Daily Bible Nugget #333, 2 Chronicles 19:2

The Nugget:

2Ch 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.

My Comment:

Any Christian who supports financially or otherwise a cause that is contrary to the teaching of the Bible is guilty of “helping the ungodly” and is guilty of loving them that hate the Lord. To do so will subject oneself to the wrath of God.

Paul warns us, though in entirely different words, of this same principle:

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership does righteousness have with lawlessness? And what fellowship does light have with darkness?
2Co 6:15 And what agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what part does a believer have with an unbeliever?
2Co 6:16 And what agreement does a temple of God have with idols? For you are a temple of the living God, even as God said, “I will” dwell in them and “walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Lev. 26:12; Ezek. 37:27
2Co 6:17 Because of this, “come out from among them” “and be separated,” says the Lord, “and do not touch the unclean thing,” and I will receive you. Isa. 52:11
2Co 6:18 “And I will be a Father to you, and you will be sons” and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty. 2 Sam. 7:8, 14; Isa. 43:6 (LITV–Literal Translation of the Bible)

Failure to understand and apply such Bible principles as are contained in these verses has led to much weakening of the Church of Jesus Christ and its testimony in the world at large. I have very recently both read and heard the results of polls and researchers who uniformly show that people who name the name of Christ in Evangelical Bible believing churches are often indistinguishable statistically from the rest of the people who live around them in the same but non-Christian culture in their beliefs and practice or lifestyle.

This tells me that people in our churches are not being taught Bible doctrine. They know nothing about the doctrine of holiness, the doctrine of separation, or just about any other doctrine or teaching found in the Bible.

This tells me that people in our churches who believe the Bible and people who are believers that are not attending a traditional church are not learning Bible doctrine. Some might be reading the Bible on their own, but they have not really studied the Bible carefully enough to become aware of its fundamental, basic teaching.

Just the other night in the middle of the night I happened to hear a snippet from the Janet Mefferd show. She was speaking of a research study that found that the most moral people in the United States of America, and perhaps the world, are the Mormons. She asked the pointed question, Since when do Bible believing, Evangelical Christians come short of the morality practiced by a false cult?

See if you can answer that one!

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on pages 437-438 for 2 Chronicles 19:2.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 491 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for 2 Chronicles 19:2.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 306 for 2 Chronicles 19:2.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

2 Chronicles 19:2. And Jehu. 2 Ch 20:34. 1 K 16:1, 7, 12. +2 K 9:2. Hanani. 2 Ch 16:7. +1 Ch 25:4. the seer. See on 1 S 9:9. to meet him. 2 Ch 28:9. Ge 20:2. Is 39:3. and said. 2 Ch 26:18. 2 K 5:3, 4, 13. Is 39:3. Je 22:1. Ezk 3:20. Am 7:14. John 10:35. Rev 2:6. to king Jehoshaphat. 2 Ch 20:1, 37. 1 K 22:4, 44. help the ungodly. 2 Ch 16:3. 18:1, 3, 28. 20:37. 22:5. **2 S 12:14. 1 K 15:19. 21:25. 2 K 3:7. 8:28. Ezr 9:12. Jb 8:20. +*Ps 15:4. *Ps 139:21, 22. Pr 1:10-19. 13:20. Ec 10:1. %+*Mk 1:25. Ro 1:32. 16:17. *2 Cor 6:14-17. **Ep 5:11. **2 J 1:10, 11. +*Jude 1:3. love them that. T#112. 1 K 11:2. 2 K 8:18. Ec 3:8. Mic 3:2. Mt 10:11-14. 1 Cor 5:9-11. 10:20. +*1 Cor 15:33. *Ep 5:11. 2 Th 3:6, 14, 15. 2 Tim 3:5. +*1 J 2:15. *2 J 1:9-11. hate the Lord. 2 Ch 18:7. *Ex 20:5. Dt 5:9. 7:10. 32:41. 33:11. Ps 21:8. 68:1. 71:15. Pr 13:20. John 15:18, 23. Ro 1:30. 8:7. 1 Cor 15:33. **James 4:4. is wrath. +2 Ch 24:18. 25:7, 15. 32:25. 1 S 13:13. Ps 90:7, 8. Ro 1:18. 1 Cor 11:31, 32.

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Daily Bible Nugget #332, 1 Corinthians 8:9

The Nugget:

1 Corinthians 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.

My Comment:

This is the key reference for what I call the “Stumbling block Doctrine.” Your pastor or Sunday school teacher may never have preached or taught about this specific doctrine, but it is all-important.

The idea is that we are never to do something, say something, or believe something in error (such as mistaken doctrines of false cults or mainline churches). We know a belief is in error when it contradicts the explicit teaching of Scripture.

Jesus was very careful to observe this principle (Matthew 17:27). We should be too.

When it comes to our actions, we must take care that what we do properly represents the God and Christ we serve. This means our demeanor or attitude, our dress, the people we choose for our closest or best friends, the music we listen to, the language we use–it is too easy to fail in our speech–and how we spend our time should all reflect positively upon our testimony for our Lord Jesus Christ. Someone–I seem to recall it was Doctor Bob Jones Senior, noted evangelist and the founder of Bob Jones University–said that we are to live so as to be “show window material for our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is a very high standard to reach, and we will often fall short, but by God’s grace as we grow spiritually we may develop the Christian character such a standard represents.

A very touchy and sensitive application of this principle pertains to the Bible doctrines we choose to believe. Of course, if the doctrines are truly taught by the Bible, we certainly ought to believe them! But some widely believed doctrines are not taught by the Bible itself, but are mistaken understandings of what the Bible actually teaches.

