"Verse of the Day" Bible Verses (KJV) - May 2022
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"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verses

"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verses

Previous Month
May 2022
MAY 31

Proverbs 31:30: "Favour [a charming personality, popularity] is deceitful [deceptive], and beauty [a beautiful outward appearance] is vain [only skin deep]: but a woman that feareth [fears] the LORD [i.e., a virtuous and godly woman, who is beautiful on the inside as well as, or instead of, the outside], she shall be praised [by her husband and children, and people in the community]."
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In other words, as the well-known saying goes, "You can't judge a book by its cover."

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Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse.

In Section 30c of the commentary, entitled "But a woman that feareth the LORD…," it says, "… while outward beauty has its place--that is not what makes a woman truly beautiful … True beauty is on the inside… it is 'hidden' in the heart. It is a meek and quiet spirit."

The commentary continues:

"4. The most important question is, 'Does she
[the woman] fear God?'

"a. If she truly fears God, then:
" She will be faithful to her husband.
" She will walk in humility before God.
" She will obey God's Word
[as recorded in the Bible]--and thus be a good wife and mother.
" She will be wise -- for the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
" She will honor her husband, who has been appointed by God as her head
[or leader].
" She will do her best to BE the kind of woman described in Proverbs 31:10-31. She will be a virtuous woman.
" Fearing God is at the root of all the virtue
[high moral standards] in this woman."

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-31-index/proverbs-31_30/.

MAY 30

The apostle John wrote this to born-again Christians:

1 John 3:16: "Hereby
[by this, from what I (John) am about to say, for the following reason] perceive we [or 'we know or understand'] [how great and wonderful is] the love of God, because he [Jesus Christ, the Son of God (or "God the Son") and Messiah, who came to earth in human form] laid down [or 'gave'] his life [meaning he died] for us [for everyone--not only Christians, to whom John was writing his letter, but all people]: and [consequently, following his example, if it ever becomes necessary,] we [Christians] ought to [should] [be willing to] lay down our lives for the brethren [in this case, referring to other Christians]."
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TODAY IS MEMORIAL DAY
(An American Holiday)

The Lord Jesus Christ proved how much
he loved everyone in the world by agreeing
to die on the cross and pay our sin debt
so we could have eternal life.

Members of the U.S. armed forces
can't save anyone from sin, but many of them
have followed Jesus' example and given their lives
in defense of our country. The last Monday of May
each year has been set aside by the United States
government as a time to remember and honor
those wonderful people, and that's what
most Americans will be doing today.

Note: If you're interested in reading an article
about the history of Memorial Day, here's the link:
https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

MAY 29

Samuel, an Old Testament prophet, said to King Saul:

 1 Samuel 15:23: "For rebellion is as
[bad as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as [bad as] iniquity [sin] and idolatry [or, 'the sin of idolatry,' which is the worship of false gods]. Because thou hast [you have] rejected [refused to accept--or, in this case, obey] the word of the LORD [i.e., God's commands, which, in this case, were to kill the Amalekites and destroy all of their possessions--see note below*], he [God] hath [has] also rejected thee [you, Saul] from being king […] [and, as a result, God eventually brought Saul's reign to an end]."
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This shows what can happen to people who are stubborn and rebellious and refuse to obey God's word, as recorded in the Bible.

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*Earlier in the chapter, we were told how King Saul had disobeyed God's commands:

-- 1 Samuel 15:3
[Through the prophet Samuel, God told King Saul]: "Now go and smite [attack] Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay [kill] both man and woman, infant [young child] and suckling [nursing baby], ox and sheep, camel and ass [donkey]."

-- 1 Samuel 15:9: "But Saul and the people
[of Israel] spared [did not harm] Agag [the king of the Amalekites], and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings [young animals that had been fattened for slaughter], and the lambs, and all that was good, and [they] would not utterly destroy them [the Amalekites and their possessions]: but every thing that was vile [despicable] and refuse [worthless], that they destroyed utterly [completely]."

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For background information on why God had ordered the extermination (complete destruction) of the Amalekites, read "Who were the Amalekites?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Amalekites.html.

MAY 28

Proverbs 28:13: "He [or she] that covereth [tries to cover up, conceal, or hide] his [or her] sins [by denying them, blaming others for them, making excuses for them, etc.] shall not prosper [succeed]: but whoso [whoever] confesseth [confesses, acknowledges] [those sins] [to God, in prayer, and perhaps even to people, in public] and forsaketh [forsakes, gives up, renounces] them [the sins] shall have mercy [compassion and forgiveness--from God  and, hopefully, also from human beings]."
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If we want to have peace with God, and freedom from a guilty conscience, we need to confess and forsake our sins.

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According to the Bible, only God can forgive sins. For example, Luke 5:21 says: "And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying [in regard to Jesus], Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"

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Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on today's verse. In it, Pastor Delany says that following Adam and Eve's example of covering their sin in the Garden of Eden (when they ate the forbidden fruit and then tried to run and hide from God, cover their nakedness with fig leaves, and blame the serpent [who was really the devil in disguise] for their disobedience) is not a good idea. He adds: "This has been the consistent method man has used in dealing with his sin ever since: cover it up and run and hide… and pretend it never happened… or pretend that it wasn't that bad…" Instead, we should acknowledge (admit) our sins, forsake them, and ask for God's forgiveness. That's the only way that our fellowship with God can be restored.

