Know Your Bible – April 29, 2015

Proverbs

Details, Please (Part 1)

Proverbs doesn’t have a story line – it’s simply a collection of practical tips for living.  Mainly from the pen of King Solomon, the wisest human being ever (in 1 Kings 3:12 God said, “I have given thee a wise and understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee”).

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Know Your Bible – April 28, 2015

Proverbs

Author/Date

Primarily Solomon (1:1), with sections attributed to “the wise” (22:17), Agur (30:1), and King Lemuel (31:1).  Little is known of the latter two.  Solomon reigned approximately 970-930 BC.  The staff of King Hezekiah, who lived about two hundred years later, “copied out” the latter chapters of the book we have today (25:1).

In Ten Words Or Less

Pithy, memorable saying encourage people to pursue wisdom.

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Know Your Bible – April 27, 2015

Psalms

Unique and Unusual

The book of Psalms is the Bible’s longest in terms of both number of chapters (150) and total word count.  It contains the longest chapter in the Bible (Psalm 119, with 176 verses) and the shortest (Psalm 117, with 2 verses).  Psalm 117 is also the midpoint of the the Protestant Bible, with 594 chapters before it and 594 after.

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Know Your Bible – April 26, 2015

Psalms

Quotable (Part 2)

  • Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (119:11)
  • I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord. (121:1-2)
  • Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (133:1)

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Know Your Bible – April 24, 2015

Psalms

Details, Please (Part 3)

Some psalms, called “imprecatory,” call for God’s judgment on enemies (see Psalms 69 and 109, for example).  Many psalms express agony of spirit on the writer’s part – but nearly every psalm returns to the theme of praise to God.  That’s the way the book of Psalms ends: “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.  Praise ye the Lord” (150:6).

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