"Verse of the Day" Bible Verses - August 2022
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"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verses

"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verses

Previous Month
August 2022
AUGUST 31

Proverbs 31:6-7: "Give strong drink [referring to alcoholic beverages] unto him [or her] that is ready to perish [die--due to illness or injury or prior to execution (i.e., as a punishment for crime)], and [give] wine unto those that be of heavy hearts [those who are depressed because they are so sick]. Let him [or her] drink, and forget his [or her] poverty [in this case, his (or her) poor condition of life, because he (or she) is on his (or her) deathbed and will probably die soon], and remember his [or her] misery [trouble] no more."
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This was written in Bible days, when strong drink was used for medicinal purposes (as a pain killer or form of anesthesia). It is likely that at that time, strong drink was given not only to criminals during their execution but also to people who had suffered serious injuries, were undergoing or recovering from surgical procedures, were near death, etc.). Contrary to common belief, these verses do not condone (give approval for) social drinking.

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Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church has a detailed explanation of these verses in his commentary, which ends with this:

"4. Our passage tells us who alcohol is for and who it is not for.

"a. It is for those who are in need of medicine to numb their pain. It is for those who are in misery and have heavy hearts because of their poor physical condition.

"b. It is NOT for those who need their faculties
[such as mental abilities, like memory and thinking]. It is not for those who want to be able to discern [distinguish, tell the difference] between right and wrong -- between sensible and that which is not sensible. It is not for those who want to REMEMBER God's Law.

"c. You really have to twist the meaning of this passage to make it support social drinking for the Christian in the 21st century."

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-31-index/proverbs-31_6-7/.

AUGUST 30

Proverbs 30:33: "Surely the churning [continuous shaking or agitation] of milk [i.e., the cream part, which, for example, is removed from a container of raw milk after it (the cream) has risen to the top] bringeth forth [brings forth, produces, results in] butter, and the wringing [squeezing, punching, or continuous blowing] of the nose bringeth forth blood: so [will] the forcing of wrath [anger] [from another person] bringeth forth [lead to, cause] strife [disagreements, conflicts, arguments]."
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If you don't want to fight with other people, try not to "push their buttons."

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In his commentary on this verse, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church explains why we should avoid forcing an issue.

In paragraphs 2, 5, 6, and 7 under "One Application: 'A' Produces 'B'" in the "forcing of wrath" section toward the end of the commentary, he says:

"2. The application here is obvious.

"a. The potential for anger is resident in all of us -- in all men. All men are sinners and have a sin nature. Anger resides in our hearts.

"b. If you leave it alone, the anger will not surface.

"c. But if you keep on pressing an issue, (provoking others) eventually, you will FORCE the potential for anger to become actual and it will manifest
[show] itself outwardly.

"d. It's guaranteed. It's not magic; it's a scientific principle. It has been observed and measured so many times consistently, that it is a scientific law of our fallen nature."

"5. So too with anger.

"a. You can talk about irritating and upsetting issues for a while without causing people to blow up. They can handle it for a while--like a few shakes of the cream and the cream doesn't change.

"b. However, you can press an issue only so far before people reach their breaking point.

"c. If you continually bring up issues that get people angry, eventually, it will 'bring forth' STRIFE… a big fight.

"d. This too is guaranteed.

"6. We can be guilty of stirring up trouble--of irritating the passions of others--of forcing an issue to someone's breaking point.

"a. And perhaps they should not break forth into anger. If they do, they are guilty of anger. We are all responsible for our own actions.

"b. But the one who forces the issue also bears responsibility.

"c. Light brings accountability.

"d. Here Agur
[the person who wrote this psalm] gives us some light: 'A' results in 'B'. Therefore, we persist in 'A' (forcing issues that make people mad), we bear responsibility in the predictable result: 'B'--strife!

"7. The POTENTIAL for wrath resides in all of us.

"a. Oftentimes there are folks who may be angry over a particular issue. It may be a sore spot with them.

"b. However, they may be trying to keep it in check. They may be trying not to get angry.

"c. But if you or I keep on pressing the issue--we should expect that person to blow up eventually.

"d. Even a man who wants peace (like cream sitting there minding its own business) can be pushed and irritated enough to break out into strife.

"e. That's Agur's point: therefore DON'T keep on pressing an issue."

If you want to read the rest of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-30-index/proverbs-30_33/.

AUGUST 29

Proverbs 29:1: "He [or she], that being often reproved [corrected, disciplined] hardeneth [hardens] his [or her] neck [or 'becomes stubborn and obstinate and refuses to heed (pay attention to) the warnings'], shall suddenly be destroyed [through loss of life, health, well-being, etc.], and that [i.e., the destruction] [will occur] without remedy [relief, cure]."
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According to Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church, this verse explains what happens to disobedient and rebellious people in general and also to Christians who ignore the Holy Spirit's guidance.

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Here are some excerpts from paragraph B7 in the first part of the pastor's commentary:

"a. But have we ever thought of applying this
[phrase, being often reproved,] to the way God's indwelling [Holy] Spirit deals with us [born-again Christians] DAILY?

"b. How many times has the Spirit of God convicted us of thoughts, words, deeds, or motives and we ignored His gentle rebuke?

