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September 6: Proverbs 9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-32
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September 6: Proverbs 9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-32

Morning: Proverbs 9-10
           
       
           
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                    Proverbs 9-10
The Way of Wisdom

9   Wisdom has built her house;    she has hewn her seven pillars.  She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine;    she has also set her table.  She has sent out her young women to call    from the highest places in the town,  “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”    To him who lacks sense she says,  “Come, eat of my bread    and drink of the wine I have mixed.  Leave your simple ways,1 and live,    and walk in the way of insight.”

  Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,    and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.  Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;    reprove a wise man, and he will love you.  Give instruction2 to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;    teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,    and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.  For by me your days will be multiplied,    and years will be added to your life.  If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;    if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
The Way of Folly

  The woman Folly is loud;    she is seductive3 and knows nothing.  She sits at the door of her house;    she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,  calling to those who pass by,    who are going straight on their way,  “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”    And to him who lacks sense she says,  “Stolen water is sweet,    and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”  But he does not know that the dead4 are there,    that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
The Proverbs of Solomon
10 The proverbs of Solomon.

  A wise son makes a glad father,    but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.  Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,    but righteousness delivers from death.  The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry,    but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.  A slack hand causes poverty,    but the hand of the diligent makes rich.  He who gathers in summer is a prudent son,    but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.  Blessings are on the head of the righteous,    but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.  The memory of the righteous is a blessing,    but the name of the wicked will rot.  The wise of heart will receive commandments,    but a babbling fool will come to ruin.  Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,    but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.  Whoever winks the eye causes trouble,    and a babbling fool will come to ruin.  The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,    but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.  Hatred stirs up strife,    but love covers all offenses.  On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found,    but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.  The wise lay up knowledge,    but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.  A rich man's wealth is his strong city;    the poverty of the poor is their ruin.  The wage of the righteous leads to life,    the gain of the wicked to sin.  Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life,    but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.  The one who conceals hatred has lying lips,    and whoever utters slander is a fool.  When words are many, transgression is not lacking,    but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.  The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;    the heart of the wicked is of little worth.  The lips of the righteous feed many,    but fools die for lack of sense.  The blessing of the LORD makes rich,    and he adds no sorrow with it.5  Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool,    but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.  What the wicked dreads will come upon him,    but the desire of the righteous will be granted.  When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more,    but the righteous is established forever.  Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,    so is the sluggard to those who send him.  The fear of the LORD prolongs life,    but the years of the wicked will be short.  The hope of the righteous brings joy,    but the expectation of the wicked will perish.  The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the blameless,    but destruction to evildoers.  The righteous will never be removed,    but the wicked will not dwell in the land.  The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,    but the perverse tongue will be cut off.  The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,    but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.
Footnotes
[1] 9:6 Or Leave the company of the simple[2] 9:9 Hebrew lacks instruction[3] 9:13 Or full of simpleness[4] 9:18 Hebrew Rephaim[5] 10:22 Or and toil adds nothing to it

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                Evening: 1 Corinthians 15:1-32
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                    1 Corinthians 15:1-32
The Resurrection of Christ
15 Now I would remind you, brothers,1 of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
The Resurrection of the Dead
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope2 in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God3 has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.
Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf? Why are we in danger every hour? I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”
Footnotes
[1] 15:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 6, 31, 50, 58[2] 15:19 Or we have hoped[3] 15:27 Greek he

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Source: September 6: Proverbs 9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-32




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September 10: Proverbs 17-18; 2 Corinthians 2
« Reply #561 on: September 18, 2015, 07:01:44 PM »
September 10: Proverbs 17-18; 2 Corinthians 2

Morning: Proverbs 17-18
           
       
           
                Evening: 2 Corinthians 2
           
       
       
                Morning: Proverbs 17-18
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                    Proverbs 17-18

