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

SEPTEMBER 30

Proverbs 30:11: "There is a generation [a group of people who are born and living at around the same time, at any given period in history] that curseth [curses, despises (hates), dishonors, does not respect] their father, and doth not [does not] bless [praise, thank, appreciate, care about] their mother."
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According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, "God's plan is for children to honor their parents; [and] for the youth [young people] to respect the elderly [senior citizens]; [and] for old age and wisdom to be admired."
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Pastor Delany has written a good commentary on the above verse. It's called "A Generation of Disrespectful Rebels." In it, he quotes many scriptures
[Bible verses] proving that God wants children to respect and obey their parents. Then, in paragraph 2k of the section entitled "They Curse Their Father," he gives the reason why our society is currently in such bad shape:

"k. But for some strange reason, we have reversed
[done the opposite of] what the Bible says.
" Instead of honoring the 'hoary head' (elderly), we honor the youth. We glorify youth.
" We gear our society around trying to 'connect with the youth,' trying to 'understand' the youth, trying to 'appeal to the youth.'"
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The commentary also gives examples of what happened to children who refused to respect their parents during Old Testament times. (Please note that our laws are much different nowadays.)

If you want to read more of the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-30-index/proverbs-30_11/.

SEPTEMBER 29

Proverbs 29:23: "A man's [or woman's or child's] pride shall bring him [or her] low [or down, or back to reality, perhaps through humiliation]: but honour [honor] shall uphold the [person who is] humble in spirit [which means that a truly humble person will be lifted up, exalted (praised, promoted, etc.), given a place of honor]."
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In his commentary on this verse, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church, says "… whether or not we want to admit it, we are all afflicted with pride." Examples include people who think they're better than anyone else because they're smarter, better looking, cooler and hipper, more successful, richer, more famous, more popular, more humble, or more spiritual than other people are.

Normally, we don't like it when people are filled with pride, and neither does God. According to the Bible, the best way to gain honor and respect, both from others and from God, is through humility.

If you want to read the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-29-index/proverbs-29_23/.

SEPTEMBER 27-28

Proverbs 27:12: "A prudent [wise, sensible] man [or woman or child] foreseeth [foresees] the evil [i.e., senses danger or trouble], and hideth [hides] himself [or herself] [from it] [meaning he (or she) avoids it, gets safely out of the way]; but the simple [unwise, foolish] [people] pass on [or keep going towards 'the evil'], and are punished."
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Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse, including characteristics of a "prudent man" and examples of how we can "foresee the evil" and avoid trouble by not clicking on scam (fraudulent, deceptive) emails, not responding to ads about alcohol, not joining gangs, not viewing pornography, and being careful when driving on ice.
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For instance, concerning alcohol, gangs, and pornography (Section B, paragraph 5, of the commentary), we are told that:

"b. A prudent man can see right through the façade
[false appearance] of the advertisements for alcohol which imply that if you drink Budweiser, you too will be at the fabulous parties with gorgeous women and life will be non-stop fun! He can see through that to the evil that is the REAL end result of alcohol: divorce; fatherless children; destroyed livers; Skid Row [life in a run-down part of town that is frequented by vagrants (beggars), alcoholics, and drug addicts]; prison. He looks beyond the immediate façade to foresee the evil.

"c. A prudent young person should be able to discern
[recognize] when a group of kids is trouble or not. You can sense, that with a certain group of kids, you just know that trouble is right around the corner. You can tell by what they talk about; by what they say they have done in the past; by what they think is funny; their attitude towards life; [their attitude] towards spiritual things.

"d. A prudent man ought to be able to foresee trouble ahead for those who go online to watch pornography; or to chat and flirt with women online. You know where that leads. A prudent man will foresee the calamity
[disaster] that lies ahead."
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The commentary ends by saying:

"i. A smart person will see trouble coming. A wise person will see trouble coming too… and get out of the way."

"j. A person who is smart and perceptive is not necessarily wise and moral.

"k. A lot of intelligent people know the dangers of alcohol & drugs, but use them anyway! They foresee the evil, but they don't hide themselves from it.

"l. A lot of intelligent people know the dangers of gambling. It has trouble written all over it! But they dive right in anyway.

"m. They may be intelligent and perceptive; but not prudent, wise, and moral. If they were, they would have hidden themselves from those dangers."

