Be Kind to the Needy

The poor are shunned even by their neighbors,
but the rich have many friends.

It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor,
but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.

– Proverbs 14:20-21

Refuge

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.

Therefore
we will* not fear, though the earth do change,
And though the mountains be shaken into the heart of the seas;
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains tremble with the swelling thereof.  Selah
– Psalm 46:1-3

*I grew up reading the NIV (New International Version), so I am most familiar with that English translation, and it has remained my primary Bible reference to this day. However, because I have been posting parts of the Bible on the internet, I recently began to wonder about copyright laws, and to ask myself exactly how much of any particular translation I can publish – whether in type or audio – without asking permission. I looked up some different versions to find out which ones were copyright free or in the public domain. One of them was the ASV (American Standard Version), so I decided to post that version today. For a moment, I thought there was a typo on the Bible website I was looking at because it said “will we not fear” (which, upon reasearch, I discovered many translations do), instead of “we will not fear” (which is how NIV and several other translations word it). For the record, after some thought, I switched the two words to “we will” in the quote above.

The Law of Faith

…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood – to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Where, then is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith.

– Romans 3:21-27