"c. How many times has He
[the Holy Spirit] attempted to gently nudge us away from a particular activity or direction and we have resisted Him?

"d. How many times has the Spirit gently nudged us towards some activity He wanted us to do or say or be involved in… and we refused… and knowingly grieved
[caused grief or sorrow to] the Spirit of God?"
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And here are some excerpts from the second part of the commentary:

"4. The destruction comes suddenly.

"a. The reproofs were not sudden and instant. They occurred over a long period of time. The persons described here were no doubt reproved by their parents, their teachers, their friends, and perhaps the police department. The reproving went on for years.

"b. But the destruction doesn't take years. It can come suddenly."

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-29-index/proverbs-29_1/.

AUGUST 28

Proverbs 28:9: "He [or she] that turneth [turns] away his [or her] ear from hearing [and consequently refuses to obey] the law [of Moses in Old Testament times, and God's word (the Bible) in New Testament times, up to and including today], even his [or her] prayer shall be [an] abomination [a very hateful, repulsive, detestable, thing] [to God]."
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In the words of Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church:

"1. This proverb speaks about the relationship between obedience and answered prayer.

"2. There is a direct connection.

"3. Over all, the point of the proverb is that if we don't listen to God, why should He listen to us?"

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Pastor Delany has an excellent commentary on this verse, especially the second half. Here is an excerpt:

"1. The second part of the proverb states that the prayer of this rebel
[rebellious person] is an abomination to God.

"2. Note first of all, that Solomon implies that even rebels pray.

"a. They mock
[make fun of] those who pray. They mock those who obey.

"b. But when they are in trouble, they pray.

"c. When they are drowning in a lake and unable to swim--they pray.

"d. When they are in a foxhole and the bullets are flying overhead--they pray.

"e. When they hear that they or their son has level four cancer, they pray… or ask someone to pray for them.

"f. Unbelievers
[unsaved people, non-Christians] are not quite as unbelieving as they lead you to believe.

"3. Religion is full of rebels who have no intention of obeying
[God], but they do want the benefits of religion.

"a. They want their guilty conscience to subside
[become less intense, calm down] so they can sleep at night--so they go to synagogue or church.

"b. They want God's blessings in their lives--so they give to charity.

"c. They want good health and somehow sense that God is in control of that, so they follow some religious rules… and pray.

"d. They might recite a rote
[habitual, repetitious, memorized] prayer or say the rosaries.

"e. Unbelieving rebels against God's Law can be very religious.

"f. They really couldn't care less what the Bible actually says, they are determined to do what they want to do no matter what… but they still might shoot up a prayer once in a while--to keep on God's good side… so they think.

"g. This proverb exposes that kind of thinking… which is quite prevalent
[common] in the religious world."

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-28-index/proverbs-28_9/
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AUGUST 27

The Value of Friendships

Proverbs 27:10: "Thine
[your] own friend, and thy [your] father's friend, forsake not [i.e., don't abandon, desert, or forget about your close friends and your family friends, especially in a time of need]; neither go into thy brother's [or distant relative's] house in the day of thy calamity [tribulation, trouble]: for [because] better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off [which means that in a crisis, when you need help right away, a friend or neighbor who lives nearby is better than a relative who lives far away]."
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It is commonly said that "A friend in need is a friend indeed." To fit the above verse, we could switch the words around and say, "A friend indeed (i.e., a true friend) helps a friend in need."

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In his commentary on this verse, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church said:

"5. Don't forsake your friends; be a faithful, loyal friend.

"a. We have a responsibility to our friends.

"b. There ought to be a bond of loyalty that is not easily broken.

"c. This sense of responsibility is a two way street -- it is a give and take.

"d. Don't expect your friends to be loyal and always giving to you--unless you are loyal and giving to them. It is a two way street.

"e. If your friend needs help--then help him! If your father's friend needs help--help him too!"
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In addition, he said that in the second half of Proverbs 27:10, the phrase a brother far off can "… be applied not only to one who is far away physically, but also one who is far off in the sense of being alienated
[from his/her family in terms of affection (meaning the relatives no longer like or love that person or get along with him or her)]."

If you want to read Pastor Delany's commentary, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-27-index/proverbs-27_10/.

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James Burton Coffman, another Bible commentator, explains the second half of today's verse like this:

"What is related here is a sad fact that brothers (or sisters) may sometimes be quite unwilling to aid each other in times of misfortune or distress.
[A person named] Cook revised the proverb here as follows: 'Better is the neighbor who is really "near" in heart and spirit than a brother who is "near" by blood but "far off" in brotherly feeling.'"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/proverbs/27-10.html, "Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible")

AUGUST 26

Speaking to God in prayer, King David said:

 Psalm 51:5: "Behold, I was shapen
[shaped, formed] in iniquity [sinfulness], and in sin did my mother conceive [become pregnant with] me[,] [not because she had committed adultery or fornication but because, as a descendant of Adam and Eve, she was a sinner in God's eyes]."
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In Psalm 51, David was asking God to forgive his sins. In this verse, he said it was easy for him to sin because he had been born a sinner, which meant that--as is true for everyone in the world--he inherited the sin nature, and the tendency to sin, from his parents the moment that he was conceived.

