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Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Jonah 4:11 KJV Translation: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than six score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle? NKJV Translation: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more then six score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle? Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.


MeeknessMatthew 5:5 Excerpt ‎In the NT meekness (prautēs and adjective praus) refers to an inward attitude, whereas *gentleness is expressed rather in outward action. It is part of the fruit of Christlike character produced only by the Spirit (Gal. 5:23, AV). 
The meek do not resent adversity because they accept everything as being the effect of God’s wise and loving purpose for them, so that they accept injuries from men also (as Moses above), knowing that these are permitted by God for their ultimate good (cf. 2 Sa. 16:11). The meekness and gentleness of Christ was the source of Paul’s own plea to the disloyal Corinthians (2 Cor. 10:1). He enjoined meekness as the spirit in which to rebuke an erring brother (2 Tim. 2:25, AV), and when bearing with one another (Eph. 4:2). Similarly, Peter exhorted that the inquiring or arguing heathen should be answered in meekness (1 Pet. 3:15, AV). 
Supremely meekness is revealed in the character of Jesus (Mt. 11:29, AV; 21:5, AV), demonstrated in…

The Discussion

The Discussion Excerpt ‎David could not believe that no one would take up the challenge of this “uncircumcised Philistine.” He grew increasing interested in the promised reward which he overheard the troops discussing. By questioning several men, David verified the truth of the reward rumor. When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard these discussions, his anger burned against David. He wrongly rebuked David for abandoning his responsibilities of tending a small flock of sheep. He falsely accused David of having a perverse interest in watching the battle which was about to take place. David’s response is typical of younger brothers throughout the centuries: “Was it not just a question?” David turned away from Eliab and began to question other men at the front (17:26–30).
Smith, James E. The Books of History. Joplin, MO: College Press, 1995. Print. Old Testament Survey Series.

What is God's Kingdom?

What is God's Kingdom?Matthew 5:3 Excerpt ‎The kingdom of God is the major theme of Jesus’ teaching in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. This concept, expressed in various ways, had been a central part of Jewish religious aspirations for generations. At the time of Jesus, it was popularly anticipated as a time when the promises of the Hebrew scriptures concerning the place of Israel in God’s plan would be fulfilled in a dramatic way: the hated Romans would once and for all be driven out of their land, and the people would enjoy a new period of political and religious freedom, and self-determination. ‎It is no wonder, then, that when Jesus emerged as a travelling prophet after his baptism and the temptations, and declared that ‘the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand’ (Mark 1:15), people of all kinds showed great interest in what he had to say. This was what they were waiting for: a new kingdom of God that would finally crush the old kingdom of Rome. Moreover…

It Must be Given from Heaven

It Must be Given from Heaven ‎John was fully satisfied with the place and work assigned him; but Jesus came on a more important work. He also knew that Jesus would increase in honour and influence, for of his government and peace there would be no end, while he himself would be less followed. John knew that Jesus came from heaven as the Son of God, while he was a sinful, mortal man, who could only speak about the more plain subjects of religion. The words of Jesus were the words of God; he had the Spirit, not by measure, as the prophets, but in all fulness. Everlasting life could only be had by faith in Him, and might be thus obtained; whereas all those, who believe not in the Son of God, cannot partake of salvation, but the wrath of God for ever rests upon them. 
Henry, Matthew, and Thomas Scott. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, 1997. Print.


Indigo ‎The pigment indigo is a natural dye that was extracted from the gland of the Phoenician sea snail (Murex brandaris). About 8000 snails were needed to produce 1 g dye. Naturally, the wool dyed with indigo was expensive. The dye was produced mainly at the Phoenician coast.
‎Exod 25:4; 26:1, 26:4, 26:31, 26:36; 35:6, 35:8, 35:23, 35:25, 35:35; 2 Sam 1:24; Prov 31:22; Song 3:10; 7:5; Jer 4:30; 10:9; Lam 4:5; Ezek 23:6; 27:6, 27:16, 27:24; Dan 5:7, 5:16, 5:29; Jonah 3:6; Nah 2:3; Sirach 40:4–5; 45:10; 1 Macc 4:23; 8:14; 14:43; Luke 16:19; Rev 17:4; 18:12, 18:16

