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12/1/22: I just found out that most of the commentaries on the Bible Study Tools website are no longer free. That's where most of the quotes that appear on the "Verse of the Day" and "Previous Verses" pages of my website are taken from, so from now on, many of the "Source:" links that I provide on those pages will not contain the quoted text.

I was disgusted to read about the organization's new "PLUS" membership, and the only thing I can say about it is that the Bible has this warning in 1 Timothy 6:10 for the owner of Bible Study Tools: "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."

Something is wrong with my Christian forum. Everything seems to be working normally (i.e., the articles are there, and the links work), but for some reason, the forum's format has changed slightly, and I am currently unable to post anything new.

I'm really sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully, the problem is only temporay and will be fixed soon.
"Verse of the Day"
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"Verse of the Day"
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November 2023

Proverbs 29:16: "When the wicked [people] are multiplied [become greater in number], transgression [sin, rebellion, bad behavior] increaseth [increases, gets worse]: but the righteous [lawful, just, 'good' people] shall see their [the 'wicked' people's] fall [downfall]."

According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, "This proverb speaks of the results of bad leadership. The result is that sin increases." He adds: "Usually leaders are a reflection of the people. People put in power someone who is like them. When the wicked multiply in the land -- there will be wicked leaders in positions of power and authority."

The first section of Pastor Delany's commentary on this verse (which was written more than a few years ago) gives examples of wicked leaders in Israel and Judah in Old Testament times. Then, in paragraph C, number 1, it says:

"d. All
[that] wicked men in positions of authority have to do is to pass a wicked law and transgressions [crimes] increase.
" Consider the sins that abounded
[existed in large amounts] when men voted to allow slavery. (untold evil and abuse was a direct result)
" Consider the sins that abounded when men voted to allow abortions and made them legal. (millions of unborn babies have been scrambled
[chopped up, ripped apart?--see note below*] alive in the womb)
" Consider the sins that abounded when men today have voted to legalize gay marriage (transgression does and will abound!)
" Consider the sins that abound when men vote to legalize drugs. (God help us… transgression will increase)

"e. When the wicked are multiplied, sin abounds.
" When such laws are passed, people begin to think that it is NORMAL.
" During slavery, people began to think that slavery was normal.
" Today, most people look at abortion as normal -- because it is legal and so many people get abortions.
" Gay marriage will soon seem normal to our kids and grandkids.
" Drug stores may soon be selling not only Tylenol, but marijuana and who knows what else… and after a while it will seem normal.
" It is NOT normal, but it will seem normal.
" The multiplication of wickedness causes transgression to increase.
" When there is a lowering of moral tone
[morality] and attitude in the land (or in a business--or in a church) it is a perfect environment for sin to prevail [be widespread].
" Wicked people promote wicked ideas… and they catch on… and over time seem normal. And once it seems normal, it is accepted by society and increases.
" And people become emboldened in wickedness when wickedness increases and becomes accepted in society.
" And it is not easy to reverse
[turn back, undo] wickedness. It is hard to reverse when the wicked are MULTIPLIED…. And their ways become entrenched [established, unlikely to change] in the thinking of the majority."

But all hope is not lost!

Pastor Delany says, "The good news is that the righteous
['good'] [people] will one day see the FALL of those evil men and their wicked ways … Just read the book of Revelation. Even if you don't understand any of the symbols, you do get the picture that in the end, the wicked are judged, and God rules."

The commentary ends with this:

"There are examples in the Old Testament of righteous men seeing the 'fall' of the wicked.
" Noah saw the destruction of those who perished
[died] in the flood.
" Abraham saw the destruction of those
[people who lived] in Sodom and Gomorrah.
" The Israelites saw the fall and destruction of the Egyptian army at the Red Sea.
" But ultimately
[eventually], when the Kingdom [of God] is established, righteousness will finally reign [rule] on earth."

If you want to read the rest of the pastor's commentary, you'll find it here: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-29-index/proverbs-29_16/.

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*Very interesting information about four common types of abortion (labeled "Abortion Pills," "Suction D&C Abortion," "D&E Abortion," and "Induction") can be found in the article entitled "What is abortion? Here's what you need to know." It can be found here: https://www.abortionprocedures.com/aspiration/.

