JULY 31

Proverbs 31:20
[Referring to a virtuous (physically, morally, and spiritually strong) woman, King Solomon wrote]: "She stretcheth out her hand to the poor [people]; yea [yes], she reacheth forth her hands to the needy [people]."

The above verse concerns charity, or helping those who are in need of food, shelter, clothing, assistance, etc.

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-31-index/proverbs-31_20/.

JULY 30

John 3:14-15: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent
[in this case, the image of a snake, made of brass] [on a pole] in the wilderness [desert] [see note below for explanation*], even so [in like manner] must the Son of man [i.e., Jesus, the Messiah and Son of God,] be lifted up [on the cross]: [so] That whosoever [whoever] believeth in him [Jesus, meaning 'those who believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for their sins, and that he was buried and rose again, and who trust him as their personal Savior'] should not perish [be destroyed in hell and/or the lake of fire], but [will] have eternal life [in heaven]."
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*Numbers 21:5-9:

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

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

-- Verse 9: "And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."
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In his commentary on today's verses, Albert Barnes said:

Verse 14 -- Jesus Must 'Be Lifted Up':

"… The points of resemblance between his [Jesus'] being lifted up and that of the brass serpent seem to be these:

"1.In each case those who are to be benefited can he aided in no other way. The bite of the serpent was deadly, and could be healed only by looking on the brass serpent; and sin is deadly in its nature, and can be removed only by looking on the cross.

"2.The mode of their being lifted up. The brass serpent was in the sight of the people. So Jesus was exalted from the earth raised on a tree or cross.

"3.The design was similar. The one was to save the life, the other the soul; the one to save from temporal, the other from eternal death.

"4.The manner of the cure was similar. The people of Israel were to look on the serpent and be healed, and so sinners are to look on the Lord Jesus that they may be saved. …"

Verse 15 -- Whoever Believes 'Should Not Perish':

"… All who believe on Jesus shall be saved from this condemnation [punishment in hell] and be raised up to eternal life. And from this we learn:

"1.that there is salvation in no other.

"2.that salvation is here full and free for all who will come.

"3.that it is easy. What was more easy for a poor, wounded, dying Israelite, bitten by a poisonous serpent, than to look up to a brass serpent? So with the poor, lost, dying sinner. And what more foolish than for such a wounded, dying man to refuse to look on a remedy so easy and effectual? So nothing is more foolish man for a lost and dying sinner to 'refuse' to look on God's only Son, exalted on a cross to die for the sins of men, and able to save to the uttermost 'all' who come to God by him."

(Source for Barnes quotes: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/john-3.html)

JULY 29

James 1:2-3
[In a letter to Jewish Christians, the apostle James (a brother of Jesus) wrote]: "My brethren [fellow Christians], count it all joy [rejoice, be happy] when ye [you] fall into divers temptations [various kinds of trials (including sickness, poverty, bereavement, persecution, etc.]; Knowing [realizing] this, that the trying [testing] of your faith worketh [results in] patience."

The above verse applies to all Christians.

JULY 26-28

Mark 10:2-9 - Marriage and Divorce

Verse 2: "And the Pharisees
[religious leaders--see note below*] came to him [Jesus], and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put [send] away [or divorce] his wife ['for every cause' (as is written in Matthew 19:3)]? tempting him [Jesus] [to say the wrong thing, or trying to "trip him up" in his answer]."

Verses 3-4: "And he
[Jesus] answered and said unto them [the Pharisees], What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered [allowed] [a Jewish man] to write a bill of divorcement [divorce], and to put [send] her [his wife] away."

Verses 5-6: "And Jesus answered and said unto them, For
[due to] the hardness of your heart he [Moses] wrote you this precept [rule of behavior, permitting divorce]. But from the beginning of the creation God made them [referring to Adam and Eve] male and female."

Verses 7-8: "For this cause
[reason, meaning marriage,] shall a man leave his father and mother [no longer live with them], and cleave to [join together and live with] his wife; And they twain [two] shall be one flesh [be closely united with one another--legally, physically, and with mutual (shared) interests, love, etc.]: so then they are no more twain [two separate souls], but one flesh."

Verse 9: "What therefore God hath joined together
[in marriage], let not man put asunder [tear apart, divide, separate]."

You may be familiar with verse 9, as it is sometimes quoted by people who officiate (conduct) wedding ceremonies.

Due to the hard hearts of the Jewish people, Moses temporarily allowed divorce. However, God's original intention and desire was that all marriages would last forever.
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*Pharisees were members of a religious sect (group) who considered themselves to be more righteous than other Jews. They believed in strict observance of religious ceremonies and practices and in adherence to oral laws and traditions. They also believed in an afterlife and the coming of a Messiah.

JULY 25

Psalm 118:24: "This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."

It's a sunny and beautiful summer day where I live, which made me think of this verse.

According to many Bible commentators, this verse refers to the Sabbath, which is observed on Saturday as a day of rest and worship for Jewish people. Christians have not been commanded to keep the Sabbath (see note below) and are free to continue with their normal daily activities on that day. However, no matter who we are or what we're doing, we should always be thankful for every day that is given to us by God, especially Sunday (also known as the "Lord's day," when Christians gather together at church to worship) and Easter (when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ).

Note: GotQuestions.org has written several articles to answer questions about the Sabbath. One of them is entitled "What day is the Sabbath, Saturday or Sunday? Do Christians have to observe the Sabbath day?" and can be found here: https://www.gotquestions.org/Saturday-Sunday.html.

JULY 24

Romans 6:15-16 - Are Christians allowed to sin?
Referring to born-again Christians, the apostle Paul wrote:

Verse 15: "What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law [of Moses, which prohibits sin], but under grace [which pardons sin]? [Paul implies that the answer to his question is 'no' by saying,] God forbid ['May God keep that from happening' or 'I hope that does not happen']."

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

You may be wondering if some so-called Christians, based on their actions, are truly born again.

Here are two articles concerning bad Christian testimonies:

-- "Why do so many Christians fail the 'practice what you preach' standard?
   
https://www.gotquestions.org/practice-what-you-preach.html)

-- "How bad can a Christian sin?"
   
https://www.gotquestions.org/sin-Christian.html)

Charles Spurgeon had some interesting thoughts on the above verses. This is what he wrote in his commentary:

"Romans 6:15. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace?

"Oh! this old question keeps coming up. Somebody wants to sin. Well, if he wants to sin, why does not he leave this business alone and go and sin? What has he to do with these theological questions at all? But still, he wants, if he can, to make a coverlet for his wickedness; he wants to enjoy the sweets of the child of God, and yet live like an enemy of God, and so he pops in his head over and over again: 'May we not sin because of this or that?' To which the apostle answers again, 'God forbid.' Oh! may God always forbid it to you, and to me: may the question never be tolerated among us.

"Romans 6:15-16. God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

"If you are doing the deeds of sin, you are the servants of sin and only as you are doing the will of God can you claim to be the servant of God. 'Hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.' That becomes the index of our condition. The man, then, that lives in sin and loves it, need not talk about the grace of God he is a stranger to it, for the mark of those that come under grace is this, that they serve God, and no longer serve sin."

(Source for above quote:
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/spe/romans-6.html, "Verses 1-19")

JULY 23

Proverbs 23:29-30 - Dangers of Alcohol
Below is a list of some emotional, social (interpersonal relationship), and physical problems that are caused by drinking too much.

Verse 29 - Questions:

[1] "Who hath
[has] woe [intense suffering caused by misfortune, affliction, or grief]?
[2] who hath sorrow
[deep distress, sadness, or regret, especially for the loss of a beloved person or thing]?
[3]  who hath contentions
[arguments, disagreements, fights]?
[4] who hath babbling
[foolish talking]?
[5] who hath wounds without cause
[injuries caused by accidents, fighting for no good reason, etc.]?
[6] who hath redness of eyes
[bloodshot eyes]?"

Verse 30 - Answer:

"They that tarry
[linger] long at the wine [referring to people who 'hang out' (and drink too much) at bars and other places where alcohol is served]; they that go to seek [search for] mixed wine [alcoholic beverages]."

Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on the above verses, including examples of ways in which drunk people can get hurt (physically, mentally, and emotionally) and an explanation of what mixed wine was in Bible times. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-23-index/proverbs-23_29-30/.

