10/17/13

From Gary.... "supercomplication"


































(http://www.businessinsider.com/most-expensive-watches-sold-at-auction-2013-5?op=1)


Today, as a looked at facebook, I saw a list of the twenty four most expensive watches ever sold at auction.  This list was mind-blowing!!!  Who has millions to spend on watches, anyway???  The above picture is the most expensive, complicated watch ever sold at auction; but what do you do with it and what real utilitarianism does it have???  Really- you can't carry this around with you; it would be like hanging a bulls-eye around your neck and your life would be worth nothing.  If humans will kill one another for a mere pittance, then what would someone do for something worth $11 million dollars??  This is just a possession that carries with it more baggage, responsibility and danger.  But, what if you could add something to your life that improved it, but DID NOT have any "baggage"???  Consider, for a moment the following passage from the book of 2nd Peter...


2nd Peter, Chapter 1
 1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a like precious faith with us in the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:  2 Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,  3 seeing that his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and virtue;  4 by which he has granted to us his precious and exceedingly great promises; that through these you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust.  5 Yes, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence; and in moral excellence, knowledge;  6 and in knowledge, self-control; and in self-control patience; and in patience godliness;  7 and in godliness brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love.  8 For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful to the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 For he who lacks these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins.  10 Therefore, brothers, be more diligent to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never stumble.  11 For thus you will be richly supplied with the entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

When you add more functions to a watch (called complications in horology [watch-making and the study of time] parlance) it is worth more.  But these complications create human complications in that the watch becomes so involved that it is no longer fun to use. Spirituality, on the other hand becomes more valuable AND MORE ENJOYABLE as you develop!!!  Adding diligence, faith, moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, patience, godliness, brotherly affection and love perfect you and are elements of your character which make you a better person.  How much is that worth?  In terms of money- nothing!!! But, as far as getting to heaven- well, everything!!!  God has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness- so work with that!!!  Faithful committed Christian?  Great!!!  Add more of the things mentioned in the highlighted verses and verse ten will apply to you.  Oh, yes- and you will never be put on the auction block either- Jesus has already paid the price for your soul!!!

From Jim McGuiggan... Of Gods & Lords

Of Gods & Lords

It's all about "power" isn't it? If you're a "god" it's about how much power you have and if you're a king it's about how many people you have under you. As unsettling as that can be and as little as we may like the notion, I suppose there has to be that element in godship and lordship. The "power" thing I mean.
What kind of a god is God? Well he has more "power" than we do because he can will and speak universes into existence. The last time I looked not even my Ethel could do that. But maybe it's not the existence of power that's the real question. Maybe it's the way we think power should be exercised.
Paul says (2:3), "Do nothing out of selfish ambition." Which assumes they had some "power" with which to do some things. He goes on to say that if they have entered into what it means to be in Christ certain things should follow, will follow. There'd be self-giving, humility, the bridling of ambition and the like. The test of Christ-likeness is having his attitude, his way of seeing things. And what way was that?
He thought Godhood should result in self-giving. The attitude and actions ascribed to Christ in 2:5-8 were not what he felt and did after the incarnation they are what led to the incarnation. The incarnation was the result of what he thought and felt before he became incarnate. He who was God thought about Godhood in such a way that he became a servant and gave himself for creation. That entire movement, from pre-incarnation to incarnation is what Paul means by "he emptied himself". He doesn't mean that God emptied himself of something that was part of God's nature (say, omnipotence or omniscience); Jesus wasn't God "minus something" being a man; he was fully God being a man. No, that move, from pre-incarnate God to incarnate God as a servant, is what the phrase "he emptied himself" means.
And the Father saw that and agreed that this was the truth of his own heart. In raising Jesus from the dead and making him Lord of all God was stamping this way of seeing things with his own approval. God exalts that kind of Jesus? Astonishing thought, but it's a God who is like Jesus Christ.
But is such an attitude the attitude a God should take? It's the one that the only true God takes. But does this not cheapen God? The one true God didn't think so. But does this not lessen his power; does it not somehow weaken him? No, it doesn't! But it lets us know what true Godhood is and it teaches us that in a world in need of rescue, power should be exercised from a position of weakness.
If we're impressed at all by what we have found in Jesus Christ, Paul says (2:1-4), then we are to think and feel the way he did. And God will see and stamp our lives with his own stamp of approval. He will say, "There's a heart like my own heart."

©2004 Jim McGuiggan. All materials are free to be copied and used as long as money is not being made.

Many thanks to brother Ed Healy, for allowing me to post from his website, the abiding word.com.

From Ben Fronczek... Take Courage!

Take Courage!

The Lord Said, “Take Courage”
In Acts chapter 22, after being arrested in the Temple area on false charges, the Apostle Paul is given an opportunity to talk about how at one time he was just as zealous as these Jews were but how things changes when he met the Lord on the road to Damascus. He told how he was blinded by the light, how the Lord spoke to him and how he was directed to go into Damascus to wait for instructions. He told them how Ananias came to him, restored his sight and then told him that God had chosen him to see the Righteous One (the Messiah) and hear words from His mouth. Ananias told him that he was now to be a witness (or the Lord’s spokesman), and then instructed him to get up and be baptized to wash his sins away calling on His name. He proceeded to tell the Jews that after he returned to Jerusalem he was rejected because of his message and so the Lord instructed him to leave Jerusalem and to go off and preach to the Gentiles. (Read Acts 22) After Paul had told them this, the Jews in the Temple again went crazy shouting and screaming to get rid of him. The Romans proceeded to haul him off into the barracks. The next day we have an interesting story in ch. 23 when is brought out before the Jewish Sanhedrin and they begin to interrogate him. In all honesty Paul knew he couldn’t reason with these men and so after noticing that some of them were Sadducees and some were Pharisees Paul says something that would take their attention off him. 

Read Acts 23:6-10
“6 Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, descended from Pharisees. I stand on trial because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead.” 7 When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 8 (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees believe all these things.)
9 There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. “We find nothing wrong with this man,” they said. “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” 10 The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.”

