"Verse of the Day" Bible Verses - June 2024
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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"
Bible Verses

"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verses

Previous Month
June 2024
JUNE 30

Christian Service

To encourage Christians to serve God, the apostle Paul wrote this:

Romans 12:1: "I beseech
[implore, beg] you therefore, brethren [fellow Christians], by the mercies [or 'because of the compassion and kindness'] of God, that ye [you] present your bodies [your entire selves] [to God] [as] a living sacrifice, holy [without blemish or defect], acceptable [well-pleasing] unto God, which is your reasonable service [or 'since it is the reasonable, or right, thing to do']."
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The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became a living sacrifice for the sins of the world, and his death on the cross made it possible for us to receive the gift of eternal life. Consequently, it is no longer necessary for us to follow the Old Testament practice of presenting offerings (animal sacrifices, etc.) to God periodically to atone (make up) for sin.

Nowadays, in order to be saved, we don't need to do anything except believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, since salvation is by faith, not works (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, we who have been born again according to the Bible should have a desire to obey God and to serve him after salvation, because we love him and appreciate his gift of eternal life.

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One Bible commentator (A. Barnes) noted that Paul's carefully worded appeal in Romans 12:1 is a good example for preachers. According to Mr. Barnes:

"Ministers of the gospel should be gentle
[kind], tender [caring], and affectionate [loving]. They should be kind in feeling, and courteous [polite, respectful] in manner [behavior]--like a father or mother [would be]. Nothing is ever gained by a sour, harsh, crabbed [crabby], dissatisfied manner. Sinners are never scolded [criticized] either into duty [doing what you want them to do] or into heaven. Flies are never caught with vinegar. No man is a better or more faithful preacher because he is rough in manner [ill mannered, inconsiderate], coarse, or harsh in his expressions [rude or crude in what he says], or sour in his intercourse [interactions] with mankind [human beings] [or 'in his dealings with people']. Not thus [or 'not like this'] was the Master [Jesus] or [the apostle] Paul …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tbi/romans-12.html, "The Biblical Illustrator," "Verse 1 - A lesson to ministers")

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Here are three articles from GotQuestions.org that pertain to today's verse:

-- "What is the "reasonable service" mentioned in Romans 12:1?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/reasonable-service.html)

-- "What opportunities are there for Christian service outside of the church?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-service.html)

-- "What is a Christian minister?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-minister.html)

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Note: If you want to be saved but don't know what to do, you'll find detailed instructions for the plan of salvation in most of the tracts listed in the "Printable Gospel Tracts" section of my website. Here's a direct link to that page: https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

JUNE 29

Proverbs 29:26: "Many [people] seek the ruler's favour [or approval, referring to having a king, president, group of government officials, world leader, etc., consider one's case or situation in a favorable sense, as in requesting a pardon (forgiveness for an offense)]; but every man's [every person's] judgment [i.e., true justice] cometh [comes] from the LORD [God]."
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In his commentary on the above verse, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church said that people often turn to earthly rulers for justice concerning things like fairness in the marketplace, prejudice, corruption and theft, unfair business practices, immigration, persecution, and discrimination. The rulers may or may not be able to help, and the solution may be temporary or permanent.
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According to Pastor Delany, "… the point of our proverb is that if you want REAL JUSTICE, then seek the LORD." That's because, as he states in paragraph 5 of his commentary:

"b. Prov. 21:1 -- "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he
[God] turneth it [the king's heart] whithersoever [wherever] he will."

"c. God can turn the king's heart. God reigns
[rules] OVER any earthly ruler.

"d. Haman
[a bad man in the Bible] had the king's favor--but it didn't do him much good. God overruled [and Haman was sent to the gallows to be hanged].

"e. God is the only One who is reliably and consistently fair and just
[justified] in all [that] He does.

"f. Trusting in a ruler is trusting in a sinner. He may be helpful on some occasions… or he may not."
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The commentary concludes with this:

"k. The bottom line: if you're in trouble, if you are facing injustice, if you are being treated unfairly, go to God
[in prayer]. You will get justice from Him."

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-29-index/proverbs-29_26/.

JUNE 28

Proverbs 28:5: "Evil men [and women and children, referring to people with evil natures and immoral lifestyles] understand not judgment [do not understand what is just and right] [in other words, they have a twisted sense of right and wrong because they don't understand justice and won't obey the law--ours and/or God's]: but they that seek the LORD [referring to saved people, or born-again Christians, who study the Bible and pray to God for wisdom and guidance] understand all things [regarding spiritual matters and morality]."
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In the first section of his commentary on the above verse, while discussing King Solomon's statement that Evil men understand not judgment, Jim Delany, pastor of Salem Bible Church, wrote:

"5. This is an important principle that we have seen several times in the book of Proverbs: wisdom and understanding in moral areas is not directly linked to intellect
[intelligence].

"a. This kind of discernment
[judgment] is not a matter of the head, but is a matter of the heart.

"b. In other words, you don't need a high IQ
[intelligence quotient, or measure of a person's reasoning ability] to be able to discern spiritual things… moral matters… right and wrong… justice, etc.

"c. Very often an older, uneducated man, who only made it through the sixth grade, has a keener
[sharper, more highly developed] sense of wisdom and discernment in these areas than the Harvard [University] grad [graduate] who was tops in his class.

