"Verse of the Day" Bible Verses - September 11-20, 2022
See "Sep '22A" in Archives for Verses 1-10.</span></a>
See "Sep 22C" in Archives for Verses 21-30.
Unfortunately, I ran out of space in this month's file.

SEPTEMBER 20

In this verse, the prophet Isaiah was writing specifically about his nation (Israel) and their hypocrisy, but it can also apply to everyone else in the world:

Isaiah 64:6: "But
[to God,] we are all as an unclean [impure] thing [meaning everyone is polluted and defiled (dirty, contaminated, corrupted)], and all [of] our righteousnesses [good works and deeds] are as [like] filthy rags [see note below*] [in God's sight]; and we all do fade as a leaf [does in autumn, when the chlorophyll in the leaf breaks down, the green color disappears, and the leaf changes color (to orange, yellow, red, etc.) and falls off the tree]; and our iniquities [sins], like the wind [does when it blows the fallen leaves away from the trees], have taken us away [from God]."
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*According to John Gill:

"… The words [
filthy rags] [in Isaiah 64:6] may be rendered [defined],' as a menstruous cloth [menstrual pad, bloody rag]' ... or as a foul plaster [a very dirty bandage] or cloth taken off a sore, with purulent matter [pus] on it ... or any other impure [unclean] and nauseous [offensive-smelling, stinky] thing …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/isaiah/64-6.html, "Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible")

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GotQuestions.org has a good article about today's verse. It's entitled "Why are all of our righteous acts considered filthy rags?" and can be found here: https://www.gotquestions.org/filthy-rags.html.

SEPTEMBER 19

False Teachers: Don't invite them into your house, encourage them, or wish them good luck.

2 John 1:10: "If there come any
[person claiming to be a teacher of religion] unto you, and [he (or she)] bring not [or 'does not bring'] this doctrine [of Christ; i.e., the teaching that Jesus is the Son of God, Messiah, and Savior of mankind], receive him [or her] not [i.e., don't invite the false teacher] into your house, neither [and don't] bid him [or her] God speed [in other words, don't say things like 'God bless you' when the false teacher leaves, which would imply that you wish him (or her) success in spreading his (or her) lies]:"

2 John 1:11: "For he
[or she--the person] that biddeth [bids] him [or her, referring to the false teacher] God speed is partaker of [or shares in or approves of] his [or her--the false teacher's] evil deeds [of spreading false doctrine]."
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One reason for avoiding contact with false religious teachers, according to Matthew Henry, is that "… Deniers of the faith are destroyers of souls …"

(Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/2-john/1.html, "Caution against Seducers …")

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Regarding the apostle John's instructions in 2 John 1:10 to "receive him not into your house," Albert Barnes said:

"… This treatment would not be demanded where no such interpretation could be put on receiving a friend or relative who held different and even erroneous
[wrong, incorrect] views, or in showing kindness to a stranger who differed from us, but it would apply to the receiving and entertaining 'a professed teacher of religion, as such;' and the rule is as applicable now as it was then [i.e., when it was written]."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bnb/2-john-1.html, "Verse 10")

SEPTEMBER 18

Hebrews 9:22: "And almost all things [in the Jewish tabernacle or temple service] are by the law [of Moses] purged [cleansed, purified] with blood; and without shedding [pouring out] of blood [of animals in the Old Testament, and of Jesus in the New Testament] is no remission [forgiveness] [of sins]."
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The spiritual "stain" of sin can only be removed by blood, and currently (since we're living in New Testament times), according to the above verse--and in the words of two well-known hymns (see note below*)-- if you haven't been "washed in the blood" and "saved by the blood" of the Lord Jesus Christ, your sins have not yet been forgiven by God.

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If you want to be saved (now), forgiven (now), and welcomed into heaven someday, follow the instructions in any of the gospel 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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Note: Jesus' blood was shed when he died on the cross to pay for our sins. This is explained in the article entitled "What is the meaning of the blood of Christ?" If you want to read it, you'll find it here: https://www.gotquestions.org/blood-of-Christ.html.