Jesus commanded His disciples in Acts 1:8 that they were to go to the Jew first with the Gospel message. In online discussions with one Jewish person in particular, I learned that the doctrine of Transubstantiation is a very serious stumbling block that makes it most difficult for those who are Jews today and even in the past to possibly consider that Jesus Christ could be the Messiah or that Christianity is true because such a doctrine clearly contradicts what is written in the Hebrew Scriptures so it cannot possibly be true. And the Jews are right.

Jews consider the drinking of the wine, taught in some Christian churches to be the very blood of Jesus Christ, and the eating of the bread, taught in some Christian churches to be the very flesh of Jesus Christ, as nothing short of cannibalism. Jewish Scriptures (our Old Testament) clearly forbid such a practice as drinking blood (Leviticus 17:11, 12) and eating human flesh.

Christian churches that teach Transubstantiation and Consubstantiation–the “actual” or the “real” presence of Christ in the elements of the Lord’s Supper, Communion, or the Eucharist–are guilty of teaching and believing false doctrine, doctrine that serves as a stumbling block to bringing Jews to faith in the true Messiah, Jesus Christ. Belief in such false doctrine stems from the failure to understand some very frequently used figures of speech in the Bible, particularly the figure Metaphor. Jesus frequently employed the figure metaphor, as when He said “I am the door” (John 10:9. Does such a statement mean he has hinges and a door knob? Of course not.

So, when Jesus took bread and said, “Take, eat: this is my body” (Matthew 26:26), the is is metaphor, and means “this represents my body.” The proof is in the very context: they were not eating His actual flesh, for He was standing very much alive right before them; rather, they were eating bread, which symbolized His body.

So, when Jesus took the cup, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink ye all of it” (Matthew 26:27), adding “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28), once again we have the figure metaphor, signaled by the “is,” which therefore means “this represents my blood.” All the blood in the literal body of Jesus remained at that point as literal blood coursing through His veins; none of those present ever drank the actual blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and neither has anyone else done so since.

The claim of some churches to miraculously transform the physical elements of bread and wine during the Eucharist or Communion or Lord’s Supper into the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ is a falsehood. This falsehood is a stumbling block, and you may be very sure that Christ did not intend anything He instituted or authorized to be a stumbling block to His own people, the Jews.

The Bible has much to say about stumbling blocks, and the cross references furnished below for 1 Corinthians 8:9 will help you make a careful study from the Bible itself about what I have called the “stumbling block doctrine.”

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 1313 for 1 Corinthians 8:9.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1333 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for 1 Corinthians 8:9.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those two resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

1 Corinthians 8:9. take heed. ver. 1 Cor 8:10. 1 Cor 10:23, 24, 29. Mt 18:6, 7, 10. Lk 17:1, 2. Ro 14:20, 21. Ga 5:13. 1 P 2:16. 2 P 2:19. lest by any means. +*Mt 17:27. 2 Cor 6:3. Phil 2:4. +*1 Tim 2:9. liberty. or, power. or, authority, or right. 1 Cor 9:4, 5, 6, 12, 18g. 1 Cor 10:23. Song 7:13. Re 22:14. a stumblingblock. 1 Cor 1:23. 10:32. Le 19:14. 2 K 10:29. Ps 119:165mg. Is 8:14. 57:14. Je 6:21. 13:16. Ezk 3:20. 7:19. 14:3, 7. 44:12mg. Zep 1:3. +Ro 9:32, 33. 11:9. 14:13-15, 20. Ga 5:13. 1 P 2:8. Re 2:14. weak. ver. 1 Cor 8:7, 12. 1 Cor 9:22. Is 35:3. +Ro 14:1, 2. 15:1. 2 Cor 11:21. Ga 2:13.

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Daily Bible Nugget #331, Exodus 23:2

The Nugget:

Exodus 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

My Comment:

Too many young people, and older people too, have not been taught about this commandment. None of us are to “follow the crowd” to do evil. The notion that “every one else is doing it” is no excuse before God. Those who believe the Bible ought to know better, and live better. We are not called to look like everyone else, to dress exactly like everyone else, to follow the latest styles, or the styles of the “in crowd.” Doing so is all too often following the multitude to do evil.

Many years ago when I began teaching at the high school level at Cass Technical High School, a group of students came to my classroom door to announce a walkout in behalf of the “Black Power Club.” I forcibly ejected them from my room, shoving them back out to the hall, and loudly announced that when they saw my Bible Discussion Club members with administrative permission going from classroom door to classroom door to announce a school-wide prayer meeting, then their club might have access to make an announcement in my classroom. I locked my classroom door, and continued the lesson for that day.

Today, I see pictures and videos of crowds in Ferguson, Missouri and now elsewhere, chanting “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” In Ferguson, Missouri some of the crowd apparently got out of control and did considerable damage to businesses and a church there.

If our young people would be taught the Word of God in the home and in the church, they would not be inclined to live and behave the way Michael Brown chose to live and act. It appears that Michael Brown was living on the broad way that leads to destruction, and his life was unfortunately ended prematurely.

Many parents and friends of young people they know mistakenly think that the young people they know and love would never end up doing such wrongs. They would not be involved in following a multitude to do evil. Such parents and friends of young people would most likely be right IF they saw to it that the young people in their family or sphere of influence were solidly grounded in the Word of God (Colossians 1:23; 2:6, 7), and that these young people were wearing the full armor of God Paul speaks of in Ephesians 6:10, 11.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 96 for Exodus 23:2.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 111 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Exodus 23:2.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those two resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Exodus 23:2. not follow a multitude. *Ex 32:1-5. Ge 6:12. *Ge 7:1. 19:4, 7-9. Nu 14:1-10. **Jsh 24:15. *1 S 15:9, 24. *1 K 19:10. **2 Ch 19:2. *Jb 31:34. **Pr 1:10, 11, 15. *Pr 4:14. +*Mt 7:13. *Mt 27:24-26. *Mk 15:15. Lk 23:23, 24, 51. Jn 7:50, 51. Ac 23:21. *Ac 24:27. 25:9. Ro 1:32. +*Ro 12:2. Ga 2:11-13. 3 J 1:11. to do evil. Dt 12:31. 1 K 21:11. Pr 11:21. 3 J 1:11. speak. or, answer. Jg 6:31. +*2 Ch 19:2. to decline. ver. Ex 23:6, 7. +*Ex 18:21. Le 19:15. *Dt 1:17. Ps 72:2. Je 37:15, 21. 38:5, 6, 9. Ezk 9:9. +*Hab 1:4. to wrest. or, incline. Dt 1:16. 16:19. 24:17. 27:19. Jb 13:8. Pr 28:21. *Hab 1:4. Mk 12:14. +*2 P 3:16. or, stretch out. Ps 56:5.

