Chapter 11 is a continuation of chapter 10 in that it contains the same form and type of sayings. There is the same type of most common contrasts between the righteous and the wicked, as the author makes observations about life or shares truths about the moral values of God. Here we find the author applying wisdom to the very complex and difficult situations of life. We are taught the proper applications, which if applied correctly and in a balanced manner, it will bring us greater happiness and enjoyable living. These contrasts in parallelisms help us to better remember these great teaching, as it makes them stand out in our minds. There is righteousness vs. wickedness, modesty vs. presumptuousness, honesty vs, dishonesty, and so on.
Integrity Leads to Honesty
Proverbs 11:1 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
11 Scales of deceit are detestable to Jehovah,
but a perfect stone is his delight.
Scales of deceit are detestable to Jehovah: A set of scales (Heb. mōznayim) is an instrument used to measure something where you have two balance pans with the standard weight in one pan and the product in the other pan. Scales of deceit are a reference to dishonest business practices where corrupt merchants would cheat their customers by using inaccurate sets of weights to steal extra profit. The merchant could have inaccurate scales by altering the length of the arms, making them unequal. Then again, they could be made less sensitive by altering the arms so that they are relatively short or by having a beam that is thicker and heavier. The deceitful merchant would use inaccurate weights, one for buying and the other for selling. This practice was detestable (Heb. toebah) to God, for it was an abomination that repulsed him and caused him to be disgusted in the one being deceitful.
but a perfect stone is his delight: The perfect stone was a just weight that weighed what it was supposed to weigh, making the merchant honest in his business dealings with others. Delight (Heb. ratson) here in this verse is honest business practices and an honest merchant that provides a source of happiness, pleasure, or joy.
Here in Proverbs 11:1 is the first of four places in the book of Proverbs where scales and weights are used to help us appreciate just how much God hates dishonest business practices but finds great delight in worshipers who are honest in their dealings with others. (See 16:11; 20:10, 23) It might be tempting to make a tiny adjustment so as to prosper dishonestly in our business dealings. However, we would at the same time be forsaking God’s standards of good and bad by being involved in wrong business practices. We need to be guided by integrity. We avoid dishonesty because a perfect stone (just weight) tells God of our honesty, which delights him.
Modesty Is Proof of Wisdom
Proverbs 11:2 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with the modest is wisdom.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace: The Hebrew noun rendered pride (zadon) is referring to one who is arrogant, insolent, that is, his concept of himself is inflated, he is self-willed and not humble, and is a complete moral failure (Prov. 13:10; 21:24) It is a behavior to which he does not have a right because his view of himself is not reflective of the reality. Then comes describes what must naturally follow as a natural consequence his pride, disgrace. This disgrace (Heb. qalon) is a state of dishonor and shame.
but with the humble is wisdom: The Hebrew root verb (tsana) is rendered modestly in Micah 6:8, its only occurrence. The related adjective (tsanua) is rendered modest, which is its only other occurrence here in Proverbs 11:2, where it is contrasted with pride. This is a person characterized by modesty, who does not overestimate himself or think more of himself than is necessary, does not pretend to be more than he is, he is aware of his limitations, and he lacks pretentiousness or pride. Wisdom (Heb. chokmah) is the ability to apply knowledge, or experience, or understanding, or common sense, or insight. Because he has acquired both experience and understanding, he, therefore, possesses the skills in living and obeying the laws, principles, and values of God’s Word.
Many Bible translations render the Hebrew root verb (tsana) humbly in Micah 6:8, and the related adjective (tsanua) is rendered humble here in Proverbs 11:2. The Hebrew can refer to one who is modest, conforming with accepted standards based on God’s Word of respectable or moral behavior, having personal purity about oneself. However, it can also refer to one who is aware of his limitations. With Micah 6:8 we are simply urged to “walk modestly with your God,” so it can have either meaning. Here in Proverbs 11:2, however, modesty is contrasted with pride. The opposite of pride here is modesty in the sense of not thinking more of oneself than necessary, not presuming too much, one who is aware of his limitations.
There is a distinct difference between being humble and being modest. For instance, King David in speaking of God said, “your [God’s] humility made me great.” (Psalm 18:35) This might surprise us, but God was willing to humble himself, that is, lower himself, to personally, taking notice of an imperfect human, being patient with him until he became a great king in Israel. It is also said of God, “Who is like Jehovah our God, who is enthroned on high, who looks far below on the heavens and the earth?” (Psalm 113:5-6) Clearly, the Almighty God, our Creator is so highly enthroned (exalted) that he must look down or condescend (below his dignity or level of importance) in order to look at his creation.
God can be humble in that he is willing to have dealings with persons so far below him it is inconceivable. However, God cannot be modest, for how could it ever be that he does not overestimate himself, or think more of himself than is necessary, does not pretend to be more than he is, he is aware of his limitations? What limitations could God have? He is infinite in wisdom and power, absolutely flawless and perfect in justice and the very personification of love? There is no one that could ever be compared to him, not even the highest-ranking angel, Michael. – Jude 9.
As imperfect humans, we need to recognize and come to terms with our limitations. We should never think more of ourselves than is necessary. We should never overestimate ourselves or pretend to be more than we are. Having a humble recognition of our limitations is wisdom. Pride is manifest in disobedience, or envy, and brings disgrace. Being modest though does not mean that we adopt a defeatist attitude about ourselves. There is nothing wrong with feeling good about oneself and being aware of our abilities or possibilities.
Integrity Guides the Upright
Proverbs 11:3 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
Verses 3-8 of Proverbs chapter 11 contain the same broad theme of what happens in life for the righteous one and the wicked one.
The integrity of the upright guides them: The Hebrew word rendered integrity (tummah) has the meaning of purity, innocence, completeness, respectability, spotless character, with the sense of blamelessness, a state of innocence. One whose person and character is morally good, having no real guilt or sin. The upright (Heb. yashar) person is one whose behavior is morally innocent and proper according to God’s Word. The integrity guides (Heb. nachah), that is, it is the authority or charge to lead, direct the life-movements or choices of the upright one.
but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them: The Hebrew word rendered crookedness (seleph) is deviousness, duplicitous, deceitful, and underhanded. The wicked one deals in falsehoods and has no integrity about himself. The treacherous person (Heb. bagad) cannot be trusted as they will do someone wrong as they are not faithful to any authority, nor following any kind of moral standard. They are not reliable. This will destroy (shādā) them in the end. In other words, their way of life, prospering off the expense of others, will be undone, devastating them, ruining them.
Solomon recognized that integrity does not always protect the upright from danger or calamity. Nevertheless, integrity undeniably guides the upright in their efforts to live a life that is right in the eyes of God, even under the most difficult circumstances, bringing the upright one benefits that the unbeliever may not have. The treacherous one may feel like, in they are having successes in life and do not really care that it comes at the expense of others, seemingly prospering. However, even they, have a sense that in the end, their deviousness, duplicitous, deceitful, and underhanded life will destroy them.
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Riches Will Not Deliver You
Proverbs 11:4 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath: In short, riches (Heb. hon) are exactly as you might think, an abundance of material possessions. Do not profit (Heb. lō-yoil) means that these material possessions will have absolutely no value in the day of wrath. There will be no advantage for the rich for their riches will do them no good. This verse should not be used to suggest that riches or having many material possessions is a bad thing. Money is not the root of all evil, it is the love of money. This verse is making the simple statement that money will not help you on judgment day. The day of wrath (beyom ebrah), as was used by the prophets was not end times as we might think, for it usually applied to the nation of Israel as a whole it the northern and southern kingdoms when it split, as well as other nations, which was a time when God was to bring famine, pestilence, or exile. You cannot use riches to bargain with God. – See Ezekiel 7:9; Isaiah 10:3.
but righteousness delivers from death: Here the Hebrew rendered righteousness (tsedaqah) is when someone adheres to the moral standard set out in God’s Word. (Prov. 2:9) The other contrast here is that if you are adhering to the moral standard set out in God’s Word, living a good life, being just, fair, and honest as opposed unjust, unfair, or dishonest, ignoring wisdom, your life will be more meaningful, healthier, and potentially longer if there is no unexpected tragedy. Moreover, you will be on the path (way) to eternal life, not death.