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*This is where you can find the lyrics for the two hymns mentioned above:

-- "Washed in the Blood"
      (https://hymnary.org/text/have_you_been_to_jesus_for_the_cleansing)

-- "Saved by the Blood"
    (https://hymnary.org/text/saved_by_the_blood_of_the_crucified_one)

SEPTEMBER 17

Proverbs 17:17: "A [true and faithful] friend loveth [loves] at all times [meaning he or she will stick by you in both good times and bad times], and a brother [or other relative] is born for adversity [i.e., to comfort, encourage, help, and support his (or her) family members when they are in trouble or distress]."
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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 one of my favorite songs 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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According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, Solomon's point in Proverbs 17:17 is that "all throughout life, there is great value in maintaining relationships with friends and family."

If you want to read the pastor's commentary on this verse, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-17-index/proverbs-17_17/.

SEPTEMBER 14-16

Parable of the Rich Fool

Luke 12:15: "And he
[Jesus] said unto them [his disciples, or followers], Take heed [pay attention], and beware of [guard against] covetousness [greed]: for a man's [or woman's or child's] life consisteth not in [does not consist of or depend upon] the abundance [large quantity or amount] of the things which he [or she] possesseth [possesses, has, owns]."

Luke 12:16-17: "And he
[Jesus] spake [spoke] a parable unto them [the disciples, meaning he told them a story to illustrate his point, or to explain what he meant], saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully [produced many crops]: And he [the rich man] thought within [to] himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room [or place] where to bestow [gather together, collect] my fruits [of the earth, or crops, referring to his fruits, vegetables, and grains]?"

Luke 12:18-19: "And he
[the rich man] said [to himself], This will I do: I will pull [take] down my barns, and build greater [larger] [ones]; and there will I bestow [store] all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul [myself], Soul, thou hast [you have] much goods [property] laid up for many years; take thine [your] ease [or 'rest, relax'], eat, drink, and be merry [i.e., he was telling himself that after he built bigger barns, he would be able to sit back and enjoy life]."

Luke 12:20: "But God said unto him
[the rich man], Thou [you] fool, this night [tonight] thy [your] soul shall be required of thee [you] [which meant, 'tonight you will die']: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?"

Luke 12:21: "So is he
[or she] [a fool] that [or who, like the rich man discussed above,] layeth [lays, stores] up treasure for himself [or herself], and is not rich toward God."
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In other words, money and possessions will not prolong (extend the duration of) your life.

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Albert Barnes summarized the parable as follows:

"… From this instructive parable we learn:

"1. That wicked people are often signally
[remarkably] prospered - their ground brings forth plentifully. God gives them their desire, but sends leanness [emptiness] into their souls.

"2. That riches bring with them always an increasing load of cares and anxieties.

"3. That they
[riches] steal away the affections from God - are sly, insinuating, and dangerous to the soul.

"4. That the anxiety of a covetous
[greedy] man is not what 'good' he may do with his wealth, but where he may hoard [store] it, and keep it secure from doing any good.

"5. That riches cannot secure their haughty
[proud, arrogant, conceited] owners from the grave. Death will come upon them suddenly, unexpectedly, awfully. In the very midst [middle] of the brightest anticipations - in a moment - in the twinkling of an eye it may come, and all the wealth that has been accumulated cannot alleviate [reduce or relieve] one pang [pain or painful emotion], or drive away one fear, or prolong life for one moment.

"6. That the man who is trusting to his riches in this manner is a fool in the sight of God. Soon, also, he will be a fool in his 'own' sight, and will go to hell with the consciousness that his life has been one of eminent folly
[exceptional foolishness].

"7. That the path of true wisdom is to seek first the kingdom of God, and to be ready to die; and 'then' it matters little what is our portion here, or how suddenly or soon we are called away to meet our Judge
[in heaven--referring to God, on judgment day]. If our affections are not fixed [focused] on our riches, we shall leave them without regret. If our treasures are laid up in heaven, death will be but 'going home,' and happy will be that moment when we are called to our rest."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/luke-12.html, "Verse 21")

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For additional insights on the parable, you can read the following article: "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Rich Fool?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/parable-rich-fool.html.

