Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight. Proverbs 12:22 NASB Delight What does it mean to be God’s delight? There is something inside people that compels us to please. We please our parents, our spouse, our employer, and sometimes — even ourselves. But can I really … Continue reading Proverbs 12:22 What does God like?
No harm befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble. Proverbs 12:21 (NASB) From the Hebrew Lexicon: No trouble, sorrow, wickedness, will have opportunity, to meet or encounter opportunely, with the just, righteous, but to the wicked, criminal, to be full, to fill, evil, distress, misery injury, calamity. At face value, when I … Continue reading Proverbs 12:21 Safety and trouble
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil [contrivers of mischief], but those who promote peace [counselors of peace] have joy. Proverbs 12:20 NIV [Rotherham] The Hebrew word for plot means: to cut in, engrave, plow, devise. It’s often used of a farmer planting seed. And the seed being planted here, in the … Continue reading Proverbs 12:20 Deceit or Joy
Then Jesus said to them, “I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I go to Him who sent Me. You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come.” John 7:33-34 NKJV The coming crucifixion, resurrection, and departure of Christ did not take him by surprise. … Continue reading John 7:33-34 Knowing in advance
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom … Continue reading John 7:37-39 Rivers of living water
Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment. John 7:24 NASB Of the many topics addressed in this dialogue in John 7, the most notable is the Jews’ offense at Christ for healing a man by the pool of Bethsaida on the Sabbath (John 5). The offense was so severe in their … Continue reading John 7:24 Tinkering with the heart
But when it was now the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and began to teach. The Jews then were astonished, saying, “How has this man become learned, having never been educated?” Jesus therefore answered them and said, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.” John 7:14-16 NASB … Continue reading John 7:14-16 Our hidden teacher
Truthful lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only for a moment. Proverbs 12:19 (NASB) The Emphasized Bible says: A lip that is faithful shall be firm to futurity, but only for a twinkling (while I wink) is a tongue that is false. Proverbs 12:19 (Rotherham) When something is “established forever” it … Continue reading Proverbs 12:19 Truth lives forever
If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself. John 7:17 NASB These are incredible words: my understanding of the Kingdom of God and of his teaching is based on my personal willingness. It is a two-part equation: … Continue reading John 7:17 Understanding unlocked!
Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.” Others replied, “No, he deceives the people. But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders. John 7:12-13 NIV Even at the time of Christ there were red and blue opinions — wide gaps … Continue reading John 7:12-13 Red and blue Jews