Note: None of the videos in the above article show actual abortions. All four procedures are explained by medical doctors, and they use drawings, not people, to show what's happening during each step.


In a message to the Jews, the prophet Isaiah reminds everyone (especially born-again Christians) why God is always able to guide and protect his people:

Isaiah 40:28: "Hast thou not known
[have you not known, or don't you know]? hast thou not [haven't you] heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth [i.e., the whole earth]fainteth not [does not faint], neither is weary [or 'does not become weak or tired']? there is no searching of his understanding [intelligence, insight] [by us, because his wisdom is so great]."

Concerning Isaiah's statement that God "fainteth not, neither is weary," Bible commentator Joseph S. Exell wrote that there is:

"A great contrast between God and all His living creatures on this earth. They all need rest, but He
[God] has no need of it, for He is never weary [tired]. We shall find this declaration full of comfort; but before we consider the senses in which it is true, we shall do well to remember that we are plainly taught in His Word [God's word, as recorded in the Bible] that there are certain things of which God is weary.


"God is weary,

"1. Of the obstinacy
[stubbornness] of sinners (Isaiah 43:24).

"2. Of the backsliding of His professing people
[Jews in the Old Testament; born-again Christians in the New Testament] (Jeremiah 15:6).

"3. Of heedless
[careless, thoughtless] praises and hypocritical [fake, pretend] prayers (Isaiah 1:11-14).

4. Of our cruelty to each other (Exodus 3:7-10; Exodus 22:22; Isaiah 7:13).


"1. He
[God] is not weary in continuing and preserving His creation. The extent of this task; the multitude [large number] and minuteness [small size] of its parts. Neither its vastness [large size], nor its complexity [how complicated or hard to understand it is], nor its duration [how long it lasts] have availed [been able] to weary Him. We rest sometimes by changing the mode [manner] of our activity, but there is no cessation [end] possible in God's work …

"2. He
[God] is not weary of caring for His people, supplying their temporal [worldly] wants, guiding their [personal and business] affairs, removing unknown hindrances [obstacles] out of their way, solacing [comforting] them in sorrow, strengthening them against temptation, educating them for time and eternity …

"3. He
[God] is not weary of hearing prayer. This is a special labour [labor], additional to the work of preservation, and even to the care of His people. Remember the multitude of the prayers that are constantly ascending [going up] to Him. The folly [foolishness] of many of them! Yet still He [God] listens to us!

"4. He
[God] is never weary in punishing sin; never so weary as to desist from it [or stop doing it]. There are cases in which we leave incorrigible offenders [i.e., people who are unable to be corrected, improved, or reformed] alone--we will not trouble ourselves any more about them; but it is never so with God. Not because He loves punishment, but because He loves righteousness. To a tender heart [a gentle and kind person] it is always a pain to punish; yet God, whose tender mercies are over all His works, age after age requites [requires punishment for] all who do wickedly.

"5. He
[God] is never weary of pardoning penitent [repentant] sinners [referring to people who express sorrow and ask forgiveness for their sins]. How many [sinners] He has pardoned! How often He had to pardon every one of those who are now 'the spirits of the just made perfect!' [I guess this is referring to born-again Christians.] How often we have tried His patience! Yet He [God] still waits to be gracious; He does not say, 'Here comes another sinner; drive him away!' nor, 'Here comes that sinner again; refuse him access to my throne.' He is as ready to pardon now as He was when [Jesus] Christ hung on the cross. He [God] looks upon sins, not only as crimes, but as diseases; and, like a physician [doctor], [he] is ready to minister [attend] to every plague-stricken one [or 'disease-stricken sinner']. Come, then, to Him [God] now

"This view of God should--

"1. Awaken our admiration of Him. It is good to admire His works; better to admire Him (Psalms 104:34).

"2. Strengthen our trust in Him. Our human friends fail us, but God will never fail us (chap. Isaiah 26:4-5).