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-27-index/proverbs-27_12/.
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Note:
Proverbs 22:3 is almost exactly the same as Proverbs 27:12. Salem Bible Church has a commentary on that verse, too, including different examples of dangers to avoid. If you want to read that commentary, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-22-index/proverbs-223//.

SEPTEMBER 26

Speaking through Moses, God said this to the children of Israel (in this case, Jewish men):

Leviticus 18:22: "Thou shalt
[you shall] not lie [down and have sex] with mankind [males], as [is normally done] with womankind [females]: it is abomination [detestable, a disgusting thing] [to God]."
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This verse refers to the sin of Sodom, a city that was destroyed by God because its inhabitants openly engaged in homosexuality--something that God hates. It means that sexual relations are supposed to occur only between men and women--not men (or boys) with men (or boys), and women (or girls) with women (or girls).

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In his commentary, John Gill said:

"… it
[homosexuality] is so [or 'is an abomination'] to God, as the above instance of his vengeance shows, and ought to be abominable to men, as being not only contrary [opposite] to the law of God, but even contrary to nature itself, and what is never to be observed among brute creatures [i.e., animals]."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/leviticus/18-22.html, "Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible")

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GotQuestions.org has an article on today's verse. It's entitled "What does Leviticus 18:22 mean when it says, 'You shall not lie with a male as with a woman'?" and can be found here: https://www.gotquestions.org/you-shall-not-lie-with-a-male-as-with-a-woman.html.

SEPTEMBER 25

Proverbs 25:14: "Whoso [whoever] boasteth [boasts] himself [or herself] of a false gift [referring to a person who makes false promises] is [a discouragement and disappointment to the general public,] like clouds and wind [which normally accompany rainy weather] without rain [are discouraging and disappointing to farmers living in dry regions of the world, who need the rain in order to grow their crops]."
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In his commentary, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church says that this verse is a warning about "… dishonest people who make wonderful promises and claims that they have no intention of keeping." Examples include scam artists, "snake oil" salesmen, "health and wealth" gospel preachers, politicians, and people promoting pyramid schemes.

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Here are some excerpts from Pastor Delany's commentary:

"6. Snake oil has earned a bad reputation over the years. It has lost its luster and shine. But the snake oil salesman is still alive and well.

"a. He has simply developed a new line of products for his modern customers.

"b. Today he uses the internet. There you can boast of a false gift to thousands of people all at once!

"c. He
[the snake oil salesman] sends out emails to his potential customers with a claim that is sure to radiate [spread out] in their gullible [trusting, easily persuaded] little minds [a claim, for example, stating that]: a wealthy widow in Qatar [an Arab country in the Persian Gulf] is dying of cancer and is hoping that you would be willing to manage her six million dollar estate."

"7. But the false gift is not only boasted by salesman.

"a. We have the 'gospel of health and wealth' folks today making grandiose
[excessively grand or ambitious] promises to gullible Christians.
" Send in $100 and God will multiply your gift 10 fold!
" Be a big time supporter of our ministry and you might get a front row seat in our healing service… and your chances of getting healed are multiplied.
" But their promises are 'false gifts.'"

"» Satan made a grandiose promise to Adam and Eve: eat this fruit and ye shall be as gods!
"» But it was designed to be deceptive…"

"b. And then there are the Bernie Madoffs of the world--
[people] who promise a great return on your investment… except that it is the old pyramid trick.
" People were promised glowing reports of success. He
[Bernie Madoff] boasted of great returns [on their investments].
" But it was a false gift… and in the end, it caused hundreds of individuals and businesses to lose their shirt
[lose lots or money or a majority of their wealth] … for him to end up in jail and his son to commit suicide.

"c. And certainly we have seen this countless
[many] times on both sides of the aisle in the political arena [i.e., Republican and Democratic parties]: politicians who make grandiose promises… but do not fulfill them.
" Sometimes they were deceitful, empty words designed only for the campaign to get him into office--never intended to carry through with them.
" Sometimes he
[the politician] makes promises naively [from a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment], assuming he will be able to change Washington… and discovers that he cannot keep his promise."

The commentary ends with this:

"6. Not only are we warned not to be duped
[deceived, tricked, fooled] by such people, but we are also warned not to make promises that we do not fulfill [or keep]."