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Planned Parenthood Biblically Illiterate!

Like the Devil or Satan himself (Matthew 4:5, 6), Planned Parenthood may appeal to Scripture to support what the Bible itself says is wrong.

You can read more about this at the following link:

http://www.onenewsnow.com/pro-life/2014/11/28/planned-parenthood%E2%80%99s-pastoral-letter-god%E2%80%99s-fine-with-abortion#.VH4HBk10x0F

Here is the most pertinent paragraph I read in the article:

Planned Parenthood’s second-round letter to pregnant women was discovered a month later in June by LifeNews. This pastoral letter was distributed via one of the abortion giant’s political action committees (PAC) and went a step further by using the Bible to justify abortions. Here, the Planned Parenthood Clergy Advocacy Board told women that 1) “many people wrongly assume that all religious leaders disapprove of abortion,” 2) “abortion is not even mentioned in the Scriptures, 3) “there are clergy … from all regions who support women making this complex decision, and that 4) “[Planned Parenthood] will refer you to someone who will be supportive of you and your [abortion] decision.”

The claim that “abortion is not even mentioned in the Scriptures” is true, but the Scripture certainly condemns taking the life of a child before it is even born. Cannibalism is not mentioned by name in Scripture either, but it certainly is described and is just as certainly wrong.

That Planned Parenthood has been able to assemble a list of clergy who do not disapprove of abortion is no marvel in this day, for at least some of the clergy are lacking in a sound knowledge of the Bible. What Biblically illiterate clergy might have to say about the Bible is irrelevant to the issue.

I wrote a note for The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge at Luke 1:44 which I will attempt to share below in its original form. I placed the note there because before John the Baptist was born, he could hear and respond with joy while yet in his mother’s womb. This demonstrates that the unborn child was certainly a sentient being, a person, with feelings and emotions, and the ability to hear and react to what he heard. The note I wrote is a fairly complete analysis of what the Bible says that bears upon the abortion controversy.

Luke 1:44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

Luke 1:44. the babe. ver. 41. leaped. ver. 41. Lk 6:23. for joy. Scripture says much that bears upon the issue of abortion:

(1) Note that Scripture here attributes emotion to an unborn child.

(2) The fetus is formed by God, Jb 31:15mg. Je 1:5.

(3) God planned the life before it took form, Je 1:5.

(4) God delivers new life from the womb, Ps 71:6. Ga 1:15, 16.

(5) Note the despondent wish for spontaneous abortion during a period of depression, Je 20:17.

(6) An untimely birth preferable to living and dying in disrepute, Ec 6:3.

(7) The majesty and marvel of life, Ps 139:14, 15, 16.

(8) Life is sacred and precious, Ge 9:6.

(9) Jesus warned not to offend one of these little ones, Mt 18:6.

(10) Christ’s concern and care seen in his blessing little ones, Lk 18:15, 16, 17.

(11) Children are given by God, Ge 33:5. 48:9. Jsh 24:3. +*Ps 113:9. +*Ps 127:3. Is 8:18.

(12) Christ esteemed children highly, Mt 19:14.

(13) Maternal love is normal, Ge 21:16. Ex 2:3. Logically, abortion does violence to maternal love.

(14) If a woman injures a man’s secret parts, her hand was to be cut off, Dt 25:11. If a man injured a pregnant woman, and (a) caused premature birth, but infant and mother otherwise were uninjured, he shall be punished by fine, Ex 21:22; (b) if the mother or child are injured or die, a corresponding severity of punishment, including the death penalty, was prescribed, Ex 21:23, 24, 25. Thus abortion, even accidentally induced, required the death penalty.

(15) The supreme value of the individual utterly argues against any possible contrary justification for an abortion, Mt 10:31. 16:26. Mk 8:36, 37. Lk 12:7.

(16) If God was utterly opposed to, and displeased with the religious sacrifice of children to Molech (+2 K 21:6), the burning of which had never been commanded, authorized, or even entered into God’s mind (Je 7:31), how much more must God be displeased with the destruction of the helpless unborn in the name of granting women the right to choice over their own bodies.

(17) God sets great value on a child. Our response to a child is our response to God, Mt 18:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. James 1:27.

(18) Conception, development in the womb, and birth are mentioned together at Ho 9:11. God has his hand in each of these stages of development, as the references show. Thus, it is unscriptural to suggest that the unborn child is not yet a person.

(19) The unborn child responds to external stimuli, can hear, for the “babe leaped in her womb,” Lk 1:41, 44.

(20) Abortion constitutes injustice to the weak and helpless, and places one under God’s curse, not his blessing, Dt 27:17, 19.

(21) We are not to despise one of these little ones, Mt 18:10.

(22) The virgin birth and incarnation began at the moment of the miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb, Lk 1:35. Is 49:1.