"d. The Stanford
[University] professors in the department of psychology may be discussing and debating how to handle children who suffer from 'sudden anger syndrome.' They discuss the best therapies [treatments] and medications [medicines] to use, while the little old man who never made it past sixth grade may have a much better solution: spank him [the angry child] and tell him to stop [throwing tantrums]!"

If you want to read more of the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-28-index/proverbs-28_5/.

JUNE 27

Proverbs 27:4: "Wrath [extreme anger, rage] is cruel [i.e., without compassion, merciless], and anger is outrageous [intense, overwhelming, and perhaps even uncontrollable]; but who is able to stand before envy [jealousy--of someone or something--for any reason, especially when it involves love]?"
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The answer to the above question is "No one can stand before envy," since envy is more powerful than wrath. In fact, according to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, envy "can easily become overwhelming and overpowering and results in all kinds of evil works you never thought yourself capable of."
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Pastor Delany's commentary on this verse includes examples of anger, wrath, and envy, with explanations of how those feelings affect us and what to do about them. Here's an excerpt from paragraph 4 on the topic of envy:

"a. When the heart is healthy and wholesome, it has a healthy effect on the body.

"b. When the heart is sick… decayed… rotten with a sin like envy, it too has an effect
[result] on the body…
" It is not like medicine, but more like a poison… a disease.
" Envy is like a disease that eats away at your insides.
" It is a killer. It destroys relationships.
" The way to deal with poison in the
[or 'in your'] system is not to tolerate it, but to get rid of it. Deal with it. See it as sin and confess it [to God] and forsake [abandon, turn away from] it."

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-27-index/proverbs-27_4/,

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This is how another Bible commentary explained why envy is worse than anger and wrath:

"… The angry man avows
[openly confesses, acknowledges] his anger; the envious or jealous [man] craftily [cleverly] hides it [his anger--or keeps it a secret] until he gets his opportunity. The angry [person] may possibly be appeased [pacified, brought to a state of peace] in course of time [or 'as time passes']; the envious or jealous [person] becomes only more exasperated [irritated, frustrated]. Envy or jealousy penetrates more deeply, creeps [advances] slowly, and cannot be eradicated [eliminated, done away with] …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/jfu/proverbs-27.html, "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged," "Verse 4")

JUNE 23-26

What Jesus Said About Vengeance (Revenge), Forgiveness, and Litigation (Lawsuits)

While preaching to the multitude (crowd) during his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said:

Matthew 5:38: "Ye [you] have heard that it hath [has] been said [in the Old Testament, referring to the law of retaliation (revenge)], An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth [meaning courts were to punish bad behavior fairly by, for example, taking an eye from an attacker who intentionally injured the eye of a victim, and taking a tooth from an attacker who intentionally injured a victim's tooth, and taking the life of (or killing) a person who intentionally murdered someone else]:

Matthew 5:39: "But I
[Jesus] say unto you, That ye resist not evil [people, when they intend to do (or have already done) you harm (or hurt you in any way)]: but whosoever shall smite thee [or 'whoever shall punch, strike, or hit you hard with a hand, stick, or other weapon'] on thy [your] right cheek [jawbone], turn to him [or her] the other [cheek] also."

Matthew 5:40-41: "And if any man
[or woman] will sue thee [you] at the law [or 'in court'] [or 'if any person will file a lawsuit'], and take away thy coat, let him [or her] have thy cloke [cloak: a loose outer garment, such as a cape] also. And whosoever shall compel [force] thee to go a mile [which, in Rome, was 1,000 paces (or steps)], go with him [or her] twain [two] [miles]."
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Today's popular expressions an eye for an eye and turn the other cheek come from this passage (group of verses) in the Bible.

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Albert Barnes' has a detailed commentary on the above verses. In it, he explains:

"An eye for an eye … - This command is found in Exodus 21:24; Leviticus 24:20, and Deuteronomy 19:21. In these places it was given as a rule to regulate
[control, manage] the decisions of judges. They were to take eye for eye, and tooth for tooth, and to inflict [impose] burning for burning. As a judicial rule it is not unjust. [Jesus] Christ finds no fault with the rule as applied to magistrates [judges], and does not take upon himself to repeal [revoke, withdraw, overrule] it. But instead of confining [restricting] it to magistrates, the Jews had extended it to private conduct [behavior], and made it the rule by which to take revenge. They considered themselves justified by this rule to inflict the same injury on others that they had received. Our Saviour [Jesus] remonstrates [protests, or was strongly] against this. He [Jesus] declares [states] that the law had no reference to private revenge, that it [the law] was given only to regulate the magistrate, and that their [the peoples'] private conduct was to be governed by different principles [rules].

"The general principle which he
[Jesus] laid down was, that we are not to resist evil; that is, as it [the definition (or meaning) of the word] is in the Greek [language], nor to set ourselves against an evil person who is injuring us. But even this general direction is not to be pressed too strictly. [Jesus] Christ did not intend to teach that we are to see [watch] our families [be] murdered, or be murdered ourselves; rather than to make resistance [or 'resist']. The law of nature, and all laws, human and divine [God-given], justify self-defense [or show that it is right or acceptable] when [someone's] life is in danger. It cannot surely be the intention to teach that a father should sit by coolly [calmly] and see his family butchered by savages [or 'killed by evil or wicked people'], and not be allowed to defend them [his family members]. Neither natural nor revealed religion ever did, or ever can, inculcate this doctrine [or 'instill this belief' or 'impress this teaching'] [upon someone]. Our Saviour [Jesus] immediately explains what he means by it [i.e., 'an eye for an eye']. Had he intended to refer it to a case where life is in danger, he would most surely have mentioned it. Such a case was far more worthy of statement than those which he did mention.

