5/28/13

From Gary... Choosing the WINNER

Fifth Place

Fourth Place



Third Place


Runner Up


The Winner


Yesterday, Lizzie and I wanted to do something different with the day and after some discussion, decided to look at all the houses (all 125 of them) in our retirement community.  We went out about noontime, so it was only about 90, but by the time we finished it had reached the higher 90's.  We each took pictures of our favorites and after a half-hour or so, finally compromised on the order you see above.  Uniqueness of style, clever arrangement of landscaping and overall beauty were the criteria.  Also, the quality of the photos was part of the process, as neither of us is a professional- not every picture was perfect.  When it came time to do the blog, the Scripture to use was obvious...

Hebrews, Chapter 12
 1 Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  2 looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  3 For consider him who has endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, that you don’t grow weary, fainting in your souls.  4 You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin;  5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which reasons with you as with children, 
“My son, don’t take lightly the chastening of the Lord,
nor faint when you are reproved by him;
  6 For whom the Lord loves, he chastens,
and scourges every son whom he receives.”

It occurred to me that the process of grading was a lot like religious life, as there are many things influencing you to go in various directions.  But, once you determine your source of authority (vs. 2 "looking to Jesus..") things become clear.  What he has done (that is, offering a sacrifice for our wrongdoings [sin]) makes him the obvious winner.  Needless to say, if you choose the winner- you WIN!!!  Once you have done this- keeping choosing Jesus; no matter what happens!!!!  "Keep choosing Jesus" sounds like a good summary for the whole book of Hebrews!!!!  I wonder.... could you say that about YOUR LIFE????

From Gary... Bible Reading and Study, May 28


Bible Reading and Study



May 28
Judges 13, 14

Jdg 13:1 The children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh; and Yahweh delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
Jdg 13:2 There was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and didn't bear.
Jdg 13:3 The angel of Yahweh appeared to the woman, and said to her, See now, you are barren, and don't bear; but you shall conceive, and bear a son.
Jdg 13:4 Now therefore please beware and drink no wine nor strong drink, and don't eat any unclean thing:
Jdg 13:5 for, behold, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head; for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb: and he shall begin to save Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
Jdg 13:6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came to me, and his face was like the face of the angel of God, very awesome; and I didn't ask him whence he was, neither did he tell me his name:
Jdg 13:7 but he said to me, Behold, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing; for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.
Jdg 13:8 Then Manoah entreated Yahweh, and said, Oh, Lord, please let the man of God whom you did send come again to us, and teach us what we shall do to the child who shall be born.
Jdg 13:9 God listened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again to the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah, her husband, wasn't with her.
Jdg 13:10 The woman made haste, and ran, and told her husband, and said to him, Behold, the man has appeared to me, who came to me the other day.
Jdg 13:11 Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said to him, Are you the man who spoke to the woman? He said, I am.
Jdg 13:12 Manoah said, Now let your words happen: what shall be the ordering of the child, and how shall we do to him?
Jdg 13:13 The angel of Yahweh said to Manoah, Of all that I said to the woman let her beware.
Jdg 13:14 She may not eat of anything that comes of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing; all that I commanded her let her observe.
Jdg 13:15 Manoah said to the angel of Yahweh, I pray you, let us detain you, that we may make ready a kid for you.
Jdg 13:16 The angel of Yahweh said to Manoah, Though you detain me, I won't eat of your bread; and if you will make ready a burnt offering, you must offer it to Yahweh. For Manoah didn't know that he was the angel of Yahweh.
Jdg 13:17 Manoah said to the angel of Yahweh, What is your name, that when your words happen, we may honor you?
Jdg 13:18 The angel of Yahweh said to him, Why do you ask after my name, seeing it is wonderful?
Jdg 13:19 So Manoah took the kid with the meal offering, and offered it on the rock to Yahweh: and the angel did wondrously, and Manoah and his wife looked on.
Jdg 13:20 For it happened, when the flame went up toward the sky from off the altar, that the angel of Yahweh ascended in the flame of the altar: and Manoah and his wife looked on; and they fell on their faces to the ground.
Jdg 13:21 But the angel of Yahweh did no more appear to Manoah or to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was the angel of Yahweh.
Jdg 13:22 Manoah said to his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.
Jdg 13:23 But his wife said to him, If Yahweh were pleased to kill us, he wouldn't have received a burnt offering and a meal offering at our hand, neither would he have shown us all these things, nor would at this time have told such things as these.
Jdg 13:24 The woman bore a son, and named him Samson: and the child grew, and Yahweh blessed him.
Jdg 13:25 The Spirit of Yahweh began to move him in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Jdg 14:1 Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines.
Jdg 14:2 He came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me as wife.
Jdg 14:3 Then his father and his mother said to him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of your brothers, or among all my people, that you go to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? Samson said to his father, Get her for me; for she pleases me well.
Jdg 14:4 But his father and his mother didn't know that it was of Yahweh; for he sought an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines had rule over Israel.
Jdg 14:5 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnah, and came to the vineyards of Timnah: and behold, a young lion roared against him.
Jdg 14:6 The Spirit of Yahweh came mightily on him, and he tore him as he would have torn a kid; and he had nothing in his hand: but he didn't tell his father or his mother what he had done.
Jdg 14:7 He went down, and talked with the woman, and she pleased Samson well.
Jdg 14:8 After a while he returned to take her; and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion: and behold, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey.
Jdg 14:9 He took it into his hands, and went on, eating as he went; and he came to his father and mother, and gave to them, and they ate: but he didn't tell them that he had taken the honey out of the body of the lion.
Jdg 14:10 His father went down to the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.
Jdg 14:11 It happened, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.
Jdg 14:12 Samson said to them, Let me tell you a riddle now. If you can declare it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothing;
Jdg 14:13 but if you can't declare it to me, then you shall give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothing. They said to him, Put forth your riddle, that we may hear it.
Jdg 14:14 He said to them, Out of the eater came forth food. Out of the strong came forth sweetness. They couldn't in three days declare the riddle.
Jdg 14:15 It happened on the seventh day, that they said to Samson's wife, Entice your husband, that he may declare to us the riddle, lest we burn you and your father's house with fire: have you called us to impoverish us? is it not so?
Jdg 14:16 Samson's wife wept before him, and said, You just hate me, and don't love me: you have put forth a riddle to the children of my people, and haven't told it me. He said to her, Behold, I haven't told it my father nor my mother, and shall I tell you?
Jdg 14:17 She wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it happened on the seventh day, that he told her, because she pressed him sore; and she told the riddle to the children of her people.
Jdg 14:18 The men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? He said to them, If you hadn't plowed with my heifer, you wouldn't have found out my riddle.
Jdg 14:19 The Spirit of Yahweh came mightily on him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and struck thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave the changes of clothing to those who declared the riddle. His anger was kindled, and he went up to his father's house.
Jdg 14:20 But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.