JULY 22

Deuteronomy 4:23-24
[Moses said to the people of Israel]: "Take heed unto yourselves [be on guard, watch out, be careful], lest ye [so you don't] forget the covenant [agreement] of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image [also known as an idol, or false god], or the likeness of any thing [such as a statue (carved out of wood, stone, or metal) of someone or something to be worshiped instead of, or in addition to, Almighty God], which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee [you] [to do]. For [because] the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God [and he wants--and deserves--our respect, fear, love, and obedience.]."

God hated idolatry in Bible times, and he hates it today, especially when committed by Christians.

For more information on subjects mentioned in the above verse, read:

-- "What is a graven image?"
    (https://www.gotquestions.org/graven-image.html)

-- "What does it mean that God is a consuming fire?"
      (https://www.gotquestions.org/consuming-fire.html)

JULY 21

1 Corinthians 15:33
[In a letter to the Christian church at Corinth, the apostle Paul wrote]: "Be not deceived [don't be misled or fooled by false teachers, especially those who deny Jesus' resurrection]: [be aware that] evil communications [bad company, bad friends, bad companions] corrupt good manners [destroy good morals, negatively influence your behavior (i.e., change it from good to bad)]."

According to Albert Barnes:

"… The sentiment of the passage is, that the contact of evil-minded men, or that the close friendship and conversation of those who hold erroneous opinions, or who are impure in their lives, tends to corrupt the morals, the heart, the sentiments of others. The particular thing to which Paul here applies it is the subject of the resurrection. Such contact would tend to corrupt the simplicity of their faith, and pervert their views of the truth of the gospel, and thus corrupt their lives. It is always true that such contact has a pernicious effect on the mind and the heart. It is done:

"(1) By their direct effort to corrupt the opinions, and to lead others into sin.

"(2) by the secret, silent influence of their words, and conversation, and example. We have less horror at vice by becoming familiar with it; we look with less alarm on error when we hear it often expressed; we become less watchful and cautious when we are constantly with the frivilous, the worldly, the unprincipled, and the vicious. Hence, Christ sought that there should be a pure society, and that his people should principally seek the friendship and conversation of each other, and withdraw from the world. It is in the way that Paul here refers to, that Christians embrace false doctrines; that they lose their spirituality, love of prayer, fervor of piety, and devotion to God. It is in this way that the simple are beguiled, the young corrupted, and that vice, and crime, and infidelity spread over the world."

(Source for quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-corinthians-15.html, "Verse 33," "Evil Communications")

JULY 20

Proverbs 20:2: "The fear of a king
[referring to the fear that a person should have of a king (or queen), a dictator, or any other type of leader or person in charge] is as the roaring of a lion [is similar to the fear that a person would normally have when standing in front of a roaring lion]: whoso [whoever] provoketh him [or her--the 'king'] to anger [i.e., whoever makes the leader angry] sinneth against his [or her] own soul [or puts his (or her) life in danger--by giving the leader a reason to seek revenge and do something to make that person's life miserable … or even (if the leader is a dictator with absolute authority to do whatever he [or she] wants to do) to have the person killed]."

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse.

According to Pastor Delany, kings, like lions, are powerful, strong, and unpredictable. Consequently, we should avoid confrontations with people in authority (examples include a speeder arguing with a police officer, students in a classroom murmuring about their teacher, and employees bad-mouthing their boss), and we shouldn't embarrass kings and other leaders or make them look bad, because we never know for sure what their reaction will be or how it will affect us.

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-20-index/proverbs-20_2/.

JULY 19

Psalm 92:1
[These thoughts of the psalmist were directed to God]: "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy [your] name [i.e., 'Jehovah'--see note below*], O most High:"

According to the Bible, this was a psalm (or song of praise to God) for the sabbath day. Christians should follow that example, not only during church services but at other times as well.

In his commentary on this verse, Albert Barnes tells us why "[i]t is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord …":

"(1) The thing itself is appropriate, for there is much, under all circumstances, to be thankful for: life, health, food, raiment [clothing], air, water, friends, recollections, hopes - and, above all, the blessings of redemption, and the assurance that we may be happy forever. Many of these things may be found in the condition of all; but if all else fail, the hope of heaven - the assurance that the Redeemer died - the offer of salvation - cannot fail. That is ours, and cannot be taken away.

"(2) The effect is good. It is a desirable state of mind. It tends to happiness, contentment, peace. A gloomy mind makes all things around more gloomy; an unthankful mind is an unhappy mind; a murmuring, complaining, dissatisfied mind makes its possessor wretched, and all around him miserable.

"(3) it is good as it is due to God. For all his favor we should be thankful - and all that we enjoy is his gift.

"(4) it tends much to lessen the real troubles and afflictions of life to dwell on those things for which we should be thankful …"

(Source for above quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-92.html, "Verse 1")
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*Throughout the Bible, God is referred to by many names. Some of the better known ones are explained in the article entitled "What are the different names of God and what do they mean?" Here is an excerpt from that article:

"ADONAI: 'Lord' … -- used in place of YHWH, which was thought by the Jews to be too sacred to be uttered by sinful men. In the Old Testament, YHWH is more often used in God's dealings with His people, while Adonai is used more when He deals with the Gentiles.

"YHWH / YAHWEH / JEHOVAH: 'LORD' … -- strictly speaking, the only proper name for God. Translated in English Bibles 'LORD' (all capitals) to distinguish it from Adonai, 'Lord.' The revelation of the name is first given to Moses 'I Am who I Am' …. This name specifies an immediacy, a presence. Yahweh is present, accessible, near to those who call on Him for deliverance …, forgiveness … and guidance …."

If you want to read the entire article, including many Bible references (which have been omitted in the quoted material above), here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/names-of-God.html.

JULY 18

Proverbs 18:13: "
[Regarding] He [or she] that answereth a matter [gives an opinion about something] before he [or she] heareth it [the whole story, or both sides of it], it is folly [foolishness] and shame unto him [or her]."

This verse is about making snap judgments, jumping to conclusions, making up our minds without knowing all of the facts.

In his commentary, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church uses a story from the Bible (i.e., Chapter 22 of the book of Joshua, which can be found here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+22&version=KJV) to show why a person shouldn't "answereth a matter before he heareth it."  The commentary ends by saying, "Wars have started; marriages have ended; families destroyed; churches split; friendships broken; lives ruined; reputations damaged… all because of men have answered a matter before they heard it."

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: http://www.salembible.org/proverbs-18-index/proverbs-18_13/.

JULY 17

Proverbs 17:17: "A friend loveth at all times
[a true and faithful friend will stick by you in good times and bad times], and a brother [or other relative] is born for adversity [to comfort, encourage, help, and support his or her family members when they are in trouble or distress]."

The greatest example of a friend who "loveth at all times" is the Lord Jesus Christ, and a song has been written about that fact. It's called "My Forever Friend" and was written by Charlie Landsborough about his loving Savior, Jesus. It's my favorite song because it has beautiful music, excellent singing, and wonderful words. I first heard it while listening to a music CD from the Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell (no relation to me).

There are several videos on You Tube of both men (Daniel and Charlie) singing this song. If you want to watch the videos, here are two links that I like:

"My Forever Friend" performed by Daniel O'Donnell:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XUDS7e20og&list=RD5XUDS7e20og&start_radio=1

"My Forever Friend"  performed by Charlie Landsborough:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOql1c-Ytjg

If you listen to this song, I hope you like it as much as I do.
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Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-17-index/proverbs-17_17/
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JULY 16

Proverbs 16:6: "By mercy
[kindness] and truth [of God] [i.e., because God the Father kept his promise and sent God the Son (Jesus Christ) to earth to die on the cross for the sins of the world] iniquity [sin, wickedness] is purged [cleansed] [by the blood of Jesus--if and when we receive him as Savior]: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil [stop doing bad things]."

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. This is what it says about it in the second half:

"2. God is merciful and gracious. He is a pardoning God who purges iniquity.

"3. However, that is not to say that He treats sin lightly.

"a. Those whose sins are forgiven and purged are expected to DEPART from evil…

"b. God is merciful and gracious to the repentant, but He is also a Judge who executes judgment against sin.

"c. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God… to hold on to sin in our lives before an infinitely holy God and to experience His chastening in our lives.

"d. Therefore, one whose sins have been purged is expected to FEAR God… and depart from evil.

"e. Don't assume that God's mercy and grace mean that He doesn't take sin seriously. He does.

"f. After speaking of God's mercy and truth which purge from sin, Solomon immediately reminds his readers of the exceeding sinfulness of sin!"

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-16-index/proverbs-16_6/.

Note:
Have you received the Lord Jesus Christ (God's Son) as your personal Savior and been cleansed from sin? If not, and if you believe that Jesus 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.