(23) The fact that the word “abortion” does not occur in the Bible (but see Jb 3:16) has no bearing upon the issue. “Cannibalism” is not mentioned by that term in the Bible either, and so for a host of other concepts such as millennium, rapture, trinity, infant baptism, believer’s baptism, using musical instruments in New Testament worship. There is no express command or example for New Testament believers to tithe. There is no express command to worship God on Sunday, or to observe Sunday as the Sabbath. There is no express command or example in the New Testament of the baptism of adult believers that come from Christian homes. There appears to be no express command or incontrovertible example of the precise mode (i.e. immersion, pouring, or sprinkling) of Christian baptism in the New Testament. Neither is there command or example authorizing women to receive the sacrament of the Lord’s supper. There is no express example or command authorizing the taking of the Lord’s supper in the morning! The virgin birth is not mentioned in the Gospel of Mark. Repentance is not mentioned in the Gospel of John. The Gospel of John says nothing about Christ having cast out devils. We must use extreme caution whenever we base an argument on the alleged silence of Scripture (see 1 Ch 16:42n).

Though abortion is not mentioned by name in Scripture, a prayerful and submissive, careful examination of the passages adduced above should lead to the firm conviction that abortion is not in harmony with the will of God at any time, for any reason. Yet, should a woman seek and obtain an abortion, this does not constitute the committing of the unforgivable sin (Mt 12:31n). God in his mercy is able to forgive even this sin, and welcome the truly repentant sinner to his fold (Jn 6:37. 2 Cor 7:10).

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American Atheists at it again

You can read all about it at this link:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11265926/American-Atheists-launch-provocative-campaign-in-religious-Deep-South.html

The atheists have launched yet another billboard campaign to impugn the Christmas message.

The billboard attractively portrays a mischievous little girl writing to Santa:

“Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales”

True to form, American Atheists, and perhaps all atheists, have no positive message to bring to humanity or to America this season, or any season.

And just who is it that is believing in fairy tales? I suggest it is the atheists themselves. If they would study history a bit further than they have, they might learn that no culture in history has adopted a non-theistic world view.

If atheists would check into their own worldview, most of them would likely discover that it includes a belief in materialistic evolution. Now that is most certainly a belief in a contemporary cultural fairy tale. The facts of genuine science do not support the so-called theory of evolution. The theory of evolution is an agenda-driven atheistic, humanistic, fairy tale. It is a world view that masquerades as science but is really a flawed philosophy. Most atheists and most scientists are too narrowly schooled in their academic discipline(s) to know the difference.

The billboard does not specify just what fairy tales they are objecting to. But we can draw a strong inference from the little girl’s request to be exempted from church attendance, that the atheists are attacking–as usual–the Church or Christianity and the Bible.

Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri surely point to the fatal error of the philosophy endorsed by the American Atheists.

Atheists are unaware of the extreme hazard of skipping church, the one source of moral guidance remaining in society when the church teaches the Bible effectively. If Michael Brown had been grounded in a Biblical faith, and made Proverbs 15:1 a central part of his personal philosophy and behavior, the dreadful events in Ferguson, Missouri would not have happened.

The proven solution to our cultural problems is to be found, as always, in the Bible. That is a Book that atheists know very little about. And they know it.

No atheist has dared to enter a discussion with me to defend their atheism or to “disprove” the Bible. But I have repeatedly invited them to do so!

Their abject silence is deafening!

Proverbs 23:10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:

Rather than attacking the Bible, Church, and even Christmas, American Atheists ought to get about the business of solving the real problem of helping all our young people choose the right path in life, rather than repeatedly engaging in their foolish attempts to “remove the old landmarks” that once made this nation great, and could do so again, if we all would return to them.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 698 for Proverbs 23:10.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 735 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Proverbs 23:10.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those two resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Proverbs 23:10. Remove not. *Pr 22:28. *Dt 19:14. *Dt 27:17. Jb 24:2. old. Heb. olam, +Jb 22:15. landmark. or, bound. Pr 15:25. +Pr 22:28mg. enter not. *Pr 22:22. +**Ex 22:23. +*Dt 24:15. Am 4:1. fatherless. FS171I14, +Ex 22:22. Fatherless put by the Figure Synecdoche (of Species) for all bereaved ones. +**Ex 22:22-24. +Dt 10:18. Jb 6:27. 22:9, 10. 24:3, 9. 31:21-23. Ps 94:6. Je 7:5. *Je 22:3. 49:11. *Ho 14:3. Zec 7:10. +*Mal 3:5. *James 1:27.

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Daily Bible Nugget #330, Ecclesiastes 10:6

The Nugget:

Ecc 10:6 Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.

My Comment:

I happened upon this verse (Ecclesiastes 10:6) in my studies today. Perhaps many will not agree with my application of it. I think in our day “folly is set in great dignity” when people get more excited about sports than they do about the Bible.

I think “folly is set in great dignity” when the unfortunate death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri is made the excuse for a wild rampage of burning and looting and destruction of property, even to the burning of the church where Michael Brown’s parents had just been baptized the preceding Sunday, that is, the Sunday before the Monday of the announcement of the Grand Jury decision not to indict the police officer who shot Michael Brown.

The church, called the Flood Church, is pastored by Reverend Carlton Lee. I am pleased that Pastor Lee’s church has Thursday night Bible studies. I wrote an email to Pastor Lee. I hope he will find it possible someday to visit this site. The destruction of his church, and the death of the son of a member family in his church is surely tragic, and we need to pray for the pastor that he would continue his outreach to children in the community. I pray that he will find it possible to share the Gospel not only with the children, but with young people too.

It seems that often in smaller churches the children are reached, but when they reach high school age they often drop away from church. By experience I found a way to reverse that tendency, by God’s grace. Young people are interested in more than just pabulum. They can be taught the Bible, and how to study it. They can be taught how to win souls for Christ. They can be taught about prayer, and see real answers to their prayers. They can be taught apologetics and hermeneutics and cult apologetics. They can be taught the way of holiness and how to live a life pleasing to God. They can be taught how to win their friends to Christ and then become faithful and committed disciples of Christ. They can learn how genuine Christian fellowship with other Christians their own age can encourage them to walk on that straight and narrow path that leads to life, and avoid the broad road to destruction.