Personification of Wisdom and Folly

Personification of Wisdom and FollyProverbs 8:22-36 Excerpt ‎The second feature of theological wisdom is by far the liveliest theme in Proverbs—that is, the personification of wisdom and folly. This remarkable development in theological reflection arose from frequent talk about limits imposed on human knowledge and ability, as well as from the recognition that men’s and women’s fates lay in their own hands. The silence of heaven was a terrible burden; so was the lack of certainty about the vast accumulation of knowledge. Did it, or did it not, accord with the will of God? In short, frail humans acknowledge a need for contact with the universal Lord, particularly as the idea of exact reward and retribution for good and evil gradually eroded. Personified Wisdom achieved that purpose for these teachers. Crenshaw, James L. Old Testament Wisdom: An Introduction. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998. Print.

The Valley of Shechem

The Valley of Shechem 
‎Leaving Samaria the Holy Family would pass through beautiful valleys until they reached the entrance to the Valley of Shechem—now Nablous. In all Palestine, from Dan to Beersheba, there is no finer spot, as far as natural scenery is concerned, than this verdant valley, sparkling with fountains and streams. It opens westward from the plain of Mukhna. It is about two hundred yards in width, shut in on the north and the south by the rocky ascents of Ebal and Gerizim. As you approach from the plain the valley ascends gently and is full of cornfields for a half mile. For another half mile the road curves through a belt of olive orchards, their gray tints contrasting with the delicate green of the cornfields. Then you come upon the fruit orchards, with here and there the white dome of a dwelling among them, until the town is reached. 
Nablous (the ancient Shechem) lies chiefly on the south side of the valley, running up into a bay or nook in the side of Gerizim. Bey…

Three Egyptian ceremonial headdresses and five styles of Greek headdresses

Three Egyptian ceremonial headdresses and five styles of Greek headdresses.

Women were often veiled in public, although this custom changed over the centuries. Thus Rebekah was unveiled when she first saw Isaac (Gn 24:65). In NT times, women usually wore veils (1 Cor 11:6). Women also wore a cloth similar to the head-scarf, but the fabric was different in quality and color from that worn by men. It was often pinned over a stiff hat and set with ornaments. If a woman was married, these and other important coins covered the front of the hat and constituted her dowry (cf. Lk 15:8–10). Women also adorned their heads with an elaborate “plaiting” of their hair, prompting Peter to warn Christian women about too much concern with external beauty (1 Pt 3:3, 4).

Heal, Healing. To make sound or whole. The OT provides the proper background for a Christian understanding of the concept of healing. In the OT the basic point is made that God is the healer of his people. In Exo…

A Threshing Floor

A Threshing Floor
In the ancient world, farmers used threshing floors to separate grain from its inedible husk (chaff) by beating it with a flail or walking animals on it—sometimes while towing a threshing sledge. Sledges were fitted with flint teeth to dehusk the grain more quickly. Other workers would turn the grain over so that it would be evenly threshed by the sledge.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

January 4

Listen, Build, and Listen AgainGenesis 6–7
More often than not, what we want is not what God wants. We desire wealth, notoriety, or influence. In our ambition, we can lose sight of the very God who created us.

In the story of Noah and the flood, we see the same dichotomy: the world wants one thing and God desires another. The two aren’t congruent. In this case, selfishness has led to catastrophic levels of evil: “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence … all flesh had corrupted their way on earth” (Gen 6:11–12). So God tells Noah that He is through—He’s going to end it all. But Noah and his family will be spared if they’re obedient to God’s will.

Noah listens; he builds the ark. And God honors His work by closing the door (Gen 7:16). He’s there at the end, sealing the deal. Being faithful means getting an opportunity to witness the power of God.

When our ambitions aren’t guided by God’s will and His goals, the result can mean corruptio…