Can you imagine being in Paul’s shoes? Here he is in jailed, and it seem like the whole city hated him. And why? For doing what the Lord told Him to do. What would you be thinking if it was you sitting there in jail? What would be your attitude? Confused, hurt, disappointed, abandoned, depressed? From here on out Paul was a prisoner. During this time he wrote several books of the Bible by inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God. We call them the ‘prison epistles’ because of this. We can get an idea of what was going through his mind by what he wrote in these letters while in prison. Now in this lesson we don’t have enough time to look at all the positive encouraging things Paul wrote in these letters. The letters were not only filled with awesome instruction, they were also filled encouragement. Just by reading them it doesn’t take long to realize that Paul was not a broken man. Rather, he himself learned the secret of how to be joy-filled even during the most difficult times.

It was in one of these letters from prison he wrote, 

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”   He wrote this to those in Philippi in chapter 4:4-7

As we read in our text this morning, he is in jail…Now this is before he wrote all those other encouraging. I wonder what was he thinking that night? Paul was a great man, but he was still just a man. He had real feelings and got discouraged like the rest of us. I believe he needed to feel God’s presence. He needed to know he wasn’t all alone. Did you ever feel like that? And so God shows up in his cell…just when he needed Him the most. 

Read Acts 23:11 
“The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”
We see 2 things that happened in the jail cell that night and then something else the following day.
#1 The Lord stood by Paul 
#2. The Lord spoke to Paul #3. & Then the Lord protects Paul

Let’s look at these a little closer.
#1. The Lord stood by Paul

What a beautiful phrase! In the church, we like to talk about the importance of making a commitment to Jesus and then keeping it…but let’s not forget that when we make a commitment to Jesus, He makes a commitment to us!
In Hebrews 13:5b-6 the author writes 

“God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

We need to understand that Jesus knows what we go through..
Just a few years earlier Jesus was in the same city as Paul, before the same council as Paul was in this text. He was also being tried for things which were not a crime, but rather for doing God’s will besides other good things. He may have been in the same jail. Both were called a blasphemer, heretic, and troublemaker. Both were physically abuse.
Jesus knew what Paul was going through. He’d been there!
We have a Savior who knows and understands what we are going thru, because He has been there, and He’s here with us today knowing what it feels like to be lonely, and rejected He knows what it feels like to grieve, even disappointed and discouraged & abused. He knows what it feels like to go hungry and to want. He’s been there! Here we read that the Lord stood by Paul as the sympathizing Christ…
 In:  Philip. 4, Paul wrote...

“The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

Do you believe this? I hope that you do because it will make the difference when it comes to how well you handle difficult situations in your life. You can find peace or just get angry!

#2. Then the Lord spoke to Paul
What a blessing to have a God who speaks to us. Throughout history the Lord has spoken to His people. Whether audibly thru a bush, or on a wall, thru a prophet, or by means of ink on paper or by the Holy Spirit in one’s heart…He speaks, and often!

Hebrews 1:1-3 says  “1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
a. And what does the Lord say to Paul? “Take courage”. The Greek word used here can also be translated ‘be of good cheer, or cheer up), or take comfort or take heart’. 

Jesus said same thing many times during his earthly ministry:
 
- He said it to the man who was a paralytic before He healed Him in Mt 9:2,
 
- And to the woman subject to on-going bleeding in Mt 9:22
 
- He said it when the disciples were frightened when they saw him walking on the water and thought He was some kind of ghost in Mt. 14:27
 
- And He told his disciples the same thing when He told them that He about to leave them but would not leave them alone. John 16:33

And He does the same for us; in our hearts, or thru a sermon, or thru an encouraging brother or sister in church, or sometimes in our own private times of devotion. Maybe even as we read scripture or a good spiritual book just the right message leaps off the page and speaks to us from God. How many of you know of someone right now that could use some encouragement? People love encouraging, uplifting, positive people. In my opinion, when you set out to encourage someone, you are allowing God to use you to do His bidding.

The Lord also told Paul to cheer up and take courage because his next stop was Rome. Paul probably thought, “Wow Rome!” That’s what he wanted all along and was starting to wonder if he’d ever get a chance. But now all doubts are erased because God has said it. Just when he needed it the most, the Lord stood by Paul, and spoke him.

3. The next thing we see is how the Lord protects Paul Read 23:12-24 The next day these 40 men enter into a death pact together against Paul. The Lord had said “you’re going to Rome”, but these 40 say, “nah, you’re not going anywhere”. I wonder how long their oath not to eat or drink lasted? 
It’s amazing how God works. You know, God isn’t mentioned any more in this story. And yet you can see His hand at work throughout the rest of this chapter. And probably God worked in a way that Paul never imagined.
God didn’t smite the 40 with leprosy or blindness, or swallow them up in a fiery hole in the earth? No, He didn’t do anything that dramatic…instead, God used a little boy to foil their plans…

We read in v. 23-24 a small army of 470 trained soldiers were put to together to escort Paul away from these 40 lunatics. And it was all because one little boy eavesdropped and then had courage to go to the commander.
You may be going thru circumstances where you don’t see or feel like God is anywhere around…but don’t think for one second that He’s isn’t here… watching. 

In Matthew 10 Jesus told His disciples
“29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

You need to remember that He loves you. He wants to encourage you not to give up, to be of good cheer, to take courage, because He personally knows how hard this live can be. Maybe He’s using me this day to let you know that. Listen and look for His encouragement. Even better yet, be the source of his encouragement to others. He loves you, and He will protect you. 

(Closing Story) 
Just after WWII, American soldiers found a little cellar where Jews had hid out. Written on the wall one had written, “I believe in the sun, even when it does not shine. I believe in love, even when it is not shown. And I believe in God even when I cannot see Him work.”


May we be as faithful!