"A doctrine
[teaching] so unusual, so unlike all that the world had believed. and that the best people had acted on, deserved to be formally stated. Instead of doing this, however, he [Jesus] confines himself to smaller matters, to things of comparatively trivial interest [meaning they were of little value or importance], and [he] says that in these [cases] we had better take wrong than to enter into strife [disagreements, conflicts] and lawsuits. The first case is where we are smitten [hit] on the cheek. Rather than contend [struggle] and fight, we should take it patiently, and turn the other cheek. This does not, however, prevent our remonstrating [protesting] firmly yet mildly on the injustice [unfairness] of the thing [action], and insisting that justice should be done [to] us, as is evident from the example of the Saviour [Jesus] himself. See John 18:23. The second evil mentioned is where a man is litigious [prone, or likely. to engage in lawsuits] and [is] determined to take all the advantage the law [or 'the legal system'] can give him, following us with vexatious [troublesome, annoying] and expensive lawsuits. Our Saviour directs us, rather than to imitate [copy] him [the litigious man] rather than to contend with a revengeful spirit [or 'a person seeking revenge'] in courts of justice [or 'courts of law'] to take a trifling injury [or 'an insignificant matter'], and yield [surrender, give in] to him. This is merely a question about property [or possessions], and not about conscience and life.

"Coat - The Jews wore two principal
[important] garments [pieces of clothing], an interior [inner] [one] and an exterior [outer] [one]. The interior [garment], here called the 'coat,' or the tunic, was made commonly of linen, and encircled [formed a circle around, surrounded] the whole body, extending down to the knees. Sometimes beneath [under] this garment, as in the case of the priests, there was another garment corresponding to pantaloons [long pants]. The coat, or tunic, was extended to the neck. and had long or short sleeves. Over this was commonly worn an upper garment, here called 'cloak,' or mantle. It was made commonly nearly square, of different sizes, 5 or 6 cubits long [note: in the Bible, a cubit was about 18 inches long] and as many [cubits] broad [or 'wide'], and was wrapped around the body, and was thrown off [taken off, removed] when labor [work] was performed. If, said [Jesus] Christ, an adversary [enemy] wished to obtain, at law [in court], one of these garments, rather than contend with him let him have the other [garment] also …

"Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile - The word translated 'shall compel' is of Persian origin. Post-offices were then unknown. In order that the royal commands might be delivered with safety and despatch
[dispatch, quickly and efficiently] in different parts of the empire, Cyrus [Cyrus the Great was founder of the Persian Empire] stationed horsemen [riders on horseback] at proper intervals on all the great public highways. One of those [horsemen] delivered the message to another, and intelligence [important military and political information] was thus rapidly [quickly]  and safely communicated [exchanged, shared]. These heralds [messengers] were permitted [given permission, authorized, allowed] to compel [force] any person, or to press [into service, or use] any horse, boat, ship, or other vehicle that they might need for the quick transmission of the king's commandments. It was to this custom that our Saviour refers. Rather, says he [Jesus], than resist a public authority requiring your attendance and aid [assistance, help] for a certain distance, go peaceably twice the distance [or 'twice as far'] …"

(Source for Barnes' quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/matthew-5.html, "Verses 38-41")

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In "Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible," regarding Matthew 5:38, James Burton Coffman wrote:

"…
[Bible] Passages which contain this injunction ['an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth'] are Exodus 21:24; Leviticus 24:20; and Deuteronomy 19:21. Harsh and demanding as such a principle [concept, idea] appears [to be] to enlightened [informed, knowledgeable] people of our day [i.e., the time period in which we live], it should be remembered that it was a tremendously significant advance above and beyond the primitive [basic, simple] thinking of the untrained people who first heard it. The law of the jungle [see note below*] was far different: (1) If you kill my child, I will kill all your children, your wife, your brothers, your whole generation! (2) If you knock out my tooth (or eye), I will knock out ALL of yours and kill you also! Thus, the ancient Law of the Hebrews was a vast improvement in that it strictly limited punitive action [punishment] to the extent of the original injury or loss that precipitated [caused] it."

(Source for above quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bcc/matthew-5.html, "Verse 38")

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In addition to the above, GotQuestions.org has an article that answers the question, "What does the Bible mean by 'an eye for an eye'?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/eye-for-an-eye.html.

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*Definition of "law of the jungle" per online dictionaries: The principle that those who are strong and apply ruthless [hard-hearted, cold-blooded] self-interest will be most successful. It refers to a situation in which there are no laws or rules to govern the way that people behave, and as a result, people use force to get what they want.

Similar phrases include "survival of the fittest," "every man for himself," and "dog-eat-dog."

JUNE 21-22

Proverbs 21:3: "To do justice and judgment [or 'to obey the law'] is more acceptable to the LORD [God] than sacrifice [see note below*]."
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Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse. Here are some excerpts:

"1. It is God's will for His people to do justice and judgment.

"a. These two terms
[words--justice and judgment] appear together 23 times in the Old Testament.

"b. The two terms are very similar in meaning.

"c. One of the reasons why
[King] David was considered to be a man after God's own heart was because in II Sam. 8:15 it says that 'David reigned [ruled] over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people.'

"d. If people feel they are not getting a fair shake
[or 'are not being treated fairly'], they will revolt [rebel, riot]. Thus, judgment and justice are essential for any [group of] people.

