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

"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verses

Previous Month
October 2022
OCTOBER 30-31

In these verses, King David is reminding himself to do this:

Psalm 103:2: "Bless the LORD
[praise Almighty God], O my soul, and forget not [don't forget] all his benefits [all of the things that he does]:

[The reason David said this is because he knows that:]

Psalm 103:3: [It is God] Who forgiveth all thine iniquities [forgives all of your sins];

Psalm 103:3:
[It is God] who healeth all thy diseases [heals all of your diseases, restores your health];

Psalm 103:4:
[It is God] Who redeemeth thy life [redeems your life, saves you] from destruction [referring to the future resurrection (or rapture) of our physical bodies and the salvation of our souls];

Psalm 103:4:
[It is God] who crowneth thee [crowns, or surrounds, you] with lovingkindness [kindness] and tender mercies [compassion];

Psalm 103:5:
[It is God] Who satisfieth [satisfies, fills] thy [your] mouth with [or 'gives you'] good things; so that [in old age, or when you are old,] thy youth [your youthfulness, or strength and vitality,] is [or can be] renewed like the eagle's [see note below*]."
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When God receives praise from Christians, he knows that we love him and appreciate everything that he does. Following King David's example in the above verses, we should try to praise God on a regular basis.

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*According to Matthew Henry's commentary:

"… The eagle is long-lived
[meaning it has a long life], and, as naturalists say, when she is nearly 100 years old, casts [casts off, sheds] all her feathers (as indeed she changes them in a great measure every year at moulting time), and fresh ones come, so that she becomes young again …"

(Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/psalms/103.html, "(v. 5)")

OCTOBER 29

Proverbs 29:18: "Where there is no vision [revelation or guidance from God, which comes from reading the Bible and/or listening to preaching], the people perish [are unrestrained, or are left to 'run wild']: but he [or she--the person] that keepeth [keeps] the law [or 'obeys God's word, as recorded in the Bible'], happy is he [or she]."
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According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, "Solomon's meaning [of this verse] is that when there is no revelation or guidance from God, the people run wild… go into disorder… are unrestrained."

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Here are some excerpts from Section 1, paragraph B3, of Pastor Delany's commentary regarding the proper definition of perish in this case:

"a. Why is it
[referring to one of the words in the verse] translated 'perish'?
" Because perish also speaks of something being out of order… something that has run wild.
" A fruit that is perishing is a fruit with the corruption process running wild.
" When a piece of fruit is not being preserved by refrigeration, it will corrupt… perish… the corruption process runs wild and destroys it. The result is that the fruit goes into 'disorder.'
" When there is no revelation from God, the corruption process in the nation runs wild too.

"b. When God's revelation ceased
[stopped, ended] in Israel, it had a detrimental [harmful] effect on the nation.
" It led the people to believe that they could live unrestrained
[uncontrolled] lives.
" Ex. 32:1, 25 -- For example, when Moses went up on the Mount
[mountain (i.e., Mount Sinai)] with God, and didn't come back for a while with a message from the Lord, the people felt that he would never come back. They went wild--and built idols and danced naked. They were unrestrained. There was disorder. They became like rotten fruit."
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Unfortunately, due to a faulty
[wrong] definition of the words vision and perish, this verse [Proverbs 29:18] is often incorrectly interpreted by many people, especially motivational speakers like Tom Malone, Levi Wright, David Legge, and Rick Warren, and in his commentary, Pastor Delany gives examples of some of their comments to prove his point. Consequently, he thinks it is wrong to use this verse as the basis for discussions of evangelism [soul winning, witnessing, spreading the gospel], missions work, church growth, making plans and setting goals, etc.

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-29-index/proverbs-29_18/.

OCTOBER 28

Proverbs 28:2: "For [due to, because of] the transgression [rebellion] [of the inhabitants] of a land [country, nation] many are the princes thereof [meaning there is a large turnover of rulers or leaders]: but by a man of understanding and knowledge [referring to a leader who is wise and understanding] the state thereof shall be prolonged [meaning the government of that country, nation, city-state, etc. will remain stable]."
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All nations need good leaders--who are wise, godly, moral, loving, kind, merciful, etc. Nations without good leaders are asking for trouble.

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About today's verse, one Bible commentator wrote:

"… Some characteristics of a corrupt society are instability in the government, exploitation
[unfair treatment] of fellow citizens (even among the poorer classes), lawlessness [crime], reversal of moral standards [i.e., immorality], injustice and greed. In spite of this, some [people] will always remain true [faithful, loyal] to God …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/proverbs/28-2.html, "Bridgeway Bible Commentary")

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Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on Proverbs 28:2. Here are some excerpts:

From Section 2a:

"2. Inner rebellion results in 'many' princes.

"a. This means that because of the unstable nature of the country, they can expect a large turnover in leadership."
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"f. History has given us countless
[many] examples. Military coups [referring to  the violent overthrow or takeover of a government] change leaderships rapidly. Rebellion of serfs [tenant farmers--people in medieval Europe who were forced to work on a plot of land] with their pitchforks rally [or 'rallying'] [gathering together] against the aristocracy [people in a country's highest social class] changes leadership. Political movements and their leaders rise and fall.

"g. And through all this inner turmoil
[confusion, uncertainty] the leadership continually changes.

"h. Instability within the country at a grassroots
[basic, fundamental, lowest] level inevitably [unavoidably] results in instability at the top.

"i. That means even more instability… and eventually leads to the toppling
[loss of power] of the government or the regime [referring to a specific form of government].

j. In a sense, that chaos
[disorder, confusion] and instability is a built-in judgment on the land for their transgression and rebellion.