For detailed instructions for the plan of salvation, visit the "Printable Gospel Tracts" page of my website. You'll find it here:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

JULY 15

Philippians 2:3: "Let nothing be done through strife
[conflict, rivalry (trying to outdo others), ambition] or vainglory [vanity, pride; i.e., having a desire to honor ourselves, attract attention, win praise, etc.]; but in lowliness of mind [through humility] let each [person] esteem [honor] other [people] better than themselves."

In his commentary, Albert Barnes has a very thorough explanation of this verse. For example, this is what he said about the meaning of vainglory:

"… The idea seems to be that of mere self-esteem; a mere desire to honor ourselves, to attract attention, to win praise, to make ourselves uppermost, or foremost, or the main object. The command here solemnly forbids our doing anything with such an aim - no matter whether it be in intellectual attainments, in physical strength, in skill in music, in eloquence or song, in dress, furniture, or religion. Self is not to be foremost; selfishness is not to be the motive. Probably there is no command of the Bible which would have a wider sweep than this, or would touch on more points of human conduct, it fairly applied. Who is there who passes a single day without, in some respect, desiring to display himself? What minister of the gospel preaches, who never has any wish to exhibit his talents, eloquence, or learning? How few make a gesture, but with some wish to display the grace or power with which it is done! Who, in conversation, is always free from a desire to show his wit, or his power in argumentation, or his skill in repartee? Who plays at the piano without the desire of commendation? Who thunders in the senate, or goes to the field of battle; who builds a house, or purchases an article of apparel; who writes a book, or performs a deed of benevolence, altogether uninfluenced by this desire? If all could be taken out of human conduct which is performed merely from 'strife,' or from 'vain-glory,' how small a portion would be left!"

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/philippians-2.html, "Verse 3")

JULY 14

Proverbs 14:1: "Every wise woman buildeth her house
[in this case, her household, or family]: but the foolish [woman] plucketh [pulls] it down [i.e., destroys or ruins it] with her hands."

In his commentary on this verse, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church explains the steps involved in building a good Christian home.

Here's what the commentary says in paragraph 4b:

" God has given the godly wife a blueprint for the home: God's Word [i.e., the Bible]!
" Just as a set of blueprints spells out how everything is to be assembled on the outside of the structure… God's Word is the woman's blueprint which spells out clearly how things should be ordered on the inside of the home.
" There IS an order: the husband is to be the loving head; the wife is to willingly submit; they are to work together to bring up the children according to God's pattern… and children are to obey.

"1. This order is never to be ignored or reversed."

And this excerpt is from paragraph 5:

"b. The woman's job is to be working on the moral and spiritual climate in the home before the kids.
" A house is built with brick and mortar; wood and nails;
" A home is built with love, kindness, beauty, orderliness; discernment; education; harmony; unity; stability.

"c. The woman's job is to taking care of the internal affairs of the home…
" Is your house IN ORDER?
" Do you take care of your possessions?
" Is it neat or messy?
" Do you walk around the home teaching your children about the Lord?
" Is it a place where Christ is lifted up or hardly mentioned?
" Is it a place of chaos or discipline and order?
" Is the home cold and impersonal or warm and inviting?
" Are the affairs of your household being attended to faithfully--or are you so busy in other things, that the affairs of your household are ignored and unattended to?
" A house is more than a pile of wood, nails, glass, and shingles. A home is more than just people eating and sleeping at the same address.
" Turning that pile of building materials into a house is the job of the construction workers.
" Turning the inside of that building into a home is the wife's responsibility.

"d. A wise woman builds her home…
" The woman builds the family numerically by giving birth.
" She also builds it up spiritually by her godly character reflected in the home day in and day out… and by teaching her children in the things of the Lord.
" She builds it up economically by her industry and hard work. Read Prov. 31 -- this woman was a hard worker and profited the whole family from her efforts." [Note: Proverbs 31:10-31, which describes the characteristics of a virtuous woman, can be found here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+31%3A10-31&version=KJV.]

 If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-14-index/proverbs-14_1/.

JULY 13

Proverbs 13:22: "A good man
[a hard-working, law-abiding parent who saves his (or her) money and spends it wisely] leaveth an inheritance to his [or her] children's children [children and grandchildren]: and the wealth of the sinner [someone with many sinful habits (laziness, gambling, drinking, etc.)] is laid up for the just [usually ends up in the hands of people with good morals]."

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. Here are some excerpts:

-- In the first section, regarding inheritances, the commentary notes that some people don't have children; others are poor and can't leave an inheritance for their children and grandchildren. However, per paragraph 3b:

" Whether you leave earthly goods behind or not--be sure you leave this behind in your portfolio… a godly heritage…
" One man may leave behind a valuable family heirloom: perhaps an antique grandfather clock… or a valuable picture… or a bed George Washington slept in. For years to come your children and grandchildren will remember you by that clock or bed…
" But far more important is it for them to remember grandpa as a man who loved the Lord… who read his Bible every day… and prayed for them every day… and was seen in the Lord's House every Lord's day. That's a priceless inheritance to leave behind!"

-- In the second section, regarding redistribution of wealth, the commentary says that Solomon was right in observing that "Wealth often changes hands… and it seems to end up in the hands of good men."

-- The commentary ends with this:

"5.) One thing is sure--you can't take it [your money] with you [when you die].

"a.) You are never sure how your hard earned wealth will be used…

"b.) But if we leave behind a heritage of godliness [i.e., 'a righteous example… of godliness… mercy… compassion… Christlikeness… charity…'][,] that can never be wasted…"

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-13-index/proverbs-13_22/.

JULY 12

Proverbs 12:6: "The words of the wicked
[people] are to lie in wait for blood [in other words, these bad people discuss and brag about their intentions to injure, kill, and/or destroy other people and/or things]: but the mouth of the upright [referring to people with good morals who learn about those evil plans and report them to the proper authorities] shall deliver [rescue] them [i.e., the targets of the evil plans, or the people and/or things being conspired against] [from harm]."

According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, the above verse is about pre-meditated crimes, or those which are thought about and discussed in advance. One way to prevent these crimes from taking place is summarized by a saying that has recently become popular in the United States; i.e., "If you see something, say something."

In paragraph 2c of the first section of his excellent commentary, Pastor Delany says, "Long before the crime, the invasion, the attack, the rape, the robbery, or the mugging ever took place… wicked men sat around somewhere planning it… discussing it… discussing the best way to carry out their evil deeds."

Specific examples of these types of discussions include the following (from paragraph 1 of the commentary):

"c. Gangs of wicked youths gather together to plan robberies… rapes… muggings… and other ways to harm people.

"d. Drug addicts sit around in dingy cellars and discuss how to break into homes, drug stores, and banks--and yes, kill if necessary.

"e. Political leaders in rogue states sit around gilded palaces making plans to invade their neighbor's land… and kill and plunder to overthrow it.

"f. Terrorist cell groups meet secretly to discuss ways to destroy America and Israel.

"g. Some ethnic groups holding on to political power sit around conference tables and discuss how to ethnically cleanse the region of those they hate.

"h. Guerilla groups meet in a secluded jungle discussing how they can take over the villages on the other side of the mountains…

"i. What might appear to be perfectly average suburbanite, might be sitting in someone's living room, talking to some street thug plotting to have his wife killed."

The commentary continues:

"3. It is unlikely that any of us ever hear first hand of such evil plots to kill.

"a. However, we MAY become privy to OTHER forms of wicked words.

"b. We might hear of others gossiping about a person…

"c. We might hear of some employees that are planning to steal some of the company's property.

"d. We might hear damaging words of slander against a brother.

"e. We might hear of plans to cause trouble in the local church.

"f. Some of you young people might hear conversations at school of kids who are planning to break the rules… or to hurt someone in the class… or to steal… or to buy drugs… or get in some other kind of trouble."

Then, in the second section of the commentary, we find the following:

"5. Applications:

"a. Whistleblowers… if you work for a company and know of theft, or criminal activity, it is our responsibility to speak up for that which is right!
" We are to use our mouths to deliver.
" If a person at work is being blamed for something he didn't do, and is going to be fired for it, and you know who really did it, you have a responsibility to speak up!
" The wicked use their words to cause trouble. We should use our mouths to deliver those folks unjustly accused.