From Gary... Bible Reading and Study October 17




Bible Reading and Study   


October 17


The World English Bible



Oct. 17
Proverbs 24-26

Pro 24:1 Don't be envious of evil men; neither desire to be with them:
Pro 24:2 for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about mischief.
Pro 24:3 Through wisdom a house is built; by understanding it is established;
Pro 24:4 by knowledge the rooms are filled with all rare and beautiful treasure.
Pro 24:5 A wise man has great power; and a knowledgeable man increases strength;
Pro 24:6 for by wise guidance you wage your war; and victory is in many advisors.
Pro 24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he doesn't open his mouth in the gate.
Pro 24:8 One who plots to do evil will be called a schemer.
Pro 24:9 The schemes of folly are sin. The mocker is detested by men.
Pro 24:10 If you falter in the time of trouble, your strength is small.
Pro 24:11 Rescue those who are being led away to death! Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter!
Pro 24:12 If you say, "Behold, we didn't know this;" doesn't he who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, doesn't he know it? Shall he not render to every man according to his work?
Pro 24:13 My son, eat honey, for it is good; the droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to your taste:
Pro 24:14 so you shall know wisdom to be to your soul; if you have found it, then there will be a reward, your hope will not be cut off.
Pro 24:15 Don't lay in wait, wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous. Don't destroy his resting place:
Pro 24:16 for a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.
Pro 24:17 Don't rejoice when your enemy falls. Don't let your heart be glad when he is overthrown;
Pro 24:18 lest Yahweh see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
Pro 24:19 Don't fret yourself because of evildoers; neither be envious of the wicked:
Pro 24:20 for there will be no reward to the evil man; and the lamp of the wicked shall be snuffed out.
Pro 24:21 My son, fear Yahweh and the king. Don't join those who are rebellious:
Pro 24:22 for their calamity will rise suddenly; the destruction from them both--who knows?
Pro 24:23 These also are sayings of the wise. To show partiality in judgment is not good.
Pro 24:24 He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous;" peoples shall curse him, and nations shall abhor him--
Pro 24:25 but it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and a rich blessing will come on them.
Pro 24:26 An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
Pro 24:27 Prepare your work outside, and get your fields ready. Afterwards, build your house.
Pro 24:28 Don't be a witness against your neighbor without cause. Don't deceive with your lips.
Pro 24:29 Don't say, "I will do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work."
Pro 24:30 I went by the field of the sluggard, by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
Pro 24:31 Behold, it was all grown over with thorns. Its surface was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.
Pro 24:32 Then I saw, and considered well. I saw, and received instruction:
Pro 24:33 a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep;
Pro 24:34 so your poverty will come as a robber, and your want as an armed man.
Pro 25:1 These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
Pro 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
Pro 25:3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
Pro 25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and material comes out for the refiner;
Pro 25:5 Take away the wicked from the king's presence, and his throne will be established in righteousness.
Pro 25:6 Don't exalt yourself in the presence of the king, or claim a place among great men;
Pro 25:7 for it is better that it be said to you, "Come up here," than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, whom your eyes have seen.
Pro 25:8 Don't be hasty in bringing charges to court. What will you do in the end when your neighbor shames you?
Pro 25:9 Debate your case with your neighbor, and don't betray the confidence of another;
Pro 25:10 lest one who hears it put you to shame, and your bad reputation never depart.
Pro 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Pro 25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover to an obedient ear.
Pro 25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to those who send him; for he refreshes the soul of his masters.
Pro 25:14 As clouds and wind without rain, so is he who boasts of gifts deceptively.
Pro 25:15 By patience a ruler is persuaded. A soft tongue breaks the bone.
Pro 25:16 Have you found honey? Eat as much as is sufficient for you, lest you eat too much, and vomit it.
Pro 25:17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, lest he be weary of you, and hate you.
Pro 25:18 A man who gives false testimony against his neighbor is like a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow.
Pro 25:19 Confidence in someone unfaithful in time of trouble is like a bad tooth, or a lame foot.
Pro 25:20 As one who takes away a garment in cold weather, or vinegar on soda, so is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
Pro 25:21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat. If he is thirsty, give him water to drink:
Pro 25:22 for you will heap coals of fire on his head, and Yahweh will reward you.
Pro 25:23 The north wind brings forth rain: so a backbiting tongue brings an angry face.
Pro 25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than to share a house with a contentious woman.
Pro 25:25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
Pro 25:26 Like a muddied spring, and a polluted well, so is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
Pro 25:27 It is not good to eat much honey; nor is it honorable to seek one's own honor.
Pro 25:28 Like a city that is broken down and without walls is a man whose spirit is without restraint.
Pro 26:1 Like snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.
Pro 26:2 Like a fluttering sparrow, like a darting swallow, so the undeserved curse doesn't come to rest.
Pro 26:3 A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools!
Pro 26:4 Don't answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.
Pro 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
Pro 26:6 One who sends a message by the hand of a fool is cutting off feet and drinking violence.
Pro 26:7 Like the legs of the lame that hang loose: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
Pro 26:8 As one who binds a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a fool.
Pro 26:9 Like a thornbush that goes into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
Pro 26:10 As an archer who wounds all, so is he who hires a fool or he who hires those who pass by.
Pro 26:11 As a dog that returns to his vomit, so is a fool who repeats his folly.
Pro 26:12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Pro 26:13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion roams the streets!"
Pro 26:14 As the door turns on its hinges, so does the sluggard on his bed.
Pro 26:15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish. He is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
Pro 26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer with discretion.
Pro 26:17 Like one who grabs a dog's ears is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.
Pro 26:18 Like a madman who shoots firebrands, arrows, and death,
Pro 26:19 is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, "Am I not joking?"
Pro 26:20 For lack of wood a fire goes out. Without gossip, a quarrel dies down.
Pro 26:21 As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindling strife.
Pro 26:22 The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, they go down into the innermost parts.
Pro 26:23 Like silver dross on an earthen vessel are the lips of a fervent one with an evil heart.
Pro 26:24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but he harbors evil in his heart.
Pro 26:25 When his speech is charming, don't believe him; for there are seven abominations in his heart.
Pro 26:26 His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
Pro 26:27 Whoever digs a pit shall fall into it. Whoever rolls a stone, it will come back on him.
Pro 26:28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts; and a flattering mouth works ruin.


