Commentary on Proverbs 27

Notes (NET Translation) 1 Do not boast about tomorrow; for you do not know what a day may bring forth. We do not have full control over our futures. Cf. Jas 4:13-16. 2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips. This proverb refers to praise from … Continue reading Commentary on Proverbs 27

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Commentary on Proverbs 26

Notes (NET Translation) 1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. The images in the first colon are things that do not belong together (in ancient Israel's climate). 2 Like a fluttering bird or like a flying swallow, so a curse without cause does not come … Continue reading Commentary on Proverbs 26

Commentary on Proverbs 25

Notes (NET Translation) 1 These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of King Hezekiah of Judah copied: Solomon ruled from about 961-922 BC while Hezekiah ruled from about 715-687 BC. We cannot precisely identify the "men of King Hezekiah." They appear to have copied the proverbs from another book into the book of … Continue reading Commentary on Proverbs 25

The Healing of Chris Gunderson

Romez, Clarissa, David Zaritzky, and Joshua W. Brown. “Case Report of Gastroparesis Healing: 16 Years of a Chronic Syndrome Resolved after Proximal Intercessory Prayer.” Complementary Therapies in Medicine 43 (April 2019): 289–94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2019.03.004. Abstract A male infant at two weeks of age was hospitalized vomiting forcefully. He had a pyloromyotomy. He did not improve with … Continue reading The Healing of Chris Gunderson

Commentary on Proverbs 24:23-34

Notes (NET Translation) 23 These sayings also are from the wise: To show partiality in judgment is terrible: 24 The one who says to the guilty, "You are innocent," peoples will curse him, and nations will denounce him. 25 But there will be delight for those who convict the guilty, and a pleasing blessing will … Continue reading Commentary on Proverbs 24:23-34

Commentary on Proverbs 22:17-24:22

Notes (NET Translation) Proverbs 22:17-24:22 is the third collection in the book (see Book of Proverbs: Content and Structure). For the relationship between 22:17-24:22 and the Instruction of Amenemope, see Book of Proverbs: Authorship. 22:17 Incline your ear and listen to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my instruction. 22:18 For … Continue reading Commentary on Proverbs 22:17-24:22

Luke Timothy Johnson on the Danger of Theoretical Models

The circumstances of the composition of James should be considered only after a comprehensive analysis of its “voice.” Too often in NT studies, the reverse is true. Decisions about authorship, readers, dating, and place are used to determine the meaning of a writing. The procedure is wrong for two reasons. First, it operates with an … Continue reading Luke Timothy Johnson on the Danger of Theoretical Models

Commentary on Proverbs 22:1-16

Notes (NET Translation) 1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great wealth, good favor more than silver or gold. "Good name" refers to one's reputation or character. "Good favor" refers to the esteem one is held in by God or other people. 2 The rich and the poor are met together; the … Continue reading Commentary on Proverbs 22:1-16

Commentary on Proverbs 21

Notes (NET Translation) 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD like channels of water; he turns it wherever he wants. Artificial streams were used to water fields and gardens. "The modern equivalent to the image of a 'canal of water' in the hand of Yahweh would be to say that the … Continue reading Commentary on Proverbs 21

Nigel Cundy’s Review of “God: The Failed Hypothesis” by Victor Stenger

Nigel Cundy, the Quantum Thomist, has completed an enormous review of Victor Stenger's God: The Failed Hypothesis. I don't claim to have read every word but it looks like a good reference. Is God a failed Hypothesis? Part 1: Introduction Is God a failed Hypothesis? Part 2: Setting the Scene Is God a failed Hypothesis? … Continue reading Nigel Cundy’s Review of “God: The Failed Hypothesis” by Victor Stenger