King Solomon, son of the renowned King David, was not only very wise, but constructed some buildings that are wonders of the ancient world, wrote poetry, penned thousands of proverbs, built a kingdom up that was truly a foretaste of what peace on earth would look like, and brought in over 200 million dollars a year. “When the queen of Sheba observed all the wisdom of Solomon and the house which he had built, the food of his table, the seat of his servants, the manner of his servants and their clothing, his cupbearers, and his burnt offerings which he offered in the house of [Jehovah], she was breathless.”
Then she said to the king,
1 Kings 10:6-9 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
6 Then she said to the king, “The report which I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom. 7 But I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. And look, the half was not told me. You have added wisdom and prosperity to the report that I heard. 8 Happy are your men and happy are these your servants who stand before you continually hearing your wisdom. 9 Blessed be Jehovah your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel, because Jehovah loved Israel forever, he has made you king, that you may execute justice and righteousness.”
Proverbs 3:13-15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
13 Happy is a man who finds wisdom,
and the one who gains understanding,
14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
and her profit better than gold.
15 She is more precious than corals,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
The question that begs to be asked from verse 13 of chapter 3 is, ‘where can true wisdom be found? Where do we obtain understanding? Finally, why is it more priceless than gold itself? Well, look no further, because Solomon will answer these questions for us, right here in Proverbs chapter 8. It may seem unusual though, as we find wisdom being personified, as though it were a real person.
The Blessings of Wisdom
Proverbs 8:1 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
8 Does not wisdom call?
Does not understanding give forth her voice?
Does not wisdom call: What is written regarding the Word in the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures is remarkably in agreement or harmony with the description given at Proverbs 8:22-31. There wisdom is personified, characterized as though able to speak and act. (Prov. 8:1) Here, wisdom is being used figuratively to represent the Son of God, as many Christian Bible scholars have right understood it. The fact that “wisdom” is always in the feminine gender, as Hebrew assigns gender to its nouns (as is true of many other languages), this does not negate that wisdom is being used figuratively to represent the Son of God. The Greek word for “love” (agapē) in 1 John 4:8 in the expression “God is love” is also in the feminine gender, yet that does not make God feminine.
Wisdom: (Heb. ḥāḵ·mā(h)) is sound judgment, based on knowledge and understanding. It is the balanced application of that knowledge to answer difficulties, achieve objectives, sidestep or ward off dangers, not to mention helping others to accomplish the same. The wise person is often contrasted with the foolishness or stupid person. (Deut. 32:6; Prov. 11:29; Eccles. 6:8) Wisdom is vital, especially in this time of human imperfection. Without it we would make one foolish mistake after another. Today, the wisdom of God is freely available to virtually all.
Does not understanding give forth her voice: Here understanding (Heb. tebunah) is the ability to see how the parts or aspects of something are connected to one another. One who possesses understanding can see the big picture (the entire matter) and not just the isolated facts. (Prov. 2:5; 9:10; 18:15) Give forth her voice can be rendered “understanding raise her voice.” The strong and bold voice of wisdom and understanding are heard loud and clear throughout the entire inhabited earth.
Solomon introduces wisdom to the reader as a gracious woman. In other chapters, Solomon gives the counsel to the reader himself, but here he uses lady wisdom, as a personified character, to counsel us throughout chapter 8. She makes herself available in places where most people can be found, to get out her message.
Reaching the People
Proverbs 8:2-3 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
2 On the heights beside the way,
at the place of the paths she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates in front of the city,
at the entrance of doors she cries aloud:
On the heights beside the way: Here the heights (Heb. marom) are an elevated area of land, which is often connected with the meaning of an advantaged, a desirable area. It is also associated with the heights of heaven as well, the highest area, which would be the perfect place to be seen and heard by the people on the streets below. Beside the way (Heb. derek) is alongside the road, a thoroughfare for travelers, with many people passing by, which is yet another great place to be seen and heard by many.
At the place of the paths she takes her stand: The place of the paths (Heb. nethibah) is a crossroad, a place where one road crosses with another. Takes her stand (Heb. natsab) means that she takes here place there or stands there in one place in anticipation of meeting others, which is yet another great place to be seen and be heard.
Beside the gates in front of the city: Here lady wisdom stands as the entrance of the city/town where many people are coming and going, so she can call out to the people.
At the entrance of doors she cries aloud: This is the entrance of the city that can be closed off if the doors are closed. This suggests that it is the one place where no one can escape seeing or hearing the cries of lady wisdom.
Wisdom has already made one appeal to us back in chapter 1, verses 20-33. In the Ancient Near East (ANE), you will reach a greater number of people, “atop the heights beside the road, at the crossroads, beside the gates of the city, just before town, [where] she cries out.” She is seeking to get her all-important message to as many people as possible. She is making her voice heard in the most public places. You are not just going to find her in the places of worship or some academic setting; she is making herself and her message available to all. This is not some mysterious secret wisdom, only available to a few. Woman Wisdom is nothing like the immoral woman, who is in the street, as well as the square, and at every corner lying in wait, looking to seductively mislead the young one(s). – Proverbs 7:12.
Lady wisdom has placed herself at the one public place in the city, the gate, a public thoroughfare where the roads meet, and everyone must pass by sooner or later, where she conveys here all-important message to all. God’s Word has reached untold billions from the highest mountains, to the busiest thoroughfares, at the entrance of every society, where it has conveyed its lifesaving message to all who are willing to listen. The Bible is the one book that can lead others to the path of eternal life, and it is able to take the vilest person, and make him or her into a man or woman of God.
Lady Wisdom Calls Out
Proverbs 8:4-5 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
4 “To you, O men, I call,
and my cry is to the sons of men.
5 O simple ones, learn shrewdness;
O fools, an understanding heart.
To you, O men, I call: Men (Heb. ishim) in the plural form in the Hebrew Old Testament is quite rare; it is a reference to all people.
And my cry is to the sons of men: Here cry (Heb. qoli) is being addressed to everyone as was stated above, men is a reference to all people.
O simple ones, learn shrewdness: The rendering of the masculine plural adjective simple ones (petayim) is a reference to those who are immature and lack intelligence, experience, and understanding (1:4; 1:22), who are easily deceived or persuaded. However, as the second half of this line makes clear they have the ability to learn (binu), namely, hear, understand or perceive information, so as to change this condition. Here Shrewdness; prudence; discernment: (Heb. ormah) This is one who has or shows good powers of judgment. This one is cautious as he is careful to avoid potential problems or dangers, as he desires to avoid potential problems.
O fools, an understanding heart: An understanding heart is speaking of paying attention. The simple ones, the fools should pay attention to lady wisdom so as to acquire shrewdness and an understanding heart. The Hebrew word for fool (kesilim) is one who chooses his own path as opposed to following God’s path but is not a rebellion at this point, for we can see the plea for the fools to learn shrewdness, to acquire an understanding heart.
The call of wisdom is for all people, male and female alike. The call is to the simpleminded and fools, to be shrewd and acquire an understanding heart (pay attention). God’s Word is accessible to all, and Christianity has made intelligence, the experience of others and understanding accessible to all, by way of study tools that help the Bible student dig deeper into the Word of God.
Listen and Observe
Proverbs 8:6 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
6 Listen, for I will speak noble things,
and from the opening of my lips right things,
Listen, for I will speak noble things: The Hebrew word (shama) rendered listen means to listen, to hear, to perceive, to pay close attention, and respond, heed, or obey on the basis of having heard. (Ex. 4:1; Eccl. 9:16-17; Prov. 5:12) Nobel things (Heb. neged) has the sense of noble words in that they are worthy of being heard and heeded because they are valuable, proper, and true.
And from the opening of my lips will upright things: The opening of my lips is a figurative expression of “I will speak” from the first line. What is right (Heb. mêšārîm) means upright, that is, a moral standard, what is fair, just, or reasonable.
How can we learn shrewdness, prudence, discernment, and acquire an understanding heart that was just spoken of in 7:5? This is done by our listening to, observing, and paying close attention to the noble (worthy) words of Wisdom. Her words are of moral excellence. She only speaks what is right, upright, honest, straightforward, direct, frank, and truthful.
Truth That Can Be Trusted
Proverbs 8:7-9 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
7 for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
9 They are all straight to him who understands,
and right to those who find knowledge.
For my mouth will utter truth: Here the Hebrew word (chek) rendered mouth is vital for speech, with half of the occurrences being in Job in the context of taste or speech. It is linked to both true and false statements. Job states that “I have not let my mouth sin,” (31:30) and here wisdom declares that “my mouth will utter truth.” Utter (Heb. hagah) means to speak. It also conveys, ‘a lion that growls over his prey (Isa. 31:4), and “the moan like a dove.” (Isa. 38:14). Also, “the heart of the righteous ponders (hagah) how to answer” and then “the mouth of the righteous utters (hagah) [talk about] wisdom,” or the righteousness of God. (Ps 35:28; 71:24) Proverbs 24:1-2 conveys the idea of mental exercise, planning, which is accompanied by low talking, “Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them, for their hearts devise (hagah) violence, and their lips talk of trouble.” Yes, wisdom’s utterances (speech) will always be filled with truth (Heb. emeth) in the sense of only the truth, nothing but the truth.
Wickedness is an abomination to my lips: Here wickedness (Heb. resha) is be contrasted with truth. Therefore, it is referring to false speech. Abomination (Heb. toebah) is a detestable thing that is repulsive, which causes horror and disgust in the heart and minds of the righteous.
All the words of my mouth are righteous: Here righteous (Heb. tsedeq) has the sense of what is morally right or honest.
There is nothing twisted or crooked in them: This line is simply repeating the first line but in the negative sense. Twisted (pathal) meaning to bend or curl something, distorting the shape is being used figuratively here in that wisdom’s utterances, speech, words are never false, distorted, or misleading. Crooked (Heb. iqqesh) is saying that wisdom’s words will never be dishonest, false, evasive, or misleading.
They are all straight to him who understands: Of course, they refer to wisdom’s words, which are straight (Heb. nakoach) the opposite of twisted. The sense is of words that are straightforward, never being evasive or deceptive. Him who understands is a person who possesses insight and good sense. This is one who has the ability to see into a situation. One who possesses insight acts with wisdom, caution, and discretion. Insight is closely related to understanding, with the distinction that insight is using one’s common sense to distinguish between something while understanding relates to an intelligent knowledge of something.
And right to those who find knowledge: right (Heb. yashar) means what is upright, that is, a moral standard, what is fair, just, or reasonable, what conforms with justice, law, morality. Knowledge (Heb. daath) is possession of information learned by personal experience, observation, or study.
We can be grateful that what wisdom teaches is ‘noble and upright, nothing but the truth, as well as righteous.’ In other words, there is nothing about her teaching, which is twisted or crooked. She is not cunning or scheming in her teaching. Her teaching is completely trustworthy. Once we have been on the path of righteousness long enough, listening to wisdom’s utterances, heeding her words, so that we have insight and can discern with our good common sense between things, we will have come to see the benefits of her counsel.
Wisdom Is More Precious Than All Else
Proverbs 8:10-11 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
10 Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
Take my instruction instead of silver: Here the Hebrew verb take (laqach) expresses a command that has the sense of grasping or taking hold of, namely, willingly accepting, receiving, or choosing what is offered. Thus, we are to grasp or take hold of, willingly choose wisdom’s instruction. My instruction is the instruction coming from wisdom. Instructions: (Heb. piqquḏim) This Hebrew noun means instructions, precepts, directions, procedures, regulation, i.e., a principle or rule concerning the personal conduct that is to be obeyed within a community.
And knowledge rather than choice gold: Knowledge (Heb. daath) is possession of information learned by personal experience, observation, or study. The Bible strongly urges us to seek and treasure accurate knowledge, as it is far superior to choice gold, which is gold of the highest purity.
For wisdom is better than jewels: The conjunction for is introducing the reasons as to why we should take wisdom’s instruction and knowledge. The adjective better is of a greater value. Wisdom: (Heb. chokmah) is sound judgment, based on knowledge and understanding. It is the balanced application of that knowledge to answer difficulties, achieve objectives, sidestep or ward off dangers, not to mention helping others to accomplish the same. The wise person is often contrasted with the foolishness or stupid person.
And all that you may desire cannot compare with her: Here all that you may desire means all of the things that you may desire.
Correctly, the truth is that wisdom is far more valuable than silver or choice gold. World events have demonstrated repeatedly, at any given time, the economy can crash, and money becomes worthless, with survival being found in the choices of the wise one. Wisdom’s teachings are priceless, because they lead to life everlasting, something no amount of money can buy, as it is an undeserved gift from God. Even now, wisdom can deliver true happiness and offer protection to the one who is wise.
Live a Restrained, Watchful and Cautious Life
Proverbs 8:12 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
12 “I, wisdom, dwell with shrewdness,
and I find knowledge and thinking ability.
I, wisdom, dwell with shrewdness: Here dwell (Heb. shakan) is referring to wisdom being at home with shrewdness, to inhabit or live with. Shrewdness or prudence (Heb. ormah) is having good sense in dealing with practical matters, carefully considering consequences, using good judgment to consider likely consequences and act accordingly, and careful in managing resources so as to provide for the future.
And I find knowledge and thinking ability: Knowledge (Heb. daath) is possession of information learned by personal experience, observation, or study. The Bible strongly urges us to seek and treasure accurate knowledge, as it is far superior to gold. (Prov. 8:10; 20:15) Thinking Ability: (Heb. mezimmah) In the evil sense, this can mean wicked plans, evil ideas, schemes, and devices. In the favorable sense, it can mean shrewdness, perceptiveness, discretion, and prudence. In the favorable sense, it is the ability to judge wisely and objectively. Mezimmah, therefore, the human mind and thoughts can be used for an admirable and upright end, or for evil purposes. – Ps 10:2; Pro. 1:4; 2:10-12; 5:1-2.
Wisdom gives shrewdness or prudence, knowledge and discretion to its owner. Wisdom teaches us how to live a restrained, watchful and cautious life as opposed to an irresponsible, thoughtless and uncontrolled one. One who possesses shrewdness and or prudence has good sense in dealing with the world of mankind that is alienated from God, their own imperfections, and a world that is run by Satan the Devil. These ones can use good judgment to consider likely consequences and act accordingly. The one possessing wisdom’s discretion realized his or her freedom or authority to evaluate the information, enabling a wise decision about it.
Turn Away from Morally Objectionable Behavior
Proverbs 8:13 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
13 The fear of Jehovah is hatred of evil.
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
and the perverted mouth I hate.
The fear of Jehovah is hatred of evil: Again, the fear of Jehovah is mentioned, meaning that we possess a reverential awe of our Creator, hating what he hates. “Fear of [Jehovah] Wisdom does not stand alone. It is closely connected with fearing God and involves a proper attitude of respect and obedience.” The Hebrew word (sane) rendered hatred appears about 145 times in the Bible and can range from a weak dislike, shun, not love, a lacking love, and compassion, to an intense hatred. Here in this context (sane) hatred is to abhor, detest, loathe, to dislike intensely, to feel hostility or an aversion towards evil. Evil (Heb. ra) is anything that is morally objectionable behavior based on the moral standards found in God’s Word. Those practicing what is evil, not morally pure, sever their relationship with God.
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil: The Hebrew noun (geah) rendered pride is the quality of one who has an attitude of superiority, believing that he is superior to others. The one has an unreasonable and unwarranted or undue and an excessive self-esteem of himself. He is haughty and arrogant. The Hebrew noun (gaon) rendered arrogance has a very similar meaning. He is full of himself, having or revealing an exaggerated sense of his own importance or abilities. He is conceited, that is, he has an unwarranted and undue high status of himself, which is a moral failure on his part. The way of evil means one’s wicked ways, his following evil paths that lead to bad or wicked behavior or conduct.
And the perverted mouth I hate: The Hebrew noun (tahpukot) that is rendered perverted is one who willfully deviates from what is good and in this case with his mouth (peh), that is, speech, what he says. In the Scriptures perversity usually applies to one’s words, what is said that is morally crooked (distorted, dishonest, unscrupulous, unprincipled, untrustworthy, corrupt) from the moral standard set out in the Word of God.