"e. In Israel's theocracy
[government ruled by God], these [two things; i.e., justice and judgment] were pillars [essential parts] of the national government.

"f. They were necessary to hold the nation
[of Israel] together. They are essential for our [current United States] government too.

"2. Justice:

"a. The term
[justice] appears 157 times in the Old Testament.

"b. Definition: Justice; righteousness; that which is right either before the law or before God.

"c. This term speaks of the CONCEPT
[thought or idea] of justice.

"3. Judgment:

"a. This term
[judgment] appears 421 times in the Old Testament! It is an exceedingly important concept in God's mind.

"b. The term is closely related to the term 'justice.'

"c. It speaks of judgment in the sense of a law or ordinance; also of the act of deciding a case; or of the sentence or execution of the law (penalty
[punishment]).

"d. Thus, while the term justice spoke of the CONCEPT of justice, this term
[judgment] speaks of the APPLICATION of justice."
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" Prov. 1:3 -- One of the reasons Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs was so that young men would learn justice and judgment. He wanted these concepts drilled into their hearts.
" Solomon wanted his sons and the young men in his country to do that which was RIGHT, fair, and just.
" And obviously he was not interested merely in them
[the young men] being 'instructed' in justice and judgment.
" He was more interested in the actual 'practice' of those principles.
" As Solomon wrote in this proverb
[i.e., Proverbs 21:3]: to DO justice and judgment.
" It is the practice of the principle that matters. It is OBEDIENCE to the laws of God which are based upon justice and judgment.
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"3. The REASON doing justice is more acceptable than offering sacrifices.

"a. It is possible to offer all the right sacrifices and keep all the right feast days
[as was done in the Old Testament]… and at the same time be trampling over the poor [people]… and 'buying' off [or 'bribing'] the judges… and ignoring justice and judgment.

"b. It is possible to offer sacrifices from a wicked mind and heart.

"c. Prov. 21:27 - The sacrifice of the wicked
[person] is abomination [a disgusting thing] [to God]: how much more [disgusting is it], when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?

"d. Religious activity in Israel was of little value unless it was accompanied by OBEDIENCE to the law.

"e. Ungodly kings in Judah often offered the proper sacrifices, while at the same time they perverted
[corrupted] justice in the land.

"f. Ungodly merchant men
[storekeepers] often offered the proper [religious] sacrifices, while at the same time cheating their customers. That was not just [or 'not right and proper'].

"g. Ungodly poor men often offered the proper sacrifices while at the same time they cheated other poor men.

"h. Ungodly wealthy
[rich] land owners could offer the proper sacrifices, while at the same time they unjustly [unfairly] kept back the wages [withheld the pay] of their workers. (James 5!)

"i. Religious activity is not a good gauge
[standard of measurement] of anything.

"j. Religious activity tells us very little about a man's
[moral] character.

"k. That
[i.e., the statement in paragraph 'j' above] was true in Old Testament times, and [it's true] in the church age [the time in which we are living now] too.

"l. Religious activity in the Roman
[Catholic] Church during Medieval times [i.e., in the Middle Ages] flourished [prospered, was thriving]--while corruption and injustice flourished as well. The priests and monks all went to mass, genuflected [which means they would bend a knee to the ground and then rise again] at just the right time, took communion… while at the same time they were persecuting believers [born-again Christians] who refused to bow [down] to [statues of] [the Virgin] Mary. There was plenty of religious activity--but not much justice.

"m. Think of the religious activity that took place in the bigoted
[prejudiced] Southern churches during slavery. They [the members] all dressed up and went to church. They sang their hymns. They put money in the [offering] plate. They taught Sunday school classes. Then they went home and mistreated their slaves. There was plenty of religious activity, but not much justice.

"n. And in our day
[or 'nowadays' (at the present time)], the same kinds of things occur. We have religious men all over the country going to church, reading their Bible, even coming to prayer meetings… yet they cheat on their taxes… they make thousands [of dollars] on unjust [unfair] business practices…

"o. Religious activity has never been a reliable gauge
[measure] of a man's [moral] character… in any age [or time period].

"p. That's the main point of this proverb
[referring to the statement in paragraph 'o'].

"q. The REASON doing justice and judgment is more acceptable than religious sacrifice is that religious sacrifice is often abused and used as a CLOAK
[an overgarment, like a cape] to cover bad character… bad behavior… and make [a person's own] self LOOK good.

"r. God is very much aware of that ancient ploy
[tactic, scheme].

"4. Notice that DOING justice and DOING sacrifices are external works.

"a. One work is better than the other… but both of them can be done perfunctorily
[carelessly] and without any heart involvement.

"b. We have seen how easy it is for men to be engaged in religious activity without any heart involvement.

"c. But men can also DO DEEDS of justice--with the wrong motives
[reasons for doing them].

"d. A man could treat others justly and fairly--in order to be seen as a fair and just person--
[i.e., for] selfish motives [reasons].

"e. A judge might work in the courthouse and make wise and just decisions based on the law--but only be doing it for the money… or to advance his career."

You may think that I quoted the entire commentary on this verse, but I didn't If you want to read the rest of it, click here: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-21-index/proverbs-21_3/.

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*GotQuestions.org has an article that answers the following question: "What were the various sacrifices in the Old Testament?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Old-Testament-sacrifices.html.

