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Tongue as Word of Evil

Tongue as Word of Evil

James 3:6

Excerpt
‎The tongue is “the world of evil.” In the ancient way of thinking, this is not a difficult phrase. The body was the microcosm of the universe. In all its complexity, the human being was a small, self-contained universe, thus the term “microcosmos.” There is a double sense of microcosm here: not only the body in relation to the universe of nature but also the tongue in relation to the universe of wickedness. Thus, contained within the tongue or speech are all the representations of wickedness in the world. Is a representation of evil, in words that is, the same as the evil itself? Obviously not, but the power of verbal representation is not slight; this James knew full well. Words have the power to elicit action; indeed, the activity of speech itself interprets every other human action. There is no evil act that the tongue cannot tell, let alone initiate.


Richardson, Kurt A. James. Vol. 36. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997. Prin…

The Exegesis of the Letter

The Exegesis of the Letter

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‎The words “did run” are in the imperfect tense, referring to a continuous action going on in past time. Here, as in 4:12, Paul breaks off his argument to make an appeal to his readers on the basis of their past experience. He uses the figure of a Greek runner. “You were running well.” The word well is from kalos (καλος), suggesting the translation, “You were conducting yourselves bravely, honorably, becomingly.” The word hinder is from enkopto (ἐνκοπτο) which means “to cut in, to make an incision, to hinder.” Inasmuch as Paul is using the figure of a race, this word suggests a breaking into the race course, a cutting in on a runner by another runner, thus slowing up his progress. The Galatian Christians were running the Christian race well, but the Judaizers cut in on them and now were slowing up their progress in their growth in the Christian life. They had deprived the Galatians of the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and the latter had been thrown ba…

Respectful and Pure Conduct

Respectful and Pure Conduct

‎The word “behold” in the Greek text refers to the act of viewing attentively. How carefully the unsaved watch Christians. The word “chaste” in the Greek means not only “chaste” but “pure”. The phrase “with fear” is to be understood as referring to the wives, not the husbands. It is their pure manner of life which is coupled with fear that is used of the Lord to gain these husbands. The Greek word “fear” here is used also in Ephesians 5:33 and is there translated “reverence.” The word in a connection like this means “to reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience.”


Wuest, Kenneth S. Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997. Print.

He Was Unable to Speak to Them

He Was Unable to Speak to Them

Luke 1:22

Excerpt
‎ According to Tamid 7.2 priests coming out of the holy place were expected to pronounce a customary blessing, such as Num 6:24–26, upon the people.

Whether Luke’s readers would have known this is uncertain. Luke 1:62 implies that Zechariah also could not hear..


Stein, Robert H. Luke. Vol. 24. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New American Commentary.

The Affliction of Egypt

The Affliction of Egypt

Exodus 3

Excerpt
‎The affliction of Egypt refers to the affliction of the Israelites in Egypt. It is better expressed as “your misery in Egypt” (NEB). 3:17 TEV's adjustment to indirect speech becomes “out of Egypt, where they are being treated cruelly.” In some languages it will be more natural to say “from the place where the Egyptians are treating them cruelly.”


Osborn, Noel D., and Howard A. Hatton. A Handbook on Exodus. New York: United Bible Societies, 1999. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

If You Have ...

If You Have ...

Philippians 2:1

Excerpt
‎In 1:27 Paul had written about living the Christian life in harmony with the message on which it is based. He followed that message with a call to show forth spiritual unity. This unity is possible because of the reality of the four qualities mentioned in 2:1. The “if” clauses, being translations of first-class conditions in Greek, speak of certainties. So in this passage “if” may be translated “since.” Paul wrote here about realities, not questionable things. Paul appealed on the basis of (a) encouragement from being united with Christ . . . (b) comfort from His love . . . (c) fellowship with the Spirit . . . (d) tenderness and compassion.


Lightner, Robert P. “Philippians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 653. Print

Mundy's Quote for Today

Mundy's Quote for Today God commands the church to reach out to the sinner and show them the way of and to salvation through Jesus. Many churches today are reaching out to worldliness and have become entertainment centers for secular entertainers and money. Preachers spend more time with secular things and only show their so-called love for God at Bible study and church worship if you can call it that, because, where is God? Church services have turned out to be no more than a will-show of worship to God. God wants 100% of worship to him and not junk! - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

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Psalm 119:165King James Version

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

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Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.

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Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.

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Those who love Your law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble.

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Abundant peace belongs to those who love Your instruction; nothing makes them stumble.

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

August 25

Riddle Me This
Isaiah 50:1–51:23; Luke 20:1–40; Job 11:12–20

Jesus’ enemies regularly attempted to make Him look foolish or to disprove His authority. The absurd questions they concocted to discredit Him are rather amusing. The Sadducees posed one of the most preposterous questions about the resurrection of the dead and its relevance to divorce (Luke 20:27–33): If a woman has been married seven times, whose wife will she be when the dead are resurrected?

This scene is especially humorous in light of rabbis’ habit of playing mind games to outsmart (or “outwise”) one another and the Sadducees’ belief that resurrection does not exist. Jesus’ opponents thought they had rigged the game: Any answer to their riddle would be incorrect. It was an attempt to trap Jesus into agreeing that the resurrection of the dead is a myth. Jesus, however, offered an answer that put them in their place (Luke 20:34–40). His response made the Sadducees look even more foolish in light of larger biblical …