Pride, arrogance, immoral behavior, and mouth of perversity should be no part of a Christian life. If we hate what is evil, it will protect us against the deceptive desires of this world. Therefore, it is paramount that we all seek wisdom. Those who live irresponsible lives, regardless of their intelligence, are stupid ones. Really, these ones lack wisdom. Wisdom gives its owner the right path to life and strength to deal with adversities. Choices that are made by ones who lack prudence and discretion are more than likely end badly.
Wisdom for Just and Righteous Leadership
Proverbs 8:14-16 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
I have counsel and sound wisdom: The Hebrew rendered counsel (etsah) is referring to someone (wisdom) who provides advice, guidance, or planning as to a decision or a course of action. This is wisdom telling us what we should do based on her insights. Sound Wisdom; Judgment: (Heb. tushiyyah) is a particular kind of wisdom that has an emphasis on being complete and thorough or efficient, possessing awareness and perception that gives one the ability to understand fully.
I have insight; I have strength: The Hebrew rendered insight (binah) is the ability to see into a situation. One who possesses insight acts with wisdom, caution, and discretion. Insight is closely related to understanding, but there is a fine distinction between the two terms. Says the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament: “While bin [understanding] indicates ‘distinguishing between,’ [sa·khal′] relates to an intelligent knowledge of the reason. There is the process of thinking through a complex arrangement of thoughts resulting in a wise dealing and use of good practical common sense. Another end result is the emphasis upon being successful.” – Psa. 14:12; (Edited by R. L. Harris, 1980, Vol. 2, p. 877) Here strength (Heb. geburah) is being mentally strong. Geburah has the primary meaning of power, strength, might, which is in comparison to others, with emphasis on the deep respect for the one who holds the power.
By me kings reign: Here by me means “by means of me.” In other words, it is through or by wisdom that kings are able or allowed to reign.
And rulers decree what is just: The Hebrew rendered rulers (razan) is a general reference to leaders of all sorts, with a focus on their primacy of authority. Decree (Heb. chaqaq) is an official decision given that is backed by the authority of the ruler.
By me princes rule: This line is a restatement of the first line of verse 15. Generally, the Hebrew word (sar) rendered princes mean a male member of the royal family, especially the sons. However, here, it is a general reference to rulers, leaders, officials, or authorities.
And nobles, all who govern justly: Nobles (nadib) is a reference to a class of people who possessed some measure of authority. Of course, regardless of their level of nobility, in their sphere of influence, they have primacy of authority. It can be rendered leader, ruler, official, or prince depending on the context. The same word (nadib) is used in Job 12:21 but it is rendered prince there by the ASV, RSV, and ESV, while the NASB has noble, and the LEB has nobleman.
Wisdom gives its owner sound judgment, understanding, and strength, qualities that one would need to head a family, or a Christian congregation. Wisdom is essential to those who take the lead, be it in the home, or the Christian congregation, because they will undoubtedly have to counsel others in their role of leadership. Wisdom is able to provide us with direction because she has sound wisdom or judgment. Because of her insight and strength, she can provide us with the strength to deal with the difficulties of life. Regardless of the leadership one may have (kings, princes, nobles, rulers, fathers, mothers, husbands, pastors, employers, and so on), there will be no just and righteous rulership if there is no wisdom. Remember too, the beginning of wisdom is that we have a reverential fear of displeasing God.
Diligently Seeking Wisdom
Proverbs 8:17 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
17 I love those who love me,
and those who seek me diligently find me.
I love those who love me: The marginal note in the Masoretic text, the Aramaic Targums, the Septuagint, the Syriac Peshitta and the Latin Vulgate have “those who love me,” but the main text of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) has “those who love her.” Almost all English translations follow the marginal note of the Masoretic text, “those who love me.” (e.g., ESV, NASB, UASV, LEB, CSB) While wisdom is offered to all people (8:5), it is not received by all, only those who love wisdom enough to seek her.
And those who seek me diligently find me: The intensified form of the Hebrew verb (meshacha) to seek is qualified with the adverb diligently. We need to earnestly seek wisdom; only then will we receive it. – James 1:5; See Proverbs 2:1-4.
Again, this wisdom is accessible to everyone, yet many turn aside when it is offered. Wisdom is accessible to those with a heart that is rightly disposed to seek it out. We must have love if we are to commit ourselves to the pursuit of wisdom. It is our heart, which is the seat of motivation, which moves us to seek wisdom.
Proverbs 8:18 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
18 Riches and honor are with me,
enduring wealth and righteousness.
Riches and honor are with me: While there is no verb in the Hebrew of this verse the context of with me suggests that wisdom is saying that she has financial security and honor, which she can bestow upon those who seek her and listen to her.
Enduring wealth and righteousness: Here wealth that endures is a hereditary wealth or values (Wealth and Poverty in the Book of Proverbs by R. N. Whybray). When God chose to give mankind the Word of God, it certainly contained a wealth of true values. These values have been passed on as a legacy to thousands of future generations from Moses, who penned the first five books (1500 B.C.E.), to the apostle John, who penned the last five books (96-98 C.E.), to the present generation. The advice that Moses gave Israel after telling them to obey the Law is still applicable today in reference to the entire sixty-six books of the Bible. “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your sons, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. For it is no empty [valueless] word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.” – Deuteronomy 32:46-47.
Some eight centuries later Proverbs is referring to the words, Word of God as enduring wealth or lasting values. Yes, it is true that verse 18 is literally talking about enduring wealth, in the sense of lasting financial security, but at the same time, Solomon’s words ring true as a principle of life as well. “My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to discernment; For if you cry for discernment and raise your voice for understanding, if you keep seeking her like silver and searching for her as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of Jehovah and find the knowledge of God.” – Proverbs 2:1-5.
There are certainly material benefits to wisdom. Wisdom can and does deliver wealth by a righteous means to those that love her. Some may take this to mean spiritual prosperity. Which is somewhat true, because not all wealth is speaking of financial prosperity? However, it should be understood literally as well. Wise persons do ascertain wealth or prosperity because they make wise decisions when it comes to their finances.
Enduring … righteousness is the literal rendering of (Heb. tsedaqah), which some have rendered as prosperity. (NIV, RSV, NRSV, GNT, REB) This has brought about two main different interpretations. The dynamic equivalent (interpretive) translations see it as success in life or favorable outcomes. In other words, being righteous will result in prosperity. The literal translations (ASV, NASB, and UASV) and semi-literal translations (ESV, CSB) hold with the literal rendering of righteousness. William McKane argues “What wisdom gives essentially is a way of life which possesses ethical fitness and equity.”
Wisdom is Superior
Proverbs 8:19 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
19 My fruit is better than gold, even refined gold,
and my yield than choice silver.
My fruit is better than gold, even refined gold: Here the Hebrew word (peri) rendered fruit has the sense of an outcome, figuratively the outcome of some effort. It is the product or result of some action. Gold is the first and most often mentioned metal in the Bible. Gold (Heb. charuts), especially refined gold, namely, a purer form of gold has great value. However, like any other form of riches, it cannot give those who possess it life. (Ps 49:6-8; Matt. 16:26). In addition, there is no amount of gold that can by true wisdom.
And my yield than choice silver: Solomon goes on with his use of figurative language. Yield (Heb. tebuah) refers to the produce (financial gain, income, what is valuable) from a crop. Choice (Heb. bachar) means that it is a superior grade. It is the best and highly desired.
Wisdom is far superior to refined gold or choice silver. Wisdom rewards its seekers far more than any precious metal, regardless of the amount. Wisdom will bring you financial security, as even God’s people can gain wealth by a righteous means, and not lose any spirituality along the way. You can gain satisfaction from the things that are acquired through wisdom, leaving you with a peace of mind and a clean conscience toward God. Yes, happy is the one who has acquired wisdom. The fruitage of wisdom is certainly better than refined gold and choice silver.
Let Us Never Neglect God’s Provisions
Proverbs 8:20 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
in the midst of paths of justice,
I walk in the way of righteousness: In the Bible, the expression “to walk” (Heb. halak) is figurative and illustrative and can mean to follow a certain course of action, as “Noah walked with God.” (Gen. 6:9; 5:22) Those who walk with God follow the life course outlined by God’s Word and will find his favor, that is, be pleasing to him. Pursuing such a life-course makes you different from most of the unbelievers. The Greek New Testament uses the same illustrative expression, contrasting two different courses of action sought by one before and after becoming a servant of God. (Eph. 2:2, 10; 4:17; 5:2) Walking with God is a manner of life that is required by his servants, it affects our conduct and behavior. The way (Heb. orach) is a course of conduct and of righteousness (Heb. tsedaqah) is adhering to the moral standard that God gave us, namely, our conscience and the Word of God. This is what justice and a godly life require.
In the midst of paths of justice: Here in the midst of (Heb. tawek) means to be within, not necessarily in the middle of per se. This is simply repeating the first line of verse 20 by submitting paths with the way. Justice (Heb. mishpat) is when you are free from partiality, selfishness, bias, as well as deception, where you make decisions that reflect God’s sense of what is just. It is a case of fairness in your dealings with others. Our course of conduct (paths) needs to be centered within (midst) what is morally right, and fair based on a correct understanding of God’s Word and a biblically trained conscience.
Rather than getting off the paths of justice and the way of righteousness onto a completely different line of thought or action based on the world of mankind, who is alienated from God, with their own personal ideas and theories, we need to be centered within (midst) by staying clearly within the limits of Scriptural counsel. Humble prayer to God should be the continuous practice of the one seeking wisdom. Let us never set aside the very gifts from God that have given us wisdom: The Word of God itself, our Christian meetings, and our personal study of the Bible and all of the study tools (Bible dictionaries, commentaries encyclopedias, word study, and so on), simply for the sake of gaining riches.
Maintain a Good Standing with God
Proverbs 8:21 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
21 endowing those who love me with wealth,
and their treasuries I will fill.
Endowing those who love me with wealth: This does literally mean that wisdom can cause those who love (obey) her to inherit wealth (financial security). Here in the Hebrew Old Testament, wealth (Heb. yesh), as a noun, means an abundance of material possessions and resources. This is not a text to be used to support the false teaching of prosperity theology (sometimes referred to as the prosperity gospel), as is the case with the false teachers within the televangelism industry.
Unlike the patriarchs and the nation of Israel, those who are followers of Jesus Christ, they have the commission to “make disciples of people of all the nations.” (Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20; Acts 1:8) Carrying out that commission demands time and effort that may otherwise be properly used more fully in secular pursuits. Therefore, a person who continues to obsess over his wealth rather than lightening himself enough to be able to use his time and resources to carry out the great commission is really no disciple of Jesus, with the prospect of gaining eternal life.
And their treasuries I will fill: Here the plural Hebrew noun rendered treasures (otsar) is referring to a storehouse where wealth and precious objects can be kept safely. Throughout the Scriptures, the importance is placed, not on the accumulation of material riches, but rather on a good standing with God, a standing that is kept strong by a person continuing to listen and to obey wisdom by faith in God.
The message here in verses 18-21 is that wisdom results in one growing in righteousness, spiritually, and even financial security, but not through any unrighteous activities of the world. In other words, this one is not getting himself and his family involved in “get rich schemes,” cheating on taxes, making dishonest business transactions, obsessing with his career, or the like. Alternatively, he is living a life is on the path of justice, walking in the way of righteousness. Financial security and honor come from one’s righteous conduct and wisdom can bring one material wealth but not if their heart is in the pursuit of riches. If we are pursuing and chasing wealth, we have not heard or understood one word that wisdom has uttered. Any material wealth that one may gain is the result of heeding wisdom in all things, wisdom is not in and of itself a guide to wealth, the wealth comes incidentally because we are properly using godly wisdom.
Wisdom at Creation
Proverbs 8:22 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
22 “Jehovah created me at the beginning of his way,
the first of his acts of old.
Jehovah created me at the beginning of his way: Here almost all translations replace God the Father’s personal name with the title “Lord” in all capital letters, “LORD.” The personal name of the Father Jehovah: (Heb. יְהֹוָה) the Tetragrammaton, יְהֹוָה (JHVH/YHWH), is found in the Hebrew Old Testament 6,828 times. The Hebrew term rendered create (qanah) means to bring forth with the figurative extension of giving birth here. Qanah has cause many debates as to how it should be rendered here. Like any word, it has different meanings with the context being the determining factor of what the author meant.
In Proverbs alone, qanah is used in the sense of getting or acquiring guidance, insight, or wisdom. (1:5; 4:5, 7) It is also used in Proverbs 20:14 in reference to a buyer who buys something (qoneh). In Genesis 4:1 Eve says of her giving birth to Cain, “I have gotten [qaniti, given birth to] a man with the help of Jehovah,” which is a wordplay on Cain’s name, ‘something produced.’ Elsewhere in Deut. 32:6 and Psalm 139:13, qanah it means to create. Here in Proverbs 8:22, the Septuagint and a few other ancient versions as well as the RSV, the TEV and the NRSV say create, while the ESV, LEB, NASB say “possessed,” and the CSB says “acquired.”
We must remember that we are dealing with poetical language here, which is highly figurative. In other words, this does not mean that Jehovah literally gave birth to Wisdom, or that the Father acquired, obtained, or produced Wisdom, who was already in existence before the creation of everything else and was actually the master workman (8:30) in the creation of everything. Nevertheless, the literal translation created is preferable, leaving the interpretation to the reader to ascertain what the author meant here by his use of qanah. It should be noted that many commentators believe verses 22-31 is referring to Jesus Christ. More on this after verse 26.
The beginning of his way is the literal rendering. What is meant by way (Heb. derek)? It has the sense of the acts, the workings of God, what he is doing. When interpreting the beginning, we can take note what the author does not say in order to understand what he does say. He does not say at the beginning or in the beginning. The Hebrew (reshith) beginning is tied to me, Wisdom, as it is explaining me as the beginning or first of his works, that is, before the creation of everything. Before the creation of the heavens, the earth, and man, Wisdom was already there.
The first of his acts of old: Here again we gave first (Heb. qedem), which is also tied to me, Wisdom, in the first line and has the same sense as beginning. The Hebrew word rendered acts (miphal) is equivalent to way (Heb. derek) and it too has the sense of the acts, the workings of God, what he is doing. Of old (Heb. meaz) is referring to a time before the oldest of God’s works.
Verse 22 is the beginning of five verses that will stress that Wisdom was there from a time before the creation of everything. She was the first or earliest of his works, in existence for time itself. Again, Wisdom never was “produced.” It never began to exist because God the Father has always existed, and Wisdom has always been with him. We return to the words of Proverbs 3:31, “Happy is a man who finds wisdom.”
Wisdom is Timeless
Proverbs 8:23 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
23 Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
Ages ago I was set up: The Hebrew noun rendered ages ago (olam) is another past time expression that has the sense of the distant past. The term is pertaining to an unlimited amount of time. Olam is another expression that emphasizes the most distant past of Wisdom. The Hebrew verb rendered set up (nasak) is much disputed. It can mean to be established, be appointed, chosen, installed in a position.
At the first, before the beginning of the earth: The Hebrew term rendered at the first (rosh) has twenty different meanings. Here it means the first part of something, at the beginning, in that case, the creation of the heavens, the earth, and humans. Verse 22 says “Jehovah created me … verse 23 at the first.” Here beginning of the earth means before the creation of the earth.
Wisdom belongs to one who has the ability to put God-given knowledge to its proper use. And how remarkably and abundantly the Bible makes wisdom available to us! Yes, it contains words of wisdom, such as those found in the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, and all of us need to pay close attention to these words. We also find throughout the Bible many examples that show the advantages of applying godly principles and the traps of ignoring them. – Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11.
Wisdom and Human Needs
Proverbs 8:24 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
When there were no depths I was brought forth: Here the Hebrew word translated depths (tehom) is likely referring to the waters that existed in Genesis 1:2, as opposed to the oceans or bodies of water (seas) of Solomon’s day. Genesis 1:2 says in part, “Now the earth was without form and empty; and darkness was upon the face of the watery deep,” namely, the depths, i.e., a deep, dark, inaccessible, inexhaustible, and mysterious place below the surface of the water, controlled by objects of tremendous power.
When there were no springs abounding with water: Here springs or fountains (Heb. mayanah) is referring to the flow and rise of ground waters that bubble up from beneath the earth. This is to be distinguished from water that is stored or collected in such places as cisterns. Like fresh water, wisdom is also a source of life. – Psalm 87:7; Isaiah 12:3.