JUNE 19-20

Proverbs 19:5: "A false witness [for example, the person who gives false testimony (meaning he or she intentionally gives false (untrue) information or makes misleading statements) in court] shall not be unpunished [by God], and he [or she] that speaketh [speaks, tells] lies [frequently, in daily conversations, referring to someone who is a habitual liar] shall not escape [judgment and/or punishment by God]."
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In other words, there are consequences for lying.

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As usual, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on the above verse. According to him (in paragraph 3 of his commentary under the heading "Shall not be unpunished"), when people sin:

"b. No one can use the excuse, 'Well everybody's doing it!'

"c. God is not impressed with numbers."

"d. If everybody joins hands to oppose God and live in wickedness, then God will punish EVERYBODY."
[Think of Noah and the flood as an example--see note below*.]
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Regarding the specific sin of lying, Pastor Delany says (in paragraph 2 under "Shall not escape"):

"b. Surely we know people who have lied and deceived
[fooled] others and have never been caught. Nobody ever found out. They seemed to get away with it.

"c. BUT the eyes of the Lord are everywhere… and so are His
[the Lord's] ears.

"d. The liar may escape punishment on earth… but never before God.

"e. And even if God doesn't punish him
[the liar] on earth--the day of reckoning [i.e., judgment day] will come… and we shall give [an] account for every idle [false] word [we have spoken]… and every lie or deception [we have told].

"f. Lies may escape the notice of man
[mankind, human beings], but nothing ever escapes the notice of the Lord.

If you want to read the rest of the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-19-index/proverbs-19_5/.

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*You can learn about all about Noah by reading the following article: "Who was Noah in the Bible?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/life-Noah.html.

JUNE 16-18

Proverbs 17:6: "Children's children [i.e., grandchildren] are the crown [a symbol of honor and glory] of old men [which means that grandfathers usually glory in (rejoice over, take pride in) their grandchildren]; and the glory of children [or 'the people who usually bring delight (pleasure, joy) to children'] are their fathers [especially those who are kind and who love God and obey his word, as recorded in the Bible]."
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In a perfect world, we could all be proud of and would appreciate our families and our heritage (i.e., things that we have inherited).

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According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, "… This portion of the proverb [referring specifically to verse 6 of Chapter 17] basically says that old men usually glory in their grandchildren… and children usually glory in their fathers."

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Here are some excerpts from Pastor Delany's commentary on today's Bible verse:

Regarding old men:

"5. The old men -- patriarchs
[heads, leaders] of their families delighted to see their grandchildren

"a. They delighted to see them carry on the family name… the family reputation… to continue the tribe… the family business… to maintain the family farmland…

"b. They especially rejoiced to see wisdom manifested
[demonstrated, clearly showing, on display] in their children and grandchildren."

"d. Thus wise children and wise grandchildren were especially delightful to old men… to grandpa!
[It's] Something to glory in! A crown! It topped his [Grandpa's] long life with happiness and contentment."

Regarding children:

"c. To be fatherless
[in Old Testament times] was considered an awful curse; to have a father was a delight… that was the norm [normal thing, accepted standard].

"d. Today, we have thousands of young boys and girls growing up without a father--for various reasons: parents are divorced; dad is in prison; drug or alcohol problems; death; etc."

Conclusion:

"5. In a sense, this
[Bible] passage speaks of a good kind of pride (glorying) that relates to our heritage.

"a. The old men referred to a grandfather or other patriarch… an ancestor.

"b. Children's children often referred to descendants in general (not grandchildren in particular).

"c. Hence, the passage speaks about a normal, natural sense of respect and delight one
[or 'a person'] takes in his family, his tribe, his earthly heritage."

If you want to read more of the commentary, click here: www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-17-index/proverbs-17_6/.

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Today (Sunday, June 16th)
we're celebrating another holiday
in America, so I want to wish a
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
to all of the wonderful dads in the
United States and around the world.

JUNE 14-15

When we're born again, we become citizens of heaven

In a letter to the saints (born-again Christians) at Philippi, the apostle Paul explained why they (and all other Christians in the world) should be on their (and our) guard against the 'enemies of the cross of
[Jesus] Christ' (or 'enemies of the gospel,' referring to unbelievers, hypocrites, false teachers, etc.) and why they (and we) should follow him (Paul--and other faithful Christians) as an example of godly living. He wrote:

Philippians 3:20: "For
[because] our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence [where] also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ [to return to earth, both at the 'rapture' and the 'second coming'--see note below*]:"
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The above verse probably inspired the well-known Baptist hymn entitled "This World is Not My Home" by Albert Brumley. The first verse goes like this:

"This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through
"My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue;
"The angels beckon me from heaven's open door,
"And I can't feel at home in this world anymore."

If you like that song and want to play it on the piano or organ, here's the link to the music from a hymnal:
https://hymnary.org/hymn/SoS1943/page/131.

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*The rapture and second coming of Christ are two separate events, both of which are explained 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.

JUNE 13

Will Your Past Sins Keep You From Going to Heaven Someday?