SEPTEMBER 13

Proverbs 13:3: "He [or she] that keepeth [keeps, guards] his [or her] mouth [i.e., the person who keeps his (or her) mouth shut, or watches what he (or she) says] keepeth his [or her] life [under control]: but he [or she] that openeth [opens] wide his [or her] lips [referring to someone who talks too much and/or says whatever pops into his (or her) mind without considering the consequences] shall have destruction [or trouble and grief--see examples in the note below*]."
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In other words, we should always think before speaking.

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*In paragraph 2 of the "destruction" part of his commentary on this verse, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church says, "The things people SAY can get them in more trouble and cause more pain, suffering, grief, and unrest in their lives than the things they DO."

Then, in paragraph 3, he goes on to give specific examples of how the things that we say can cause destruction in our lives. Here they are, in shortened form:

"3. Examples of such destruction…  
[Note: For reference purposes, I added "Prov." to several parenthetical items]

"a. Saying YES to a salesman too soon…
" Financial destruction: more bills than you are able to pay!

"b. Spreading gossip…
" Destruction to your friendships… you may separate chief
[close] friends…

"c. Betraying confidences
[violating a person's trust]
" Destruction of your trust: you may lose friends… lose trust…

"d. Speaking before getting all the facts… (Prov. 18:13) --
" Destruction: you may earn a reputation for being a fool… a liar and a troublemaker…

"e. Saying whatever is on your mind… (Prov. 29:11)
" Destruction: what's on our mind is not always worth saying!

"f. Pride… self-exalting speech…
" Destruction: you might become obnoxious
[extremely unpleasant] in the eyes of others… and of the Lord!
" After pride comes a fall…

"g. Sin (Prov. 10:19)
" Destruction: there is no shortage of sin that comes from a mouth that is unbridled
[uncontrolled] and ungoverned.

"h. Hurt (Prov. 12:18)
" Destruction: saying something that hurts others… and then regretting it… but not being able to take it back…

"i. Trouble (Prov. 21:23)
" We can dig a big hole for ourselves with our tongues.

"j. Give place to the devil (Eph. 4:27)
" We give place to the Devil through our mouths at times…
" We give the devil opportunity to divide brethren
[fellow Christians]… churches…
" We give the devil opportunity to destroy our testimony before the world…
" We give the devil opportunity to do harm to the cause of Christ--because of our ungoverned tongues.

"k. Hasty -- trouble! (Prov. 29:20)
" When we speak hastily
[hurriedly], we usually come out with thoughtless, insensitive, hurtful words…
" Then, because of our rash
[reckless] words, we have to deal with the aftermath--the wrath [anger] of others… broken relationships… hurt feelings…
" We make rash promises we can't keep…
" We end up offending others because of a careless choice of words

"l. Ecc. 10:20 -- Speaking evil of a person… may come back to bite you!
" Speak evil of the king and he will likely find out!
" Speak evil of any man and he might find out.
" Then we deal with the destructive effects.

"m. A mouth wide open could bring destruction:
" To our reputation…
" To our credibility
[believability, trustworthiness]….
" To our friendships…
" To our career…
" To our finances…
" To our marriage…
" To our testimony for the Lord…"

If you want to read the rest of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-13-index/proverbs-13_3/.

SEPTEMBER 12

Proverbs 12:2: "A good man [or woman or child] [i.e., a kind-hearted person, who has been born again, or saved, by God's grace and walks in obedience to God's word, as recorded in the Bible] obtaineth [obtains] favour of the LORD [meaning he (or she) has a pleasing relationship with God and receives guidance, protection, and blessings from him]: but a man [or woman or child] of wicked devices [i.e., an ungodly person (see note below*), or someone who continues to do bad things] will he [God] condemn [reject or punish]."
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Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. In the first section, we learn that:

"3. Looking at the character of the good man will tell us what KIND of man can expect to obtain the favor of the Lord."

The main points of paragraph 3 are as follows:

"a. … a good man lends, shows favor to others, and handles his affairs
[i.e., business affairs, manner of life] with discretion--common sense; discernment; wisdom."

➜ Examples provided show that "a good man" is unselfish, kind, considerate, gracious, merciful, honest, truthful, and wise.

"b. … he leaves an inheritance for his children--he takes care of his family financially."

➜ Examples provided show that "a good man" is selfless (puts others first) and frugal (thrifty).

c. … the good man is satisfied with his ways."

➜ Examples provided show that "a good man" is saved (born again). obedient to God, and content.

d. … good things come out of his heart."