Indeed, perfect wisdom springs forth from a trustworthy source, our heavenly Father. It is so far superior to our own wisdom. In his Word, God informs us of the best way to live our lives. As our Creator, he knows what we need more so than we ever could. Even our basic human needs, which would include the desire to be loved, to find genuine happiness, and to have successful relationships, the wisdom from the Scriptures has never changed, as the needs will always be the same.
The Timelessness of Wisdom
Proverbs 8:25 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth,
Before the mountains had been shaped: The Hebrew term here rendered shaped (taba) has the sense of being deeply embedded in something. This same term is used in Job 38:6, where it speaks of God sinking or setting the earth on its bases, supporting its foundation, the question is asked, ‘What holds up the pillars that support the earth?’ This according to Job 9:6, are the foundations on which the pillars that support the earth are resting.
Before the hills, I was brought forth: Wisdom was brought forth has the sense of being created or conceived. It is yet another case of figurative language that highlights the timelessness of wisdom.
Do you think that the Bible’s words of wisdom can work for you living in the 21st century? Yes, the Bible’s wisdom is timeless and will never be outdated. But why look to the Bible instead of to other sources of wisdom? Because, among other many reasons, the principles found in the Bible have time-tested value for thousands of years. God has given humans another kind of basic wisdom as well, instinctive wisdom. Yes, God has endowed humans with the faculty of free will. But he has also implanted some basic instinctive abilities as well. Instinctive wisdom did not come about by chance. Instinctive wisdom is done without conscious thought, without thinking. ‘In this quite abnormal character, instinctive wisdom appears only to hinder conscious knowledge at certain points.’ Intuitive sense is based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning.
Some basic instinctive wisdom that we all possess. (1) Something feels wrong in your body. Listening to your body’s subtle signals is important. (2) You are in danger. Your brain can detect subtle irregularities in your environment and other people’s behavior. (3) Giving other people help. Our instinctive desire is to identify with others, to empathize with them. (4) Knowing this is it. Your intuition signals that you’ve found something truly special. These and others are commonly called gut instincts and there are times when we should use them to make decisions.
The Creation of Humanity
Proverbs 8:26 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
26 before he had made the earth with its fields,
or the first of the dust of the world.
Before he had made the earth with its fields: The Hebrew term rendered fields (chutsot) is in the plural and is referring to the open fields. This, again, is another expression toward the timelessness of wisdom.
Or the first of the dust of the world: The first of the dust is literally ‘the head (rosh) the of the dust,’ the sense being the very first bit back in the creation days. Dust is also in the plural form (Heb. apharot) like fields and is referring to “soil.” The Hebrew word rendered world (tebel) means the entire expanse of the earth.
Looking at verses 22-26, we again, make the point that Wisdom is a personification, a literary technique to draw out qualities and characteristics. It is also quite probable that it is being used symbolically in reference to the Son of God, Jesus Christ, prior to his coming to earth, speaking of him being in existence prior to the creation of everything. The apostle John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word.”
There is little doubt that verse 22 commences with a reference to the creation account of Genesis 1 by its use of the word “beginning.” In saying that God “made” or “created” wisdom at the beginning of his creation, wisdom is emphasizing its age, as compared to the creation of the universe, including earth.
Wisdom is an indispensable part of the way the world works. If we want to enjoy this world as our maker intends, we must live by the same wisdom with which he made it. When Jesus comes, he will be seen as this wisdom in person:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:15–17).
Jesus Christ is none other than the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24).
Verse 26 refers to Wisdom being here before “the first dust of the world.” This is likely a reference to the creation account as well, referring to Genesis 2:7 specifically, “when Jehovah God formed the man of dust from the ground.”
The Hebrew of v. 26 literally reads, “Before he made … the head of the dusts of the world.” In Gen 1–2 “dust” is associated only with the creation of humanity; there is no account of the creation of dust itself. The “dusts of the world” is humanity, formed of the dust; and its head is Adam.
In a very real sense, then, it could be said that the Father himself in wisdom founded the earth, for he used the Son as a “master worker” beside him in doing so. This is in full agreement with what the apostle John later tells us about how all creation came into existence. (John 1:1-3) “He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and apart from him not one thing came into being that has come into being.” Solomon has had much to say about knowledge and especially wisdom, understanding or discernment, which we should be acquiring.
God Used Wisdom to Create the World
Proverbs 8:27-29 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,
when he made strong the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
When he established the heavens, I was there: Here the Hebrew word rendered established (kun) has the meaning of being set in place, to fix firmly in place.
When he drew a circle on the face of the deep: The Hebrew word rendered drew (chaqaq) means to cut, engrave, or write as a lasting record. The word translated circle (Heb. chug) is where the horizon and the land meet to form what looks like to be the upper part of a circle. Here it is the horizon meeting the surface of the ocean. Here the Hebrew word translated deep (tehom) is the same as the word translated depths in verse 24 and, again, is likely referring to the waters that existed in Genesis 1:2, as opposed to the oceans or bodies of water (seas) of Solomon’s day.
When he made firm the skies above: the Hebrew word (amets), which is rendered made firm means to be fixed firmly (strong or resistant) in a given place. The word rendered skies (Heb. shachaq) is referring to the region above the earth where the birds fly to the point of entering outer space.
When he made strong the fountains of the deep: The Hebrew word (azaz) literally rendered made strong is also rendered “established” (ESV), “founded” (LEB), “fixed” (NASB). It has the sense of being or becoming strong, powerful, and great, implying confidence and security. The Septuagint (LXX) says, “made secure.” Here fountains (Heb. mayanah) or springs is referring to the flow and rise of ground waters that bubble up from beneath the earth.
When he assigned to the sea its limit: The sense here is when God in creation fixed the boundaries of the ocean. In other words, the limit would be where the waves of the sea cash on the shoreline of the beaches around the earth and no more.
So that the waters might not transgress his command: Here the literal rendering would be “and the waters do not exceed his mouth.” It is true that no language exactly mirrors the vocabulary and grammar of Biblical Hebrew and Greek, so a word-for-word translation of the Bible would be unclear or might even convey the wrong meaning, but it is in maybe 1000th of 1 percent.
When he marked out the foundations of the earth: The foundations of the earth is a common expression to describe the basis on which the earth rests.
We see from verse 27 that wisdom was not only present at the creation of the heavens, but actively involved. We already discovered that John said, “In the beginning was the Word.” (1:1) However, he went on to say in verse 1:3, “All things came into being through him, and apart from him not one thing came into being that has come into being.” The Apostle Paul informs us that, “[Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, because all things in the heavens and on the earth were created by him.” (col. 1:15-16) In Revelation 3:14 (NASB), we read, “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God.” Wisdom was at the beginning of the creation as a master worker, carrying out the creation of the heavens and earth, as well as the greatest creation, man. Notice that wisdom’s delight was in the creation of mankind.
The first title, ho Amen (“the Amen”), is used only here as a personal name for Christ. Usually functioning as an adverb, the word has an article preceding it. This makes it a substantive and uses it to represent a quality par excellence.7 It thus becomes a descriptive title for the Lord,8 and pictures Him as the one in whom verity is personified (Beckwith) … Paul uses very similar terminology in Col. 1:15 where he calls Christ “the first begotten of all creation” and in Col. 1:18 where he calls Him “the beginning ([arche]).” (Apparently both Col. 1:18 and Rev. 3:14 rest upon the use of arche in Prov. 8:22.)
The Master Workman
Proverbs 8:30-31 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
30 then I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
and my delight was with the sons of men.
Then I was beside him, like a master workman: Personified wisdom is called the master workman. While it is true that we are dealing with a literary device that helps the reader appreciate the characteristics of wisdom; this personification also figuratively refers to Jesus Christ, before he came to earth, as we saw from our commentary above. As a master workman, “all things were created through him and for him.” (Col. 1:16) Truly, “He was in the beginning with God. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.” John 1:2-3.
And I was daily his delight: Here the Hebrew word rendered daily (yom) means every day or all the time. Delight (Heb. shaashuim) is something or someone that provides a source of happiness, pleasure, or joy. In Psalm 119:24, the same word is used, “Your instructions give me pleasure.”
Rejoicing before him always: Here rejoicing renders a Hebrew verb (sechoq) meaning to express great joy or to act joyfully or to celebrate
Rejoicing in his inhabited world: The term rendered inhabited (Heb. tebel) world (Heb. erets) is literally “in the world of his earth” and simply means the entirety of “his world” where humans and animals live.
And my delight was with the sons of men: The phrase sons of men is a reference to mankind, humanity. It is true that the expression sons of men or the sons of mankind are frequently used in an unfavorable sense, but this is not always the case. – Compare Psalm 4:2; 57:4; Prov 8:22, 30-31; Jeremiah 32:18, 19; Daniel 10:16.
Wisdom was not simply observing the creation of the angels, the physical universes and our galaxy, as well as human and animal life but was very much actively involves, being the master workman working alongside the father. Seeing that the Father chose Wisdom for such work, certainly, we as imperfect humans need wisdom to deal with our human imperfection and the imperfect, fallen world of Satan and his henchmen. Wisdom is deeply ingrained in every fabric of creation and only a fool would ignore the principles of Wisdom. Wisdom was at God’s side, sharing in the task of creation, a work that brought much delight, much rejoicing, much pleasure, and happiness as the creation of human life came to earth. We too can rejoice and find much delight as are become co-workers of such persons as the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the apostle Paul, Peter, John and all of the others who was a human workman in growing Christianity.
Benefits of Following Wisdom Daily
Proverbs 8:32-34 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
32 “And now, O sons, listen to me:
happy are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
34 Happy is the man who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
And now, O sons, listen to me: Wisdom, using a term of endearment, O sons, before giving his final commands, pleading for the sons to listen (Heb. shama), that is pay attention and obey, never departing from his words.
Happy are those who keep my ways: Happy, blessed: (Heb. asre; Gr. makarios) Asre occurs 11 times in the Hebrew Old Testament and makarios 50 times in the Greek New Testament. Happiness and being highly favored by God characterize this joy. It is speaking of a person who is content, full of joy. This is not to be confused with the Hebrew word barak which means, “to bless,” as in a divine blessing. The Hebrew barak and the Greek eulogeo is the act of being blessed, while the Hebrew asre and Greek makarios is the state or condition of the person who is being blessed, who is a highly favored one. Keep my ways is the same as “keep my words” as in 7:1. Solomon uses the imperative verb keep (Shomer), which is an exhortation or a command for the son to conform their actions to the wise words of Wisdom. In essence, “do what I say,” “obey my instructions,” or “follow in my ways.”
Hear instruction and be wise: Hear: The Hebrew verb (shama) for hear means more than simply taking in information through our ears; it also involves listening and paying attention, wherein we take notice of and act on (ready to obey) the teaching and thoughts of Wisdom; responding to the advice and guidance that the proverbs contain. The Hebrew noun rendered instruction (musar) means instructions, precepts, directions, procedures, regulation, i.e., a principle or rule concerning the personal conduct that is to be obeyed. The phrase hear instruction basically means to “obey my instructions” or “listen to my instructions.”
And do not neglect it: The Hebrew verb (para) translated neglect means to ignore, disregard Wisdom’s instruction, ways, that is, “pay no attention to” or “give no serious thought to” or “consideration to” the teachings of wisdom. – Prov. 1:25; 8:33; 13:18; 15:32.
Happy is the man who listens to me: For a better understanding of happy and listen see line 1 and line 2 of 8:32 above. While the Hebrew says happy is the man (Heb. adam), it is a reference to mankind, which includes both males and females.
Watching daily at my gates: The Hebrew verb rendered watching (shaqad) means to be very vigilant, be wakeful, be on the lookout for or be careful, keep watching. Daily in the Hebrew is literal “day day,” meaning day to day, a sense of vigilance as well. Gates could be referring to a house, a room in the house or the gates to a town. However, since the figurative language of 9:1, “Wisdom has built her house,” it is best that we take gates as a reference to the door to her house.
Waiting beside my doors: The Hebrew verb (Shomer) rendered waiting has the same sense as watching in line 1 of this verse. It means to guard, to keep watch over, with an added element of eager expectation. Those watching, and waiting are eagerly expecting something from Wisdom. The Hebrew rendered doors is literally “doorposts of my doors” and is simply, again, referring to the door to Wisdom’s house.
Proverbs 8:22-31―In this passage God’s “works of old” (i.e., His work during the creation week) are cited as the author demonstrates wisdom’s place of privilege in the universe. God’s wisdom is personified as His possession from eternity past and is said to have been with Him before He created the heavens and the earth. Wisdom preceded the first day of creation when “there were no watery depths” and “no springs filled with water” (v. 24). It was with Him before the third day when the “mountains and hills were established” (v. 25). Wisdom was present with Him when He created the heavens and on the second day when He separated the sky from the sea (v. 27). It was also there on the third day when He set a boundary for the sea and established the firm foundation of the continents (v. 29). All of nature testifies to the wisdom of God, proving Him to be a “skilled craftsman” (v. 30). For those who look with the eyes of faith, nature is a cause for delight and rejoicing in the power and goodness of God. God set the boundary for the sea and established the firm foundation of the continents.
Certainly, by now in our reading of chapter 8, we should listen to the voice of wisdom, with the eagerness of sons. Let us be wise and pay attention to her teachings. True happiness belongs to the ones who do not neglect wisdom but listen meditative, intently, and prayerfully at her voice.
The children of the world find time for vain amusements, without neglecting what they deem to be needful. Does it not show contempt of Wisdom’s instructions, when people professing godliness, seek excuses for neglecting the means of grace? Christ is Wisdom, and he is Life to all believers; nor can we obtain God’s favor, unless we find Christ, and are found in him. Those who offend Christ deceive themselves. Sin is anything not in accord with that is contrary to, God’s personality, standards, ways, and will; anything damaging one’s relationship with God. It can be in word, deed, or failing to do what one ought to have done.
Proverbs 8:35-36 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
35 For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from Jehovah,
36 But he who misses me injures his own soul;
all those who hate me love death.”
For whoever finds me finds life: Do you want to find a long life? Then you need to find wisdom. Finding (Heb. motsa) here is not used in the sense of discovering something that is lost but rather in that you are finding a long life or acquiring a long life. (Prov. 3:2)
And obtains favor from Jehovah: Here obtaining favor (Heb. ratson) means that one is found favorable, acceptable in the eyes of Jehovah.
But he who misses me injures his own soul: The Hebrew term rendered misses (chata) means to sin, missing the mark or the way, to go astray. It can be rendered, “he who sins against me.” Injure (Heb. chamas) here means that the person is bringing about physical or moral violence against himself.
All those who hate me love death: Here hated (Heb. sane) has an emotion ranging from disliking intensely, abhor, detest, loathe, open hostility, antipathy or aversion towards a person or thing, but in other places it can have the weaker sense of being “set against,” also being toward a person or thing. Love death is offering more detail on injure in line one, as those who sin against wisdom unrepentantly will end up facing eternal death.
Does it not show disrespect of wisdom’s counsel, when servants of God acknowledging that they are his servants, yet they seek a means of begging off from listening to the voice of wisdom? It is likely that Christ is really personified as Wisdom from verses 22-26, and he is the one that offered himself as a ransom for us, so that we may have life. We need to listen to the voice of wisdom!
We certainly have many things in this age to captivate our attention, and we could seek out entertainment endlessly. However, if we allow the bells and whistles [non-essential features] of this wicked fallen world to distract us from pursuing God with our whole heart, mind, soul, and strength, we will eventually stumble out of the faith. How does God’s Word help us in this matter? What is the balance that we need to look for and apply? First, we need to remember that eternal life is our future; where there will be an eternity to consider entertainment, i.e., pleasure. We need to understand that for now, pleasure is but momentary. Some people have a job that they love, so it is as though they never have to work, because it is such a joy, and it is a career. However, we have been given a far greater work, in that we are to preach the gospel. Jesus said, “this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matt. 24:14) How is the end to come, if the work we have been assigned is shelved, because we are more focused on ourselves? Jesus commanded that we “go and make disciples of all the nations … teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20.