"3. Deepen our love for Him. He is unweariable
[not able to get tired or worn out], not in strength merely, but in affection. His love outlasts that of many mothers (chap. Isaiah 49:15-16) …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/phc/isaiah-40.html, "Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary," "The Unwearied God")


John 8:36: "If the Son [of God--Jesus] therefore shall make you free [from bondage to sin (so you're no longer a 'slave' to it, or under its control), which happens when you are 'born again' according to the Bible (and consequently are saved from hell)--see note below*], ye [you] shall be free indeed [or 'you shall be truly free']."

Regarding the above verse, one Bible commentator wrote:

"The Son of God
[Jesus Christ] also has the authority to liberate [free] spiritual slaves from their bondage to sin and its consequences. Real freedom consists of liberty from sin's enslavement to do what we should do. It does not mean that we may do just anything we please. We are now free to do what pleases God, which we could not do formerly [previously, in the past]. When we do what pleases God, we discover that it also pleases us. Hope for real freedom, therefore, does not rest on Abrahamic ancestry [or on being descendants of Abraham] but [on] Jesus' action."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/john/8-36.html, "Dr. Constable's Expository Notes")

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*We're "born again" when we believe that Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God, willingly suffered and died an extremely painful death on the cross to pay for our sins and then rose from the dead, and when, through faith, we receive him into our hearts as our personal Savior (John 1:12).

For a detailed explanation of the plan of salvation, please read one or more of the gospel tracts in the "Printable Gospel Tracts" section of my website. Here's a direct link to that page:


Proverbs 26:12: "Seest thou [do you see] a man [or woman] [who is] wise in his [or her] own conceit [or 'in his (or her) own eyes or sight,' referring to someone who is filled with pride]? there is more hope of a fool than of him [or her]."

According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, this verse, which "refers not to a man who actually IS wise, but rather to a man who thinks he is [wise]," is directed mainly toward men but can also apply to women. He points out that there are two types of fools (proud, and humble), and there is more hope for humble fools than for proud ones. That's because:

A humble fool:

-- "is open to listening to wisdom,"

-- "will respond to rebuke
[sharp disapproval or criticism] and correction," and

-- "can eventually leave his folly
[foolishness] behind and become wise."

A proud fool:

-- "will not listen to correction,"

-- "refuses to acknowledge that he might be wrong,"

-- "thinks he is too smart to listen to the words of wisdom from God's Word
[the Bible]," and consequently

-- "will never change."
The above quotes were taken from Pastor Delany's commentary on the above verse, which can be found here: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-26-index/proverbs-26_12/.


As part of his prayer to God, with respect to born-again Christians, King David wrote:

Psalm 84:11: "For the LORD God is a sun
[because he guides and directs us and gives light, comfort, and joy to our souls] and shield [because he protects and defends us]: the LORD will give [us] grace [pardon and favor] [here on earth] and glory [honor] [in the world to come (heaven)]: no good [beneficial] thing [i.e., nothing that we need or that is good for us] will he [God] withhold from them that walk uprightly [referring to people who are honest and upright and have strong moral principles, because they love God and try to obey his word (as found in the Bible)]."


Temptation and Sin

James 1:14: "But every man
[and woman and child] is tempted [to sin], when he [or she] is drawn away of [or lured away or led astray by] his [or her] own lust [craving or intense desire to have or do something], and [is] enticed [entrapped or caught, like a fish that takes the bait and swallows the hook]."

James 1:15: "Then when lust hath
[has] conceived [an unacceptable thought and/or plan in your mind; i.e., when you think about ungodly, immoral things, or about committing an improper act, and you don't resist and reject those thoughts and/or actions], it [the lust] bringeth forth [brings forth, results in] sin [sinful acts]: and sin, when it is finished [or when it has been committed], bringeth forth death [in all forms, both temporal (physical) and eternal--see note below*]."

Resist temptation so you don't end up living a life of sin.