If you want to read the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-28-index/proverbs-28_13/.

MAY 26-27

Respect for Those in Authority

To prevent people from rising up and attempting to overthrow their government, the apostle Paul wrote this to all people, in his letter to the Christian church in Rome:

Romans 13:1: "Let every soul
[every person] be subject unto [submit to, obey] the higher powers [referring to people in authority, such as rulers and government leaders]. For there is no power [no ruler, government office or leader, etc.] but of God [except by his permission]: the powers that be [i.e., rulers, government leaders, etc.] are ordained of [appointed or ordered by] God."

Romans 13:2: "Whosoever
[whoever] therefore resisteth the power [or refuses to obey the law, tries to overthrow the government, etc.], resisteth [resists, opposes] the ordinance of God [i.e., what and whom he has put in place]: and they that resist [the ordinance of God] shall receive to themselves damnation [meaning they shall be punished--by the government (judges, courts, etc.) and/or by God]."
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We all need to obey the law and respect our leaders.

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Regarding rulers, Adam Clarke said:

"… it has been asked: If the ruler be an immoral or profligate
[extravagant, wasteful] man, does he not prove himself thereby to be unworthy of his high office, and should he not be deposed [removed from office]? I answer, No: if he rule according to the constitution, nothing can justify rebellion against his authority. He may be irregular in his own private life; he may be an immoral man, and disgrace himself by an improper conduct: but if he rule according to the law; if he make no attempt to change the constitution, nor break the compact [agreement] between him and the people; there is, therefore, no legal ground of opposition to his civil [public, non-military] authority, and every act against him is not only rebellion in the worst sense of the word, but is unlawful and absolutely sinful."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/romans/13-1.html, "Adam Clarke Commentary")

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Regarding governments, James Burton Coffman wrote:

"… In our own beloved America today, those people who are flirting with revolutionary schemes
[i.e., a political revolution, or plan to overthrow the government], if they should ever have their way, shall certainly overwhelm themselves and their posterity [descendants, future generations] with sorrows, and far from attaining any worthy goals, will reap a gory harvest of tragedy and disappointment."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/romans/13-1.html, "Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible")

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Also regarding governments, another Bible commentator wrote:

"… Christians have no authority to form mobs, be involved with riots, or involve themselves in acts of terrorism."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/romans/13-1.html, "Living By Faith: Commentary on Romans & 1st Corinthians")

MAY 25

Proverbs 25:28: "He [or she] that hath [has] no rule [restraint, control] over his [or her] own spirit [temper, or state of mind, referring to that person's thoughts, desires, inclinations, resentments, etc.] is like a city that is broken down, and without walls."
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In his commentary on this verse, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church said: "This proverb speaks of the danger of lacking self-control."

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The first section of Pastor Delany's commentary tells how a lack of self-control concerning inner thoughts and emotions can adversely (in a bad or harmful way) affect people's lives. Examples include Anger, The tongue, and Sexual desire.

In the next section of the commentary, the pastor explains how a man without self-control can be compared, first, to a city without walls and, second, to a broken down city:

"2. A man without self control is like a city without walls.

"a. In Solomon's day, city walls spoke of a city's main layer of security.

"b. Cities built walls around them to keep out invading armies.

"c. This might not be as meaningful to us today as it was in ancient times.

"d. Today planes can fly over cities and drop bombs. Walls are more decorative for us today.

"e. But in ancient times, before planes, walls were the major obstacle to an invading army. The taller and wider they were, the better!

"f. Cities like Babylon had a double wall around the city and their walls were wide enough for chariots to ride upon. That gave the Babylonians a sense of safety and security.

"g. Thus, a city without walls was not safe. They were wide open to attacks from their enemies.

"h. Their city walls served as a layer of protection; but without walls they were vulnerable
[open to attack]. They were unprotected. They were in a weakened condition. They were defenseless and hopelessly exposed to invaders. The enemies could march right in with nothing to stop them. And the enemy can march right in from any direction they want. There are no walls!"

"3. A man without self-control is like a broken down city.

"a. A broken down city is a city that was invaded, defeated, and destroyed from within."

In this proverb, says the pastor, "Solomon simply points out the problem
[i.e., a lack of self-control]; he does not offer a solution to the problem… because the Law (under which he lived) [in Old Testament times] did not have the solution we know today." That solution is in the New Testament book of Galatians, which says that:

"f. Gal. 5:22-23 -- The fruit of the Spirit is 'temperance' -- or self-control.
" A life yielded and surrendered to God will be fortified and strong… self-controlled… like a city with massive
[gigantic] walls over which no enemy can enter.
" Instead of attempting the impossible--attempting to put out a thousand fires of anger, lust, pride, etc., God's answer is to be FILLED (controlled by) the Spirit… and thus HE will work in us and produce the fruit of the Spirit--temperance
[restraint, self-control].
" Temperance, the fruit of the Spirit
[,] serves as a city wall over which no enemy can scale [climb up or over].
" The person who dwells there (by walking in the
[Holy] Spirit day by day) is safe and secure. The one who walks in the Spirit will NOT fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
" God's Holy Spirit enables the believer
[born-again Christian] to have control over his spirit such that he is able to take offence, insult, verbal abuse, without blowing up and without striking back."