"b. School… if there are kids at school who are planning illegal activity (stealing; drugs; violence, etc.) you have a responsibility to report it to an adult!
" I wonder if any of the kids at Columbine knew about the murderous plot and were afraid to speak up! Imagine how awful they would feel afterwards!
" If you know that your friend at school bought some drugs, and you say nothing about it… imagine how awful you would feel if they overdosed and died?! And just a few words to the right people could have prevented it.
" I wouldn't want that on my conscience!
" We're not talking about being a snitch for every tiny infraction. We are talking about serious issues… grave matters that might affect someone's health or life…

"c. Local Church… if you know of someone spreading gossip… or false doctrine, you have a responsibility to let the leaders know about it… before many are hurt.
" Leaven can spread rapidly.
" The sooner such activity is dealt with in the local church, the better.
" If you know that someone's reputation is being dragged through the mud, and you have information that could deliver that person, then you are responsible to help!

"d. In our country: if we hear of a crime being planned, then by all means, report it to the authorities!
" This is part of our responsibility as a citizen… to promote the welfare of the state… and safety of its people.
" Our government is urging us to be eyes and ears to report all suspicious activity that might be related to terrorism!
" Consider Prov. [Proverbs] 31:8-9 -- in light of abortion. As believers, we have a responsibility to "speak up" for those slated for destruction… for those unable to speak up for themselves. And we can SPEAK on this issue on Election Day!
" There are a lot of issues we as believers can and should speak out on… on Election Day!

"e. Prov. [Proverbs] 24:11-12 -- if we forbear to do what is right… and pretend we didn't know, rest assured, God knows our heart!
" God will hold us accountable.
" We could have and should have delivered someone from injustice… and we sat quietly by and said nothing. Shame on us!
" Sometimes just one simple word can save a man's life… or a man's reputation… his career… because someone had guts enough to stand up and speak up for that which was right.
" You be that kind of person!"

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-12-index/proverbs-12_6/
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JULY 11

Galatians 6:2
[The apostle Paul's advice to Christians]: "Bear ye [take up, carry] one another's burdens [heavy loads] [for example, try to help others resist temptation and overcome sin (through guidance, prayer, etc.), and offer your support and assistance to people who are experiencing sickness and/or trials and troubles in their lives], and [by doing] so fulfil [obey] the law of [Jesus] Christ[,] [which is to 'love one another'--see reference below*]."
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*John 13:34: "A new commandment I [Jesus] give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

JULY 5-10

1 Kings 3:16-28 - A very wise king proves that he's also a very wise judge
In this story, King Solomon uses his God-given wisdom to determine who is the child's real mother.

Verse 16: "Then came there two women, that were harlots [prostitutes, both of whom had recently been pregnant], unto the king [Solomon], and stood before him."

Verses 17-18: "And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell
[live together] in one house; and I was delivered of [gave birth to] a child with her in the house. And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save [except, besides] we two in the house [i.e., they were alone, so there were no witnesses to what happened next]."

Verses 19-21: "And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid
[laid on top of, and smothered,] it. And she arose [got up] at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid [referring to herself] slept, and laid it in her bosom [near her breasts], and laid her dead child in my bosom [near my breasts]. And when I rose [got up] in the morning to give my child suck [i.e., to nurse him], behold, it was dead: but when I had considered [thought about] it in the morning, behold, [I realized that] it [the dead child] was not my son, which I did bear [give birth to]."

Verse 22: "And the other woman said, Nay
[no]; but the living [child] is my son, and the dead [one] is thy [your] son. And this [woman, referring to herself,] said, No; but the dead [child] is thy son, and the living [one] is my son. Thus they spake before the king."

Verse 23: "Then said the king, The one
[woman] saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead [child]: and the other [woman] saith, Nay [no]; but thy [your] son is the dead [child], and my son is the living [one]."

Verses 24-25: "And the king said
[to his officers], Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king. And the king said, Divide [cut] the living child in two, and give half to the one [mother], and half to the other."

Verse 26: "Then spake the woman whose the living child was
[to whom the living child belonged] unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon [because she had great love and compassion (pity and concern) for] her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay [kill] it. But the other [woman] said, Let it be neither mine nor thine [yours], but divide it."

Verse 27: "Then the king answered and said, Give her
[the woman who truly loved and was willing to give up] the living child, and in no wise [by no means] slay it: she is the mother thereof."

Verse 28: "And all
[of the people in] Israel [or 'all of the Jewish people'] heard of the judgment [case] which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment [make wise decisions]."

JULY 4

1 Peter 2:13-16 - The Apostle Peter's Advice to Christians

Verses 13-14: "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man
[obey all laws, as long as they are not in conflict with the law of God] for the Lord's sake [because he has required it]: whether it be [obedience] to the king, as supreme [highest in rank or authority]; Or [obedience] unto governors [people who run the government], as unto them that are sent by him [i.e., the king, or person who is highest in command] for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well."

Verse 15: "For so
[that] is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men [and women] [see note below*]:"

Verse 16: "
[Do this (i.e., 'Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man')] As [being] free [spiritually--from bondage to Satan and sin], and not using your [Christian] liberty [referring to your freedom in Christ, or salvation,] for a cloke [cloak] of [or cover for] maliciousness [a feeling of hatred for others along with a desire to hurt them, either through words or deeds], but as the servants of God."
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*According to Albert Barnes, regarding verse 15: "… One of the best ways of meeting the accusations of our enemies is to lead a life of strict integrity. It is not easy for the wicked to reply to this argument." (Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-peter-2.html, "Verse 15")

JULY 3

Proverbs 3:3-4 - Two Important Virtues: Mercy and Truth
This is King Solomon's advice to his son, but it also applies to us.

Verse 3: "Let not [don't let] mercy [goodness, kindness, compassion] and truth [truthfulness, reliability, faithfulness (loyalty), as when you are true to someone, meaning they can depend on you] forsake thee [leave you]: bind them about thy [around your] neck [like a necklace]; write them upon the table [tablet] of thine [your] heart [i.e., keep them close to your heart and don't be ashamed of them]:"

Verse 4: "
[If  those two virtues (mercy and truth, which are examples of good moral character) become second nature (meaning they can be done instinctively, or automatically),] So shalt thou [then you will] find favour [acceptance] and good understanding in the sight of God and man [mankind, people]."

If we want to have love and respect, we need to exhibit mercy and truth.

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-3-index/proverbs-3_3-4/.

JULY 2

John 3:19-20 - Jesus Tells Nicodemus Why People Reject the Gospel

Verse 19: "And this is the
[cause of] condemnation [or 'the reason why people are sent to hell'] [i.e.,], that light [referring to the Lord Jesus Christ] is come into the world, and men [and women and children] loved darkness rather than light [preferred error (false doctrine) over truth, and sin over righteousness (salvation)], because their deeds [works, actions] were evil."

Verse 20: "For
[because] every one that doeth evil [or does bad things] hateth [hates] the light, neither cometh [and does not come] to the light, lest [for fear that] his [or her] deeds should be reproved [detected (discovered) and punished]." [That could why more bad behavior and crime occurs at night.]

Regarding verse 19, one Bible commentator said: "This verse forever lays to rest the conceit that unbelief is an intellectual problem; on the contrary, it is basically a moral problem." (Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/john/3-19.html, "Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible")

JULY 1

Jude 1:24-25 - God Deserves Our Worship and Praise

Verse 24: "Now unto him
[God the Father] that is able to keep you from falling [into error and sin], and to present you faultless [without fault, blameless, innocent] before the presence of his glory [in heaven] with exceeding [very great] joy,"

Verse 25: "To the only wise God our Saviour
[referring to God the Father, who is the source of our salvation, and/or God the Son (i.e., the Lord Jesus Christ), who died on the cross to pay for our sins so we could have the gift of eternal life--see note below*], be glory [honor, praise] and majesty [dignity, grandeur (splendor, magnificence)], dominion [supreme authority] and power [influence and control], both now and ever [forever, always]. Amen."
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*Many Bible commentators agree that the phrase To the only wise God our Saviour in the above verse refers to God the Father. Here is what two of them wrote:

-- "… Clearly this is a reference to God the Father, which might at first seem confusing, because normally we think of Jesus as Savior (and rightly so!). However, since God is manifest as a Trinity, all three Persons of the Godhead participate in salvation. The Father initiates salvation, Jesus accomplishes it and the Spirit effects it." (Source:
https://www.preceptaustin.org/jude_25_commentary, "Praise to the Only God")

-- "The oldest manuscripts add, 'through Jesus Christ our Lord.' The transcribers, fancying that 'Savior' applied to Christ alone, omitted the words. The sense is, To the only God (the Father) who is our Savior through (that is, by the mediation of) Jesus Christ our Lord." (Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/jude/1-25.html, "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible")


Previous Verses
July 2019
JULY 31

Proverbs 31:20
[Referring to a virtuous (physically, morally, and spiritually strong) woman, King Solomon wrote]: "She stretcheth out her hand to the poor [people]; yea [yes], she reacheth forth her hands to the needy [people]."