Now all this and more will prove most interesting to young people. Had Michael Brown been reached with the Gospel of Christ in this manner, and had he become as interested in the Bible as at least some of the young people I have worked with over the years became, he no doubt would be living yet and living for the Lord. But that did not happen. That is why it is most important to get involved with doing, sharing, and emphasizing Real Bible Study. Not to be involved is an indication we have put “folly in great dignity” in our lives ahead of what is really far more important, and that we are not living up to the potential God has granted us to serve Him.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 698 for Ecclesiastes 10:6.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 735 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Ecclesiastes 10:6.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those two resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Ecclesiastes 10:6. Folly. ver. Ec 10:1, 3, 14. Judg 9:14-20. 1 K 12:13, 14. Est 3:1. Ps 12:8. Pr 14:29. 26:1. 28:12, 28. dignity. Heb. heights. Judg 5:18. 2 S 22:17. 2 P 2:10. the rich. ver. Ec 10:17. James 2:3-5.

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Daily Bible Nugget #329, Joshua 4:22

The Nugget:

Jos 4:22 Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land.

My Comment:

As I was studying the book of Joshua yesterday and the day before, I came upon Joshua 4:22 and saw immediately that this verse declares a mighty and powerful solution to the affairs currently going on in Ferguson, Missouri.

While the death of so-called “unarmed” Michael Brown is surely a tragedy, the tragedy is not at all where the media focus suggests it is. This case is not about police brutality, it is about young people allowed to grow up with insufficient or no positive exposure to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I received an email the other day from the ACLU which reads in part:

You’ve probably already heard the news. The grand jury in Missouri failed to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Black teenager, Michael Brown.

Events in Ferguson have brought the broader problems we face into painful relief, inspiring profound anger and frustration from communities around the country – I feel it too. We’ve all heard this story too many times, and it’s easy to feel like there’s nothing left to be done. But we can’t stop here.

This is exactly the right moment to stand together and push for police accountability and systemic change. We can’t lose another young Black person at the hands of the police. And we need to end racial profiling, excessive force, and unconstitutional policing practices.

Michael Brown’s death is a tragic loss to his family, community, and this nation. But because of this tragedy, and the protests that followed, national leaders are finally paying attention to racial profiling and discriminatory policing.

We must not allow the killing of Michael Brown and other unarmed individuals across this nation to be in vain. With enough widespread public pressure we can push our leaders to implement effective structural changes and transform policing across the country. It’s about time.

Like the rest of the “mainstream media,” little or no mention is made of the facts in this case.

Michael Brown was by no means innocent. Just before his death, Michael had stolen merchandize from a local store, where store video shows he returned and roughed up the store clerk on duty. He stole smoking materials which he intended to use to smoke “pot.” A toxicology report showed he had nine times the so-called legal limit (by Colorado standards, I understand) of a chemical substance in his blood which is a marker for the recent use of “pot.” Michael Brown and his friend were walking down the middle of the street, and the police officer asked the young men to use the sidewalk. Michael Brown responded with expletives unsuitable to repeat on this site. He was utterly disrespectful and contemptuous of the police officer. When the police officer attempted to get out of his scout car, Michael Brown slammed the car door back shut. Michael Brown then struck the officer through the open car window with several powerful blows to the head, and reached in through the car window and attempted to grab the officer’s gun. Is this the kind of thug behavior black young people are being raised to engage in? Is this the kind of thug behavior the community is aroused to defend? The grand jury after 100 days of examining the evidence determined that Police Officer Wilson had acted properly in self-defense against a very large black man literally charging at him full force after officer Wilson got out of his car.

The media nonsense that officer Wilson shot Michael Brown in the back has been fully disproven by forensic evidence and three independent autopsy reports which show Michael Brown was shot from the front in accordance with the officer’s testimony that Brown was rushing at him, not fleeing.

This event is not a racial matter. It is not a police brutality matter–in this case Michael Brown was the one brutalizing and attacking the police officer. Michael Brown well represents far too many in the black community who are spiritual derelicts, utterly crazy by civilized standards once observed here in America.

He represents a mission field for the Gospel of Christ that is largely untapped or unreached. Why send missionaries to Africa when we have a mission field needing our full attention right here at our doorstep?

Are there no Gospel preaching and teaching, soul-winning churches in Ferguson, Missouri? Where is their local evangelistic outreach to the neighborhood where Michael Brown lived?

At one time Christian teachers could have an impact on students in their classroom. Bible clubs were in many high schools. Child Evangelism Fellowship had a mission in the elementary schools.

This impact for good has been suppressed by the very group I quoted material from just above–the ACLU, not to mention the other atheistic group in the news these days, the so-called Freedom from Religion Foundation, that squelches every aspect of any effort to provide spiritual guidance or support by, in the latest case I noticed, football coaches praying with or for their athletes.

The results of atheistic suppression of religious liberty and freedom to express and practice our faith in the public square, the school house, and everywhere else have led very predictably to the uncivilized pandemonium in Ferguson and the widespread moral delinquency and depravity seen just about everywhere else. The fruit of atheism is barbarism. Failure to follow the morality of the Bible always brings very undesirable consequences (Numbers 32:23; Galatians 6:7).

The solution to these problems is stated clearly enough in today’s Bible Nugget from Joshua 4:22.

Be sure to carefully consider my newly-added cross references for this verse given immediately below.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 223 for Joshua 4:22.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 242 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Joshua 4:22.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those two resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Joshua 4:22. let your children know. +*Dt 4:9. +*Dt 6:7. 11:19-21. 31:13. *Ps 78:4, 5. 90:16. 111:4. +*Pr 22:6. Is 28:9. 38:19. Jl 1:3. Jn 21:15. +*Ep 6:4. saying. See on Jsh 3:17. *Ex 14:29. 15:19. Ps 66:5, 6. Is 11:15, 16. 44:27. *Is 51:10. Re 16:12.

