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July 6 - Morning

"A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger....
...A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
but the one who is patient calms a quarrel."

- Proverbs 15:1, 18

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The Power of a Well Placed Word    

The Proverbs 15:1 corresponds with Proverbs 15:18. In fact, Proverbs 15:1-17 basically parallel Proverbs 15:18-16:8 on nine sequential points. The breakdown of the parallel verses is seen here:

Proverbs 15:1-17

Proverbs 15:18-16:8

15:1 – Gentle or Harsh

15:18 – Hot-tempered or Patient

15:2-4 – Divine Judgment

15:24-27 – Divine Judgment

15:5 – Foolish son

15:20-22 – Foolish son

15:6 – Production of righteous or wicked

15:19 – Production of upright or sluggard

15:7 – Speech of wise or fools

15:28 – Speech of righteous or wicked

15:8-9 – Lord rejects sacrifice of wicked

15:29 – Lord rejects prayers of wicked

15:10-11 – The Lord’s Power of Judgment

15:30-32 – Accepting the Lord’s Discipline

15:12-15 – Learning or rejecting knowledge

15:33-16:7 – Following the Lord or rejecting Lord

15:16-17 – A little with righteousness is better

16:8 – A little with righteousness is better

Proverbs 15:1 and 15:18 identify the ability to avoid quarrels as a characteristic of wisdom. The value of a gentle answer and the virtue of patience can redirect wrath and calm a quarrel.

Compare this to the opposite response. Harsh words and a quick temper can stir up anger and rekindle conflict that had previously been subdued.

The phrase “a harsh word” is an accurate translation of the Hebrew singular for “word.” The Hebrew also implies that this one word hurts. Interestingly, Proverbs 25:15 gives the impression that there
is a right time to use a well thought, self-controlled, gentle answer to break a bone. This may refer to a time when the gentle answer is being used to end the conflict aggressively, instead of using a gentle word to avoid the conflict! There is a time to give with the punch and there is a time to return the crushing blow.

“Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,
    and a gentle tongue can break a bone.”

- Proverbs 25:15

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Although I am in chains for Christ, that does not mean that I am able to understand heavenly things. I do not comprehend the places of the angels and their gathering all things visible and invisible under their respective princes."
- Ignatius, 105 AD

Something to Ponder??

The lampstand in the tabernacle, and later in the temple, would seem to be intentionally designed to resemble a tree. Possibly the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden. The lampstand(s) was designed with branches, flowers, buds and blossoms extending from what could be considered the central trunk:

“Make a lampstand of pure gold...make its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms of one piece with them. Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand—three on one side and three on the other. Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch, three on the next branch, and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand.”
(Exodus 25:31-36)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Nus (Hb) – to flee (Eng) - The Hebrew word nus means “to remove oneself quickly from
a region of danger.” Simply put nus means “to avoid” and “to flee.”

The sea nus in Psalm 114:3, 5
Shadows nus in Song of Solomon 2:17
Sorrow nus in Isaiah 35:10
Strength nus in Deuteronomy 34:7
Enemies nus in Exodus 14:25



The Shebna Inscription was found in a tomb in Silwan on the slopes of the Kidron Valley outside the City of David (Jerusalem). This is considered the possible location of King Hezekiah’s royal steward’s burial tomb. The inscription reads:

"This is ... [the tomb of Shebna] ...iah, the royal steward. There is no silver or gold here, only ... [his bones] ... and the bones of his maidservant with him. Cursed be the man who opens this [tomb]."

Shebna is mentioned as one of the palace administrators and secretaries for Hezekiah in:

Isaiah 22:15-25, the prophet Isaiah rebukes Shebna for cutting a tomb for himself outside Jerusalem. Shebna is told around sometime before 701 BC:
“Go, say to this steward,
    to Shebna the palace administrator:
‘What are you doing here and who gave you permission to cut out a grave for yourself here, hewing your grave on the height and chiseling your resting place in the rock?
Beware, the Lord is about to take firm hold of you
    and hurl you away, you mighty man. He will roll you up tightly like a ball
    and throw you into a large country.
There you will die and there the chariots you were so proud of will become a disgrace to your master’s house. I will depose you from your office, and you will be ousted from your position.’ ”

Isaiah 37:2, Shebna is one of the palace officals sent by Hezekiah to ask Isaiah for advice concerning Sennacherib.

2 Kings 19:2 - (same as above)

(Details HERE AND HERE. Photos HERE and HERE.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will use my words with purpose and intention of resolving conflict.
I will practice the art of wise speech in my daily life.
  "When you walk, they will guide you;
    when you sleep, they will watch over you;
    when you awake, they will speak to you."

- Proverbs 6:22
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Herod's Tomb Discovered

Details of Joshua's southern campaign located on a map as described in Joshua 10:28-43

Details of Joshua's southern campaign located on a map
as described in Joshua 10:28-43.

Remains of Herod's Tomb at the Herodian about 8 weeks after it had been discovered in 2007.
(Details here and here and here.
The reesembled sarcophagus is here and photo of the tomb model here.)
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