We cannot extend our life in any substantial way by means of money, it is only by righteousness, adhering to the moral standard set out in God’s Word (Prov. 2:9) that we can be delivered from eternal death. Yes, modern technology and a healthy lifestyle, all of which cost money, can extend a human life may be a few decades. However, the context here is being delivered from death on a permanent basis. Whether we die of old age or on the judgment day of God, money will be meaningless.
It would be very foolish on our part if we were to slave for riches or material gain, yet we fail to make room for personal Bible study, prayer, Christian meeting attendance, and the sharing of God’s Word with others, the very actions that deepen and grow our love for God and strengthen our devotion to him. Just as was true of the northern tribes of Israel when Assyria took them into captivity or the southern Kingdom of Judah when Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and to the people into captivity, so to will it be with the great tribulation (Matthew 24:21), no amount of money will deliver us on judgment day. Rather, as we await judgment day, we should seek to honor God by using our material gain wisely. We are very wise to heed the words of Zephaniah,
Zephaniah 2:2-3 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
2 before the decree gives birth
before the day passes away like chaff,
before there comes upon you
the burning anger of Jehovah,
before there comes upon you
the day of the anger of Jehovah.
3 Seek Jehovah, all you humble of the land,
who carry out his judgment;
seek righteousness; seek humility;
perhaps you may be concealed
on the day of the anger of Jehovah.
The Way of the Blameless One Is Straight
Proverbs 11:5 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
5 The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,
but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight: The expression the righteousness of the blameless is complicated, as the words the righteousness and the blameless are related terms. Righteousness (tsedaqah) is a Hebrew noun meaning justice, rightness, blameless behavior, a person adhering to the moral standard set out by God in his Word. Blameless (tamim) is a Hebrew adjective that describes the righteous person who is innocent, free of guilt or is not subject to blame, that is, tamim applies to a righteous person’s moral goodness, with the sense of being guiltless, not liable for sin or wrong in that God has credited them righteousness based on their relationship with him. Keeps … straight is a Hebrew verb (teyassēr) here that means that the blameless one stays on the moral path of steadfastly doing right and be upright in all of his ways (Heb. derek), never deviating from his course.
but the wicked falls by his own wickedness: The Hebrew noun (rishah) rendered wicked and related forms designate that which does not conform to God’s moral standards and has the sense of wickedness, bad, evil, or worthless. The wicked person who is characterized by his wickedness and godlessness (Heb. rasha) falls (yippōl) in the figurative sense in that he will eventually suffer a downfall, ruination because of his evil ways. It is only a matter of time. It can be the same day, 20-years later or even at death in there is no hope of a resurrection.
Solomon here in verse 8 closes out his three verses where he has been contrasting the outcome of the blameless with that of the wicked. The blameless person need not worry about suffering any kind of downfall or ruination as a result of his behavior. His ways are on the moral path of steadfastly doing right and be upright in all of his dealings, never deviating from the upright course. At the end of his life, the upright one will be rescued from the distresses of having had to live in the wicked one’s world. In a world of wicked ones being led and directed by their human imperfection and the wicked one, Satan the Devil, at times, the wicked may seem powerful and successful, but in the end, they have no such deliverance as will be true of the upright, the blameless, the righteous one.
The Righteousness of the Upright ones Saves the Evil desires of the Treacherous Ones Takes Captive
Proverbs 11:6 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
The righteousness of the upright delivers them: Again, righteousness (tsedaqah) is a Hebrew noun meaning justice, rightness, blameless behavior, a person adhering to the moral standard set out by God in his Word. Upright (yashar) is a Hebrew adjective that describes a person whose behavior is upright in accordance with a standard and in this case, it is God’s standard of right and wrong, good and bad. In fact, Upright One is a title of God. (Isa 26:7) The Hebrew verb that is rendered deliver (natsal) has the sense of to rescue, save, to free from harm, to cause one to be safe and out of danger or evil and placing them in more favorable circumstances.
but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust: The treacherous (Heb. bōgedim) is one who does wrong to others because he has no standard, by which to live and he is not faithful to others. This person is not to be trusted because he is not reliable for, he has no real value system based on a standard. Taken captive (Heb. lakad) in that they are ensnared by their own lust (Heb. havvah), evil desires, wicked cravings, strong yearnings that are bad, that is, desires that come from evil motives or feelings.
It is the righteousness of the upright ones, namely, adhering to the moral standards set out by God in his Word, is what delivers them from the pitfalls of this world of imperfect humans that are alienated from God. The treacherous ones who are not to be trusted because they are not faithful to anyone, and so, they will do wrong to anyone because they have no moral compass based on God’s standards. It is their evil desires, wicked cravings, strong yearnings that are bad, which take them captive to Satan’s fallen world.
Death Ends Hope for the Wicked
Proverbs 11:7 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
7 When a wicked man dies, his hope will perish,
and the expectation of strong men perishes too.
The same basic thought is found on both lines of this verse. It is for this reason that the Dynamic Equivalent interpretive translation the Contemporary English Version (CEV) decided to render it as one line instead of two. “When the wicked die, their hopes die with them.”
When a wicked man dies, his hope will perish: The Hebrew word rendered wicked (rasha) man here is an unrighteous man that is evil, with the focus on his guilt of violating God’s standards. Hope (Heb. tiqvah) and expectation are similar in meaning. Hope is the expectation of being happy. Perish (Heb. abad) means that the wicked man’s hope is dead, destroyed, annihilated, ruined, lost, no more.
and the expectation of strong men perishes too: Again, expectation (Heb. tocheleth) has the same basic meaning as hope from line one. The strong man here has a positive feeling about his future. These expectations are based on his power. The Hebrew (on) has been interpreted in various ways: expectation of strong men (UASV, NASB), expectation of the godless (RSV, LEB), expectation of wealth (ESV, CSB), and the hope of iniquity (ASV.) The basic sense of the Hebrew (on) is the mental and physical strength of an unjust, evil person.
There are minor, common, normal human hopes of those who are alienated from God (having no relationship) that are bad. However, there are some wicked ones who have evil hopes, gross violations of God’s moral standards. In some cases, it seems like the wicked one’s hopes are being realized in that he may seem to have successes for decades even but know that this too is only temporary, for Proverbs 10:28 stated, “The hope of the righteous is gladness, but the expectation of the wicked comes to nothing.” So, based on Proverbs 7:11 above, the selfish hopes of wicked men, unjust men are based on the false foundation of wealth, on deception and lies, on wrong dealings, on the power or promises of these evil ones, will all come to nothing in time, even if it is in death, for they will have no resurrection hope.
The Wicked Will Receive Their Reckoning
Proverbs 11:8 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
8 The righteous is delivered from trouble,
but the wicked enters into it.
The righteous is delivered from trouble: The righteous (Heb. tsaddiq) person is a just person, innocent, in the right, upright and devout in all that his thoughts, words, and actions. He lives according to the moral standard of God’s Word. Is delivered translates the Hebrew verb (chalats) meaning to be saved (physically) from ruin, destruction, or harm. Trouble (Heb. tsarah) refers to something or some causing, pain, distress or anxiety.
but the wicked enters into it: The wicked (Heb. rasha) is characterized by evil and godlessness. Unlike the righteous, the wicked one rejects the moral standards of God’s Word. Enters into or walk into (Heb. wayyābō) means to become involved in or a participant in trouble.
The wicked one, who has been causing the righteous one trouble in the form of pain, distress or anxiety, receives his reckoning (payback), which brings relief from distress for the righteous one, in that, he no longer has to worry about ruin, destruction, or harm that may come to him or his family. In the end, the righteous one will be rescued from distress. The wicked one has no such deliverance waiting for him, just retribution.
Proverbs 11:9 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
9 With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor: In verses 11, 13, 18, 20, 21, and in 31 in chapter 10, we have a part of the body (tongue, mouth, lips) being used figuratively with reference to the speech or words of good people. Here the mouth (Heb. peh) of the godless is a reference to worthless, obscene, and hurtful talk, gossip, and idle chatter, or slander. A godless (Heb. hānēp) man has no belief, trust, or faith in God, rejecting him and obedience would seem foolish and offensive to him. He is an apostate, one who stands off from the knowledge that delivers the righteous in line two. This Hebrew verb (shachath) destroy means to damage, ravage, devastate, to corrupt, to cause trouble, to annihilate, irreparably. The neighbor (Heb. rea) here maybe a simple acquaintance, a fellow human, one who lives near you, or more intimately, a close friend.
but by knowledge the righteous are delivered: 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) However, here knowledge is more than facts or information, it is wisdom, understanding, insight, good sense. Delivered translates the Hebrew verb (chalats) meaning to be saved (physically) from ruin, destruction, or harm.
