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July 26 - Morning

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"I said, 'I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.'

So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased; my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:

'Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.' "

- Psalms 39:1-5

Think Before You Spew Out Your Questions


The superscript of David’s Psalm 39 contains the name Jeduthun:
            “For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.”

Jeduthun is mentioned in First Chronicles 16:42 as being one of two Levites “responsible for the sounding of the trumpets and cymbals and for the playing of the other instruments for sacred song.” Jeduthun was a Levites who ministered in song during the days of Zadok the high priest when the tabernacle was set up at the high place in Gibeon around 1000 BC. Even though the Ark of the Covenant had been brought into Jerusalem and set inside the tent of David, the Levite Jeduthun led the music in the tabernacle courts in order to give thanks to the Lord during the daily sacrifices 7 miles to the north of Jerusalem at the High Place of Gibeon. (See First Chronicles 16)

The psalm begins with David realizing that he has to watch what he says since he is being challenged emotionally and intellectually concerning the true meaning of life and wicked people. David realizes if he simply allows his thoughts to burst out in words he will be sinning with his mouth. So, instead David vows to “put a muzzle” on his mouth in order to prevent a bad situation from becoming worse. (Psalm 39:1)

Yet, the anguish of his thoughts and the questions he had concerning life and wicked men burned in his soul. He sought a logical balance in life between purpose, sinful behavior and the justice of God. (Psalm 39:2-3)

Ultimately David has to speak and he begins by not spewing out his rash conclusion, but instead begins his quest by first establishing a perspective. David begins by asking to see or understand the length and limits of a human life. Now, from this lofty vantage point David can begin to analyze with a proper perspective all the issues that are bothering him. (Psalm 39:3-8)
Kbd (Hb) – to be heavy (Eng) – Kbd is a Semitic root that means “to be heavy.” The adjective kabed means “heavy” and kabod means “weight, honor, majesty.” Kabed, “heavy in weight,” is used in 1 Samuel 4:18 to refer to the overweight high priest Eli. In Exodus 17:12 kabed is used in reference to Moses’ tired arms. Kbd was used negatively to refer to the weight of a burden on a person. Positively kbd can refer to the | weight of honor a person deserves or to the majesty of God.  
I will focus on thinking about the effect my words will have on others, on situations and on myself before I speak. I will put a muzzle on and | give myself a chance to analyze my thoughts before they become spoken words.



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Warren's fallen ashlar stone seen by Charles Warren in 1873 (photographed here in 2012) in the city gutter (or, sewer) under the road that ran along the Western Wall of Herod's temple mount. This is below Robinson's Arch and was probably the result of a construction accident around 10 BC during Herod's construction of Robinson's Arch. The ashlar fell during construction, but was never retrieved. (I wonder if there was a follow-up inspection and fines assigned by OSHA?) See Warren's 1873 image here.
Three phases of salvations work in our lives.




Someone to Quote

"Christianity is a battle, not a dream."
- Wendell Phillips

Something to Ponder

"On average, an ordained Protestant pastor serving a small congregation received a median salary and housing package of $31,234, according to a study by sociologist Jackson Carroll."
(source)

Here’s a Fact

An ancient Egyptian document from 1300 BC, “Destruction of Mankind”, describes a group of people who were not Egyptian fleeing from the Land of Goshen (eastern Nile Delta area), but pursued by the armies of Pharaoh. Within this document is the Egyptian root. YWY, which is the name of the Hebrew God YHWH, or, I AM THAT I AM. (Hieroglyphic text) (Translated text)

Proverb

"Whoever listens to me (wisdom) will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."
- Proverbs 1:33

Coach’s Corner

Personal growth increases your personal potential. The failure to learn and the refusal to change is the rejection of increasing your opportunity for success.

"Your choicest valleys are full of chariots, and horsemen are posted at the city gates.

The Lord stripped away the defenses of Judah, and you looked in that day to the weapons in the Palace of the Forest.

You saw that the walls of the City of David were broken through in many places; you stored up water in the Lower Pool. You counted the buildings in Jerusalem and tore down houses to strengthen the wall. You built a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the Old Pool, but you did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.

The Lord, the Lord Almighty, called you on that day to weep and to wail, to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth. But see, there is joy and revelry, slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep, eating of meat and drinking of wine! 'Let us eat and drink,' you say, 'for tomorrow we die!'

The Lord Almighty has revealed this in my hearing: 'Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned for,' says the Lord, the Lord Almighty."