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According to Albert Barnes, normal desires aren't sinful unless they are "indulged in an improper manner." Here's what he said in his commentary on verse 15:

"… As our desires of good lie in the mind by nature, as our propensities
[natural tendencies to behave in certain ways] exist as they were created, they cannot be regarded as sin, or treated as such; but when they are indulged [or allowed to become involved in], when plans of gratification [pleasure] are formed, when they are developed in actual life, the effect is sin. In the mere desire of good, of happiness, of food, of raiment [clothing], there is no sin; it becomes sin when indulged in an improper manner, and when it leads us to seek that which is forbidden - to invade the rights of others, or in any way to violate the laws of God …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/james-1.html, "Verse 15")

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*An article entitled "What is eternal death?" explains the meaning of eternal death. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/eternal-death.html.


1 Thessalonians 5:18: "In every thing [for everything that you have (and even for things that you don't have--see note below*) and for whatever happens to you, good and bad] give thanks [to God, in prayer]: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus [i.e., in him (Jesus), through him, and for his sake] concerning you [or 'because that's what God wants you to do']."

*The following story  from "The Biblical Illustrator" explains how a little girl was able to thank God for something that she had loved and lost:

"Thanksgiving with prayer

"A child knelt
[probably in front of her bed] at the accustomed [customary, usual] time to thank God for the mercies [compassions--see note below**] of the day, and [to] pray for His [God's] care during the coming night. Then, as usual, came the 'God bless mother and--' But the prayer was stilled [quieted, silenced], the little hands unclasped [unfastened], and a look of sadness and wonder met the mother's eye, as the words of helpless sorrow came from the lips of the kneeling child, 'I cannot pray for father any more.' Since her [the child's] lips had been able to form the dear name [of her father], she had prayed for a blessing upon it [the father's name]. It had followed close after her mother's name. But now he [the child's father] was dead.

[I assume that the mother is speaking here:] I waited for some moments, and then urged [encouraged] her [my daughter] to go on. Her pleading [begging] eyes met mine, and with a voice that faltered [hesitated], she said, 'Oh, mother, I cannot leave him [my father] out all at once; let me say, "Thank God that I had a dear father once," so I can still go on and keep him in my prayers.' And so she [my daughter] still continues to do [that], and my heart learned a lesson from the loving ingenuity [creativity] of my child. Remember to thank God for mercies [he has given in the] past as well as to ask blessings for the future …"

(Source: https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tbi/1-thessalonians-5.html, "Verse 18")

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**The biblical meaning of mercies is discussed in the following article:"What does it mean that God's mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23)"?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/mercies-new-every-morning.html.


Proverbs 20:28: "Mercy [goodness, kindness, faithfulness, compassion] and truth [as opposed to lying] preserve the king [and queen and people who are in charge of governments, companies, churches, etc.]: and his [or her] throne [referring to the kingdoms, governments, positions, etc., of kings and other leaders] is upholden [upheld, supported, sustained, made safe and secure] by mercy."

Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary about this verse, including examples of kings in the Bible whose lives and thrones were (and were not) protected due to mercy and truth (or the lack of it).

The commentary concludes (ends) with:

"3. In this short proverb Solomon causes his readers to think about the importance of mercy and truth (loyal love and faithful steadfastness).

"a. They preserve the king and his government.

"b. God's loyal love and faithfulness protected the kings of Israel.

"c. The theocratic king's loyal love and faithfulness towards God kept him and his throne safe too.

"d. The theocratic king's loyal love and faithfulness towards his people kept him and his throne safe from upheaval
[major change] and rebellion.

"e. The people's loyal love and faithfulness towards their king also kept him and their government safe.

"f. No matter how you slice it, these qualities are exceedingly valuable to any leader… to any
[group of] people…

"g. Loyalty and faithfulness are needed for a business to function efficiently and effectively.

"h. Loyal love and faithfulness keep a local church strong and united.

"i. Loyal love and faithfulness keep families together and protects the sanctity
[godliness] of the home."

If you want to read the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-20-index/proverbs-20_28/.

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For those who are interested, theocracies are discussed in the following articles:

-- "What is the definition of a theocracy?"

-- "Theocracy Countries 2023"


Jeremiah 13:23: "Can the Ethiopian [a black-skinned person from Africa] change [the color of] his [or her] skin, or [can] the leopard [remove] his spots? [If so,] then may ye [you] also do good, that are [or if you are] accustomed to do [or have learned to do, or become used to doing] evil [things]."

