Contemplative Bible Reading

Some thoughts about Bible verses

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Entries from June 2016

A Classic Closing and Request

June 26th, 2016 · No Comments

Psalms 19:14 (New Living Translation) May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. This is a classic of prayer and poetry. What more can a person add to their prayer? Oh that I would take this to heart every day […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Psalms

The King’s Friend

June 25th, 2016 · No Comments

1 Chronicles 27:33 (New Living Translation) Ahithophel was the royal adviser. Hushai the Arkite was the king’s friend. This chapter of the Chronicles of the Kings lists the names of high-ranking officials who served the King and the kingdom. Down here near the bottom of the list is Hushai. His position was the king’s friend. […]

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Tags: 1 Chronicles · Old Testament

The Gullible Populace

June 19th, 2016 · No Comments

2 Samuel 15:1-6 (New Living Translation) After this, Absalom bought a chariot and horses, and he hired fifty bodyguards to run ahead of him. 2 He got up early every morning and went out to the gate of the city. When people brought a case to the king for judgment, Absalom would ask where in […]

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Tags: 2 Samuel · Old Testament

An Actress and a Playwright

June 18th, 2016 · No Comments

2 Samuel 14:20 (New Living Translation) He did it to place the matter before you in a different light. But you are as wise as an angel of God, and you understand everything that happens among us! A woman says this to King David after she has pretended to be someone else with a story […]

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Tags: 2 Samuel · Old Testament

With the Music Came the Prophecy

June 12th, 2016 · No Comments

2 Kings 3:14-16a (New Living Translation) 14 Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, I wouldn’t even bother with you except for my respect for King Jehoshaphat of Judah. 15 Now bring me someone who can play the harp.” While the harp was being played, the power of the Lord […]

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Tags: 2 Kings · Old Testament

These as Bad as Those?

June 11th, 2016 · No Comments

1 Samuel 15:23 (New Living Translation) Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.” Here is another one of those passages that must have lost something in translation, or there must be some other […]

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Tags: 1 Samuel · Old Testament

The Appetite of Kings

June 6th, 2016 · No Comments

1 Samuel 14:52 (New Living Translation) The Israelites fought constantly with the Philistines throughout Saul’s lifetime. So whenever Saul observed a young man who was brave and strong, he drafted him into his army. As predicted, if Israel had a King, the King would take the young men into war. I guess God knew what […]

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Tags: 1 Samuel · Old Testament

The Reverse Majority?

June 4th, 2016 · No Comments

Philippians 2:3-4 (New Living Translation) 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. This may be an odd take on these verses. Let’s say the majority of persons in […]

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Tags: New Testament · Philippians