Whether we choose to accept it or not, the honesty and truthfulness of the righteous and the godlessness of the wicked have an effect on us. Who can deny that worthless, obscene, and hurtful talk, gossip, and idle chatter, or slander are damaging to others? Then, we can consider the words of the righteous one, they are pure, well-thought-out, kind, loving, respectful, gentle, and considerate. The godless man is an apostate, one who stands of from the very knowledge that delivers the righteous man. If we remain loyal the Source of this knowledge, God, we will not be misled by the smooth words of the apostate. We should turn away from those alienated from God, the spiritually blind, false religious leaders, and seek instruction from the only true Source of the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. – Proverbs 1:7; 14:12; Jeremiah 10:23; Psalm 111:10.
The Great Joy of Your Neighbor
Proverbs 11:10 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
and when the wicked perish there is joyful shouting.
When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices: When … well is referring to God’s people, the righteous, and their happiness as they prosper in life, having an abundance, wealth. The sense is their succeeding or having success. The righteous (Heb. tsaddiq) person is a just person, innocent, in the right, upright and devout in all that his thoughts, words, and actions. He lives according to the moral standard of God’s Word, which is why has successes and succeeds. The city (Heb. qiryah) here is not a reference to the city itself as a whole but rather to the individuals within that city. Rejoice (Heb. alats) is to exult, to feel extreme happiness or elation, in a state of joy.
and when the wicked perish there is joyful shouting: Perish (Heb. abad) means that the wicked man is dead, destroyed, annihilated, or ruined, lost, having no kind of impact on anyone or the city. The Hebrew word rendered wicked (rasha) man here is an unrighteous man that is evil, with the focus on his guilt of violating God’s standards. Joyful shouting (Heb. rinnah) is a cry of jubilation, a cry of great joy
How are we to understand Proverbs 11:10? Well, the righteous person, who is just, innocent, living a life that is right, and who is upright and devout in all that his thoughts, words, and actions. He lives according to the moral standard of God’s Word, which is why he makes his neighbors and others within the city happy. On the other hand, there is no one within the city, who is happy with or fond of the wicked person. An evil, cruel person, who violates God’s standards brings ostracism upon himself. (Proverbs 11:17) Moreover, when the wicked person dies, there is no one in the city who is mourning him. At the second coming of Christ, there will be no sorrow when he and his myriad of angels destroy the wicked. Rather, there will be great joy at their being removed from the lives of the righteous, so they can live in peace. How are we living a life that contributes to the joy of others? We do well to reflect on whether our words and actions contribute to the joy of others.
The Upright Bring Peace and Well-being While Wicked Sow Disorder, Corruption, and Moral Decline
Proverbs 11:11 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown
By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted: Blessing: (Heb. berakah) When it refers to God blessing a human it is pronouncing good or showing favor, having favorable circumstances or state at a future time (Gen. 1:22), for those who have a righteous standing before him. The upright (Heb. yā·šār) are God’s true believers, his holy ones, who are diligently seeking and searching to know, love, and obey God and to live righteously as one can within their human imperfection. In this context exalted (Heb. rum) means that the lives of people of the city have benefited or improved to better (higher) conditions because of the blessings the upright has brought upon them.
but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown: Here the mouth (Heb. peh) of the wicked can be a reference to worthless, obscene, and hurtful talk, gossip, and idle chatter, or slander. The Hebrew word rendered wicked (rasha) here is an unrighteous man that is evil, with the focus on his guilt of violating God’s standards. Overthrown (Heb. haras) here is in referred to the people of the city again, in that, they have been destroyed or ruined by the presence of the mouth of the wicked. In other words, the mouth of the wicked has offset any blessings the upright might have bestowed on citizens because of their presence.
The upright citizens within a city bring peace and well-being by building others up either through prayers or as a side effect of their presence and God blessing these upright ones. Thus, the city is exalted in that it prospers both financially and the happiness, comfort, and security of its members. On the other hand, the mouth of the wicked who bring about worthless, obscene, and hurtful talk, gossip, and idle chatter, or slander cause unrest, unhappiness, disunity, and trouble. This is even more so the case if they hold a prominent position within the city. This causes disorder, corruption, and moral decline and even economic deterioration.
Common Sense and Our Speech
Proverbs 11:12 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
12 He who belittles his neighbor is in want of heart,
but a man of understanding remains silent.
He who belittles his neighbor is in want of heart: The Hebrew word (buz) rendered belittles refers to one who despises others, looks down on them with contempt, who may even verbally assault others. This person is in want of heart, as Solomon expresses it. The Hebrew (chaser leb) is rendered (interpreted) as “lacks sense” in other translations. (ESV, LEB, CSB, and NASB) This arrogant person is lacking good sense and wisdom, lacking good judgment or discernment in his life.
but a man of understanding remains silent: Proverbs many times warns about the foolishness of saying too much and the wisdom of watching your words or remaining silent (Heb. charash), as many words will eventually lead to the moment when they become hurtful words.
The harm that comes from many words is inevitable. This is especially true of one who is in want of heart or lacking good judgment (common sense). No one should say hurtful things or reveal confidential matters through unguarded speech. If we were to do so, we would lose people’s trust. There may be times when we feel the urge to belittle, disparage, demean, or deride our neighbor, a friend, family members, church members, or coworkers, as maybe we have some contempt for another. Maybe we feel that the person is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn. However, such a verbal assault would only divulge our lack of good judgment or common sense, literally in want of heart or lacks heart. This person’s mindset is missing something deep down within his soul, as he feels superior to those he condemns with his rhetoric.
Such a person in “want of heart” is one who does not care about consequences of what he says. In some cases, it is the person showing a bad motive, but he also reveals a want of appreciation. He attempts to ignore the penalties or consequences, which will not save him from them. On the other hand, a man of understanding has the wisdom and insight to see the end result of unguarded words and so he restrains himself in such a time.
Being Loyal to Fellow Servants of God
Proverbs 11:13 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
13 He who goes about as a worker of slander reveals secrets,
but he who is trustworthy in spirit covers over a matter.
He who goes about as a worker of slander reveals secrets: One who is a worker of slander (talebearer) attacks the reputation of another through bad reports. Gossip is idle personal talk, which is groundless rumor and more or less harmless. Slander (Heb. rakil), on the other hand, is defamation that is made public, which is generally malicious. Slander is always damaging and destructive and always causes offense, hurt and contention. Reveals secrets is what a slanderer does, spreading harmful information about another person, spoken in an open, public setting, which is different than a gossiper, who spreads harmful information about another person, as a semi-private, hushed communication.
but he who is trustworthy in spirit covers over a matter: The contrast here from line one is trustworthiness. He who is trustworthy in spirit (Heb. ne·eman) has a strong allegiance to another. He is faithful and loyal, reliable, which makes him dependable. This person covers over or keeps information private about another for the sake of others. He is able to keep secrets confidential.
In looking at Proverbs 11:12-13 together, we can see what harm comes from one who is in want of heart (lacking common sense or good judgment) He has no concern over his lose talk to the point of where it becomes slander or abusive speech. On the other hand, a man who has understanding knows when to remain silent. Instead of revealing secrets he overs over the matter. This man of understanding is trustworthy, for he knows that an unguarded tongue can cause much harm, so he is trustworthy in spirit, being trustworthy in spirit. He is loyal to his fellow servants of God and so he does not reveal secret matters that have been shared with him in confidence. The integrity of this person is a blessing to God’s people.
Seek Advice from as Many Wise Advisors as Possible
Proverbs 11:14 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
but in an abundance of counselors there is deliverance.
Where there is no guidance, a people falls: The Hebrew word here (tachbulath) that is rendered guidance refers to giving or providing advice, counsel, and direction, as to a decision or a course of action. People (Heb. am) here is simply a general reference to a body of or a group of people. Falls (yippōl) is used in the figurative sense in that a people with no guidance will eventually suffer a downfall, come to ruination, meet a disaster.
but in an abundance of counselors there is deliverance: Abundance (Heb. rob) means many or numerous, a lot. Counselors (Heb. yoēts) refers to someone that gives or offers advice about problems, directions, decisions, or what course of action to take. Deliverance (Heb. teshuah) here means that wise counsel can bring people security by delivering, rescuing, saving them from a foolish, wrong, or bad decision or course of action, as well as helping them overcome problems.