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Judges


Judges 13 1
The children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh; and Yahweh delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of Jehovah; and Jehovah gave them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
And the sons of Israel add to do the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah, and Jehovah giveth them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
Judges 13 2
There was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and didn`t bear.
And there was a certain man of Zoreah, of the family of the Danites, and his name was Manoah. And his wife was barren and did not bear.
And there is a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danite, and his name [is] Manoah, his wife [is] barren, and hath not borne;
Judges 13 3
The angel of Yahweh appeared to the woman, and said to her, See now, you are barren, and don`t bear; but you shall conceive, and bear a son.
And the Angel of Jehovah appeared to the woman, and said to her, Behold now, thou art barren and bearest not; but thou shalt conceive and bear a son.
and a messenger of Jehovah appeareth unto the woman, and saith unto her, `Lo, I pray thee, thou [art] barren, and hast not borne; when thou hast conceived, then thou hast borne a son.
Judges 13 4
Now therefore please beware and drink no wine nor strong drink, and don`t eat any unclean thing:
And now beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat nothing unclean.
And, now, take heed, I pray thee, and do not drink wine, and strong drink, and do not eat any unclean thing,
Judges 13 5
for, behold, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head; for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb: and he shall begin to save Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
For lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son, and no razor shall come on his head; for the boy shall be a Nazarite of God from the womb; and he shall begin to save Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
for, lo, thou art conceiving and bearing a son, and a razor doth not go up on his head, for a Nazarite to God is the youth from the womb, and he doth begin to save Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.`
Judges 13 6
Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came to me, and his face was like the face of the angel of God, very awesome; and I didn`t ask him whence he was, neither did he tell me his name:
And the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came to me, and his appearance was like the appearance of an angel of God, very terrible; but I did not ask him whence he was, neither did he tell me his name.
And the woman cometh and speaketh to her husband, saying, `A man of God hath come unto me, and his appearance [is] as the appearance of a messenger of God, very fearful, and I have not asked him whence he [is], and his name he hath not declared to me;
Judges 13 7
but he said to me, Behold, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong   drink, and eat not any unclean thing; for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.
And he said to me, Behold, thou shalt conceive and bear a son; and now drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not anything unclean; for the boy shall be a Nazarite of God from the womb to the day of his death.
and he saith to me, Lo, thou art pregnant, and bearing a son, and now do not drink wine and strong drink, and do not eat any unclean thing, for a Nazarite to God is the youth from the womb till the day of his death.`
Judges 13 8
Then Manoah entreated Yahweh, and said, Oh, Lord, please let the man of God whom you did send come again to us, and teach us what we shall do to the child who shall be born.
Then Manoah prayed to Jehovah, and said, Ah Lord! let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, I pray thee, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.
And Manoah maketh entreaty unto Jehovah, and saith, `O, my Lord, the man of God whom Thou didst send, let him come in, I pray thee, again unto us, and direct us what we do to the youth who is born.`
Judges 13 9
God listened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again to the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah, her husband, wasn`t with her.
And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the Angel of God came again to the woman whilst she sat in the field; but Manoah her husband was not with her.
And God hearkeneth to the voice of Manoah, and the messenger of God cometh again unto the woman, and she [is] sitting in a field, and Manoah her husband is not with her,
Judges 13 10
The woman made haste, and ran, and told her husband, and said to him, Behold, the man has appeared to me, who came to me the [other] day.
Then the woman hasted and ran, and informed her husband, and said to him, Behold, the man has appeared to me, that came to me that day.
and the woman hasteth, and runneth, and declareth to her husband, and saith unto him, `Lo, he hath appeared unto me -- the man who came on [that] day unto me.`
Judges 13 11
Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said to him, Are you the man who spoke to the woman? He said, I am.
And Manoah rose up and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said to him, Art thou the man that didst speak to the woman? And he said, I am.
And Manoah riseth, and goeth after his wife, and cometh unto the man, and saith to him, `Art thou the man who spake unto the woman?` and he saith, `I [am].`
Judges 13 12
Manoah said, Now let your words happen: what shall be the ordering of the child, and [how] shall we do to him?
And Manoah said, When thy words then come to pass, what shall be the child`s manner and his doing?
And Manoah saith, `Now let thy words come to pass; what is the custom of the youth -- and his work?`
Judges 13 13
The angel of Yahweh said to Manoah, Of all that I said to the woman let her beware.
And the Angel of Jehovah said to Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware: 
And the messenger of Jehovah saith unto Manoah, `Of all that I said unto the woman let her take heed;
Judges 13 14
She may not eat of anything that comes of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing; all that I commanded her let her observe.
she shall not eat of anything that cometh of the vine, neither shall she drink wine or strong drink, nor eat anything unclean: all that I commanded her shall she observe.
of anything which cometh out from the wine-vine she doth not eat, and wine and strong drink she doth not drink, and any unclean thing she doth not eat; all that I have commanded her she doth observe.`
Judges 13 15
Manoah said to the angel of Yahweh, I pray you, let us detain you, that we may make ready a kid for you.
And Manoah said to the Angel of Jehovah, I pray thee, let us detain thee, and we will make ready a kid of the goats for thee.
And Manoah saith unto the messenger of Jehovah, `Let us detain thee, we pray thee, and prepare before thee a kid of the goats.`
Judges 13 16
The angel of Yahweh said to Manoah, Though you detain me, I won`t eat of your bread; and if you will make ready a burnt offering, you must offer it to Yahweh. For Manoah didn`t know that he was the angel of Yahweh.