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Adam Clarke rephrased the above verse like this:

"'… As my parts were developed in the womb, the sinful principle diffused itself through the whole, so that body and mind grew up in a state of corruption and moral imperfection.'"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/psalms/51-5.html, "Clarke's Commentary")

AUGUST 25

How to Have Righteous (Good, Moral) Governments

Proverbs 25:4
[The illustration]: "Take away [remove] the dross [impurities] from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel [such as a cup or dish] for [from, or made by] the finer [refiner, silversmith]."

Proverbs 25:5
[The application]: "Take away the wicked [counselors, advisors, etc.--specifically, those who are dishonest and perhaps involved in criminal activity] from before the king [or other ruler (such as a prime minister, president, etc.)], and his [or her] throne [government] shall be established in righteousness [justice]."
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Regarding these verses, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church says Solomon's point is that:

"… a wise king will seek to remove all corruption. It must not be tolerated. It will destroy his reign and his throne--and perhaps the country!"

"… when corruption is removed, the king's throne is established: Firmly set in place; stable; firm; unmovable!"

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Here are some excerpts from the section of the pastor's commentary entitled "And his throne shall be established in righteousness.":

"g. What a contrast to the thinking of most politicians today.
" We seem to have the idea that if a president wants to establish his administration, he needs to build up political power by trampling over the other party, by bullying, and asserting himself
" Solomon states that an administration is made strong through moral purity.
" If evil men and their corrupt ways are removed, then the king's throne WILL be established.
" It will have authenticated itself as valid. Thus the people will trust the king and want him to succeed. He will have the full support of his people if he has the TRUST of the people.
" When the people see corruption, they begin to distrust their leader and he loses their support.
" When a leader loses the support of his people, then his throne is not established. It is weakened!
" People will not stand behind, sacrifice for, or risk their lives to protect a throne that they do not trust.
" Nobody likes being lied to or cheated. But when the people trust their leaders, they will 'establish their throne.'"

"i. A throne that has been cleansed of corruption is like a fine vessel: beautiful, practical, valuable, and highly prized! It will be strong and stable too."

"k. This principle applies to other areas of life as well.
" This is true of a business too. If the customer base thinks the company is cheating them or being dishonest, they will not support the company or buy their products.
" This is true of a local church too. People are very forgiving with honest mistakes, but if they detect dishonesty in the leadership, it will not be tolerated. The church will not be established and strengthened, but weakened.
" This is applicable to us as individuals too. If people discover that you are dishonest, or that you cheat, or lie, or gossip behind their backs, or if your word cannot be trusted, your relationships will not be strong, firm, and established. They will be weak, fall apart, and you will lose friends daily.
" Righteousness (honesty; purity; decency) establishes the throne--but it also has a strengthening effect in our personal lives and in our relationships with each other."

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-25-index/proverbs-25_4-5/.

AUGUST 24

Proverbs 24:1-2: "Be not thou envious against [don't envy or be jealous of] evil men [people] [and what they have], neither [and don't] desire to be with them. For their heart [in this case, their minds] studieth [study, plan] destruction [i.e., ways to physically harm other people, steal their possessions, destroy their reputations, etc.], and their lips talk [speak] of mischief [doing bad things]."
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Don't associate with bad people or you might be tempted to do what they do. Remember: "Bad" usually rubs off on "good," not the other way around.

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Salem Bible Church has a commentary on the above verses. Here are some excerpts:

Why we shouldn't envy evil men:

"b. Envying what good, honest men have is wrong and sinful.

"c. But envying EVIL men is worse. Why would a believer
[a Christian] ever want to trade places with an evil man?"
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Regarding what comes out of an evil person's mouth:

"b. Note the words of wisdom here:
" We CANNOT know what is in a man's heart and therefore, we should not judge a man for what goes on in his heart.
" But we CAN know what comes out of his mouth. And we SHOULD judge him on that basis.
" If he talks mischief and trouble, then this is the kind of person we should NOT desire to be around.
" Seek friendship and fellowship elsewhere. You have been warned!"

Here's the link to Salem Bible Church's commentary on today's verses:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-24-index/proverbs-24_1-2/.

AUGUST 23

Proverbs 23:9: "Speak not [don't speak] in the ears of a fool [referring to a stupid or arrogant (conceited) person and/or someone who rejects God's word] [or, 'Don't counsel or give advice to a fool']: for [because] he [or she] will despise [hate, ignore, mock or ridicule] the wisdom of thy [your] words."
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In his commentary, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church said, "The theme of this proverb is simple: fools don't listen." Consequently, we shouldn't waste our time counseling fools, since they probably won't heed our advice.

Pastor Delany also said, "One commentator summarized the folly
[the lack of good sense] of this fool this way: He has a 'closed mind' and 'open mouth.'"

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The commentary ends with this advice:

"1. Learn to discern
[recognize, determine] when to speak and when not to speak.

"2. Oftentimes, the fool will despise what you have to say--and he may hate you and get angry at you.

"3. When you sense a man has no heart to listen or learn, don't waste your time--or your reputation. It could backfire on you."

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-23-index/proverbs-23_9/.

AUGUST 21-22

Proverbs 21:9: "It is better to dwell [live alone, be by yourself] in a corner of the housetop [or 'roof,' which was usually flat in Bible times--see note below*], than [to live together] with a brawling [arguing, fighting, nagging] woman in [inside] a wide [large] house."
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Nagging wives tend to drive their husbands away. Maybe that's why the original "man cave" was created.