"3. We need to pray for our country. America is divided.

"a. Transgression has brought about social and political upheaval
[i.e., a violent or sudden change in society and politics].

"b. There has always been a left and a right
[side in American politics, as in the Democrat (liberal) and Republican (conservative) parties], which is a good thing.

"c. The two party
[political] system prevents one side from going to extremes in one direction and tends to keep an even keel [or be balanced].

"d. But today it seems that the moral issues have arisen (like abortion and gay lifestyle) which has even further polarized
[divided] [the people of] the land.

"e. This has led to a hostile
[unfriendly] environment of demonizing the other side [i.e., calling them wicked or evil] (and both parties are equally guilty).

"f. As Christians, we need to pray. Solomon tells us that hostile division within a land leads to more instability… and chaos could ensue
[follow, occur as a result].

"g. And certainly as Christians, we should not add to the incivility
[unsociable speech or behavior] by rhetoric [persuasive speaking or writing] that inflames [increases strong feelings or anger or excitement] and vilifies [insults] those with whom we disagree.

"h. It's a free country and we can speak our minds. However, talking about politics does not mean that we have a green light to be unkind and caustic
[sarcastic]."
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From Section 2b:

"2. A good leader is a 'man of understanding and knowledge.'

"a. The understanding and knowledge here refers primarily to wisdom in governing. (That's the topic of the verse.)

"b. Knowledge: Knowledge; information.
" A good leader should be well informed; he should have knowledge… especially, the knowledge needed to lead a country… or a business… or an organization…

"c. Understanding: Skill; understanding.
" I Kings 3:9 -- This is what Solomon asked God for: "an understanding heart to judge thy people that I may discern
[tell the difference] between good and evil."
" A good leader will be skilled in what he does.
" He will be skilled in dealing with people and with problems.

"d. A wise and understanding leader will deal with the 'transgression' or rebellion in the country.
" He will view the transgression as gangrene in the body
[i.e., death of body tissue due to a bacterial infection or lack of blood flow to the affected part] and will attempt to remove it and replace the rebellion with a calm spirit… unity… a sense of respecting others--even those with whom you disagree.
" This should bring about a healing -- like a soothing balm
[ointment, cream, lotion] over the land.
" A wise leader realizes that ORDER is vital for the wellbeing of the land and he will seek to restore law and order.

"3. A good leader will prolong the state.

"a. Prolong: To be long; to lengthen; staying power; patience; be in a state of calm in the midst
[middle] of a trying [stressful], upsetting experience.

"b. A country governed by a leader with understanding and knowledge will not be plagued
[afflicted] with constant military coups, treason [betrayal of one's country], and uprisings [riots].

"c. It will not end in tragedy, but its existence will be prolonged
[continued for a long time].

"d. Why? Because the people are content with the leadership and the way they are treated. He
[the leader] will have a unifying influence in the land [meaning he will be able to bring people together]."
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The commentary ends with this:

"a. Good leadership will be skillful, knowledgeable, and will apply wisdom. In doing so, it will deal with the rebellion, and seek to replace it with unity… law and order.

"b. I Tim. 2:1-2 -- Let's pray for our country, its leaders, and for unity and stability. Don't assume that America as we know it will be prolonged forever. The chaos we see in other countries COULD strike here. Let's pray that it doesn't. Let's do our part as believers
[Christians] to maintain civility and stability, not rebellion and chaos."

If you want to read the rest of the above commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-28-index/proverbs-28_2/.

OCTOBER 27

Proverbs 27:2: "Let another man [or woman or child] praise thee [you] [for example, for doing a good deed or excellent work], and not thine [your] own mouth [meaning don't praise yourself'; [let praise come from] a stranger [another person], and not [from] thine own lips."
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Avoid self-praise. No boasting or bragging. Don't (as the saying goes) "toot your own horn."

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Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. In it, he discusses praise (from others and from ourselves) and gives examples of good and bad types of praise. They include:

-- Specific instances when people deserve to be thanked and praised.

-- Seeking praise from others due to wrong motives.

-- Refusing thanks or praise due to false humility.

-- Boasting about our walk with God (including how faithful we are and/or how much we witness, serve, give, etc.), and about our abilities (talents and skills), accomplishments (things we have done, awards we have received), and self-importance (who we know, where we have been, and our position, wealth, possessions, etc.).

-- Sometimes it may be okay for people to praise themselves, such as during job interviews or when they are running for political office, but those are exceptions to the rule.

If you want to read the pastor's commentary, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-27-index/proverbs-27_2/.

OCTOBER 26

Psalm 107:8: "Oh that men [and women and children, especially born-again Christians,] would praise the LORD [God] for his goodness [kindness], and for his wonderful works [including salvation, protection, guidance, and answered prayer] to the children of men [or 'to all people']!"

OCTOBER 25

In a letter to the Christian church at Corinth, the apostle Paul and his companion, Timothy, wrote:

2 Corinthians 5:20: "Now then
[Consequently,] we [Paul and Timothy (and all preachers of the gospel, including born-again, Bible-believing, soul-winning Christians)--see note below*] are ambassadors for [representatives of] [Jesus] Christ, as though God did beseech [make an urgent appeal to] you by us: we pray [ask, beg] you in Christ's stead [place, or 'on Christ's behalf'], be ye [be you, or 'to be'] reconciled to [brought into a state of favor with] God [through his plan of salvation--see note below**]."
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*Like Paul and Timothy, born-again Christians are ambassadors for Christ. To find out what that means, read "What does it mean to be an ambassador for Christ?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/ambassador-for-Christ.html.