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-25-index/proverbs-25_14//.

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This is how Albert Barnes summarizes Proverbs 25:14:

"The disappointment caused by him who promises much and performs little or nothing, is likened to the phenomena of
[or unusual things that sometimes happen in] an eastern climate; the drought of summer [i.e., a prolonged period of very dry weather], the eager expectation of men who watch the rising clouds and the freshening breeze, the bitter disappointment when the breeze dies off, and the clouds pass away, and the wished for rain does not come."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bnb/proverbs-25.html, "Verse 14")

SEPTEMBER 22-24

Proverbs 22:1: "A good name [reputation] [for example, being known as someone who is kind, honest, hard-working, etc.] is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour [acceptance, approval] [from everyone--people and God] [is to be chosen] rather than silver and gold."
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At the end of his Bible study notes on this verse, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church said: "A good name and favor is not something after which that we should CONSCIOUSLY seek. … But a life dedicated to pleasing God will usually earn the respect and favor of men too."

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The following excerpts are taken from the first section of Pastor Delany's commentary (entitled "A Good Name …"):

Paragraph 3:

"a. There is not as much importance given to a good name (on a personal level) in our culture today as there used to be… and as there still is in other cultures.
" There is no stigma
[shame, disgrace] to having a baby out of wedlock [i.e., without being married] any more.
" There is not much shame in being convicted
[found guilty] for crimes. Sometimes criminals go on to have their own TV shows, or a talk radio show.
" There was a time when your name was disgraced, that a family might have to move across the country to start over… but that doesn't happen anymore.
" Parents used to be concerned about their child's behavior because bad behavior was a disgrace to the family name.
" That sense of the value of one's 'name' has been greatly diminished
[or has become less important] in our generation.
" But regardless of what our present culture says, God's Word
[as recorded in the Bible] says that a good name is EXTREMELY valuable!"

Paragraph 4:

"o. Rev. 2:3 -- Whatever WE do as believers is to be done for the Lord's NAME's sake. Our service is for His name's sake (for His reputation)."

"t. God is far more concerned about His reputation and His testimony than we might think.

"u. And since HIS name and reputation are connected to our name and reputation, that makes our personal testimony on earth important.

"v. That's why we should exert great CARE about our behavior, our deportment
[manners], our attitude, our speech, our deeds, even our appearance before men."

If you want to read more of the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-22-index/proverbs-22_1/.

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At her recent funeral service, which was broadcast throughout the world, I--as well as many others, I'm sure--discovered that during her life, Queen Elizabeth II was a born-again Christian and an excellent example of someone who "chose a good name" rather than "great riches," and "loving favour rather than silver or gold."

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Apparently, the queen selected much of the music and scripture that was included in her funeral service (the video of which can be found here: https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/18/uk/order-of-service-queen-funeral-intl-gbr/index.html).

The readings included the following Bible verses:

-- Job 19:25: "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:"

-- Psalm 23:1-6: "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. … He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. … Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. …Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever."

-- John 11:25: "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:"

-- John 14:2-3: "In my Father's house
[in heaven] are many mansions. … I [Jesus] go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

-- John 14:6: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

-- Romans 8:38-39: "For I am persuaded, that
[nothing] shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

-- 1 Corinthians 15:20-22: "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept …For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."

-- 1 Corinthians 15:53-54: "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. … then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."

--1 Corinthians 15:58: "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."

-- 1 Timothy 6:7: "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out."

-- Revelation 21:4: "And
[in heaven,] God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

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In addition to the above, the sermon that the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered at Queen Elizabeth's funeral contained many references to salvation, judgment, heaven, eternal life, serving Christ, etc. If you want to read it, here's a link: https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/we-will-meet-again-read-the-archbishop-of-canterbury-s-full-sermon-at-queen-s-funeral-1.6074113.

These are some excerpts from the archbishop's sermon:

"The pattern for many leaders is to be exalted in life and forgotten after death. The pattern for all who serve God -- famous or obscure, respected or ignored - is that death is the door to glory."
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"Jesus -- who in our reading does not tell his disciples how to follow, but who to follow -- said: 'I am the way, the truth and the life.' Her late Majesty's example was not set through her position or her ambition, but through whom she followed."
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"Her allegiance
[loyalty] to God was given before any person gave allegiance to her. Her service to so many people in this nation, the Commonwealth and the world, had its foundation in her following Christ -- God himself -- who said that he 'came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.'

