Daily Bible Nugget #587, 1 Timothy 4:12

The Nugget:

1Ti 4:12  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

My Comment:

Paul encouraged Timothy to become an example of the believers about six things. The second thing Paul specified is that Timothy should be an example of the believers in conversationConversation is the word used by the King James translators to represent a word in the Greek text which means behavior. I was taught long ago that “conversation” in the KJV would be better represented in modern English by “manner of life.”

Does our manner of life bring honor to the Lord Jesus Christ? If not, then we must shape up and change our behavior!

Here are the cross references for in conversation as I have gathered them in The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury: 

in conversation. or, manner of life. Gr. anastrophē (S# G391, Gal 1:13). +*Jer 10:2, *Rom 12:2, Php 1:27, 1Th 1:5, 2Ti 3:10, Tit 2:12, Heb 13:7, +Jas 3:13, 1Pe 1:15; 1Pe 2:12; 1Pe 3:2, **2Pe 3:11, **1Jn 2:15, 16, 17.

The above cross references are “live links” and should automatically bring up each verse upon mouse-over. For those reading this site on a platform that does not display this feature, I have supplied the referenced texts below with some added comments.

Jeremiah 10:2
2  Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
King James Version

The Lord commanded the prophet Jeremiah to “Learn not the way of the heathen.” That is pertinent advice for every Bible-believing Christian today as well. We are to live according to what we are taught in the Bible, not according to what the surrounding society happens to favor at the moment. If your manner of life does not identify you as a Christian, then you are not living in a manner that Dr. Bob Jones, Senior aptly spoke of as being “show window material” for the Lord Jesus Christ. Just what is “show window material”? Years ago large downtown department stores had large windows, behind which the best of what they had for sale was displayed. That gave rise to the expression “I’m going window shopping,” which meant you were taking a good walk along Woodward Avenue in Detroit, for example, to view the featured displays. It also was a term which meant that you were just looking, not intending to immediately make a purchase. The point is, our lives must reflect positively upon our Lord Jesus Christ at all times. We are to represent Him well by all we say and do.

Romans 12:2
2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
King James Version

The Bible is clear. We are not to be conformed to this world. Our values, our focus, our purpose, our way of living, is to be patterned after the principles taught by our Lord Jesus Christ, not the values and motivations and behavior of the “in crowd” or the world around us. We have a much higher calling.

Philippians 1:27
27  Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
King James Version

Even when we think no one is looking, we are to always follow a manner of life or life-style that honors and is in accordance with the gospel of Christ.

1 Thessalonians 1:5
5  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
King James Version

If you have really got hold of the gospel, or better, the gospel has got hold of you, your life will exhibit or show forth the power of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit in your life. If this is not happening, you do not yet have the real thing. To get the real thing, keep reading your New Testament daily until it makes a difference in your life.

2 Timothy 3:10
10  But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
King James Version

Paul could confidently assert to Timothy that Timothy knew by Paul’s manner of life, and so well knew the validity of Paul’s doctrine or teaching and his full display of the listed spiritual qualities. If you are following Christ the way Paul advocated, others will see these things in your life too.

Titus 2:12
12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
King James Version

If we follow the teaching of the New Testament, we will live a life that denies ungodliness and worldly lusts. We will live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. We will live a life of holiness, an absolute requirement for salvation, according to Hebrews 12:14.

Hebrews 13:7
7  Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
King James Version

One of the major problems I have seen in many churches today is a lack of living examples for new or younger Christians to follow. I was fortunate enough as a young person to have examples, good examples, of others around me who demonstrated Christian commitment and maturity. I looked up to them and worked to reach their level of Bible knowledge and understanding and commitment to Christ. When such examples are missing, this represents a devastating loss and hindrance to the outreach of the Gospel of Christ. Nevertheless, even lacking such living examples, we all can reach toward the goal Christ has set before us by reading and studying and then applying His Word as recorded in the Bible.

