Contemplative Bible Reading

Some thoughts about Bible verses

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Entries from October 2014

Looking for Guidance

October 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Isaiah 8:19-20  (New Living Translation) 19 Someone may say to you, “Let’s ask the mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead. With their whisperings and mutterings, they will tell us what to do.” But shouldn’t people ask God for guidance? Should the living seek guidance from the dead? These verses seem silly. […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament

Dark and Hopeless

October 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Amos 5:18-20 (New Living Translation) 18 What sorrow awaits you who say, “If only the day of the Lord were here!” You have no idea what you are wishing for. That day will bring darkness, not light. 19 In that day you will be like a man who runs from a lion— only to meet […]

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Tags: Amos · Old Testament

Enemies? Send In the Teachers

October 19th, 2014 · No Comments

2 Chronicles 17:7-10 (New Living Translation) 7 In the third year of his reign Jehoshaphat sent his officials to teach in all the towns of Judah. These officials included Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah. 8 He sent Levites along with them, including Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tob-adonijah. He also […]

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Tags: 2 Chronicles · Old Testament

Half-a-Million Killed

October 18th, 2014 · No Comments

2 Chronicles 13:16-17 (New Living Translation) 16 The Israelite army fled from Judah, and God handed them over to Judah in defeat. 17 Abijah and his army inflicted heavy losses on them; 500,000 of Israel’s select troops were killed that day. In one of the battles between the tribes of Judah and the tribes of […]

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Tags: 2 Chronicles · Old Testament

If I Say It, They will Hear It

October 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Ecclesiastes 10:20  (New Living Translation) Never make light of the king, even in your thoughts. And don’t make fun of the powerful, even in your own bedroom. For a little bird might deliver your message and tell them what you said. When I say something, people will hear it; especially those people whom I never […]

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Tags: Ecclesiastes · Old Testament

Kill, Kill, and Kill Some More

October 11th, 2014 · No Comments

1 Kings 11:14-16 (New Living Translation) 14 Then the Lord raised up Hadad the Edomite, a member of Edom’s royal family, to be Solomon’s adversary. 15 Years before, David had defeated Edom. Joab, his army commander, had stayed to bury some of the Israelite soldiers who had died in battle. While there, they killed every […]

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Tags: 1 Kings · Old Testament

Yes, We Did Know

October 5th, 2014 · No Comments

Proverbs 24:11-12  (New Living Translation) 11 Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die; save them as they stagger to their death. 12 Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Proverbs

Clean Your Tools

October 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Proverbs 14:4 (New Living Translation) Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. Start with the second statement: an ox is a useful and sometimes necessary tool for farming. Now to the first statement: if you don’t have an ox, you don’t have to shovel the manure […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Proverbs