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HypocrisyRomans 12:9 Excerpt [Hypocrisy is] a term and idea that are primarily limited in the Bible to thent writings. The Greek word transliterated into English as ‘hypocrite’ was used to denote an actor, one who performed behind a mask. Thus the popular understanding came to be that of persons who pretended to be something that they were not. It is interesting to note, however, that hypocrisy does not appear to be so limited in meaning in the nt. The term can sometimes denote general wickedness or evil, self-righteousness, pretense, or breach of ‘contract.’ The best-known passage in the nt describing hypocrisy is Matthew /Matt.* 23:1*/23, where self-righteousness and pretense are both in evidence (cf. also Matt. 6:25167:515:722:1824:51; Mark7:6; Luke6:4212:5613:15). More Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 414. Print.

Tribe of Benjamin

Tribe of BenjaminPhilippians 3:5 Excerpt One of the smallest of the 12 tribes of Israel, made up of descendants of Jacob’s youngest son (Nm 1:36). In the OT the tribe is often referred to as simply “Benjamin.” Though small, the tribe of Benjamin played an important role in Israelite history, particularly in their conduct as great warriors (Jgs 20:13–161 Chr 12:1–2). More Elwell, Walter A., and Philip Wesley Comfort. Tyndale Bible dictionary 2001 : 160. Print. Tyndale Reference Library.

Must Be Well Thought of By Outsiders

Must Be Well Thought of By OutsidersExcerpt Paul’s thought here seems to be that church leaders, as representatives of the congregation, are constantly susceptible to the snares of the devil (cf. 2 Tim. 2:26). Satan likes nothing better than to disgrace God’s workandGod’s people by trapping church leaders in sin before a watching world. It is important therefore that overseers achieve and maintain a good reputation before unbelievers. More Litfin, A. Duane. “1 Timothy.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 737. Print.

Job’s Character

Job’s CharacterJob 1:1 Excerpt Job’s character is described by the use of two pairs of qualities: blameless and upright, and one who feared God and turned away from evil. The first pair depicts Job as a morally good man, and the second pair as a religious person. The first word is translated in the King James Version (kjv) as “perfect,” which suggests a state of sinlessness. The idea is more exactly one of “moral integrity.” Upright translates a word having to do with “straightness” and again focuses upon Job’s honesty in his dealings. This first pair of terms in Hebrew is found in Psalm 25.21, translated byrsv as “integrity and uprightness,” and by tev as “goodness and honesty”; in Psalm 37.37 they occur in parallel. In many languages the first pair of descriptions used of Job are rendered idiomatically; for example, “having one heart” or “speaking with one mouth.” Also common are terms for straightness, “going on the straight road,” and confidence, “man on whose word people rest.” Fear…

Barry, John D., and Rebecca Kruyswijk. Connect the Testaments

February 16: Wit, Wordplay, and Euphemism Exodus 37–38; John 6:25–51; Song of Solomon 5:1–4 The Bible is a passionate book. It’s about a God who is impassioned for His people and who ultimately sends His Son to die for them so that they can be saved from themselves. And it also portrays the passion seen in romantic love. Song of Solomon 5:1–4 is full of wit, wordplay, and euphemism. It’s dramatic, like a play. The man is full of zeal for the woman he loves, and the woman is excited to see her man. And this isn’t a Michael Bolton ballad or Kenny G song. There is haste. There is anxiety—you can almost hear the heart palpitations. This isn’t the stuff for the unmarried, and it is definitely not the stuff for kids or teenagers. This is true romance as God designed it. The woman says, “I slept, but my heart was awake” (Song 5:2). She may be asleep, but her love for the man is not. That is both the type of love we must have in marriage and the type of love we must have for our God—never sleepin…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, February 16Go To Evening Reading
“I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.” —Philippians 4:11
These words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man. “Ill weeds grow apace.” Covetousness, discontent, and murmuring are as natural to man as thorns are to the soil. We need not sow thistles and brambles; they come up naturally enough because they are indigenous to earth: and so, we need not teach men to complain; they complain fast enough without any education. But the precious things of the land must be cultivated. If we would have wheat, we must plow and sow; if we want flowers, there must be the garden and all the gardener’s care. Now, contentment is one of the flowers of heaven. And if we would have it, it must be cultivated; it will not grow in us by nature; it is a new nature alone that can produce it, and even then we must be especially careful and watchful that we maintain and cultivate the grace which God has sown in us. Paul says, “…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

February 16th The inspiration of spiritual initiative Arise from the dead.Eph. 5:14. All initiative is not inspired. A man may say to you—‘Buck up, take your disinclination by the throat, throw it overboard, and walk out into the thing!’ That is ordinary human initiative. But when the Spirit of God comes in and says, in effect, ‘Buck up,’ we find that the initiative is inspired. We all have any number of visions and ideals when we are young, but sooner or later we find that we have no power to make them real. We cannot do the things we long to do, and we are apt to settle down to the visions and ideals as dead, and God has to come and say—“Arise from the dead.” When the inspiration of God does come, it comes with such miraculous power that we are able to arise from the dead and do the impossible thing. The remarkable thing about a spiritual initiative is that the life comes after we do the ‘bucking up.’ God does not give us overcoming life; He gives us life as we overcome. When the inspir…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 16 Boast not thyself of tomorrow Prov. 27:1 The only preparation for the morrow is the right use of today. The stone in the hands of the builder must be put in its place and fitted to receive another. The morrow comes for naught if today is not heeded. Neglect, not the call that comes to thee this day, for such neglect is nothing else than boasting thyself of tomorrow. G. Bowen

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.