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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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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The Belly of the Wicked Suffers Want | Proverbs 13:25

The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want. Proverbs 13:25   What is this proverb's setting? Everywhere. The righteous has enough, always. The righteous man or woman is content. Even in times of hunger, they are satisfied. But the wicked are not so. They are governed by …

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Unrestrained Moderation

In Book Four section 26 of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, he states: You've seen that. Now look at this. Don't be disturbed. Uncomplicate yourself. Someone has done wrong... to himself. Something happens to you. Good. It was meant for you by nature, woven into the pattern from the beginning. Life is short. That's all there is …

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