If you want to read the rest of Pastor Delany's commentary, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-25-index/proverbs-25_28//.

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Matthew Henry also has a good commentary on this verse. It says:

"Here is, 1. The good character of a wise and virtuous
[morally good] man implied. He is one that has rule over his own spirit; he maintains the government [i.e., control] of himself, and of his own appetites and passions, and does not suffer [allow] them [i.e., his appetites and passions] to rebel [fight] against reason and conscience. He has the rule of his own thoughts, his desires, his inclinations, his resentments, and keeps them all in good order. 2. The bad case of a vicious man, who has not this rule over his own spirit, who, when temptations to excess in eating or drinking are before him, has no government of himself, when he is provoked [stirred up, angered] breaks out into exorbitant passions [excessive emotions], such a one is like a city that is broken down and without walls. All that is good goes out, and forsakes [abandons] him; all that is evil breaks in upon him. He lies exposed to all the temptations of Satan and becomes an easy prey [victim] to that enemy; he is also liable to many troubles and vexations [irritations]; it is likewise as much a reproach [disappointment] to him as it is to a city to have its walls ruined …"

(Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/proverbs/25.html, "Verse 28")

MAY 24

Proverbs 24:29: "Say not [don't say], I will do so [or 'the same thing'] to him [or her, meaning another person (neighbor, friend, companion, etc.)] as he [or she] hath [has] done to me: I will render [return] to the man [or woman or child] according to his [or her] work [action, deed … or, 'according to what he (or she) has done to me']."
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This verse is about revenge and teaches that if someone does us wrong, we shouldn't try to "get even." Romans 12:19 says, "…Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord," so we should let God take care of the matter.

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Note: In paragraph 2d of the introduction to his commentary on this verse, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church says that there is some debate as to "whether verses 28 and 29 are to be considered as individual thoughts or if they are both speaking of the same theme."

He goes on to say:

"3. If they stand alone, then:

    "a. Verse 28
[Proverbs 24:28] speaks about perjury = lying in court.

    "b. Verse 29
[Proverbs 24:29] speaks of revenge.

"4. If they are to be taken as a unit of thought then:

    "a. They are both speaking about lying in court.

    "b. Verse 28 forbids lying and deception in court

    "c. Verse 29 forbids lying in court to take revenge on an enemy."

Regarding the courtroom setting, Pastor Delany said that " … all testimony in court must have a just cause. It must be accurate, truthful, and honest." That's because "… Bearing false witness in court could cost an innocent person his reputation, his freedom, his property, or even his life."

Then he comes to the following conclusion:

"5. It is probably best to understand these two proverbs as one proverbial thought
[i.e., as applied to court]… acknowledging that even as a unit, each passage can have many applications on its own--beyond the courtroom scene."

While explaining today's verse (above), I chose to focus on the subject of revenge in general.

If you want to read one or both of the above-mentioned commentaries, here are the links:

-- Verse 28:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-24-index/proverbs-24_28/

-- Verse 29: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-24-index/proverbs-24_29/

MAY 22-23

Proverbs 22:15: "Foolishness [sin] is bound in the heart of a child [meaning children are born with the sin nature, and a tendency to misbehave]; but the rod of correction [referring to spankings--given in love, not anger] shall drive it [the foolishness] far from him [or her (the child)]."
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When Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church wrote his commentary on the above verse, he said (in the introduction): "… Corporal punishment [i.e., spanking children] in the home is still legal in America in all 50 states … However, it is illegal in 24 countries around the world."

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Despite God's desire that we use the "rod of correction" to discipline our children, some people may question why Proverbs 27:22 says that spankings don't work. In the section of his commentary regarding the rod of correction, Pastor Delany offers the following explanation:

"5. Prov. 27:22 -- 'Even if a fool were pounded with a pestle
[a club-shaped implement, or tool] in a mortar along with the grain [of wheat], he would not be corrected.'

"a. This passage says that physical punishment will NOT correct the fool; while
[Proverbs] 22:15 says that the rod WILL correct the fool and drive his folly [sinful behavior] away.

"b. Clearly two different outcomes are listed in these two proverbs
[27:22 and 22:15]. One says it [the 'rod of correction'] works; the other says it does not work.

"c. That's why some
[people] see this as a contradiction to [Proverbs] 22:15.

"d. However, this passage actually emphasizes the importance of the rod of correction.

"e. By comparing these two proverbs, we learn that if the folly is not removed when he
[or she] is a child, when he [or she] is older, and has become more set in his [or her] ways, then it [the folly] may NEVER be driven out!