"People of loving service are rare in any walk of life. Leaders of loving service are still rarer. But in all cases those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privileges are long forgotten."
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"Her late Majesty's broadcast during COVID-19 lockdown ended with: 'We will meet again' -- words of hope from a song of Vera Lynn. Christian hope means certain expectation of something not yet seen.

"Christ rose from the dead and offers life to all, abundant life now and life with God in eternity.

"As the Christmas carol says, 'where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.'

"We will all face the merciful judgment of God: we can all share the Queen's hope which in life and death inspired her servant leadership.
"Service in life, hope in death. All who follow the Queen's example, and inspiration of trust and faith in God, can with her say: 'We will meet again.'"

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For people who have bad reputations, another Bible commentator said:

"… There are those who affect indifference to
[or pretend to not care about] what a silly or malicious [harmful, unkind] world may think or say of them. … Professing to despise [hate] the ill [unfavorable] opinion of mankind [human beings] creates a shrewd [fairly sure but not completely sure] suspicion that we have deserved it …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/proverbs/22-1.html, "The Biblical Illustrator," "On good character, or general esteem of mankind")

SEPTEMBER 21

About the Lord Jesus Christ, the apostle John wrote:

John 1:11-12: "He
[Jesus] came unto his own [land, Israel], and his own [people, the Jews] received him not [did not receive him] [as the promised Messiah]. But as many as received him [Jesus Christ] [as Savior], to them gave he power [i.e., the right, or privilege] to become the sons [or children] of God, even to them that believe on his name [referring to those who believe (trust, or place their confidence) in Jesus]:"
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For more detailed information about the above verses, read "What does it mean to receive Jesus Christ?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/receive-Jesus-Christ.html.

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Another article you may be interested in is this: "What does it mean to accept Jesus as your personal Savior?" It includes a sample prayer of salvation. If you want to read this article, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/personal-Savior.html.


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"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verses

"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verses

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

SEPTEMBER 30

Proverbs 30:11: "There is a generation [a group of people who are born and living at around the same time, at any given period in history] that curseth [curses, despises (hates), dishonors, does not respect] their father, and doth not [does not] bless [praise, thank, appreciate, care about] their mother."
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According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, "God's plan is for children to honor their parents; [and] for the youth [young people] to respect the elderly [senior citizens]; [and] for old age and wisdom to be admired."
____________________

Pastor Delany has written a good commentary on the above verse. It's called "A Generation of Disrespectful Rebels." In it, he quotes many scriptures
[Bible verses] proving that God wants children to respect and obey their parents. Then, in paragraph 2k of the section entitled "They Curse Their Father," he gives the reason why our society is currently in such bad shape:

"k. But for some strange reason, we have reversed
[done the opposite of] what the Bible says.
" Instead of honoring the 'hoary head' (elderly), we honor the youth. We glorify youth.
" We gear our society around trying to 'connect with the youth,' trying to 'understand' the youth, trying to 'appeal to the youth.'"
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The commentary also gives examples of what happened to children who refused to respect their parents during Old Testament times. (Please note that our laws are much different nowadays.)

If you want to read more of the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-30-index/proverbs-30_11/.

SEPTEMBER 29

Proverbs 29:23: "A man's [or woman's or child's] pride shall bring him [or her] low [or down, or back to reality, perhaps through humiliation]: but honour [honor] shall uphold the [person who is] humble in spirit [which means that a truly humble person will be lifted up, exalted (praised, promoted, etc.), given a place of honor]."
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In his commentary on this verse, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church, says "… whether or not we want to admit it, we are all afflicted with pride." Examples include people who think they're better than anyone else because they're smarter, better looking, cooler and hipper, more successful, richer, more famous, more popular, more humble, or more spiritual than other people are.

Normally, we don't like it when people are filled with pride, and neither does God. According to the Bible, the best way to gain honor and respect, both from others and from God, is through humility.

If you want to read the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-29-index/proverbs-29_23/.