James 3:13
13  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
King James Version

1 Peter 1:15
15  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
King James Version

Notice that Peter stresses the importance of holiness in everything we do.

1 Peter 2:12
12  Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
King James Version

Live such a careful, positive, exemplary life before others that they will have no basis to honestly speak against you.

1 Peter 3:2
2  While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
King James Version

Your life should be an example of reverence, of godliness, of absolute moral purity. We must not engage in behaviors characteristic of society and the world around us, such as premarital sex, and any other unchaste behavior or speech.

2 Peter 3:11
11  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
King James Version

2 Peter 3:11 is a very interesting verse in Bible prophecy. Peter’s prediction is largely misunderstood today. Peter is speaking of the utter destruction of wicked men, not the total destruction of this physical planet, as anyone can verify by carefully studying the context (2 Peter 3:7), and most importantly, the predictions Peter makes reference to found in the Old Testament. In any case, the return of our Lord Jesus Christ for those who believe in Him will be unannounced. It will be sudden. The point is, we do not want to be caught by surprise at His return, doing anything or living in a manner displeasing to Him.

1 John 2:15-17
15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
King James Version

In his first letter, John speaks very plainly about what our focus should be: doing the will of God. We must not be so caught up in the affairs and pleasures of this world that we choose to live a lifestyle that is not pleasing to Him.

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #586, 1 Timothy 4:12

The Nugget:

1Ti 4:12  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

My Comment:

Paul urged Timothy to become an example of the believers in six things. The first of these qualities that Paul mentions is to become an example in word.

Here are the cross references–links to other statements in the Bible that address the same or a closely related subject–as I have given them in The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury: 

in word. Pro 15:26, Mat 12:34, 35, 36, 37, *2Co 6:4-17, Eph 5:12, **Php 4:8, +*Col 4:6, *2Ti 2:22, Tit 2:8, Jas 3:13; Jas 3:17, +*2Pe 1:5, 6, 7, 8.

The Bible references above are “live links” and on many platforms will display the text upon mouse-over.

For the benefit of those who may not have access to the live links, I will present several of the verses below:

Proverbs 15:26
26  The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
King James Version

Matthew 12:34-37
34  O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
King James Version

Ephesians 5:12
12  For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
King James Version

Philippians 4:8
8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
King James Version

Colossians 4:6
6  Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
King James Version

2 Timothy 2:22
22  Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
King James Version

Titus 2:8
8  Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
King James Version

James 3:13
13  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
King James Version

James 3:17
17  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
King James Version

2 Peter 1:5-8
5  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
King James Version

Be sure to read and re-read and then consistently follow the teaching of the above verses so that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. It would be a great tragedy with eternally unpleasant consequences for anyone to fail to heed this spiritual advice given directly in the words of Scripture.

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Daily Bible Nugget #585, 1 Timothy 4:12

The Nugget:

1Ti 4:12  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (KJV)

1Ti 4:12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. (ESV, English Standard Version)

1Ti 4:12  Don’t let anyone look down on you for being young. Instead, make your speech, behavior, love, faith, and purity an example for other believers. (GW, God’s Word translation)

1Ti 4:12 Don’t let anyone make fun of you, just because you are young. Set an example for other followers by what you say and do, as well as by your love, faith, and purity. (CEV, Contemporary English Version)

1Ti 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an ensample to them that believe, in word, in manner of life, in love, in faith, in purity. (ASV, American Standard Version)

1Ti 4:12 Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in your speech, conduct, love, faithfulness, and purity. (NET Bible)

1Ti 4:12 Let no one make little of you because you are young, but be an example to the church in word, in behaviour, in love, in faith, in holy living. (BBE, Bible in Basic English)

1Ti 4:12 Let, no one, despise, thy youth, but, an ensample, become thou of the faithful, – in discourse, in behaviour, in love, in faith, in chastity. (EB, Emphasized Bible, Rotherham translation)

My Comment:

I remember hearing Dr. Bob Jones, Senior say that we as believers are to be “show window material for Jesus Christ.” The Apostle Paul, in his instructions to Timothy, encouraged Timothy to be an example of and to the believers in his day, and he told Timothy how to do it by specifying what to focus on in his life.