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**According to the Bible, Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins, and when we are "born again" (i.e., when we receive Jesus as Savior), our sins are forgiven and our fellowship with God is restored. This is confirmed by Romans 5:10, which says: "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son [Jesus Christ], much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his [Jesus'] life."

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Do you want to be born again and, thus, be reconciled to God and become an ambassador for Christ? If you believe that Jesus Christ (God's Son) died on the cross to pay for your sins and that he was buried and rose again, all you need to do is sincerely ask him, through prayer (either silently or out loud), to come into your heart and save you so you can go to heaven when you die.
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For detailed instructions for the plan of salvation, visit the "Printable Gospel Tracts" section of my website. Here's a direct link to that page:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

OCTOBER 22-24

Proverbs 22:24-25: "Make no friendship with an angry [easily provoked, touchy, irritable] man [or woman or child]; and with a furious man [or woman or child--one who is hot-tempered (extremely angry and full of rage) and has no self-control] thou shalt [you shall] not go [in other words, don't associate, 'hang out' or 'pal around' with that person]: Lest thou [otherwise, you will] learn his [or her] ways [or copy his (or her) behavior], and get a snare to thy soul [be drawn into sin]."
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In his commentary on the above verses, Matthew Henry said:

"… a man who is easily provoked, touchy
[oversensitive and irritable], and apt [inclined, likely] to resent affronts [insults], who, when he is in a passion [i.e., having a strong and barely controllable emotion], cares not what he says or does, but grows outrageous, such a one is not fit to be made a friend or companion, for he will be ever and anon [or 'will occasionally be'] angry with us and that will be our trouble, and he will expect that we should, like him, be angry with others, and that will be our sin."

(Source: www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/proverbs/22.html, "Verses 24-25")

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Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church has also written an in-depth commentary on the above verses.

Here is an excerpt from paragraph 3 in the first section of that commentary, which restates King Solomon's command and explains why we should "Make no friendship with an angry man...":

"d. The command here was NOT to be the friend of such a man.
" This is a clear command… not just a helpful suggestion.
" The command is not to hang out together… (like sheep in a pasture) and not to be involved in the same activities as he
[the 'angry man'] is (like sheep grazing [eating] the same grass)… and not to be associated with his circle of friends if possible (graze somewhere else).
" Stay away--whenever possible.
" Of course, this is not always possible. He
[the 'angry man'] may be your classmate in school. He may work in the cubicle next to you at work. He may be your older brother.
" You may not be able to avoid him altogether, but the command still stands: to the best of your ability--graze elsewhere. Seek someone else to hang out with… to associate with.
" For a businessman, don't go into business with an angry man, no matter HOW good he is at sales or how talented he is crunching
[processing, analyzing] numbers or how talented he is at making widgets [small gadgets or mechanical devices]. Find somebody else!
" For a young lady looking for a husband -- consider yourself warned. Don't fall in love with an angry man--no matter how good looking he is or how adamantly
[strongly] he insists he won't get angry AGAIN. If he is an angry man, it is his character to be angry. Once you get married, and the honeymoon is over, you will have to deal with his anger the rest of your life. And for some women, that anger turns into violence. Make no friends with an angry man.
" For students at school--don't try to be a friend of the angry man. He may be in the in
[i.e., popular] crowd. Everyone might think he's cool because of his big mouth and his rebellion. He might be the tough guy that everyone looks up to--but the Bible says, stay away. Sooner or later his lack of self control and anger will get YOU in trouble.
" This can and should be applied to any number of circumstances and situations in life. It is good, old fashioned, hearty
[heartfelt] counsel… good advice. Take it!"
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Near the end of the commentary, regarding friendship with an angry man becoming a snare to your soul, Pastor Delany writes:

"3. The snares the angry man has to deal with become YOUR snares as well.

"a. Prov.14:17 -- Remember that an angry man often does foolish things… because he is controlled by anger rather than by reason or common sense.
" And he may do something foolish and harmful to YOU.
" He may drag YOU into his folly
[foolishness]… and get you in trouble because of his lack of self control.
" Learning his ways means you too will do foolish things and pay a price for it.

"b. Prov.15:18 -- A wrathful man stirs up strife.
" He may stir up strife with you…
" Or, because of his anger, he may cause a brawl
[fight] and cause people to be angry at YOU because you are with him.
" Wherever an angry man goes, he stirs up strife
[conflict, disagreements, fights]. If follows him like a gray cloud. If you associate yourself with him, that cloud may overshadow you too. You will be dragged into his strife.
" Or, learning his angry ways will cause YOU to stir up strife."

If you want to read more of Pastor Delany's commentary, you can find it here: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-22-index/proverbs-22_24-25.

OCTOBER 21

Proverbs 21:17: "He [or she] that loveth [loves, lives for, pursues] pleasure shall be a poor man [or woman or child]: he [or she] that loveth wine and oil [or a life of luxury, referring to someone with expensive tastes, who is tempted to live beyond his (or her) means,] shall not be rich."
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Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church says, "This proverb warns that the love of pleasure and luxuries is a sure road to the poor house."

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In the introduction to his commentary on this verse, Pastor Delany lists some things that result in poverty. They include laziness; stinginess, hoarding; talking when you should be working; cutting corners by doing things the quick, cheap, and easy way; being a drunkard (an alcoholic) or glutton (someone who regularly eats too much); following vain (conceited) persons; and having a love for pleasure and luxuries.
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Also in the commentary, Pastor Delany explains why the Bible says that having money is not a bad thing, but loving money is the root of all evil. Similarly, pleasurable things and luxurious living are not bad in themselves, but we shouldn't love them and chase after them, especially if we are willing to spend more than we can afford in order to obtain and enjoy them.