 
The Composite Bible
The World English Bible
Darby's Translation
Young's Literal Translation

The Composite Bible is a effort to understand the Bible by considering it from different perspectives and different levels of literalcy. First, read the World English Bible (the least literal-black text) for comprehension of the text. Next, read both the World English Bible with the Darby Translation (more literal-blue text)to make comparisons and lastly, read all three versions (Young's is the most literal translation- red text) at one time to obtain an overview of the text. Doing this will make you think about what the Scriptures are actually saying and avoid reading in a superficial manner.
Proverbs
 
Proverbs 24 1
Don`t you be envious against evil men; Neither desire to be with them:
Be not thou envious of evil men, neither desire to be with them;
Be not envious of evil men, And desire not to be with them.
Proverbs 24 2
For their hearts plot violence, And their lips talk about mischief.
for their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
For destruction doth their heart meditate, And perverseness do their lips speak.
Proverbs 24 3
Through wisdom a house is built; By understanding it is established;
Through wisdom is a house built, and by understanding it is established;
By wisdom is a house builded, And by understanding it establisheth itself.
Proverbs 24 4
By knowledge the rooms are filled With all rare and beautiful treasure.
and by knowledge are the chambers filled with all precious and pleasant substance.
And by knowledge the inner parts are filled, [With] all precious and pleasant wealth.
Proverbs 24 5
A wise man has great power; And a knowledgeable man increases strength;
A wise man is strong, and a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
Mighty [is] the wise in strength, And a man of knowledge is strengthening power,
Proverbs 24 6
For by wise guidance you wage your war; And victory is in many advisors.
For with good advice shalt thou make thy war; and in the multitude of counsellors there
is safety.
For by plans thou makest for thyself war, And deliverance [is] in a multitude of counsellors.
Proverbs 24 7
Wisdom is too high for a fool: He doesn`t open his mouth in the gate.
Wisdom is too high for a fool: he will not open his mouth in the gate.
Wisdom [is] high for a fool, In the gate he openeth not his mouth.
Proverbs 24 8
One who plots to do evil Will be called a schemer.
He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a master of intrigues.
Whoso is devising to do evil, Him they call a master of wicked thoughts.
Proverbs 24 9
The schemes of folly are sin. The mocker is detested by men.
The purpose of folly is sin, and the scorner is an abomination to men.
The thought of folly [is] sin, And an abomination to man [is] a scorner.
Proverbs 24 10
If you falter in the time of trouble, Your strength is small.
[If] thou losest courage in the day of trouble, thy strength is small.
Thou hast shewed thyself weak in a day of adversity, Straitened is thy power,
Proverbs 24 11
Rescue those who are being led away to death! Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter!
Deliver them that are taken forth unto death, and withdraw not from them that stagger
to slaughter.
If [from] delivering those taken to death, And those slipping to the slaughter --
thou keepest back.
Proverbs 24 12
If you say, "Behold, we didn`t know this;" Doesn`t he who weighs the hearts consider it? He
who keeps your soul, doesn`t he know it? Shall he not render to every man according to his
work?
If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not, will not he that weigheth the hearts consider it?
And he that preserveth thy soul, he knoweth it; and he rendereth to man according to his
work.
When thou sayest, `Lo, we knew not this.` Is not the Ponderer of hearts He who
understandeth? And the Keeper of thy soul He who knoweth? And He hath
rendered to man according to his work.
Proverbs 24 13
My son, eat honey, for it is good; The droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to your
taste:
Eat honey, my son, for it is good; and a honeycomb is sweet to thy taste:
Eat my son, honey that [is] good, And the honeycomb -- sweet to thy palate.
Proverbs 24 14
So you shall know wisdom to be to your soul; If you have found it, then will there be a reward, Your hope will not be cut off.
so consider wisdom for thy soul; if thou hast found it, there shall be a result, and thine
expectation shall not be cut off.
So [is] the knowledge of wisdom to thy soul, If thou hast found that there is a
posterity And thy hope is not cut off.
Proverbs 24 15
Don`t lay in wait, wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous. Don`t destroy his
resting-place:
Lay not wait, O wicked [man], against the dwelling of the righteous; lay not waste his
resting-place.
Lay not wait, O wicked one, At the habitation of the righteous. Do not spoil his
resting-place.
Proverbs 24 16
For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; But the wicked are overthrown by calamity.
For the righteous falleth seven times, and riseth up again; but the wicked stumble into
disaster.
For seven [times] doth the righteous fall and rise, And the wicked stumble in evil.
Proverbs 24 17
Don`t rejoice when your enemy falls. Don`t let your heart be glad when he is overthrown;
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thy heart be glad when he stumbleth;
In the falling of thine enemy rejoice not, And in his stumbling let not thy heart be
joyful,
Proverbs 24 18
Lest Yahweh see it, and it displease him, And he turn away his wrath from him.
lest Jehovah see it, and it be evil in his sight, and he turn away his anger from him.
Lest Jehovah see, and [it be] evil in His eyes, And He hath turned from off him His
anger.
Proverbs 24 19
Don`t fret yourself because of evildoers; Neither be envious of the wicked:
Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, [and] be not envious of the wicked:
Fret not thyself at evil doers, Be not envious at the wicked,
Proverbs 24 20
For there will be no reward to the evil man; And the lamp of the wicked shall be snuffed out.
for there shall be no future to the evil [man]; the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
For there is not a posterity to the evil, The lamp of the wicked is extinguished.
Proverbs 24 21
My son, fear Yahweh and the king. Don`t join those who are rebellious:
My son, fear Jehovah and the king: meddle not with them that are given to change.
Fear Jehovah, my son, and the king, With changers mix not up thyself,
Proverbs 24 22
For their calamity will rise suddenly; The destruction from them both -- who knows?
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
For suddenly doth their calamity rise, And the ruin of them both -- who knoweth!
Proverbs 24 23
These also are sayings of the wise. To show partiality in judgment is not good.
These things also come from the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in
judgment.
These also are for the wise: -- To discern faces in judgment is not good.
Proverbs 24 24
He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous;" Peoples shall curse him, and nations shall
abhor him --
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous, peoples shall curse him, nations shall
abhor him;
Whoso is saying to the wicked, `Thou [art] righteous,` Peoples execrate him --
nations abhor him.
Proverbs 24 25
But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, And a rich blessing will come on them.
but to them that rebuke [him] shall be delight, and a good blessing cometh upon them.
And to those reproving it is pleasant, And on them cometh a good blessing.
Proverbs 24 26
An honest answer Is like a kiss on the lips.
He kisseth the lips who giveth a right answer.
Lips he kisseth who is returning straightforward words.
Proverbs 24 27
Prepare your work outside. Make it ready for you in the field. Afterwards, build your house.
Prepare thy work without, and put thy field in order, and afterwards build thy house.
Prepare in an out-place thy work, And make it ready in the field -- go afterwards,
Then thou hast built thy house.
Proverbs 24 28
Don`t be a witness against your neighbor without cause. Don`t deceive with your lips.
Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and wouldest thou deceive with
thy lips?
Be not a witness for nought against thy neighbour, Or thou hast enticed with thy
lips.
Proverbs 24 29
