had just mentioned stealing… BUT in contrast to stealing a loaf of bread, is the sin of adultery.

"2. Actually, the verses on stealing were not just a diversion of
[change in] thought, but are PART OF his [King Solomon's] teaching on adultery.

"3. BOTH sins are in essence
[basically], stealing… a loaf of bread… and stealing a man's wife.

"4. BOTH acts are sinful.

"5. BOTH are forbidden in the Ten Commandments: 'Thou shalt not steal.' 'Thou shalt not commit adultery.'

"6. BOTH sins can be forgiven by God upon repentance
[sincere regret or remorse].

"7. However, there is one huge difference.

"a. Men won't despise
[hate] a thief who steals bread when hungry… when he hungers and lusts for food.

"b. But men WILL despise the man who hungers and lusts after his neighbor's wife… and commits adultery!

"c. The sin of committing adultery is not like stealing a loaf of bread. It is far worse.
" A loaf of bread stolen might be a nuisance. But it can easily be replaced… restored as the breadbox was before. (Our dog stole 6 muffins off the counter one day. We forgave him.)
" When you steal a man's wife and commit adultery--that can never be restored as it was before.
" If a man stole a loaf of bread and was caught, the people from whom he stole would probably have given it to him any way! Not so with a man's wife.
" Even beyond bread--anything physical can be replaced. (car; house; machinery; jewelry; gold nuggets)
" It is one thing to put your hands on another man's property. It is another thing altogether to put your hands on his wife!
" The husband/wife relationship is a sacred thing. Hands off!

"8. The man who commits adultery lacks understanding.

"a. He does not understand that pleasure of sin lasts but a few moments… but the consequences --the shame, guilty
[guilt], and reproach go on and on!"

If you want to read more of Pastor Delany's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-6-index/proverbs-6_30-35/.

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GotQuestions.org has an excellent article about adultery. It's entitled "What is the biblical punishment for adultery?'" and can be found here: https://www.gotquestions.org/punishment-for-adultery.html.

APRIL 5

How Women Should Behave in Church, According to the Bible

In a letter to Timothy, one of his traveling companions, the apostle Paul wrote:

1 Timothy 2:11-12: "Let the woman learn [about the Bible] in silence with all subjection [i.e., by submitting to those who are in authority, such as the pastor]. But I [Paul, as a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ] suffer not [do not permit] a woman to teach [during worship services in church--see note below*], nor to usurp [seize, take hold of] authority over the man, but to be in silence [to remain silent, or keep quiet]."

Note: Verses 11 and 12 above are similar to what the apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:34,35.

1 Timothy 2:13-14: "[This is why women should 'be in silence' in church:] For [because] Adam was first formed [by God], then Eve [was created]. And Adam was not deceived [fooled] [by the devil, or Satan, who was disguised as a serpent in the Garden of Eden,] but the woman [Eve,] being deceived [by Satan,] was in the transgression [meaning she was the first one to disobey God and to sin--see note below**]."
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*According to Albert Barnes, the commands that women are to remain silent in church only apply to formal worship services. Here's what he said in his commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:35:

"… This evidently and obviously refers to the church assembled for public worship, in the ordinary and regular acts of devotion
[to God]. There [in church,] the assembly is made up of males and females [men and women, girls and boys], of old and young [people], and there it is improper for them [the women] to take part in conducting the exercises [services]. But this cannot be interpreted as meaning that it is improper for females to speak or to pray in meetings of their own sex, assembled for prayer or for benevolence [e.g., to do kind things, or charitable acts]; nor that it is improper for a female to speak or to pray in a Sunday School. Neither of these come under the apostle's idea of a church …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-corinthians-14.html, "Verse 35")

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**Eve sinned because she believed Satan's lies, yielded (gave in) to temptation, and disobeyed God's command to not eat fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. After eating the fruit herself, she offered some to her husband (Adam) and persuaded him to eat it, too. In doing so, Eve proved that she was not qualified for a leadership position. This is explained further in Albert Barnes' commentary on 1 Timothy  2:14, which can be found here: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-timothy-2.html, "Verse 14."

APRIL 4

In a letter to Christians in the church at Corinth (and to all other Christians in the world), the apostle Paul, and Timothy, wrote:

2 Corinthians 6:2: "(For
[because] he [God the Father] saith [said] [to his Son, Jesus (the Messiah), in Isaiah 49:8--see note below*], I have heard thee [you, referring to Jesus' prayer that the people of the world could someday be saved] in a time accepted [at a time that was acceptable to God], and in the day of salvation have I [God] succoured thee [you, Jesus] [which means that God promised to help Jesus in his efforts to make salvation known during the gospel dispensation, which includes the time in which we are living today]: [consequently, in his letter to the Corinthian church, the apostle Paul is telling everyone:] behold, now is the accepted time [for you to be saved]; behold, now is the day of salvation.)"
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Bad things (illnesses, accidents, shootings, weather-related disasters, etc.) happen all the time, and we never know when our life will end. That's why Paul is encouraging us (if we have not yet been born again) to be saved today.
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According to the Bible, it's easy to be saved.
If you believe that Jesus Christ (God's Son) died on the cross to pay for your sins and that he was buried and rose again, all you need to do is sincerely ask him, through prayer (either silently or out loud), to come into your heart and save you so you can go to heaven when you die.