A foolish, wrong, or bad decision can result in minor problems to the point of overturning one’s life. So, the importance of seeking out a wide range of advice or counsel on a matter is vital. Whether we are one person making a decision for ourselves, or for our family, or we are one who has many depending on us for wise counsel, we should seek advice from as many wise advisors as possible, to keep us from making unforeseen mistakes.
Use Material Assets Wisely
Proverbs 11:15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm,
but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.
Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm: The Hebrew word (ki·āraḇ) rendered put up a security means to pledge something as collateral, make a guarantee, including yourself. Stranger: (Heb. zār) was applied to those who forsook what was in harmony with the Mosaic Law and so were estranged from God and not necessarily as some foreigner or non-Israelite. Here, like in Proverbs 6:1, it simply seems to be a contrast between someone you know (neighbor) with some you do not know (stranger). However, it is possible that the contrast could be a countryman Israelite (neighbor) with a non-Israelite (stranger). The point being made is that it is careless and unwise to make a security for, a pledge for, a deal for a total stranger of whom you have no intimate knowledge, so as to make an informed decision, or to make a pledge for one who has estranged himself from God. To make a deal for a total stranger of whom you have no knowledge of or a person who is estranged from God, this places you at the mercy of the person you are indebted for and the odds are you will suffer a loss. Suffer harm (Heb. ye·roa) refers to one who experiences injury or emotional pain. The one who offers a pledge, surety, guarantee for a stranger can be distressed, disturbed, miserable, a feeling of anxiety over the loss of whatever they had offered.
but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure: Here hates (Heb. sōnē) is referring to one who has an intense dislike, who feels an aversion for striking hands in pledge, especially for or with a stranger. The Hebrew word (toqeim) translated striking hands is grasping hands or shaking hands with another in order to make a pledge. This person who hates striking hands is secure (Heb. batach), that is, a safe state from danger, he has no anxiety, stress over risking a pledge or losing a pledge.
In Solomon’s day, borrowing and lending money was a common practice. The risk-taking investors found many opportunities to lend funds, of course, at high rates of interest, and on responsible suretyship (line of insurance). When one entered into such a pledge, it was guaranteed by striking hands. Only the foolish would allow a stranger to talk them into putting up security for him so he could borrow money, as this would bring on severe distress of the possibility of the stranger’s disappearing, leaving you to suffer the harm, in that, it would now be your obligation to repay his loan. Solomon, in all likelihood, was thinking of his son Rehoboam when he penned this Proverb. Rehoboam was the heir apparent to the throne, who loved flattery, which the court parasites gave him in abundance for his generosity, making it foolish to give him his royal inheritance.
It is careless and unwise to make a security, a pledge, a deal for a total stranger based on a mere handshake. (Prov. 11:15; 17:18; 20:16; 22:26–27; 27:13) To make a deal for a total stranger based on a handshake alone places you at the mercy of the person you are indebted to and the neighbor. (6:1, 3) Proverbs are concise and to the point of offering responsible actions. Pledge something or self for a stranger (risky) and there will be much distress, pain and suffering over the risk until all had been repaid, and if it is not repaid, the pain and suffering will increase a thousand-fold. Avoid shaking hands, a gesture in ancient Israel that was like a signature on a contract today, and you will be free from financial or personal entrapment, and the anxiety and stress of worrying over such a foolish pledge.
Proverbs’ comments about offering or giving monetary or personal help to others could help many us to avoid the stress of financial problems. There are some who are emotionally inclined to offer financial help without security or they even go surety for others. Frequently, they lose their money in this way and therefore suffer serious economic hardships. Hence, their life would be greatly improved from living in harmony with the above Biblical warning.
Enduring Honor of a Gracious Godly Woman
Proverbs 11:16 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
16 A gracious woman attains honor,
and ruthless men take hold of riches.
The discussion around this verse has been about what exactly is being contrasted here. Is the contrast between graciousness and ruthlessness so as to attain or take hold of something, between women and men, or between honor and wealth? It should be noted as well that it is only here in this verse in Proverbs that men are contrasted with women.
A gracious woman attains honor: The Hebrew word (chen) rendered gracious is an attractiveness about a person that interests or pleases others, such as being courteous, kind, and pleasant, elegant, and tasteful. The woman here is lovely, graceful, elegant, and attractive. Such a woman attains honor (Heb. kabod), that is, high praise and respect because of her good name or reputation.
and ruthless men take hold of riches: Ruthless (Heb. arits) men are cruel, fierce, acting very harsh, and having no mercy or pity for another. These men instill terror or fear in others. Riches (Heb. ashar) refers to an abundance of material possessions and resources. It is having possessions, finances, and resources above and beyond the norm, with an emphasis on wealth.
The contrast here is between the enduring honor that a gracious godly woman may attain and the fleeting, temporary, momentary riches (wealth) that a ruthless man takes hold of (acquires). The book Proverbs and the Psalms show us that wisdom, common sense, good judgment and the choice of the right words give a person value and charm. (Proverbs 3:21-22; 4:7-9; 22:11; Psalm 45:1-2) This is true of a man or a woman. And the truly genuine woman of God who attains true honor through her wisdom, her reasonableness, sensibleness, shrewdness and the wise use of her tongue will receive honor. She will achieve honor in the eyes of God, her husband, and her family, and she will be well spoken of by others. Proverbs 22:1 says: “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches …” The good name of a truly genuine worshiper has enduring, eternal value in the eyes of our God.
Then, the Proverb contrasts that with the ruthless man, and elsewhere God’s Word categories such ones as wicked men and men who are adversaries of God’s true servants. (Job 6:23; 27:13) Ruthless men seek to harm God’s people and “do not set God before themselves.” (Psalm 54:3) In this imperfect fallen world, such men by overpowering and taking advantage of the innocent, they may “pile up silver like dust itself.” (Job 27:16, 19; compare Luke 12:16-21) The ruthless man has taken hold of riches and has placed his trust in wealth, this confidence is seriously misplaced, for it is momentary at best. Later in the same chapter of Proverbs, we read: “He who trusts in his riches will fall.” – Proverbs 11:28.
Hence, Proverbs 11:16 should wake us up to a very important lesson. The ruthless man’s riches, which may at this moment seem like a mark of success in Satan’s world, yet there is no value in the eyes of God. However, it is possible to find favor with God. The honor attained by those fearing God is exemplified by the history of women servants, such as Sarah, Ruth, Abigail, Esther, and Mary.
Unintended or Unexpected Consequences
Proverbs 11:17 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
17 A kind man rewards his soul,
but a cruel man harms his own flesh.
A kind man rewards his soul: Man is used in line one and two of this verse and has been stated before, this information is applicable to both men and women. A kind (Heb. chesed) man or woman is one, who exudes loyal love, devotion, affection, and is merciful toward others. The Hebrew word (gamal) rendered rewards refers to one who receives benefits for their good actions or behaviors. Soul (Heb. nephesh) means life, person, self.
but a cruel man harms his own flesh: A cruel (Heb. akzari) man is one who is ruthless and enjoys inflicting undue pain and suffering on another. Harm (Heb. akar) is being contrasted with benefits in line one and, it means to hurt, injure, or cause trouble for another. Flesh (Heb. sheer) is figurative and is referring to harming himself, the cruel man, here in this context.
The point of the good advice from this proverb is how we act toward others, be it good or bad, there will be consequences whether our actions were intended or not or we expected a consequence or not. We may have a habit of being mildly unkind to others in what we say or do, simply but abrasive words or actions. We may think nothing of it; however, in time, those we mistreat harshly will not seek out our company and loved ones may fall out of love, for there is a limit to the hurt that they can endure. These are unintended or unexpected consequences.
Proverbs 11:18 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
18 The wicked man earns deceptive wages,
but the one who sows righteousness, a reward of truth.
The wicked man earns deceptive wages: The Hebrew word rendered wicked (rasha) here is an unrighteous man that is evil, with the focus on his guilt of violating God’s standards. The Hebrew verb (asah) that is rendered earns means to do or make. Deceptive (Heb. sheqer) wages is being fraudulent, misleading, utterly false. In other words, the wicked mans wages, rewards, or income is not what it seems to be, for his wages are misleading, illusory, or valueless, insignificant and so are not what the wicked had expected to receive.
but the one who sows righteousness, a reward of truth: This person, in contrast, who sows righteousness is one who is doing good, walking with God, living an upright life, and acts justly in all of his dealings. A reward of truth is a true reward, a sure or genuine reward. These ones spend their entire lives chasing money and riches, looking for the one big score. These ones gamble both figuratively and literally. These ones are piling on debt believing that there are riches just around the corner.