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-21-index/proverbs-21_17/.

OCTOBER 20

The Importance of Humility

This event occurred after Peter, one of Jesus' disciples, went to pay tribute (a tax for support of the Jewish temple) for himself and Jesus with the money that he found in the mouth of a fish that he caught when he went fishing at Jesus' request.

Matthew 18:1: "At the same time
[that Peter returned from paying the temple tax, as noted in the above paragraph,] came the [other eleven] disciples unto Jesus [the Son of God], saying, Who is the greatest [among us, or who will hold the highest office or most powerful position] in the kingdom of heaven [referring to the place where Jesus would eventually reign (rule) forever as Messiah-see note below*]?"

Matthew 18:2-3: "And Jesus called a little
[or young] child unto him[self], and set him in the midst [middle] of them [Jesus and his disciples], And said [to his disciples], Verily [truly] I say unto you, Except ye [you] be converted [changed (regarding their opinions about the 'kingdom of heaven') … or 'unless you stop thinking that my kingdom is temporal (earthly, worldly) and not eternal (spiritual)'], and [unless you] become as little children [i.e., humble and teachable, with freedom from selfish ambition and pride], ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."

Matthew 18:4: "Whosoever
[whoever] therefore shall humble himself [or herself] as [like] this little child, the same [person, or 'that person,'] is [will be] greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
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Great people have many wonderful qualities. One of the most important, in God's view, is humility.

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One Bible commentator wrote:

"… That which is most admirable in a Christian man, and the mark of truest greatness, is childlike humility."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/matthew/18-1.html, "The Biblical Illustrator," "The members of Christ's kingdom")

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*Regarding Matthew 18:3, Albert Barnes wrote:

"… The phrase, 'Except ye be converted,' does not imply, of necessity, that they
[the disciples] were not Christians before, or had not been born again. It means that their opinions and feelings about the kingdom of the Messiah must be changed. They had supposed that he [Jesus] was to be a temporal prince. They expected he would reign as other kings did. They supposed he would have his great officers of state, as other monarchs [rulers] had, and they were ambitiously inquiring who should hold the highest offices. Jesus told them that they were wrong in their views and expectations. No such things would take place. From these notions they must be turned, changed or converted, or they could have no part in his kingdom. These ideas did not fit at all the nature of his kingdom."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bnb/matthew-18.html, "Verses 1-6")

OCTOBER 19

What to Do When Christians Sin Against Other Christians

In these verses, Jesus was speaking to his disciples, who were Jewish, but what he said also applies to Christians today.

Matthew 18:15: "Moreover if thy
[your] brother [or sister] [in Christ] [or 'if another Christian'] shall trespass [sin] against thee [by hurting you in any way, in word and/or deed], go and tell him [or her] [about] his [or her] fault [wrongdoing] between thee [you] and him [or her] alone [i.e., do it privately]: if he [or she--the offender] shall hear thee [or 'what you have to say'] [and if he (or she) apologizes and tries to make everything right], thou hast [you have] gained thy brother [or sister] [in Christ,] [meaning you have restored friendly relations]."

Matthew 18:16: "But if he
[or she--the offender,] will not hear thee [or 'will not listen to you' or accept what you are saying], then[,] [when you go to see him (or her),] take with thee one or two more [Christians, preferably the offender's friends or people you know that he (or she) trusts, so they can help to convince the offender of his (or her) wrongdoing], [so] that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established [meaning that, if necessary, they can testify to the truth of what is being said]."

Matthew 18:17: "And if he
[or she--the offender] shall neglect [refuse] to hear them [the people you brought with you], tell it unto the church [i.e., explain the problem to the members and/or people in charge of the offender's home church]: but if he [or she--the offender] neglect to hear the church, let him [or her] be unto thee as an heathen [Gentile] man [or woman or child] and [as] a publican [tax collector] [in other words, continue to be kind to the offender, but treat him or her like an unbeliever, and don't have anything to do with him (or her)]."
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Briefly, if you are a Christian, here are the steps to take when another Christian sins against you:

1. Confront (meet with) the person privately.

If that doesn't work, then:

2. Bring one or two other Christians to talk to him or her.

If that doesn't work, then:

3. Confront the person publicly (in church).

If that doesn't work, then:

4. Don't have anything to do with him or her.

OCTOBER 18

Proverbs 18:24: "A man [or woman or child] that hath [has] friends [referring mainly to casual acquaintances and social contacts] must shew [show] himself [or herself] [to be] friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh [sticks] closer [to you] than a brother [this is the description of a true friend … someone who is loyal and will stay with you through thick and thin]."
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For many people, an example of a true friend would be the person's spouse (i.e., husband or wife). For Christians, the best example of a true friend would be the Lord Jesus Christ. A song has even been written to illustrate this fact, as noted below.

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"My Forever Friend" is the title of the song that I mentioned above. It was written by Charlie Landsborough about his loving Savior, Jesus. 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 one or both of the videos, here are links to the versions 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:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOql1c-Ytjg)

It's interesting to note that, apparently, even atheists (people who don't believe in God) like that song. This is what two of them wrote (quoted verbatim, or word for word) in the comments section under Charlie's video on You Tube (see above link) about eight years ago:

-- Danny Cameron wrote: "Thankyou Charlie Lansborough for thje happiness this song brought to my mother. We played this at her funeral on 4 March 2012. For an Athiest like me to listen to this song isstrange."

