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12/1/22: I just found out that most of the commentaries on the Bible Study Tools website are no longer free. That's where most of the quotes that appear on the "Verse of the Day" and "Previous Verses" pages of my website are taken from, so from now on, many of the "Source:" links that I provide on those pages will not contain the quoted text.

I was disgusted to read about the organization's new "PLUS" membership, and the only thing I can say about it is that the Bible has this warning in 1 Timothy 6:10 for the owner of Bible Study Tools: "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
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Notes from Linda:

12/1/22: I just found out that most of the commentaries on the Bible Study Tools website are no longer free. That's where most of the quotes that appear on the "Verse of the Day" and "Previous Verses" pages of my website are taken from, so from now on, many of the "Source:" links that I provide on those pages will not contain the quoted text.

I was disgusted to read about the organization's new "PLUS" membership, and the only thing I can say about it is that the Bible has this warning in 1 Timothy 6:10 for the owner of Bible Study Tools: "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
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8/8/21:
Something is wrong with my Christian forum. Everything seems to be working normally (i.e., the articles are there, and the links work), but for some reason, the forum's format has changed slightly, and I am currently unable to post anything new.

I'm really sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully, the problem is only temporay and will be fixed soon.


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Bible Verse(s)

Today
July 14-15, 2024
In a letter to the Christian church at Corinth, the apostle Paul wrote:

1 Corinthians 10:13:  "There hath
[has] no temptation [an urge or desire to do something bad--illegal, immoral, unwise, or wrong] taken [hold of] you but such as is common to man [mankind, all people]: but God is faithful [trustworthy], who will not suffer [allow] you to be tempted above [beyond] that [which] ye [you] are able [to resist]; but [he--God] will with the temptation also make a way to escape [the temptation], [so] that ye may be able to bear [withstand, endure] it [the temptation, without being overcome by it]."
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Commenting on the above verse, Mark Dunagan wrote:

"Points to Note:

"1. God never places us in a no-win situation, in which the only way out is to commit sin. There are no 'greater sin-lesser sin' moral dilemmas
[difficult situations, tough choices]. There is ALWAYS A NON-SINFUL WAY TO ENDURE [withstand, go through] THE TRIAL.

"2. You will never be faced with a temptation that requires 'superhuman' effort to endure.

"3. Every time we sin, we have demonstrated a lack of faith in God, for we refused to look for or take the way of escape. Sin is always our fault.

"4. Since a way of escape always exists in every temptation, we can never BLAME anything or anyone else for our own moral failures.

"5. Unfortunately, many want the 'way of escape' to be easy. When it comes to temptation, many
[people] are waiting for some 'feeling' to overwhelm [overcome] them, which will magically remove all desire to give in. Rather, the way of escape is always through our ability to endure.

"6. A way of escape, when it comes to idolatry is given in the next verse
[1 Corinthians 10:14; i.e.]. 'Flee'!

"7. God is not the source of temptations
[as stated in James 1:13], but rather He monitors all temptations …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dun/1-corinthians-10.html, "Dunagan's Commentary on the Bible," "Verse 13")

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In his commentary on 1 Corinthians 10:13, Brad Price wrote:

"… It may be helpful to consider these additional points about God's faithfulness and our temptations:

"Ø God knows each Christian's abilities to bear temptations and He will not let us be burdened by too much.

"Ø Though God's promise of an escape is true, at times we may think God has failed to provide one
[i.e., an escape]. Many [people] are like Job (they complain their sufferings are unjust [unfair] or too great).

"Ø Individuals make up the church (a large body of people), but this verse
[1 Corinthians 10:13] tells us that God can and does deal with and care for His people individually.

"Ø Satan is limited by two things: God's power and our resistance to temptation.

"Ø We can be tempted to do what is wrong and/or not do what is right.

"Ø If we do not escape a temptation, we cannot blame the failure on God ( James 1:13-14).

"Ø Christians ought to
[or 'should'] diligently [conscientiously and persistently] pray for deliverance from temptation.

"Ø Never think a temptation 'is too difficult to avoid' or we 'never have a choice.'

"Ø Think of the long term consequence of accepting a temptation instead of the 'short term benefit' of sin (compare Hebrews 11:25).

"Ø Remember that what tempts us also tempts others. Be wary
[careful] of thinking or saying, 'No one understands what I am going through' or 'My situation is unique [unlike any other].' The world changes, but temptations basically stay the same ( 1 John 2:16).

"Ø Recognize that temptation will come and try to be prepared for it ( Ephesians 6:11-18).

"Ø When we fail to avoid temptation, immediately recognize the failure and confess it to God ( 1 John 1:9).

"Ø Satan
[i.e., the devil] is a master tempter. He is a deceiver [someone who misleads or fools you] ( 2 Corinthians 11:3), a liar and murderer ( John 8:44), and a thief ( John 10:10).

"Ø Age will not do away with temptation. Temptations may change with time, but their severity
[seriousness] is sometimes not altered [changed] by old age …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bpc/1-corinthians-10.html, "Living by Faith: Commentary on Romans & 1 Corinthians," "Verse 13")





In case you're wondering, before adding my comments
in brackets to the above verse(s), I usually refer to Bible
commentaries by Albert Barnes, Matthew Henry, John Gill,
and others (which can be found online) and try to summarize
what they say. For verses from Proverbs, I also refer to the
Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem
Bible Church. Word definitions are taken from online
dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


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Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 14

1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.
21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
28 In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
35 The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.