The above verse concerns charity, or helping those who are in need of food, shelter, clothing, assistance, etc.

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-31-index/proverbs-31_20/.

JULY 30

John 3:14-15: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent
[in this case, the image of a snake, made of brass] [on a pole] in the wilderness [desert] [see note below for explanation*], even so [in like manner] must the Son of man [i.e., Jesus, the Messiah and Son of God,] be lifted up [on the cross]: [so] That whosoever [whoever] believeth in him [Jesus, meaning 'those who believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for their sins, and that he was buried and rose again, and who trust him as their personal Savior'] should not perish [be destroyed in hell and/or the lake of fire], but [will] have eternal life [in heaven]."
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*Numbers 21:5-9:

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

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

-- Verse 9: "And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."
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In his commentary on today's verses, Albert Barnes said:

Verse 14 -- Jesus Must 'Be Lifted Up':

"… The points of resemblance between his [Jesus'] being lifted up and that of the brass serpent seem to be these:

"1.In each case those who are to be benefited can he aided in no other way. The bite of the serpent was deadly, and could be healed only by looking on the brass serpent; and sin is deadly in its nature, and can be removed only by looking on the cross.

"2.The mode of their being lifted up. The brass serpent was in the sight of the people. So Jesus was exalted from the earth raised on a tree or cross.

"3.The design was similar. The one was to save the life, the other the soul; the one to save from temporal, the other from eternal death.

"4.The manner of the cure was similar. The people of Israel were to look on the serpent and be healed, and so sinners are to look on the Lord Jesus that they may be saved. …"

Verse 15 -- Whoever Believes 'Should Not Perish':

"… All who believe on Jesus shall be saved from this condemnation [punishment in hell] and be raised up to eternal life. And from this we learn:

"1.that there is salvation in no other.

"2.that salvation is here full and free for all who will come.

"3.that it is easy. What was more easy for a poor, wounded, dying Israelite, bitten by a poisonous serpent, than to look up to a brass serpent? So with the poor, lost, dying sinner. And what more foolish than for such a wounded, dying man to refuse to look on a remedy so easy and effectual? So nothing is more foolish man for a lost and dying sinner to 'refuse' to look on God's only Son, exalted on a cross to die for the sins of men, and able to save to the uttermost 'all' who come to God by him."

(Source for Barnes quotes: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/john-3.html)

JULY 29

James 1:2-3
[In a letter to Jewish Christians, the apostle James (a brother of Jesus) wrote]: "My brethren [fellow Christians], count it all joy [rejoice, be happy] when ye [you] fall into divers temptations [various kinds of trials (including sickness, poverty, bereavement, persecution, etc.]; Knowing [realizing] this, that the trying [testing] of your faith worketh [results in] patience."

The above verse applies to all Christians.

JULY 26-28

Mark 10:2-9 - Marriage and Divorce

Verse 2: "And the Pharisees
[religious leaders--see note below*] came to him [Jesus], and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put [send] away [or divorce] his wife ['for every cause' (as is written in Matthew 19:3)]? tempting him [Jesus] [to say the wrong thing, or trying to "trip him up" in his answer]."

Verses 3-4: "And he
[Jesus] answered and said unto them [the Pharisees], What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered [allowed] [a Jewish man] to write a bill of divorcement [divorce], and to put [send] her [his wife] away."

Verses 5-6: "And Jesus answered and said unto them, For
[due to] the hardness of your heart he [Moses] wrote you this precept [rule of behavior, permitting divorce]. But from the beginning of the creation God made them [referring to Adam and Eve] male and female."

Verses 7-8: "For this cause
[reason, meaning marriage,] shall a man leave his father and mother [no longer live with them], and cleave to [join together and live with] his wife; And they twain [two] shall be one flesh [be closely united with one another--legally, physically, and with mutual (shared) interests, love, etc.]: so then they are no more twain [two separate souls], but one flesh."

Verse 9: "What therefore God hath joined together
[in marriage], let not man put asunder [tear apart, divide, separate]."

You may be familiar with verse 9, as it is sometimes quoted by people who officiate (conduct) wedding ceremonies.

Due to the hard hearts of the Jewish people, Moses temporarily allowed divorce. However, God's original intention and desire was that all marriages would last forever.
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*Pharisees were members of a religious sect (group) who considered themselves to be more righteous than other Jews. They believed in strict observance of religious ceremonies and practices and in adherence to oral laws and traditions. They also believed in an afterlife and the coming of a Messiah.

JULY 25

Psalm 118:24: "This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."

It's a sunny and beautiful summer day where I live, which made me think of this verse.

According to many Bible commentators, this verse refers to the Sabbath, which is observed on Saturday as a day of rest and worship for Jewish people. Christians have not been commanded to keep the Sabbath (see note below) and are free to continue with their normal daily activities on that day. However, no matter who we are or what we're doing, we should always be thankful for every day that is given to us by God, especially Sunday (also known as the "Lord's day," when Christians gather together at church to worship) and Easter (when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ).

Note: GotQuestions.org has written several articles to answer questions about the Sabbath. One of them is entitled "What day is the Sabbath, Saturday or Sunday? Do Christians have to observe the Sabbath day?" and can be found here: https://www.gotquestions.org/Saturday-Sunday.html.

JULY 24

Romans 6:15-16 - Are Christians allowed to sin?
Referring to born-again Christians, the apostle Paul wrote:

Verse 15: "What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law [of Moses, which prohibits sin], but under grace [which pardons sin]? [Paul implies that the answer to his question is 'no' by saying,] God forbid ['May God keep that from happening' or 'I hope that does not happen']."

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

You may be wondering if some so-called Christians, based on their actions, are truly born again.

Here are two articles concerning bad Christian testimonies:

-- "Why do so many Christians fail the 'practice what you preach' standard?
   
https://www.gotquestions.org/practice-what-you-preach.html)

-- "How bad can a Christian sin?"
   
https://www.gotquestions.org/sin-Christian.html)

Charles Spurgeon had some interesting thoughts on the above verses. This is what he wrote in his commentary:

"Romans 6:15. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace?

"Oh! this old question keeps coming up. Somebody wants to sin. Well, if he wants to sin, why does not he leave this business alone and go and sin? What has he to do with these theological questions at all? But still, he wants, if he can, to make a coverlet for his wickedness; he wants to enjoy the sweets of the child of God, and yet live like an enemy of God, and so he pops in his head over and over again: 'May we not sin because of this or that?' To which the apostle answers again, 'God forbid.' Oh! may God always forbid it to you, and to me: may the question never be tolerated among us.

"Romans 6:15-16. God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

"If you are doing the deeds of sin, you are the servants of sin and only as you are doing the will of God can you claim to be the servant of God. 'Hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.' That becomes the index of our condition. The man, then, that lives in sin and loves it, need not talk about the grace of God he is a stranger to it, for the mark of those that come under grace is this, that they serve God, and no longer serve sin."

(Source for above quote:
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/spe/romans-6.html, "Verses 1-19")

JULY 23

Proverbs 23:29-30 - Dangers of Alcohol
Below is a list of some emotional, social (interpersonal relationship), and physical problems that are caused by drinking too much.

Verse 29 - Questions:

[1] "Who hath
[has] woe [intense suffering caused by misfortune, affliction, or grief]?
[2] who hath sorrow
[deep distress, sadness, or regret, especially for the loss of a beloved person or thing]?
[3]  who hath contentions
[arguments, disagreements, fights]?
[4] who hath babbling
[foolish talking]?
[5] who hath wounds without cause
[injuries caused by accidents, fighting for no good reason, etc.]?
[6] who hath redness of eyes
[bloodshot eyes]?"

Verse 30 - Answer:

"They that tarry
[linger] long at the wine [referring to people who 'hang out' (and drink too much) at bars and other places where alcohol is served]; they that go to seek [search for] mixed wine [alcoholic beverages]."

Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on the above verses, including examples of ways in which drunk people can get hurt (physically, mentally, and emotionally) and an explanation of what mixed wine was in Bible times. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-23-index/proverbs-23_29-30/.