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Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse. In the "brawling woman" section, it contains many examples of how wives nag their husbands (about money, their children, "honey do" lists, dirty laundry, forgetfulness, laziness, Bible reading, bills, their friends, etc.). Additionally, it points out that:

"r. She
[the nagging wife] is constantly correcting him [her husband]… pointing out his faults… reminding him of his failures… shortcomings… sins…

"s. She argues over her husband's personality, his attitude, his sloppiness, his language, his lousy driving… and the list goes on endlessly."

The commentary even tells why polygamy (having more than one husband or wife at the same time) is not a good idea. (Did you know that King Solomon, who wrote this proverb, had 700 wives and 300 concubines? Consequently, he could be probably be considered an "expert" on nagging and polygamy.)

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-21-index/proverbs-21_9/.

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"Albert Barnes commented on Proverbs 21:9 as follows:

"A wide house - literally, 'a house of companionship,' i. e., a house shared with her
[the man's wife]. The flat roof of an Eastern house was often used for retirement by day, or in summer for sleep by night. The corner of such a roof was exposed to all changes of weather, and the point of the proverb lies in the thought that all winds and storms which a man might meet with there are more endurable than the tempest [violent storm] within [the house]."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bnb/proverbs-21.html, "Verse 9")

AUGUST 20

Hebrews 13:4: "Marriage [between a man and woman--see note below*] is honourable in all [things], and the [marriage] bed [is] undefiled [meaning that sexual activity between a husband and wife is considered by God to be pure and wholesome, not immoral or unclean]: but whoremongers [including men who pick up prostitutes or sleep with their longtime girlfriends--see note below**] and adulterers [i.e., people who commit adultery, which is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband,] God will judge [punish]."
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*1 Corinthians 7:2,3-4 "Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence [kindness]: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband [does]: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife [does]."

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**For the biblical definition of whoremonger, read: "What is a whoremonger in the Bible?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/whoremonger.html.

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Here are two articles related to marriage and sex:

-- "What does it mean that the marriage bed is undefiled (Hebrews 13:4)?
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/marriage-bed-undefiled.html)

-- "What is a Christian couple allowed to do in sex?"
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/sexually-allowed.html)

There are additional articles on the
https://www.gotquestions.org website. You can find them by typing your specific question(s) in the search box at the top of the home page.

AUGUST 19

To the members of the Christian church at Corinth, the apostle Paul and his companion, Timothy, wrote:

2 Corinthians 7:9: "Now I rejoice
[I am glad], not that ye [you] were made sorry [by our previous letter], but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, [so] that ye might receive damage [or be hurt] by us in nothing."

2 Corinthians 7:10: "For godly sorrow
[feeling sad or bad because we have sinned, or broken God's laws,] worketh [works, brings about] repentance [a godly change of mind, which leads] to salvation [i.e., the act of accepting and receiving God's gift of eternal life,] not to be repented of [regretted]: but the sorrow of the world [sadness due to worldly causes (such as disappointment, shame or disgrace, loss of friends or loved ones, money, property, etc.) and which does not lead to a personal relationship with God] worketh death [or often results in death itself, as when a person becomes very sick and dies (of a 'broken heart,' for example) or feels so distressed that he or she commits suicide]."
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In his commentary on 2 Corinthians 7:9,10, Pastor Chuck Smith wrote:

"And so, Paul draws a distinction here between sorrow and repentance. There is a sorrow; there is a godly sorrow that works repentance. There is a sorrow of the world that brings death. Repentance brings a change. True repentance is to change. We find in the Scriptures that Judas brought the money back that he had received from the high priest when he betrayed Jesus. 'And he said, "Take this back; I betrayed innocent blood." And they said, "What's that to us? It's your problem." And so he threw it down at their feet and he went out and he said, "Now it's your problem." And he repented and went out and hung himself' ( Matthew 27:3-5 ).

"Judas was sorry for what he did, as many people are sorry for what they have done. But if you're sorry and you keep doing it, that just brings death. If you're sorry and you don't do it anymore, that's repentance. Godly sorrow that leads to repentance.

"Peter denied his Lord three times. When the rooster crowed, Jesus looked at Peter, and Peter remembered the words of Jesus that said, 'Before the cock crows you will deny me three times. And he repented and went out and wept bitterly' ( Matthew 26:75 ). Never again did Peter deny his Lord. He repented. There was a real change. And repentance always does signify a change, and the godly sorrow works repentance.

"I dare say if you would go to San Quentin Prison and do a survey asking the question, 'Are you sorry for your crime?' That you probably have a very high ratio of prisoners that would mark a 'Yes, I am sorry for what I did.' But if they were totally honest, and your next question said, 'Are you sorry for what you did, or are you sorry that you got caught?' That if they were truly honest, most of them would then put, 'I'm sorry I got caught.' For when they get out, they go back and they do the same thing over again, only they would try and do it more cleverly so they won't get caught the next time.