Don`t say, "I will do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his
work."
Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me, I will render to the man according to
his work.
Say not, `As he did to me, so I do to him, I render to each according to his work.`
Proverbs 24 30
I went by the field of the sluggard, By the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
I went by the field of a sluggard, and by the vineyard of a man void of understanding;
Near the field of a slothful man I passed by, And near the vineyard of a man
lacking heart.
Proverbs 24 31
Behold, it was all grown over with thorns. Its surface was covered with nettles, And its stone wall was broken down.
and lo, it was all grown over with thistles, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and
its stone wall was broken down.
And lo, it hath gone up -- all of it -- thorns! Covered its face have nettles, And its
stone wall hath been broken down.
Proverbs 24 32
Then I saw, and considered well. I saw, and received instruction:
Then I looked, I took it to heart; I saw, I received instruction:
And I see -- I -- I do set my heart, I have seen -- I have received instruction,
Proverbs 24 33
A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep;
-- A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest!
A little sleep -- a little slumber -- A little folding of the hands to lie down.
Proverbs 24 34
So shall your poverty come as a robber, And your want as an armed man.
So shall thy poverty come [as] a roving plunderer, and thy penury as an armed man.
And thy poverty hath come [as] a traveller, And thy want as an armed man!
Proverbs 25 1
These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah transcribed.
Also these are Proverbs of Solomon, that men of Hezekiah king of Judah
transcribed: --
Proverbs 25 2
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the glory of kings is to search out a thing.
The honour of God [is] to hide a thing, And the honour of kings to search out a
matter.
Proverbs 25 3
As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, So the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
The heavens for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
The heavens for height, and the earth for depth, And the heart of kings -- [are]
unsearchable.
Proverbs 25 4
Take away the dross from the silver, And material comes out for the refiner;
Take away the dross from the silver, and there cometh forth a vessel for the refiner:
Take away dross from silver, And a vessel for the refiner goeth forth,
Proverbs 25 5
Take away the wicked from the king`s presence, And his throne will be established in
righteousness.
take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in
righteousness.
Take away the wicked before a king, And established in righteousness is his
throne.
Proverbs 25 6
Don`t exalt yourself in the presence of the king, Or claim a place among great men;
Put not thyself forward in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of the
great;
Honour not thyself before a king, And in the place of the great stand not.
Proverbs 25 7
For it is better that it be said to you, "Come up here," Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen.
for better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither, than that thou shouldest be put
lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes see.
For better [that] he hath said to thee, `Come thou up hither,` Than [that] he
humble thee before a noble, Whom thine eyes have seen.
Proverbs 25 8
Don`t be hasty in bringing charges to court. What will you do in the end when your neighbor shames you?
Go not forth hastily to strive, lest [thou know not] what to do in the end thereof, when thy
neighbour hath put thee to shame.
Go not forth to strive, haste, turn, What dost thou in its latter end, When thy
neighbour causeth thee to blush?
Proverbs 25 9
Debate your case with your neighbor, And don`t betray the confidence of another;
Debate thy cause with thy neighbour, but reveal not the secret of another;
Thy cause plead with thy neighbour, And the secret counsel of another reveal not,
Proverbs 25 10
Lest one who hears it put you to shame, And your bad reputation never depart.
lest he that heareth [it] disgrace thee, and thine evil report turn not away.
Lest the hearer put thee to shame, And thine evil report turn not back.
Proverbs 25 11
A word fitly spoken Is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
[As] apples of gold in pictures of silver, is a word spoken in season.
Apples of gold in imagery of silver, [Is] the word spoken at its fit times.
Proverbs 25 12
As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, So is a wise reprover to an obedient ear.
An ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, is a wise reprover upon an attentive
ear.
A ring of gold, and an ornament of pure gold, [Is] the wise reprover to an attentive
ear.
Proverbs 25 13
As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, So is a faithful messenger to those who send him;
For he refreshes the soul of his masters.
As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, [so] is a faithful messenger to them that send
him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
As a vessel of snow in a day of harvest, [So is] a faithful ambassador to those
sending him, And the soul of his masters he refresheth.
Proverbs 25 14
As clouds and wind without rain, So is he who boasts of gifts deceptively.
Clouds and wind without rain, [so] is a man that boasteth himself of a false gift.
Clouds and wind, and rain there is none, [Is] a man boasting himself in a false gift.
Proverbs 25 15
By patience a ruler is persuaded. A soft tongue breaks the bone.
By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
By long-suffering is a ruler persuaded, And a soft tongue breaketh a bone.
Proverbs 25 16
Have you found honey? Eat as much as is sufficient for you, Lest you eat too much, and vomit it.
Hast thou found honey? Eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be surfeited
therewith, and vomit it.
Honey thou hast found -- eat thy sufficiency, Lest thou be satiated [with] it, and
hast vomited it.
Proverbs 25 17
Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor`s house, Lest he be weary of you, and hate you.
Let thy foot be seldom in thy neighbour`s house; lest he be weary of thee and hate thee.
Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour`s house, Lest he be satiated [with] thee,
and have hated thee.
Proverbs 25 18
A man who gives false testimony against his neighbor Is like a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow.
A maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow, is a man that beareth false witness against his
neighbour.
A maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow, [Is] the man testifying against his
neighbour a false testimony.
Proverbs 25 19
Confidence in someone unfaithful in time of trouble Is like a bad tooth, or a lame foot.
A broken tooth, and a tottering foot, is confidence in an unfaithful [man] in the day of
trouble.
A bad tooth, and a tottering foot, [Is] the confidence of the treacherous in a day of
adversity.
Proverbs 25 20
As one who takes away a garment in cold weather, Or vinegar on soda, So is one who sings
songs to a heavy heart.
[As] he that taketh off a garment in cold weather, [and as] vinegar upon nitre, so is he
that singeth songs to a sad heart.
Whoso is taking away a garment in a cold day, [Is as] vinegar on nitre, And a
singer of songs on a sad heart.
Proverbs 25 21
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; If he is thirsty, give him water to drink:
If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to
drink:
If he who is hating thee doth hunger, cause him to eat bread, And if he thirst,
cause him to drink water.
Proverbs 25 22
For you will heap coals of fire on his head, And Yahweh will reward you.
for thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and Jehovah shall reward thee.
For coals thou art putting on his head, And Jehovah giveth recompense to thee.
Proverbs 25 23
The north wind brings forth rain: So a backbiting tongue brings an angry face.
The north wind bringeth forth rain, and the angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
A north wind bringeth forth rain, And a secret tongue -- indignant faces.
Proverbs 25 24
It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than to share a house with a contentious
woman.
