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Aug. 19th, 2012

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Proverbs 3

(1-8) My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

In these first few verses it's talking about trusting in God's wisdom and not trying to use your own. If you trust in God's wisdom your life will be long and happy.

(9-18) Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

In these next verses it talks about all the things you can gain by following the wisdom of God. It talks about how you will once again be happy and have long life. It also talks about how you will be prosperous. It makes a lot of sense because if you live your life with wisdom and arm yourself with knowldge you will be able to make good decisions leading you to these things.

(19-26) The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

This talks about how God used wisdom and knowldge to create the heavens and the earth. We see this all the time through how intricately everything works together. Ecosystems, the human body, weather, the solar system, etc. We should strive to be like God in all ways possible and one of those ways is by gaining wisdom and intelligence. It also talks about how wisdom and knowledge can give you security so that you don't have to fear for things.

(27-35) Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm. Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous. The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools

This talks about not being stingy with the things you have. It says if someone deserves something you shouldn't hold it back when you have the ability to do it. When someone needs something and you have it, you shouldn't tell them to go away and come another time if you have it. Don't spread evil/falsehoods about someone simply because you are jealous of what they have. Don't fight with someone if they have never done anything to you to cause it. Don't look up to violent, evil people and don't try and imitate them. God will bless those who follow wisdom, not fools.

Jul. 29th, 2012

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Proverbs 2 Continued

(10-15) When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:

Whem you finally allow wisdom into your heart and you are enjoying learning, the knowledge and understand that you gain will guard you. It then goes on to describe what you will be guarded against. It says you will be guarded against the path of evil and from those who speak "froward" things which translated to "a perversity or fraud." You will be guarded against those who leave the righteous way of living for evil. Those who enjoy evil, perverse things. Those who are living distorted perverse lives.

(16-22) To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

This part talks about turning away from adultery and not giving into a woman who tries to seduce you. This woman is described as having known of God in her youth but she has turned away from him since then. Once you go down that road you can't turn back. Once you have commited adultery everything changes. He then goes back to talking about wisdom and knowledge. It will help you to walk a righteous path. He says the "upright shall dwell in the land" and this is talking about earth itself. When I first read it I thought maybe it was talking about heaven but when I read the lexicon and definitions it is talking about earth. It says that the righteous will dwell on earth and the evil people will be taken away from it.

I have gotten to a very angry place in my life right now. I am angry all the time. I get upset by so many things. I want to regain the peace that comes with reading God's Word. I miss it.

May. 7th, 2010

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If there's one thing I know it's that spiritually I have kinda lost my way and that I truely need to find it again.

Mar. 24th, 2009

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Proverbs 2

(1-5) My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

I like this section because it tells you that you really have to work at it. God isn't gonna just pump your brain full of knowledge. And it relates knowledge to treasure. And that's so true. When you read the Bible the things you learn are like pieces of treasure. Every time you read the Bible you learn something new and exciting about God or the world in general.

(6-9)For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.

This talks about how God gives wisdom and his words provide us with knowledge and understanding. It also calls him the "buckler" or protector for the righteous. This section really stresses that if we walk in his ways he will protect us. Finally it tells us that if we seek this knowledge and wisdom and gain understanding we will be able to understand three things: righteousness (morally right), judgment (divine law), and equity (fairness).

Mar. 22nd, 2009

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Psalms 1

(1-6) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

This Pslam is also a lot like the book of first book of Proverbs I recently posted about. It talks about not being influencd by the ungodly. It talks about delighting in God's Word and studying it day and night. There is great importance in knowing God's Word. We're so lucky to have an entire book of His Words right at our fingertips. I know my family for one has tons of Bible's laying around the house. My sister has 4. And she lives by herself. We take this for granted for so much and I know I am very guilty of it. I don't read God's word nearly as much as I should. Not anywhere near as much as I should. I should be reading every day and I hardly read once a week. Its something I really need to work on.

It goes on to tell you the benefits of reading God's Word. It says you'll be prosperous. It gives the analogy of a tree. It relates the the ungodly to "chaff" driven away by the wind. This is the outer casing or husk of a grain. They throw everything up into the air and the husk is blown away because it's so light and the grain falls back down because it's heavy. So they are the unusable husk, when in contrast the righteous are the very useful fruit trees.

It finishes by saying that the ungodly will not stand with the righteous on judgement day, they will perish and will not get to go to heaven.

Mar. 5th, 2009

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Proverbs 1 Continued

(17-19) Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

It says that if you throw down a trap (the nest) in front of a bird it's in vain. As in, if you show visible danger right in front of someone they should know to stay away. But sinners dont care and they just continue to sin, but they are only ruining their own lives with their greed.