And the Angel of Jehovah said to Manoah, Though thou shouldest detain me, I will not eat of thy bread; and if thou wilt offer a burnt-offering, thou shalt offer it up to Jehovah. For Manoah knew not that he was the Angel of Jehovah.
And the messenger of Jehovah saith unto Manoah, `If thou detain me -- I do not eat of thy bread; and if thou prepare a burnt-offering -- to Jehovah thou dost offer it;` for Manoah hath not known that He [is] a messenger of Jehovah.
Judges 13 17
Manoah said to the angel of Yahweh, What is your name, that when your words happen, we may honor you?
And Manoah said to the Angel of Jehovah, What is thy name, that when thy word cometh to pass we may do thee honour?
And Manoah saith unto the messenger of Jehovah, `What [is] thy name? when thy words come to pass, then we have honoured thee.`
Judges 13 18
The angel of Yahweh said to him, Why ask you after my name, seeing it is wonderful?
And the Angel of Jehovah said to him, How is it that thou askest after my name, seeing it is wonderful?
And the messenger of Jehovah saith to him, `Why [is] this -- thou dost ask for My name? -- and it [is] Wonderful.`
Judges 13 19
So Manoah took the kid with the meal-offering, and offered it on the rock to Yahweh: and [the angel] did wondrously, and Manoah and his wife looked on.
Then Manoah took the kid and the oblation, and offered it up to Jehovah upon the rock. And he did wondrously, and Manoah and his wife looked on.
And Manoah taketh the kid of the goats, and the present, and offereth on the rock to Jehovah, and He is doing wonderfully, and Manoah and his wife are looking on,
Judges 13 20
For it happened, when the flame went up toward the sky from off the altar, that the angel of Yahweh ascended in the flame of the altar: and Manoah and his wife looked on; and they fell on their faces to the ground.
And it came to pass, as the flame went up from off the altar towards the heavens, that the Angel of Jehovah ascended in the flame of the altar; and Manoah and his wife looked on, and fell on their faces to the ground.
and it cometh to pass, in the going up of the flame from off the altar toward the heavens, that the messenger of Jehovah goeth up in the flame of the altar, and Manoah and his wife are looking on, and they fall on their faces to the earth,
Judges 13 21
But the angel of Yahweh did no more appear to Manoah or to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was the angel of Yahweh.
And the Angel of Jehovah appeared no more to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that it was the Angel of Jehovah.
and the messenger of Jehovah hath not added again to appear unto Manoah, and unto his wife, then hath Manoah known that He [is] a messenger of Jehovah.
Judges 13 22
Manoah said to his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.
And Manoah said to his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.
And Manoah saith unto his wife, `We certainly die, for we have seen God.`
Judges 13 23
But his wife said to him, If Yahweh were pleased to kill us, he wouldn`t have received a burnt offering and a meal-offering at our hand, neither would he have showed us all these things, nor  would at this time have told such things as these.
But his wife said to him, If Jehovah were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt-offering and an oblation at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would he at this time have told us [such things] as these.
And his wife saith to him, `If Jehovah were desirous to put us to death, He had not received from our hands burnt-offering and present, nor shewed us all these things, nor as [at this] time caused us to hear [anything] like this.`
Judges 13 24
The woman bore a son, and named him Samson: and the child grew, and Yahweh blessed him.
 And the woman bore a son, and called his name Samson. And the child grew, and Jehovah blessed him.
And the woman beareth a son, and calleth his name Samson, and the youth groweth, and Jehovah doth bless him,
Judges 13 25
The Spirit of Yahweh began to move him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.
And the Spirit of Jehovah began to move him at Mahaneh-Dan, between Zoreah and Eshtaol.
and the Spirit of Jehovah beginneth to move him in the camp of Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Judges 14 1
Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines.
And Samson went down to Timnathah, and saw a woman in Timnathah of the daughters of the Philistines.
And Samson goeth down to Timnath, and seeth a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines,
Judges 14 2
He came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me as wife.
And he went up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnathah of the daughters of the Philistines; and now take her for me as wife.
and cometh up and declareth to his father, and to his mother, and saith, `A woman I have seen in Timnath, of the daughters of the Philistines; and now, take her for me for a wife.`
Judges 14 3
Then his father and his mother said to him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of your brothers, or among all my people, that you go to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? Samson said to his father, Get her for me; for she pleases me well.
And his father and his mother said to him, Is there no woman among the daughters of thy brethren, and among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the Philistines, the uncircumcised? And Samson said to his father, Take her for me, for she pleases me well. 
And his father saith to him -- also his mother, `Is there not among the daughters of thy brethren, and among all my people, a woman, that thou art going to take a woman from the uncircumcised Philistines?` and Samson saith unto his father, `Take her for me, for she is right in mine eyes.`
Judges 14 4
But his father and his mother didn`t know that it was of Yahweh; for he sought an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines had rule over Israel.
And his father and his mother did not know that it was of Jehovah, that he was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel.
And his father and his mother have not known that from Jehovah it [is], that a meeting he is seeking of the Philistines; and at that time the Philistines are ruling over Israel.
Judges 14 5
Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnah, and came to the vineyards of Timnah: and, behold, a young lion roared against him.
And Samson went down, and his father and his mother, to Timnathah; and they came to the vineyards of Timnathah. And behold, a young lion roared against him;
And Samson goeth down -- also his father and his mother, to Timnath, and they come unto the vineyards of Timnath, and lo, a lion`s whelp roareth at meeting him,
Judges 14 6
The Spirit of Yahweh came mightily on him, and he tore him as he would have torn a kid; and he had nothing in his hand: but he didn`t tell his father or his mother what he had done.
and the Spirit of Jehovah came upon him, and he rent it as one rends a kid, and nothing was in his hand. And he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.
and the Spirit of Jehovah prospereth over him, and he rendeth it as the rending of a kid, and there is nothing in his hand, and he hath not declared to his father and to his mother that which he hath done.
Judges 14 7
He went down, and talked with the woman, and she pleased Samson well.