It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman, and a
house in common.
Better to sit on a corner of a roof, Than [with] a woman of contentions, and a house
of company.
Proverbs 25 25
Like cold waters to a thirsty soul, So is good news from a far country.
[As] cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
[As] cold waters for a weary soul, So [is] a good report from a far country.
Proverbs 25 26
Like a muddied spring, and a polluted well, So is a righteous man who gives way before the
wicked.
A troubled fountain, and a defiled well, is a righteous [man] that giveth way before the
wicked.
A spring troubled, and a fountain corrupt, [Is] the righteous falling before the
wicked.
Proverbs 25 27
It is not good to eat much honey; Nor is it honorable to seek ones own honor.
It is not good to eat much honey; and to search into weighty matters is [itself] a weight.
The eating of much honey is not good, Nor a searching out of one`s own honour --
honour.
Proverbs 25 28
Like a city that is broken down and without walls Is a man whose spirit is without restraint.
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is [as] a city broken down, without walls.
A city broken down without walls, [Is] a man without restraint over his spirit!
Proverbs 26 1
Like snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour beseemeth not a fool.
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, So honour [is] not comely for a fool.
Proverbs 26 2
Like a fluttering sparrow, Like a darting swallow, So the undeserved curse doesn`t come to
rest.
As the sparrow for flitting about, as the swallow for flying, so a curse undeserved shall
not come.
As a bird by wandering, as a swallow by flying, So reviling without cause doth not
come.
Proverbs 26 3
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the back of fools!
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools.
A whip is for a horse, a bridle for an ass, And a rod for the back of fools.
Proverbs 26 4
Don`t answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him.
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Answer not a fool according to his folly, Lest thou be like to him -- even thou.
Proverbs 26 5
Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.
Proverbs 26 6
One who sends a message by the hand of a fool Is cutting off feet and drinking violence.
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off [his own] feet, [and] drinketh
damage.
He is cutting off feet, he is drinking injury, Who is sending things by the hand of
a fool.
Proverbs 26 7
Like the legs of the lame that hang loose: So is a parable in the mouth of fools.
The legs of the lame hang loose; so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Weak have been the two legs of the lame, And a parable in the mouth of fools.
Proverbs 26 8
As one who binds a stone in a sling, So is he who gives honor to a fool.
As a bag of gems in a stoneheap, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
As one who is binding a stone in a sling, So [is] he who is giving honour to a fool.
Proverbs 26 9
Like a thornbush that goes into the hand of a drunkard, So is a parable in the mouth of fools.
[As] a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
A thorn hath gone up into the hand of a drunkard, And a parable in the mouth of
fools.
Proverbs 26 10
As an archer who wounds all, So is he who hires a fool Or he who hires those who pass by.
A master roughly worketh every one: he both hireth the fool and hireth passers-by.
Great [is] the Former of all, And He is rewarding a fool, And is rewarding
transgressors.
Proverbs 26 11
As a dog that returns to his vomit, So is a fool who repeats his folly.
As a dog turneth back to its vomit, [so] a fool repeateth his folly.
As a dog hath returned to its vomit, A fool is repeating his folly.
Proverbs 26 12
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Hast thou seen a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope of a fool than of him.
Thou hast seen a man wise in his own eyes, More hope of a fool than of him!
Proverbs 26 13
The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion roams the streets!"
The sluggard saith, There is a fierce lion in the way; a lion is in the midst of the streets!
The slothful hath said, `A lion [is] in the way, A lion [is] in the broad places.`
Proverbs 26 14
As the door turns on its hinges, So does the sluggard on his bed.
[As] the door turneth upon its hinges, so the sluggard upon his bed.
The door turneth round on its hinge, And the slothful on his bed.
Proverbs 26 15
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish. He is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish: it wearieth him to bring it again to his
The slothful hath hid his hand in a dish, He is weary of bringing it back to his
mouth.
Proverbs 26 16
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who answer with discretion.
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven [men] that answer discreetly.
Wiser [is] the slothful in his own eyes, Than seven [men] returning a reason.
Proverbs 26 17
Like one who seizes a dog`s ears Is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.
He that passing by vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, is [like] one that
taketh a dog by the ears.
Laying hold on the ears of a dog, [Is] a passer-by making himself wrath for strife
not his own.
Proverbs 26 18
Like a madman who shoots firebrands, arrows, and death,
As a madman who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
As [one] pretending to be feeble, Who is casting sparks, arrows, and death,
Proverbs 26 19
Is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, "Am I not joking?"
so is a man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am I not in sport?
So hath a man deceived his neighbour, And hath said, `Am not I playing?`
Proverbs 26 20
For lack of wood the fire goes out; Where there is no gossip, a quarrel dies down.
Where no wood is, the fire goeth out; and where there is no talebearer, the contention
ceaseth.
Without wood is fire going out, And without a tale-bearer, contention ceaseth,
Proverbs 26 21
As coals are to hot embers, And wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
[As] coals for hot coals, and wood for fire, so is a contentious man to inflame strife.
Coal to burning coals, and wood to fire, And a man of contentions to kindle strife.
Proverbs 26 22
The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, They go down into the innermost parts.
The words of a talebearer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost
parts of the belly.
The words of a tale-bearer [are] as self-inflicted wounds, And they have gone down
[to] the inner parts of the heart.
Proverbs 26 23
Like silver dross on an earthen vessel Are the lips of a fervent one with an evil heart.
Ardent lips, and a wicked heart, are [as] an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.
Silver of dross spread over potsherd, [Are] burning lips and an evil heart.
Proverbs 26 24
A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, But he harbors evil in his heart.
He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, but he layeth up deceit within him:
By his lips doth a hater dissemble, And in his heart he placeth deceit,
Proverbs 26 25
When his speech is charming, don`t believe him; For there are seven abominations in his
when his voice is gracious, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his
When his voice is gracious trust not in him, For seven abominations [are] in his
heart.
Proverbs 26 26
His malice may be concealed by deception, But his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
Though [his] hatred is covered by dissimulation, his wickedness shall be made manifest
in the congregation.
Hatred is covered by deceit, Revealed is its wickedness in an assembly.
Proverbs 26 27
Whoever digs a pit shall fall into it. Whoever rolls a stone, it will come back on him.
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; and he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon
him.
Whoso is digging a pit falleth into it, And the roller of a stone, to him it turneth.
Proverbs 26 28
A lying tongue hates those it hurts; And a flattering mouth works ruin.
A lying tongue hateth those that are injured by it, and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
A lying tongue hateth its bruised ones, And a flattering mouth worketh an
overthrow!