SEPTEMBER 27-28

Proverbs 27:12: "A prudent [wise, sensible] man [or woman or child] foreseeth [foresees] the evil [i.e., senses danger or trouble], and hideth [hides] himself [or herself] [from it] [meaning he (or she) avoids it, gets safely out of the way]; but the simple [unwise, foolish] [people] pass on [or keep going towards 'the evil'], and are punished."
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Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse, including characteristics of a "prudent man" and examples of how we can "foresee the evil" and avoid trouble by not clicking on scam (fraudulent, deceptive) emails, not responding to ads about alcohol, not joining gangs, not viewing pornography, and being careful when driving on ice.
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For instance, concerning alcohol, gangs, and pornography (Section B, paragraph 5, of the commentary), we are told that:

"b. A prudent man can see right through the façade
[false appearance] of the advertisements for alcohol which imply that if you drink Budweiser, you too will be at the fabulous parties with gorgeous women and life will be non-stop fun! He can see through that to the evil that is the REAL end result of alcohol: divorce; fatherless children; destroyed livers; Skid Row [life in a run-down part of town that is frequented by vagrants (beggars), alcoholics, and drug addicts]; prison. He looks beyond the immediate façade to foresee the evil.

"c. A prudent young person should be able to discern
[recognize] when a group of kids is trouble or not. You can sense, that with a certain group of kids, you just know that trouble is right around the corner. You can tell by what they talk about; by what they say they have done in the past; by what they think is funny; their attitude towards life; [their attitude] towards spiritual things.

"d. A prudent man ought to be able to foresee trouble ahead for those who go online to watch pornography; or to chat and flirt with women online. You know where that leads. A prudent man will foresee the calamity
[disaster] that lies ahead."
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The commentary ends by saying:

"i. A smart person will see trouble coming. A wise person will see trouble coming too… and get out of the way."

"j. A person who is smart and perceptive is not necessarily wise and moral.

"k. A lot of intelligent people know the dangers of alcohol & drugs, but use them anyway! They foresee the evil, but they don't hide themselves from it.

"l. A lot of intelligent people know the dangers of gambling. It has trouble written all over it! But they dive right in anyway.

"m. They may be intelligent and perceptive; but not prudent, wise, and moral. If they were, they would have hidden themselves from those dangers."

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-27-index/proverbs-27_12/.
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Note:
Proverbs 22:3 is almost exactly the same as Proverbs 27:12. Salem Bible Church has a commentary on that verse, too, including different examples of dangers to avoid. If you want to read that commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-22-index/proverbs-223//.

SEPTEMBER 26

Speaking through Moses, God said this to the children of Israel (in this case, Jewish men):

Leviticus 18:22: "Thou shalt [you shall] not lie [down and have sex] with mankind [males], as [is normally done] with womankind [females]: it is abomination [detestable, a disgusting thing] [to God]."
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This verse refers to the sin of Sodom, a city that was destroyed by God because its inhabitants openly engaged in homosexuality--something that God hates. It means that sexual relations are supposed to occur only between men and women--not men (or boys) with men (or boys), and women (or girls) with women (or girls).

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In his commentary, John Gill said:

"… it
[homosexuality] is so [or 'is an abomination'] to God, as the above instance of his vengeance shows, and ought to be abominable to men, as being not only contrary [opposite] to the law of God, but even contrary to nature itself, and what is never to be observed among brute creatures [i.e., animals]."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/leviticus/18-22.html, "Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible")

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GotQuestions.org has an article on today's verse. It's entitled "What does Leviticus 18:22 mean when it says, 'You shall not lie with a male as with a woman'?" and can be found here: https://www.gotquestions.org/you-shall-not-lie-with-a-male-as-with-a-woman.html.

SEPTEMBER 25

Proverbs 25:14: "Whoso [whoever] boasteth [boasts] himself [or herself] of a false gift [referring to a person who makes false promises] is [a discouragement and disappointment to the general public,] like clouds and wind [which normally accompany rainy weather] without rain [are discouraging and disappointing to farmers living in dry regions of the world, who need the rain in order to grow their crops]."
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In his commentary, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church says that this verse is a warning about "… dishonest people who make wonderful promises and claims that they have no intention of keeping." Examples include scam artists, "snake oil" salesmen, "health and wealth" gospel preachers, politicians, and people promoting pyramid schemes.