- Isaiah 22:7-14

Hezekiah Inspects His City, but Fails to Lead the People to Seek the Lord


Isaiah rebukes the godly king Hezekiah for first looking to make physical preparations for defense against the Assyrians, instead of looking first to the Lord. The physical preparations were not wrong, they just should have been prioritized after having sought the Lord.

The wide valleys of Judah were full of Assyrain chariots. The Assyrians had sent men on horses to the various gates of the cities of Judah in preparation for negotiations and communication lines.

Judah’s defenses had been stripped away and the people were held up inside their cities.

In the midst of this national crisis Hezekiah inspects his city and evaluates its physical preparations for a siege and battle with the Assyrians.

The Broad Wall was built during Hezekiah’s expansion of the city. Jews from the northern tribes of Israel, who had been overrun by the Assyrians in 721 BC, migrated down to Judah and the city of Jerusalem for protection at this time. They settled outside the city walls to the west on the Western Hill. To protect them and their residences Hezekiah fortified the western part of this newly expanded city around 721 BC with a wall. The uncovered remains of this wall are 23 feet wide and 213 feet long. This portion of the wall ran west from the Temple Mount toward the western corner of the southwestern hill (which would be the Citadel today).  Evidence uncovered during excavation seems to indicate that Hezekiah had to destroy some homes in order to build it. Isaiah addresses this very issue here in chapter 22:7-14.

Armaments: “You looked in that day to the weapons in the Palace of the Forest” - King Solomon’s Palace of the Forest of Lebanon on the Temple Mount (1 Kings 7:2-6) made of extensive use of cedar columns and cedar wood paneling. The weapons were stored here (Isaiah 39:2; 1 Kings 10:17; 2 Chronicles 9:20).  

Walls: “You saw that the City of David had many breaches in its defenses” - gaps and weaknesses in the wall were identified.   “You counted the buildings in Jerusalem and tore down houses to strengthen the wall” - The new expansion to the west required a counting of the new residences and the building of a wall. Some of the houses would be tore down in order finish the wall. This is seen at the excavation of the broad wall which was built through houses that had to be removed at this time in order to build it.

Water Supply: “You stored up water in the Lower Pool” which may be the Pool of Siloam which was filled with water from Hezekiah’s Tunnel that brought water from the Gihon Spirngs… “You built a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the Old Pool” which is possibly the Upper Pool referred to in Isaiah 7 when Isaiah met Ahaz.

Presence of the Lord: “You did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.”

Instead of seeking the Lord and mourning with sacrifices and offerings, the people turned to party with the attitude similar to, “You only live once!”

The Lord says both the people and the king failed this test! And, he will not forget it.


Maal (Hb) - trespass (Eng) - The Hebrew word maal means “to trespass” and “to act unfaithfully.” In Leviticus 5:15 maal is to trespass or sin In Leviticus 6:2 maal is to act unfaithfully to a neighbor In Leviticus 26:40 maal is to be unfaithful to God
I will care for my physcial needs and concerns, but my priority will be to seek the Lord.
I will seek God before I seek my own will.