"f. Therefore, it is all the more essential that the rod be applied to children… while there is time… while there is hope… while they are still teachable.

"g. Kids are like wet cement. Wet cement is easily formed and shaped. But once it hardens, it is much more difficult to shape."

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-22-index/proverbs-22_15/.

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Note: "How should Christians discipline their children?'" is a good article about biblical discipline.  If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/disciplining-children.html.

MAY 21

Proverbs 21:14: "A gift [that is given to an angry person] in secret [privately] pacifieth [pacifies, soothes, defuses] anger: and a reward in the bosom [which is another way of describing a gift or present that is given to an angry person] [pacifies] strong wrath [rage, fury]."
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According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, "… gifts are effective ways of influencing people." In the above verse, the gift is being used in a good way (as a peace offering) rather than in a bad way (as a bribe).

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In his commentary on this verse, Pastor Delany explains the meaning of various words and gives examples of people in the Bible who used gifts as peace offerings. At the end of the commentary, he says about peace offerings:

"6. This is the sort of gift that Solomon describes in Prov. 21:14.

"a. It is a gift that is given with the intention of INFLUENCING a person. Though it is not a gift given out of pure grace, it is also not a bribe.

"b. You are not trying to influence them to do something illegal or immoral.

"c. Rather, it is a gift designed to persuade or influence them (in a good sense) to be calm… and to put away their anger… to make up and be friends again.

"d. Solomon's point is that they
[the gifts] WORK. They DO pacify anger and strong wrath.

"e. They worked for Jacob
[when he stole his brother's birthright] and Abigail [when King David was furious with Abigail's husband, Nabal]. They have worked in countless other situations too.

"f. They might work in your house too.
" Sometimes a bouquet of roses or a box of chocolates can be used to appease
[reduce] the anger of a wife [who is] upset with her husband… for something dumb, mean, or thoughtless that he did or said.
" Diamonds work even better, but they are very expensive!
" Sometimes a gift is a great way to say, 'I'm sorry. I should not have said what I said… or did what I did. Will you forgive me?'

"g. Even between friends, there might be a time when a small gift will go a long way in letting someone know that you want peace… sort of like a peace offering…

"7. Of course the gift is just an immediate stop gap… a temporary solution.

"a. Once the anger has been appeased… and emotions have settled down, then we should take advantage of the temporary cease fire to discuss the issue that cause the anger in the first place!

"b. Getting to the heart
[root, source] of the problem is the real goal."

If you want to read the rest of the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-21-index/proverbs-21_14/.

MAY 19-20

Beware of False Teachers

King Solomon said to his son:

Proverbs 19:27: "Cease, my son, to hear
[or 'stop listening to'] the instruction [or 'any teaching'] that causeth [causes] [you] to err [be led astray] from the words of knowledge [referring to the words of the living God, as contained in the Bible]."
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In today's verse, King Solomon is warning everyone in the world, not just his son, to stop listening to bad advice and false teachings about the Bible and its contents.

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According to Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church, this proverb may be worded differently from the King James Version in some Bibles, but it has the same basic meaning in both places. For example:

-- The King James Version says: "Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge."

-- The New King James Bible says: "Cease listening to instruction, my son, And you will stray
[wander away] from the words of knowledge."

Both are explained in the pastor's commentary on the above verse. Basically:

"b. What is implied in each
[translation or version of the Bible] is this:
" KJV
[King James Version]: stop listening to bad instruction…
" Others
[such as the NKJV (New King James Version)]: don't stop listening to good instruction"

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Here are some excerpts from the "KJV [King James Version]" part of Pastor Delany's commentary:

"2. Words can be helpful or harmful…

"a. Not everyone who offers you advice is offering that which is good for you.

"b. There is such a thing as BAD advice… and bad advice can lead you astray
[off the right path, off course].

"c. This kind of warning is necessary because Satan has his emissaries
[representatives] out in the world seeking to lead us astray. They fill pulpits. They write books. They have talk shows. They are on TV and radio. They are out for your ear and your heart.

"d. This is one of the reasons the
[Christian] doctrine of separation [see note below*] is so important. God wants us to AVOID those whose doctrinal positions can lead us astray. Stay away… don't listen to… avoid!"

"3. Why do you think the Jehovahs Witnesses continue to knock on doors?

"a. Because some people let them in and listen to them.

"b. Even some believers
[born-again Christians] let them in and listen to them (in spite of what John said!)

"c. And they are well versed in their twisted concept of sonship
[described in the GotQuestions article referred to below--see note**]… and most believers are not able to answer their questions… and are easily deceived [fooled] by them.

"4. This is good advice when it comes to many of the popular speakers on TV and radio too.

"a. Don't buy their books. Don't listen to their tapes and CD's.

"b. Don't listen to what they have to say.

"c. The danger is that they mingle
[mix] truth with error, and many new or untaught believers don't have the discernment [good judgment] to be able to separate the truth from the error.

"d. That's why Solomon said CEASE TO HEAR…

"5. And what good advice this proverb is to our young people away at secular
[public, non-Christian] colleges and universities!