➜ Examples provided show that "a good man" has good thoughts, good words, good motives, good intentions, good deeds, and good steps.

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-12-index/proverbs-12_2/.

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*According to GotQuestions.org, "The Bible talks of 'the ungodly' as those who are separated from God … To be ungodly is to act in a way that is contrary to the nature of God, to actively oppose God in disobedience, or to have an irreverent disregard [or lack of respect] for God …"

(Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/ungodly-ungodliness.html, "What is ungodliness?")

SEPTEMBER 11

Psalm 34:19: "Many are the afflictions [troubles; things that cause pain or suffering, such as illness, death of a loved one, misfortune (bad luck), persecution (harassment), etc.] of the righteous [person, referring to born-again Christians in general, who are clothed in, or covered by, Jesus' righteousness when they get saved--see note below*]: but the LORD [God] delivereth [delivers, rescues, saves] him [or her] [i.e., 'the righteous' person] out of them all."
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*In one of their articles, GotQuestions.org answers the question "Why does Christ's righteousness need to be imputed to us?" Paragraphs 6 and 8 say:

"On the cross, Jesus took our sin upon Himself and purchased our salvation. We have 'been justified by his blood' (Romans 5:9), and part of that justification is an imputation of His own righteousness.
[The apostle] Paul puts it this way: 'For our sake [God] made [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God' (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus is righteous by virtue of His very nature--He is the Son of God. By God's grace, 'through faith in Jesus Christ,' that righteousness is given 'to all who believe' (Romans 3:22). That's imputation: the giving of Christ's righteousness to sinners."

"By having the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, we can be seen as sinless, as Jesus is sinless. This is amazing grace! We are not righteous in ourselves; rather, we possess Christ's righteousness applied to our account. It is not our perfection but Christ's that God sees when He brings us into fellowship with Himself. We are still sinners in practice, but the grace of God has declared us to have righteous standing before the law."

(Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/imputed-righteousness.html, paragraphs 6 and 8)


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"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verses

"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verses

Previous Month
September 11-20, 2022
See "Sep '22A" in Archives for Verses 1-10.
See "Sep 22C" in Archives for Verses 21-30.
Unfortunately, I ran out of space in this month's file.

SEPTEMBER 20

In this verse, the prophet Isaiah was writing specifically about his nation (Israel) and their hypocrisy, but it can also apply to everyone else in the world:

Isaiah 64:6: "But
[to God,] we are all as an unclean [impure] thing [meaning everyone is polluted and defiled (dirty, contaminated, corrupted)], and all [of] our righteousnesses [good works and deeds] are as [like] filthy rags [see note below*] [in God's sight]; and we all do fade as a leaf [does in autumn, when the chlorophyll in the leaf breaks down, the green color disappears, and the leaf changes color (to orange, yellow, red, etc.) and falls off the tree]; and our iniquities [sins], like the wind [does when it blows the fallen leaves away from the trees], have taken us away [from God]."
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*According to John Gill:

"… The words [
filthy rags] [in Isaiah 64:6] may be rendered [defined],' as a menstruous cloth [menstrual pad, bloody rag]' ... or as a foul plaster [a very dirty bandage] or cloth taken off a sore, with purulent matter [pus] on it ... or any other impure [unclean] and nauseous [offensive-smelling, stinky] thing …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/isaiah/64-6.html, "Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible")

*  *  *  *  *

GotQuestions.org has a good article about today's verse. It's entitled "Why are all of our righteous acts considered filthy rags?" and can be found here: https://www.gotquestions.org/filthy-rags.html.

SEPTEMBER 19

False Teachers: Don't invite them into your house, encourage them, or wish them good luck.