And he went down and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.
And he goeth down and speaketh to the woman, and she is right in the eyes of Samson;
Judges 14 8
After a while he returned to take her; and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey.
And he returned after a time to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion; and behold, [there was] a swarm of bees in the carcase of the lion, and honey;
and he turneth back after [some] days to take her, and turneth aside to see the carcase of the lion, and lo, a company of bees [are] in the body of the lion -- and honey.
Judges 14 9
He took it into his hands, and went on, eating as he went; and he came to his father and mother, and gave to them, and they ate: but he didn`t tell them that he had taken the honey out of the body of the lion.
and he took it out in his hands, and went on, and ate as he went. And he came to his father and to his mother, and gave them, and they ate; but he did not tell them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion.
And he taketh it down on to his hands, and goeth on, going and eating; and he goeth unto his father, and unto his mother, and giveth to them, and they eat, and he hath not declared to them that from the body of the lion he took down the honey.
Judges 14 10
His father went down to the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.
And his father went down to the woman, and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.
And his father goeth down unto the woman, and Samson maketh there a banquet, for so the young men do;
Judges 14 11
It happened, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.
And it came to pass when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions, and they were with him.
and it cometh to pass when they see him, that they take thirty companions, and they are with him.
Judges 14 12
Samson said to them, Let me now put forth a riddle to you: if you can declare it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothing;
And Samson said to them, Let me now propound a riddle to you; if ye clearly explain it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find [it] out, then I will give you thirty shirts, and thirty changes of garments.
And Samson saith to them, `Let me, I pray you, put forth to you a riddle; if ye certainly declare it to me [in] the seven days of the banquet, and have found [it] out, then I have given to you thirty linen shirts, and thirty changes of garments;
Judges 14 13
but if you can`t declare it to me, then shall you give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothing. They said to him, Put forth your riddle, that we may hear it.
But if ye cannot explain [it] to me, then shall ye give me thirty shirts, and thirty changes of garments. And they said to him, Propound thy riddle, that we may hear it.
and if ye are not able to declare [it] to me, then ye have given to me thirty linen shirts, and thirty changes of garments.` And they say to him, `Put forth thy riddle, and we hear it!`
Judges 14 14
He said to them, Out of the eater came forth food, Out of the strong came forth sweetness. They couldn`t in three days declare the riddle.
And he said to them, Out of the eater came forth food, And out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days explain the riddle.
And he saith to them: `Out of the eater came forth meat, And out of the strong came forth sweetness;` and they were not able to declare the riddle [in] three days.
Judges 14 15
It happened on the seventh day, that they said to Samson`s wife, Entice your husband, that he may declare to us the riddle, lest we burn you and your father`s house with fire: have you called  us to impoverish us? is it not [so]?
And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said to Samson`s wife, Persuade thy husband, that he may explain to us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father`s house with fire. Have ye invited us to impoverish us, -- is it not [so]?
And it cometh to pass, on the seventh day, that they say to Samson`s wife, `Entice thy husband, that he declare to us the riddle, lest we burn thee and the house of thy father with fire; to possess us have ye called for us? is it not?`
Judges 14 16
Samson`s wife wept before him, and said, You do but hate me, and don`t love me: you have put forth a riddle to the children of my people, and haven`t told it me. He said to her, Behold, I haven`t told it my father nor my mother, and shall I tell you?
And Samson`s wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not. Thou hast propounded the riddle to the children of my people, and hast not explained it to me. And he said to her, Behold, I have not explained it to my father nor my mother, and shall I explain it to thee?
And Samson`s wife weepeth for it, and saith, `Thou hast only hated me, and hast not loved me; the riddle thou hast put forth to the sons of my people -- and to me thou hast not declared it;` and he saith to her, `Lo, to my father and to my mother I have not declared [it] -- and to thee I declare [it]!`
Judges 14 17
She wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it happened on the seventh day, that he told her, because she pressed him sore; and she told the riddle to the children of her people.
And she wept before him the seven days, while they had the feast. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that he explained it to her, for she pressed him. And she explained the riddle to the children of her people.
And she weepeth for it the seven days [in] which their banquet hath been, and it cometh to pass on the seventh day that he declareth [it] to her, for she hath distressed him; and she declareth the riddle to the sons of her people.
Judges 14 18
The men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? He said to them, If you hadn`t plowed with my heifer, You wouldn`t have found out my riddle.
And the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey, And what stronger than a lion? And he said to them, If ye had not ploughed with my heifer, Ye had not found out my riddle.
And the men of the city say to him on the seventh day, before the sun goeth in: --`What [is] sweeter than honey? And what stronger than a lion?` And he saith to them: `Unless ye had ploughed with my heifer, Ye had not found out my riddle.`
Judges 14 19
The Spirit of Yahweh came mightily on him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and struck thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave the changes [of clothing] to those who declared the riddle. His anger was kindled, and he went up to his father`s house.
And the Spirit of Jehovah came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew of them thirty men, and took their spoil, and gave the changes of garments unto them that explained the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father`s house.
And the Spirit of Jehovah prospereth over him, and he goeth down to Ashkelon, and smiteth of them thirty men, and taketh their armour, and giveth the changes to those declaring the riddle; and his anger burneth, and he goeth up to the house of his father;
Judges 14 20
But Samson`s wife was [given] to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.
And Samson`s wife was [given] to his companion, whom he had made his friend.
and Samson`s wife becometh his companion`s, who [is] his friend.

