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Fathers and Mothers

Fathers and Mothers Excerpt ‎This is the title of the new part of the book; it is omitted in the Septuagint. There is some kind of loose connection in the grouping of these proverbs, but it is difficult to follow. “Ordo frustra quæritur ubi nullus fuit observatus,” says Mart. Geier. Wordsworth considers the present chapter to contain exemplifications of the principles and results of the two ways of life displayed in the preceding nine chapters. The antithetical character of the sentences is most marked and well-sustained. As the book is specially designed for the edification of youth, it begins with an appropriate saying. "A wise son maketh a glad father." As wisdom comprises all moral excellence, and folly is vice and perversity, the opposite characters attributed to the son are obvious. The mother is introduced for the sake of parallelism; though some commentators suggest that, as the father would be naturally elated by his son’s virtues, which would conduce to honour and…


SprinkleIsaiah 52:15 Excerpt‎“Sprinkle” is associated with cleansing by the priest under the Mosaic Law (Lev. 4:6; 8:11; 14:7). This Servant, whom many have not considered important at all, will actually provide the most important thing for nations and their kings, namely, cleansing from sin (cf. John 1:29; Heb. 10:14).
Martin, John A. “Isaiah.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 1107. Print.


Damascus ‎In the 1st millennium BCE, Damascus was the capital of the Aramean Empire. At the time of the New Testament, the city again became important. Approximately 10000 Jews and proselytes lived there at that time. The picture shows part of the city wall. The larger stones at the base are the older stones, whereas the smaller stones in the upper part indicate younger restorations.
‎Acts 9:2, 9:3, 9:8, 9:10, 9:19, 9:22, 9:27; 22:5–6, 22:10–11; 26:20; 2 Cor 11:32; Gal 1:17

The Wise and the Fool

The Wise and the Fool Excerpt ‎These statements contrast the wise and the fool. While the discerning person is characterized by his wise statements, one lacking judgment (cf. v. 21; 6:32; 7:7; 9:4, 16; 11:12; 12:11; 15:21; 17:18; 24:30; 28:16) experiences trouble. He may be punished by a rod on the back (cf. 14:3; 26:3). A wise person stores up knowledge; he holds it in for the right occasion without spouting off his knowledge. What a fool says, however, causes him trouble and eventually ruin because he foolishly speaks the wrong things and gets himself in trouble (cf. 10:19).
Buzzell, Sid S. “Proverbs.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 926. Print.

The Gifts of the Magi

The Gifts of the MagiMatthew 2:9-12 Excerpt ‎What the Magi recognize as divine guidance fills them, literally, with exceedingly great joy (v. 10). They find the mother and child and prostrate themselves before him in worship. The gifts used to honor the new king were typically associated with royalty. Because Matthew has not yet introduced the theme of Jesus’ death, it is not likely that he is implying it here, even though myrrh was a spice often used in embalming. Rather, all three gifts honor the Christ child as King. Gold, then as now, was a precious metal prized for its beauty and value, an appropriate regal gift. Frankincense and myrrh were fragrant spices and perfumes equally appropriate for such adoration and worship. Similar visits of Magi to royalty are described in other Greco-Roman literature of the time (Dio Cassius Roman History 63.7; Suetonius, Nero 13), but more significant here is the Jewish background. The Magi appear as Balaam’s successors to witness the fulfillment…

Jerusalem--Church of Mary Magdalene--Exterior

Jerusalem--Church of Mary Magdalene--Exterior ‎Jerusalem. The Mary Magdalene Church was built on the slopes of the Mount of Olives in the years 1885–1888 by the Russian Czar Alexander III in memory of his mother Maria Alexandrovna, whose patron saint was Mary Magdalene. In the crypt of the church, which is built in the classic 16th-17th century Russian style, the Czar’s sister, Princess Elizabeth Fedorovna, is buried. She was killed in the 1917 revolution and her body was smuggled via China.

Good Masters

Good Masters Excerpt ‎The particular Greek word translated “servants” indicates that these were household slaves. They were Christian slaves serving for the most part in the homes of pagan masters. The fact that Peter singles them out for special admonitions indicates that slaves, as a class, formed a large part of the early Christian community. The slaves are exhorted to put themselves in subjection to their absolute lords and masters. They are to do this to the good and gentle ones. Some of these pagan masters had what the poet calls “the milk of human kindness.” They were good to their slaves. The Greek word translated “good,” refers to inner intrinsic goodness. They were good at heart. The word “gentle” in the Greek refers to that disposition which is mild, yielding, indulgent. It is derived from a Greek word meaning, “not being unduly rigorous.” 
Wuest, Kenneth S. Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997. Print.



Thebes. City appearing in the OT as No, or No-Amon. “No” means city and is equivalent to the Egyptian Waset or Greek Thebes. No-Amon means “city of Amon.” 
Thebes appears only in the prophetic Scriptures of the OT and only in a context of judgment (Jer 46:25; Ez 30:14–16; Na 3:8). Thebes would suffer judgment and loss of population, but would not be utterly destroyed. These prophecies were fulfilled in ancient times when Cambyses of Persia marched through in 525 B.C. and when the Roman Cornelius Gallus punished the city for a revolt in 30 B.C.
Thebes was the capital of Egypt during most of the Empire period (c. 1570–1100 B.C.) when the Hebrews were in bondage in the land and when the exodus took place. By that time Amon had become the chief god, and the Pharaohs lavished their wealth on the great temples of Amon at Thebes, hoping for the god’s help in overcoming their enemies.
The city of the living in ancient Thebes was located on the east bank of the Nile, the side of the ri…

Outline of Proverbs 3:1-4

Outline of Proverbs 3:1-4 Proverbs 3:1-4 Excerpt      ‎How to Live a Long Life (vv. 1–4) ‎A.     The key ‎1.     “Forget not My law” ‎2.     “Let thy heart keep My commandments” ‎3.     “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee” ‎4.     In other words: internalize your beliefs ‎B.     The benefit ‎1.     Quantity of life — length of days and long life ‎2.     Quality of life ‎a.     Peace ‎b.     Favor with God and man ‎c.     Good understanding with God and man
Wood, Charles R. Sermon Outlines on the Book of Proverbs. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1984. Print.

The Mesha Stele

The Mesha Stele

‎This engraved stone contains a royal inscription by Mesha, king of Moab during the ninth century BC. It celebrates Mesha’s victory over the “son [or descendant] of Omri,” probably Joram (Jehoram).

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From 1 Kings 19:12 KJV Translation: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. NKJV Translation: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Revised Common Lectionary


 Old Testament Isaiah 60:1–6
 Psalm   Psalm 72:1–7, 10–14
New Testament Ephesians 3:1–12
 Gospel Matthew 2:1–12

Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

January 6
I Did It My WayGenesis 11
Frank Sinatra was wrong to do things “his way.” In Gen 11, we see people uniting in building what seems like a great triumph of humanity—until we realize what their work is all about. They’re tired of being distant from God, so they build a structure that will reach the heavens.

“Surely the gods will know and find us now.… Let’s meet our maker,” you can almost hear them say. But the true God, Yahweh, knows their plan and says: “Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech” (Gen 11:7). Because all the people spoke one language, they were dangerous to themselves. In the unity of one world, there is disunity: we choose to assault the God we should serve.

There is an alternative—a unity that God desires: where we serve Him by serving others. Jesus describes how we should act towards one another and towards Him, even teaching us how to pray. With Christ, God has resolved the reason the tower wa…