Those suggestions, really, commandments, are as valid for each of us today as they were then for Timothy.

Does your life measure up to this standard? If not, it is time to shape up!

Meditate on and study 1 Timothy 4:12 from the eight English translations I have cited above. Notice that each translation sheds more light on the meaning of the original Greek text.

Paul encouraged Timothy to be an example of the believers:

(1) in word:  in speech, in discourse

(2) in conversation: in conduct, in behavior, in what you do, in manner of life

(3) in charity: in love

(4) in purity: in holy living, in chastity

Now, if you have been reading this carefully and with sensitiveness, you should see the truth of what I have said several times before, that it is good to read and study from all Bible translations, for each translation conveys, often uniquely, the sense of the original text. No one translation captures the full sense of the original text.

The next step in studying 1 Timothy 4:12 in my best judgment is to consider carefully the cross references available that shed further light on the text from what the rest of the Bible has to say. More on  that next time.

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Daily Bible Nugget #584, Psalm 94:16

The Nugget:

Psa 94:16  Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? (KJV)

Psa 94:16 Who will stand up for me against those cruel people? (CEV, Contemporary English Version)

Psa 94:16  Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Who will stand by my side against troublemakers? (God’s Word translation)

My Comment:

David tells us the source of his help in the very next verse:

Psa 94:17  If the LORD had not come to help me, my soul would have quickly fallen silent in death. (GW)

I have placed the following chapter headnote for Psalm 94 in The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury (which can be displayed in eSword by clicking on the “C” icon for “Chapter Notes”):

The Psalmist calls on God to take vengeance on the persecutors of his people, 1-4, He complains of their cruelty and impiety, and sharply reproves their atheistical folly, 5-11, He shows the benefits of affliction, attended by divine teaching; and the security of God’s people, 12-15, He calls for helpers against evil doers; declares his experience of God’s goodness, and foretells the destruction of persecutors, 16-23.

(Title.) A.M. 3416, B.C. 588, Note: Dr. Delaney supposes that this Psalm was written by David on occasion of his war with the Ammonites, in consequence of the indignities shown to his messengers; but it is more probable that it was written to bewail the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple.

Here are the cross references from The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury (which will be displayed in eSword by clicking on the “V” icon for “Verse Notes”):

Psalms 94:16

rise up. Exo 32:26, 27, 28, 29, Num 25:6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, Jdg 5:23, 1Ki 18:39, 40, 2Ki 9:32; 2Ki 10:15, Isa 59:16, 17, 18, 19; Isa 63:5, Jer 5:1, **Eze 22:30, Mat 12:30, 3Jn 1:8.

stand up. Neh 5:7, Jer 26:16, 17, 18, 19, Joh 7:50, 51, *2Ti 4:10; *2Ti 4:11.

against the workers. Luk 12:46.

Notice that under the keywords “rise up” that the reference to Ezekiel 22:30 is marked by a double asterisk, the symbol I have used to emphasize particularly clear and important references that should not be missed:

Ezekiel 22:30
30  And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
King James Version

Today we have much lawlessness taking place in the form of violent protests, destruction of property, serious injury of police officers whether local, state, or federal, three I read were permanently and totally blinded by having lasers beamed directly at their eyes.