"Now, make sure that you just don't have a sorrow that you've been found out, sorrow that you got caught. That's worldly sorrow. Godly sorrow brings a change, a changed life. 'Godly sorrow works repentance to salvation, not to be repented of.'"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/2-corinthians/7-9.html, "Smith's Bible Commentary")

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Regarding the definitions of godly sorrow and salvation:

-- The article entitled "What is godly sorrow?" by GotQuestions.org has a detailed explanation of what is meant by the term godly sorrow. If you want to read it, here's the link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/godly-sorrow.html.

-- The question "What is salvation?" is answered by GotQuestions.org in the following article: "What is the Christian doctrine of salvation?" If you want to read it, here's the link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-doctrine-salvation.html.

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Would you like to be born again (saved) and receive God's gift of eternal life?

If you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Messiah, that he died on the cross to pay for your sins, and that he was buried and rose again, all you need to do is sincerely ask him, through prayer (either silently or out loud), to come into your heart and save you so you can go to heaven when you die.

Why not do it now?

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

AUGUST 18

Proverbs 18:8: "The words of a talebearer [someone who tells secrets or spreads gossip, rumors (i.e., currently circulating stories or reports of uncertain or doubtful truth), etc.] are as wounds [meaning they are harmful/hurtful to the 'victim'], and they go down[,] [as if that person had swallowed poison,] into the innermost parts of the belly [which contains the stomach and intestines]."
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Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church admitted that he struggled with which definition of the Hebrew word laham to use for his commentary on this verse, as the word has two meanings: "wound" and "a dainty or tasty morsel." Consequently, he decided to explain how gossip can affect people both ways. Then he ended his commentary by saying:

"2. Thus, BOTH definitions for laham make perfect sense in both parts of this proverb.

"a. Solomon is either describing human nature with respect to gossip--how tantalizing and appealing it is to hear; how much people love to gobble it up. There is in each of us an appetite for it.

"b. OR Solomon is warning us about the pain that results from gossip.

"c. BOTH of those statements are true. Our fallen nature
[i.e., our natural inclination to sin] craves gossip… AND it is extremely hurtful.

"3. So in light of that, we are warned NOT to tolerate gossip."

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-18-index/proverbs-18_8/.

AUGUST 17

Proverbs 17:28: "Even a fool, when he [or she] holdeth [holds] his [or her] peace [or remains silent], is counted [thought to be] wise: and he [or she] that shutteth [shuts] his [or her] lips [or 'keeps his (or her) mouth shut'] is esteemed [regarded as] a man [or woman or child--or person] of understanding."
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According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church: "If you don't know what you're talking about--then don't say anything! There's nothing wrong with being ignorant [uneducated, lacking in knowledge]. But there is something wrong with being FOOLISH--and saying foolish things. You're better off being quiet and letting others speak."

Verse 28 is included in Pastor Delany's commentary on verse 27. If you want to read it, click on the following link (https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-17-index/proverbs-17_27-28/) and scroll down almost to the bottom of the page (where you'll see number 28 in colored type, followed by "Even a fool, …").

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Regarding the second part of Proverbs 17:28 (regarding the man who 'shutteth his lips'), John Gill said:

"… a man that has so much command of himself as not to speak unadvisedly, through the heat of his own passions, and through the provocations of others, will pass for a man that understands himself, and knows how to behave well before others."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/proverbs/17-28.html, "John Gill's Exposition of the Bible")

AUGUST 15-16

Please note: I'm having on-and-off computer problems and consequently was unable to work on my website on August 15th and 16th. Fortunately, my computer is working right now (on August 17th), but I don't know how long that will last, as the problems have not yet been resolved, so there may be more days in which I am unable to post anything new to my website.

My repairman has given me a couple of options to consider, and now I must decide what to do. I'm really sorry for the inconvenience.

AUGUST 14

Proverbs 14:8: "The wisdom of the prudent [person, referring to someone who is sensible and shows good judgment,] is to understand his [or her] way [of life] [i.e., how to behave toward others, make wise decisions, etc.]: but the folly [foolish behavior, resulting from a lack of morals and/or common sense,] of fools is deceit [deception, because fools try to convince themselves--and others--that their way (although wrong) is right]."
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In his commentary on the above verse, Pastor Delany, of Salem Bible Church, says that, due to pride and a "know it all" attitude, fools think that their way is right, and they refuse to be corrected.

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Here are some excerpts from the commentary:

From the first section (paragraph 4):

"d. The way speaks of our walk--both in the sense of where we are headed… and HOW we live along the way.

"e. The direction our life is taking is far more than cold, calculated, shrewd
[intelligent] business decisions.

"f. The direction our life is taking also (and more importantly!) involves how we live… how we treat others… whether we are KIND… forgiving… gracious… humble…honest… fair… just… holy. (That's one walk.)

"g. Another person's walk might be characterized by cruelty, selfishness, deception, greed, bitterness, impulse, lust.

"h. That's no way to walk… that's not a good road to be headed down."
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From the second section:

"7. The fool doesn't care about his 'manner of life.'

"a. Perhaps he is cruel--and will not admit it.

"b. Perhaps he treats others with no kindness… no compassion.

"c. Perhaps he is driven by greed and selfishness…

"d. Perhaps he is motivated by a love of pleasure and fun, fun, fun…

"e. But if he THINKS his way is right… there is no helping such a person. He will have to learn the hard way. He's a fool."