What we have here is a contrast between the lazy man and one who is diligent, hardworking, productive. The lazy person is taking on debt by doing risky, short-term, immediate gratification work, trying to acquire something for nothing. The man sowing with righteousness, on the other hand, gives an honest day’s work for an acceptable wage. This righteous man of God, in his sincerity, he sows righteousness in helping others to come to a knowledge of the truth of God’s Word, taking care of his loved ones, making an effort in behalf of God’s people. He does not take on deceptive wages through short-term earnings that have no real basis in the reality of a long life of happiness.
The wicked man with his deceptive wages has no moral compass, and he does not accept any authority except himself. For him, there is no giving the glory to God. His earnings are his own glory. He has his own rules and moral standards, which are at odds with the rules, principles, and moral standards set out in God’s Word. These ones live by their ruthless business practices. They gamble with other people’s money, they cheat and steal, using false scales in all that they do, deceiving all who come to buy what they are selling.
It Really Is a Matter of Life and Death
Proverbs 11:19 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
19 He who is steadfast in righteousness will live,
but he who pursues evil will die.
He who is steadfast in righteousness will live: He who is steadfast in righteousness is one who firmly remains continuously doing good, walking with God, living an upright life, and acts justly in all of his dealings regardless of the difficulties in life. Will live has been touched on repeatedly throughout the book of Proverbs. The thought is that one who does good according to God’s standards, walking steadfastly with God, living an upright life, and acting justly toward all in everything he does will live a very long and happy life.
but he who pursues evil will die: Generally, pursue (Heb. radaph) would mean chase after or follow. However, here it means to follow the ways of evil or do what evil people do, to put much effort or intensity in carrying out or participating in evil activities. To die (Heb. maveth) here means exactly that, the end of life, the opposite of life, to cease to exist.
Life here in verse 19 does not explicitly mean eternal life. Rather, it is explicitly referring to the experiences within the present life. However, it does imply eternal life, for it infers a long life. Here in verse 19 we have to outcomes and rewards in life. If we live a righteous life, we will, generally speaking, enjoy a long, healthy, and prosperous life. Yet, we remain aware, for now, in Satan’s world and our human imperfection, bad things happen to good people. On the other hand, those living a life filled with evil, their demise will be death, which infers an early death, and much personal suffering along the way. Here, again, there is no explicit mention of eternal death. However, there are eschatological implications for both life in line one and death in line two, the former being eternal life, the latter being eternal death.
Say No to Crooked Living, Crooked Conduct, and Wicked Thoughts
Proverbs 11:20 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
20 Men of crooked heart are detestable to Jehovah,
but those of blameless ways are his delight.
Men of crooked heart are detestable to Jehovah: Those with a crooked (Heb. iqqesh) heart (Heb. leb) are dishonest, perverse, warped, namely, their heart, inner person, seat of motivation is perverted in that it is distorted, unjust, unrighteous. Abomination (Heb. toebah) is a repulsion, abhorrence, that is, an object or person that is loathsome or repulsive. The sense of toebah is a detestable thing or person, which causes disgust in another person.
but those of blameless ways are his delight: Blameless: (Heb. tam, tamim) means, “perfect, blameless, sincerity, entire, whole, complete, and full.” Of course, Noah, Jacob, and Job were not literally perfect. When used of imperfect humans, the terms are relative, not absolute. However, if we are fully committed to following, a life course based on God’s will and purposes, fully living by his laws, repent when we fall short, he will credit us with righteousness. The Hebrew word (ratson) rendered delight is a reference to something or someone who is a source of happiness for others. This person is in an approved condition before God.
In the blamelessness of our hearts, we keep seeking God in his Word, as we want to know how to enjoy his kindness and find favor in his eyes now and forever. We certainly dread the idea of God looking down on us as something detestable, loathsome or repulsive, which causes him to be disgusted with us. We certainly do not want to be viewed as detestable to God in the “day of vengeance.” (Prov. 11:20, 27; Isa. 34:8; 61:2; 63:4; Jer. 46:10) However, it is our love for God that needs to motivate us to set aside any crooked living, crooked conduct, or wicked thoughts, not fear of the “day of vengeance.” (Matt. 22:37) Thus, let us set aside any crooked living, crooked conduct, or wicked thoughts and be fully committed to following, a life course based on God’s will and purposes, fully living by his laws, repent when we fall short, so he will credit us with righteousness.
Show Your Faith in the Delivering Power of the Almighty
Proverbs 11:21 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
21 Be assured, an evil man will not go unpunished,
but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
Be assured, an evil man will not go unpunished: 11:21 begins with an idiom that is literally hand to hand, which is rendered be assured. Hand to hand was striking, clasping, or shaking the hand of another when making promises, which served to assure the agreement or arrangement. An evil (Heb. ra) man is one who is wicked and godless, not good. This man is not morally pure or upright according to the moral values in God’s Word, which negates any possibility of him having a relationship with God. He will not continue forever without being punished (Heb. naqah) for his guilt.
but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered: Righteous (Heb. tsaddiq) is one who firmly remains continuously doing good, walking with God, living an upright life, and acts justly in all of his dealings regardless of the difficulties in life. The righteous person is a just person, innocent, in the right, upright and devout in all that his thoughts, words, and actions. He lives according to the moral standard of God’s Word. Will be delivered translates the Hebrew verb (chalats) meaning to be saved (physically) from ruin, destruction, or harm.
The wicked are hand to hand in making their scheming treachery, and they will not escape punishment. Wickedness and evil-doing are rampant in the earth in the latter part of the last days, it may seem profitable to follow in the same course but that would be short-term thinking. (Ps. 72:7; 1 Pet. 3:12; 2 Tim 3.1-5) The servant of God will not find eternal happiness by walking in the ways of evil men of the world. That is not the way of deliverance. We should not trust in our own hearts, for only if we walk wisely with God, will we be delivered. Prov. 28:26) We should not sit idly waiting for deliverance, doing nothing. As Noah awaited the destruction of the wicked men and the Nephilim and he and his family’s deliverance in his day, he not only built an ark but was a preacher of righteousness. (2 Pet. 2:5) Think of every person that was delivered by God from the hands of wicked men, from illnesses, from the fallen world that surrounded them, did these righteous ones not first show their own faith in the delivering power of the Almighty.
Real Beauty Belongs to Those Possessing Good Sense
Proverbs 11:22 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
is a beautiful woman without discretion.
It says literally
“Ring of gold in snout of pig,
woman of beauty but lacking taste.
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout: Gold rings were previous jewelry worn by women in their noses, not that of a pig. (Gen 24:47; Isa 3:21; Ezek. 16:12) Swine (Heb. chazir) is another more common term for pigs. It is a ceremonially unclean animal.
is a beautiful woman without discretion: Here the Hebrew verb (sur) rendered without means to reject or turn away from something. Discretion is literally taste meaning good taste. However, here in this context, we are talking about good sense or good judgment.
Nose rings in Bible times was a popular form of adornment. It was decorative and a way of being noticed because a gold ring inserted through the side of the nose or the spectrum, which separated the nostrils would certainly draw attention to oneself. The visual of such a precious piece of jewelry being in the snout of a pig would be inappropriate. How could a beautiful woman be compared to a nose ring in a pig’s snout? So, a woman who is beautiful but lacking in good sense or good judgment is like an inappropriate gold nose ring in a pig’s snout.
It is important to be focused on how we look, after all, we are ambassadors for Christ. However, it can be foolish to be overly anxious about our face or physical form. In many cases, how we look physical is outside of our control. While we want to be fit and healthy to more effectively have the stamina to carry out the great commission, our physical appearance is not everything. Many times, we will find that the most admired people are average looking. Our Physical attractiveness is not the key to our being happy. As servants of God, we seek enduring godly qualities, such as good sense and good judgment.