Those who are participating in such lawlessness are not doing so for a righteous cause. No Bible-believing Christian, no conservative, no patriot, should lend any form of support for such groups or their activities:

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. (KJV)

2Ch 19:2 But the prophet Jehu son of Hanani met him and said: By helping that wicked Ahab, you have made friends with someone who hates the LORD. Now the LORD God is angry at you! (CEV)

2Ch 19:2  Jehu, son of the seer Hanani, asked King Jehoshaphat, “Why do you help wicked people and love those who hate the LORD? The LORD’S anger is directed toward you because you have done this. (GW)

By the numbers alone, in this country Christians, conservatives, and patriots far outnumber those who are currently raising havoc throughout this land. We are reaping the reward of our failure to win souls to our Lord Jesus Christ (Proverbs 11:30; Luke 19:10; Acts 1:8). We are reaping the reward of our failure to teach others how to win souls to Christ. We are reaping the reward of our failure to carefully study the Bible ourselves and our failure to encourage others to do likewise. It is time for Christians to wake up and stand up for the Gospel of Christ:

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

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Daily Bible Nugget #583, Psalm 94:20

The Nugget:

Psalm 94:20  Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? (KJV)

Psa 94:20 Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statute? (ESV, English Standard Version)

Psa 94:20  Are wicked rulers who use the law to do unlawful things able to be your partners?
Psa 94:21  They join forces to take the lives of righteous people. They condemn innocent people to death. (GW, God’s Word translation)

Psa 94:20 But you are opposed to dishonest lawmakers
Psa 94:21 who gang up to murder innocent victims. (CEV, Contemporary English Version)

Psa 94:20 Cruel rulers are not your allies,
those who make oppressive laws.
Psa 94:21 They conspire against the blameless,
and condemn to death the innocent. (NET Bible)

My Comment:

The possible application of these verses to contemporary affairs and concerns, such as locking down the economy by the executive order of state governors during this so-called Covid-19 crisis, is too obvious to require further comment by me.

These passages also apply to other events of our day, such as President Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s jail sentence. If you have carefully followed the events related to this, as I have, you will be pleased by President Trump’s compassionate and timely action. If you strongly believe otherwise, in my opinion I believe you have too readily swallowed the propaganda of the corporate media giants who often do not report the news, but rather editorialize upon the news, usually twisting the alleged facts to discredit President Trump every chance they get. Such consistent bias against the President is the very definition of propaganda.

We have recent generations of college graduates who have been systematically taught biased, slanted, information about our past history. The focus is upon victimhood and divisive, one-sided presentation of American history. I encountered this tendency in the field of education beginning in the 1960s when I taught English at Cass Technical High School. Our literature textbook, Insights into Literature, with such great classic short stories such as Anton Chekov’s story “The Bet,” was shelved and replaced with a series of paperbacks. That textbook also contained E. B. White’s essay “Freedom,” a most important subject to be taught deeply to students. My brighter students complained that they had actually read those replacement slender textbooks in middle school, and they resented having to use the material again in high school. I agreed with them. I typed up some of the most significant pieces of literature from Insights into Literature as reading selections to supplement the newly required slender paperback volumes so that some of my students, when they finished the regular assignment, could do extra reading of a more sophisticated nature, rather than dumbing down the curriculum entirely. I learned, many years later in the late 1990’s, that the literature featured in Insights into Literature were the stories being read in local college literature courses.

I was also told, when teaching the course Early American Literature, not to focus much attention on our nation’s earliest literature. I chose to do otherwise. Poetry by Phillis Wheatley (which I supplemented by presenting more of her poetry than was given in our textbook), the writings of William Bradford, leader of the Pilgrims, and the writings and wisdom of Benjamin Franklin and his bitter criticism of Thomas Paine’s work, Age of Reason, and much more furnished a  solid basis to ground student understanding of the ideas behind the founding of our nation.

In the late 1970s and 1980s I was once again given the suggestion that I should not focus on the Colonial Period of our nation’s history in my course in American History, but rather focus on more recent periods in our history. Once again, that is not the advice I chose to follow. To understand the United States of America, to understand the Constitution, to understand what American government ought to be in the vision of the founders of this nation, students must be thoroughly taught about these things.

Now, we see the fruit of neglecting our early American literature and history almost daily in the news. We see efforts and arguments about the Electoral College, with some of the loudest voices favoring the elimination of that antique relic of our past. When students have not been thoroughly taught the history behind the creation of the Electoral College, they ignorantly join the chorus of voices against it. We see young people defacing, toppling, and destroying our national monuments. They must not have been in Mr. Smith’s classes where they surely would have learned that those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it.