Study Questions...

What was the name of the angel? 13:18

Who was Manoah's son? 13:3-5 with 13:24

Samson wanted a daughter of the ________ as _________? 14:1-3

What did Samson take from the carcass of a lion? 14:9

What wager was associated with the riddle of Samson? 14:12-13

Where did Samson get the clothes to pay his debt? 14:19

When Samson did not get his "wife", what did he do?




May 28, 29
John 7

Joh 7:1 After these things, Jesus was walking in Galilee, for he wouldn't walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him.
Joh 7:2 Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was at hand.
Joh 7:3 His brothers therefore said to him, "Depart from here, and go into Judea, that your disciples also may see your works which you do.
Joh 7:4 For no one does anything in secret, and himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, reveal yourself to the world."
Joh 7:5 For even his brothers didn't believe in him.
Joh 7:6 Jesus therefore said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.
Joh 7:7 The world can't hate you, but it hates me, because I testify about it, that its works are evil.
Joh 7:8 You go up to the feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, because my time is not yet fulfilled."
Joh 7:9 Having said these things to them, he stayed in Galilee.
Joh 7:10 But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly, but as it were in secret.
Joh 7:11 The Jews therefore sought him at the feast, and said, "Where is he?"
Joh 7:12 There was much murmuring among the multitudes concerning him. Some said, "He is a good man." Others said, "Not so, but he leads the multitude astray."
Joh 7:13 Yet no one spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.
Joh 7:14 But when it was now the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught.
Joh 7:15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, "How does this man know letters, having never been educated?"
Joh 7:16 Jesus therefore answered them, "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.
Joh 7:17 If anyone desires to do his will, he will know about the teaching, whether it is from God, or if I am speaking from myself.
Joh 7:18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
Joh 7:19 Didn't Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill me?"
Joh 7:20 The multitude answered, "You have a demon! Who seeks to kill you?"
Joh 7:21 Jesus answered them, "I did one work, and you all marvel because of it.
Joh 7:22 Moses has given you circumcision (not that it is of Moses, but of the fathers), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a boy.
Joh 7:23 If a boy receives circumcision on the Sabbath, that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me, because I made a man completely healthy on the Sabbath?
Joh 7:24 Don't judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment."
Joh 7:25 Therefore some of them of Jerusalem said, "Isn't this he whom they seek to kill?
Joh 7:26 Behold, he speaks openly, and they say nothing to him. Can it be that the rulers indeed know that this is truly the Christ?
Joh 7:27 However we know where this man comes from, but when the Christ comes, no one will know where he comes from."
Joh 7:28 Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, "You both know me, and know where I am from. I have not come of myself, but he who sent me is true, whom you don't know.
Joh 7:29 I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me."
Joh 7:30 They sought therefore to take him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come.
Joh 7:31 But of the multitude, many believed in him. They said, "When the Christ comes, he won't do more signs than those which this man has done, will he?"
Joh 7:32 The Pharisees heard the multitude murmuring these things concerning him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to arrest him.
Joh 7:33 Then Jesus said, "I will be with you a little while longer, then I go to him who sent me.
Joh 7:34 You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you can't come."
Joh 7:35 The Jews therefore said among themselves, "Where will this man go that we won't find him? Will he go to the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?
Joh 7:36 What is this word that he said, 'You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you can't come'? "
Joh 7:37 Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink!
Joh 7:38 He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living water."
Joh 7:39 But he said this about the Spirit, which those believing in him were to receive. For the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus wasn't yet glorified.
Joh 7:40 Many of the multitude therefore, when they heard these words, said, "This is truly the prophet."
Joh 7:41 Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "What, does the Christ come out of Galilee?
Joh 7:42 Hasn't the Scripture said that the Christ comes of the seed of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?"
Joh 7:43 So there arose a division in the multitude because of him.
Joh 7:44 Some of them would have arrested him, but no one laid hands on him.
Joh 7:45 The officers therefore came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, "Why didn't you bring him?"
Joh 7:46 The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!"
Joh 7:47 The Pharisees therefore answered them, "You aren't also led astray, are you?
Joh 7:48 Have any of the rulers believed in him, or of the Pharisees?
Joh 7:49 But this multitude that doesn't know the law is accursed."
Joh 7:50 Nicodemus (he who came to him by night, being one of them) said to them,
Joh 7:51 "Does our law judge a man, unless it first hears from him personally and knows what he does?"
Joh 7:52 They answered him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search, and see that no prophet has arisen out of Galilee."
Joh 7:53 Everyone went to his own house,