-- Andy Wilson wrote: "danny cameron. just like you im an athiest too but this song makes me want to believe i some times look up to heaven and ask my mum
[mom, mother] for help and sometimes say i hope gods looking after her. so i question myself .do i believe in god. or am i just sayin im an athiest just to get outa not going to church because im too busy on a sunday."

If you listen to this song, I hope you like it as much as I do.

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Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. In it, Pastor Jim Delany discusses the difference between casual acquaintances and loyal friends. If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-18-index/proverbs-18_24/.

OCTOBER 17

Ecclesiastes 10:18: "By much slothfulness [laziness] the building decayeth [decays, rots, deteriorates]; and through idleness [inactivity] of the hands [i.e., when they are not busy or working or when they do nothing] the house droppeth [drops] through[,] [meaning the roof leaks when it rains]."
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This verse warns that bad things happen when we neglect (don't take care of) our property, our health, our government, etc.

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Regarding today's verse, Matthew Henry said:

(Note: Since the paragraph in the commentary was so big, I split it up below so it's easier to read.)

"… By much slothfulness and idleness of the hands, the neglect of business, and the love of ease [comfort] and pleasure, the building decays, drops through first, and by degrees drops down. If it be not kept well covered [by a roof], and care be not taken to repair the breaches [cracks, holes, etc.], as any happen, it will rain in, and the timber [wood] will rot, and the house will become unfit to dwell [live] in.

"It is so with the family and the affairs
[personal matters] of it; if men cannot find in their hearts to take pains in their callings [occupations], to tend their shops [stores] and look after their own business, they will soon run in debt and go behind-hand [or 'get behind schedule'], and, instead of making what they have [become] more for their children, will make it less.

"It is so with the public; if the king
[or president or other type of ruler] be [is] a child [or acts like a child] and will take no care [or 'has no interest in caring for his or her nation'], if the princes eat in the morning and will take no pains [or will do nothing] [to fix the nation's problems], the [government] affairs of the nation suffer loss, and its interests are prejudiced, its honour is sullied [damaged], its power is weakened, its borders are encroached upon [gradually taken over], the course of justice is obstructed [blocked, hindered], the treasure is exhausted [meaning the money is gone], and all [of] its [the nation's] foundations are out of course [out of order], and all [of] this [results, happens] through the slothfulness of self-seeking [selfishness] of those that should be the repairers of its breaches and the restorers of paths to dwell in, Isa 58 12."

(Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/ecclesiastes/10.html, "(v. 18)")

OCTOBER 16

Proverbs 16:31: "The hoary head [referring to gray or white hair, normally due to old age,] is a crown of glory [beauty, honor], if it be found in the way of righteousness [i.e., when it's found on someone who sincerely tries to obey God's word, as recorded in the Bible]."
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In other words, senior citizens who obey God deserve our honor and respect.

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Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse.

Paragraph B5 of the commentary. which begins with "Our culture glories in youth," gives examples of how people in America usually react to the aging process and says it's sad that members of non-Christian religions around the world (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, etc.) generally show more respect for senior citizens than we do.

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-16-index/proverbs-16_31/.

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Definition of culture: way of life, code of conduct (behavior)

OCTOBER 14-15

Calling All Soul Winners! Workers Needed for a Spiritual Harvest

The following event took place after Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well and told her that he was the Messiah; then she went and spread the word to the men in her city, who were now on their way to see Jesus.

John 4:34: "Jesus saith
[said] unto them [his disciples], My meat [my main focus in life, which is even more important to me than food,] is to do the will of him [i.e., God, the Father] that sent me [from heaven to earth], and to finish his [God's] work [which was, mainly, for Jesus to die for sinners and save them from hell]."

John 4:35: "Say not ye
[do you not say, concerning crops], There are yet four months [after the seeds have been planted], and then cometh [comes] harvest? behold [see], I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields [of unsaved sinners]; for they [the 'crops' in our spiritual 'fields'] are white already to harvest [meaning these people have heard the gospel and are ready to be saved]."

John 4:36: "And he
[or she] that reapeth [reaps, gathers the harvest] receiveth [receives] wages [payment--in this case, in the form of rewards in heaven], and gathereth [gathers] [spiritual] fruit unto life eternal [referring to converted souls, saved sinners, born-again Christians--people who have received God's gift of eternal life]: [so] that both he [or she] that soweth [sows, or plants] [the gospel seed] and he [or she] that reapeth [gathers the harvest] [of saved souls] may rejoice together."

John 4:37-38: "And herein is that
[common or popular] saying true, One [person] soweth, and another [person] reapeth. I [Jesus] sent you [apostles] to reap that [thing--in this case, saved souls] whereon ye [you] bestowed no labour [or 'for which you did not work']: other men [including the prophets, Jewish teachers, John the Baptist, and even Jesus himself] laboured [by preaching and teaching the gospel], and ye are entered into [you have joined in] their labours [to finish the work that they have begun]."
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If you want to become a soul winner and earn rewards in heaven, try passing out gospel tracts or telling people how to be saved before it's too late (i.e., when the rapture occurs or when you die).