2 John 1:10: "If there come any [person claiming to be a teacher of religion] unto you, and [he (or she)] bring not [or 'does not bring'] this doctrine [of Christ; i.e., the teaching that Jesus is the Son of God, Messiah, and Savior of mankind], receive him [or her] not [i.e., don't invite the false teacher] into your house, neither [and don't] bid him [or her] God speed [in other words, don't say things like 'God bless you' when the false teacher leaves, which would imply that you wish him (or her) success in spreading his (or her) lies]:"

2 John 1:11: "For he [or she--the person] that biddeth [bids] him [or her, referring to the false teacher] God speed is partaker of [or shares in or approves of] his [or her--the false teacher's] evil deeds [of spreading false doctrine]."
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One reason for avoiding contact with false religious teachers, according to Matthew Henry, is that "… Deniers of the faith are destroyers of souls …"

(Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/2-john/1.html, "Caution against Seducers …")

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Regarding the apostle John's instructions in 2 John 1:10 to "receive him not into your house," Albert Barnes said:

"… This treatment would not be demanded where no such interpretation could be put on receiving a friend or relative who held different and even erroneous
[wrong, incorrect] views, or in showing kindness to a stranger who differed from us, but it would apply to the receiving and entertaining 'a professed teacher of religion, as such;' and the rule is as applicable now as it was then [i.e., when it was written]."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bnb/2-john-1.html, "Verse 10")

SEPTEMBER 18

Hebrews 9:22: "And almost all things [in the Jewish tabernacle or temple service] are by the law [of Moses] purged [cleansed, purified] with blood; and without shedding [pouring out] of blood [of animals in the Old Testament, and of Jesus in the New Testament] is no remission [forgiveness] [of sins]."
_______________

The spiritual "stain" of sin can only be removed by blood, and currently (since we're living in New Testament times), according to the above verse--and in the words of two well-known hymns (see note below*)-- if you haven't been "washed in the blood" and "saved by the blood" of the Lord Jesus Christ, your sins have not yet been forgiven by God.

*  *  *  *  *

If you want to be saved (now), forgiven (now), and welcomed into heaven someday, follow the instructions in any of the gospel tracts in the "Printable Gospel Tracts" section of my website. Here's a direct link to that page: https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

*  *  *  *  *

Note: Jesus' blood was shed when he died on the cross to pay for our sins. This is explained in the article entitled "What is the meaning of the blood of Christ?" If you want to read it, you'll find it here: https://www.gotquestions.org/blood-of-Christ.html.

*  *  *  *  *

*This is where you can find the lyrics for the two hymns mentioned above:

-- "Washed in the Blood"
      (https://hymnary.org/text/have_you_been_to_jesus_for_the_cleansing)

-- "Saved by the Blood"
    (https://hymnary.org/text/saved_by_the_blood_of_the_crucified_one)

SEPTEMBER 17

Proverbs 17:17: "A [true and faithful] friend loveth [loves] at all times [meaning he or she will stick by you in both good times and bad times], and a brother [or other relative] is born for adversity [i.e., to comfort, encourage, help, and support his (or her) family members when they are in trouble or distress]."
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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 one of my favorite songs 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.

*  *  *  *  *

According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, Solomon's point in Proverbs 17:17 is that "all throughout life, there is great value in maintaining relationships with friends and family."

If you want to read the pastor's commentary on this verse, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-17-index/proverbs-17_17/.

SEPTEMBER 14-16

Parable of the Rich Fool

Luke 12:15: "And he [Jesus] said unto them [his disciples, or followers], Take heed [pay attention], and beware of [guard against] covetousness [greed]: for a man's [or woman's or child's] life consisteth not in [does not consist of or depend upon] the abundance [large quantity or amount] of the things which he [or she] possesseth [possesses, has, owns]."

Luke 12:16-17: "And he
[Jesus] spake [spoke] a parable unto them [the disciples, meaning he told them a story to illustrate his point, or to explain what he meant], saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully [produced many crops]: And he [the rich man] thought within [to] himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room [or place] where to bestow [gather together, collect] my fruits [of the earth, or crops, referring to his fruits, vegetables, and grains]?"

Luke 12:18-19: "And he
[the rich man] said [to himself], This will I do: I will pull [take] down my barns, and build greater [larger] [ones]; and there will I bestow [store] all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul [myself], Soul, thou hast [you have] much goods [property] laid up for many years; take thine [your] ease [or 'rest, relax'], eat, drink, and be merry [i.e., he was telling himself that after he built bigger barns, he would be able to sit back and enjoy life]."

Luke 12:20: "But God said unto him [the rich man], Thou [you] fool, this night [tonight] thy [your] soul shall be required of thee [you] [which meant, 'tonight you will die']: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?"