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John 7 1
After these things, Jesus walked in Galilee, for he would not walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him.
And after these things Jesus walked in Galilee, for he would not walk in Judaea, because the Jews sought to kill him.
And Jesus was walking after these things in Galilee, for he did not wish to walk in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him,
John 7 2
Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was at hand.
Now the tabernacles, the feast of the Jews, was near.
and the feast of the Jews was nigh -- that of tabernacles --
John 7 3
His brothers therefore said to him, "Depart from here, and go into Judea, that  our disciples also may see your works which you do.
His brethren therefore said to him, Remove hence and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see thy works which thou doest;
his brethren, therefore, said unto him, `Remove hence, and go away to Judea, that thy disciples also may behold thy works that thou dost;
John 7 4
For no man does anything in secret, and himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, reveal yourself to the world."
for no one does anything in secret and himself seeks to be [known] in public. If thou doest these things, manifest thyself to the world:
for no one in secret doth anything, and himself seeketh to be in public; if thou dost these things -- manifest thyself to the world;`
John 7 5
For even his brothers didn`t believe in him.
for neither did his brethren believe on him.
for not even were his brethren believing in him.
John 7 6
Jesus therefore said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.
Jesus therefore says to them, My time is not yet come, but your time is always eady.
Jesus, therefore, saith to them, `My time is not yet present, but your time is always ready;
John 7 7
The world can`t hate you, but it hates me, because I testify about it, that its  works are evil.
The world cannot hate you, but me it hates, because I bear witness concerning it that its works are evil.
the world is not able to hate you, but me it doth hate, because I testify concerning it that its works are evil.
John 7 8
You go up to the feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, because my time is not yet fulfilled."
Ye, go ye up to this feast. I go not up to this feast, for *my* time is not yet fulfilled.
Ye -- go ye up to this feast; I do not yet go up to this feast, because my time hath not yet been fulfilled;`
John 7 9
Having said these things to them, he stayed in Galilee.
Having said these things to them he abode in Galilee.
and saying these things to them, he remained in Galilee.
John 7 10
But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not  publicly, but as it were in secret.
But when his brethren had gone up, then he himself also went up to the feast, not openly, but as in secret.
And when his brethren went up, then also he himself went up to the feast, not manifestly, but as in secret;
John 7 11
The Jews therefore sought him at the feast, and said, "Where is he?"
The Jews therefore sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?
the Jews, therefore, were seeking him, in the feast, and said, `Where is that one?`
John 7 12
There was much murmuring among the multitudes concerning him. Some said, "He is a good man." Others said, "Not so, but he leads the multitude astray."
And there was much murmuring concerning him among the crowds. Some said, He is [a] good [man]; others said, No; but he deceives the crowd.
and there was much murmuring about him among the multitudes, some indeed said -- `He is good;` and others said, `No, but he leadeth astray the  multitude;`
John 7 13
Yet no one spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.
However, no one spoke openly concerning him on account of [their] fear of the Jews.
no one, however, was speaking freely about him, through fear of the Jews.
John 7 14
But when it was now the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and  taught.
But when it was now the middle of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught.
And it being now the middle of the feast, Jesus went up to the temple, and he was teaching,
John 7 15
The Jews therefore marveled, saying, "How does this man know letters, having  ever been educated?"
The Jews therefore wondered, saying, How knows this [man] letters, having  never learned?
and the Jews were wondering, saying, `How hath this one known letters -- not having learned?`
John 7 16
Jesus therefore answered them, "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.
Jesus therefore answered them and said, My doctrine is not mine, but [that] of him that has sent me.
Jesus answered them and said, `My teaching is not mine, but His who sent me; 
John 7 17
If anyone desires to do his will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is from  God, or if I speak from myself.
If any one desire to practise his will, he shall know concerning the doctrine,  whether it is of God, or [that] I speak from myself.
if any one may will to do His will, he shall know concerning the teaching,  whether it is of God, or -- I do speak from myself.
John 7 18
He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of him who sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
He that speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but he that seeks the glory of him that has sent him, he is true, and unrighteousness is not in him.