Joy in the Realization of Your Expectations
Proverbs 11:23 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
23 The desire of the righteous is only good;
the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
The desire of the righteous is only good: In the case of the righteous one, desires (Heb. taavah) is a good thing. He wishes for, wants, longs for something based on the good life that he has been living. The present and the future of the righteous one is filled with happiness and joy because he knows he has been on the path of righteousness taking in the knowledge of God. The Hebrew word (tob) rendered Good here is to be taken to mean “good outcome,” “leading to good,” or “good results.”
the expectation of the wicked in wrath: The expectation here is another Hebrew word (tiqvah) for hope but it is not being contrasted with the hope (faithfully waiting with expectation) the hope that the righteous one possesses but rather the wicked one, who has hope or expectation in that he is looking forward to, planning counting on his evil ends. However, they will come to nothing, in that they will die or perish (Heb. abad). (10:28) The false hopes, the unfounded expectation of the wicked will only end in wrath (ebrah), a feeling of intense anger, rage, a state of intense displeasure, for the wicked one’s hopes, expectations will never be realized.
The servant of God wishes for, wants, longs for something based on the good life that he has been living. His hopes in life are good but the truth is, these hopes, expectations, desires, longings must be maintained through his human imperfection, a fallen world that caters to the flesh, and Satan and his horde of demons. It is only those who remain faithful, retain their hope until the end, who will survive. (Matt. 24:13) The calamities, the pain and suffering of this life are many, but he can do all things through him who strengthens him. (Phil. 4:13) Expectations will be realized for the righteous and, in the end, it will be a dismal failure for the wicked. This is the case through the entire life of the wicked one, which is why he is filled with wrath, for the outcome of his expectations is only bad.
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The Wisdom of Generosity
Proverbs 11:24 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
One man scatters freely, yet adding more: The Hebrew particle of affirmation here rendered one man (yēs) is a marker that affirms the existence of something, the state of something, or something that happens. In other words, it could read there is a man who … This does not mean that it is characteristic of all men or in every case, but rather it simply means that in some cases, in some instances, sometimes. Scatters (to spread, to distribute freely, to disperse) is a literal rendering of the Hebrew word (pazar), which is saying figuratively to give freely, implying generosity.
The same Hebrew is used in Psalm 112:9, which says, “he has distributed freely; he has given to the poor …” Here we are being told that we are to give generously or be generous with our money. However, there is no place within Proverbs or any other part of Scripture that we are to give beyond our means putting us and our family in financial risk. We are never encouraged to be foolish with our money.
Yet or and so is a Hebrew coordinating conjunction that, in this case, is expressing a surprising outcome based on what had just been previously stated. Even though there is one who gives his money generously to help others, he just keeps getting richer. Literally adding more means getting richer in this case. Again, there is the man who generously gives his money away to help others and yet his wealth just grows all the more.
another withholds what is due, and only suffers want: Another withholds (Heb. chasak) his money from those in need, refusing to freely give. What is due refers to what he should give, that is, what is morally proper to give. Only suffers want closes out the contrast between the person ion line one and here in line two, with the thought being, the man who actually refuses to help others in need, who begrudgingly holding onto his money, reluctant to give, he ends up even poorer.
How strikingly different from all such stinginess of many in the world is the example set by God! Generously he created man and woman perfect, placing them in the beautiful Garden of Eden, designing them to love and enjoy one another, as they filled the earth, their home, a gift from God, with perfect humans. He designed humans to live forever and enjoy endless and inexhaustible blessings upon earth. He cares about more than the material blessings though, but also his spiritual gifts are generous. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproaching, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:5.
Clearly, Solomon truly appreciated the wisdom of generosity. Christ Jesus emphasized the wisdom of generosity as well. “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you in return.” (Luke 6:28) “Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from one that wants to borrow from you.” – Matthew 5:41-42.
Paul also stresses this point, especially in his second letter to the Corinthians: “We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also. … “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” – 2 Corinthians 6:11, 13; 9:6.
However, let us not think that our generosity is all about money. Yes, there are other things we can give if we have neither silver nor gold to give, such as our physical health. We can offer others the truth of God’s Word, the depressed we can offer the hope and comfort of God’s kingdom. We can give those struggling spiritually spiritual health. These things are worth far more than gold and silver. Like the one who gives freely of his riches and becomes even richer, the one who freely gives of his time and energy in his efforts to bring comfort to others, to help them become refreshed, prosperous, spiritually, we too will become stronger in our faith.
Yet, another area where we can be generous is with the mercy that we give to (show) others. We can be generous in how we view others in all walks of our life: family, fellow Christians, neighbors, coworkers, and others. We are all imperfect and fall short every day. We all make mistakes. If we heart negative reports about our fellow man, give them the benefit of the doubt until we know for certain. We can try and ponder or think of any extenuating circumstances that might have caused or led to … Clearly, to show generosity is the wise path: Such will enrich both the lives of whom we generously give and to ourselves as well, whether it is money we give or spiritual gifts that we give or in our generously showing mercy to others. Generosity enriches.
The Reward of Being Generous
Proverbs 11:25 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
25 The generous soul will be made fat,
and one who waters will himself be watered.
The generous soul will be made fat: We are told that those who are generous (Heb. berakah), diligent, and trusts in God will be made fat, that is, prosper abundantly. (Prov 11:25; 13:4; 28:25)
and one who waters will himself be watered: The Hebrew verbs (ravah) rendered waters, that is, to drink one’s fill, to be refreshed; and (yarah) rendered watered, namely, to be provided with water. The one who waters is generously giving, raining profusely or drenching another with help, to the point that they are satisfied. Himself being watered in return is also being used figuratively and it means that he is being refreshed, revitalized from his tireless efforts of helping others.
Proverbs 11:24-25 are parallel and speak of the blessings of generosity. If we have it within our means to help a fellow servant of God or a needy neighbor, or we encounter someone needing our help, we then have the opportunity to promote the quality of love. When we offer ourselves generously, it is not us coming to the aid of others but rather we were supplied by God, for he only blesses those with such humility. We will ourselves be refreshed, revitalized with a greater degree of faith and an opportunity for accomplishment.
What is the outcome of our generously using our finances or abilities to help others? It gives us a real-life realization of the hope that we have had since our original choice to serve God. That is: “in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” (1 Pet. 4:11b) When we water, give generously because of our love and faith in God’s Word, Christ is glorified, because it is only by means of his ransom sacrifice that we have a good standing before God, with the hope of salvation. The Father, in turn, is glorified for it was him who sacrificed his Son for us.
For us to accept the truth that this is so, however, it takes faith. The Bible, in fact, links generosity with faith. (James 2:14-17) Maybe, we have the thought, ‘if I give out of my surplus to help another in need, I might not have the finances in my time of need, and what if there is no one there to help me?’ Such thinking is a lack of faith and could restrain us from being generous with our money, our time, and energy. Therefore, we definitely need faith to believe that our generous giving to others will not injure our security at some time later. It takes faith, real faith to believe that, if ever we come to be in real need, the minds and hearts of fellow believers will be moved by God’s Word to come to our aid as well.
The Generous Soul Will receive Blessings
Proverbs 11:26 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
26 He who withholds grain, the people curse him,
but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
Here Solomon is illustrating what generosity and greediness in 11:24-25 look like.
He who withholds grain, the people curse him: The Hebrew word (qabab) rendered curse means to invoke divine harm or evil upon someone or something. It can also mean to speak poorly or badly about someone, the latter being meant here. These ones have bad things to say about the one withholding the grain. Hold back grain is a reference to the farmer or the merchant who purposely hold back his grain until the supplies are low; then, he raises prices. Grain is wheat but can generally refer to cereals or grass seeds that are eaten by people.
but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it: Blessing (Heb. berakah) most times refers to God blessing a human, which is pronouncing good or showing favor, having favorable circumstances or state at a future time (Gen. 1:22), for those who have a righteous standing before him. It can also mean when someone has good things to say about another. On the head here is a reference to the head, which is being used figuratively to represent the whole person who is receiving the blessing. Sells it is the opposite of withholding it, which means this person sells his grain when the market is short not waiting for prices to go up.
Solomon is giving us yet another example, contrasting what the righteous and the wicked do. The wicked or heartless, selfish persons who sell a commodity but will buy when it is priced low and will withhold it from the market until it is extremely high; then, he will sell. There is some good to doing this at times to get prices where they need to be, but Solomon is talking about abusing the market, not working it to make favorable adjustments. The heartless selfish person is hated by the people, who rightly speak abusively of him. However, the selfless person will not seek to make large profits and will sell in an emergency when prices are reasonable, even barely making a profit if the people direly need his commodity. Like during a natural disaster.