Luke 12:21: "So is he
[or she] [a fool] that [or who, like the rich man discussed above,] layeth [lays, stores] up treasure for himself [or herself], and is not rich toward God."
_______________

In other words, money and possessions will not prolong (extend the duration of) your life.

*  *  *  *  *

Albert Barnes summarized the parable as follows:

"… From this instructive parable we learn:

"1. That wicked people are often signally
[remarkably] prospered - their ground brings forth plentifully. God gives them their desire, but sends leanness [emptiness] into their souls.

"2. That riches bring with them always an increasing load of cares and anxieties.

"3. That they
[riches] steal away the affections from God - are sly, insinuating, and dangerous to the soul.

"4. That the anxiety of a covetous
[greedy] man is not what 'good' he may do with his wealth, but where he may hoard [store] it, and keep it secure from doing any good.

"5. That riches cannot secure their haughty
[proud, arrogant, conceited] owners from the grave. Death will come upon them suddenly, unexpectedly, awfully. In the very midst [middle] of the brightest anticipations - in a moment - in the twinkling of an eye it may come, and all the wealth that has been accumulated cannot alleviate [reduce or relieve] one pang [pain or painful emotion], or drive away one fear, or prolong life for one moment.

"6. That the man who is trusting to his riches in this manner is a fool in the sight of God. Soon, also, he will be a fool in his 'own' sight, and will go to hell with the consciousness that his life has been one of eminent folly
[exceptional foolishness].

"7. That the path of true wisdom is to seek first the kingdom of God, and to be ready to die; and 'then' it matters little what is our portion here, or how suddenly or soon we are called away to meet our Judge
[in heaven--referring to God, on judgment day]. If our affections are not fixed [focused] on our riches, we shall leave them without regret. If our treasures are laid up in heaven, death will be but 'going home,' and happy will be that moment when we are called to our rest."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/luke-12.html, "Verse 21")

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For additional insights on the parable, you can read the following article: "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Rich Fool?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/parable-rich-fool.html.

SEPTEMBER 13

Proverbs 13:3: "He [or she] that keepeth [keeps, guards] his [or her] mouth [i.e., the person who keeps his (or her) mouth shut, or watches what he (or she) says] keepeth his [or her] life [under control]: but he [or she] that openeth [opens] wide his [or her] lips [referring to someone who talks too much and/or says whatever pops into his (or her) mind without considering the consequences] shall have destruction [or trouble and grief--see examples in the note below*]."
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In other words, we should always think before speaking.

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*In paragraph 2 of the "destruction" part of his commentary on this verse, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church says, "The things people SAY can get them in more trouble and cause more pain, suffering, grief, and unrest in their lives than the things they DO."

Then, in paragraph 3, he goes on to give specific examples of how the things that we say can cause destruction in our lives. Here they are, in shortened form:

"3. Examples of such destruction…  
[Note: For reference purposes, I added "Prov." to several parenthetical items]

"a. Saying YES to a salesman too soon…
" Financial destruction: more bills than you are able to pay!

"b. Spreading gossip…
" Destruction to your friendships… you may separate chief
[close] friends…

"c. Betraying confidences
[violating a person's trust]
" Destruction of your trust: you may lose friends… lose trust…

"d. Speaking before getting all the facts… (Prov. 18:13) --
" Destruction: you may earn a reputation for being a fool… a liar and a troublemaker…

"e. Saying whatever is on your mind… (Prov. 29:11)
" Destruction: what's on our mind is not always worth saying!

"f. Pride… self-exalting speech…
" Destruction: you might become obnoxious
[extremely unpleasant] in the eyes of others… and of the Lord!
" After pride comes a fall…

"g. Sin (Prov. 10:19)
" Destruction: there is no shortage of sin that comes from a mouth that is unbridled
[uncontrolled] and ungoverned.

"h. Hurt (Prov. 12:18)
" Destruction: saying something that hurts others… and then regretting it… but not being able to take it back…

"i. Trouble (Prov. 21:23)
" We can dig a big hole for ourselves with our tongues.

"j. Give place to the devil (Eph. 4:27)
" We give place to the Devil through our mouths at times…
" We give the devil opportunity to divide brethren
[fellow Christians]… churches…
" We give the devil opportunity to destroy our testimony before the world…
" We give the devil opportunity to do harm to the cause of Christ--because of our ungoverned tongues.