With the recent trend in events, we are surely headed for more, not less, repression and oppression “on the anvil of Law.” It is time that we take time to read and study the Bible. It is time that we re-acquaint ourselves with genuine history. If we don’t, we will experience some very undesirable consequences, if I read my Bible correctly.

Notes on Psalm 94:20 from The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury for deeper study:

Psalm 94:20  Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

Psalms 94:20

throne of iniquity. Heb. havvah, cupidity. FS121C1D, Exo_6:6, Iniquity put by the Figure Metonymy (of Cause) for the injustice produced by desire for gain. Psa 94:3, 4, 5, 6, %Psa 47:8; *Psa 52:1; *Psa 52:2; Psa 56:7; *Psa 82:1; *Psa 82:2; Psa 140:8, *1Sa 22:17, 18, 19, 1Ki 21:2, 3, Ecc 3:16; +*Ecc 5:8, Jer 22:30, Eze 33:26, Dan 11:36, 37, 38, 39, *Amos 6:3, Joh 19:13.

fellowship. So as to divide men’s allegiance with Thee (Kay). Gen 49:6, +*2Ch 19:2, +*Psa 1:1; +*Psa 5:4; +**Psa 119:63, *Isa 1:11-20, *Jer 7:4-11, Joh 18:28, **2Co 6:14, 15, 16, **Eph 5:11, *1Jn 1:5; *1Jn 1:6.

frameth. or, forgeth. Al-choq; as if they hammered out their systematic oppression on the anvil of Law;—or, as if Law were the cast or mold, by which they gave shape to their iniquitous policy (Kay). Deut 24:17, +*1Ki 21:9; +*1Ki 21:12, Mat 26:3; Mat 26:59, +*2Th 1:6.

mischief. Psa 58:2, Exo 1:17, +*1Ki 12:32, *Est 3:6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, *Isa 10:1, *Dan 3:4, 5, 6, 7; *Dan 6:7, 8, 9, Amos 6:12, Mic 6:16, +**Joh 7:24; Joh 8:15; *Joh 9:22; *Joh 11:57, Act 16:37; Act 22:3; Act 26:12, *Rev 13:15, 16, 17.

by a law. Isa 10:1, 2, Dan 2:13; Dan 3:10; Dan 6:15, +*Hab 1:4, *Act 4:17; *Act 4:18, Rev 13:11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18.

A Phillis Wheatley poem I shared with my students:

On Being Brought from Africa to America

‘Twas mercy brought me from my pagan land
Taught by my benighted soul to understand
That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view that sable race with scornful eye:
“Their colour is a diabolic dye.”
Remember, Christians, Negroes black as Cain
May be refined and join the angelic strain.

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Daily Bible Nugget #582, Proverbs 12:26

The Nugget:

Proverbs 12:26  The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them. (KJV)

Pro 12:26 The righteous person is cautious in his friendship,
but the way of the wicked leads them astray. (NET Bible)

Pro 12:26 You are better off to do right, than to lose your way by doing wrong. (CEV, Contemporary English Bible)

Pro 12:26  A righteous person looks out for his neighbor, but the path of wicked people leads others astray. (God’s Word translation)

Pro 12:26 The righteous searcheth his companion, And the way of the wicked causeth them to err. (Young’s Literal Translation)

Proverbs 12:26 A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. (NIV, New International Version, 1984)

My Comment:

One of my study Bibles had a footnote about Proverbs 12:26. It said something like “the meaning of the Hebrew text is uncertain.”

That may be one underlying reason for the varied way Proverbs 12:26 has been translated into English.

I think the point of this proverb is that the righteous person searches very carefully for the right people to be close friends with. He has to be careful because friendship with a wicked person may lead the righteous person astray.