In a letter to the Corinthian church, the apostle Paul wrote:

1 Corinthians 6:9,10: "Know ye not
[don't you know] that the unrighteous [people--those who are unjust, sinful, wicked] shall not inherit [possess or enter into] the kingdom of God [heaven]? Be not deceived [don't be misled]:

neither fornicators
[unmarried people who engage in sexual intercourse (sexual relations) with another person who is either single or married to someone else],

nor
idolaters
[worshipers of false gods, referring to men, women, and children who worship people and/or things instead of the one true God],

nor
adulterers
[people who have sex outside of marriage; i.e., with someone other than their spouse (their own husband or wife)],

nor
effeminate
[men or boys who display feminine (womanly, unmanly) characteristics],

nor
abusers of themselves with mankind
[sodomites, homosexuals--those who engage in unnatural types of intercourse, such as anal sex],

Nor
thieves
[or robbers; those who steal other people's property],

nor
covetous
[or greedy people, who love or crave things like money, power, and possessions, especially when they belong to someone else],

nor
drunkards
[people who frequently become intoxicated (drunk) from having too many alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine, liquor, and mixed drinks],

nor
revilers
[people who say mean things about others with the intention of humiliating, insulting, and embarrassing them],

nor extortioners
[those who use force or threats (as in blackmail) to obtain money],

shall inherit
[enter into] the kingdom of God [heaven]." [In other words, they will not enter into it.]

1 Corinthians 6:11: "And such [the same kind of people as listed above] were some of you [referring to the Corinthian people before they were saved--see note below*]: but ye [you, the people of Corinth, after salvation] are [now] washed [in the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ--and thereby cleansed from sin], but ye are [now] sanctified [by the Holy Spirit--and are thereby made holy], but ye are [now] justified [by Jesus' righteousness--and are thereby made acceptable in God's sight] in the name of the Lord Jesus [Christ; i.e., by his authority], and by the [Holy] Spirit of our God [… and consequently, as born-again Christians, you (in this case, the Corinthian believers) will inherit the kingdom of God]."
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The above verses apply not only to the Corinthian believers but also to all born-again Christians.

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*Romans 3:23 says that we have all sinned, but according to 1 Corinthians 6:11, when a person gets saved (or trusts Jesus Christ as personal Savior), no matter what he or she has done in the past, his or her sins are forgiven, a spiritual transformation takes place, and he or she becomes a "new creature" in God's sight (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). That's what happened to some of the people in Corinth.
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GotQuestions.org has an article that further explains these verses. It's entitled "What does it mean that a person will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)?" and can be found here:
https://www.gotquestions.org/not-inherit-kingdom-God.html.

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If you want to be saved, or born again (like the people mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6:11 above), but don't know what to do, please read one or more of the gospel tracts in the "Printable Gospel Tracts" section of my website. Here's the direct link to that page: https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html

JUNE 12

1 John 3:15: "Whosoever [whoever] hateth [hates] his [or her] brother [or sister (referring to relatives, friends, neighbors, Christians--our 'brothers and sisters in Christ,' etc.), or 'whoever hates other people'] is a murderer [in his (or her) heart]: and ye [you] know that no murderer hath [has] eternal life abiding [dwelling, residing] in him [or her] [meaning he (or she) is not born again, or saved]."
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In God's eyes, hatred is as bad as murder, and according to the Bible (Revelation 21:8), murderers will end up in the lake of fire.

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Albert Barnes said that the phrase Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer in the above verse means that the person who hates someone else "… has the spirit of a murderer; he has that [feeling] which, if it were acted out, would lead him to commit murder, as it did Cain [when he killed his brother, Abel, in Genesis 4:8]. The private malice [desire to harm people or their reputations], the secret grudge [persistent (continuing) feeling of ill will (dislike) or resentment resulting from a past insult or injury], the envy which is cherished [harbored, held] in the heart, is murderous in its tendency, and were it not for the outward restraints of human laws, and the dread of punishment, it would often lead to the act of murder. [In today's verse,] The apostle [John] does not say that he who hates his brother, though he does not in fact commit murder, is guilty to the same degree as if he had actually done it; but he evidently means to say that the spirit which would lead to murder is there, and that God will hold him responsible for it. Nothing is missing but the removal of outward restraints to lead to the commission of the open deed, and God judges people as he sees them to be 'in their hearts.' …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-john-3.html, "Verse 15")

JUNE 9-11

Nicodemus Learns About the "New Birth"

John 3:1-2: "There was a man of the Pharisees
[a major Jewish sect, or group--see Note 1 below], named Nicodemus, [who, as a member of the Sanhedrin, was] a ruler of the Jews: The same [man (Nicodemus)] came to Jesus by night [in order to keep their conversation private], and said unto him, Rabbi [a title of respect], we know that thou art [you are] a teacher come from [sent by] God: for no man can do these miracles [referring to the miracles that Jesus had performed in the temple and at Jerusalem] that thou doest [you do], except [that] God be with him."

John 3:3: "Jesus answered and said unto him
[Nicodemus], Verily, verily [truly, truly], I say unto thee [you], Except a man [or woman or child] be born again, he [or she] cannot see [enter into and enjoy] the kingdom of God [heaven]."

John 3:4: "Nicodemus saith unto him
[Jesus], How can a man [or person] be born when he [or she] is old? can he [or she] enter the second time into his [or her] mother's womb, and be born?"

John 3:5-6,7: "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man
[or person] be born of water [referring to physical birth or a spiritual cleansing, not water baptism--see Note 2 below] and of the [Holy] Spirit [referring to spiritual birth], he [or she] cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh [i.e., from a mother] is flesh [a sinful person]; and that which is born of the Spirit [of God, or the Holy Spirit] is spirit [a spiritual person]. Marvel not [don't wonder or be amazed] that I said unto thee, Ye [you] must be born again."