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-14-index/proverbs-14_8/.

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Regarding Proverbs 14:8, Albert Barnes said:

"'… The most extreme folly is self-deceit
[i.e., hiding the truth from yourself].' The word 'deceit' may, however, involve fraud [trickery] practiced upon others. The folly of fools shows itself then in their [the fools'] ceaseless [never-ending] effort to deceive [mislead] [others, or cause them to believe something that is not true, typically in order to gain some personal advantage]."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bnb/proverbs-14.html, "Verse 8")

AUGUST 13

Proverbs 13:4: "The soul of the sluggard [or 'A lazy person'] desireth [desires, craves, covets] [things that other people have], and hath [has] nothing: but the soul of the diligent [or 'a hard-working person'] shall be made fat [not literally, but figuratively--meaning prosperous (successful and/or rich), well-off]."
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In other words, lazy people have unfulfilled desires, but hard workers are usually happy and content.

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Salem Bible Church has a wonderful Bible study on this verse. In it, Pastor Delany defines sluggard and gives many examples of excuses that lazy people give for not working. I especially like his comment (referring to sluggard) that "This is the person whose motto is: never do today what you can put off until tomorrow." He also lists some of the consequences of being lazy, tells why lazy people are unhappy, discusses the problem of homelessness, and explains what to do if you're feeling "down in the dumps."

If you want to read the pastor's Bible study/commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-13-index/proverbs-13_4/.

AUGUST 12

God Always Keeps His Promises

This was the apostle Peter's reminder to Christians:

2 Peter 3:3: "Knowing this first
[or 'of primary importance is the fact'], that there shall come in the last days [i.e., in the New Testament dispensation, or period of time before Jesus returns to earth, which is now,] scoffers [mockers (people who make fun of others--especially, in this case, Bible believers and their hope for the fulfillment of biblical prophecy)], walking after their own lusts [selfish desires],"

2 Peter 3:4: "And saying, Where is the promise of his
[Jesus'] [second] coming? for [because] since the fathers [the aged and pious (old and deeply religious) men in the times of the apostles] fell asleep [died], all things [in regard to the laws of nature] continue [remain the same] as they were from the beginning of the creation [of the universe and everything in it]."
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Christians should never lose hope. We must remember that no matter how long it takes, God always keeps his promises.

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The GotQuestions.org website has many articles explaining biblical prophecy. Here are two that describe what will happen when Jesus comes back to earth:

-- "What is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?"
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/second-coming-Jesus-Christ.html)

-- "What will happen when Jesus returns?"
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/when-Jesus-returns.html)

AUGUST 11

Proverbs 11:15: "He [or she] that is surety for a stranger [meaning he (or she) agrees to guarantee payment of or become legally responsible for another person's debt (money owed), default (failure to repay a loan), or delinquency (overdue payments), especially someone he (or she) doesn't know very well] shall smart [feel pain and/or bear the penalty or consequences, such as being destroyed (ruined) financially] for it: and he [or she] that hateth [hates, is opposed to] suretiship [i.e., making a promise to guarantee payment of 'a stranger's' debts] is sure [or safe from trouble]."
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James Burton Coffman summarized the above verse as follows:

"If you promise to pay a stranger's debt, you will regret it. You are better off if you don't get involved."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/proverbs/11-15.html, "Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible")

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In his Bible study notes on Proverbs, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church summarized today's verse like this: "… don't risk YOUR personal, financial security in order to provide financial security for someone else--especially a stranger!" However, he says that there are times when co-signing a note may be the right thing to do (for example: your son's first car, student loans).

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In the first section of his commentary, Pastor Delany says:

"4. Thus, Solomon gives some advice when it comes to signing for a loan.

"a. He warns us NOT to do it under the following circumstances:
" For a stranger… or a casual acquaintance…
" Don't enter into a pledge hastily… or out of pressure…
" Don't do it out of pride (to be seen as the good guy or a hero)
" Don't do it if you can't afford it… if you are not financially able."

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-11-index/proverbs-11_15/.

AUGUST 10

Proverbs 10:19: "In the multitude [abundance, or large number] of words there wanteth [wants] not [or 'is no lack of'] sin [in other words, people who talk too much will eventually say things that they regret]: but he [or she] that refraineth [refrains, keeps] his [or her] lips [from speaking, referring to the person who thinks before talking and is careful of what he (or she) says] is wise."
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Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church says that, according to this verse, we need to "… control our speech… refrain it, restrain it, keep it in check… use caution…but not to stop it altogether."

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In the first part of Pastor Delany's commentary, we learn that examples of "sins which result from a multitude of words" include:

-- "OFFENSE" (the likelihood that we'll offend someone, accidentally or on purpose)

-- "SELF PRAISE" (praising ourselves, putting ourselves on a pedestal)

-- "CONTENTION" (hurting someone's feelings, offending others, making people angry)

-- "LIES" (telling outright lies, exaggerating or stretching the truth, embellishing
[adding decorative details to] a story, etc.)

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In the second part of his commentary, Pastor Delany says:

"5. The wise man uses words carefully… cautiously… sparingly…

"a. It is not that he is afraid to speak up.