"k. Hasty -- trouble! (Prov. 29:20)
" When we speak hastily
[hurriedly], we usually come out with thoughtless, insensitive, hurtful words…
" Then, because of our rash
[reckless] words, we have to deal with the aftermath--the wrath [anger] of others… broken relationships… hurt feelings…
" We make rash promises we can't keep…
" We end up offending others because of a careless choice of words

"l. Ecc. 10:20 -- Speaking evil of a person… may come back to bite you!
" Speak evil of the king and he will likely find out!
" Speak evil of any man and he might find out.
" Then we deal with the destructive effects.

"m. A mouth wide open could bring destruction:
" To our reputation…
" To our credibility
[believability, trustworthiness]….
" To our friendships…
" To our career…
" To our finances…
" To our marriage…
" To our testimony for the Lord…"

If you want to read the rest of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-13-index/proverbs-13_3/.

SEPTEMBER 12

Proverbs 12:2: "A good man [or woman or child] [i.e., a kind-hearted person, who has been born again, or saved, by God's grace and walks in obedience to God's word, as recorded in the Bible] obtaineth [obtains] favour of the LORD [meaning he (or she) has a pleasing relationship with God and receives guidance, protection, and blessings from him]: but a man [or woman or child] of wicked devices [i.e., an ungodly person (see note below*), or someone who continues to do bad things] will he [God] condemn [reject or punish]."
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Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. In the first section, we learn that:

"3. Looking at the character of the good man will tell us what KIND of man can expect to obtain the favor of the Lord."

The main points of paragraph 3 are as follows:

"a. … a good man lends, shows favor to others, and handles his affairs
[i.e., business affairs, manner of life] with discretion--common sense; discernment; wisdom."

➜ Examples provided show that "a good man" is unselfish, kind, considerate, gracious, merciful, honest, truthful, and wise.

"b. … he leaves an inheritance for his children--he takes care of his family financially."

➜ Examples provided show that "a good man" is selfless (puts others first) and frugal (thrifty).

c. … the good man is satisfied with his ways."

➜ Examples provided show that "a good man" is saved (born again). obedient to God, and content.

d. … good things come out of his heart."

➜ Examples provided show that "a good man" has good thoughts, good words, good motives, good intentions, good deeds, and good steps.

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-12-index/proverbs-12_2/.

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*According to GotQuestions.org, "The Bible talks of 'the ungodly' as those who are separated from God … To be ungodly is to act in a way that is contrary to the nature of God, to actively oppose God in disobedience, or to have an irreverent disregard [or lack of respect] for God …"

(Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/ungodly-ungodliness.html, "What is ungodliness?")

SEPTEMBER 11

Psalm 34:19: "Many are the afflictions [troubles; things that cause pain or suffering, such as illness, death of a loved one, misfortune (bad luck), persecution (harassment), etc.] of the righteous [person, referring to born-again Christians in general, who are clothed in, or covered by, Jesus' righteousness when they get saved--see note below*]: but the LORD [God] delivereth [delivers, rescues, saves] him [or her] [i.e., 'the righteous' person] out of them all."
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*In one of their articles, GotQuestions.org answers the question "Why does Christ's righteousness need to be imputed to us?" Paragraphs 6 and 8 say:

"On the cross, Jesus took our sin upon Himself and purchased our salvation. We have 'been justified by his blood' (Romans 5:9), and part of that justification is an imputation of His own righteousness.
[The apostle] Paul puts it this way: 'For our sake [God] made [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God' (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus is righteous by virtue of His very nature--He is the Son of God. By God's grace, 'through faith in Jesus Christ,' that righteousness is given 'to all who believe' (Romans 3:22). That's imputation: the giving of Christ's righteousness to sinners."

"By having the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, we can be seen as sinless, as Jesus is sinless. This is amazing grace! We are not righteous in ourselves; rather, we possess Christ's righteousness applied to our account. It is not our perfection but Christ's that God sees when He brings us into fellowship with Himself. We are still sinners in practice, but the grace of God has declared us to have righteous standing before the law."

(Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/imputed-righteousness.html, paragraphs 6 and 8)