Here is how we should use entertainment in this fallen world, or until the return of Christ. We as humans were created to enjoy pleasurable things, and having a good time is truly required, as we need to be happy, and find joy in life. However, we need to use it as a means of refreshing ourselves for the work we have been commanded to accomplish. Thus, our ministry should be our primary work, which is a heavy responsibility that can wear us down at times. Therefore, we need to be recuperated, so that we can continue our work. Thus, we use entertainment, as a means to refresh ourselves for the true work.
We are being used by God, to find those, whose hearts are disposed toward life, and help them to discover the path of salvation. As Paul said to Timothy, we are to ‘fix your attention on ourselves and on our teaching. Continuing in them, for by doing this we will save both ourselves and those who hear us.’ (1 Tim. 4:16) ‘For we are God’s fellow workers; we are God’s field, God’s building.’ (1 Cor. 3:9) Listen to Paul, “I have shown you with respect to all things that by working hard in this way it is necessary to help those who are in need, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35) Our work in the ministry gives our lives true meaning, and it ‘makes God’s heart glad, and gives him an answer for those who reproach him.’ Satan has slandered God, raised issues that are being settled, and he has besmirched his great name. (Prov. 27:11) If we are devoted workers to the work we have been assigned, using entertainment, to refresh us for that work, when Jesus returns we are truly going to know what happiness is, for “godliness is profitable for everything, because it holds promise for the present life and for the life to come.” – 1 Timothy 4:8.
BIBLE DIFFICULTIES Proverbs Chapter 8
Proverbs 8:30 Who is the “master workman”?
Personified wisdom is called the master workman. While it is true that we are dealing with a literary device that help the reader appreciate the characteristics of wisdom; this personification also figuratively refers to Jesus Christ, before he came to earth, as we saw from our commentary above. As a master workman, “all things were created through him and for him.” (Col. 1:16) Truly, “He was in the beginning with God. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.” John 1:2-3.
- (8:1-3) Who is lady wisdom, where do we find her, and why? What are some major issues facing the Christian congregation today?
- (8:4-5) What is gender-inclusive translations? Who is Wisdom’s call to, and for what purpose?
- (8:6-9) How should we view the teachings of lady wisdom?
- (8:10-11) Why is wisdom more valuable than silver and refined gold?
- (8:12-13) What does wisdom give to its owner? What is prudence? What does prudence protect the servant of God against? What is meant when we are told, ‘the beginning of wisdom is the fear of God’?
- (8:14-16) Wisdom gives its owner what qualities, and in what roles are these qualities most beneficial?
- (8:17) What must have in order to gain access to wisdom? (8:17)
- What benefits come from possessing wisdom? (8:18-21)
- (8:22-26) Who is personified by wisdom in these verses, and what is the main point?
- (8:27-31) How much was wisdom [Christ] involved in the creation of Genesis chapter 1, and how did he feel about the creation of man?
- (8:32-33) True happiness belongs to whom? How is it that one can show contempt for wisdom?
- (8:34-36) What is the respectful and balanced view of obeying wisdom?
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Andrews has written The Biblical Guide to Avoid the Pitfalls of Sexual Immorality. This tool is for both man and woman, husband and wife, all Christians who will marry one day and those who have been married for some time. The fallen world that we live in is fertile ground for immorality. The grass always seems greener somewhere away from one’s own spouse. Adultery is something everyone should avoid. It destroys more than just marriages, it destroys a person’s life, family and most importantly their relationship with God. Such is the danger of adultery that the Bible strongly warns every man and woman against it. The world that we currently live in is very vile, and sexual morality is no longer a quality that is valued. What can Christians do to stay safe in such an influential world that caters to the fallen flesh? What can help the husband and wife relationship to flourish as they cultivate a love that will survive the immoral world that surrounds them? We might have thought that a book, like God’s Word that is 2,000-3,500 years old would be out of date on such modern issues, but the Bible is ever applicable. The Biblical Guide to Avoid the Pitfalls of Sexual Immorality will give us the biblical answers that we need.
WHAT IS A MIRACLE? It is an event that goes beyond all known human and natural powers and is generally attributed to some supernatural power. Why should YOU be interested in miracles?
“Miracles, by definition, violate the principles of science.”—RICHARD DAWKINS.
“Belief in miracles is entirely rational. Far from being an embarrassment to religious faith, they are signs of God’s love for, and continuing involvement in, creation.”—ROBERT A. LARMER, PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY.
SHOULD YOU believe in miracles? As we can see from the above quotations, opinions vary considerably. But how could you convincingly answer that question?
Some of YOU may immediately answer, “Yes, I believe.” Others might say, “No, I don’t believe.” Then, there are some who may say, “I don’t know, and I really don’t care! Miracles don’t happen in my life!” Really, why should YOU be interested in miracles? The Bible promises its readers that in the future some miracles far beyond all ever recorded or experienced is going to occur and will affect every living person on earth. Therefore, would it not be worth some of your time and energy to find out whether those promises are reliable? What does God’s Word really teach about miracles of Bible times, after that, our day, and the future?
Andrews, an author of over 100 books, has chosen the 40 most beneficial Proverbs, to give the readers an abundance of wise, inspired counsel to help them acquire understanding and safeguard their heart, “for out of it are the sources of life.” (4:23) GODLY WISDOM SPEAKS sets things straight by turning the readers to Almighty God. Each Proverb is dealt with individually, giving the readers easy to understand access to what the original language really means. This gives the readers what the inspired author meant by the words that he used. After this, the reader is given practical guidance on how those words can be applied for maneuvering through life today. GODLY WISDOM with its instruction and counsel never go out of date.
Yes, God will be pleased to give you strength. He even gives “extraordinary power” to those who are serving him. (2 Cor. 4:7) Do you not feel drawn to this powerful Almighty God, who uses his power in such kind and principled ways? God is certainly a “shield for all those who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 18:30) You understand that he does not use his power to protect you from all tragedy now. He does, however, always use his protective power to ensure the outworking of his will and purpose. In the long run, his doing so is in your best interests. Andrews shares a profound truth of how you too can have a share in the power of God. With THE POWER OF GOD as your guide, you will discover your strengths and abilities that will make you steadfast in your walk with God. You can choose to rise to a new level and invite God’s power by focusing on The Word That Will Change Your Life Today.
Herein Andrews will answer the “why.” He will address whether God is responsible for the suffering we see. He will also delve into whether God’s foreknowledge is compatible with our having free will. He will consider how we can objectively view Bible evidence, as he answers why an almighty, loving and just God would allow bad things to happen to good people. Will there ever be an end to the suffering? He will explain why life is so unfair and does God step in and solve our every problem because we are faithful? He will also discuss how the work of the Holy Spirit and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit should be understood in the light of wickedness. Lastly, Andrews will also offer biblical counsel on how we can cope when any tragedy strikes, …
GOD knows best. Nobody surpasses him in thought, word, or action. As our Creator, he is aware of our needs and supplies them abundantly. He certainly knows how to instruct us. And if we apply divine teaching, we benefit ourselves and enjoy true happiness. Centuries ago, the psalmist David petitioned God: “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me” (Psalm 25:4-5) God did this for David, and surely He can answer such a prayer for His present-day servants.
Whom do we lean upon when facing distressing situations, making important decisions, or resisting temptations? With good reason, the Bible admonishes us: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways know him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Prov. 3:5-6) Note the expression “do not lean upon your own understanding.” It is followed by “In all your ways know him.” God is the One with a truly sound mind. Thus, it follows that whenever we are faced with a decision, we need to turn to the Bible to see what God’s view is. This is how we acquire the mind of Christ.
Yes, God will be pleased to give you strength. He even gives “extraordinary power” to those who are serving him. (2 Cor. 4:7) Do you not feel drawn to this powerful Almighty God, who uses his power in such kind and principled ways? God is certainly a “shield for all those who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 18:30) You understand that he does not use his power to protect you from all tragedy now. He does, however, always use his protective power to ensure the outworking of his will and purpose. In the long run, his doing so is in your best interests. Andrews shares a profound truth …
All of us will go through difficult times that we may not fully understand. The apostle Paul wrote, “in the last days difficult times will come.” (2 Tim. 3:1) Those difficulties are part of the human imperfection (Rom. 5:12) and living in a fallen world that is ruled by Satan (2 Cor. 4:3-4). But when we find ourselves in such a place, it’s crucial that we realize God has given us a way out. (1 Cor. 10:13) Edward Andrews writes that if we remain steadfast in our faith and apply God’s Word correctly when we go through difficult times, we will not only grow spiritually, but we will …
Why should you be interested in the prophecy recorded by Daniel in chapter 11 of the book that bears his name? The King of the North and the King of the South of Daniel are locked in an all-out conflict for domination as a world power. As the centuries pass, turning into millenniums, first one, then the other, gains domination over the other. At times, one king rules as a world power while the other suffers destruction, and there are stretches of time where there is no conflict. But then another battle abruptly erupts, and the conflict begins anew. Who is the current King of the North and the King of the South? Who are the seven kings or kingdoms of Bible history in Revelation chapter 17? We are living in the last days that the apostle Paul spoke of, when he said, “difficult times will come.” (2 Tim. 3:1-7) How close we are to the end of these last days, wherein we will enter into the Great Tribulation that Jesus Christ spoke of (Matt. 24:21), no one can know for a certainty. However, Jesus and the New Testament authors have helped to understand the signs of the times and …
The theme of Andrews’ new book is “YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.” As a Christian, you touch the lives of other people, wherein you can make a positive difference. Men and women of ancient times such as David, Nehemiah, Deborah, Esther, and the apostle Paul had a positive influence on others by caring deeply for them, maintaining courageous faith, and displaying a mild, spiritual attitude. Christians are a special people. They are also very strong and courageous for taking on such an amazingly great responsibility. But if you can make a difference, be it with ten others or just one, you will have done what Jesus asked of you, and there is no more beautiful feeling. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE with joy.
Many have successfully conquered bad habits and addictions by applying suggestions found in the Bible and by seeking help from God through prayer. You simply cannot develop good habits and kick all your bad ones overnight. See how to establish priorities. Make sure that your new habits work for you instead of your old bad habits against you. It is one thing to strip off the old habits, yet quite another to keep them off. How can we succeed in doing both, no matter how deeply we may have been involved in bad habitual practices?
It may seem to almost all of us that we are either entering into a difficult time, living in one, or just getting over one and that we face one problem after another. This difficulty may be the loss of a loved one in death or a severe marriage issue, a grave illness, the lack of a job, or simply the stress of daily life. As Christians, we need to understand that God’s Word will carry us through these times, as we maintain our integrity whether in the face of tremendous trials or the tension of everyday life. We are far better facing these hurdles of life with the help of God, who can make the worst circumstances much better and more bearable.
The world that you live in today has many real reasons to be fearful. Many are addicted to drugs, alcohol, bringing violence into even the safest communities. Terrorism has plagued the world for more than a decade now. Bullying in schools has caused many teen suicides. The divorce rate even in Christian households is on the rise. Lack of economic opportunity and unemployment is prevalent everywhere. Our safety, security, and well-being are in danger at all times. We now live in a prison of fear to even come outside the protection of our locked doors at home. Imagine living where all these things existed, but you could go about your daily life untouched by fear and anxiety. What if you could be courageous and strong through your faith in these last days? What if you could live by faith not fear? What if insight into God’s Word could remove your fear, anxiety, and dread? Imagine a life of calmness, peace, unconcern, confidence, comfort, hope, and faith. Are you able to picture a life without fear? It is possible.
John 3:16 is one of the most widely quoted verses from the Christian Bible. It has also been called the “Gospel in a nutshell,” because it is considered a summary of the central theme of traditional Christianity. Martin Luther called John 3:16 “The heart of the Bible, the Gospel in miniature.” The Father had sent his Son to earth to be born as a human baby. Doing this meant that for over three decades, his Son was susceptible to the same pains and suffering as the rest of humankind, ending in the most gruesome torture and execution imaginable. The Father watched the divine human child Jesus grow into a perfect man. He watched as John the Baptist baptized the Son, where the Father said from heaven, “This is my Son, the beloved, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:17) The Father watched on as the Son faithfully carried out his will, fulfilling all of the prophecies, which certainly pleased the Father.–John 5:36; 17:4. …
This commentary volume is part of a series by Christian Publishing House (CPH) that covers all of the sixty-six books of the Bible. These volumes are a study tool for the pastor, small group biblical studies leader, or the churchgoer. The primary purpose of studying the Bible is to learn about God and his personal revelation, allowing it to change our lives by drawing closer to God. The Book of James volume is written in a style that is easy to understand. The Bible can be difficult and complex at times. Our effort herein is to make it easier to read and understand, while also accurately communicating truth. CPH New Testament Commentary will convey the meaning of the verses in the book of Philippians. In addition, we will also cover the Bible background, the custom and culture of the times, as well as Bible difficulties. …
SECTION 1 Surviving Sexual Desires and Love will cover such subjects as What Is Wrong with Flirting, The Pornography Deception, Peer Pressure to Have Sexual Relations, Coping With Constant Sexual Thoughts, Fully Understanding Sexting, Is Oral Sex Really Sex, …SECTION 2 Surviving My Friends will cover such subjects as Dealing with Loneliness, Where Do I Fit In, Why I Struggle with Having Friends, …SECTION 3 Surviving the Family will cover such subjects as Appreciating the House Rules, Getting Along with My Brothers and Sisters, How Do I Find Privacy, … SECTION 4 Surviving School will cover such subjects as How Do I Deal With Bullies, How Can I Cope With School When I Hate It, … SECTION 5 Surviving Who I Am will cover such subjects as Why Do I Procrastinate, … SECTION 6 Surviving Recreation will cover such subjects as … SECTION 7 Surviving My Health will cover such subjects as How Can I Overcome My Depression, …
Who should read THIRTEEN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD KEEP LIVING? Anyone who is struggling in their walk as a young person. Anyone who has a friend who is having difficulty handling or coping with their young life, so you can offer them the help they need. Any parent who has young ones. And grade school, junior high or high school that wants to provide an, in touch, anti-suicide message to their students. … Many youths say that they would never dream of killing themselves. Still, they all have the deep feeling that there are no reasons for going on with their lives. Some have even hoped that some sort of accident would take their pain away for them. They view death as a release, a way out, a friend, not their enemy. …
The purpose of Waging War is to guide the youth of this program from start to finish in their therapeutic efforts to gain insight into their patterns of thinking and beliefs that have led to the current outcomes in their life thus far and enable them to change the path which they are on. Waging War is a guide to start the youth with the most basic information and work pages to the culmination of all of the facts, scripture, and their newly gained insight to offer a more clear picture of where they are and how to change their lives for the better. Every chapter will have work pages that Freeman has used and had found to be useful in therapy, but most importantly, this workbook will teach the Word to a population that does not hear it in its’ most correct form. What is the significance of controlling ones’ thoughts and how does that apply to you? Doubts, fears, and insecurities come from somewhere, especially when they are pervasive. Understanding this idea will help one to fight those thoughts and free them from the shackles their mind puts around their hearts, preventing them from achieving their dreams and the plans God had intended for them when they were created.