`He who is speaking from himself his own glory doth seek, but he who is seeking   the glory of him who sent him, this one is true, and unrighteousness is not in him;
John 7 19
Didn`t Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill me?"
Has not Moses given you the law, and no one of you practises the law? Why do ye seek to kill me?
hath not Moses given you the law? and none of you doth the law; why me do ye  seek to kill?`
John 7 20
The multitude answered, "You have a demon! Who seeks to kill you?"
The crowd answered [and said], Thou hast a demon: who seeks to kill thee?
The multitude answered and said, `Thou hast a demon, who doth seek to kill thee?`
John 7 21
Jesus answered them, "I did one work, and you all marvel because of it.
Jesus answered and said to them, I have done one work, and ye all wonder.
Jesus answered and said to them, `One work I did, and ye all wonder,
John 7 22
Moses has given you circumcision (not that it is of Moses, but of the fathers), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a boy.
Therefore Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is of Moses, but of the fathers), and ye circumcise a man on sabbath.
because of this, Moses hath given you the circumcision -- not that it is of Moses, but of the fathers -- and on a sabbath ye circumcise a man;
John 7 23
If a boy receives circumcision on the Sabbath, that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me, because I made a man every bit whole on the Sabbath?
If a man receives circumcision on sabbath, that the law of Moses may not be  violated, are ye angry with me because I have made a man entirely sound on sabbath?
if a man doth receive circumcision on a sabbath that the law of Moses may not be broken, are ye wroth with me that I made a man all whole on a sabbath?
John 7 24
Don`t judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment."
Judge not according to sight, but judge righteous judgment.
judge not according to appearance, but the righteous judgment judge.`
John 7 25
Some therefore of them of Jerusalem said, "Isn`t this he whom they seek to kill?
Some therefore of those of Jerusalem said, Is not this he whom they seek to kill?
Certain, therefore, of the Jerusalemites said, `Is not this he whom they are seeking to kill?
John 7 26
Behold, he speaks openly, and they say nothing to him. Can it be that the  rulers indeed know that this is truly the Christ?
and behold, he speaks openly, and they say nothing to him. Have the rulers then indeed recognised that this is the Christ?
and, lo, he doth speak freely, and they say nothing to him; did the rulers at all know truly that this is truly the Christ?
John 7 27
However we know where this man comes from, but when the Christ comes, no one will know where he comes from."
But [as to] this [man] we know whence he is. Now [as to] the Christ, when he comes, no one knows whence he is.
but this one -- we have known whence he is; and the Christ, when he doth come, no one doth know whence he is.`
John 7 28
Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, "You both know me, and know where I am from. I have not come of myself, but he who sent  me is true, whom you don`t know.
Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, Ye both know me and ye know whence I am; and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye do not know.
Jesus cried, therefore, in the temple, teaching and saying, `Ye have both known me, and ye have known whence I am; and I have not come of myself, but He who sent me is true, whom ye have not known;
John 7 29
I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me."
I know him, because I am from him, and *he* has sent me.
and I have known Him, because I am from Him, and He did send me.`
John 7 30
They sought therefore to take him. No one laid a hand on him, because his hour was not yet come.
They sought therefore to take him; and no one laid his hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come.
They were seeking, therefore, to seize him, and no one laid the hand on him, because his hour had not yet come,
John 7 31
But of the multitude, many believed in him. They said, "When the Christ comes, will he do more signs than those which this man has done?"
But many of the crowd believed on him, and said, Will the Christ, when he comes, do more signs than those which this [man] has done?
and many out of the multitude did believe in him, and said -- `The Christ -- when he may come -- will he do more signs than these that this one did?`
John 7 32
The Pharisees heard the multitude murmuring these things concerning him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to take him.
The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers that they might take him.
The Pharisees heard the multitude murmuring these things concerning him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers that they may take him;
John 7 33
Then Jesus said, "Yet a little while, am I with you, then I go to him who sent me.
Jesus therefore said, Yet a little while I am with you, and I go to him that has sent me.
Jesus, therefore, said to them, `Yet a little time I am with you, and I go away  into Him who sent me;
John 7 34
You will seek me, and won`t find me; and where I am, you can`t come."
Ye shall seek me and shall not find [me], and where I am ye cannot come.
ye will seek me, and ye shall not find; and where I am, ye are not able to come.`
John 7 35
The Jews therefore said among themselves, "Where will this man go that we won`t find him? Will he go to the Dispersion among the  Greeks, and teach the Greeks?