John 3:8: "The wind bloweth
[blows] where it listeth [wills, pleases, or chooses, which means in various directions], and thou hearest [you hear] the sound thereof, but canst [can] not tell whence [from where] it cometh [comes], and whither [where] it goeth [goes]: so is every one that is born of the [Holy] Spirit." [That's because you can't see the Holy Spirit or watch what he is doing, but you can see the results of his work.]
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Using the wind as an example in John 3:8, Jesus says that when someone has been born again according to the Bible, there should be noticeable effects on, or changes in, his or her life.

-- This fact is confirmed in 2 Corinthians 5:17, which says: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

Consequently, even though we may not see what's happening to a person during the new birth, or completely understand everything about the process, we shouldn't reject (dismiss) this teaching. (See Note 3 below for a more detailed explanation.)

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NOTE 1:

According to Albert Barnes, in his commentary on Matthew 3:7:

"… The Pharisees were the most numerous
[great in number] and wealthy [rich] sect [religious group] of the Jews. They derived [obtained] their name from the Hebrew word Pharash, which signifies [means] to set apart, or to separate, because they separated themselves from the rest of their countrymen, and professedly devoted themselves to special strictness in religion. Their leading tenets [doctrines, beliefs] were the following: that the world was governed by fate, or by a fixed decree [order] of God; that the souls of men were immortal, and were either eternally happy or miserable beyond the grave; that the dead would be raised [or 'brought back to life']; that there were angels, good and bad; that God was under obligation to bestow [or 'give'] special favor on [or 'to'] the Jews; and that they [probably the Pharisees] were justified by their own conformity to [or compliance with] the law. They were proud, haughty [arrogant, condescending, rude], self-righteous, and held the common people in great disrespect … They sought the offices of the state, and affected great dignity. They were ostentatious [showy, seeking to attract attention] in their religious worship, praying in the corners of the streets, and seeking publicity in the bestowment of alms [giving charity (money, food, etc.) to people in need]. They sought principally external cleanliness, and dealt much in ceremonial ablutions [cleansing] and washing.

"They maintained some of the laws of Moses very strictly. In addition to the written laws, they held to a multitude
[large number] [of laws] which they maintained [claimed] had come down from Moses by tradition. These [laws] they felt themselves as much bound to observe as the written Law. Under the influence of these laws they washed themselves before meals with great scrupulousness [or 'by being extremely careful to do what is right']; they fasted twice a week - on Thursday, when they supposed that Moses ascended [went up on or climbed] Mount Sinai, and on Monday, when he descended [came back down]; they wore broad phylacteries [small leather boxes containing pieces of parchment with scripture written on them], and enlarged the fringe or borders of their garments [clothes]; they loved the chief rooms [places of honor] at feasts, and the chief seats [places of honor] in the synagogues. In general, they were a corrupt, hypocritical, office-seeking, haughty [proud] class of men. There are, however, some honorable exceptions recorded, [such as Gamaliel, Joseph of Arimathea, Simeon, and Nicodemus]."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/matthew-3.html, "Verse 7")

NOTE 2:

Regarding the phrase born of water in John 3:5, see the following article: "What does it mean to be born of water?" Here's the link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/born-of-water.html.

NOTE 3:

Regarding the phrase The wind bloweth in John 3:8, Albert Barnes said:

"… Nicodemus had objected to the doctrine
[belief, teaching] [of the new birth] because he did not understand how it could be [true]. Jesus shows him [Nicodemus] that he ought not to [or 'should not'] reject it on that account, for he [Nicodemus] constantly believed things [that were] quite as [or 'just as'] difficult. It might appear incomprehensible [impossible to understand], but it was to be judged of by its effects [results]. As in this case of the wind, the effects were seen, the sound was heard, important changes were produced by it [the wind], trees and clouds were moved, yet the wind is not seen, nor do we know whence [from where] it comes, nor by what laws it is governed; so it is with the operations of the [Holy] Spirit. We see the changes produced [by him--the Holy Spirit]. Men just now sinful become holy; the thoughtless [people] become serious; the licentious [sexually unrestrained] [people] become pure; the vicious [immoral] [people become], moral; the moral [people become], religious; the prayerless [people (i.e., those who don't pray) become], prayerful; the rebellious and obstinate [stubborn] [people become], meek [humble], and mild, and gentle. When we see such changes, we ought no more to doubt that they are produced by some cause - by some mighty agent [powerful outside force], than when we see the trees moved, or the waters of the ocean piled on heaps, or feet [feel?] the cooling effects of a summer's breeze. In those cases we attribute [credit] it to the 'wind,' though we see it not, and though we do not understand its operations. We may learn, hence [therefore]:

"1.That the proper evidence of conversion
[spiritual rebirth] is the effect on the life [of the born-again Christian].

"2.That we are not too curiously to search for the cause or manner of the change.

"3.That God has power over the most hardened sinner to change him
[or her], as he [God] has power over the loftiest [tallest] oak [tree], to bring it down by a sweeping blast [of wind].

"4.That there may be great variety in the modes of the operation of the
[Holy] Spirit. As the 'wind' sometimes sweeps with a tempest [a violent, windy storm], and prostrates [flattens] all [or 'everything'] before it, and sometimes breathes upon us in a mild evening zephyr [soft, gentle breeze], so it is with the operations of the Spirit. The sinner sometimes trembles [shakes] and is prostrate [lying down, stretched out] before the truth, and sometimes is sweetly and gently drawn to the cross of Jesus."