You only need to do that once, and you're saved forever.
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Note:
Detailed explanations of the plan of salvation can be found in the "Printable Gospel Tracts" section of my website. Here's a direct link to that page:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

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In case today's verse is hard to understand, I thought you would like to read a portion of what Albert Barnes says about it in his commentary:

"Behold, now is the accepted time … - The meaning of this passage is, the 'Messiah is come. The time referred to by Isaiah
[in Isaiah 49:8, which corresponds with 2 Corinthians 6:2] has arrived. It is now a time when God is ready to show compassion, to hear prayer, and to have mercy on mankind [i.e., human beings]. Only through the Messiah, the Lord Jesus [Christ], does he show mercy, and people should therefore now embrace [willingly accept] the offers of pardon.' The doctrine [set of beliefs] taught here, therefore. is, that through the Lord Jesus, and where he is preached, God is willing to pardon and save people; and this is true wherever he is preached, and as long as people live under the sound of the gospel. The world is under a dispensation [time period] of mercy, and God is willing to show compassion, and while this [dispensation] exists, that is, while people live, the offers of salvation are to he freely made to them. The time will come when it will not be an acceptable time with God. The day of mercy will be closed; the period of trial will be ended; and people will be removed to a world where no mercy is shown, and where compassion is unknown [i.e., hell]. This verse, which should be read as a parenthesis, is designed to be connected with the argument which the apostle [Paul] is urging, and which he presented in the previous chapter [of 2 Corinthians]. The general doctrine [teaching] is, that people should seek reconciliation [the restoration of a friendly relationship] with God. To enforce that, he [Paul] here says, that it was now the acceptable time, the time when God was willing to be reconciled to human beings. The general sentiment [meaning] of this passage may be thus expressed:

"(1) Under the gospel it is an acceptable time, a day of mercy, a time when God is willing to show mercy to people.

"(2) there may be special seasons which may be especially called the acceptable, or accepted time:

"I. When the gospel is pressed on the attention by the faithful preaching of his
[God's] servants, or by the urgent entreaties [requests] of friends;

"A. When it is brought to our attention by any striking dispensation of Providence;

"B. When the Spirit of God
[i.e., the Holy Spirit] strives with us, and brings us to deep reflection, or to conviction for sin;

"C. In a revival of religion, when many are pressing into the kingdom - it is at all such seasons an accepted time, a day of salvation. a day which we should improve. It is 'now' such a season, because:

"D. The time of mercy will pass by, and God will not be willing to pardon the sinner who goes unprepared to eternity.

"E. Because we cannot calculate on the future. We have no assurance, no evidence that we shall live another day, or hour.

"F. It is taught here, that the time will come when it will not be an accepted time. Now is the accepted time; at some future period it will not be
[the accepted time].

"If people grieve away the Holy Spirit; if they continue to reject the gospel; if they go unprepared to eternity
[i.e., if they die without being born again, or saved], no mercy can be found. God does not design to pardon beyond the grave [or after death]. He has made no provision for forgiveness there; and they who are not pardoned in this life, must be unpardoned forever."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-corinthians-6.html, "Verse 2")

APRIL 1-3

"Doubting Thomas" Wants Proof of Jesus' Resurrection

In the evening of his resurrection day, Jesus appeared to all but one of his disciples (Thomas) in the place where they were assembled (gathered), which convinced them that he (Jesus) had risen from the dead.

John 20:24: "But Thomas, one of the twelve
[disciples of Jesus], called Didymus, was not with them [the other disciples] when Jesus came [to visit]."

John 20:25: "The other disciples therefore said unto him
[Thomas], We have seen the Lord [Jesus]. But he [Thomas] said unto them [the disciples], Except I shall see in his [Jesus'] hands the print of the nails [that he was crucified with], and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust [insert, put] my hand into his side [i.e., the side in which he had been stabbed with a sword], I will not believe [that he is alive]."

John 20:26: "And after eight days again
[or 'eight days later'] his [Jesus'] disciples were within [the same house where they had gathered before], and Thomas [was] with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut [for privacy and protection], and stood in the midst [middle] [of the group of disciples], and said, Peace be unto you."

John 20:27: "Then saith he
[Jesus] to Thomas [sometimes called 'Doubting Thomas' due to his unbelief--see note below*], Reach hither [reach out] thy [your] finger, and behold [touch] my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust [push, shove] it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing."

John 20:28: "And
[when he saw (and perhaps touched) Jesus' wounds,] Thomas answered and said unto him [Jesus], My Lord and my God."

John 20:29: "Jesus saith
[said] unto him, Thomas, because thou hast [you have] seen me, thou hast believed [that I am alive]: blessed [happy] are they that have not seen [me in person], and yet have believed [the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3-4); i.e., that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross to pay for our sins, and that he was buried and rose again the third day].
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*GotQuestions.org has some background information on Thomas. It's in an article entitled "Who was Thomas in the Bible?" and can be found here: https://www.gotquestions.org/Thomas-in-the-Bible.html.

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Charles Spurgeon ended his commentary on John 20 by writing this:

"Now, dear friends, has the purpose, for which this Book
[of John] was written, been answered in your case? Have you been led to 'believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,' and so to believe that you 'have [eternal] life through his name'? If not, why not? May you have grace to answer that question, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake! Amen."

(Source: https://www.truthaccordingtoscripture.com/commentaries/spe/john-20.php)
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If you answered "no" to the above question by Charles Spurgeon, the article entitled "Is there power in the name of Jesus?" may help to convince you otherwise. Here's the link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/power-in-the-name-of-Jesus.html.