A City Without Walls | Proverbs 25:28

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25:28 ESV Walls were, in many ways, the strength and hope of a city. Should a neighboring city-state attack, everyone would flee behind the city's walls for safety. By walls, a city became a fortress, a stronghold and refuge. With …

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The Gruesomeness of Sin | Leviticus 4:35

And the priest shall make atonement for him for the sin which he has committed, and he shall be forgiven. Leviticus 4:35 ESV Sin is violent. Sin is an act of treason against the Most High, and throughout the Bible, it is treated as the abomination that it is. Our sin is blatant opposition to …

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Boiling a Young Goat in Its Mother’s Milk | Deuteronomy 14:21

You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk. Deuteronomy 14:21 ESV I have long used this verse as an example of just how strange the Bible can get. After all, how is this verse ever supposed to apply to us today? Nevertheless, I do, in fact, believe that it does apply today. …

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Violence Entices | Proverbs 16:29

A man of violence entices his neighbor and leads him in a way that is not good. Proverbs 16:29 ESV Why does violence entice? After all, don't we tend to find violence revolting rather than exciting? We like to think that. Shirking away from violence is the socially appropriate response. But deep down, I believe, …

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If Any of You Lacks Wisdom | James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  James 1:5 ESV   By what means do we attain wisdom? By asking God. The Father is generous indeed. If He would not withhold His only Son, He will neither withhold wisdom. …

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Biblical Wisdom

Whoever Gives Thought to the Word | Proverbs 16:20

Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD. Proverbs 16:20 ESV The natural interpretation of this verse would seem to refer to our words, our speech. Giving thought to the word, therefore, would be guarding one's mouth, considering carefully beforehand what is about to be …

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Turn Aside From Evil | Proverbs 16:17

The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life. Proverbs 16:17 ESV   The path of the upright veers to avoid evil. Indeed, it is the avoidance of evil that makes one upright at all. How do we do this? By guarding our ways. By being vigilantly attendant …

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