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GotQuestions.org has several articles that relate to the above verses. If you want to read them, here are their titles and links:

- "Is Jesus the Messiah?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/is-Jesus-the-Messiah.html)

- "What does it mean that the gospel is good news?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/gospel-good-news.html)

- "What does it mean that the fields are white for harvest? (John 4:35)"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/fields-are-white-for-harvest.html)

- "Is handing out tracts a good evangelism method?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/gospel-tracts.html)

- "What is the Romans Road to salvation?
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https://www.gotquestions.org/Romans-road-salvation.html)

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Most of the tracts (brochures) on the "Printable Gospel Tracts" page of my website follow the "Romans Road" or use "God's simple plan of salvation" to present the gospel. If you want to read and/or print any of those tracts, here's the link: https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

OCTOBER 13

Proverbs 13:24: "He [or she] that spareth [spares] his [or her] rod [of correction, referring to parents who don't spank their young children for misbehaving] hateth [hates] his [or her] son [or daughter]: but he [or she--the parent] that loveth [loves] him [or her--the child] chasteneth [chastens, disciplines, punishes, corrects] him [or her--the child] betimes [in a timely manner, when necessary, before it's too late (which happens when children grow up and become set in their ways)]."
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This verse teaches that if we love our children, we'll spank them when necessary. However, it is important that spanking be done correctly, according to the Bible.

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A good article about biblical discipline is entitled "What does it mean to 'spare the rod, spoil the child'?" Here's the link, if you want to read it: https://www.gotquestions.org/spare-rod-spoil-child.html.

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In addition, Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church has done a Bible study on the above verse. In it, he explains why misbehaving children should be spanked, and he also suggests what type of rod to use for spankings (i.e., a thin, flexible rod from plastic mini-blinds) and gives the reasons for his recommendation. If you want to read that commentary, you'll find it here: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-13-index/proverbs-13_24/.

OCTOBER 11-12

"The Fall of Man" (When Adam and Eve Ate the Forbidden Fruit)

This event took place in the Garden of Eden, when Satan (the devil), disguised as a serpent, appeared to Adam and Eve (the first man and woman that God created) and caused them to sin by persuading them to disobey God and eat fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 3:1: "Now the serpent
[i.e., Satan, in the form of a large snake that had arms and legs and was able to walk and talk] was more subtil [subtle (or intelligent, clever, and deceptive)] than any beast of the field [or 'than any animal'] which the LORD God had made [created]. And he [the serpent] said unto the woman [Eve], Yea [indeed], hath [has] God said [to you and your husband, Adam], Ye [you] shall not eat [the fruit] of every tree of the garden [of Eden]?"

Genesis 3:2-3: "And the woman
[Eve] said unto the serpent [Satan], We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst [middle] of the garden [referring to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil], God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it [actually, the 'not touching that tree' part of her statement was not true], lest ye die [or else you will die]."

Genesis 3:4-5: "And the serpent said unto the woman
[trying to convince her that God didn't intend to carry out his threat that disobeying his command would result in death], Ye shall not surely die: For God doth [does] know that in the day ye eat thereof [referring to the forbidden fruit], then your eyes [meaning the eyes of their minds (their understanding)] shall be opened, and ye shall be as [like] gods, knowing [what is] good and [what is] evil."

Genesis 3:6: "And when the woman
[Eve] saw that the tree [of the knowledge of good and evil] was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes [or was pleasing to look at], and [it was ] a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took [some] of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto [also gave some to] her husband [Adam] with her; and he did eat.

Genesis 3:7: "And the
[mind's] eyes of them both [Adam and Eve] were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons [to cover themselves] [and then they were thrown out of the garden]."
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The above story illustrates the consequences of disobeying God's commands.

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GotQuestions.org has articles that answer some common questions about this event. If you want to read one or both of them, here are their titles along with the links:

-- "What truly happened at the fall of man?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/fall-of-man.html)

--  "Was the forbidden fruit an apple?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/forbidden-fruit-apple.html)

OCTOBER 8-10

Parable of the Wheat and Tares

Matthew 13:24: "Another parable put he
[Jesus] forth unto them [his disciples] [in other words, he told them a short story that teaches a moral or religious lesson, or, as one dictionary defines parable, 'an earthly story with a heavenly meaning'], saying, The kingdom of heaven [meaning either the church of God on earth, or the effects (results) of the gospel being preached] is likened unto [compared to] a man which sowed [scattered] good seed in his field:"

Matthew 13:25: "But
[during the night,] while men slept, his enemy [i.e., someone who hated the man who had sowed the good seed] came and sowed [planted] tares [fake, false, counterfeit wheat--not real wheat, but poisonous, grassy weeds that closely resemble wheat but whose grain is black] among the [real, authentic, genuine] wheat, and [then] went his way [departed, left, went away]."

Matthew 13:26: "But when the blade
[referring to plants that came from the good seeds] was sprung up [from the ground; that is, when the seeds sprouted, or started to grow], and brought forth fruit [in the form of wheat grain], then appeared the tares [weeds] also[,] [and they were noticed or discovered by the servants]."

Matthew 13:27: "So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou
[did you not, or didn't you] sow good seed in thy field? from whence [from where] then hath [has] it tares? [or, in other words, 'If you planted wheat, where did the tares come from?']"

Matthew 13:28: "He
[the householder] said unto them [the servants], An enemy hath done this [i.e.,planted the tares]. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we [will you then have us, or do you want us to,] go and gather them up?"

Matthew 13:29,30: "But he
[the householder] said, Nay [no, don't gather up the tares]; lest [otherwise] while ye [you] gather up the tares [weeds], ye [might accidentally] root [pull] up also the wheat with them. Let both [things--the wheat and the tares] grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares [weeds], and bind [tie] them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn."
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In the above parable …

The man who sowed the good seed, or wheat (through preaching of the gospel), is Jesus.

The field is the "world."

The enemy who sowed the bad seed, or tares (through teaching of false doctrine), is the devil (Satan).
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The wheat represents true believers, or born-again Christians.