You must seek the right friends in the right places. Just because a friend goes to church is not sufficient grounds for close friendship. You must seek out mature Christians that are firmly grounded in God’s Word through habits of regular personal Bible study (not merely reading). Seek friends who are focused on continuing to grow in their relationship with Christ.

If you attend a Bible-teaching, Bible-believing church that has a young adult or college and career age Sunday school class or youth group, that may be the best place to find Christian friends and a future marriage partner.

If you, yourself, are not solidly grounded in your Christian faith, you will benefit greatly by consistently taking steps to reach that goal. The first step in doing that is to read God’s Word enough to make a difference in your life. Research shows that reading the Bible four or more days a week is the key. I think it best to read God’s Word every day. Begin by reading the New Testament through from Matthew to Revelation several times. For me, I saw the light during my third time through. When I was in high school, I told my friends “Three chapters a day keeps the Devil away.” Well, that may not be the most accurate way to suggest that you read enough of the Bible to make a difference in your life, but it surely is a good start.

I also benefited by reading individual Bible books through repeatedly. I especially liked the shorter letters of Paul, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians.

I read the book of Proverbs regularly, reading the chapter number that corresponded with that day’s date, so finishing the book once a month. I also read the book of Psalms.

When you get into God’s Word deeply enough, you will learn what His will is about many things. That will guide your life along the right path so you don’t end up making too many foolish mistakes. But even if you have made some mistakes along the way, God is a forgiving God. Repent, and ask Him for forgiveness, and for the strength and wisdom to not continue to go astray in the future.

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Daily Bible Nugget #581, Exodus 20:15

The Nugget:

Exodus 20:15  Thou shalt not steal. (KJV)

Exo 20:15  “Never steal.” (GW, God’s Word translation)

Exo 20:15 Do not take the property of another. (BBE, Bible in Basic English)

My Comment:

I have been reading yet again a book I have, titled A Lawyer Examines the Bible by Irwin H. Linton, published in 1943 and reprinted by Baker Book House in 1969 or 1970. Let me share a portion about the Eighth Commandment from Appendix F on page 246. Appendix F reproduces a professor’s objections to the Ten Commandments titled “Demolishing the Ten Commandments in Ten Minutes” by Dan Gilbert and I. H. Linton.

“VIII. Thou shalt not steal.

The Professor: The commandment against theft is meaningless, from a moral standpoint. Pilate may well have asked, ‘What is theft?’

“Proudhon said, with much truth, that ‘Property is theft.’

“The commandment against theft of property, therefore, simply functions to prevent the people from taking back from the capitalists and the exploiters the property which the latter stole in the first place. Hence, it is a means of perpetuating injustice.

“Under it, the man who has stolen a lot of property and got away with it is permitted to keep his ill-gotten gains. And if we try to take them away from him, then our worthy clergy call us ‘Communists,’ and demand that we stop violating their precious Decalogue.

“There never will be social justice in this world until this Commandment is tossed on the scrap-heap.”

Mr. Linton: How could society exist for a day if the ‘truth’ announced by somebody named Proudhon were acted on, and if one kept possession and use of only what his hands could hold while he was awake to retain it?

“Is every  article of property possessed by every man ‘stolen property’?

“Are the professor’s own hat and pants stolen property, and are they proper subjects for sudden, violent, and embarrassing change of possession at any moment?

“If there is a single honestly acquired thing anywhere, there is use for this commandment.

“Would theft be a good thing if a ‘capitalist’ (anyone who has not spent all his wages) took something from a proletarian? What’s to protect the property of proletarians when all is in their hands if there is no rule or practice against theft?

“Surely the merry device invented by George Bernard Shaw of ‘making the worse appear the better reason,’ of standing moral things on their heads with a serio-comic attempt to make such an attitude plausible, seldom had a more absurd reductio ad absurdum than the professor’s solemn, oracular ‘demolishing’ of the Eighth Commandment.”