17   Better is a dry morsel with quiet    than a house full of feasting1 with strife.  A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully    and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.  The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,    and the LORD tests hearts.  An evildoer listens to wicked lips,    and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.  Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;    he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.  Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,    and the glory of children is their fathers.  Fine speech is not becoming to a fool;    still less is false speech to a prince.  A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;    wherever he turns he prospers.  Whoever covers an offense seeks love,    but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.  A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding    than a hundred blows into a fool.  An evil man seeks only rebellion,    and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.  Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs    rather than a fool in his folly.  If anyone returns evil for good,    evil will not depart from his house.  The beginning of strife is like letting out water,    so quit before the quarrel breaks out.  He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous    are both alike an abomination to the LORD.  Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom    when he has no sense?  A friend loves at all times,    and a brother is born for adversity.  One who lacks sense gives a pledge    and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.  Whoever loves transgression loves strife;    he who makes his door high seeks destruction.  A man of crooked heart does not discover good,    and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.  He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow,    and the father of a fool has no joy.  A joyful heart is good medicine,    but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.  The wicked accepts a bribe in secret2    to pervert the ways of justice.  The discerning sets his face toward wisdom,    but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.  A foolish son is a grief to his father    and bitterness to her who bore him.  To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good,    nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.  Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,    and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.  Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;    when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.18   Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;    he breaks out against all sound judgment.  A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,    but only in expressing his opinion.  When wickedness comes, contempt comes also,    and with dishonor comes disgrace.  The words of a man's mouth are deep waters;    the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.  It is not good to be partial to3 the wicked    or to deprive the righteous of justice.  A fool's lips walk into a fight,    and his mouth invites a beating.  A fool's mouth is his ruin,    and his lips are a snare to his soul.  The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;    they go down into the inner parts of the body.  Whoever is slack in his work    is a brother to him who destroys.  The name of the LORD is a strong tower;    the righteous man runs into it and is safe.  A rich man's wealth is his strong city,    and like a high wall in his imagination.  Before destruction a man's heart is haughty,    but humility comes before honor.  If one gives an answer before he hears,    it is his folly and shame.  A man's spirit will endure sickness,    but a crushed spirit who can bear?  An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,    and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.  A man's gift makes room for him    and brings him before the great.  The one who states his case first seems right,    until the other comes and examines him.  The lot puts an end to quarrels    and decides between powerful contenders.  A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city,    and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.  From the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach is satisfied;    he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.  Death and life are in the power of the tongue,    and those who love it will eat its fruits.  He who finds a wife finds a good thing    and obtains favor from the LORD.  The poor use entreaties,    but the rich answer roughly.  A man of many companions may come to ruin,    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Footnotes
[1] 17:1 Hebrew sacrifices[2] 17:23 Hebrew a bribe from the bosom[3] 18:5 Hebrew to lift the face of

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2 For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you. For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained? And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.
Forgive the Sinner
Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.
Triumph in Christ
When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. (ESV)

Source: September 10: Proverbs 17-18; 2 Corinthians 2




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September 15: Proverbs 28-29; 2 Corinthians 7
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September 15: Proverbs 28-29; 2 Corinthians 7

Morning: Proverbs 28-29
           
       
           
                Evening: 2 Corinthians 7
           
       
       
                Morning: Proverbs 28-29
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                    Proverbs 28-29