JULY 22

Deuteronomy 4:23-24
[Moses said to the people of Israel]: "Take heed unto yourselves [be on guard, watch out, be careful], lest ye [so you don't] forget the covenant [agreement] of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image [also known as an idol, or false god], or the likeness of any thing [such as a statue (carved out of wood, stone, or metal) of someone or something to be worshiped instead of, or in addition to, Almighty God], which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee [you] [to do]. For [because] the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God [and he wants--and deserves--our respect, fear, love, and obedience.]."

God hated idolatry in Bible times, and he hates it today, especially when committed by Christians.

For more information on subjects mentioned in the above verse, read:

-- "What is a graven image?"
    (https://www.gotquestions.org/graven-image.html)

-- "What does it mean that God is a consuming fire?"
      (https://www.gotquestions.org/consuming-fire.html)

JULY 21

1 Corinthians 15:33
[In a letter to the Christian church at Corinth, the apostle Paul wrote]: "Be not deceived [don't be misled or fooled by false teachers, especially those who deny Jesus' resurrection]: [be aware that] evil communications [bad company, bad friends, bad companions] corrupt good manners [destroy good morals, negatively influence your behavior (i.e., change it from good to bad)]."

According to Albert Barnes:

"… The sentiment of the passage is, that the contact of evil-minded men, or that the close friendship and conversation of those who hold erroneous opinions, or who are impure in their lives, tends to corrupt the morals, the heart, the sentiments of others. The particular thing to which Paul here applies it is the subject of the resurrection. Such contact would tend to corrupt the simplicity of their faith, and pervert their views of the truth of the gospel, and thus corrupt their lives. It is always true that such contact has a pernicious effect on the mind and the heart. It is done:

"(1) By their direct effort to corrupt the opinions, and to lead others into sin.

"(2) by the secret, silent influence of their words, and conversation, and example. We have less horror at vice by becoming familiar with it; we look with less alarm on error when we hear it often expressed; we become less watchful and cautious when we are constantly with the frivilous, the worldly, the unprincipled, and the vicious. Hence, Christ sought that there should be a pure society, and that his people should principally seek the friendship and conversation of each other, and withdraw from the world. It is in the way that Paul here refers to, that Christians embrace false doctrines; that they lose their spirituality, love of prayer, fervor of piety, and devotion to God. It is in this way that the simple are beguiled, the young corrupted, and that vice, and crime, and infidelity spread over the world."

(Source for quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-corinthians-15.html, "Verse 33," "Evil Communications")

JULY 20

Proverbs 20:2: "The fear of a king
[referring to the fear that a person should have of a king (or queen), a dictator, or any other type of leader or person in charge] is as the roaring of a lion [is similar to the fear that a person would normally have when standing in front of a roaring lion]: whoso [whoever] provoketh him [or her--the 'king'] to anger [i.e., whoever makes the leader angry] sinneth against his [or her] own soul [or puts his (or her) life in danger--by giving the leader a reason to seek revenge and do something to make that person's life miserable … or even (if the leader is a dictator with absolute authority to do whatever he [or she] wants to do) to have the person killed]."

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse.

According to Pastor Delany, kings, like lions, are powerful, strong, and unpredictable. Consequently, we should avoid confrontations with people in authority (examples include a speeder arguing with a police officer, students in a classroom murmuring about their teacher, and employees bad-mouthing their boss), and we shouldn't embarrass kings and other leaders or make them look bad, because we never know for sure what their reaction will be or how it will affect us.

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-20-index/proverbs-20_2/.

JULY 19

Psalm 92:1
[These thoughts of the psalmist were directed to God]: "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy [your] name [i.e., 'Jehovah'--see note below*], O most High:"

According to the Bible, this was a psalm (or song of praise to God) for the sabbath day. Christians should follow that example, not only during church services but at other times as well.

In his commentary on this verse, Albert Barnes tells us why "[i]t is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord …":

"(1) The thing itself is appropriate, for there is much, under all circumstances, to be thankful for: life, health, food, raiment [clothing], air, water, friends, recollections, hopes - and, above all, the blessings of redemption, and the assurance that we may be happy forever. Many of these things may be found in the condition of all; but if all else fail, the hope of heaven - the assurance that the Redeemer died - the offer of salvation - cannot fail. That is ours, and cannot be taken away.

"(2) The effect is good. It is a desirable state of mind. It tends to happiness, contentment, peace. A gloomy mind makes all things around more gloomy; an unthankful mind is an unhappy mind; a murmuring, complaining, dissatisfied mind makes its possessor wretched, and all around him miserable.

"(3) it is good as it is due to God. For all his favor we should be thankful - and all that we enjoy is his gift.

"(4) it tends much to lessen the real troubles and afflictions of life to dwell on those things for which we should be thankful …"

(Source for above quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-92.html, "Verse 1")
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*Throughout the Bible, God is referred to by many names. Some of the better known ones are explained in the article entitled "What are the different names of God and what do they mean?" Here is an excerpt from that article:

"ADONAI: 'Lord' … -- used in place of YHWH, which was thought by the Jews to be too sacred to be uttered by sinful men. In the Old Testament, YHWH is more often used in God's dealings with His people, while Adonai is used more when He deals with the Gentiles.

"YHWH / YAHWEH / JEHOVAH: 'LORD' … -- strictly speaking, the only proper name for God. Translated in English Bibles 'LORD' (all capitals) to distinguish it from Adonai, 'Lord.' The revelation of the name is first given to Moses 'I Am who I Am' …. This name specifies an immediacy, a presence. Yahweh is present, accessible, near to those who call on Him for deliverance …, forgiveness … and guidance …."

If you want to read the entire article, including many Bible references (which have been omitted in the quoted material above), here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/names-of-God.html.

JULY 18

Proverbs 18:13: "
[Regarding] He [or she] that answereth a matter [gives an opinion about something] before he [or she] heareth it [the whole story, or both sides of it], it is folly [foolishness] and shame unto him [or her]."

This verse is about making snap judgments, jumping to conclusions, making up our minds without knowing all of the facts.

In his commentary, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church uses a story from the Bible (i.e., Chapter 22 of the book of Joshua, which can be found here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+22&version=KJV) to show why a person shouldn't "answereth a matter before he heareth it."  The commentary ends by saying, "Wars have started; marriages have ended; families destroyed; churches split; friendships broken; lives ruined; reputations damaged… all because of men have answered a matter before they heard it."

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: http://www.salembible.org/proverbs-18-index/proverbs-18_13/.

JULY 17

Proverbs 17:17: "A friend loveth at all times
[a true and faithful friend will stick by you in good times and bad times], and a brother [or other relative] is born for adversity [to comfort, encourage, help, and support his or her family members when they are in trouble or distress]."

The greatest example of a friend who "loveth at all times" is the Lord Jesus Christ, and a song has been written about that fact. It's called "My Forever Friend" and was written by Charlie Landsborough about his loving Savior, Jesus. It's my favorite song because it has beautiful music, excellent singing, and wonderful words. I first heard it while listening to a music CD from the Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell (no relation to me).

There are several videos on You Tube of both men (Daniel and Charlie) singing this song. If you want to watch the videos, here are two links that I like:

"My Forever Friend" performed by Daniel O'Donnell:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XUDS7e20og&list=RD5XUDS7e20og&start_radio=1

"My Forever Friend"  performed by Charlie Landsborough:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOql1c-Ytjg

If you listen to this song, I hope you like it as much as I do.
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Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-17-index/proverbs-17_17/
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JULY 16

Proverbs 16:6: "By mercy
[kindness] and truth [of God] [i.e., because God the Father kept his promise and sent God the Son (Jesus Christ) to earth to die on the cross for the sins of the world] iniquity [sin, wickedness] is purged [cleansed] [by the blood of Jesus--if and when we receive him as Savior]: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil [stop doing bad things]."

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. This is what it says about it in the second half:

"2. God is merciful and gracious. He is a pardoning God who purges iniquity.

"3. However, that is not to say that He treats sin lightly.

"a. Those whose sins are forgiven and purged are expected to DEPART from evil…

"b. God is merciful and gracious to the repentant, but He is also a Judge who executes judgment against sin.

"c. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God… to hold on to sin in our lives before an infinitely holy God and to experience His chastening in our lives.

"d. Therefore, one whose sins have been purged is expected to FEAR God… and depart from evil.

"e. Don't assume that God's mercy and grace mean that He doesn't take sin seriously. He does.

"f. After speaking of God's mercy and truth which purge from sin, Solomon immediately reminds his readers of the exceeding sinfulness of sin!"

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-16-index/proverbs-16_6/.

Note:
Have you received the Lord Jesus Christ (God's Son) as your personal Savior and been cleansed from sin? If not, and if you believe that Jesus 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.