My application in this day and time:

The nonsense of liberal, actually Communist, professors has not changed since Linton included this Appendix F in his valuable book’s revision in 1943. The nonsense in the news of today (June, 2020) just continues to reflect the widespread indoctrination in the political science departments of our colleges and universities. The outcome is plain to see as young people and some of their elders engage with approval in violence, rioting, protests, and looting (stealing!) today.

I saw a headline yesterday about Dr. Fauci lamenting the ordinary citizen’s distrust of science and unwillingness to follow the directives of authorities. He has no license to complain, given his waffling opinions (January, masks are not needed; June, masks are needed now) and conflicts of interest (he is fully invested in the vaccine and pharmaceutical industry along with Bill Gates, even though such a conflict of interest is strictly against federal law). He is the one who finagled a way to fund the Wuhan, China laboratory (the source of the Communist Chinese Covid-19 virus leak), right when such funding was made illegal by federal law.  Is it any wonder that the informed citizen has very good reason to distrust today’s so-called science? If any industry is guilty of theft of our individual and national wealth it is the medical/pharmaceutical industry’s monopolistic high cost to our economy of one dollar out of every five.

Agenda-driven science is not science at all, but monopolistic greed, which surely violates the Eighth Commandment.

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #580, Isaiah 1:17

The Nugget:

Isa 1:17  Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. (KJV)

Isa 1:17 Learn to do what is right!
Promote justice!
Give the oppressed reason to celebrate!
Take up the cause of the orphan!
Defend the rights of the widow! (NET Bible)

Isa 1:17  learn to do well; diligently seek judgment, deliver him that is suffering wrong, plead for the orphan, and obtain justice for the widow. (LXX, Brenton translation)

Isa 1:17  Learn to do good. Seek justice. Arrest oppressors. Defend orphans. Plead the case of widows.” (GW, God’s Word translation)

Isa 1:15 “No matter how much you pray, I won’t listen. You are too violent.
Isa 1:16 Wash yourselves clean! I am disgusted with your filthy deeds. Stop doing wrong
Isa 1:17 and learn to live right. See that justice is done. Defend widows and orphans and help those in need.” (CEV, Contemporary English Version)

My Comment:

Resorting to lies and violence is utterly reprehensible. At this present time flagrant lies passing as news reports that are merely agenda-driven propaganda for a particular political party have led to violence.

God does not look favorably upon violence:

Gen 6:5  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Gen 6:11  The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

The Bible records that God sent the great flood of Noah’s time to destroy all human life that was upon this earth because of the violence and wickedness prevalent in society at that time.

Jesus spoke of the wickedness and evil of Noah’s day:

Luk_17:26  And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

Mat 24:37  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Jesus has told us that at the time of His return the world will be evil just as it was in Noah’s day.

The Bible declares that those who practice evil will reap the unfortunate reward it brings:

Num 32:23  But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

When the Bible declares that the wages of sin is death, physical death is not the penalty, rather, the reference is to spiritual death.

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Daily Bible Nugget #579, Psalm 119:63

The Nugget:

Psa 119:63  I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts. (KJV)

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

Psa 119:63  I am a friend to everyone who fears you and to everyone who follows your guiding principles. (GW)

My Comment:

Sometimes I know there is a very important verse in the Bible but I don’t remember any of the specific words in the verse. I cannot find the verse with a concordance or otherwise do a search for the verse.

How can I find the verse?

I use either The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge or The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury. I turn to a verse which I do remember that is on the same general subject, and will almost always find a cross reference to the verse I am hunting for.

In this case, I was looking for an important verse about choosing the right friends.

Here is the verse I wanted:

1Co 15:33  Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

In the King James Version this verse is not very clear at all. Reading it in a modern English translation clarifies the meaning:

1Co 15:33  Don’t let anyone deceive you. Associating with bad people will ruin decent people. (GW)

I found that verse by looking up Psalm 119:63 where the cross reference to 1 Corinthians 15:33 is given for the key words “a companion.”