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Here are some excerpts from Pastor Delany's commentary:

"6. Snake oil has earned a bad reputation over the years. It has lost its luster and shine. But the snake oil salesman is still alive and well.

"a. He has simply developed a new line of products for his modern customers.

"b. Today he uses the internet. There you can boast of a false gift to thousands of people all at once!

"c. He
[the snake oil salesman] sends out emails to his potential customers with a claim that is sure to radiate [spread out] in their gullible [trusting, easily persuaded] little minds [a claim, for example, stating that]: a wealthy widow in Qatar [an Arab country in the Persian Gulf] is dying of cancer and is hoping that you would be willing to manage her six million dollar estate."

"7. But the false gift is not only boasted by salesman.

"a. We have the 'gospel of health and wealth' folks today making grandiose
[excessively grand or ambitious] promises to gullible Christians.
" Send in $100 and God will multiply your gift 10 fold!
" Be a big time supporter of our ministry and you might get a front row seat in our healing service… and your chances of getting healed are multiplied.
" But their promises are 'false gifts.'"

"» Satan made a grandiose promise to Adam and Eve: eat this fruit and ye shall be as gods!
"» But it was designed to be deceptive…"

"b. And then there are the Bernie Madoffs of the world--
[people] who promise a great return on your investment… except that it is the old pyramid trick.
" People were promised glowing reports of success. He
[Bernie Madoff] boasted of great returns [on their investments].
" But it was a false gift… and in the end, it caused hundreds of individuals and businesses to lose their shirt
[lose lots or money or a majority of their wealth] … for him to end up in jail and his son to commit suicide.

"c. And certainly we have seen this countless
[many] times on both sides of the aisle in the political arena [i.e., Republican and Democratic parties]: politicians who make grandiose promises… but do not fulfill them.
" Sometimes they were deceitful, empty words designed only for the campaign to get him into office--never intended to carry through with them.
" Sometimes he
[the politician] makes promises naively [from a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment], assuming he will be able to change Washington… and discovers that he cannot keep his promise."

The commentary ends with this:

"6. Not only are we warned not to be duped
[deceived, tricked, fooled] by such people, but we are also warned not to make promises that we do not fulfill [or keep]."

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-25-index/proverbs-25_14//.

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This is how Albert Barnes summarizes Proverbs 25:14:

"The disappointment caused by him who promises much and performs little or nothing, is likened to the phenomena of
[or unusual things that sometimes happen in] an eastern climate; the drought of summer [i.e., a prolonged period of very dry weather], the eager expectation of men who watch the rising clouds and the freshening breeze, the bitter disappointment when the breeze dies off, and the clouds pass away, and the wished for rain does not come."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bnb/proverbs-25.html, "Verse 14")

SEPTEMBER 22-24

Proverbs 22:1: "A good name [reputation] [for example, being known as someone who is kind, honest, hard-working, etc.] is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour [acceptance, approval] [from everyone--people and God] [is to be chosen] rather than silver and gold."
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At the end of his Bible study notes on this verse, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church said: "A good name and favor is not something after which that we should CONSCIOUSLY seek. … But a life dedicated to pleasing God will usually earn the respect and favor of men too."

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The following excerpts are taken from the first section of Pastor Delany's commentary (entitled "A Good Name …"):

Paragraph 3:

"a. There is not as much importance given to a good name (on a personal level) in our culture today as there used to be… and as there still is in other cultures.
" There is no stigma
[shame, disgrace] to having a baby out of wedlock [i.e., without being married] any more.
" There is not much shame in being convicted
[found guilty] for crimes. Sometimes criminals go on to have their own TV shows, or a talk radio show.
" There was a time when your name was disgraced, that a family might have to move across the country to start over… but that doesn't happen anymore.
" Parents used to be concerned about their child's behavior because bad behavior was a disgrace to the family name.
" That sense of the value of one's 'name' has been greatly diminished
[or has become less important] in our generation.
" But regardless of what our present culture says, God's Word
[as recorded in the Bible] says that a good name is EXTREMELY valuable!"

Paragraph 4:

"o. Rev. 2:3 -- Whatever WE do as believers is to be done for the Lord's NAME's sake. Our service is for His name's sake (for His reputation)."