For detailed instructions for the plan of salvation, visit the "Printable Gospel Tracts" page of my website. You'll find it here:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

JULY 15

Philippians 2:3: "Let nothing be done through strife
[conflict, rivalry (trying to outdo others), ambition] or vainglory [vanity, pride; i.e., having a desire to honor ourselves, attract attention, win praise, etc.]; but in lowliness of mind [through humility] let each [person] esteem [honor] other [people] better than themselves."

In his commentary, Albert Barnes has a very thorough explanation of this verse. For example, this is what he said about the meaning of vainglory:

"… The idea seems to be that of mere self-esteem; a mere desire to honor ourselves, to attract attention, to win praise, to make ourselves uppermost, or foremost, or the main object. The command here solemnly forbids our doing anything with such an aim - no matter whether it be in intellectual attainments, in physical strength, in skill in music, in eloquence or song, in dress, furniture, or religion. Self is not to be foremost; selfishness is not to be the motive. Probably there is no command of the Bible which would have a wider sweep than this, or would touch on more points of human conduct, it fairly applied. Who is there who passes a single day without, in some respect, desiring to display himself? What minister of the gospel preaches, who never has any wish to exhibit his talents, eloquence, or learning? How few make a gesture, but with some wish to display the grace or power with which it is done! Who, in conversation, is always free from a desire to show his wit, or his power in argumentation, or his skill in repartee? Who plays at the piano without the desire of commendation? Who thunders in the senate, or goes to the field of battle; who builds a house, or purchases an article of apparel; who writes a book, or performs a deed of benevolence, altogether uninfluenced by this desire? If all could be taken out of human conduct which is performed merely from 'strife,' or from 'vain-glory,' how small a portion would be left!"

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/philippians-2.html, "Verse 3")

JULY 14

Proverbs 14:1: "Every wise woman buildeth her house
[in this case, her household, or family]: but the foolish [woman] plucketh [pulls] it down [i.e., destroys or ruins it] with her hands."

In his commentary on this verse, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church explains the steps involved in building a good Christian home.

Here's what the commentary says in paragraph 4b:

" God has given the godly wife a blueprint for the home: God's Word [i.e., the Bible]!
" Just as a set of blueprints spells out how everything is to be assembled on the outside of the structure… God's Word is the woman's blueprint which spells out clearly how things should be ordered on the inside of the home.
" There IS an order: the husband is to be the loving head; the wife is to willingly submit; they are to work together to bring up the children according to God's pattern… and children are to obey.

"1. This order is never to be ignored or reversed."

And this excerpt is from paragraph 5:

"b. The woman's job is to be working on the moral and spiritual climate in the home before the kids.
" A house is built with brick and mortar; wood and nails;
" A home is built with love, kindness, beauty, orderliness; discernment; education; harmony; unity; stability.

"c. The woman's job is to taking care of the internal affairs of the home…
" Is your house IN ORDER?
" Do you take care of your possessions?
" Is it neat or messy?
" Do you walk around the home teaching your children about the Lord?
" Is it a place where Christ is lifted up or hardly mentioned?
" Is it a place of chaos or discipline and order?
" Is the home cold and impersonal or warm and inviting?
" Are the affairs of your household being attended to faithfully--or are you so busy in other things, that the affairs of your household are ignored and unattended to?
" A house is more than a pile of wood, nails, glass, and shingles. A home is more than just people eating and sleeping at the same address.
" Turning that pile of building materials into a house is the job of the construction workers.
" Turning the inside of that building into a home is the wife's responsibility.

"d. A wise woman builds her home…
" The woman builds the family numerically by giving birth.
" She also builds it up spiritually by her godly character reflected in the home day in and day out… and by teaching her children in the things of the Lord.
" She builds it up economically by her industry and hard work. Read Prov. 31 -- this woman was a hard worker and profited the whole family from her efforts." [Note: Proverbs 31:10-31, which describes the characteristics of a virtuous woman, can be found here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+31%3A10-31&version=KJV.]

 If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-14-index/proverbs-14_1/.

JULY 13

Proverbs 13:22: "A good man
[a hard-working, law-abiding parent who saves his (or her) money and spends it wisely] leaveth an inheritance to his [or her] children's children [children and grandchildren]: and the wealth of the sinner [someone with many sinful habits (laziness, gambling, drinking, etc.)] is laid up for the just [usually ends up in the hands of people with good morals]."

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. Here are some excerpts:

-- In the first section, regarding inheritances, the commentary notes that some people don't have children; others are poor and can't leave an inheritance for their children and grandchildren. However, per paragraph 3b:

" Whether you leave earthly goods behind or not--be sure you leave this behind in your portfolio… a godly heritage…
" One man may leave behind a valuable family heirloom: perhaps an antique grandfather clock… or a valuable picture… or a bed George Washington slept in. For years to come your children and grandchildren will remember you by that clock or bed…
" But far more important is it for them to remember grandpa as a man who loved the Lord… who read his Bible every day… and prayed for them every day… and was seen in the Lord's House every Lord's day. That's a priceless inheritance to leave behind!"

-- In the second section, regarding redistribution of wealth, the commentary says that Solomon was right in observing that "Wealth often changes hands… and it seems to end up in the hands of good men."

-- The commentary ends with this:

"5.) One thing is sure--you can't take it [your money] with you [when you die].

"a.) You are never sure how your hard earned wealth will be used…

"b.) But if we leave behind a heritage of godliness [i.e., 'a righteous example… of godliness… mercy… compassion… Christlikeness… charity…'][,] that can never be wasted…"

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-13-index/proverbs-13_22/.

JULY 12

Proverbs 12:6: "The words of the wicked
[people] are to lie in wait for blood [in other words, these bad people discuss and brag about their intentions to injure, kill, and/or destroy other people and/or things]: but the mouth of the upright [referring to people with good morals who learn about those evil plans and report them to the proper authorities] shall deliver [rescue] them [i.e., the targets of the evil plans, or the people and/or things being conspired against] [from harm]."

According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, the above verse is about pre-meditated crimes, or those which are thought about and discussed in advance. One way to prevent these crimes from taking place is summarized by a saying that has recently become popular in the United States; i.e., "If you see something, say something."

In paragraph 2c of the first section of his excellent commentary, Pastor Delany says, "Long before the crime, the invasion, the attack, the rape, the robbery, or the mugging ever took place… wicked men sat around somewhere planning it… discussing it… discussing the best way to carry out their evil deeds."

Specific examples of these types of discussions include the following (from paragraph 1 of the commentary):

"c. Gangs of wicked youths gather together to plan robberies… rapes… muggings… and other ways to harm people.

"d. Drug addicts sit around in dingy cellars and discuss how to break into homes, drug stores, and banks--and yes, kill if necessary.

"e. Political leaders in rogue states sit around gilded palaces making plans to invade their neighbor's land… and kill and plunder to overthrow it.

"f. Terrorist cell groups meet secretly to discuss ways to destroy America and Israel.

"g. Some ethnic groups holding on to political power sit around conference tables and discuss how to ethnically cleanse the region of those they hate.

"h. Guerilla groups meet in a secluded jungle discussing how they can take over the villages on the other side of the mountains…

"i. What might appear to be perfectly average suburbanite, might be sitting in someone's living room, talking to some street thug plotting to have his wife killed."

The commentary continues:

"3. It is unlikely that any of us ever hear first hand of such evil plots to kill.

"a. However, we MAY become privy to OTHER forms of wicked words.

"b. We might hear of others gossiping about a person…

"c. We might hear of some employees that are planning to steal some of the company's property.

"d. We might hear damaging words of slander against a brother.

"e. We might hear of plans to cause trouble in the local church.

"f. Some of you young people might hear conversations at school of kids who are planning to break the rules… or to hurt someone in the class… or to steal… or to buy drugs… or get in some other kind of trouble."

Then, in the second section of the commentary, we find the following:

"5. Applications:

"a. Whistleblowers… if you work for a company and know of theft, or criminal activity, it is our responsibility to speak up for that which is right!
" We are to use our mouths to deliver.
" If a person at work is being blamed for something he didn't do, and is going to be fired for it, and you know who really did it, you have a responsibility to speak up!
" The wicked use their words to cause trouble. We should use our mouths to deliver those folks unjustly accused.

