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Who’s God for, James?

I think many would say that according to James God is for people who have connected their faith to good works, the people who have their life together. James actually answers this question, and that is not what he says. In chapter 4, James says some hard things. He says that our interpersonal problems come […]

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LXX Psalm 7

A psalm of David that he sang to the Lord because of the words of Cushi, a Benjamite Lord, my God, in you I hoped. Save me from all those who persecute me, and deliver me so that he doesn’t pounce on me like a lion when there is no one to rescue or save […]

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Rough Water in Acts and James

It is interesting how reading patterns affect what you see in scripture. I think this is my third time through the Tyndale House Greek New Testament (THGNT), but it is the first time I’ve noticed how the theme of rough water spills over from Acts into James. You see, the order of the NT books […]

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Paul and the Whirlwind in Acts

When I think of imitation of Christ in Acts, the first picture that usually comes to mind is that of Stephen in chapter 7. Today, however, it’s Paul in chapters 21–22. In Acts 21:10–14, a prophet warns Paul that in Jerusalem he will be bound and treated severely. His friends begin weeping and begging him […]

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Sights and Sounds of Acts

There are some cool words and expressions in Acts 21:3 that I want to point out. ἀναφάναντες δὲ τὴν Κύπρον καὶ καταλιπόντες αὐτὴν εὐώνυμον ἐπλέομεν εἰς Συρίαν καὶ κατήλθομεν εἰς Τύρον· ἐκεῖσε γὰρ τὸ πλοῖον ἦν ἀποφορτιζόμενον τὸν γόμον. First, ἀναφαίνω, which BDAG glosses … light up, cause to appear … τὴν Κύπρον we came […]

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LXX Psalm 6, “Mercy, Justice, Quickly”

For the end, in psalms, for the eighth; a psalm of David Lord, don’t deal with me in your anger; Don’t correct me in your wrath! Have mercy on me, Lord, because I am weak; restore me, Lord, because my bones were shaken, and my life was shaken utterly! And you, Lord, when?! Turn, Lord! […]

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LXX Psalm 5

For the end, for the heir — a psalm of David To my words listen, Lord! Make sense of my cry. Pay attention to the sound of what I’m asking, my king and my God, because I will pray to you, Lord. In the morning, you will hear my voice. In the morning, I will […]

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LXX Psalm 4

For the end with psalms — a song of David When I called, the God of my justice heard me. When hard-pressed, you made space for me. Have compassion and hear my prayer. Sons of men, how long will you be thick-headed? Why do you love ridiculousness and chase a lie? ※ And know well […]

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LXX Psalm 3

A psalm of David when he was running from Absolom his son Lord, why have those who persecute me become so many? Many stand against me. Many say about me, “There is no safety for him in his God.” ※ But you, Lord, are the one who protects me, my glory and the one who […]

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LXX Psalm 2

Why have nations proudly postured and people let their minds wander over ridiculous things? The kings of the earth stood by, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and his annointed one. “Let’s break their bonds and throw off their yokes!” ※ The one who lives in heaven laughs at them, and the […]