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Pavement around the Pool of Siloam with circular, cone-shaped pits used to support a water jar as it was being filled up. (Details. Photo.)
Process from the Eternal Word into the men's faith.
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1 Kings 1 New International Version (NIV)
Adonijah Sets Himself Up as King
When King David was very old, he could not keep warm even when they put covers over him. So his attendants said to him, “Let us look for a young virgin to serve the king and take care of him. She can lie beside him so that our lord the king may keep warm.”
Then they searched throughout Israel for a beautiful young woman and found Abishag, a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. The woman was very beautiful; she took care of the king and waited on him, but the king had no sexual relations with her.
Now Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, put himself forward and said, “I will be king.” So he got chariots and horses[a] ready, with fifty men to run ahead of him. (His father had never rebuked him by asking, “Why do you behave as you do?” He was also very handsome and was born next after Absalom.)
Adonijah conferred with Joab son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they gave him their support. But Zadok the priest, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei and Rei and David’s special guard did not join Adonijah.
Adonijah then sacrificed sheep, cattle and fattened calves at the Stone of Zoheleth near En Rogel. He invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the royal officials of Judah, 10 but he did not invite Nathan the prophet or Benaiah or the special guard or his brother Solomon.
11 Then Nathan asked Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, “Have you not heard that Adonijah, the son of Haggith, has become king, and our lord David knows nothing about it? 12 Now then, let me advise you how you can save your own life and the life of your son Solomon. 13 Go in to King David and say to him, ‘My lord the king, did you not swear to me your servant: “Surely Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne”? Why then has Adonijah become king?’ 14 While you are still there talking to the king, I will come in and add my word to what you have said.”
15 So Bathsheba went to see the aged king in his room, where Abishag the Shunammite was attending him. 16 Bathsheba bowed down, prostrating herself before the king.
“What is it you want?” the king asked.
17 She said to him, “My lord, you yourself swore to me your servant by the Lord your God: ‘Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne.’ 18 But now Adonijah has become king, and you, my lord the king, do not know about it. 19 He has sacrificed great numbers of cattle, fattened calves, and sheep, and has invited all the king’s sons, Abiathar the priest and Joab the commander of the army, but he has not invited Solomon your servant. 20 My lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are on you, to learn from you who will sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. 21 Otherwise, as soon as my lord the king is laid to rest with his ancestors, I and my son Solomon will be treated as criminals.”
22 While she was still speaking with the king, Nathan the prophet arrived. 23 And the king was told, “Nathan the prophet is here.” So he went before the king and bowed with his face to the ground.
24 Nathan said, “Have you, my lord the king, declared that Adonijah shall be king after you, and that he will sit on your throne? 25 Today he has gone down and sacrificed great numbers of cattle, fattened calves, and sheep. He has invited all the king’s sons, the commanders of the army and Abiathar the priest. Right now they are eating and drinking with him and saying, ‘Long live King Adonijah!’ 26 But me your servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and your servant Solomon he did not invite. 27 Is this something my lord the king has done without letting his servants know who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?”
David Makes Solomon King
28 Then King David said, “Call in Bathsheba.” So she came into the king’s presence and stood before him.
29 The king then took an oath: “As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble, 30 I will surely carry out this very day what I swore to you by the Lord, the God of Israel: Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place.”
31 Then Bathsheba bowed down with her face to the ground, prostrating herself before the king, and said, “May my lord King David live forever!”
32 King David said, “Call in Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet and Benaiah son of Jehoiada.” When they came before the king, 33 he said to them: “Take your lord’s servants with you and have Solomon my son mount my own mule and take him down to Gihon. 34 There have Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel. Blow the trumpet and shout, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ 35 Then you are to go up with him, and he is to come and sit on my throne and reign in my place. I have appointed him ruler over Israel and Judah.”
36 Benaiah son of Jehoiada answered the king, “Amen! May the Lord, the God of my lord the king, so declare it. 37 As the Lord was with my lord the king, so may he be with Solomon to make his throne even greater than the throne of my lord King David!”
38 So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites and the Pelethites went down and had Solomon mount King David’s mule, and they escorted him to Gihon. 39 Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the sacred tent and anointed Solomon. Then they sounded the trumpet and all the people shouted, “Long live King Solomon!” 40 And all the people went up after him, playing pipes and rejoicing greatly, so that the ground shook with the sound.
41 Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they were finishing their feast. On hearing the sound of the trumpet, Joab asked, “What’s the meaning of all the noise in the city?”
42 Even as he was speaking, Jonathan son of Abiathar the priest arrived. Adonijah said, “Come in. A worthy man like you must be bringing good news.”
43 “Not at all!” Jonathan answered. “Our lord King David has made Solomon king. 44 The king has sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites and the Pelethites, and they have put him on the king’s mule, 45 and Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king at Gihon. From there they have gone up cheering, and the city resounds with it. That’s the noise you hear. 46 Moreover, Solomon has taken his seat on the royal throne. 47 Also, the royal officials have come to congratulate our lord King David, saying, ‘May your God make Solomon’s name more famous than yours and his throne greater than yours!’ And the king bowed in worship on his bed 48 and said, ‘Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has allowed my eyes to see a successor on my throne today.’”
49 At this, all Adonijah’s guests rose in alarm and dispersed. 50 But Adonijah, in fear of Solomon, went and took hold of the horns of the altar. 51 Then Solomon was told, “Adonijah is afraid of King Solomon and is clinging to the horns of the altar. He says, ‘Let King Solomon swear to me today that he will not put his servant to death with the sword.’”
52 Solomon replied, “If he shows himself to be worthy, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground; but if evil is found in him, he will die.” 53 Then King Solomon sent men, and they brought him down from the altar. And Adonijah came and bowed down to King Solomon, and Solomon said, “Go to your home.”
Footnotes:
  1. 1 Kings 1:5 Or charioteers
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Ezekiel 31 New International Version (NIV)
Pharaoh as a Felled Cedar of Lebanon
31 In the eleventh year, in the third month on the first day, the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his hordes:
“‘Who can be compared with you in majesty?