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Daily Bible Nugget #328, Psalm 119:63

The Nugget:

Psalm 119:63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

Psalm 119:63 I keep company with all your worshippers, and those who have your orders in their memory. (Basic English)

Psalm 119:63 I choose as my friends everyone who worships you and follows your teachings. (CEV)

Psalm 119:63 I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts. (ESV)

Psalm 119:63 I am a friend to all your loyal followers,
and to those who keep your precepts. (NET Bible)

My Comment:

I would ask every young person, “Who do you choose as your friends?”

If you were a student in my English class, I might encourage you to write about (1) How do you choose your friends? (2) What do you most like in the best friends you have? (3) What qualities would you like to find in a best friend? (4) Where have you found the best friends that you do have? (5) What do you and your closest friends most like to do together? (6) What interests do you and your friends have most in common? Each of these topics could easily form the basis of a separate written composition. But at this point, you can surely think about each of these topics.

I would guess ahead of time that no student would happen upon the most important quality in a friend that David mentions in Psalm 119:63. David wanted for his best friends individuals who were close to the Lord, who worshipped Him, and who obeyed God’s commandments found in the Bible.

One major problem even Christian young people must face is that they are often guilty of associating closely with the wrong kind of friend.

The wrong kind of friend is probably more easy to find than the right kind of friend. Think about just how you found the friends you have now. Where did you meet them? How did you get to meet them?

The right kind of friend should have qualities of character and commitment to God and the Bible that would be an encouragement to your own growth in the Lord and spiritual things. Do you have friends that you can spend time praying together? Do you read and study the Bible together? Do you share your faith in Christ with other friends together? I think that friends like I just described are the kind of friends you should seek to have.

Where can you find such friends? Sometimes such friends may seem very scarce. When I was a young person I found them at the youth fellowship group at a close by church in my neighborhood. I found still more friends in the Bible club at the high school I attended.

If you do not have access to a local church youth group that is solidly Christian and Bible centered, you can get into the Bible deeply for yourself even by reading the posts on this site and following the Bible reading suggestions I have made here. Then share your excitement about the Lord and the Bible with your best or closest friend. If your friend is not yet a Christian, pray that God will work in your friend’s heart and that your friend will be receptive to God’s Word and your testimony. God may use you as an instrument in His hands to influence your friend to come to a genuinely saving knowledge of Christ.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on pages 629-630 for Psalm 119:63.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 674 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Psalm 119:63.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those two resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Psalm 119:63. a companion. ver. Ps 119:79, 115. +*Ps 15:4. *Ps 16:3. 26:4. 45:7. 55:14. +*Ps 101:4, 6, 7. 122:8. 142:7. Ge 13:11. Judg 20:11. Ru 1:10. 1 S 23:16. %*2 Ch 13:7. **2 Ch 19:2. Pr 2:20. 12:26. *Pr 13:20. 27:17. Ec 10:10. **Ml 3:16-18. +Mt 15:14. Lk 24:15, 32. Jn 13:34. Ac 4:23. *Ac 28:14. Ro 1:12. +**Ro 15:7. *Ro 16:17. *1 Cor 12:13. +*1 Cor 15:33. **2 Cor 6:14-17. 7:6, 7. Ep 5:3, 7, 11. Col 2:2. *2 Th 3:6, 14. +*1 Tim 6:5. *2 Tim 2:19, 22. 3:5. +*He 3:12, 13. 10:25. 1 P 3:8. 1 J 1:3. 3:14. fear. ver. +*Ps 119:74, 120. *Ps 15:4. 22:23, 25. 55:19. 66:16. 76:8. 103:11, *Ps 103:17. 112:1. 115:11. 118:4. 128:4. 135:20. +*Ex 18:21. Jb 1:1, 8. 2:3. 37:24. Pr 1:29. 14:2. Ec 8:12. Is 50:10. Je 26:19. +*Ml 3:16. Ac 13:16, 26. keep. ver. Ps 119:2, 4. *Ps 103:18. Pr 1:10. +*Lk 11:28. 2 J 1:9-11. precepts. ver. Ps 119:56. Ps 111:10.

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Daily Bible Nugget #327, 1 Corinthians 15:33

The Nugget:

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be so misled: “Evil companionships corrupt good character.” (Williams NT)

1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” (ESV)

1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be tricked by false words: evil company does damage to good behaviour. (Basic English)

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived; “Evil stories corrupt well-disposed minds.” (Murdoch)

1 Corinthians 15:33 Don’t fool yourselves. Bad friends will destroy you. (CEV)

My Comment

As much as I usually favor using the King James Version, its rendering of 1 Corinthians 15:33 is probably next to meaningless for modern readers. One good method of studying a verse is to read it in several English translations. I have found that while parallel Bibles–sometimes presenting four translations at once side by side–are sometimes helpful, their biggest failure for me is that the translations they contain basically repeat each other with little additional insight. What is needed is to compare translations that are distinctively different, as I have done for you above for 1 Corinthians 15:33.

The rendering given by the Contemporary English Version, “Don’t fool yourselves. Bad friends will destroy you,” is perhaps the most direct and easy to understand of them all.

Young people, and everyone else, need to learn that lesson well. It is far better to seek wisdom and guidance from proven sources of wisdom like the Bible than to suffer the consequences of learning these truths by bitter personal experience!

I have seen this flaw in human character on display daily for nearly four decades–that is 40 years–as a teacher of high school students in Detroit. It seems that some young people are almost intentionally sabotaging any chance they might have for success in life by falling into the trap of keeping company with the wrong friends. I worked with one young man for four years. He started out very far behind in his reading and writing skills. I was able to help him greatly improve them. It turns out that he was good in sports. In this case, he was an excellent swimmer. The coach worked with me almost daily over time to keep this student on track. During his senior year this student won a scholarship to college based upon his athletic ability. Then he was absent from class unexpectedly. I checked with the coach that very day. The coach said that because the matter was very private, he could not say more than that this young man ruined his once wonderful opportunity. I could read “between the lines,” and I believe that my inference that this young man had fallen as a result of significant moral failure is correct.