Bad habits are very hard to break.

The person and animal in the above example cannot change their inherited appearance. Likewise, it is almost impossible for human beings to change their habits, addictions, behavior, moral compass, etc., without God's help. We will only notice real, lasting changes in those who have been truly saved, or born again, according to the Bible. This is confirmed by the following verse:

-- 2 Corinthians 5:17: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

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If you want to be saved but don't know what to do, there are detailed instructions in the gospel tracts that I wrote. You'll find them here: https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.


In a letter to Timothy (an evangelist, or minister of the gospel), the apostle Paul wrote:

2 Timothy 4:14: "Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord
[will] reward him according to his works [or what he has done, which probably had something to do with Alexander's damaging the cause of Christ in some way--see note below*]:"

What was true in Paul's case (above) is also true for Christians: When someone does us wrong, as also noted in Romans 12:19, we don't have to seek revenge, as God will judge and punish that person as he deems (considers) appropriate.

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The article entitled "Who was Alexander the coppersmith in the Bible?" has background information on this verse. If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Alexander-the-coppersmith.html.


Proverbs 17:10: "A reproof [criticism, correction, warning] entereth [enters] more into a wise man [person] than [do] an hundred stripes [long, narrow, discolored marks on the skin (bruises) resulting from a beating or spanking] [enter] into a fool."

Correction must reach a person's heart before it can do any good. John Gill explains:

Regarding "reproof" for the wise man: "… A single verbal
[spoken] reproof, gently, kindly, and prudently [carefully] given, not only enters the ear, but the heart of a wise and understanding man; it descends [goes down] into him, as the word signifies [indicates]; it sinks deep into his mind; it penetrates into his heart, and pierces his conscience; brings him easily to humiliation, confession, and reformation [a change for the better]…"

Regarding "stripes" for the fool: "… stripes only reach the back, but not the heart of a fool; he is never the better for all the corrections given him; his heart is not affected, is not humbled, nor brought to a sense of sin, and acknowledgment of it; nor is he in the least reformed
[meaning not at all] …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/proverbs/17-10.html, "Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible")

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In the "Conclusions" section of his commentary, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church summarized his teaching on the above verse as follows:

"1. Notice that BOTH the wise man and the fool make mistakes and do things incorrectly from time to time.

[Examples of wise men in the Bible who made bad decisions include Abraham (who took his wife's advice and had sex with her servant, Hagar), Moses (when he got angry and broke the tablets containing the Ten Commandments), King David (when he committed adultery with Bathsheba and when he took a census without being commanded to do so by God--see note below*), and the apostle Peter (who told Jesus he would never deny him).]

"2. This proverb does not deny the fact that wise men sometimes take the wrong route in life.

"3. But the proverb does speak about the difference in the way the two men receive correction.

"a.  The wise man listens, learns, and changes.

"b. The fool doesn't listen--and has to be beaten 100 times… for the same infraction
[breaking of a law, rule, or agreement]--and still doesn't learn!"

If you want to read the rest of the commentary, you'll find it here: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-17-index/proverbs-17_10/.

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*GotQuestions.org has an article that answers the question "Why was God so angry at David for taking the census?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/David-census.html.


A Crown of Righteousness for Faithful Christians

Comparing the Christian life--and his ministry--to fighting a spiritual battle (against sin, the world, the flesh, and the devil) and running a race, the apostle Paul, knowing that his life would soon come to an end, wrote this in a letter to Timothy:

2 Timothy 4:7: "I have fought a good fight
[in living the Christian life], I have finished my course [race], I have kept the faith [been faithful to God]:"

2 Timothy 4:8: "Henceforth
[from now on] there is laid up [set aside, waiting] for me [in heaven] a crown of righteousness [see note below*], which the Lord [Jesus Christ], the righteous judge, shall give me at that day [judgment day--at the judgment seat of Christ]: and [Jesus will give a crown of righteousness] not to me only, but unto all them also [meaning all born-again Christians] that love his appearing [i.e., those who sincerely look forward to the 'second coming' (see note below*), when Jesus will return to earth]."