Consider Assyria, once a cedar in Lebanon,     with beautiful branches overshadowing the forest; it towered on high,     its top above the thick foliage.

The waters nourished it,     deep springs made it grow tall; their streams flowed     all around its base and sent their channels     to all the trees of the field.

So it towered higher     than all the trees of the field; its boughs increased     and its branches grew long,     spreading because of abundant waters.

All the birds of the sky     nested in its boughs, all the animals of the wild     gave birth under its branches; all the great nations     lived in its shade.

It was majestic in beauty,     with its spreading boughs, for its roots went down     to abundant waters.

The cedars in the garden of God     could not rival it, nor could the junipers     equal its boughs, nor could the plane trees     compare with its branches— no tree in the garden of God     could match its beauty.

I made it beautiful     with abundant branches, the envy of all the trees of Eden     in the garden of God.
10 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because the great cedar towered over the thick foliage, and because it was proud of its height, 11 I gave it into the hands of the ruler of the nations, for him to deal with according to its wickedness. I cast it aside, 12 and the most ruthless of foreign nations cut it down and left it. Its boughs fell on the mountains and in all the valleys; its branches lay broken in all the ravines of the land. All the nations of the earth came out from under its shade and left it. 13 All the birds settled on the fallen tree, and all the wild animals lived among its branches. 14 Therefore no other trees by the waters are ever to tower proudly on high, lifting their tops above the thick foliage. No other trees so well-watered are ever to reach such a height; they are all destined for death, for the earth below, among mortals who go down to the realm of the dead.
15 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day it was brought down to the realm of the dead I covered the deep springs with mourning for it; I held back its streams, and its abundant waters were restrained. Because of it I clothed Lebanon with gloom, and all the trees of the field withered away. 16 I made the nations tremble at the sound of its fall when I brought it down to the realm of the dead to be with those who go down to the pit. Then all the trees of Eden, the choicest and best of Lebanon, the well-watered trees, were consoled in the earth below. 17 They too, like the great cedar, had gone down to the realm of the dead, to those killed by the sword, along with the armed men who lived in its shade among the nations.
18 “‘Which of the trees of Eden can be compared with you in splendor and majesty? Yet you, too, will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the earth below; you will lie among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword.
“‘This is Pharaoh and all his hordes, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”
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Isaiah 40-41New International Version (NIV)
Comfort for God’s People
40 
Comfort, comfort my people,     says your God.

Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,     and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed,     that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand     double for all her sins.

A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare     the way for the Lord[a]; make straight in the desert     a highway for our God.[b]

Every valley shall be raised up,     every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level,     the rugged places a plain.

And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,     and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

A voice says, “Cry out.”     And I said, “What shall I cry?”
“All people are like grass,
    and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.

The grass withers and the flowers fall,     because the breath of the Lord blows on them.     Surely the people are grass.

The grass withers and the flowers fall,     but the word of our God endures forever.”

You who bring good news to Zion,     go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem,[c]     lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid;     say to the towns of Judah,     “Here is your God!”
10 
See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,     and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him,     and his recompense accompanies him.
11 
He tends his flock like a shepherd:     He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;     he gently leads those that have young.
12 
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,     or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,     or weighed the mountains on the scales     and the hills in a balance?
13 
Who can fathom the Spirit[d] of the Lord,     or instruct the Lord as his counselor?
14 
Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him,     and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge,     or showed him the path of understanding?
15 
Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;     they are regarded as dust on the scales;     he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
16 
Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires,     nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.
17 
Before him all the nations are as nothing;     they are regarded by him as worthless     and less than nothing.
18 
With whom, then, will you compare God?     To what image will you liken him?
19 
As for an idol, a metalworker casts it,     and a goldsmith overlays it with gold     and fashions silver chains for it.
20 
A person too poor to present such an offering     selects wood that will not rot; they look for a skilled worker     to set up an idol that will not topple.
21 
Do you not know?     Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning?     Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22 
He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,     and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,     and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
23 
He brings princes to naught     and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
24 
No sooner are they planted,     no sooner are they sown,     no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither,     and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.
25 
“To whom will you compare me?     Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:     Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one     and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength,     not one of them is missing.
27 
Why do you complain, Jacob?     Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord;     my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 
Do you not know?     Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,     the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary,     and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 
He gives strength to the weary     and increases the power of the weak.
30 
Even youths grow tired and weary,     and young men stumble and fall;
31 
but those who hope in the Lord     will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;     they will run and not grow weary,     they will walk and not be faint.
The Helper of Israel
41 
“Be silent before me, you islands!     Let the nations renew their strength! Let them come forward and speak;     let us meet together at the place of judgment.