After that, I determined to address those issues more directly in my history and later English classroom by means of weekly units of carefully chosen daily Proverbs and Quotations, which I wrote on the blackboard one by one each day. Students have told me directly in their written compositions and when I have chanced to meet them in person years later, and visitors who made presentations on Career Day each school year observed in their comments to me that my strategy worked wonders in positively transforming the motivations and lives of my students.

Encourage any young people in your circle of influence to make the right choices when it comes to who they choose for close companions or best friends. “Hanging out” with the wrong friends can surely destroy young people in more ways than one.

So, as a practical matter, how can you correct yourself or assist young people to in your potential circle of contacts to go in a better direction? Where practical and possible, encourage young people to read and read again and again from the Bible regularly, even daily. Students have thanked me over the years for encouraging them to read the New Testament.

In my literature classes I listed as one of many recommended classics for students to read, the work by John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress. I can remember yet the faces and names of several young men in my English classes at Cass Technical High School who spoke to me personally to thank me for recommending that they read that book.

Parents can help their young people by encouraging church attendance, Bible reading, Bible study, and active participation in a suitable young people’s group.

We can help young people and ourselves by teaching or learning how to make better use of valuable time. It is my judgment that far too much time is spent and wasted on television and other mass media and electronic devices. It is my considered judgment that sports take up far too much time and effort of our young people which would be better spent on developing character by getting more thoroughly acquainted with the Bible–something that counts for time and eternity.

Other interested persons–which ought to include all Christians–need to be active in winning young people to Christ and providing them guidance and encouragement. Tragedies like Michael Brown currently in the news about Ferguson, Missouri, surely need not and could not have happened had parents and teachers and neighbors and people in the neighborhood churches assisted Michael Brown with academic, moral, and spiritual guidance. One way I dealt in English class with this issue is through poetry. One poem in particular (“Crumbling,” by Emily Dickinson, I think it was) had as its theme and lesson that people do not fail or fall all at once, but that every failure is preceded by a sometimes long series of unaddressed failures or wrong choices.

People need to quit making such failures a racial issue. It is not a racial issue. It is a moral and spiritual issue, as are so many of the problems faced in society and our nation today. God has provided the solution to these problems in His written Word, the Bible. It is about time more people get involved with Real Bible Study themselves! Real Bible Study transforms lives.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on pages 1326-1326 for 1 Corinthians 15:33.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1348 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for 1 Corinthians 15:33.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those two resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

1 Corinthians 15:33. Be not deceived. Gr. planaō (S#4105g, Mt 24:4). +**1 Cor 6:9. *Mt 24:4, 11, 24. Mk 13:5. *Ga 6:7. Ep 5:6. Col 2:8. 2 Th 2:10. James 1:16, 22. Re 12:9. 13:8-14. evil communications. or, evil company. or, associations. FS138C, +Ge 22:14. FS92H, +Ac 17:28. 1 Cor 5:6, 9, 10, 11. *Ge 13:12. 39:10, 12. *Ex 23:2. Le 11:24. Nu 11:4. 33:55. Dt 7:16. 20:8. Jsh 23:7. Ru 2:23. 1 K 11:2. 22:4. *2 Ch 13:7. +*2 Ch 19:2. Jb 31:1. 34:8. +*Ps 1:1. 26:4. 84:10. 106:35. +**Ps 119:63, 115. 141:4. **Pr 1:10, 11, 14, 15. 2:11, 12, 16, 19. 4:14. +*Pr 9:6. 12:11. **Pr 13:20. 16:29. 17:12. 20:19. +*Pr 22:5, 10, 24, 25. 23:6, 7, 20, 21. 28:7, 19. 29:24. Ec 9:18. +Je 10:2. Ezk 14:10n. Ho 4:9. +*Mt 15:14. 24:12, 13. Mk 13:5. Lk 22:55. Jn 18:18. Ro 6:19. 16:17, 18. 2 Cor 6:14, 15. Ga 2:13. *Ga 5:9. Ep 4:29. 5:11, 12. 1 Tim 5:22. 6:3-5, 9-11. *2 Tim 2:16-18. 3:2-4. +*He 12:15. *2 P 2:2, 18-20. corrupt. 1 Cor 3:17, 18. Le 14:36. 15:4, 20. Dt 20:18. Pr 22:25. manners. Gr. ēthos. Only here. In the plural, morals. A quotation from the Thais of Menander, an Athenian poet (CB). Judg 16:4. Joh 18:18, 25. Ac 17:22, 23, 28. Col 2:21. Titus 1:12.

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Daily Bible Nugget #326, Proverbs 9:6 Part 2

The Nugget:

Proverbs 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. (KJV)

Proverbs 9:6 Abandon your foolish ways so that you may live,
and proceed in the way of understanding. (NET Bible)

Proverbs 9:6 Give up the simple ones and have life, and go in the way of knowledge. (Basic English)

Proverbs 9:6 If you want to live, give up your foolishness and let understanding guide your steps. (CEV)

My Comment:

Consulting other translations of the Bible is helpful to increase understanding of statements in the book of Proverbs. Studying the cross references available for the verse under study is another way to dig much deeper into the connected truths of the Bible.

I took a closer look at my penciled note on the back of an envelope where I originally sketched out a series of three Bible passages I believe are must reads to help young people especially, but everyone else too, to correct a common failing or pitfall that can bring long lasting and extremely negative outcomes in life. My original note reads “Expand [the cross references for] Proverbs 9:6 and use for a ‘Daily Bible Nugget’ to help young people gain discernment to adopt the right friends.”