The tares represent false believers, hypocrites, and deceived
[misled, fooled] people in the Christian church.
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The harvest is the end of the world (judgment day), when the reapers (angels) will be told to separate the wheat from the tares. Then …

The tares
(false Christians) will be burned (or 'sent to hell'), and

The wheat
(true Christians) will be gathered into the barn (or 'will go to heaven').

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For more information on this parable, you can read the article entitled "What is the parable of the Wheat and the Tares?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/parable-wheat-tares.html.

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Albert Barnes has a very interesting explanation of tares in his commentary on verse 25:

"… The tare abounds
[is abundant or plentiful] all over the East [i.e., countries in the eastern part of the world--the Eastern Hemisphere--which includes Asia, Europe, and Africa], and is a great nuisance to the farmer. It resembles the American 'cheat [cheatgrass] (chess),' but the 'head' does not droop like cheat, nor does it branch out like oats. The grain, also, is smaller, and is arranged along the upper part of the stalk, which stands perfectly erect [straight]. The 'taste' is bitter, and when eaten separately, or even when diffused [spread out] in ordinary bread, it causes dizziness, and often acts as a violent emetic [which means that it causes vomiting]. Barn-door fowls [e.g., chickens] also become dizzy from eating it. In short, it is a strong soporific [sleep-inducing] poison, and must be carefully winnowed [removed by a current of air], and picked out of the wheat[,] grain by grain, before grinding, or the flour is not healthy. Even the farmers, who in this country generally 'weed' their fields, do not attempt to separate the one from the other [referring to the wheat and tares]. They [the farmers] would not only mistake good grain for them [the tares, or weeds], but very commonly the roots of the two are so intertwined [twisted together] that it is impossible to separate them without plucking [pulling] up both. Both, therefore, must be left to 'grow together' until the time of harvest …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/matthew-13.html, "Verses 24-30," "Matthew 13:25")

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Regarding the instructions in Matthew 13:30 to let the wheat and tares grow together until harvest, Adam Clarke said:

"… Though every minister of God should separate
[take away] from the Church of Christ [or, in this case, 'from the Christian church'] every incorrigible [incapable of being corrected] sinner, yet he should proceed no farther: the man [i.e., the 'incorrigible sinner'] is not to be persecuted in his body or goods, because he is not sound in the faith - GOD tolerates [puts up with] him; so should men. False doctrines are against God - he alone is the judge and punisher of them-man has no right to interfere in this matter …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/matthew/13-30.html, "Clarke's Commentary")

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If you're interested in learning more about wheat, I recommend the "Wheat Fun Fact Sheet," which includes a diagram of a wheat plant. Here's the link:
https://www.kfb.org/WebsitePageFile/File/A4999F31-C619-4FB6-BF22-074DA6143FC1/WheatFunFactGuide.pdf

OCTOBER 6-7

A Father's Advice to His Son Regarding Women

In this passage, King Solomon is teaching his son how to avoid the sin of adultery.

Proverbs 6:23: "
[I (Solomon) am teaching you these things] For [because] the commandment [of mine, referring to the fatherly advice that King Solomon was giving his son] is a lamp; and the law [of God] is light [in other words, the king's advice and the wisdom found in God's word (the Bible) would act like a lamp and a light to help Solomon's son avoid the hidden dangers in life]; and reproofs of instruction [i.e., warnings] are the way [or 'a necessary part'] of life:"

Proverbs 6:24: "
[Warnings are necessary] To keep thee [you] [away] from the evil woman [i.e., whores, harlots, adulteresses, etc.], [and to protect you] from [being misled by] the flattery of the tongue [referring to fake praise, compliments, etc.] of a strange [bad, or 'evil'] woman."

-- Warning: When an "evil woman" flatters you (gives insincere praise and compliments), DON'T LISTEN!

Proverbs 6:25: "Lust not [don't lust] after her [the 'evil woman's'] beauty in thine [your] heart [mind]; neither [and don't] let her take thee [you] [captive] with her eyelids [referring to eye makeup, flirting, etc.]."

-- Warning: When an "evil woman" tries to tempt you by dressing immodestly and/or flirting, DON'T LOOK!

Proverbs 6:26: "For by means of a whorish woman [i.e., by associating with her and participating in her kind of lifestyle] a man is brought to a piece of bread [for example, he may experience alcohol and/or drug abuse, divorce, a broken home, poverty, disease, etc.]: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life [of the man, in order to destroy it]."
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In his commentary, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church says that it's hard to avoid the "evil woman" referred to in the above verses, as she can now be found almost everywhere, including on TV, in movie theaters, at the beach, on the Internet (especially pornographic websites), on billboards, in magazines, etc.

And although the advice in these verses was directed specifically toward Solomon's son, it actually applies to all young people, females as well as males, since, in addition to many "evil women" in the world who attempt to attract and seduce men
[i.e., entice, or persuade, them to have sex], there are many "evil men" in the world who attempt to seduce innocent young women.

If you want to read Pastor Delany's commentary, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-6-index/proverbs-6_23-26/.

OCTOBER 1-5

Wisdom's Warning to Foolish People

In the following verses, Wisdom (personified, or acting like a person) is speaking to "simple" people, "scorners," and "fools":

Proverbs 1:20-21: "Wisdom crieth
[cries] without [outside, in public]; she uttereth [utters] her voice [or speaks] in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse [a large open area], [and] in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying [to three kinds of fools],"

Proverbs 1:22-23: "How long, ye simple ones
[referring to willfully (deliberately) ignorant, inexperienced people], will ye [you] love simplicity? and [how long will] the scorners [scoffers] delight [take pleasure] in their scorning [mocking (making fun of) everything that is good], and [how long will] fools hate knowledge? Turn you at [turn toward, heed] my reproof [criticism or correction] [i.e., repent and obey] [and]: behold, I [Wisdom] will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you."