“Who has stirred up one from the east,     calling him in righteousness to his service[e]? He hands nations over to him     and subdues kings before him. He turns them to dust with his sword,     to windblown chaff with his bow.

He pursues them and moves on unscathed,     by a path his feet have not traveled before.

Who has done this and carried it through,     calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the Lord—with the first of them     and with the last—I am he.”

The islands have seen it and fear;     the ends of the earth tremble. They approach and come forward;

    they help each other     and say to their companions, “Be strong!”

The metalworker encourages the goldsmith,     and the one who smooths with the hammer     spurs on the one who strikes the anvil. One says of the welding, “It is good.”     The other nails down the idol so it will not topple.

“But you, Israel, my servant,     Jacob, whom I have chosen,     you descendants of Abraham my friend,

I took you from the ends of the earth,     from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’;     I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 
So do not fear, for I am with you;     do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;     I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
11 
“All who rage against you     will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you     will be as nothing and perish.
12 
Though you search for your enemies,     you will not find them. Those who wage war against you     will be as nothing at all.
13 
For I am the Lord your God     who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear;     I will help you.
14 
Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob,     little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the Lord,     your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
15 
“See, I will make you into a threshing sledge,     new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them,     and reduce the hills to chaff.
16 
You will winnow them, the wind will pick them up,     and a gale will blow them away. But you will rejoice in the Lord     and glory in the Holy One of Israel.
17 
“The poor and needy search for water,     but there is none;     their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them;     I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
18 
I will make rivers flow on barren heights,     and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water,     and the parched ground into springs.
19 
I will put in the desert     the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland,     the fir and the cypress together,
20 
so that people may see and know,     may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this,     that the Holy One of Israel has created it.
21 
“Present your case,” says the Lord.     “Set forth your arguments,” says Jacob’s King.
22 
“Tell us, you idols,     what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were,     so that we may consider them     and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come,
23 
    tell us what the future holds,     so we may know that you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad,     so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear.
24 
But you are less than nothing     and your works are utterly worthless;     whoever chooses you is detestable.
25 
“I have stirred up one from the north, and he comes—     one from the rising sun who calls on my name. He treads on rulers as if they were mortar,     as if he were a potter treading the clay.
26 
Who told of this from the beginning, so we could know,     or beforehand, so we could say, ‘He was right’? No one told of this,     no one foretold it,     no one heard any words from you.
27 
I was the first to tell Zion, ‘Look, here they are!’     I gave to Jerusalem a messenger of good news.
28 
I look but there is no one—     no one among the gods to give counsel,     no one to give answer when I ask them.
29 
See, they are all false!     Their deeds amount to nothing;     their images are but wind and confusion.
Footnotes:
  1. Isaiah 40:3 Or A voice of one calling in the wilderness: / “Prepare the way for the Lord
  2. Isaiah 40:3 Hebrew; Septuagint make straight the paths of our God
  3. Isaiah 40:9 Or Zion, bringer of good news, / go up on a high mountain. / Jerusalem, bringer of good news
  4. Isaiah 40:13 Or mind
  5. Isaiah 41:2 Or east, / whom victory meets at every step
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- D.L. Moody


Delilah tied the seven fresh bowstrings made of tendons of sheep or cow into Samson’s hair (Judges 16:8).

Delilah took new ropes and tied Samson with them (Judges 16:12).

And while Samson was sleeping one time Delilah took the seven braids of his hair and wove them into the fabric with a loom and secured them with a pin (Judges 16:13).

But, one thing Delilah DID NOT DO was cut Samson’s hair.

Judges 16:19 says, “Having put him to sleep on her lap, she called a man to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.”

A Philistine man shaved Samson's hair. (Read the story here Judges 16:4-22)


After Joshua’s destruction of Hazor around 1400 BC there was a letter written on a tablet that was sent to Egypt from northern Israel in 1380 BC. The letter/tablet is part of a collection of clay tablets written in cuneiform and found in Amarna, Egypt. These are known as the Amarna Tablets (or, Amarna Letters) which are mostly correspondence between officials in the Egyptian administration with their representatives in Canaan. One of these tablets is addressed to the pharaoh and is from an Egyptian envoy in northern Israel dated 1380 BC. This tablet says: “Let my lord the king recall what Hazor had its king have already endured.” This is likely a reference to Joshua’s destruction of Hazor just 20 years before. (Details)


"The sluggard says,
'There is a lion in the road,
a fierce lion roaming
the streets!' "

- Proverbs 26:13




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