*The terms crown of righteousness and second coming are described in the following articles:

-- "What are the five heavenly crowns that believers can receive in Heaven?"

-- "What is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?"


Faith Without Works is Dead

In a letter to Jewish Christians, while explaining why "faith without works is dead" (James 2:26), the apostle James wrote:

James 2:13: "For he [or she] shall have judgment [from God] without mercy [pity, compassion], that hath shewed [referring to the person who has shown] no mercy [to others during his (or her) lifetime on earth; that's because a person who is unmerciful is probably not truly saved and, as a result, will be sent to hell on judgment day]; and mercy [from God] rejoiceth [rejoices, prevails] against [or 'triumphs over'] judgment [for born-again Christians; that's because these people have accepted Jesus' death on the cross as payment for their sins, have received him as Savior, and have a desire to obey and please God, and as a result, they will go to heaven, not hell, on judgment day]."

A true Christian will obey God's will and word and will be kind to others.

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GotQuestions.org has an article thata answers the question "Why is faith without works dead?" If you want to read it, click here: https://www.gotquestions.org/faith-without-works-dead.html.


Proverbs 13:7: "There is [the person] that maketh [makes] himself [or herself] [appear to be] rich, yet hath [has] nothing [meaning he (or she) really is poor]: there is [the person] that maketh himself [or herself] [appear to be] poor, yet [he (or she) really] hath great riches."

According to Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church, this verse is about people who pretend to be what they're not (i.e., rich when poor, poor when rich).

In his commentary, Pastor Delany provides many examples of the ways in which greedy, covetous people live beyond their means in order to make others believe that they're rich, and he tells what can happen to them as a result. He also shows how misers (selfish, cheap, stingy, penny-pinching people) might pretend to be poor in order to keep more of their money. Both cases illustrate the meaning of "the love of money is the root of all evil" in 1 Timothy 6:10.

If you want to read the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-13-index/proverbs-1_37/.


Psalm 37:8: "Cease from anger [stop being angry at the existence or actions of wicked people], and forsake wrath [don't be mad at God for allowing wicked people to get away with doing bad things]: fret not thyself in any wise [don't allow yourself to be anxious or worried in any way, or don't let anger or jealousy cause you] to do evil [things, like imitating (copying) bad behavior or seeking revenge for what bad people have done to you or someone else]."


God is Our Helper and Protector

Knowing that he only had a few more days to live, Moses told the people of Israel that they would be crossing over the Jordan River into the promised land
[see note below*] without him. He added:

Deuteronomy 31:6: "Be strong
[in the Lord, and in the power of his might] and [be] of a good courage [be courageous (brave)], fear not [don't be afraid], nor be afraid [and don't be terrified] of them [your enemies--in this case, referring to the Canaanites, or people who lived in the land of Canaan at that time]: for the LORD thy [your] God, he it is that doth [does] go with thee [you]; he will not fail thee [let you down], nor forsake [leave] thee."

Not only did God protect the people of Israel in Moses' time, but he also protects born-again Christians today.

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*Background information on the biblical meaning of the term promised land is contained in the following articles:

-- "What is the land that God promised to Israel?"

-- "Why was Abraham promised land that belonged to others (Genesis 12)?"

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Today is Veterans Day.
To all current and former members of
the United States military, thank you
very much for your service.
We appreciate you!


Regarding pride, the apostle Paul wrote:

 Galatians 6:3: "For if a man
[or woman or child] think himself [or herself] to be something [great or extraordinary, as does someone who is full of pride], when he [or she] is nothing [great or extraordinary, or 'is not better than others'], he [or she] deceiveth [deceives, fools] himself [or herself]."