"a. Don't listen to words that will cause you to err
[be led away] from your faith in Christ and in the Word of God!

"b. Don't give credence to them
[don't believe them]. Sift everything through the Word of God [i.e., check it against the Bible]. Put everything you hear to the test of God's Word.

"c. They
[the false teachers] will try to convince our young people about variations to morality… the origins of the earth… new forms of family… spanking… roles of husbands and wives…

"d. They
[the false teachers] have an agenda to replace every last ounce of Christian influence in this country with their own program. Don't hear them!

"e.
[King] Solomon urged his son to RESIST every assault against the words of knowledge he received from his father and from the Lord."

If you want to read more of the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-19-index/proverbs-19_27/.

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*The following GotQuestions.org articles explain the doctrine of separation:

-- "What does it mean to come out from among them?"
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/come-out-from-among-them.html)

-- "What is biblical separation?"
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/Biblical-separation.html)

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**The article entitled "Who are Jehovah's Witnesses and what are their beliefs?" explains why Pastor Delany says that, regarding Jesus, this organization has a "twisted concept of sonship." If you want to read the article, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Jehovahs-Witnesses.html.

MAY 18

Regarding marriage (between a man and a woman), King Solomon wrote:

Proverbs 18:22: "Whoso
[whoever] findeth [finds] a wife [of his own, or a woman to marry] findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD [which means that the man obtains acceptance, approval, and blessings from God]."
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In his commentary on this verse, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church says,"A wife is an expression of God's favor, grace, kindness, blessing, and goodness towards man…"

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According to Pastor Delany, the way to find a wife is to look for one. In his commentary, he lists the characteristics of a good wife (e.g., she is a helper and hard worker, she has good morals, she is honest, reliable, and trustworthy, and--preferably, for a born-again Christian man who is seeking a wife--she is saved and walking with the Lord). The commentary also gives biblical examples of two bad wives (Jezebel and Herod's wife).

In paragraph 3 at the bottom of the page, the commentary ends with this:

"h. So every time you are blessed by your wife…
" Every time she does something that benefits you…
" Every time she does good for you…
" Every time her actions benefit you or your family…
" Every time she cooks a meal… cleans a room… washes clothes… takes care of the kids… etc…
" Every time she tells you that you can't wear that tie with that shirt…
" Every time she reminds you of a temper out of control…
" Every time she rebukes
[criticizes], corrects, OR edifies [instructs] and encourages…
" Every time goodness in one form or another flows from her--
" THANK her for it…
" And thank God too… for HE is the ultimate source of that goodness.
" A good wife is a good gift FROM GOD.
" The goodness she does is an expression of HER love and care for you.
" It is also an expression of God's love and care as well."

 If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-18-index/proverbs-18_22/.

MAY 17

Proverbs 17:5: "Whoso [whoever] mocketh [ridicules (laughs at, makes fun of) or treats with contempt] the poor [people--those who can't afford basic necessities (like food, clothes, and shelter) and/or can't pay their bills, through no fault of their own] reproacheth [insults] his [or her (the poor person's)] Maker [or Creator, referring to Almighty God]: and he [or she] that is glad at calamities [misfortunes, disasters--bad things that happen to other people] shall not be unpunished [by God]."
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Instead of mocking people who fall on hard times (due to no income, bad health, natural disasters, war, etc.), we should be trying to help them.

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Salem Bible Church's commentary on this verse can be found here: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-17-index/proverbs-17_5/.

MAY 15-16

Romans 14:12: "So then every one of us [or 'every person'] shall give account of himself [or herself] to God [referring, in this case, to Jesus Christ, the Son of God (or God the Son)] [when we stand before him in heaven on judgment day]."
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Unsaved people will stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgment and give a report of, or relate in detail, everything that they thought, said, and did during their lives on earth. All born-again Christians (I am part of this group) will appear at the Judgment Seat of Christ and be rewarded for our faithfulness and obedience to God after we got saved.

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For information concerning what will happen on judgment day (including punishment and rewards), read one or more of the following articles;

-- "What does the Bible say about when God will judge us?"
    
https://www.gotquestions.org/judgment.html

-- "What happens at the final judgment?"
    
https://www.gotquestions.org/final-judgment.html

-- "What is Judgment Day?"
    
https://www.gotquestions.org/Judgment-Day.html

-- "What is the Great White Throne Judgment?"
    
https://www.gotquestions.org/great-white-throne-judgment.html

-- "What is the Judgment Seat of Christ?"
    
https://www.gotquestions.org/judgment-seat-Christ.html

MAY 14

Proverbs 14:31: "He [or she] that oppresseth [oppresses] the poor [or 'the person who abuses his or her power or authority and mistreats poor people or takes advantage of them] reproacheth [reproaches, insults, or brings shame or disgrace upon] his [or her] Maker [Creator, referring to Almighty God]: but he [or she] that honoureth [honors] him [God, who is that person's 'Maker'] hath [has] mercy [pity, compassion] on the poor [on poor and needy people]."
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According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, "… In this proverb, Solomon shows the relationship between the way we treat people and our attitude towards God Himself … Solomon exposes the lie and the hypocrisy of the man who, on the one hand, claims to love God… and on the other hand, oppresses those made in God's image."