I may have written about this before at Daily Bible Nugget #327, where I shared the associated cross references.

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Daily Bible Nugget #578, Proverbs 5:6

The Nugget:

Pro 5:6  Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them. (KJV)

Pro 5:6 So that she findeth not the level path of life: Her ways are unstable, and she knoweth it not. (ASV, American Standard Version)

Pro 5:6 She never keeps her mind on the road of life; her ways are uncertain, she has no knowledge. (Bible in Basic English)

Pro 5:6 Lest she should ponder the path of life, her ways wander, she knoweth not whither. (Darby)

Pro 5:6 she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it. (ESV)

Pro 5:6 Lest she should make level the path leading to life,
her paths are unstable but she does not know it. (NET Bible)

My Comment:

In Proverbs the father is warning his son about the dangers of associating with wayward and unstable women.

It is often the case in the Bible that warnings addressed to young men are equally appropriate for young women. Young women need to beware of the dangers of associating with or committing themselves to young men who are unstable, that is, not able to make firm decisions about their life path that would better themselves or secure a stable spiritual and financial future.

I had never noticed, until yesterday, that Proverbs 5:6 in the KJV, “her ways are moveable,” is rendered in many other English translations, “her ways are unstable.”

That means I will need to add a cross reference at Proverbs 5:6 for the words are moveable or, unstable to James 1:8,

Jas 1:8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (KJV)

Jas 1:8  A person who has doubts is thinking about two different things at the same time and can’t make up his mind about anything. (GW, God’s Word translation)

Jas 1:7, 8 If you are that kind of person, you can’t make up your mind, and you surely can’t be trusted. So don’t expect the Lord to give you anything at all. (CEV, Contemporary English Version)

I noticed, many years ago, that when I was involved in a neighborhood church in Southwest Detroit, many adults were unable or unwilling to make a firm commitment to take a position of responsibility or leadership in the church. They found it very hard to make any future-oriented decisions or commitments. This seemed to be a cultural trait that was difficult to overcome or remedy. Some, over time, as they grew in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18) made progress in their reliability and dependability.

Hidden away among the helpful cross references given for James 1:8 for the word unstable is the reference to 2 Corinthians 12:20, 21,

2Co 12:20  For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
2Co 12:21  And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed. (KJV)

2Co 12:21 I am afraid God will make me ashamed when I visit you again. I will feel like crying because many of you have never given up your old sins. You are still doing things that are immoral, indecent, and shameful. (CEV)

2Co 12:21  I’m afraid that when I come to you again, my God may humble me. I may have to grieve over many who formerly led sinful lives and have not changed the way they think and act about the perversion, sexual sins, and promiscuity in which they have been involved. (GW)

I think the key to solve this problem for any person who is serious about their faith in Christ is to gain spiritual strength from what is taught in 2 Timothy 1:7,

2Ti 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2Ti 1:7  God didn’t give us a cowardly spirit but a spirit of power, love, and good judgment. (GW)

2Ti 1:7 God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control. (CEV)

The experience of every truly saved person should conform to Titus 2:11-14,

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Tit 2:12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Tit 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (KJV)

Tit 2:11  After all, God’s saving kindness has appeared for the benefit of all people.
Tit 2:12  It trains us to avoid ungodly lives filled with worldly desires so that we can live self-controlled, moral, and godly lives in this present world.
Tit 2:13  At the same time we can expect what we hope for-the appearance of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Tit 2:14  He gave himself for us to set us free from every sin and to cleanse us so that we can be his special people who are enthusiastic about doing good things. (GW)

Tit 2:11 God has shown us how kind he is by coming to save all people.
Tit 2:12 He taught us to give up our wicked ways and our worldly desires and to live decent and honest lives in this world.
Tit 2:13 We are filled with hope, as we wait for the glorious return of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Tit 2:14 He gave himself to rescue us from everything that is evil and to make our hearts pure. He wanted us to be his own people and to be eager to do right. (CEV)

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