Only a day or so after I wrote Bible Nugget 325 on Proverbs 9:6 did I look at my original note. I did not follow my original plan for discussing and applying this verse, so here are my additional thoughts in line with my first intention.

Especially early in our life, while we are still young, it is important that we choose our friends wisely. One application of the command “Forsake the foolish” is to follow the directions in the Bible for choosing our friends. This may be a very sensitive area for some to consider.

I read a quotation very recently by a Canadian writer who said “It is better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction” (Diane Grant, Canadian playwright and screenwriter, cited in ASCD SmartBrief for 11-10-14). This relates directly to what the Bible teaches about standing alone in such verses as Exodus 23:2; 2 Chronicles 19:2; Esther 1:12; Psalm 101:4; 119:63; Proverbs 1:10; Daniel 1:8. Each of these verses makes for a most instructive cross reference Bible study.

When I was the sponsor of the Bible Discussion Club at Cass Technical High School in Detroit one of the young ladies who attended the club quite regularly asked my advice about how she should handle a rather uncomfortable situation she was facing. A young man became very interested in her, but she had good reason not to be interested in him. She wanted to be kind and maintain a testimony that was in every way honoring to the Lord Jesus Christ. She basically asked me, “Mr. Smith, how can I get rid of him?” I told her that is very easy. If he really does not have the commitment to Christ that you seek in a good friend, here is what to do. Invite him to come with you to solidly Christian events, like attending the Bible Discussion Club, coming to the morning prayer meetings, joining with you in active participation in spiritual activities at your church. I told her, if he does not have a real, solid commitment to Christ, but is simply wanting to come after you, you will know that is the case when he shows no solid, even increasing interest in such things. If I recall correctly, she thanked me for my advice, and not long after told me it worked. The last memory I have of her is that she went off to Moody Bible Institute to further study music.

I have told a number of Christian teenage girls, “You can do better than that,” rather than settle for less than God’s best by getting involved in a relationship with a young man who shows no solid evidence reflecting the proper commitment one should have to spiritual things. You must not suppose that you will pursue a relationship with the intention of “converting” the person. In terms of what the Bible teaches us, young ladies should seek out relationships with young men who clearly will exercise spiritual leadership in the home.

The same advice can be given to young men. Genuinely Christian young men are in rather short supply and harder to find, many Christian young ladies have told me. Young men should seek to invest their lives in a long term future permanent relationship only with a solidly Christian young lady who is committed to the Lord, who loves the Bible and Bible study, and who is on the same wavelength when it comes to compatibility of spiritual commitment to Christ and His written Word in the Bible.

Young men and young ladies have asked me over the years just where to find such committed Christians. You certainly won’t find them at a bar, at a “club,” or similar places where non-Christians like to gather. Rather, find committed Christians in a genuinely Bible believing, Bible teaching, soul winning local church in a fellowship group or Sunday school class.

If you do not know where to find such a church, try asking the staff or owner of a local Christian bookstore, or the staff or management of a local Christian radio station. They should be able to put you in contact with a suitable church environment where you can grow as a Christian, and make friends with the right kind of people who will be an encouragement in your life.

Finding “friends” at work or a secular school environment is not the best way to proceed unless such potential friends are clearly Biblically literate, vibrant Christians wholly committed to Christ.

We ought to be friendly to everyone. We ought to seek their good, and as the Lord provides the opportunity, seek to influence them to find faith in Christ and the Bible. It is good to have unsaved friends. Many otherwise fine Christians have isolated themselves from the world to such a degree that they have no impact on the lost. But the “world” is not the place to build permanent relationships. Secular friendships can sometimes prove disastrous, both in the short term and the long term (1 Corinthians 6:18, 19, 20; 2 Corinthians 6:14, 17). Satan can use them to greatly disrupt the direction our lives ultimately take. Yet God can bring ultimate victory out of such past mistakes if we learn from now on to make right choices by forsaking the foolish that we may live, and by going in the way of understanding as that way is informed by our study and application of the Bible to our lives.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 658 for Proverbs 9:6.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 701 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Proverbs 9:6.

(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:

Proverbs 9:6. Forsake. Pr 1:15. 2:12. 4:14, 15. 12:11. *Pr 13:20. +*Pr 22:3. 28:13. %Ge 38:1. +*Le 11:3. +*Le 19:17. Nu 13:30-33. 14:6-9, 38. Jsh 2:9-13. 6:25. Ru 1:16. 2:11, 12. 1 Sam 15:6. +**2 Ch 19:2. 20:37. Ps 26:4-6. 37:8. 45:10. 75:4. *Ps 101:4. +*Ps 119:115. Ho 7:11. +**Mt 15:14. Lk 22:55. Ac 2:40. 17:34. 19:19. 1 Cor 5:9. **+1 Cor 15:33. *2 Cor 6:17. Ep 2:13. 5:7, **Ep 5:11. Phil 1:13. 4:22. He 11:24-27, 31. **James 4:4. Re 18:4. the foolish. ver. Pr 9:4. Pr 1:22. 14:7. Jb 2:10. +*Ps 19:7. +*Titus 3:3. 1 P 2:15. and live. ver. Pr 9:11. Pr 4:4. 6:23. 7:2. +*Le 18:5. +**Is 55:3. +**Jn 10:10. go in the way. Pr 2:8, 20. 4:11, 18. 5:6. 8:20. **Pr 10:17. 11:19. 12:28. 15:10. 19:23. **Ps 1:1-3. 139:24. Is 26:7. Je 42:3. **Mt 7:13, +**Mt 7:14. Lk 1:79. 13:24. Ac 17:4. of understanding. ver. Pr 9:10. Pr 1:2. 2:3. 3:5, 6. *Pr 4:7. +*Pr 8:9. 19:25. Jb 28:28. +*Ps 119:99. Is 29:24.

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