"b. Rather, it is that he doesn't speak unless he has something to say… something worth saying…

"c. He speaks at the proper time… using the right words… sparing his words… he weighs his words before speaking them… they are well thought out… not just blurting out the first thing that pops into his undisciplined mind…"

"7. Psalm 39:1 -- David determined NOT to sin with his mouth. We all should be so determined.

"a. But don't just pray about… DO something about it!

"b. You don't just pray for your daily bread. You go to work too!

"c. Pray for the Lord's strength… AND be determined not to sin.

"d. And if we DO sin with our mouth, confess it
[that sin] [to God]… and forsake it [stop doing it].

"e. This is a sin that we will have to deal with in our lives till the Lord comes…

"8. And since it is such a part of human nature to sin with our tongues, be gracious with others! (Ecc. 7:21-22) Haven't you done the same? We all have, James says!"

If you want to read more of Pastor Delany's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-10-index/proverbs-10_19/.

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Regarding Proverbs 10:19, Matthew Henry said:

"… Usually, those that speak much
[,] speak much amiss [or 'say many wrong things'] …"

(Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/proverbs/10.htm, "Verse 19")

AUGUST 8-9

Satan believed that Job (a godly man who lived in Old Testament times--see note below*) only feared God because God had blessed him mightily and protected him from harm, so God temporarily removed his "hedge" of protection around Job and gave Satan permission to test Job's faithfulness to God.

In response, Satan caused the loss of all of Job's oxen (1,000), she asses (i.e., female donkeys) (500), and camels (3,000), plus the death of all of his sheep (7,000), most of his servants ('a very great household'), and all of his children (7 sons and 3 daughters).

Surprisingly, Job's reaction to those terrible losses was to tear his clothes, shave his head, and continue to worship God, and although Satan had taken almost everything that Job had, we're told that:

 Job 1:22: "In all this
[trouble,] Job sinned not [did not sin], nor charged [he, or 'nor did he blame'] God foolishly."
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Source for above statistics: Book of Job, Chapter 1
(https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job%201&version=KJV)

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*For detailed background information on the life of Job, read "Who was Job in the Bible?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/life-Job.html.

AUGUST 7

Psalm 46:1: "God is our refuge [place of shelter and protection] and [source of] strength, [and] a very present help [when we are] in trouble."
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Born-again Christians are never alone because God is always there to strengthen, protect, and help us during our journey through life.

AUGUST 6

Through his prophet Isaiah, God said:

Isaiah 5:11: "Woe unto
[great sorrow or distress or many troubles will come to] them that rise up [arise, get up] early in the morning, [so] that they may follow [after, or drink] strong drink [intoxicating liquor] [and get drunk]; [and 'woe unto them'] that continue [drinking strong drinks] until night, till [until] wine [or beer or other alcoholic beverages] inflame [excite or stimulate] them [or produce in them anger and/or violent behavior]!"
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In his commentary on this verse, Pastor Chuck Smith said:

"… you are a full-fledged
[fully developed, total] alcoholic when you need to get your day started with a drink …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/isaiah/5-11.html, "Smith's Bible Commentary")

AUGUST 5

According to King Solomon:

Ecclesiastes 9:10: "Whatsoever thy hand
[whatever you] findeth [find] to do[,] [in the service of God (especially) and/or mankind], do it [promptly] with thy [your] might [or strength, or to the best of your ability]; for there is no work [deed], nor device [reasoning], nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest [where you will be going]."
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In other words, we need to work hard now because we won't be able to do anything here on earth when we're dead.

AUGUST 4

In his letter to the Christian church in Rome (and to all Christians), the apostle Paul wrote:

Romans 12:14: "Bless them
[the people] which persecute you [who do bad things to you and/or say mean things about you]: bless [these people, by speaking well of them (if possible), speaking respectfully to them, wishing them well rather than seeking revenge, and praying for them], and curse [them] not [or 'don't curse them'; i.e., don't seek their destruction or respond to their mean-spirited attacks in a violent, profane (irreverent, disrespectful), and outrageous manner]."
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In other words, be nice to people who are cruel or unkind to you, and don't wish evil on them or try to destroy them with your fists or your tongue (by making hurtful comments to them or about them). You should also pray for these people (in a good way).

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Regarding how we should treat our enemies (i.e., "bless, and curse not"), one Bible commentator wrote:

"… Pray for their salvation, instead of their damnation! …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/romans/12-14.html, "Dunagan's Commentary on the Bible").

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In his commentary on today's verse, Matthew Henry said:

"… Bless, and curse not. It denotes a thorough good-will in all the instances and expressions of it; not, 'bless them when you are at prayer, and curse them at other times;' but, 'bless them always, and curse not at all.' …"

(Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/romans/12.html, "v.14")

AUGUST 2-3

Dealing With Disobedience in Bible Times

Deuteronomy 21:18: "If a man
[or woman] have a stubborn and rebellious son [or daughter], which will not obey the voice of his [or her] father, or the voice of his [or her] mother, and that, when they [the parents] have chastened [corrected, disciplined, punished] him [or her], [the child] will not hearken unto [listen to] them [the parents]:"

Deuteronomy 21:19: "Then shall his
[or her] father and his [or her] mother lay hold on him [or her, meaning the disobedient child], and bring him [or her] out unto the elders [the older men who are in charge] of his [or her] city [i.e., the city where the child lives], and unto the gate of [entrance to] his [or her] place [city];

Deuteronomy 21:20: "And they
[the parents] shall say unto the elders of his [or her, referring to the child's] city, This our son [or daughter] is stubborn and rebellious, he [or she] will not obey our voice [will not do what we tell him (or her) to do]; he [or she] is a glutton [meaning he (or she) eats too much], and a drunkard [meaning he (or she) drinks too much]."