There are many reasons the Christian view of humanity is very important. The Christian view of humanity believes that humans were created in the image of God. We will look at the biblical view of humanity. We are going to look at the nature of man, the freedom of man, the personality of man, the fall of man, the nature of sin and death, as well as why God has allowed sin to enter into the world, as well as all of the wickedness and suffering that came with it. Andrews will answer the following questions and far more. How does the Bible explain and describe the creation of man and woman? Why is it imperative that we understand our fallen condition? What does it mean to be made in the image of God? …
In FOR AS I THINK IN MY HEART – SO I AM, Edward D. Andrews offers practical and biblical insights on a host of Christian spiritual growth struggles, from the challenge of forgiveness to eating disorders, anger, alcoholism, depression, anxiety, pornography, masturbation, same-sex attraction, and many others. Based on Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV): “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he,” Andrews’ text works from the position that if we can change the way that we think, we can alter the way we feel, which will modify the way we behave. FOR AS I THINK IN MY HEART – SO I AM offers far more than self-help to dozens of spiritual struggles, personal difficulties, and mental disorders. It will benefit Christian and non-Christian alike. The Scriptural advice and counsel coupled with cognitive behavioral therapy will be helpful even if every chapter is not one of your struggles. For As I Think in My Heart enables readers to examine the lies and half-truths …
THERE IS A GENUINE HAPPINESS, contentment, and joy, which come from reading, studying and applying God’s Word. This is true because the Scriptures offer us guidance and direction that aids us in living a life that coincides with our existence as a creation of Almighty God. For example, we have a moral law that was written on our heart. (Rom. 2:14-15) However, at the same time, we have a warring against the law of our mind and taking us captive in the law of sin, which is in our members. (Rom. 7:21-25) When we live by the moral law, it brings us joy, when we live by the law of sin; it brings about distress, anxiety, regrets to both mind and heart, creating a conflict between our two natures. In our study of the Bible, we can interact with a living God who wants a personal relationship with us. And in APPLYING GOD’S WORD MORE FULLY, we will learn how to engage His words like never before. Andrews helps his readers …
THERE IS ONE MAJOR DIFFERENCE between Christian living books by Andrews and those by others. Generally speaking, his books are filled with Scripture and offer its readers what the Bible authors meant by what they penned. In this publication, it is really God’s Word offering the counsel, which is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17) From the moment that Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, humans have been brought forth in sin, having become more and more mentally bent toward evil, having developed a heart (i.e., inner person) that is treacherous, and unknowable to them, with sin’s law dwelling within them. Sadly, many of us within the church have not been fully informed …
A clean conscience brings us inner peace, calmness, and profound joy that is seldom found in this world under the imperfection of fallen flesh that is catered to by Satan, the god of the world. Many who were formerly living in sin and have now turned their life over to God, they now know this amazing relief and are able today to hold a good and clean conscience as they carry out the will of the Father. WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD, has been written to help its readers to find that same joy, to have and maintain a good, clean conscience in their lives. Of course, it is incapable of covering every detail that one would need to consider and apply in their lives …
This book is primarily for WIVES, but husbands will greatly benefit from it as well. WIVES will learn to use God’s Word to construct a solid and happy marriage. The Creator of the family gives the very best advice. Many have been so eager to read this new publication: WIVES BE SUBJECT TO YOUR HUSBANDS. It offers wives the best insights into a happy marriage, by way of using God’s Word as the foundational guide, along with Andrews’ insights. WIVES learn that marriage is a gift from God. WIVEStake in information that will help them survive the first year of marriage. WIVES will be able to make Christian marriage a success. WIVES will maintain an honorable marriage. WIVES will see how to submit correctly to Christ’s headship. WIVES will learn how to strengthen their marriage through good communication. …
This book is primarily for HUSBANDS, but wives will greatly benefit from it as well. HUSBANDS will learn to use God’s Word to construct a solid and happy marriage. The Creator of the family gives the very best advice. Many have been so eager to read this new publication: HUSBANDS LOVE YOUR WIVES. It offers husbands the best insights into a happy marriage, by way of using God’s Word as the foundational guide, along with Andrews’ insights. HUSBANDS learn that marriage is a gift from God. HUSBANDS take in information that will help them survive the first year of marriage. HUSBANDS will be able to make Christian marriage a success. HUSBANDS will maintain an honorable marriage. …
Technological and societal change is all around us. What does the future hold? Trying to predict the future is difficult, but we can get a clue from the social and technological trends in our society. The chapters in this book provide a framework as Christians explore the uncharted territory in our world of technology and social change. Some of the questions that Anderson will answer are: What are the technological challenges of the 21st century? How should we think about the new philosophies like transhumanism? Should we be concerned about big data? What about our privacy in a world where government and corporations have some much information about us? How should we think about a world experiencing exponential growth in data and knowledge? What social trends are affecting baby boomers, baby busters, and millennials?
Government affects our daily lives, and Christians need to think about how to apply biblical principles to politics and government. This book provides an overview of the biblical principles relating to what the apostle Paul calls “governing authorities” (i.e., government) with specific chapters dealing with the founding principles of the American government. This includes an examination of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Federalist Papers. The thirteen chapters in this book not only look at the broad founding principles but also provide an in-depth look at other important political and governmental issues. One section explains the history and application of church and state issues. Another section describes aspects of political debate and discourse. A final section provides a brief overview of the Christian heritage of this nation that was important in the founding of this country and the framing of our founding documents.
Economics affects our daily lives, and Christians need to think about how to apply biblical principles to money, investment, borrowing, and spending. They also need to understand the free enterprise system and know how to defend capitalism. Chapters in this book not only look at broad economic principles, but a section of the book is devoted to the challenges we face in the 21st century from globalization and tough economic times. A section of the book also provides an in-depth look at other important social and economic issues (gambling, welfare) that we face every day …
Do you desire to follow Jesus Christ and transform the culture around you? Are you sure you know what it means to be a disciple and follow a dangerous revolutionary who often comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable? Jesus Christ is not the mild status quo rabbi you may have been taught in your local church. He is dangerous and anyone who follows him is on a dangerous journey. The demands he places upon you and the challenges you will encounter are necessary on the journey. The journey with Jesus Christ is not for the fainthearted. If you are really serious about joining Jesus Christ in the transformation of the culture around you, here is a raw outlook on what to expect on this DANGEROUS JOURNEY.
Each of the twenty-five chapters in the POWER THROUGH PRAYER provides helpful methods and suggestions for growing and improving your prayer life with God through the power of prayer. So, what can we expect if we make prayer a part of our life? Prayer can give you a peace of mind. Prayer can comfort and strength when facing trials. Prayer can help us make better life choices. The Bible says: “If any of you lacks wisdom [especially in dealing with trials], let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5) Prayer can help to avoid temptation. Prayer is the path yo forgiveness of sins. Your prayers can help others. You will receive encouragement when your prayers are answered.
DOZENS OF QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED: Why is prayer necessary? What must we do to be heard by God? How does God answer our prayers? Does God listen to all prayers? Does God hear everyone’s prayers? What may we pray about? Does the Father truly grant everything we ask for? What kind of prayers would the Father reject? How long should our prayers be? How often should we pray? Why should we say “Amen” at the end of a prayer? Must we assume a special position or posture when praying? There are far more than this asked and answered.
What forms of prayer do you personally need to offer more often? Who benefits when you pray for others? Why is it important to pray regularly? Why should true Christians pray continually? To whom should we pray, and how? What are the proper subjects for prayer? When should you pray? Does God listen to all prayers? Whose prayers is God willing to hear? What could make a person’s prayers unacceptable to God? When Jesus says, “whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive if you have faith,” an absolute guarantee that we will receive it? HOW TO PRAY by Torrey and Andrews is a spiritual gem that will answer all of these questions and far more. HOW TO PRAY is a practical guidebook covers the how, when, and most importantly, the way of praying. An excellent devotional resource for any Christian library.
Christian Apologetics and Evangelism
The role of women within the church has been a heated, ongoing debate. There are two views. We have the equal ministry opportunity for both men and women (egalitarian view) and the ministry roles distinguished by gender (complementarian view). This biblically grounded introduction will acquaint the reader with the biblical view: what does the Bible say about the woman’s role in the church? Both views mention the teachings of the apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 2:12 in order to support their viewpoint. Andrews will furnish the reader with a clear and thorough presentation of the biblical evidence for the woman’s role in the church so we can better understand the biblical viewpoint.
Some of the questions asked and answered in THE YOUNG CHRISTIAN’S SURVIVAL GUIDE are “You claim the Bible is inspired because it says it is, right (2 Tim. 3:16)? Isn’t that circular reasoning?” “You claim the Bible was inspired, but there was no inspired list of which books that is true of. So how can we know which ones to trust?” “With so many different copies of manuscripts that have 400,000+ variants (errors), how can we even know what the Bible says?” “Why can’t the people who wrote the four Gospels get their story straight?” These questions and many more will be asked and answered with reasonable, rational, Scriptural answers.
Was the Gospel of Mark Written First? Were the Gospel Writers Plagiarists? What is the Q Document? What about Document Q? Critical Bible scholars have assumed that Matthew and Luke used the book of Mark to compile their Gospels and that they consulted a supplementary source, a document the scholars call Q from the German Quelle, or source. From the close of the first century A.D. to the 18th century, the reliability of the Gospels was never really brought into question. However, once we enter the so-called period of enlightenment, especially from the 19th century onward, some critical Bible scholars viewed the Gospels not as the inspired, inerrant Word of God but rather as the word of man, and a jumbled word at that. In addition, they determined that the Gospels were not written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, saying the Gospels were written after the apostles, denying that the writers of the Gospels had any firsthand knowledge of Jesus; therefore, for these Bible critics such men were unable to offer a record of reliable history. Moreover, these critical Bible scholars came to the conclusion that the similarities in structure and content in the synoptic (similar view) Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), suggests that the evangelists copied extensively from one other. Further, the critical Bible scholars have rejected that the miracles of Jesus and his resurrection ever occurred as recorded in the Gospels. Lastly, some have even gone so far as to reject the historicity of Jesus himself.
Inside of some Christians unbeknownst to their family, friends or the church, they are screaming, “I doubt, I doubt, I have very grave doubts!” Ours is an age of doubt. Skepticism has become fashionable. We are urged to question everything: especially the existence of God and the truthfulness of his Word, the Bible. A SUBSTANTIAL PORTION of REASONABLE FAITH is on healing for the elements of emotional doubt. However, much attention is given to more evidenced-based chapters in our pursuit of overcoming any fears or doubts that we may have or that may creep up on us in the future.
How can you improve your effectiveness as teachers? Essentially, it is by imitating JESUS CHRIST The Great Teacher You may wonder, ‘But how can we imitate Jesus?’ ‘He was the perfect, divine, Son of God.’ Admittedly, you cannot be a perfect teacher. Nevertheless, regardless of your abilities, you can do your best to imitate the way Jesus taught. JESUS CHRIST The Great Teacher will discuss how you can employ all of his teaching methods. What a privilege it is to be a teacher of God’s Word and to share spiritual values that can have long-lasting benefits!
How can you improve your effectiveness as teachers? Essentially, it is by imitating THE APOSTLE PAUL: The Preacher, Teacher, Apologist. You may wonder, ‘But how can we imitate Paul?’ ‘He was an inspired author, who served as an apostle, given miraculous powers.’ Admittedly, Paul likely accomplished more than any other imperfect human. Nevertheless, regardless of your abilities, you can do your best to imitate the way Paul taught. THE APOSTLE PAUL: The Preacher, Teacher, Apologist will discuss how you can employ all of his teaching methods. When it comes to teaching, genuine Christians have a special responsibility. We are commanded to “make disciples of all nations . . . , teaching them.” (Matt. 24:14; 28:19-20; Ac 1:8)
How true is the Old Testament? For over two centuries Biblical scholars have held to the so-called documentary hypothesis, namely, that Genesis – Deuteronomy was not authored by Moses, but rather by several writers, some of whom lived centuries after Moses’ time. How have many scholars questioned the writership of Isaiah, and are they correct? When did skepticism regarding the writership of Isaiah begin, and how did it spread? What dissecting of the book of Isaiah has taken place? When did criticism of the book of Daniel begin, and what fueled similar criticism in more recent centuries? What charges are sometimes made regarding the history in Daniel? Why is the question of the authenticity of the books of Moses, the Book of Isaiah and the Book of Daniel an important one? What evidence is there to show that the books of Moses, the Book of Isaiah and the Book of Daniel is authentic and true? Do these critics have grounds for challenging these Bible author’s authenticity and historical truthfulness? Why is it important to discuss whether Old Testament Aurhoriship is authentic and true or not?
Who wrote the first five books of the Bible? Was it Moses or was it others centuries later? If Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, then how was his own death and burial written in Deuteronomy Chapter 34? Many mainstream Bible scholars argue that Moses could not have written the Pentateuch since he likely existed many centuries earlier than the development of the Hebrew language. When was the origin of the Hebrew language? Popular scholarship says that if Moses had written the Pentateuch, he would have written in the Egyptian language, not the Hebrew. Moreover, most of the Israelites and other people of the sixteenth century B.C.E. were illiteral, so who could have written the Torah, and for whom would it be written because the people of that period did not read?
Finally, analysis of the first five books demonstrates multiple authors, not just one, which explains the many discrepancies. Multiple authors also explain the many cases of telling of the same story twice, making the same events appear to happen more than once. The modern mainstream scholarship would argue that within the Pentateuch we see such things as preferences for certain words, differences in vocabulary, reoccurring expressions in Deuteronomy that are not found in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, all evidence for their case for multiple authors.
What does the evidence say? What does archaeology, linguistic analysis, historical studies, textual analysis, and insights from Egyptologists tell us? Again, who wrote the first five books of the Bible? Was it Moses or was it others centuries later? Andrews offers his readers an objective view of the evidence.
Agabus is a mysterious prophetic figure that appears only twice in the book of Acts. Though his role is minor, he is a significant figure in a great debate between cessationists and continualists. On one side are those who believe that the gift of prophecy is on par with the inspired Scriptures, infallible, and has ceased. On the other side are those who define it as fallible and non-revelatory speech that continues today in the life of the church. Proponents of both camps attempt to claim Agabus as an illustration of their convictions. This study defends the position that Agabus’ prophecies are true in every detail. Beginning with a survey of major figures in the debate, the author conducts an exegetical analysis of passages where Agabus appears in defense of the infallible view.
Islam is making a significant mark on our world. It is perhaps the fastest-growing religion in the world. It has become a major obstacle to Christian missions. And Muslim terrorists threaten the West and modern democracies. What is the history of Islam? What do Muslims believe? Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? Why do we have this clash of civilizations? Is sharia law a threat to modern democratic values? How can we fight terrorists in the 21st century? These are significant questions that deserve thoughtful answers. This book provides practical, biblical answers so Christians can understand Islam, witness to their Muslim friends, and support efforts by the government to protect all of us from terrorism.
IS THE QURAN THE WORD OF GOD? Is Islam the One True Faith? This book covers the worldview, practices, and history of Islam and the Quran. This book is designed as an apologetic evangelistic tool for Christians, as they come across Muslims in their daily lives, as well as to inform them, as a protection again the misleading media. The non-Muslims need to hear these truths about Islam and the Quran so they can have an accurate understanding of the Muslim mindset that leads to their actions. Islam is the second largest religion in the world. Radical Islam has taken the world by storm, and the “fake media” has genuinely misled their audience for the sake of political correctness. This book is not a dogmatic attack on Islam and the Quran but rather an uncovering of the lies and describing of the truths. The reader will be introduced to the most helpful way of viewing the evidence objectively. We will answer the question of whether the Quran is a literary miracle, as well as is there evidence that the Quran is inspired by God, along with is the Quran harmonious and consistent, and is the Quran from God or man? We will also examine Islamic teachings, discuss the need to search for the truth, as well as identify the book of truth. We will look at how Islam views the Bible. Finally, we will take up the subjects of Shariah Law, the rise of radical Islam, Islamic eschatology, and how to effectively witness to Muslims.
The average Christian knows somewhat how dangerous radical Islam is because of the regular media coverage of beheadings of Christians, Jews, and even young little children, not to mention Muslims with which they disagree. However, the average Christian does not know their true beliefs, just how many there are, to the extent they will go to carry out these beliefs. Daily we find Islamic commentators on the TV and radio, offering up misleading information, quoting certain portions of the Quran while leaving other parts out. When considering Islamic beliefs, other Islamic writings must be considered, like the Hadith or Sunnah, and the Shariah, or canon law. While Islam, in general, does not support radical Islam, the vast majority do support radical beliefs. For example, beheadings, stoning for adultery or homosexuality, suicide bombings, turning the world into an Islamic state, and far too many other heinous things. THE GUIDE TO ISLAM provides Christians with an overview of Islamic terminology. The reader will learn about Muhammad’s calling, the history of the Quran, how Islam expanded, the death of Muhammad and the splinter groups that followed. In addition, the three sources of their teaching, six pillars of belief, five pillars of Islam, the twelfth Imam, and much more will be discussed. All of this from the mind of radical Islam. While there are several books on Islam and radical Islam, this will be the first that will prepare its readers to communicate effectively with Muslims in an effort toward sharing biblical truths. …
If you have the desire to become better equipped to reach others for the lost or to strengthen your faith, Judy Salisbury’s guide—written specifically to meet the needs of Christian women today—offers you a safe, practical, and approachable place to start. In her lively, … If you have the desire to become better equipped to reach others for the lost or to strengthen your faith, Judy Salisbury’s guide—written specifically to meet the needs of Christian women today—offers you a safe, practical, and approachable place to start. In her lively, straightforward style, Salisbury covers such issues as: Does God exist? Can I trust the Bible? Does Christianity oppress women? Can we know truth? Why would God allow evil and suffering? Was Jesus God and did He really rise from the dead? How does or should my faith guide my life?