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Pastor  Delany has two good commentaries on this verse. One discusses the entire verse (both oppression and mercy). The other focuses on mercy and tells why we should show mercy to the poor, what benefits we can gain by showing mercy to poor people, and specific things that we can do to show mercy to them.

If you want to read one or both of these commentaries, here are the links:

-- "Oppression or Mercy to the Poor"
    https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-14-index/proverbs-14_31a/

-- "Mercy on the Poor Honors God"
     https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-14-index/proverbs-14_31b/

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Concerning poor people, another Bible commentator wrote:

"There are three classes of the poor: (1) those, who through lack of ability, have never been able to make a living, (2) those who were once affluent
[rich], but have been brought down by affliction [trouble], and (3) those who, though not actually in want, are able through diligent and constant toil [i.e., hard work] to supply the barest necessities of life but do not know any of the luxuries of ease or wealth. 'Oppression of any or all of these is an insult to God. To oppress class (1) is to increase the affliction of them whose condition is not their fault, any more than is the color of their skin; to oppress class (2) is to add to an affliction that God has permitted to fall upon them; and to oppress class (3) is to oppress those who make up the vast majority of God's kingdom.' … The oppression of any poor man is an insult to God."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/proverbs/14-31.html, "Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible")

MAY 13

Proverbs 13:10: "Only by pride [in a negative sense, meaning arrogance and conceit] cometh [comes] contention [arguments, disagreements] [i.e., it's the main cause]: but with the well advised [person--one who listens to good advice] is wisdom."
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As was mentioned previously, on the Salem Bible Church website, most (if not all) of the Bible studies on the book of Proverbs are outlines of sermons that Pastor Jim Delany delivered to his congregation throughout the years.

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Commenting on the above verse, the pastor says that pride causes contention almost everywhere we go (at home, school, work, church, etc.).

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In the first section of the commentary, on pride and contention, Pastor Delany says this:

" Some folks seem gravitated towards
[drawn to, attracted to] strife [conflicts] and contention… always looking for a good fight.
" Solomon warns us NOT to be hasty in getting involved in strife.
" You could end up in a situation where you don't know what to do… how to get out of it… how to END the strife…"

And then comes the following example:

"1. Imagine a dam with a little crack.

"2. Imagine taking your finger and poking that little crack… so that water begins a tiny trickle out

"3. Imagine that tiny crack expanding and expanding as the water washes away weak cement

"4. Imagine this going on for some time… until that tiny crack widens and the dam begins to break…

"5. There comes a point of no return… when the flow of water becomes uncontrollable.

"6. That is the illustration Solomon uses of contention. It begins like flowing water… easily controlled at first… but, if meddled
[interfered] with, can quickly develop into that which is unable to be controlled."

Later in the commentary, Pastor Delany compares a proud man to one who is well advised:

THE PROUD, ARROGANT MAN

" Here is a man who thinks he knows it all…
" He thinks his way is always right…
" He thinks his opinions are always right… and everyone else's opinions are worthless…
" He's the man who will not listen to anyone. He won't take advice. He is close-minded. There is no talking to him.
" This kind of pride always results in contention."

THE MAN WHO IS WELL ADVISED

" This man is one who takes advice; listens to counsel; consults with others…
" He is not a proud arrogant know it all.
" He is a humble man who knows he needs advice and counsel… and he takes it in… weighs it… and responds in a right way to it."

The commentary ends with this:

"… a simple thing like washing one's hands can prevent deadly disease. A simple thing like humbling self and listening to others can prevent deadly contentions… and bring real peace!"

If you want to read the rest of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-13-index/proverbs-13_10/.

MAY 12

Proverbs 12:10: "A righteous man [a decent, moral, kind-hearted, 'good' person] regardeth [regards] the life of his [or her] beast [which means that the person takes care of his (or her) animals (i.e., 'beasts of burden,' not household pets) by providing food, shelter, rest, protection, etc., for them]: but the tender mercies [the expressions of pity and compassion] of the wicked [people--to other human beings and animals] are cruel [heartless--or nonexistent]."
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According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible church, in the above verse, King Solomon "tells us that one can tell a lot about a man by the way he treats his animals." Righteous people are compassionate and merciful; wicked people are not.

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Pastor Delany's excellent commentary on today's verse contains many examples of animals' actions and how "'good" and "bad" people might react to them, the relationship between man and beast both in Bible times and modern times, how a person's treatment of animals (and even machines, such as cars and computers) might indicate how he or she would treat people, and what to watch out for when choosing a spouse or friend.

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-12-index/proverbs-12_10/.