Study Questions

How is a house established? 24:3
 

The knowledge of wisdom should be to you as___________________________________? 24:13-14
 

Fear the _______________ and the ___________? 24:21
 

What should not be said? 24:29

A fitly spoken word is like? 25:11
 

How should enemies be treated? 25:21
 

A fool will return to his ___________? 26:11



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Oct. 17
Philippians 2

Php 2:1 If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassion,
Php 2:2 make my joy full, by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind;
Php 2:3 doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself;
Php 2:4 each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.
Php 2:5 Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus,
Php 2:6 who, existing in the form of God, didn't consider equality with God a thing to be grasped,
Php 2:7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men.
Php 2:8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross.
Php 2:9 Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name;
Php 2:10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth,
Php 2:11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Php 2:12 So then, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Php 2:13 For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure.
Php 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputes,
Php 2:15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you are seen as lights in the world,
Php 2:16 holding up the word of life; that I may have something to boast in the day of Christ, that I didn't run in vain nor labor in vain.
Php 2:17 Yes, and if I am poured out on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice, and rejoice with you all.
Php 2:18 In the same way, you also rejoice, and rejoice with me.
Php 2:19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered up when I know how you are doing.
Php 2:20 For I have no one else like-minded, who will truly care about you.
Php 2:21 For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.
Php 2:22 But you know the proof of him, that, as a child serves a father, so he served with me in furtherance of the Good News.
Php 2:23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it will go with me.
Php 2:24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself also will come shortly.
Php 2:25 But I counted it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, fellow soldier, and your apostle and servant of my need;
Php 2:26 since he longed for you all, and was very troubled, because you had heard that he was sick.
Php 2:27 For indeed he was sick, nearly to death, but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, that I might not have sorrow on sorrow.
Php 2:28 I have sent him therefore the more diligently, that, when you see him again, you may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.
Php 2:29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy, and hold such in honor,
Php 2:30 because for the work of Christ he came near to death, risking his life to supply that which was lacking in your service toward me. 