"b. School… if there are kids at school who are planning illegal activity (stealing; drugs; violence, etc.) you have a responsibility to report it to an adult!
" I wonder if any of the kids at Columbine knew about the murderous plot and were afraid to speak up! Imagine how awful they would feel afterwards!
" If you know that your friend at school bought some drugs, and you say nothing about it… imagine how awful you would feel if they overdosed and died?! And just a few words to the right people could have prevented it.
" I wouldn't want that on my conscience!
" We're not talking about being a snitch for every tiny infraction. We are talking about serious issues… grave matters that might affect someone's health or life…

"c. Local Church… if you know of someone spreading gossip… or false doctrine, you have a responsibility to let the leaders know about it… before many are hurt.
" Leaven can spread rapidly.
" The sooner such activity is dealt with in the local church, the better.
" If you know that someone's reputation is being dragged through the mud, and you have information that could deliver that person, then you are responsible to help!

"d. In our country: if we hear of a crime being planned, then by all means, report it to the authorities!
" This is part of our responsibility as a citizen… to promote the welfare of the state… and safety of its people.
" Our government is urging us to be eyes and ears to report all suspicious activity that might be related to terrorism!
" Consider Prov. [Proverbs] 31:8-9 -- in light of abortion. As believers, we have a responsibility to "speak up" for those slated for destruction… for those unable to speak up for themselves. And we can SPEAK on this issue on Election Day!
" There are a lot of issues we as believers can and should speak out on… on Election Day!

"e. Prov. [Proverbs] 24:11-12 -- if we forbear to do what is right… and pretend we didn't know, rest assured, God knows our heart!
" God will hold us accountable.
" We could have and should have delivered someone from injustice… and we sat quietly by and said nothing. Shame on us!
" Sometimes just one simple word can save a man's life… or a man's reputation… his career… because someone had guts enough to stand up and speak up for that which was right.
" You be that kind of person!"

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-12-index/proverbs-12_6/
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JULY 11

Galatians 6:2
[The apostle Paul's advice to Christians]: "Bear ye [take up, carry] one another's burdens [heavy loads] [for example, try to help others resist temptation and overcome sin (through guidance, prayer, etc.), and offer your support and assistance to people who are experiencing sickness and/or trials and troubles in their lives], and [by doing] so fulfil [obey] the law of [Jesus] Christ[,] [which is to 'love one another'--see reference below*]."
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*John 13:34: "A new commandment I [Jesus] give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

JULY 5-10

1 Kings 3:16-28 - A very wise king proves that he's also a very wise judge
In this story, King Solomon uses his God-given wisdom to determine who is the child's real mother.

Verse 16: "Then came there two women, that were harlots [prostitutes, both of whom had recently been pregnant], unto the king [Solomon], and stood before him."

Verses 17-18: "And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell
[live together] in one house; and I was delivered of [gave birth to] a child with her in the house. And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save [except, besides] we two in the house [i.e., they were alone, so there were no witnesses to what happened next]."

Verses 19-21: "And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid
[laid on top of, and smothered,] it. And she arose [got up] at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid [referring to herself] slept, and laid it in her bosom [near her breasts], and laid her dead child in my bosom [near my breasts]. And when I rose [got up] in the morning to give my child suck [i.e., to nurse him], behold, it was dead: but when I had considered [thought about] it in the morning, behold, [I realized that] it [the dead child] was not my son, which I did bear [give birth to]."

Verse 22: "And the other woman said, Nay
[no]; but the living [child] is my son, and the dead [one] is thy [your] son. And this [woman, referring to herself,] said, No; but the dead [child] is thy son, and the living [one] is my son. Thus they spake before the king."

Verse 23: "Then said the king, The one
[woman] saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead [child]: and the other [woman] saith, Nay [no]; but thy [your] son is the dead [child], and my son is the living [one]."

Verses 24-25: "And the king said
[to his officers], Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king. And the king said, Divide [cut] the living child in two, and give half to the one [mother], and half to the other."

Verse 26: "Then spake the woman whose the living child was
[to whom the living child belonged] unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon [because she had great love and compassion (pity and concern) for] her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay [kill] it. But the other [woman] said, Let it be neither mine nor thine [yours], but divide it."

Verse 27: "Then the king answered and said, Give her
[the woman who truly loved and was willing to give up] the living child, and in no wise [by no means] slay it: she is the mother thereof."

Verse 28: "And all
[of the people in] Israel [or 'all of the Jewish people'] heard of the judgment [case] which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment [make wise decisions]."

JULY 4

1 Peter 2:13-16 - The Apostle Peter's Advice to Christians

Verses 13-14: "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man
[obey all laws, as long as they are not in conflict with the law of God] for the Lord's sake [because he has required it]: whether it be [obedience] to the king, as supreme [highest in rank or authority]; Or [obedience] unto governors [people who run the government], as unto them that are sent by him [i.e., the king, or person who is highest in command] for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well."

Verse 15: "For so
[that] is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men [and women] [see note below*]:"

Verse 16: "
[Do this (i.e., 'Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man')] As [being] free [spiritually--from bondage to Satan and sin], and not using your [Christian] liberty [referring to your freedom in Christ, or salvation,] for a cloke [cloak] of [or cover for] maliciousness [a feeling of hatred for others along with a desire to hurt them, either through words or deeds], but as the servants of God."
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*According to Albert Barnes, regarding verse 15: "… One of the best ways of meeting the accusations of our enemies is to lead a life of strict integrity. It is not easy for the wicked to reply to this argument." (Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-peter-2.html, "Verse 15")

JULY 3

Proverbs 3:3-4 - Two Important Virtues: Mercy and Truth
This is King Solomon's advice to his son, but it also applies to us.

Verse 3: "Let not [don't let] mercy [goodness, kindness, compassion] and truth [truthfulness, reliability, faithfulness (loyalty), as when you are true to someone, meaning they can depend on you] forsake thee [leave you]: bind them about thy [around your] neck [like a necklace]; write them upon the table [tablet] of thine [your] heart [i.e., keep them close to your heart and don't be ashamed of them]:"

Verse 4: "
[If  those two virtues (mercy and truth, which are examples of good moral character) become second nature (meaning they can be done instinctively, or automatically),] So shalt thou [then you will] find favour [acceptance] and good understanding in the sight of God and man [mankind, people]."

If we want to have love and respect, we need to exhibit mercy and truth.

Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-3-index/proverbs-3_3-4/.

JULY 2

John 3:19-20 - Jesus Tells Nicodemus Why People Reject the Gospel

Verse 19: "And this is the
[cause of] condemnation [or 'the reason why people are sent to hell'] [i.e.,], that light [referring to the Lord Jesus Christ] is come into the world, and men [and women and children] loved darkness rather than light [preferred error (false doctrine) over truth, and sin over righteousness (salvation)], because their deeds [works, actions] were evil."

Verse 20: "For
[because] every one that doeth evil [or does bad things] hateth [hates] the light, neither cometh [and does not come] to the light, lest [for fear that] his [or her] deeds should be reproved [detected (discovered) and punished]." [That could why more bad behavior and crime occurs at night.]

Regarding verse 19, one Bible commentator said: "This verse forever lays to rest the conceit that unbelief is an intellectual problem; on the contrary, it is basically a moral problem." (Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/john/3-19.html, "Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible")

JULY 1

Jude 1:24-25 - God Deserves Our Worship and Praise

Verse 24: "Now unto him
[God the Father] that is able to keep you from falling [into error and sin], and to present you faultless [without fault, blameless, innocent] before the presence of his glory [in heaven] with exceeding [very great] joy,"

Verse 25: "To the only wise God our Saviour
[referring to God the Father, who is the source of our salvation, and/or God the Son (i.e., the Lord Jesus Christ), who died on the cross to pay for our sins so we could have the gift of eternal life--see note below*], be glory [honor, praise] and majesty [dignity, grandeur (splendor, magnificence)], dominion [supreme authority] and power [influence and control], both now and ever [forever, always]. Amen."
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*Many Bible commentators agree that the phrase To the only wise God our Saviour in the above verse refers to God the Father. Here is what two of them wrote:

-- "… Clearly this is a reference to God the Father, which might at first seem confusing, because normally we think of Jesus as Savior (and rightly so!). However, since God is manifest as a Trinity, all three Persons of the Godhead participate in salvation. The Father initiates salvation, Jesus accomplishes it and the Spirit effects it." (Source:
https://www.preceptaustin.org/jude_25_commentary, "Praise to the Only God")

-- "The oldest manuscripts add, 'through Jesus Christ our Lord.' The transcribers, fancying that 'Savior' applied to Christ alone, omitted the words. The sense is, To the only God (the Father) who is our Savior through (that is, by the mediation of) Jesus Christ our Lord." (Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/jude/1-25.html, "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible")


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