MAY 10-11

Proverbs 10:1: "The proverbs of [King] Solomon [include the following]. A wise son [or daughter] maketh [makes] a glad father [and mother]: but a foolish son [or daughter--one who lacks (doesn't have) common sense and good judgment] is the heaviness of his [or her] mother [and father, which means that foolish children usually bring grief (sorrow, sadness) and trouble to their parents]."
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In his Bible study on this verse, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church says, "For the rest of your life, your happiness (to a certain degree) will be linked to the spiritual well being of your kids."

The pastor goes on to say: "What a joy for parents to see their children grow up and be saved… and to walk with
[in obedience to] the Lord… and to bring their children up in the things of the Lord. No greater joy!"

Here are some things that we need to keep in mind:

" If we want joy from our kids, then we need to start training them from the cradle…
" If you let them run on auto-pilot until they are teens, they are pretty well already formed.
" If you want a tree to grow up straight and tall, you have to support it when it is young and tender. If you wait until it is grown, it's too late. You're never going to straighten out the trunk of a full grown tree. Only God can do that.
" Thus, Solomon sends a message to us as parents and even grandparents: get them
[i.e., discipline your children] while they are young! While there is hope."

Today's verse can also apply to pastors and their "spiritual children," including the apostle Paul, who encountered problems with the Corinthian church. At the end of the commentary, referencing verses in 2 Corinthians 13, we learn how Paul dealt with those problems:

"
[He] Prayed for them (13:7a)
" He kept in touch (13:10)
" He encouraged them to do that which is right (13:11)
" He committed them to the grace of God and left them in God's hands. (13:14)"

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-10-index/proverbs-10_1/.

MAY 8-9

Genesis 3:20: "And Adam [the first person created by God] called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living [beings, or all people]."
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Eve's background is summarized in the following article: "Who was Eve in the Bible?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Eve-in-the-Bible.html.

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Mother's Day is celebrated on
May 8th this year, so I'd like to say:
Thank you, moms, for all that you do.
You are loved and appreciated.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

MAY 7

Forgiveness of Sins

Psalm 103:12: "As far as the east is from the west
[on earth--see note  below*], so far [or 'that far,' meaning a similar distance, or as far as possible] hath [has] he [God] removed our transgressions [our sins (intentional and unintentional)--past, present, and future] from us [born-again Christians]."
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According to Albert Barnes, when we are born again (or saved), "…We are safe from all condemnation [punishment] for our sins, as if they [our sins] had not been committed at all."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-103.html, "Verse 12")

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*Regarding the first part of Psalm 103:12, Pastor Chuck Smith said:

"… Interesting that he
[the psalmist] said as far as the east is from the west, rather than as far the north is from the south. Because the north is only about 12,500 miles from the south. You can only go north until you get to the North Pole, then you are going south. And as soon as you get to the South Pole, you are going north again. The distance of about 12,500 miles, that is, unless you are going straight through. But you can start off tonight flying east, and you'll fly east the rest of your life, if you don't change directions. Or you can start flying due west, and you'll be flying west the rest of your life. So I'm glad that he said as far as the east is from the west, rather than as far as the north is from the south, because I want my sins farther away than the north from the south. I like the east and the west bit. I like God just removing completely my sins, my guilt from me. Because of His mercy …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/psalms/103-12.html, "Smith's Bible Commentary")

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How to be saved the Bible way:

If you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Messiah, that he 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.

Why not do it now?

Note: For detailed instructions on the plan of salvation, read one or more of the tracts in the "Printable Gospel Tracts" section of my website. Here's a direct link to that page:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

MAY 6

This is what born-again Christians should be doing, according to the apostle Paul:

Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking
[stopping, giving up, discontinuing] the assembling [gathering] of ourselves together [publicly, to worship God], as the manner [habit, custom] of some [people] is; but exhorting [encouraging] one another: and [doing it (i.e., 'assembling ourselves together')] so much the more [even more often], as ye [you] see the day [probably when Jerusalem would be destroyed (in Bible times), or when a person might die, or when Jesus Christ will return and set up his earthly kingdom (a future event)--see note below*] approaching [drawing near, becoming closer in time, arriving soon]."
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Christian fellowship helps us remain faithful to God, so it's important that, if possible to do so safely, we try to meet together on a regular basis for worship services, especially during these difficult end times, which were predicted in the Bible.

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*The second coming of Christ is explained in the following article: "What happens when Jesus returns?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/when-Jesus-returns.html.

MAY 5

God hates idolatry, so to prevent the people of Israel from being corrupted, this was his message to them, delivered by Moses, before they entered into Canaan, the promised land:

Exodus 34:11: "Observe thou that which I
[God] command thee [you] this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite."

Exodus 34:12: "Take heed to thyself
[yourself], lest thou [or 'so you don't'] make a covenant [an agreement] with the inhabitants of the land [Canaan] whither thou goest [where you are going], lest it be for a snare [trap] in the midst [middle] of thee:

Exodus 34:13: "But ye
[you] shall destroy their [the Canaanites'] altars, break their images [statues], and cut down their groves [i.e., groups of carved trees where the idol Asherah was worshiped]:"

Exodus 34:14: "
[The reason] For [clearing out the land is that] thou shalt [you shall] worship no other god [than Almighty God, the one true God--see note below*]: for [because] the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:"
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God wants to be first in our hearts. He hates idolatry, and so should we.