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

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Would you like to be born again? If so, there are detailed instructions in the gospel tracts that I wrote. You'll find them here: https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

JUNE 7-8

God Tells Moses Why Jewish People Should "Keep the Sabbath"

Exodus 31:16: "Wherefore
[for the following reason, referring to Exodus 31:17] the children of Israel [meaning Jewish people] shall keep the sabbath [a day of rest each week; for Jews, it was Saturday--see note below*], to observe [celebrate] the sabbath throughout their generations [from generation to generation], for a perpetual [everlasting, never-ending] covenant [agreement] [between them and God]."

Exodus 31:17:" It
[the sabbath] is a sign between me [God] and the children of Israel for ever: for [because] in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
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*For information about the sabbath, including whether or not Christians are required to keep it, see the article entitled "What day is the Sabbath, Saturday or Sunday?" Here's the link: http://www.gotquestions.org/Saturday-Sunday.html.

JUNE 6

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ: A Warning to Unbelievers

In a letter to born-again Christians in the church of the Thessalonians, the apostle Paul, along with Silas and Timothy, wrote:

1 Thessalonians 5:2: "For
[you] yourselves [or 'you born-again Christians'] know perfectly [well] that the day of the Lord [i.e., when Jesus returns to earth for the purpose of judgment--see note below*] so cometh [comes, or 'will come'] [quietly and unexpectedly] as [does, or 'like'] a thief in the night."

1 Thessalonians 5:3: "For
[because] when they [the unbelievers, unsaved people, non-Christians] shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction [shall] cometh upon them, as travail [labor pains] [come unexpectedly, or without warning,] upon a woman [who is pregnant] with child [referring to what happens to a pregnant woman during childbirth]; and they [the unbelievers] shall not escape [the above-mentioned destruction, punishment, righteous judgment from God]."
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Fulfillment of biblical prophecy, including discussions regarding possible peace plans with Israel, indicates that Jesus will come back very soon. At that time, all true Christians will be taken to heaven in the rapture and will escape the destruction that awaits those who are left behind.
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Hopefully, you are already saved (or "born again" according to the Bible) and will take part in the rapture. If not, you can be saved right now. 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.
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Should you need or desire more detailed instructions for the plan of salvation, you'll find them in most of the tracts listed 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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*The "day of the Lord" is also known as the "second coming" of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you're interested in learning about the second coming and other end-time events, you may want to read one or both of the following articles:

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

-- "What is the end times timeline?"
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/end-times-timeline.html)
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The end-times article is divided chronologically into the following sections and explains each one:

  1. The rapture of the church
  2. The rise of the Antichrist
  3. The tribulation
  4. The Battle of Gog and Magog
  5. The abomination of desolation
  6. The Battle of Armageddon
  7. The judgment of the nations
  8. The binding of Satan
  9. The Millennial Kingdom
10. The last battle
11. The Great White Throne Judgment
12. The new creation
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In addition to the two articles mentioned above, GotQuestions.org has written many more articles regarding biblical prophecy. You can find them by going to their website (
https://www.gotquestions.org) and typing your question in the search box at the top of the page.

JUNE 1-5

"The Fall of Man" (Results of Adam and Eve's Sin)

This event took place in the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 3:14: "And the LORD God said unto the serpent
[or snake, which, at the time, was being controlled by Satan and which probably originally had legs--see note below*], Because thou hast [you have] done this [i.e., tempted Eve], thou art [you are] cursed above [more than] all cattle, and above every beast of the field [all wild animals]; upon thy [your] belly [stomach] shalt thou [or 'you shall'] go [to slither (i.e., slide the entire body back and forth on the ground to move), as a snake], and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:"

Genesis 3:15: "And I will put enmity
[hatred] between thee [you, Satan] and the woman [Eve], and between thy seed [referring to Satan's 'children' (or servants or followers), who are wicked people] and her seed [Eve's offspring (descendants), through Jesus; i.e., the people of God, or born-again Christians]; it [or 'he,' referring to Jesus] shall bruise thy head [which means that Jesus would overthrow Satan and his kingdom], and thou shalt bruise his heel [meaning Satan would bring about the crucifixion of Christ]."

Genesis 3:16: "Unto the woman
[Eve] he [God] said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception [meaning her worries following conception; i.e., during pregnancy (when she might experience nausea, fear of miscarriage, etc.) and afterwards, while she was raising her children]; in sorrow [pain] thou shalt bring forth [give birth to] children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee."

Genesis 3:17,18: "And unto Adam he
[God] said, Because thou hast hearkened unto [listened to] the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of [the fruit from] the tree [of the knowledge of good and evil], of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it [the tree, meaning Adam and Eve were not to eat any of the fruit from that tree]: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow [pain, labor, hardship] shalt thou eat of it [the ground, referring to things grown on the ground] all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it [the ground] bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb [green plants] of the field;"

Genesis 3:19: "In the sweat of thy face
[meaning after much hard work in cultivating the crops and getting rid of the weeds] shalt thou eat bread [food], till [until] thou return unto the ground [until you die]; for out of it [the ground] wast thou [were you] taken: for dust thou art [or 'because you are dust,' meaning Adam was made from dust, as stated in Genesis 2:7], and unto dust shalt thou return [when you die]."
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The curse that God placed on Adam and Eve has also affected all of their descendants, or the entire human race.

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The article entitled "What truly happened at the fall of man?" goes into detail about what happened when Adam and Eve sinned. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/fall-of-man.html.

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*An article on the Internet attempts to answer the question, "Did the Serpent Originally Have Legs?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://answersingenesis.org/genesis/garden-of-eden/did-the-serpent-originally-have-legs/.