Contemplative Bible Reading

Some thoughts about Bible verses

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Entries from July 2016


July 31st, 2016 · No Comments

Isaiah 56:3-5 (New Living Translation) 3 “Don’t let foreigners who commit themselves to the Lord say, ‘The Lord will never let me be part of his people.’ And don’t let the eunuchs say, ‘I’m a dried-up tree with no children and no future.’ 4 For this is what the Lord says: I will bless those eunuchs […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament

Give Me Sense

July 30th, 2016 · No Comments

Psalms 119:73 (New Living Translation) You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands. Please God, Creator of all, Creator of me. Give me the good sense to follow what you say to me. Without that, it doesn’t matter what I hear from you as I will stumble along […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Psalms

Redeemed from My Enemies

July 24th, 2016 · No Comments

Psalms 107:1-3  (New Living Translation) 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. 2 Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies. 3 For he has gathered the exiles from many lands, from east and west, from north and […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Psalms

No One Stumbled

July 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

Psalms 105:37  (New Living Translation) The Lord brought his people out of Egypt, loaded with silver and gold; and not one among the tribes of Israel even stumbled. When Jehovah brought His people our of Egypt, there were several million persons in the group. What was the rate of attrition? Zero. Perhaps I am reading […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Psalms

The Foundation of His Throne

July 17th, 2016 · No Comments

Psalms 97:1-2 (New Living Translation) 1 The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice! Let the farthest coastlands be glad. 2 Dark clouds surround him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. Note the last phrase of the second verse. Righteousness and Justice are noted to be the foundation of the throne of […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Psalms

To Be Virtuous

July 16th, 2016 · No Comments

Ecclesiastes 7:29 (New Living Translation) But I did find this: God created people to be virtuous, but they have each turned to follow their own downward path. We were created to be virtuous. virtue: noun –  behavior showing high moral standards. Well, that is a pretty simple one. It is also an unpopular one these […]

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Tags: Ecclesiastes · Old Testament

Wine and the Worship of Sticks

July 10th, 2016 · No Comments

Hosea 4:11-12 (New Living Translation) 11 “Wine has robbed my people of their understanding. 12 They ask a piece of wood for advice! They think a stick can tell them the future! Longing after idols has made them foolish. They have played the prostitute, serving other gods and deserting their God. Let’s begin with the […]

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Tags: Hosea · Old Testament

In the Light

July 9th, 2016 · No Comments

Isaiah 2:5 (New Living Translation) Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord! Light. Sure seems to be a better place than dark. I suppose that in our post(post(post))modern world, we don’t appreciate the idea of light and dark. We are always in the light physically. It is rare and […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament

Victories and Enemies

July 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

Proverbs 24:17-18 (New Living Translation) 17 Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble. 18 For the Lord will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them. Are there any victories when we have enemies? It doesn’t appear to be so.

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Tags: Old Testament · Proverbs

Prostitutes? Before the King?

July 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

1 Kings 3:16 (New Living Translation) Some time later two prostitutes came to the king to have an argument settled. This is from the (hi)story of wise King Solomon and the two women with one live baby. Stop! Wait a minute! The (hi)story begins with two prostitutes bringing an argument to the King of Israel, […]

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Tags: 1 Kings · Old Testament