In his commentary, Matthew Henry summarized the above verse as follows:

"Self-conceit is
[nothing] but self-deceit …"

(Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/galatians/6.html, "v. 3")

And according to Albert Barnes (another Bible commentator), a person who is full of pride:

"… does not accomplish what he expected to do; and instead of acquiring
[a good] reputation from others, as he expected, he renders [makes] himself contemptible [despicable, deserving contempt] in their sight."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/galatians-6.html, "Verse 3")


Psalm 147:3: "He [God] healeth [heals] the broken in heart [referring to broken-hearted people, who have become overwhelmed by grief (great sorrow or sadness), disappointment, or despair (feelings of hopelessness)], and [he] bindeth [binds] up their wounds [like doctors do when they apply ointment and bandages to injuries for healing and protection]."


Psalm 34:17: "The righteous [referring to born-again Christians, who receive Jesus' righteousness the moment they get saved] cry [out--to God for help], and the LORD heareth [hears] [their prayers], and delivereth [delivers, rescues] them out of all [of] their troubles [some of which are listed below--see note*]."

*According to Bible commentator John Gill, examples of troubles that people may need to be rescued from include the following:

"… their inward troubles, through the workings of corruption
[dishonesty] in their hearts; through the violent assaults [attacks] of Satan [the devil], the blasphemous [irreverent, ungodly] thoughts [that] he [Satan] injects into them, and his [Satan's] solicitations [temptations] of them to sin; and through divine desertions [as in turning their backs on God], and their outward troubles; through afflictions of body [such as illness and other types of pain and suffering], losses of estate [property, possessions] and friends, and the reproaches [disapproval] and persecutions [mistreatment] of men; out of all these the Lord sooner or later delivers his people who cry unto him."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/psalms/34-17.html, "Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible")


Through his prophet Isaiah, God said:

Isaiah 5:20: "Woe
[great distress, affliction, or trouble will come] unto them that call evil [things] good, and [call] good [things] evil; [and woe unto them] that put darkness [ignorance, error, false doctrine, crime] for light [i.e., truth, knowledge, piety (devotion to God)], and [put] light for darkness; [and woe unto them] that put bitter [sinful] [things] for sweet [things, like virtue (morality) and purity], and [put] sweet [things] for bitter [ones]!"

In other words, there are painful consequences for people who pervert, or twist, the truth.

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In his commentary, Matthew Henry said that this verse is directed toward those "… who not only live in the omission of that which is good, but condemn it, argue against it, and, because they will not practise it themselves, run it down in others, and fasten invidious epithets [derogatory (insulting, disrespectful) names] upon it--[who] not only do that which is evil, but justify it, and applaud it, and recommend it to others as safe and good.

"Note, (1.) Virtue
[morality] and piety [devotion to God] are good, for they are light and sweet, they are pleasant and right; but sin and wickedness are evil; they are darkness, all the fruit of ignorance and mistake, and will be bitterness in the latter [very] end.

"(2.) Those do a great deal of wrong to God, and religion, and conscience, to their own souls, and to the souls of others, who misrepresent these, and put false colours
[colors] upon them--who call drunkenness good fellowship, and [call] covetousness [greed] good husbandry [careful use of money, food supplies, etc.], and [who], when they persecute the people of God, think they do him [God] good service--and, on the other hand, who call seriousness ill-nature [bad-tempered], and sober singularity ill-breeding, who say all manner of evil falsely concerning the ways of godliness, and do what they can to form in men's minds prejudices against them [the ways of godliness], and this in defiance of evidence as plain and convincing as that of sense, by which we distinguish, beyond contradiction, between light and darkness, and between that which to the taste is sweet and that which is bitter."

(Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/isaiah/5.html, "(v. 20)")


After parting the Red Sea so the Israelites could escape from slavery in Egypt, God wrote the Ten Commandments. He also gave many laws, through Moses, to the nation of Israel. This is one of those laws:

Exodus 23:2: "Thou shalt not
[you shall not] follow a multitude [or crowd, or many people, such as a gang or a group of rioters, criminals, terrorists, etc.] to do evil; neither shalt thou [or 'nor shall you'] speak in a cause [as when you testify in court or are a judge or member of a jury in a trial] to decline after many [to side with many others] to wrest [bend or twist] judgment [i.e., to pervert justice, or prevent justice from being served or done]:"

Although the above law was intended for the nation of Israel, it's good advice for all people.