Seeking God’s Favor
Proverbs 11:27 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
27 He who diligently seeks good seeks favor,
but evil comes to him who searches for it.
He who diligently seeks good seeks [God’s] favor: He who diligently seeks (Heb. shachar) here is the servant of God who is continuously on the look for, searching for, longing for, strongly desiring to do good (Heb. tob), that is, good conduct or acting justly, honorably, honestly in all things that he says or does, based on God’s Word. This servant in searching, diligently seeking to do good is, in essence, seeking God’s favor (Heb. ratson), that is, seeking to have God view him favorably.
but evil comes to him who searches for it: Evil (Heb. raah), morally bad behavior, wickedness, depravity, comes to him who searches (Heb. darash) for it. He is the one who is alienated from God who is continuously on the look for, searching for, longing for, strongly desiring to do evil, that is, not morally good conduct, causing harm to self and others because he acts unjustly, dishonorably, and dishonest in all things that he says or does, based on his fleshly desires.
A true servant of God is always seeking to find his favor, seeking God’s good will. It isn’t about becoming a Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, nor Presbyterian, or any of the other 41,000 different denominations but being one of God’s true, genuine servants. Psalm 149:4 says: “For Jehovah takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.” Psalm 147:11 adds: “Jehovah takes pleasure in [favors] those who fear him, in those who hope in his loyal love.” God’s pleasure means his goodwill.
In the conscience that God has given all of humanity, his servants have cultivated, refined that conscience by searching God’s Word to know good, until his conscience has developed within him an upright heart. A true servant of God dreads the very idea of becoming something detestable to God because he has allowed his fallen flesh even one victory over his upright heart. If the servant of God continues to seek heavenly wisdom and act in harmony with it, patiently waiting for the moments that it brings him even a measure of gain in this wicked world, he can rest assured that he will find God’s favor.
Flourish Like a Green Leaf
Proverbs 11:28 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
28 He who trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
He who trusts in his riches will fall: Again, the Hebrew form of he who means the one trusting, with trust (Heb. batach) meaning he has strong confidence or reliance upon his riches, that is his abundance of accumulated material possessions. Fall means that his unwavering, obsession with riches will lead to his suffering defeat, failure, or ruination in some way.
but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf: The righteous (Heb. tsaddiq) refers to one who is in a righteous standing before God, who is characterized by righteous actions and morals in accordance to God’s moral standards. He will flourish (Heb. parach), prosper or flower in a favorable state because he has adhered to the moral standard set out in God’s Word. (Prov. 2:9) This favorable state or property is like a green leaf (wekealeh), in that, he is well nourished and growing spiritually.
Money or rather the excessive pursuit of money, the love of money is a common factor for divorces. This reliance on riches has also led to many suicides. Some people have placed their love of money above their marriage vows, and as being more important than their life. On the other hand, there are those righteous ones with a balanced view, who trust God’s Word to lead them but realize they need enough money to take care of their family’s needs. These righteous ones recognize the wisdom of Jesus’ words: “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” – Luke 12:15.
Wrongdoing leads to Nothing
Proverbs 11:29 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
29 Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind: Here troubles (Heb. akar) is one who causes hardship and distress for his family, that is, his household, the Hebrew implying social chaos from his actions with others. Inherit the wind means that he gains nothing worthwhile, of any real substance.
and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart: Fools (Heb. kesîl) hate knowledge as they lack good judgment. The fool here is likely the family troublemaker, his character is stupidity, rudeness, that is, one who completely lacks understanding, who is rebellious in his ways. (Prov. 1:22) The foolishness of the foolish one, who has the trait of acting stupidly or rashly because he is devoid of wisdom or understanding, the Hebrew noun focusing on the evil behaviors which occur in this state. Because the fool lacks wisdom, he will always be working, slaving for another, someone who is wise, for the rest of his life.
In ancient Israel, the head of the household who did not act in accordance with God’s commandments could bring exile upon their own houses from the community. For example, Achan robbed God by inappropriately seizing for himself a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels. However, when Achan’s wrongdoing was revealed, God brought exile upon him in the form of his being executed, and both he and members of his family were stoned to death. (Joshua chap. 7) Then, there was King Ahab (1 Kings. 18:17-18).
Today Proverbs 11:29a can refer to any problematic unwise person within the family household, from a rebellious child to an adulterous or an abusive spouse. Because of failing to understand and appreciate God’s Word, a family member can bring ostracism upon his own household. This can cause spiritual shipwreck certainly for the offender and even the whole family as well. The offender and any family tolerating wrongdoing, living in sin, could be removed from the church, meaning they’re inheriting the wind can be the loss of eternal life.
Today Proverbs 11:29b refers to the person, maybe even the family member from above, who lacks practical wisdom, he cannot be given lots of responsibility. Moreover, his misconduct within his personal affairs may cause him to become enslaved to others throughout his life of rebellion in some way. Such an unwise one may well become “a servant to the wise of heart.” Plainly, then, it is very important that we use the good judgment and practical wisdom found in God’s Word in all our dealings.
The Righteous One Is Capturing Souls
Proverbs 11:30 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and whoever captures souls is wise.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life: The righteous person, by speech, conduct, and example, that is, fruit or fruitage (Heb. peri), he captures or wins souls, namely, by the person (soul) listening to the righteous one, he gets spiritual food, and he is then led to serve God, and he may receive the life that God makes possible. The righteous (Heb. tsaddiq) refers to one who is in a righteous standing before God, who is characterized by righteous actions and morals in accordance with God’s moral standards.
and whoever captures souls is wise: The whoever here could very easily be the righteous one from line one, who captures (Heb. laqach) or wins souls (Heb. nephesh) because of his wisdom that he acquired and now obeys in his speech, conduct, and example. His speech and conduct, the righteous person, brings spiritual food to those who listen to him. They are encouraged to serve God and may ultimately receive the life that God has made possible.
The Righteous One Is Rewarded
Proverbs 11:31 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
31 If the righteous on earth will be rewarded,
how much more the wicked and the sinner!
If the righteous on earth will be rewarded: The righteous (Heb. tsaddiq) refers to one who is in a righteous standing before God, who is characterized by righteous actions and morals in accordance with God’s moral standards. The Hebrew word (shillum) rendered reward means to be given recompense for one’s behavior or actions, that is, dispense a just penalty or reward for doing good or for doing bad; to be repaid, receive payment whether good or bad.
how much more the wicked and the sinner: The Wicked (Heb. rasha) is the unrighteous who are evil, being guilty of willfully and purposely violating the standards of God. In the Old Testament, it refers to the one who refuses to acknowledge or obey God. In the book of Proverbs explicitly, it refers to the foolish one who ignores or refuses to follow the divine teachings of God. It is a state or condition of evil that focuses on the violating of God’s laws or standards. (Prov. 3:33; 18:3) The sinner (Heb. chata) is one who in any spoken word (Job 2:10; Ps 39:1), wrong action (Lev. 20:20; 2 Cor. 12:21) or failing to act when one should have (Num. 9:13; Jam. 4:17), in mind and heart (Prov. 21:4; Rom. 3:9-18; 2 Pet 2:12-15) that is contrary to God’s personality, ways, will and purposes, standards, as set out in the Scriptures. How much more is referring to the fact that if the repentant righteous person is punished; then, the willful wicked person will rightly be punished much more.
The Proverb begins with a Hebrew particle (hen; Look!), which is rendered “if” here, it is used to call attention to an important truth that follows. The righteous person makes his best effort to live according to God’s standards, but there are times when he errs. (Ecclesiastes 7:20) Yes, he wants to do right, but sometimes stumbles and is heartbroken, and the principle, “whatever a man sows, this he will also reap,” applies. (Gal. 6:7) Thus, for the righteous one’s mistakes, he will be rewarded by being disciplined. What about the wicked person, who sins willfully and has no interest in an upright life? Certainly, he deserves a far greater reward, that is, a more severe punishment. The apostle Peter writes, “And ‘If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner?’” (1 Peter 4:18) Therefore, let us be the righteous person seeking to do his best to live according to God’s standards as outlined in his Word. And if we stumble, repent and get up.
Proverbs 11:31 Why should the wicked one be rewarded more than the righteous one?