Deuteronomy 21:21: "And all the men of his
[or her--the child's] city shall stone him [or her--the disobedient son or daughter] with stones, [so] that he [or she] die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all [of the people in the nation of] Israel shall hear [the screams, or hear about what happened], and [shall be filled with] fear."
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Stubborn and rebellious children were stoned in Bible times.

Nowadays, in America, people (mostly grown-ups) have to commit very serious crimes in order to receive the death penalty in the states that still have it (see note below*), and some criminals end up spending the rest of their lives in prison instead. I remember a time when people who received the death penalty in America were sent to the "electric chair," which was a very horrific and painful way to die. Its name even sounds bad.

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*According to the Pew Research Center, in March of 2019, almost half of the states in the U.S. did not have the death penalty, and many of the states that had it didn't use it.

(Source: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/03/14/11-states-that-have-the-death-penalty-havent-used-it-in-more-than-a-decade/)

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Although there are others, the most common forms of execution around the world include: beheading, electrocution, hanging, lethal injection, and shooting by a firing squad. See the following articles for details:

-- "International and American Methods of Execution"

-- "Methods of Execution"
     https://deathpenaltyworldwide.org/publication/methods-of-execution/?version=html

Fear of severe punishment, like the methods mentioned above, normally discourages criminal behavior, just as stoning stubborn and rebellious children helped to "put evil away" in Bible times.

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Regarding the law of Moses, Matthew Henry writes in his commentary:

"Here is, I. A law for the punishing of a rebellious son … Observe,1. How the criminal is here described. He is a stubborn and rebellious son, v.
[verse] 18. No child was to fare the worse [deserve to be punished] for the weakness of his capacity [intelligence], the slowness or dulness of his understanding, but for his wilfulness [disobedience] and obstinacy [stubbornness]. If he carry himself proudly and insolently [disrespectfully] towards his parents, contemn [treat with contempt] their authority, slight [rebuff] their reproofs [expressions of disapproval] and admonitions [warnings], disobey the express commands they give him for his own good, hate to be reformed by the correction they give him, shame their family, grieve their hearts, waste their substance [money?], and threaten to ruin their estate by riotous living [by living an extravagant lifestyle]--this is a stubborn and rebellious son. He is particularly supposed (v. 20) to be a glutton or a drunkard. This intimates [suggests] either, (1.) That these were sins which his parents did in a particular manner warn him against, and therefore that in these instances there was a plain evidence that he did not obey their voice. … Note, In the education of children, great care should be taken to suppress [put an end to] all inclinations to drunkenness, and to keep them out of the way of temptations to it; in order hereunto they should be possessed betimes [sometimes] with a dread [fear] and detestation [intense dislike] of that beastly [horrible] sin, and taught betimes to deny themselves. Or, (2.) That his being a glutton and a drunkard was the cause of his insolence [rude and disrespectful behavior] and obstinacy towards his parents. Note, There is nothing that draws men into all manner of wickedness, and hardens them in it, more certainly and fatally than drunkenness does. When men take to drink they forget the law, they forget all law … even that fundamental [basic] law of honouring parents …"

(Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/deuteronomy/21.html, "Verses 18-23")

AUGUST 1

Romans 5:1: "Therefore being justified [having been made righteous in God's sight] by faith [which happens when we believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins, and that he was buried and rose again, and we trust him to save us from hell and the lake of fire], we [born-again Christians] have peace with God through [his Son,] our Lord Jesus Christ [i.e., because of Jesus' death and resurrection]:"
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If you want to have peace with God, you need to be saved.

Basically, if you believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for your sins and that he was buried and rose again, all you must do is sincerely ask him, through prayer (either silently or out loud), to come into your heart and save you so you can go to heaven when you die.

Why not do it now?

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

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Regarding the plan of salvation, Albert Barnes wrote:

"… The effect of this plan, when the sinner embraces
[accepts] it, is to produce peace in his own mind. He experiences peace; a peace which the world gives not, and which the world cannot take away, Philippians 4:7; 1 Peter 1:8; John 16:22. Usually in the work of conversion to God [i.e., when a person becomes born again, or saved], this peace is the first evidence that is felt of the change of heart. Before [salvation], the sinner was agitated [disturbed] and troubled. But often suddenly, a peace and calmness is felt, which is before unknown. The alarm subsides [disappears]; the heart is calm; the fears die away, like the waves of the ocean after a storm. A sweet tranquillity [calmness] visits the heart - a pure shining light, like the sunbeams that break through the opening clouds after a tempest [violent storm]. The views, the feelings, the desires are changed; and the bosom [breast, chest] that was just before filled with agitation [anxiety] and alarm, that regarded God as its enemy, is now at peace with him, and with all the world."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bnb/romans-5.html, "Verse 1")