This was King Solomon's advice to his son concerning affliction (trouble, suffering):

Proverbs 3:11-12: "My son, despise not
[don't resist, ignore, or consider unworthy of your attention] the chastening of [being disciplined or punished by] the LORD [God]; neither [and don't] be weary [sick and tired] of his correction: For [because] whom the LORD loveth [loves] he correcteth [corrects]; even as a father [corrects, disciplines] the son in whom he delighteth [delights, or is well pleased]."

Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on the above verses, and as usual, Pastor Delany provides many examples to illustrate each point. Here's a sample quote from paragraph 5c in the top section of his commentary:

"One way or another, God knows how to MAKE us respond to Him. If we refuse to respond to the lesser
[less severe] forms of chastisement [punishment], He knows how to heat up the oven."

If you want to read Pastor Delany's commentary, here's the link:

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The subject of afflictions brings the COVID-19 crisis to mind. T.W. Tramm (who knows a lot about the Rapture, is looking forward to it, and frequently writes about it on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/twtramm) discussed the pandemic in his April 7, 2020, article entitled "Passover Plagues in 2020?" He ended the article by saying:

"In view of God's propensity
[inclination] to cut down idols, it's interesting to note, with Passover and the Exodus anniversary upon us, how a global plague is upending [turning upside down] our contemporary [current] 'gods and idols': sporting events, entertainment, leisure travel, social gatherings, relationships, careers and the pursuit of wealth. In one fell swoop, the pursuits and activities we habitually put before the Lord have been curtailed [reduced, cut back] or eliminated.

"Could the Coronavirus pandemic, similar to the plagues sent upon Egypt, be a divine
[God-given] wake-up call to an idol-entranced world that it's time to change our ways before the ultimate judgment arrives?

"Assuming it is, let us pray that the peoples' hearts don't remain hardened as Pharaoh's

(Source: https://www.facebook.com/twtramm/posts/3034312906606950?__tn__=K-R, "Passover Plagues in 2020?")


The Apostle John's Vision of Future Events

Note: To make this verse a little easier to read, I split it into three paragraphs.

Revelation 20:4: "And [in heaven,] I [John] saw thrones, and they [probably referring to Old and New Testament saints (Christians)--see note below*] sat upon them [the thrones], and judgment was given unto them [the people sitting on the thrones]:

"and I
[John] saw the souls [people without their earthly bodies] of them [martyrs] that were beheaded [had had their heads cut off--see note below**] [during the tribulation] for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God [i.e., because of their Christian faith], and which [who] had not worshipped the beast [the Antichrist], neither [or] his image, neither had [they] received his mark ['666'] [imprinted, or applied (like a tattoo)] upon their foreheads, or in their hands;

"and they
[the martyrs] lived and reigned [ruled] with [Jesus] Christ [on the earth] [for] a thousand [1,000] years [during which time (known as the millennium) Satan is bound by a chain in the bottomless pit]."

*Regarding the thrones in heaven, Albert Barnes said that the people sitting on them could be either apostles or saints. Here's part of what he said in paragraph 2 of his commentary on the above verse:

"… In 1 Corinthians 6:2, Paul asks the question, 'Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?' The meaning as thus explained is, that Christians will, in some way, be employed in judging the world; that is, that they will be exalted to the right hand of the Judge
[Jesus Christ], and be elevated to a station of honor, as if they were associated with the Son of God [Jesus] in the judgment. Something of that kind is, doubtless, referred to here; and John probably means to say that he saw the thrones placed on which those will sit who will be employed in judging the world …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/revelation-20.html, "Verse 4")

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**The phrase the souls of them that were beheaded in Revelation 20:4 refers to people who will be saved (become born-again Christians) during the coming tribulation period and will refuse to take the "mark of the beast."

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For definitions of, and further information on, the things mentioned in today's Bible verse (i.e., the human soul, Christian faith, the tribulation, mark of the beast, and the millennium), please read the following articles:

-- "What is the human soul?"

-- "What are the essentials of the Christian faith?"

-- "What is the Tribulation?"

-- "What is the mark of the beast?"

-- "What is the Millennial Kingdom, and should it be understood literally?