The reward here should not be thought of in terms of being a good thing. It is being repaid or recompensed for one’s behavior or actions, which could be good or bad. In case of the context here, it is for bad behavior. Thus, the reward here is meted out in terms of the degree of punishment that one is to receive. When the righteous person errs, his reward will be less, that is, his recompense for his behavior is less than the wicked one. Why? The righteous one is contrite over his sin, while the wicked one sins deliberately and refuses to repent, for he has no remorse. Therefore, his punishment is more severe, his reward is more.
(11:01) What are the scales of deceit and how does God feel about them? What are the different ways that dishonest merchants altered their scales? What is the perfect stone and how does God feel about it?
(11:02) The Hebrew noun rendered pride (zadon) is referring to one who is …? This disgrace (Heb. qalon) is a state of …? How do humility and modesty differ? What does it mean for us to be modest?
(11:03) The Hebrew word rendered integrity (tummah) has the meaning of …? The upright (Heb. yashar) person is one whose behavior is …? The integrity guides (Heb. nachah), that is, it is the …? The Hebrew word rendered crookedness (seleph) is …? Why can the treacherous person (Heb. bagad) not be trusted? How will the crooked, treacherous person be destroyed in the end? What did Solomon recognize?
(11:04) Riches (Heb. hon) are …? Do not profit (Heb. lō-yoil) means …? The day of wrath (beyom ebrah) was used by whom and what the intended meaning …? Here the Hebrew rendered righteousness (tsedaqah) is …? What is meant by being delivered from death?
(11:05) How is the expression the righteousness of the blameless complicated? How are the terms righteousness and blameless related? Keeps … straight is a Hebrew verb (teyassēr) here that means …? The Hebrew noun (rishah) rendered wicked and related forms designate what? In what sense does the wicked fall? At the end of their life, what will be the last contrast between the blameless one and the wicked one?
(11:06) Righteousness (tsedaqah) is a Hebrew noun meaning …? Upright (yashar) is a Hebrew adjective that describes a person whose behavior is …? The Hebrew verb that is rendered deliver (natsal) has the sense of …? The treacherous (Heb. bōgedim) is one who does …? Taken captive (Heb. lakad) in that they are ensnared by …?
(11:07) The Hebrew word rendered wicked (rasha) man here is …? How are hope and expectation similar in meaning? Perish (Heb. abad) means that the wicked man’s hope is …? The Hebrew (on) has been interpreted in what various ways and what is the basic sense of the noun?
(11:08) The righteous (Heb. tsaddiq) person is …? Is delivered translates the Hebrew verb (chalats) meaning …? Trouble (Heb. tsarah) refers to …? The wicked (Heb. rasha) is characterized by evil …? Enters into or walk into (Heb. wayyābō) means …?
(11:09) Here the mouth (Heb. peh) of the godless is a reference to …? A godless (Heb. hānēp) man has …? This Hebrew verb (shachath) destroy means to …? Here knowledge is more than …, it is …? Delivered translates the Hebrew verb (chalats) meaning …?
(11:10) How are we to understand Proverbs 11:10? How are you living a life that contributes to the joy of others?
(11:11) How are we to understand the original language words of Proverbs 11:11? What impact do the righteous and the wicked have on a community?
(11:12) The Hebrew word (buz) rendered belittles refers to one who …? What does it mean to be in want of heart or lacking heart? What does proverb warn about many times but the wisdom of doing what?
(11:13) What is the difference between gossip and slander? What is the contrast between line one and line two of this verse? He who is trustworthy in spirit (Heb. ne·eman) has …?
(11:14) The Hebrew word here (tachbulath) that is rendered guidance refers to …? People (Heb. am) here is simply a general reference to …? Falls (yippōl) is used in the figurative sense in that …? Abundance (Heb. rob) means …? Counselors (Heb. yoēts) refers to …? Deliverance (Heb. teshuah) here means that wise counsel can …? Foolish, wrong, or bad decision can result in …? Why is it important to seek out a wide range of advice?
(11:15) The Hebrew word (ki·āraḇ) rendered put up a security means …? Stranger: (Heb. zār) was applied to …? Suffer harm (Heb. ye·roa) refers to one …? Here hates (Heb. sōnē) is referring to one who …? The Hebrew word (toqeim) translated striking hands is …? This person who hates striking hands is secure (Heb. batach), that is, …?
(11:16) The Hebrew word (chen) rendered gracious is …” Such a woman attains honor (Heb. kabod), that is, …? Ruthless (Heb. arits) men are …? Riches (Heb. ashar) refers to …? What exactly is being contrasted here?
(11:17) How is the word “man” being used here? A kind (Heb. chesed) man or woman is one, who …? The Hebrew word (gamal) rendered rewards refers to one who …? Soul (Heb. nephesh) here means …? A cruel (Heb. akzari) man is one who is …? Harm (Heb. akar) is being contrasted with benefits in line one and, it means to …? Flesh (Heb. sheer) is figurative and is referring to …? The point of the good advice from this proverb is …?
(11:18) The Hebrew word rendered wicked (rasha) here is …? The Hebrew verb (asah) that is rendered earns means …? Deceptive (Heb. sheqer) wages is …? The one who sows righteousness is …? A reward of truth is …?
(11:19) He who is steadfast in righteousness is one who …? What is the thought behind the phrase will live? How is the Hebrew word rendered pursue used here? To die here means what?
(11:20) Those with a crooked (Heb. iqqesh) heart (Heb. leb) are …? Abomination (Heb. toebah) is …? Blameless: (Heb. tam, tamim) means …? The Hebrew word (ratson) rendered delight is a reference to …?
(11:21) 11:21 begins with an idiom that is literally hand to hand, which is rendered be assured. Hand to hand was …? An evil (Heb. ra) man is one who is …” The righteous (Heb. tsaddiq) person is …? Will be delivered translates the Hebrew verb (chalats) meaning …?
(11:22) How could a beautiful woman be like a nose ring in a pig’s snout?
(11:23) In the case of the righteous one, desires (Heb. taavah) is …? The Hebrew word (tob) rendered Good here is to be taken to …? The expectation here is another Hebrew word (tiqvah) for hope, how is it to be understood? The hope of the righteous and the expectations of the wicked will be what and end how?
(11:24) The Hebrew particle of affirmation here rendered one man (yēs) is a marker that affirms what and means what? Scatters (to spread, to distribute freely, to disperse) is a literal rendering of the Hebrew word (pazar), which is saying …? Yet or and so is a Hebrew coordinating conjunction that, in this case, is expressing …? Literally adding more means …? Another withholds means? What is due refers to what …? Only suffers want closes out the contrast between the person ion line one and here in line two, with the thought being …?
(11:25) What is the outcome from our generously using our finances or abilities to help others? What thoughts might some have had about helping others? Why does it take faith for us to accept the truth that is we water we will be watered on in return?
(11:26) The Hebrew word (qabab) rendered curse means …? Hold back grain is a reference to the farmer or the merchant who …? Blessing (Heb. berakah) here in this context refers to …? On the head here is a reference to …, meaning …? Sells it is the opposite of withholding it, which means …? What does it mean to abuse the marketplace for selfish ends?
(11:27) He who diligently seeks (Heb. shachar) here is …? Seeking to do good means doing what? Seeking to do good is what really? Those who are alienated from God are doing what?
(11:28) The Hebrew form of he who means …? Trust (Heb. batach) means that … Fall means that his unwavering, obsession with riches will lead to …? The righteous (Heb. tsaddiq) refers to one who is …? He will flourish (Heb. parach) means …? He flourishes like a green leaf (wekealeh), in that, he is …?
(11:29) Here troubles (Heb. akar) is one who …? Inherit the wind means …? Who is the fool here and how would you describe him? Why will the fool always be working, slaving for another?
(11:30) What is the fruit of the righteous and how is it a tree of life? How are souls captured based on wisdom?
(11:31) The righteous (Heb. tsaddiq) refers to one who is …? The Hebrew word (shillum) rendered reward means …? The Wicked (Heb. rasha) is the unrighteous who are …? The sinner (Heb. chata) is one who …? How much more is referring to the fact that …?
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“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.
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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 just weight
 LXX reads hope of the ungodly
 Or safety
 Or himself
 I.e. a sure, certain, or genuine reward
 Lit Hand to hand
 Lit taste
 The Hebrew verb (pā·zǎr) means to scatter: to spread, to distribute, to give to another implying generosity, a figurative expression of sowing seed
 I.e. grows all the richer
 I.e. what he should give
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