"t. God is far more concerned about His reputation and His testimony than we might think.

"u. And since HIS name and reputation are connected to our name and reputation, that makes our personal testimony on earth important.

"v. That's why we should exert great CARE about our behavior, our deportment
[manners], our attitude, our speech, our deeds, even our appearance before men."

If you want to read more of the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-22-index/proverbs-22_1/.

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At her recent funeral service, which was broadcast throughout the world, I--as well as many others, I'm sure--discovered that during her life, Queen Elizabeth II was a born-again Christian and an excellent example of someone who "chose a good name" rather than "great riches," and "loving favour rather than silver or gold."

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Apparently, the queen selected much of the music and scripture that was included in her funeral service (the video of which can be found here: https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/18/uk/order-of-service-queen-funeral-intl-gbr/index.html).

The readings included the following Bible verses:

-- Job 19:25: "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:"

-- Psalm 23:1-6: "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. … He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. … Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. …Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever."

-- John 11:25: "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:"

-- John 14:2-3: "In my Father's house
[in heaven] are many mansions. … I [Jesus] go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

-- John 14:6: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

-- Romans 8:38-39: "For I am persuaded, that
[nothing] shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

-- 1 Corinthians 15:20-22: "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept …For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."

-- 1 Corinthians 15:53-54: "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. … then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."

--1 Corinthians 15:58: "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."

-- 1 Timothy 6:7: "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out."

-- Revelation 21:4: "And
[in heaven,] God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

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In addition to the above, the sermon that the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered at Queen Elizabeth's funeral contained many references to salvation, judgment, heaven, eternal life, serving Christ, etc. If you want to read it, here's a link: https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/we-will-meet-again-read-the-archbishop-of-canterbury-s-full-sermon-at-queen-s-funeral-1.6074113.

These are some excerpts from the archbishop's sermon:

"The pattern for many leaders is to be exalted in life and forgotten after death. The pattern for all who serve God -- famous or obscure, respected or ignored - is that death is the door to glory."
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"Jesus -- who in our reading does not tell his disciples how to follow, but who to follow -- said: 'I am the way, the truth and the life.' Her late Majesty's example was not set through her position or her ambition, but through whom she followed."
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"Her allegiance
[loyalty] to God was given before any person gave allegiance to her. Her service to so many people in this nation, the Commonwealth and the world, had its foundation in her following Christ -- God himself -- who said that he 'came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.'

"People of loving service are rare in any walk of life. Leaders of loving service are still rarer. But in all cases those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privileges are long forgotten."
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"Her late Majesty's broadcast during COVID-19 lockdown ended with: 'We will meet again' -- words of hope from a song of Vera Lynn. Christian hope means certain expectation of something not yet seen.

"Christ rose from the dead and offers life to all, abundant life now and life with God in eternity.

"As the Christmas carol says, 'where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.'

"We will all face the merciful judgment of God: we can all share the Queen's hope which in life and death inspired her servant leadership.
"Service in life, hope in death. All who follow the Queen's example, and inspiration of trust and faith in God, can with her say: 'We will meet again.'"

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For people who have bad reputations, another Bible commentator said:

"… There are those who affect indifference to
[or pretend to not care about] what a silly or malicious [harmful, unkind] world may think or say of them. … Professing to despise [hate] the ill [unfavorable] opinion of mankind [human beings] creates a shrewd [fairly sure but not completely sure] suspicion that we have deserved it …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/proverbs/22-1.html, "The Biblical Illustrator," "On good character, or general esteem of mankind")

SEPTEMBER 21

About the Lord Jesus Christ, the apostle John wrote:

John 1:11-12: "He
[Jesus] came unto his own [land, Israel], and his own [people, the Jews] received him not [did not receive him] [as the promised Messiah]. But as many as received him [Jesus Christ] [as Savior], to them gave he power [i.e., the right, or privilege] to become the sons [or children] of God, even to them that believe on his name [referring to those who believe (trust, or place their confidence) in Jesus]:"
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For more detailed information about the above verses, read "What does it mean to receive Jesus Christ?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/receive-Jesus-Christ.html.

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Another article you may be interested in is this: "What does it mean to accept Jesus as your personal Savior?" It includes a sample prayer of salvation. If you want to read this article, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/personal-Savior.html.