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*For a detailed description of the only God we should be worshiping, read the article entitled "Who is the one true God?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/one-true-God.html.

MAY 4

In a letter to the Corinthian church, while discussing why it is improper for born-again Christians to eat food served at religious feasts held in pagan (non-Christian) temples, the apostle Paul wrote:

1 Corinthians 10:20: "But I say, that the things which the Gentiles
[non-Jewish people] sacrifice [to false gods, including idols, statues, etc.], they sacrifice to devils [demons, evil spirits], and not to God: and I would not [desire] that ye [you] should have fellowship with devils."
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Regarding sacrifices to devils, Justin Edwards (a Bible commentator) wrote:

"… though idols are nothing, idolatry is a system under the dominion
[authority, control] of evil spirits; and they [the evil spirits] are the real objects worshipped by idolaters.

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/1-corinthians/10-20.html, "Edwards' Family Bible New Teatament," "Verse 20")

MAY 3

A Biblical Way to Stay Strong and Healthy

Proverbs 3:7: "Be not wise in thine
[your] own eyes [don't be a know-it-all (someone who is filled with pride and is overly confident in himself or herself)]: fear the LORD [have reverence (honor and respect) for God, and a fear of offending him], and depart from evil [thoughts and deeds; in other words, try not to have bad feelings, such as anxiety (worry), fear, depression, hatred, anger, envy, resentment, guilt, etc., don't hold grudges, and stop doing bad things (like abusing alcohol and/or drugs, committing adultery and/or fornication, lying, stealing, etc.)]."

Proverbs 3:8: "It
[i.e., fearing God and departing from evil, as stated in Proverbs 3:7] shall be [or will result in] health [healing] to thy [your] navel [or 'throughout your body,' similar to the way in which a baby receives nourishment through the umbilical cord while in its mother's womb], and [will also result in] marrow [strength] to thy bones."
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If you want to be healthy--physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally--fear God, and don't do bad things.

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In paragraph 2 near the end of his commentary on the above verses, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church says:

"c. It
[i.e., the phrase health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones in Proverbs 3:8] seems to point to a physical health as well as health to the soul. Spiritual health and physical health are related.
" Fear, worry, envy, hatred, anger, depression, resentment, guilt--are NOT good for you physically!
" If we don't depart from these evils--they could kill us!"

"d. This is God's wellness program. You don't have to buy any expensive herbs or join a club. Fear God and depart from evil. THAT will result in wellness
[good health] in your body and soul!
" To a certain extent, our outer man, our body IS affected by our inner man.
" Rather than trust in the Lord, we sometimes worry and that can burn a hole in our stomach… bring up our blood pressure…
" The believer
[born-again Christian] that has rejected God's wisdom and is walking in his own wisdom has every right to be anxious… worried about the future.
" God RESISTS the proud. It is an unsettling feeling to know that someone with infinite power is resisting you!
" When the believer walks in the wisdom of the world--he has made himself an enemy of God. He has good reason to worry about chastisement
[punishment]! Friendship with the world is enmity [being an enemy] with God.

"e. BUT, the believer who walks humbly with God--fears God--does NOT trust in his own understanding, nor is wise in his own eyes--that believer can have REST in his soul. He has health to his navel--deep down in his gut--there is peace and rest, knowing God is on his side."

If you want to read more of the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-3-index/proverbs-3_7-8/.

MAY 2

In a letter to born-again Christians, the apostle John wrote:

1 John 4:4: "Ye
[you] are [members of the family] of God, little children [note: John may have said this because when we get saved, we become 'children of God'], and [you] have overcome them [i.e., the false prophets and teachers who tried to lure you away from the truth]: because greater is he that is in you [referring to the Holy Spirit, who lives in each Christian's heart], than he that is in the world [referring to the devil, or Satan]."
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The Bible promises that if you're a Christian, God will help you have victory over the attacks and temptations from Satan and his servants.

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GotQuestions.org has an article about this verse. It's entitled "What does it mean that greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4)?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/greater-is-He-that-is-in-me.html.

MAY 1

This verse was originally directed to the people of Israel, but it applies to Christians as well:

Psalm 105:1: "O give thanks
[and praise] unto the LORD; call upon his name [see note below*] [in worship and in prayer]: make known his deeds among the people [remind everyone what wonderful things God has done, especially for the Hebrews (Jewish people), when he delivered them from bondage in Egypt and brought them to the promised land;] [do this so they can thank and praise him, too]."
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*God's name is YHWH (Yahweh, or Jehovah), according to the article entitled "What is God's name?" You can find it here: https://www.gotquestions.org/name-of-God.html.

Please note, however, that the word LORD is commonly used in the Old Testament in place of God's name. The article entitled "What do LORD, GOD, Lord, God, etc., stand for in the Bible? Why are they used in place of God's name?" explains why. If you want to it, here's the link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/LORD-GOD-Lord-God.html.