(20-33) Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

The first thing I love about this passage is that wisdom is personified as a woman. Just thought that was very interesting, especially since the Bible uses predominately male pronouns. Anyway, It says that wisdom cries without, not hidden in a small place, but in the CHIEF place: publicly. She questions how long people are going to wallow in and love their ignorance. It says that we should turn back from sin at her reproof. That if we just turn from sin wisdom will help us understand. It says that the sinners continually turn away from wisdom and dont listen to the reproofs of God. I think when it talks about the calamity coming that its talking about Hell. That once they get into Hell they will call out to God but it will be too late. I love the last part though. "But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil." That gives me a lot of peace.

Feb. 28th, 2009



Psalm 3

Psalm 23
Victory in the face of defeat

(V. 1, 2) Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

King David sang this psalm to the Lord as he rested on the Mount of Olives. His son, Absalom, had created a conspiracy against him and had turned Jerusalem against him, and Absalom saught to murder his father with with false justification so that no one would contest it. This is taking place long after David had Uriah murdered and stole his wife. It is personally encouraging to see that he refuses to give in to those around him who are laughing at his faith in God and saying that God will not help him through this.

(v. 3 - 6) But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

Here is David's assurance in God. Such strong faith from someone who ran so far from Him! He has no doubt in his mind that God will leave him to suffer through this hell that he is facing. Running and hiding so that his own son won't murder him. He gives honor and Glory to God and claims His promises to never leave us or forsake us when we cry to Him. I love that he speaks of how he sleeps and awakes because the Lord is there, protecting him, watching over him, and giving him the simple peace to be able to sleep amidst all this trouble.

(V. 7, 8) Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Finally we have his desires of God, he requests deliverance, the same deliverance he has seen God give to Godly men and women. The ungodly can't stand against Christians while the Lord is on our side. David's faith is astounding to me, it would seem clear that this trouble has come upon him because of the sin he committed with Uriah and Bathsheba, and it would be only fitting (for me) to assume that death by Absalom's hands was inevitable and repayment for that sin. But David has such faith that be truly believes that God is going to save him and deliver him, He claims God's promises, and God does deliver him. Oh to have the faith of King David!

Feb. 24th, 2009

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Proverbs 1

(1-4) The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

Solomons reasons for writing the proverbs in the first place. Learning is a process. I like how it says "to know wisdom and instruction" because wisdom is things you learn on your own from your own experiences. Your common sense so to speak. Instruction is what you learn from other people, what other people tell you. So you have to combine both those things. He wants you to be able to become aware of wisdom and learn how decern right from wrong. By learning you can gain refinement and wit. He wants to teach the young both knowledge and discretion or discernment. By gaining wisdom/knowledge, you can learn to decide between what is right and what is wrong.

(5-6) A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

The part that got me the most here was "dark sayings". But I looked up what it meant on scripturetext.com I like that site because it has the vers on one side in many different versions and then on the other it breaks down the phrases into their original lexicon and gives the meanings of the phrases. It says on there that "dark sayings" is the word "chiydah" which means "a puzzle, hence, a trick, conundrum, sententious maxim -- dark saying (sentence, speech), hard question, proverb, riddle.;" So basically what these two verses are saying is that if you're a wise person you will listen and learn. And an intelligent person will listen to good advice. This will help to understand the proverbs and what they mean. If you pay attention and learn you'll be able to decipher the meanings/riddles within the proverbs.

(7) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

This verse has always been very ominous to me. The first time I ever heard/remember hearing it was when we were doing a play at church. And its always seemed ominous. I think it has to do with it using the word fools because thats like a big diss in the Bible. Reading the meanings behind the words really helped me with this one. Fear=reverence and despise=disrespect. So its basically saying that understanding how amazing God is and repecting that is the beginning of true knowledge, but foolish men disrespect both wisdom (their own experiences) and instruction (what other people teach them).

(8-9) My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

This is pretty self explanitory. He's telling you to listen to and obey your parents. If you do this people will be able to see it outwardly and it will be a good thing.

(10-16)My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

This is warning us not to give into temptation and not to follow sinners. Then it goes on to describe what these sinners do. They are just vile people. But even though they're saying that they're going to do evil things they are also talking about the gains they will have. "precious substance" and "spoil". People use stuff like that to try and get you to do bad things. They try to show you what you could get out of it. They also try to appeal to your sense of wanting to belong. They say that they will all have one person. They will be united. But we are to steer clear of these people no matter how good they make it look. Their path is evil.