Proverbs 1:24-25: "Because I
[Wisdom] have called, and ye [i.e., the simple ones, scorners, and hard-hearted fools mentioned above] refused [to listen]; I have stretched out my hand [offered to help], and no man [or woman or child] regarded [paid attention]; But ye have set at nought [you have ignored, disregarded] all my counsel [advice], and would [have] none of my reproof [criticism or correction]:"

Proverbs 1:26-27: "
[so] I [God's wisdom, not God himself] also will laugh [a sad kind of laughter] at your calamity [great misfortune or disaster]; I will mock [make fun of you] when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh [comes] as desolation [destruction], and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind [suddenly, like a tornado or hurricane]; when distress [extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain] and anguish [mental or physical pain or suffering] cometh upon you."

Proverbs 1:28-29: "Then
[when fear, destruction, distress, and anguish come upon the people who rejected Wisdom's call] shall they [the simple ones, scorners, and hard-hearted fools] call upon me [Wisdom], but I will not answer; they shall seek [search for] me early [earnestly, eagerly], but they shall not find me: For that [or 'that's because'] they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:"

Proverbs 1:30-32: "They
[the foolish people mentioned above] would [have] none of my [Wisdom's] counsel [advice]: they despised [hated, rejected] all my reproof [criticism or correction]. Therefore shall they eat of the [bad, or rotten,] fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices [plans] [in other words, they will 'reap what they sow' (i.e., suffer the consequences of their foolish behavior, or the results of their bad decisions and actions)]. For the turning away of the simple [from wisdom] shall slay [kill] them, and the prosperity [carefree lifestyle] of fools shall destroy them."

Proverbs 1:33: "But whoso
[whoever] hearkeneth [hearkens] unto [or 'listens to'] me [Wisdom] shall dwell safely [or live in safety], and shall be quiet from fear of evil."
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A good illustration of these verses is people who live in flood zones and then ignore weather warnings and stay in their homes to "ride out a storm." A few days ago (on September 28, 2022) in the United States, there was a monster (Category 4) hurricane that blew through the state of Florida with tremendous force. The high wind speed (about 150 miles per hour), strong storm surges, and resulting flooding caused widespread damage and destruction. Millions of people lost their homes and possessions and many even lost their lives because they refused to evacuate (leave) when they had the time and opportunity to do so.

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If you regularly visit the "Verse of the Day" and "Previous Verses" sections of my website, you are probably aware that Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church has written excellent, in-depth commentaries for almost every verse in the book of Proverbs.
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Since this passage on wisdom is so long, I have arranged the verses on this page in groups that generally correspond to Pastor Delany's commentaries (which were probably taken from sermons that he delivered, in person, to his congregation). If you want to read any or all of these commentaries, here are the links:

-- Verses 20-23:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-1-index/proverbs-1_20-23/

-- Verses 24-27: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-1-index/proverbs-1_24-27/

-- Verses 28-29: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-1-index/proverbs-1_28-30/

-- Verses 30-32: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-1-index/proverbs-1_30-32/

-- Verse 33: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-1-index/proverbs-1_33/
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In the above commentaries, as he usually does, Pastor Delany gives many terrific examples to illustrate the subject of each verse. Here is an excerpt from Section A in the commentary on Proverbs 1:30-32, which discusses the meaning of the phrase fruit of their own way and says this about rotten fruit:

"5. Now, they
[the fools] will be forced to eat their own fruit… the results of following their own way.

"a. But there are some purely natural consequences of rejecting wisdom. There are consequences of following our own ways!

"b. There are some ways that seem right to a man--but it results in death!

"c. Some young fools have been warned about drinking and driving--but they rejected it. They chose to do their own thing… their own way… and it often results in death!

"d. Other young fools have been warned about taking drugs… but they rejected wisdom and chose to go their own way. For many, that way spirals downward in disease, destruction, and death!

"e. Some other fools have been warned about being married to their job… but they reject the warnings, and end up losing their family over it!

"f. Some fools reject counsel and refuse to forgive a brother
[or other relative, friend, etc.] that has wronged them. Bitterness festers [keeps growing worse] in their hearts… they become hardened… and eventually, they become a castaway spiritually.

"g. Some fools reject the wisdom of their parents and pay no attention in school. They become lifelong, professional hamburger flippers
[referring to people who have low-paying jobs].

"h. Some fools are warned about smoking. They reject the wise counsel and end up with lung cancer.

"i. Some foolish parents are warned NOT to allow their daughters to wear skimpy
[short and revealing] clothing, but they refuse, because it is 'stylish.' They regret it later when their daughter comes home pregnant at [the age of] 15!

"j. Some fools
[in this case, referring to Christians] are warned not to marry an unbeliever [a non-Christian] or a carnal [worldly, pleasure-seeking] believer [Christian]. They reject the counsel, and pay a price for it the rest of their lives."

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Warning: Don't be like the foolish people in the above verses who ignored Wisdom's call until it was too late. If you want to go to heaven when you die, you need to be born again, or saved--preferably right now. Please don't procrastinate, as you may not get a second chance.

This is how to be saved God's way:
If you believe that Jesus (God's Son) died on the cross to pay for your sins and that he was buried and rose again, all you need to do is 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.

Should you want or need more detailed instructions for the plan of salvation, you'll find them in most 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.