A Time to Speak: Practical Training for the Christian Presenteris a complete guide for effective communication and presentation skills. Discuss any subject with credibility and confidence, from Christian apologetics to the sensitive moral issues of our day, when sharing a testimony, addressing a school board, a community meeting, or conference. This exceptional training is the perfect resource for Christians with any level of public speaking ability. With its easy, systematic format, A Time to Speak is also an excellent resource for home-schooled and college students. The reader, in addition to specific skills and techniques, will also learn how to construct their presentation content, diffuse hostility, guidance for a successful Q&A, effective ways to turn apathy into action, and tips on gaining their speaking invitation.
Historical Criticism of the Bible got started in earnest, known then as Higher Criticism, during the 18th and 19th centuries, it is also known as the Historical-Critical Method of biblical interpretation. Are there any weakness to the Historical-Critical Method of biblical interpretation (Historical Criticism), and why is historical criticism so popular among Bible scholars today? Its popularity is because biblical criticism is subjective, that is, based on or influenced by personal feelings or opinions and is dependent on the Bible scholar’s perception. In other words, biblical criticism allows the Bible scholar, teacher, or pastor the freedom to interpret the Scriptures, so that God’s Word it tells them things that they want to hear. Why is this book so critical for all Christians? Farnell and Andrews will inform the reader about Biblical criticism (historical criticism) and its weaknesses, helping you to defend God’s Word far better.
Biblical criticism is an umbrella term covering various techniques for applying literary historical-critical methods in analyzing and studying the Bible and its textual content. Biblical criticism is also known as higher criticism, literary criticism, and historical criticism. Biblical criticism has done nothing more than weaken and demoralize people’s assurance in the Bible as being the inspired and fully inerrant Word of God and is destructive in its very nature. Historical criticism is made up of many forms of biblical criticism that are harmful to the authoritative Word of God: historical criticism, source criticism, form criticism, redaction criticism, social-science criticism, canonical criticism, rhetorical criticism, structural criticism, narrative criticism, reader-response criticism, and feminist criticism. Not just liberal scholarship, but many moderate, even some “conservative” scholars have …
FEMINIST CRITICISM will offer the reader explicitly what the Bible says. Feminist criticism is a form of literary criticism that is based on feminist theories. The worldview of feminism uses feminist principles to interpret the word of God. Biblical feminists argue that they are merely focused on creating equal opportunities to serve. They say that they want the freedom to follow Jesus Christ as he has called them. They assert that they merely want to use the gifts that he has given them in God’s service. Biblical feminists maintain that Scripture clearly states the worth and value of men and women equally when it comes to serving God. Biblical feminists also say that they want to partner with the men when it comes to taking the lead in the church and parenting in the home. They seek mutual submission and subjection in the church leadership and the home headship, not what they perceive to be a male hierarchy. FEMINIST CRITICISM will gently and respectfully address these issues with Scripture.
APOLOGETICS: Reaching Hearts with the Art of Persuasion by Edward D. Andrews, author of over seventy books, covers information that proves that the Bible is accurate, trustworthy, fully inerrant, and inspired by God for the benefit of humankind. The reader will be introduced to Christan apologetics and evangelism. They will learn what Christian apologetics is. They will be given a biblical answer to the most demanding Bible question: Problem of Evil. The reader will learn how to reach hearts with are the art of persuasion. They will use persuasion to help others accept Christ. They will learn to teach with insight and persuasiveness. They will learn to use persuasion to reach the heart of those who listen to them.
REVIEWING 2013 New World Translation of Jehovah’s Witnesses is going to challenge your objectivity. Being objective means that personal feelings or opinions do not influence you in considering and representing facts. Being subjective means that your understanding is based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or ideas. If the reader finds these insights offense, it might be a little mind control at work from years of being told the same misinformation repeatedly, so ponder things objectively. We can also have preconceived ideas that have been a part of our thinking for so long; we do not question them. Preconceived is an idea or opinion that is formed before having the evidence for its truth. If we are to be effective, we must season our words, so that they are received well. Then there is the term preconception, which means a preconceived idea or prejudice. Seasoned words, honesty, and accuracy are distinctive features of effective apologetic evangelism.
Use of REASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURES should help you to cultivate the ability to reason from the Scriptures and to use them effectively in assisting others to learn about “the mighty works of God.” – Acts 2:11. If Christians are going to be capable, powerful, efficient teachers of God’s Word, we must not only pay attention to what we tell those who are interested but also how we tell them. Yes, we must focus our attention on the message of God’s Word that we share but also the method in which we do so. Our message, the Gospel (i.e., the good news of the Kingdom), this does not change, but we do adjust our methods. Why? We are seeking to reach as many receptive people as possible. “You will be my witnesses … to the End of the Earth.” – ACTS 1:8.
Why should we be interested in the religion of others? The world has become a melting pot of people, cultures, and values, as well as many different religions. Religion has the most significant impact on the lives of mankind today. There are only a few of the major religions that make up billions of people throughout the earth. According to some estimates, there are roughly 4,200 religions in the world. God’s will is that “all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.” (1 Tim. 2:4) God has assigned all Christians the task of proclaiming the Word of God, teaching, to make disciples. (Matt. 24:15; 28:19-20: Ac 1;8) That includes men and women who profess a non-Christian religion, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam to mention just a few. If there are Hindus, Buddhist or Muslims are in your community, why not initiate a conversation with them? Christians who take the Great Commission seriously cannot afford to ignore these religions. …
Evangelism is the work of a Christian evangelist, of which all true Christians are obligated to partake to some extent, which seeks to persuade other people to become Christian, especially by sharing the basics of the Gospel, but also the deeper message of biblical truths. Today the Gospel is almost an unknown, so what does the Christian evangelist do? Preevangelism is laying a foundation for those who have no knowledge of the Gospel, giving them background information, so that they can grasp what they are hearing. The Christian evangelist is preparing their mind and heart so that they will be receptive to the biblical truths. In many ways, this is known as apologetics. Christian apologetics [Greek: apologia, “verbal defense, speech in defense”] is a field of Christian theology which endeavors to offer a reasonable and sensible basis for the Christian faith, defending the faith against objections. It is reasoning from the Scriptures, explaining and proving, as one instructs in sound doctrine, many times having to overturn false reasoning before he can plant the seeds of truth. …
MOST Christian apologetic books help the reader know WHAT to say; THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST is HOW to communicate it effectively. The Christian apologist’s words should always be seasoned with salt as he or she shares the unadulterated truths of Scripture with gentleness and respect. Our example in helping the unbeliever to understand the Bible has been provided by Jesus Christ and his apostles. Whether dealing with Bible critics or answering questions from those genuinely interested, Jesus referred to the Scriptures and at times used appropriate illustrations, helping those with a receptive heart to accept the Word of God. The apostle Paul “reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving” what was biblically true. (Ac 17:2-3) The material in THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST can enable us to do the same. Apologist Normal L. Geisler informs us that “evangelism is planting seeds of the Gospel” and “pre-evangelism is tilling the soil of people’s minds and hearts to help them be more willing to listen to the truth (1 Cor. 3: 6).”
THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK is a practical guide (for real-life application) in aiding all Christians in sharing biblical beliefs, the Good News of the Kingdom, how to deal with Bible critics, overturning false beliefs, so as to make disciples, as commanded by Christ. (Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20; Ac 1:8) Why do Christians desire to talk about their beliefs? Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matt 24:14) This is the assignment, which all Christians are obligated to assist in carrying out. Jesus also said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt. 22:39) Jesus commanded that we “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them” and “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:19-20) If one failed to be obedient to the great commission of Matthew 28:19-20, he or she could hardly claim that they have genuine faith. All true Christians have a determination to imitate God, which moves us to persist in reflecting his glory through our sharing Bible beliefs with others.
“Absorbing, instructional, insightful. Judy Salisbury’s book Divine Appointments embodies examples of truly speaking the truth in love. The stories she weaves together provide perfect examples of how to relate to others through conversational evangelism… Divine Appointments is an apt companion to any apologetics book, showing how to put principles into practice. It’s an apologetics manual wrapped in a warm blanket. Snuggle up with it.”— Julie Loos, Director, Ratio Christi Boosters
The reader will receive eight small introductory books in this one publication. Andrews’ intention is to offer his reader several chapters on eight of the most critical subject areas of understanding and defending the Word of God. This will enable the reader to lay a solid foundation for which he can build throughout his Christian life. These eight sections with multiple chapters in each cover biblical interpretation, Bible translation philosophies, textual criticism, Bible difficulties, the Holy Spirit, Christian Apologetics, Christian Evangelism, and Christian Living.
“‘Deep’ study is no guarantee that mature faith will result, but shallow study guarantees that immaturity continues.”(p. xiii)—Dr. Lee M. Fields.
The Culture War. How the West lost its greatness and was weakened from within outlines how the West lost its values, causing its current decline. It is a forceful attack on the extreme liberal, anti-religious ideology which since the 1960’s has permeated the Western culture and weakened its very core. The West is now characterized by strict elitist media censorship, hedonism, a culture of drug abuse, abortion, ethnic clashes and racial divide, a destructive feminism and the dramatic breakdown of the family. An ultra-rich elite pushes our nations into a new, authoritarian globalist structure, with no respect for Western historical values. Yet, even in the darkest hour, there is hope. This manifesto outlines the remedy for the current malaise and describes the greatness of our traditional and religious values that once made our civilization prosper. It shows how we can restore these values to bring back justice, mercy, faith, honesty, fidelity, kindness and respect for one another. Virtues that will motivate individuals to love one another, the core of what will make us great again.
EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY will give its readers a thrilling account of first-century Christianity. When and how did they come to be called Christians? Who are all obligated to be Christian evangelists? In what way did Jesus set the example for our evangelism? What is the Kingdom of God? What was their worship like and why were they called the Truth and the Way? How did 120 disciples at Pentecost grow to over one million within 70-80-years? What was meant by their witness to the ends of the earth? How did Christianity in its infancy function to accomplish all it did? How was it structured? How were the early Christians, not of the world? How were they affected by persecution? How were they not to love the world, in what sense? What divisions were there in the second and third centuries? Who were the Gnostics? These questions will be answered, as well as a short overview of the division that grew out of the second and third centuries, pre-reformation, the reformation, and a summary of Catholicism and Protestantism. After a lengthy introduction to First-Century Christianity, there is a chapter on the Holy Spirit in the First Century and Today, followed by sixteen chapters that cover the most prominent Christians from the second to fourth centuries, as well as a chapter on Constantine the Great.
The intention of this book is to investigate the biblical chronology behind Jehovah’s Witnesses most controversial doctrinal position that Jesus began to rule invisibly from heaven in October 1914. This biblical chronology of the Witnesses hinges upon their belief that the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, which they say occurred in 607 B.C.E. The Witnesses conclude that Chapter 4 of the book of Daniel prophesied a 2,520 year period that began in 607 B.C.E. and ended in 1914 C.E. They state, “Clearly, the ‘seven times’ and ‘the appointed times of the nations’ refer to the same time period.” (Lu 21:24) It is their position that When the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem, the Davidic line of kings was interrupted, God’s throne was “trampled on by the nations” until 1914, at which time Jesus began to rule invisibly from heaven. …
In order to overcome and church problems, we must first talk about the different problems of the church. Many of the church problems today stem from the isms: liberalism, humanism, modernism, Christian progressivism, theological liberalism, feminism, higher criticism, and biblical criticism. Moreover, many are simply not a biblically grounded church regardless of how much they claim to be so. The marks of a true Christian church would be like the different lines that make up a church’s fingerprint, a print that cannot belong to any other church. The true Christian church contains their own unique grouping of marks, forming a positive “fingerprint” that cannot belong to any other church. William Lange Craig wrote, “Remember that our faith is not based on emotions, but on the truth, and therefore you must hold on to it.” What truth? Jesus said to the Father in prayer, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17) Are you doing the will of the Father? Is your church doing the will of the Father? – Matthew 7:21-23; 1 John 2:15-17.
Evangelist Norman Robertson claims that “Tithing is God’s way of financing His kingdom on the earth.” He asserts that “It is His system of economics which enables the Gospel to be preached.” Not bashful about telling his followers of their duty to give, he flatly states: ‘Tithing isn’t something you do because you can afford it. It is an act of obedience. Not tithing is a clear violation of God’s commandments. It is embezzlement.’ Most likely you accept that giving should be part of Christian worship. However, do you find continuous demanding appeals for money disturbing, perhaps even offensive? FLEECING THE FLOCK by Anthony Wade is an exhaustive examination of all of the popular tithing arguments made from the pulpit today. …
DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH by Fred DeRuvo asks Does It Matter How You Worship? There are 41,000 different denominations that call themselves “Christian” and all would claim that they are the truth. Can just any Christian denomination please God? Can all be true or genuine Christianity if they all have different views on the same Bible doctrines? DeRuvo will answer. He will focus on the largest part of Christianity that has many different denominations, the charismatic, ecstatic Signs and Wonders Movements. These ecstatic worshipers claim … DeRuvo will answer all these questions and more according to the truth of God’s Word.—John 8:31-32; 17:17.
Plunkett exposes the errors corrupting the Christian church through the Word of Faith, New Apostolic Reformation, and extreme charismatic movements. LEARN TO DISCERN, by author Daniel Plunkett highlights how an encounter with a rising star in the Word of Faith / “Signs and Wonders” movement was used by God to open his eyes to the deceptions, false teachings, and spiritual abuses running rampant in the charismatic movement today. These doctrines are thoroughly explored as taught by some of today’s most prominent speakers and evangelists and contrasted with the clear teachings of Scripture. LEARN TO DISCERN is an invaluable resource …
Translation and Textual Criticism
The King James Bible was originally published in 1611. Some have estimated that the number of copies of the King James Version that have been produced in print worldwide is over one billion! There is little doubt that the King James Version is a literary masterpiece, which this author has and will appreciate and value for its unparalleled beauty of expression. This book is in no way trying to take away from what the King James Version has accomplished. The King James Version is a book to be commended for all that it has accomplished. For four centuries, when English-speaking people spoke of “the Bible,” they meant the King James Version. The question that begs to be asked of those who favor the King James Bible is, Do You Know the King James Version? What do most users of the King James Bible not know about their translation? Whether you are one who favors the King James Version or one who prefers a modern translation, Andrews will answer the questions that have long been asked for centuries about the King James Bible and far more.
THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BIBLE TRANSLATION (CGBT) is for all individuals interested in how the Bible came down to us, as well as having an insight into the Bible translation process. CGBT is also for those who are interested in which translation(s) would be the most beneficial to use. The translation of God’s Word from the original languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek is a task unlike any other and should never be taken lightly because it carries with it the heaviest responsibility: the translator renders God’s thoughts into a modern language. It is CGBT’s desire to take challenging and complex subjects and make them easy to understand. CGBT will communicate as clearly and powerfully as possible to all of its readers while also accurately communicating information about the Bible. …
We have come a long, long way from the time that the KJV was The Bible in English and the many translations available today. Finding the right Bible for the right person can be daunting, with almost too many choices available. However, it is still possible to divide the options into two broad categories: literal translations and dynamic equivalents. What is the difference, and why should you care? Bible publishers used to say that literal translations are good for study purposes, and dynamic equivalents are better for reading. So literal translations were advertised with terms like “accurate,” “reliable,” and, of course, “literal.” For dynamic equivalent translations, terms like “contemporary,” “easy to read,” and “written in today’s English” were used. Naturally, publishers do not advertise the negatives, so they did not point out that the literal translations might be a little harder to read, or that the dynamic equivalents might not be entirely faithful to the original languages of the Bible. However, more recently, some scholars have been taking this analysis in a new direction, assessing literal translations as less desirable than dynamic equivalents even for accuracy and reliability.