 
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Philippians
 
Philippians 2 1
If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the
Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassion,
If then [there be] any comfort in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of
[the] Spirit, if any bowels and compassions,
If, then, any exhortation [is] in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of
spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
Philippians 2 2
make my joy full, that you be of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind;
fulfil my joy, that ye may think the same thing, having the same love, joined in soul,
thinking one thing;
fulfil ye my joy, that ye may mind the same thing -- having the same love -- of one
soul -- minding the one thing,
Philippians 2 3
doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself;
[let] nothing [be] in the spirit of strife or vain glory, but, in lowliness of mind, each
esteeming the other as more excellent than themselves;
nothing in rivalry or vain-glory, but in humility of mind one another counting
more excellent than yourselves --
Philippians 2 4
each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.
regarding not each his own [qualities], but each those of others also.
each not to your own look ye, but each also to the things of others.
Philippians 2 5
Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus,
For let this mind be in you which [was] also in Christ Jesus;
For, let this mind be in you that [is] also in Christ Jesus,
Philippians 2 6
who, existing in the form of God, didn`t consider it robbery to be equal with God,
who, subsisting in the form of God, did not esteem it an object of rapine to be on an
equality with God;
who, being in the form of God, thought [it] not robbery to be equal to God,
Philippians 2 7
but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men.
but emptied himself, taking a bondman`s form, taking his place in [the] likeness of men;
but did empty himself, the form of a servant having taken, in the likeness of men
having been made,
Philippians 2 8
Being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross.
and having been found in figure as a man, humbled himself, becoming obedient even
unto death, and [that the] death of [the] cross.
and in fashion having been found as a man, he humbled himself, having become
obedient unto death -- death even of a cross,
Philippians 2 9
Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name;
Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and granted him a name, that which is above
every name,
wherefore, also, God did highly exalt him, and gave to him a name that [is] above
every name,
Philippians 2 10
that at the name of Jesus every knee would bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of heavenly and earthly and infernal
[beings],
that in the name of Jesus every knee may bow -- of heavenlies, and earthlies, and
what are under the earth --
Philippians 2 11
and that every tongue would confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God, the Father.
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord to God [the] Father`s glory.
and every tongue may confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the
Father.
Philippians 2 12
So then, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
So that, my beloved, even as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now
much rather in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
So that, my beloved, as ye always obey, not as in my presence only, but now much
more in my absence, with fear and trembling your own salvation work out,
Philippians 2 13
For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure.
for it is God who works in you both the willing and the working according to [his] good
pleasure.
for God it is who is working in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Philippians 2 14
Do all things without murmurings and disputes,
Do all things without murmurings and reasonings,
All things do without murmurings and reasonings,
Philippians 2 15
that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you are seen as lights in the world,
that ye may be harmless and simple, irreproachable children of God in the midst of a
crooked and perverted generation; among whom ye appear as lights in [the] world,
that ye may become blameless and harmless, children of God, unblemished in the
midst of a generation crooked and perverse, among whom ye do appear as
luminaries in the world,
Philippians 2 16
holding up the word of life; that I may have something to boast in the day of Christ, that I didn`t run in vain nor labor in vain.
holding forth [the] word of life, so as to be a boast for me in Christ`s day, that I have not
run in vain nor laboured in vain.
the word of life holding forth, for rejoicing to me in regard to a day of Christ,
that not in vain did I run, nor in vain did I labour;
Philippians 2 17
Yes, and if I am poured out on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice, and rejoice with you all.
But if also I am poured out as a libation on the sacrifice and ministration of your faith, I
rejoice, and rejoice in common with you all.
but if also I am poured forth upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice
and joy with you all,
Philippians 2 18
In the same way, you also rejoice, and rejoice with me.
In like manner do *ye* also rejoice, and rejoice with me.
because of this do ye also rejoice and joy with me.
Philippians 2 19
But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered up when I know how you are doing.
But I hope in [the] Lord Jesus to send Timotheus to you shortly, that *I* also may be
refreshed, knowing how ye get on.
And I hope, in the Lord Jesus, Timotheus to send quickly to you, that I also may be
of good spirit, having known the things concerning you,
Philippians 2 20
For I have no one else like-minded, who will truly care about you.
For I have no one like-minded who will care with genuine feeling how ye get on.
for I have no one like-minded, who sincerely for the things concerning you will
care,
Philippians 2 21
For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.
For all seek their own things, not the things of Jesus Christ.
for the whole seek their own things, not the things of the Christ Jesus,
Philippians 2 22
But you know the proof of him, that, as a child serves a father, so he served with me in
furtherance of the gospel.
But ye know the proof of him, that, as a child a father, he has served with me in the work
of the glad tidings.
and the proof of him ye know, that as a child [serveth] a father, with me he did
serve in regard to the good news;
Philippians 2 23
Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it will go with me.
Him therefore I hope to send immediately, as soon as I shall see how it goes with me:
him, indeed, therefore, I hope to send, when I may see through the things
concerning me -- immediately;
Philippians 2 24
But I trust in the Lord that I myself also will come shortly.
but I trust in [the] Lord that I myself also shall soon come;
and I trust in the Lord that I myself also shall quickly come.
Philippians 2 25
But I counted it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, fellow
soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need;
but I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow-
workman and fellow-soldier, but your messenger and minister to my need,
And I thought [it] necessary Epaphroditus -- my brother, and fellow-workman, and
fellow-soldier, and your apostle and servant to my need -- to send unto you,
Philippians 2 26
since he longed for you all, and was very troubled, because you had heard that he was sick.
since he had a longing desire after you all, and was distressed because ye had heard that
he was sick;
seeing he was longing after you all, and in heaviness, because ye heard that he ailed,
Philippians 2 27
For indeed he was sick, nearly to death, but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, that I might not have sorrow on sorrow.
for he was also sick close to death, but God had mercy on him, and not indeed on him
alone, but also on me, that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow.
for he also ailed nigh to death, but God did deal kindly with him, and not with
him only, but also with me, that sorrow upon sorrow I might not have.
Philippians 2 28
I have sent him therefore the more diligently, that, when you see him again, you may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.
I have sent him therefore the more diligently, that seeing him ye might again rejoice,
and that *I* might be the less sorrowful.
The more eagerly, therefore, I did send him, that having seen him again ye may
rejoice, and I may be the less sorrowful;
Philippians 2 29
Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy, and hold such in honor,
Receive him therefore in [the] Lord with all joy, and hold such in honour;
receive him, therefore, in the Lord, with all joy, and hold such in honour,
Philippians 2 30
because for the work of Christ he came near to death, risking his life to supply that which was lacking in your service toward me.
because for the sake of the work he drew near even to death, venturing his life that he
might fill up what lacked in your ministration toward me.
because on account of the work of the Christ he drew near to death, having
hazarded the life that he might fill up your deficiency of service unto me.


Study Questions

How are we to think of others? 2:3

The name of Jesus is above________? 2:9,10
 

Describe Epaphrodiitus? 2:25-30