The cypress and the oaks of Zechariah

2 Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, Because the glorious trees have been destroyed; Wail, O oaks of Bashan *, For the impenetrable forest has come down. Zechariah xi v. 2 *Bashan means smooth,  and is east of the River Jordan; it is now the Golan Heights see the map below.

Most Powerful Prayers #35 How Wide, How Long, How High, and How Deep

Ephesians 3:17-19 is a popular choice.  The print can be bought on etsy.  The version below is from the New Century Bible, a simplified Bible text aimed at children with limited vocabulary skills, much like the Gleason's New Life Bible.  Recently, the NCV text was combined with The Youth Bible and updated in 2007. 17 I … Continue reading Most Powerful Prayers #35 How Wide, How Long, How High, and How Deep

The Atonement of the Scapegoat

Atonement Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: 1. Making up for past misdeeds, transgressions; making amends for an injury or offense. 2. Reconciliation, especially the reconciliation between God and humans. Notes: Today, September 18, 2018, is Yom Kippur, the final day of the Jewish High Holidays (literally, the Days of Awe), and part of the … Continue reading The Atonement of the Scapegoat

Confusion among Bibles: the Best of the Rest

  This set are bibles that are idiosyncratic i.e. they have odd licensing agreements or tend to have unusual translations.  Whatever their reason, they are not very popular but are worth considering. The World English Bible is actually an update to the 1901  American Standard version.  It also has footnotes to explain some of its … Continue reading Confusion among Bibles: the Best of the Rest

Is the NT enough?

A complete  Bible was a desirable goal but  the  Old Testament    is considerably    longer  than   the  New Testament,   and  the New Testament   had already required   four years   to complete.   However,   something    happened    at  this   time   to  make translation     faster..and it was the advent of the personal computer.  Incredibly in the same four years that it … Continue reading Is the NT enough?

The Hivites in Joshua

New Life Version of the Holy Bible Joshua Chapter 11. 19 There was not a city which made peace with the sons of Israel except the Hivites living in Gibeon. They took them all in battle. 20 For the Lord made their hearts hard to meet Israel in battle, so Israel might destroy all of … Continue reading The Hivites in Joshua

Complaining to God

Yesterday, for July 11th  Heartlight.org gave me a daily Bible quote "Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul." - Job 7:11(NIV) This verse is about the ability of venting one's anguish to God and not worrying about … Continue reading Complaining to God

The last sentence of the Bible….

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is at thirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (The water of life is from  Ezekiel 47:7-12 &  generally signifies that the  dialogue of prayer and communication between the believer and God … Continue reading The last sentence of the Bible….