The Jews therefore said to one another, Where is he about to go that we shall not find him? Is he about to go to the dispersion among the Greeks, and  teach the Greeks?
The Jews, therefore, said among themselves, `Whither is this one about to go that we shall not find him? -- to the  dispersion of the Greeks is he about to go? and to teach the Greeks;
John 7 36
What is this word that he said, `You will seek me, and won`t find me; and where I  am, you can`t come?`"
What word is this which he said, Ye shall seek me and shall not find [me]; and where I am ye cannot come?
what is this word that he said, Ye will seek me, and ye shall not find? and, Where I am, ye are not able to come?`
John 7 37
Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink!
In the last, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried saying, If any one  thirst, let him come to me and drink.
And in the last, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, `If any one doth thirst, let him come unto me and drink;
John 7 38
He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living 
He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
he who is believing in me, according as the Writing said, Rivers out of his belly shall flow of living water;`
John 7 39
But he said this about the Spirit, which those believing in him were to receive. For the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus wasn`t yet glorified.
But this he said concerning the Spirit, which they that believed on him were about to receive; for [the] Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been  glorified.
and this he said of the Spirit, which those believing in him were about to  receive; for not yet was the Holy Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
John 7 40
Many of the multitude therefore, when they heard these words, said, "This is truly the prophet."
[Some] out of the crowd therefore, having heard this word, said, This is truly the prophet.
Many, therefore out of the multitude, having heard the word, said, `This is truly the Prophet;`
John 7 41
Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "What, does the Christ come out of Galilee?
Others said, This is the Christ. Others said, Does then the Christ come out of  Galilee?
others said, `This is the Christ;` and others said, `Why, out of Galilee doth the Christ come?
John 7 42
Hasn`t the scripture said that the Christ comes of the seed of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?"
Has not the scripture said that the Christ comes of the seed of David, and from the village of Bethlehem, where David was?
Did not the Writing say, that out of the seed of David, and from Bethlehem -- the village where David was -- the Christ doth come?`
John 7 43
So there arose a division in the multitude because of him.
There was a division therefore in the crowd on account of him.
A division, therefore, arose among the multitude because of him.
John 7 44
Some of them would have taken him, but no one laid hands on him.
But some of them desired to take him, but no one laid hands upon him.
And certain of them were willing to seize him, but no one laid hands on him;
John 7 45
The officers therefore came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, "Why didn`t you bring him?"
The officers therefore came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, Why have ye not brought him?
the officers came, therefore, unto the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, `Wherefore did ye not bring him?`
John 7 46
The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!"
The officers answered, Never man spoke thus, as this man [speaks].
The officers answered, `Never so spake man -- as this man.`
John 7 47
The Pharisees therefore answered them, "Are you also led astray?
The Pharisees therefore answered them, Are ye also deceived?
The Pharisees, therefore, answered them, `Have ye also been led astray?
John 7 48
Has any of the rulers believed in him, or of the Pharisees?
Has any one of the rulers believed on him, or of the Pharisees?
did any one out of the rulers believe in him? or out of the Pharisees?
John 7 49
But this cursed multitude doesn`t know the law."
But this crowd, which does not know the law, are accursed.
but this multitude, that is not knowing the law, is accursed.`
John 7 50
Nicodemus (he who came to him by night, being one of them) said to them,
Nicodemus says to them (being one of themselves),
Nicodemus saith unto them -- he who came by night unto him -- being one of them,
John 7 51
"Does our law judge a man, unless it first hears from him personally and knows what he does?"
Does our law judge a man before it have first heard from himself, and know what he does?
`Doth our law judge the man, if it may not hear from him first, and know what he doth?`
John 7 52
They answered him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search, and see that no prophet has arisen out of Galilee."
They answered and said to him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search and look, that no prophet arises out of Galilee.
They answered and said to him, `Art thou also out of Galilee? search and see, that a prophet out of Galilee hath not risen;`
John 7 53
Everyone went to his own house,
And every one went to his home.
and each one went on to his house, but Jesus went on to the mount of the Olives.


Study Questions...

How will one know where Jesus' authority comes from? 7:17

How is judgment to be done? 7:24

Why didn't the officers apprehend Jesus? 7:45-46