There are more than 150 different Bible translations in the English language alone. Some are what we call literal translations, which seeks to give the reader the exact English equivalent of what was written in the original language text, thus allowing the reader access to the actual Word of God. Then, there are dynamic equivalents, where the translator determines what the author meant by the original language text, and this is what they give the reader. There is also a paraphrase translation, which is an extremely interpretive translation. Exactly what are these differences? Are some translations better than others? What standards and principles can we use to determine what makes a good translation? Andrews introduces the readers to the central issues in this debate and presents several reasons why literal translations are superior to dynamic equivalent and paraphrase translations. We do not need to be a Bible scholar to understand these issues, as well as the importance of having the most accurate and faithful translation that is reflective of the original text. …
THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT (TTNT) is an introduction, intermediate and advanced level coverage of the text of the New Testament. Andrews introduces the new and relatively new reader to this subject in the first few chapters of the TTNT. Andrews deepens his handling of the material, while still making it easy to understand in the next few chapters of the TTNT, all the while being very informative in both sections. All of this prepares the reader for Wilkins’ advanced chapters. THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT was copied and recopied by hand for 1,500 years. Regardless of those scribes who had worked very hard to be faithful in their copying, errors crept into the text. How can we be confident that what we have today is the Word of God? Wilkins and Andrews offer the reader an account of the copying by hand and transmission of the Greek New Testament. They present a comprehensive survey of the manuscript history from the penning of the 27 New Testament books to the current critical texts. What did the ancient books look like and how were documents written? How were the New Testament books published? Who would use secretaries? Why was it so hard to be a secretary in the first century? How was such work done? What do we know about the early Christian copyists? What were the scribal habits and tendencies? Is it possible to establish the original text of the NewTestament? …
INTRODUCTION TO THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT is a shortened 321 pages of Andrews and Wilkins 602 page TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT without losing the value of content. The foremost thing the reader is going to learn is that the Greek New Testament that our modern translations are based on is a mirror-like reflection of the original and can be fully trusted. The reader will learn how the New Testament authors made and published their books, the secretaries in antiquity and their materials like Teritus who helped Paul pen the epistle to the Romans, and the book writing process of the New Testament authors and early copyists. The reader will also discover the reading culture of early Christianity and their view of the integrity of the Greek New Testament. The reader will also learn how textual scholars known as paleography determine the age of the manuscripts.
The reader will learn all about the different sources that go into our restoring the Greek New Testament to its original form. Then, Andrews will cover the ancient version, the era of the printed text, and the arrival of the critical text. After that, the reader will be given a lengthy chapter on examples of how the textual scholar determines the correct reading by his looking at the internal and external evidence. Finally, and most importantly, the reader will find out the truth about the supposed 400,000 textual errors within the Greek New Testament manuscripts. The last chapter will be faith-building and enable you to defend the Word of God as inerrant.
THE READING CULTURE OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY provides the reader with the production process of the New Testament books, the publication process, how they were circulated, and to what extent they were used in the early Christian church. It examines the making of the New Testament books, the New Testament secretaries and the material they used, how the early Christians viewed the New Testament books, and the literacy level of the Christians in the first three centuries. It also explores how the gospels went from an oral message to a written record, the accusation that the apostles were uneducated, the inspiration and inerrancy in the writing process of the New Testament books, the trustworthiness of the early Christian copyists, and the claim that the early scribes were predominantly amateurs. Andrews also looks into the early Christian’s use of the codex [book form], how did the spread of early Christianity affect the text of the New Testament, and how was the text impacted by the Roman Empire’s persecution of the early Christians?
The Bible has been under attack since Moses penned the first five books. However, the New Testament has faced criticism like no other time over the 50-70-years. Both friend and foe have challenged the reliability of our New Testament. Self-proclaimed Agnostic textual scholar Dr. Bart D. Ehrman has claimed that there are 400,000+ scribal errors in our Greek New Testament manuscripts. A leading textual scholar, Greek grammarian, and Christian apologist Dr. Daniel B. Wallace has stipulated that this is true. This is of particular interest among all Christians, who have been charged with defending the Word of God. – 1 Peter 3:15.
In this volume, textual scholar Edward D. Andrews offers the churchgoer and textual student a defense against this specific attack on the New Testament. Andrews offers the reader a careful analysis of the relevant evidence, giving his readers logical, reasonable, rational assurances that the New Testament can be trusted more than ever before. He will explain the differences between the older Bible translations and the newer ones. Andrews will explain why we do not need the original manuscripts to have the original Word of God. He will reveal how reliable our manuscripts are, how they survived the elements and the persecution of early Christianity, as well as withstanding careless and even deceitful scribes. Finally, Andrews will deal with the 400,000+ scribal errors in the Greek New Testament manuscripts extensively. The author takes a complicated subject and offers his readers an easy to understand argument for why they can have confidence in the Bible despite various challenges to the trustworthiness of Scripture, offering an insightful, informed, defense of God’s Word.
Edward D. Andrews boldly answers the challenges Bart D. Ehrman alleges against the fully inerrant, Spirit-inspired, authoritative Word of God. By glimpsing into the life of Bart D. Ehrman and following along his course of academic studies, Andrews helps the reader to understand the biases, assumptions, and shortcomings supporting Ehrman’s arguments. Using sound reason, scholarly exegesis, and the Historical-Grammatical method of interpretation, as well as New Testament textual criticism, Andrews helps both churchgoer/Bible students, as well as scholars, overcome the teachings of biblical errancy that Ehrman propagates.—Easy to read and understand. …
CALVINISM VS. ARMINIANISM goes back to the early seventeenth century with a Christian theological debate between the followers of John Calvin and Jacobus Arminius, and continues today among some Protestants, particularly evangelicals. The debate is centered around soteriology, that is, the study of salvation, and includes disputes about total depravity, predestination, and atonement. While the debate has developed its Calvinist–Arminian form in the 17th century, the issues that are fundamental to the debate have been discussed in Christianity in some fashion since the days of Augustine of Hippo’s disputes with the Pelagians in the fifth century. CALVINISM VS. ARMINIANISM is taking a different approach in that the issues will be discussed as The Bible Answers being that it is the centerpiece.
A comprehensive book on HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE by observing, interpreting, and applying, which will focus on the most basic Bible study tools, principles, and processes for moving from an in-depth reading of the Scriptures to application. What, though, if you have long felt that you are not studiously inclined? Realize that the primary difference between a serious Bible student and a less serious Bible student is usually diligence and effort, not being a gifted student. Being a gifted Bible student alone is not enough. Efficient methods of Bible study are worth learning, for those seeking to become serious Bible students. The joy missing from many Bible students is because they do not know how to study their Bible, which means they do not do it well. Perhaps you dislike Bible study because you have not developed your study skills sufficiently to make your Bible study enjoyable. Maybe you have neglected your Bible study simply because you would rather be doing something else you enjoy.
How can we find more enjoyment in studying the Bible? How can we make our study periods more productive? What circumstances contribute to effective personal study? How can we derive real benefit and pleasure from our Bible reading? From what activities can time be bought out for reading and studying the Bible? Why should we watch our spiritual feeding habits? What benefits come from reading and studying the Scriptures? There is a great and constantly growing interest in the study of the English Bible in these days. However, very much of the so-called study of the English Bible is unintelligent and not fitted to produce the most satisfactory results. The authors of this book already have a book entitled “HOW TO STUDY: Study the Bible for the Greatest Profit,” but that book is intended for those who are willing to buy out the time to put into thorough Bible study.
Why is personal and family Bible study so important in our life now? How can we apply the Word of God in our lives? How can we use the Bible to help others? How can we effectively use the Scriptures when teaching others? How can we make decisions God’s way? How can Bible principles help us to decide wisely? Why should we have faith in God and his word? The Psalmist tells us, God’s Word “is a lamp to my foot, and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Since the Bible is a gift from God, the time and effort that we put into our personal Bible Study is a reflection of how much we appreciate that gift. What do our personal Bible study habits reveal about the depth of our appreciation of God’s Word? Certainly, the Bible is a deep and complex book, and reading and studying are not easy at times. However, with time and effort, we can develop a spiritual appetite for personal Bible study. (1 Peter 2:2)
Correctly interpreting the Bible is paramount to understanding the Word of God. As Christians, we do not want to read our 21st-century worldview INTO the Scriptures, but rather to takeOUT OF the Scriptures what the author meant by the words that he used. The guaranteed way of arriving a correct understanding of God’s Words is to have an accurate knowledge of the historical setting, cultural background, and of the people, governments, and religious leaders, as well as the place and time of the New Testament writings. Only with the background, setting, and context can you grasp the author’s intended meaning to his original readers and …
The life of Christ is an exhaustless theme. It reveals a character of greater massiveness than the hills, of a more serene beauty than the stars, of sweeter fragrance than the flowers, higher than the heavens in sublimity and deeper than the seas in mystery. As good Jean Paul has eloquently said, “It concerns Him who, being the holiest among the mighty, and the mightiest among the holy, lifted with His pierced hands empires off their hinges, turned the stream of centuries out of its channels, and still governs the ages.” …
Stalker’s Life of St. Paul became one of the most widely read and respected biographies of the Apostle to the Gentiles. As an insightful compendium on the life of Paul, this work is of particular interest to pastors and teachers who desire to add realism and vividness to their account of one of the greatest Christians who ever lived. Stalker’s work includes a section at the back entitled “Hints for Teachers and Questions for Pupils.” This supplement contains notes and “further reading” suggestions for those teaching on the life of St. Paul, along with a number of questions over each chapter for students to discuss. In addition, seventeen extra chapters have been added that will help the reader better understand who the Apostle Paul was and what first-century Christianity was like. For example, a chapter on the conversion of Saul/Paul, Gamaliel Taught Saul of Tarsus, the Rights, and Privileges of Citizenship, the “Unknown God,” Areopagus, the Observance of Law as to Vows, and much more.
With solid scholarship and exceptional clarity, beginning in Gethsemane, Stalker and Andrews examine Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. Their work is relevant, beneficial and enjoyable because they cover this historical period of Jesus’ life in an easy to understand format. Stalker’s expressive and persuasive style provides a great resource to any Bible study of the events leading to the death of Jesus Christ. THE TRIAL AND DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST is an academicish book written with a novelish style.
Delving into the basics of biblical interpretation, Edward D. Andrews has provided a complete hands-on guide to understanding what the author meant by the words that he used from the conservative grammatical-historical perspective. He teaches how to study the Bible on a deep, scholarly level, yet making it understandable to all. He has sought to provide the very best tool for interpreting the Word of God. This includes clarification of technical terms, answers to every facet of biblical interpretation, and defense of the inerrancy and divine inspiration of Scripture. Andrews realizes that the importance of digging deeper in our understanding of the Bible, for defending our faith from modern-day misguided scholarship. Andrews gives the reader easy and memorable principles and methods to follow for producing an accurate explanation that comes out of, not what many read into the biblical text. The principal procedure within is to define, explain, offer many examples, and give illustrations, to help the reader fully grasp the grammatical-historical approach. …
Anybody who wants to study the Bible, either at a personal level or a more scholarly level needs to understand that there are certain principles that guide and govern the process. The technical word used to refer to the principles of biblical interpretation is hermeneutics, which is of immense importance in Biblical Studies and Theology. How to Interpret the Bible takes into consideration the cultural context, historical background and geographical location in which the text was originally set. This enables us to obtain clarity about the original author’s intended meaning. Linguistic and literary factors are analyzed so that the various genres of Scripture are examined for their true meaning. The importance of having sound principles of interpretation cannot be overstated as …
Once upon a time, Postmodernism was a buzzword. It pronounced Modernism dead or at least in the throes of death. It was a wave that swept over Christendom, promising to wash away sterile, dogmatic and outmoded forms of church. But whatever happened to postmodernism? It was regarded as the start of a major historical transition to something new and promising and hailed as a major paradigm shift. Is it a philosophy that has passed its “sell-by” date? No! The radical fringe has become the dominant view and has been integrated into all aspects of life, including the Christian church. With the emergence of multicultural societies comes interaction with different belief systems and religions. Values like tolerance and a dislike of dogmatism have become key operating concepts, which reflect a change in worldview. …
In an age obsessed with physical and psychological health the author emphasizes the importance of spiritual well-being as an essential element of holistic health for the individual Christian and for Christian communities. This work constitutes a template for a spiritual audit of the local church. It offers an appointment with the Great Physician that no Christian can afford to ignore. Developing Healthy Churches: A Case-Study in Revelation begins with a well-researched outline of the origins and development of the church health movement. With that background in mind the author, aware that throughout the history of the church there have been a number of diverse views about how Revelation ought to be interpreted, presents the reader with four distinct interpretive models. These are the idealist, preterist, historicist, and futurist. Beville explains these interpretive approaches simply and critiques them fairly.e …
This is a comprehensive study of euthanasia and assisted suicide. It traces the historical debate, examines the legal status of such activity in different countries and explores the political, medical and moral matters surrounding these emotive and controversial subjects in various cultural contexts. The key advocates and pioneers of this agenda-driven movement (such as the late Jack Kevorkian, popularly known as “Dr. Death” and Philip Nitschke, founder of Exit International) are profiled. Not only are the elderly and disabled becoming increasingly vulnerable but children, psychiatric patients, the depressed and those who are simply tired of life are now on a slippery slope into a dystopian nightmare. The spotlight is brought to bear on the Netherlands, in particular, where palliative care and the hospice movement are greatly underdeveloped as a result of legalization. These dubious “services” are now offered as part of “normal” medical care in Holland where it is deemed more cost-effective to be given a lethal injection. The vital role of physicians as healers in society must be preserved and the important but neglected spiritual dimension of death must be explored. Thus a biblical view of human life is presented. …
Journey with Jesus through the Message of Mark is an insightful and engaging survey of Mark’s Gospel, exploring each major section of the text along with key themes. It is a work that can be enjoyed by laypersons as well as pastors and teachers. Pastors will find the abundant use of illustrations to be helpful in preparing their own messages and as such, it will find a welcome place in the preacher’s library. Simply, powerfully, with great precision, and exegetical accuracy, Kieran Beville masterfully brings us on a life-transforming journey. Readers will be both inspired and challenged as they hear the words of Jesus speaking afresh from the page of Scripture and experience the ministry of Jesus in a spiritually captivating way. The author has a pastor’s heart, a theologian’s mind, and a writer’s gift. His style is gripping, as he beautifully explains and illustrates Mark’s Gospel. Kieran Beville has done a great service to the church, and especially to true believers, who desire to grow in grace, increase in their knowledge of truth, and experience the intimacy, joy, and underserved and unspeakable privilege of walking, as disciples, with Jesus. This book is ideal as a study companion for Mark’s Gospel. One can read a section from the gospel and then read the corresponding section to receive a fresh viewpoint and a practical application. …
What are angels & demons? Can angels help us? What does the Bible say about angels? What is the truth about angels? Can Angels affect your life? Who were the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2? Who were the Nephilim in Genesis 6:2? Who is Michael the archangel? Can Satan the Devil control humans? How can we win our struggle against dark spiritual forces? How can you resist the demons? Do evil spirits exercise power over humankind? Is Satan really the god of this world and just what does that mean? What did Jesus mean when he said, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one [i.e., Satan]”? Andrews using the Bible will answer all of these questions and far more. …
Donald T. Williams learned a lot about the Christian worldview from Francis Schaeffer and C. S. Lewis, but it was actually Tolkien who first showed him that such a thing exists and is an essential component of maturing faith. Not only do explicitly Christian themes underlie the plot structure of The Lord of the Rings, but in essays such as “On Fairie Stories” Tolkien shows us that he not only believed the Gospel on Sunday but treated it as true the rest of the week and used his commitment to that truth as the key to further insights in his work as a student of literature. “You can do that?” Williams thought as a young man not yet exposed to any Christian who was a serious thinker. “I want to do that!” His hope is that his readers will catch that same vision from this book. An Encouraging Thought elucidates the ways in which Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are informed by and communicate a biblical worldview. This book will help readers appreciate the ways in which a biblical worldview informs Tolkien’s work, to the end that their own faith may be confirmed in strength, focused in understanding, deepened in joy, and honed in its ability to communicate the Gospel.
The Bible describes the events that will occur before and after the destruction of Gog of Magog. Who is Gog of Magog mentioned in the book of Ezekiel? Why should we be interested in the prophecy recorded in Daniel chapter 11? Find out in a verse-by-verse explanation of Daniel Chapter 11, as you discover who the kings of the North and the South are from before Jesus’ day throughout the last days. You will benefit from paying attention to Daniel’s prophecy about the battle between the two kings? Taken together, the Bible books of Daniel and Revelation not only identify eight kings but also show the sequence in which they would appear. We can explain those prophecies.
