Names come first.
Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
King James Version
Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
who conduct their affairs with justice. Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor. The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.
New International Version
Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who fears the Lord [with awe-inspired reverence and worships Him with obedience], who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous (upright—in right standing with God). It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He conducts his affairs with justice. He will never be shaken; The righteous will be remembered forever. He will not fear bad news; His heart is steadfast, trusting [confidently relying on and believing] in the Lord. His heart is upheld, he will not fear while he looks [with satisfaction] on his adversaries. He has given freely to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honor. The wicked will see it and be angered, he will gnash his teeth and melt away [in despair and death]; The desire of the wicked will perish and come to nothing.
Above is Psalm 112 in three popular translations:
- The classic King James Version (KJV);
- New International Version (NIV); and
- The Amplified Bible (AMP)…
Just in case you don’t really believe the Old English means what it says.
Long ago, even as a child, I saw a obvious correlation between angry children and their absent, abusive or alienated fathers (or mothers) and their embrace of atheism.
Even today, my opening inquiry to atheists I meet is “What is your relationship with your father?” Or, in some cases, “What is your relationship with your mother?”
Almost to a person (99%) they will reveal animosity either to or from one or both of their parents.
Atheism is an emotion.
Doctors, lawyers, scientists, teachers, police officers, technicians, bakers, entertainers, soldiers, film professionals—it doesn’t matter.
The answer is always the same.
Thus, I have long recognized most atheists are merely projecting the indifference they have for their father or mother to their Divine Parent.
In my experience, the correlation is so strong as to be 1:1.
In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace examines the case for the Resurrection of Jesus using “abductive reasoning’ to determine the most reasonable explanation for the first century evidence described in the New Testament. Is the Resurrection.
Original article: www.ColdCaseChristianity.com
This book takes as its theme the related issues of calendar, chronology and worship, as they were conceived and practized in ancient Jewish and early Christian times. After a general discussion of the way the three issues are related, there follow six chapters on the calendar, first the standard Jewish calendar, then the Qumran calendar (giving particular attention to the Book of Enoch and the Temple Scroll) and finally the Christian calendar – both the standard Christian calendar and that observed by the Montanists. Three chapters on chronology come next, one of them offering a chronological solution to a puzzling calendrical problem in the Dead Sea Scrolls, another relating Jewish eschatological expectations to New Testament teaching, and a third examining the chronological calculations of the Hellenistic Jew Demetrius, the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, and the Book of Jubilees. The three concluding chapters, on worship, include an investigation of the historical development of the Psalter and a careful survey of the relationship between ancient Jewish worship and early Christian. The book discusses a variety of issues that arise in modern biblical, intertestamental and patristic study, some neglected, some very controversial, and throws new light upon them.
All those interested in Early Jewish Worship, Christian Liturgy, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Jewish and Christian Calendar, Ancient Chronology, the Old Testament Canon, the Psalter, or Montanism will love this book.
Original article: Calendar & Chronology
A very illuminating read.
I recommend it for any serious student of Biblical history.
All the best questions come from Liberals.
All the best answers come from Conservatives.