People grow old, get sick, and die. Even some children die. Should you be afraid of death or of anybody who has died? Do you know what happens if we die? Will you ever see your dead loved ones again? “If a man dies, shall he live again?” asked the man Job long ago. (Job 14:14) Did God originally intend for humans to die? Why do you grow old and die? What is the Bible’s viewpoint of death? What is the condition of the dead? Are the dead aware of what is happening around them? What hope is there for the dead?
Herein Andrews will give the reader exactly what the Bible offers on exposing who the Antichrist and the Man of Lawlessness are. If we look at the texts that refer to the antichrist and the man of lawlessness, we will have lines of evidence that will enable us to identify them. Why is it important that we know who the antichrist and the man of lawlessness are? The antichrist and the man of lawlessness have had a greater impact on humanity and Christianity over the past centuries than many know. Moreover, the influence on the true worshipers of Christianity today has been even more significant and will only go from bad to worse as we come closer to the second coming of Christ. …
Throughout the Scriptures, God is identified as the Creator. He is the One “who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it.” (Isa 45:18) He is the One “who forms mountains and creates the wind” (Am 4:13) and is the One “who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them.” (Ac 4:24; 14:15; 17:24) “God . . . created all things.” (Eph. 3:9) Jesus Christ tells us that it is the Father who “created them [humans] from the beginning made them male and female.” (Matt. 19:4; Mark 10:6) Hence, the Father is fittingly and uniquely called “the Creator.” (Isa 40:28) It is because of God’s will that we exist, for He has ‘created all things, and because of his will they existed and were created.’―Revelations 4:11 …
Eschatology is the teaching of what is commonly called the “Last Things.” That is the subject of Andrews’ book, which will cover, Explaining Prophecy, Explaining Clean and Pure Worship, The New Testament Writers Use of the Old Testament, Explaining the Antichrist, Explaining the Man of Lawlessness, Explaining the Mark of the Beast, Explaining Signs of the End of the Age, Explaining the Rapture, Explaining the Great Tribulation, Explaining Armageddon, Explaining the Resurrection Hope, Explaining the Millennium, Explaining the Final Judgment, Explaining the Unevangelized, Explaining Hell
The information herein is based on the disciples coming to Jesus privately, saying, “Tell us, (1) when will these things be, and (2) what will be the sign of your coming, and (3) of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3) What will end? When will the end come? What comes after the end? Who will survive the end? These questions and far more will be answered as Andrews delves into The SECOND COMING of CHRIST. In chapters 1 and 2, we must address why Jesus is saying there would be an end to the Jewish age. In chapter 3, we will take a deep look at the signs that establish the great tribulation is closing in, and when is it time to flee. In chapter 4, we will go over the signs of the end of the Jewish age. In chapter 5, we will walk through the events leading up to the end of the Jewish age from 66 – 70 C.E., and how it applies to our Great Tribulation in these last days. In chapter 6, we will cover the second coming of Jesus where the reader will get the answers as to whether verses 3-28 of Matthew Chapter 24 apply to Christ’s second coming. We will close out with chapter 7, and how we should understand the signs, and how we do not want to be led astray, just as Jesus warned even some of the chosen ones would be misled. We will also address what comes after the end.
What Really Is Hell? What Kind of Place is Hell? What Really Happens at Death? What Did Jesus Teach About Hell? How Does Learning the Truth About Hell Affect You? Who Goes to Hell? What Is Hell? Is It a Place of Eternal Torment? Does God Punish People in Hellfire? Do the Wicked Suffer in Hell? What Is the Lake of Fire? Is It the Same as Hell or Gehenna? Where Do We Go When We Die? What Does the Bible Say About Hell? Andrews Shares the Truth on WHAT IS HELL From God’s Word.
Miracles were certainly a part of certain periods in Bible times. What about today? Are miracles still taking place? There are some very important subjects that surround this area of discussion that is often misunderstood. Andrews will answer such questions as does God step in and solve every problem if we are faithful? Does the Bible provide absolutes or guarantees in this age of imperfect humanity? Are miracles still happening today? Is faith healing Scriptural? Is speaking in tongues evidence of true Christianity? Is snake handling biblical? How are we to understand the indwelling of the Holy Spirit? The work of the Holy Spirit. Andrews offers his readers very straightforward, biblically accurate explanations for these difficult questions. If any have discussed such questions, without a doubt, they will be very interested in the Bible’s answers in this easy to read publication.
Today there are many questions about homosexuality as it relates to the Bible and Christians. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Does genetics, environment, or traumatic life experiences justify homosexuality? What is God’s will for people with same-sex attractions? Does the Bible discriminate against people with same-sex attractions? Is it possible to abstain from homosexual acts? Should not Christians respect all people, regardless of their sexual orientation? Did not Jesus preach tolerance? If so, should not Christians take a permissive view of homosexuality? Does God approve of same-sex marriage? Does God disapprove of homosexuality? If so, how could God tell someone who is attracted to people of the same sex to shun homosexuality, is that not cruel? If one has same-sex attraction, is it possible to avoid homosexuality? How can I as a Christian explain the Bible’s view of homosexuality? IT IS CRUCIAL that Christians always be prepared to reason from the Scriptures, explaining and proving what the Bible does and does not say about homosexuality, yet doing it with gentleness and respect. Andrews will answer these questions and far more.
If you’ve struggled in the world of difficulties that surround you, you’re not alone. Maybe you have looked for help, and you have been given conflicting answers. 40 DAYS DEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTHS: Coming-of-Age In Christ, can help you. Its advice is based on answers that actually work, which are found in the Bible. God’s Word has helped billions over thousands of years to face life’s challenges successfully. Find out how it can help you! 40 DAYS DEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTHS includes seven sections, with several chapters in each. It includes the following sections: Sexual Desires and Love, your friends, your family, school, recreation, your health. You need advice you can trust! 40 DAYS DEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTHS will give you that. This author has worked with thousands of youths from around the world. The Bible-based sound advice helped them. Now you can discover how it can help you.
Young ones and teens, you are exposed to complex problems that your parents may not understand. Young Christians, you are bombarded with multiple options for solving everyday problems through social media. Where do you turn to find answers? Where can you look to find guidance from Scripture? In order to provide a Christian perspective to problem-solving, the author of this devotional book decided to take a different approach. Terry Overton was determined to find out what problems middle school children and teens were worried about the most. While visiting her grandchildren one weekend, she asked her granddaughter to send topics to her so that she could write a devotional about the topic. In a matter of weeks, not only did her granddaughter send her topics, but the other grandchildren and their friends sent topics of concern. Once the author wrote a devotional for a topic, it was sent to the teen requesting the devotional. Soon, these requests were happening in real time. Students sent text requests about problems happening in school and asked what the student should do? How should this be handled?
This devotional book follows the author’s own faith journey back to God. Significant life events can shake our world and distort our faith. Following life’s tragedies, a common reaction is to become angry with God or to reject Him altogether. Examples of tragedies or traumas include life-changing events such as physical or sexual assault, destruction of one’s home, the tragic death of a loved one, diagnoses of terminal diseases, divorce, miscarriages, or being a victim of a crime. Tragedies or traumas can cause feelings of anxiety, depression, shame, and guilt.
Throughout the book, common themes emerge to support caregivers. The reader will find interesting Bible Scriptures, offering a Christian perspective, for handling issues that may arise. These inspiring passages will assist the caregiver in finding peace and faith as they travel their journey as a caregiver. Although caregivers may not know how long they will play this role, they take on the responsibility without any question. Taking care of others is often mentioned in the Bible and, as noted in this devotional, this self-sacrificing, highly valued, and often challenging service will ultimately be rewarded.
Humans must breathe in the air of our atmosphere to survive. Many cities because of pollution face a dangerous level of contamination in their air. However, an even more deadly air affects both Christians and nonChristians. Ordinary methods or devices cannot detect this poisonous air. The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, spoke of the “air,” when he said that Satan was “the ruler of the authority of the air.” (Eph. 2:2) In that, very same verse Paul said the “air” is “the spirit now working in the sons of disobedience.” If we breathe in this “air,” we will begin to adopt their attitude, thoughts, speech, and conduct.
Humans must breathe in the air of our atmosphere to survive. Many cities because of pollution face a dangerous level of contamination in their air. However, an even more deadly air affects both Christians and nonChristians. Ordinary methods or devices cannot detect this poisonous air. The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, spoke of the “air,” when he said that Satan was “the ruler of the authority of the air.” (Eph. 2:2) In that, very same verse Paul said the “air” is “the spirit now working in the sons of disobedience.” If we breathe in this “air,” we will begin to adopt their attitude, thoughts, speech, and conduct.
BREAD OF HEAVEN helps the reader to have a greater understanding of the timeless truths of Scripture and a deeper appreciation of the grandeur of God. It offers meditations on selected Scriptures which will draw the reader’s attention upwards to the Savior. Kieran Beville’s daily devotional combines down-to-earth, unstuffy humanity in today’s world with a biblical and God-centered approach, and draws on rich theology in a thoroughly accessible way. He addresses not just the intellect and the will but gets to the heart, our motivational center, through the mind. If your Christian life could benefit from a short, well-written daily blast of Christ’s comfort and challenge, get this book and use it! These short Bible-based meditations are fresh and contemporary. Beville gives to the twenty-first-century reader what earlier authors have given to theirs. Here is practical wisdom that is a helpful guide to stimulate worship and set you thinking as you begin each day with God.
The Conversation: An Intimate Journal of the Emmaus Encounter is a unique and riveting reconstruction from the unnamed disciple’s account found in Luke 24 regarding his journey with Cleopas on the road to Emmaus after witnessing Jesus’s crucifixion and burial, along with hearing claims of His empty tomb. Suddenly, a Stranger begins walking with them. With their eyes “prevented” from recognizing Him as the risen Lord Jesus Christ—Yeshua the Messiah, their new, wise Traveling Companion correlates the Old Covenant Scriptures, by way of Moses and the prophets, with what they witnessed.
This “journal” is your opportunity to eavesdrop and learn what that conversation might have been like, as pertinent prophecies unfold revealing evidence that the Messiah’s suffering, death, burial, and resurrection were, in fact, specifically foretold.
Unique and life-changing, More Than Devotion, through a melding of accounts from both the Old Covenant and New, proves that our trustworthy God truly is the same yesterday, today, and forever. All fifty convicting devotions draw from a rich scriptural context, concluding with a practical, achievable call to action, plus journaling space for personal reflection. New believers and veteran followers of our Lord can grow in the innermost areas of their lives and enjoy a more intimate walk with the Savior.
Stella Mae Clark thought she had a wonderful life. She idolized her father, a military man who raised her to love Christ with all of her heart. She had a mother who loved her father and their example of true love gave her the sparkle in her eyes. That is until the unimaginable happens and her life is completely shattered. One decision at the age of sixteen would again turn her world completely upside down. Stella Mae makes the decision to leave her life and her family behind to seek refuge from her painful past. She desperately seeks solace, answers, and for something to fill the aching void within her heart. Just as she thinks she has settled into a new life with Christ, tragedy once again strikes and shatters any hope she had for a normal life. She abandons Christ and turns to a life of sin before it ultimately consumes her and breaks her down. Will it take nearly losing her life to find her way back to God or will her shame and regret keep holding her back? Join Stella Mae on her journey to find meaning and purpose in the midst of all her tragedy as she seeks to find the One her heart has been missing. The story of her past is one of loss, shame, heartbreak, and fear. With the help of those who see her for more than her past, she is able to become the person she always wanted to be and a new creature.
AN APOCALYPTIC NOVEL: As you are no doubt are aware, Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye in 1995 wrote a novel entitled “Left Behind.” Jerry and Tim had some prior success with a major publisher and were able to get their novel published. The Left Behind novel was published by Tyndale House beginning in 1995 within a multiple volumes Left Behind series resulting in sales exceeding 60 million books. In 1992 Don Alexander wrote the storyline embedded in Left Behind. He copyrighted the novel in 1992 under the title “Oren Natas” [who is the Anti-Christ in his storyline]. The entire novel is contained in a single volume. It is a novel written depicting a colorful and witty cast of characters who live through all the “end time” Bible prophecies.
A routine classified telepathic interrogation of a potential terrorist, followed by an assignment that doesn’t go as planned thrusts Tabatha – the world’s only telepathic human – into the public eye. The exposure leads an evil neuro-scientist requesting a meeting with her in hopes of luring her to his cause as well as unveiling a deadly creative work that has spanned three decades of research and development.
ONLINE REVIEW: “Very fun read. Fast paced and honest. Tons of evolution occurs during the process thru the story. Wonderful girl trying to become an adult Christian in a world that also pits her superpowers against terrorists with the help of her own special forces team. Buy this book and just enjoy!”
In June 1985, an excavation project was undertaken by The British Antiquities Volunteers (BAV) at a plot of rocky land where the Kidron and Hinnom Valleys meet near the eastern side of Old Jerusalem. That year many hundreds of (mostly redundant) ‘small finds’ were recovered in the Judean desert but none of such significance as a handful of scrolls retrieved from a buried Roman satchel (presumed stolen) at this site. The discovery has since come to be known as ‘The Diary of Judas Iscariot.’ In The Diary of Judas Iscariot Owen Batstone relates the observations and feelings of Judas, a disgruntled disciple, as he accompanies Jesus of Nazareth during His ministry, and uses this fable and allegory to explore some of the ways a person might resist becoming a Christian.
Kevin Trill struggles with the notion that he may have missed the Rapture. With nothing but the clothes on his back and a solid gold pocket watch, he sets off towards Garbor, a safe haven for those who haven’t yet taken the mark of the beast. While on his way to Garbor, he meets up with an unlikely trio who befriends him. Together, they set out towards Garbor. Unfortunately, however, they are soon faced with their first major catastrophe, which sparks debate among them as to whether or not they really are in the Great Tribulation. On their journey, the group meets up with many people, some of them good and some of them evil. …
There grew an element in the valley that did not want to be ruled by the Light of the Word. Over time, they convinced the people to reject it. As they started to reject this Light, the valley grew dim and the fog rolled in. The people craved the darkness rather than the Light because they were evil. They did not want to embrace the Light because it exposed their wickedness. They rejected the Light of the Word and ruled themselves. Those few who had embraced the Light and hated the darkness were killed. Since that time anyone who embraced the Light of the Word, pursued or talked about it were arrested. Those arrested were sentenced to death by stoning. The last prophet gave a prophecy before he was martyred. “The whisperer will come and empower three witnesses that will make manifest the works of darkness and destroy it, and deliver my people from the grip of darkness to the freedom found in the light.” All the Children of the Light were killed off or went into hiding living among the Children of Darkness in secret, not mentioning the Light for fear of death. Generations grew up being ignorant of the Light of the Word and never knowing the difference. No one ever mentioned the Light or dared to even talk about the Light. …
 Or Your wisdom and prosperity surpass
 Or jewels
 Or raise
 I.e. at the crossroads
 I.e. pay attention
 John D. Barry, Michael R. Grigoni, Michael S. Heiser et al., Faithlife Study Bible (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012), Pr 8:13.
 Or judgment
 Lit I insight to me and strength
 Most Hebrew manuscripts read govern justly; some Hebrew manuscripts and the Septuagint read govern the earth.
 B.C.E. means “before the Common Era,” which is more accurate than B.C. (“before Christ”). C.E. denotes “Common Era,” often called A.D., for anno Domini, meaning “in the year of our Lord.”
 William McKane, Old Testament Library: Proverbs, (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1970), 350.
 Or pure gold
 Andrew Knowles, The Bible Guide, 1st Augsburg books ed. (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2001), 253.
 Duane A. Garrett, vol. 14, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1993), 109.
 Or established or founded; has the sense of being or becoming strong, powerful, and great, implying confidence and security
 Lit and the waters do not exceed his mouth
 Robert L. Thomas, Revelation 1-7: An Exegetical Commentary (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1992), 300, 303.
 Lit in the world of his earth
 Whorton, Mark (2008-10-01). Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation (Kindle Locations 698-706). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.