28   The wicked flee when no one pursues,    but the righteous are bold as a lion.  When a land transgresses, it has many rulers,    but with a man of understanding and knowledge,    its stability will long continue.  A poor man who oppresses the poor    is a beating rain that leaves no food.  Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,    but those who keep the law strive against them.  Evil men do not understand justice,    but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.  Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity    than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.  The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,    but a companion of gluttons shames his father.  Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit1    gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.  If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,    even his prayer is an abomination.  Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way    will fall into his own pit,    but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.  A rich man is wise in his own eyes,    but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.  When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,    but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.  Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,    but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.  Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always,    but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.  Like a roaring lion or a charging bear    is a wicked ruler over a poor people.  A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor,    but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.  If one is burdened with the blood of another,    he will be a fugitive until death;2    let no one help him.  Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered,    but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.  Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,    but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.  A faithful man will abound with blessings,    but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.  To show partiality is not good,    but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.  A stingy man3 hastens after wealth    and does not know that poverty will come upon him.  Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor    than he who flatters with his tongue.  Whoever robs his father or his mother    and says, “That is no transgression,”    is a companion to a man who destroys.  A greedy man stirs up strife,    but the one who trusts in the LORD will be enriched.  Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,    but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.  Whoever gives to the poor will not want,    but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.  When the wicked rise, people hide themselves,    but when they perish, the righteous increase.29   He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,    will suddenly be broken beyond healing.  When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,    but when the wicked rule, the people groan.  He who loves wisdom makes his father glad,    but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.  By justice a king builds up the land,    but he who exacts gifts4 tears it down.  A man who flatters his neighbor    spreads a net for his feet.  An evil man is ensnared in his transgression,    but a righteous man sings and rejoices.  A righteous man knows the rights of the poor;    a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.  Scoffers set a city aflame,    but the wise turn away wrath.  If a wise man has an argument with a fool,    the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.  Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless    and seek the life of the upright.5  A fool gives full vent to his spirit,    but a wise man quietly holds it back.  If a ruler listens to falsehood,    all his officials will be wicked.  The poor man and the oppressor meet together;    the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.  If a king faithfully judges the poor,    his throne will be established forever.  The rod and reproof give wisdom,    but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.  When the wicked increase, transgression increases,    but the righteous will look upon their downfall.  Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;    he will give delight to your heart.  Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint,6    but blessed is he who keeps the law.  By mere words a servant is not disciplined,    for though he understands, he will not respond.  Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?    There is more hope for a fool than for him.  Whoever pampers his servant from childhood    will in the end find him his heir.7  A man of wrath stirs up strife,    and one given to anger causes much transgression.  One's pride will bring him low,    but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.  The partner of a thief hates his own life;    he hears the curse, but discloses nothing.  The fear of man lays a snare,    but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.  Many seek the face of a ruler,    but it is from the LORD that a man gets justice.  An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,    but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.
Footnotes
[1] 28:8 That is, profit that comes from charging interest to the poor[2] 28:17 Hebrew until the pit[3] 28:22 Hebrew A man whose eye is evil[4] 29:4 Or who taxes heavily[5] 29:10 Or but the upright seek his soul[6] 29:18 Or the people are discouraged[7] 29:21 The meaning of the Hebrew word rendered his heir is uncertain

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                    2 Corinthians 7
7 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body1 and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
Paul's Joy
Make room in your hearts2 for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.
For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more. For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter. So although I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of the one who did the wrong, nor for the sake of the one who suffered the wrong, but in order that your earnestness for us might be revealed to you in the sight of God. Therefore we are comforted.
And besides our own comfort, we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. For whatever boasts I made to him about you, I was not put to shame. But just as everything we said to you was true, so also our boasting before Titus has proved true. And his affection for you is even greater, as he remembers the obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling. I rejoice, because I have complete confidence in you.
Footnotes
[1] 7:1 Greek flesh[2] 7:2 Greek lacks in your hearts

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Source: September 15: Proverbs 28-29; 2 Corinthians 7




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September 19: Ecclesiastes 7-9; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15
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September 19: Ecclesiastes 7-9; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15

Morning: Ecclesiastes 7-9
           
       
           
                Evening: 2 Corinthians 11:1-15
           
       
       
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                    Ecclesiastes 7-9
The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly

7   A good name is better than precious ointment,    and the day of death than the day of birth.  It is better to go to the house of mourning    than to go to the house of feasting,  for this is the end of all mankind,    and the living will lay it to heart.  Sorrow is better than laughter,    for by sadness of face the heart is made glad.  The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,    but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.  It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise    than to hear the song of fools.  For as the crackling of thorns under a pot,    so is the laughter of the fools;    this also is vanity.1  Surely oppression drives the wise into madness,    and a bribe corrupts the heart.  Better is the end of a thing than its beginning,    and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.  Be not quick in your spirit to become angry,    for anger lodges in the heart2 of fools.  Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?”    For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.  Wisdom is good with an inheritance,    an advantage to those who see the sun.  For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money,    and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.  Consider the work of God:    who can make straight what he has made crooked?
In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.
In my vain3 life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing. Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time? It is good that you should take hold of this, and from that withhold not your hand, for the one who fears God shall come out from both of them.
Wisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city.
Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.
All this I have tested by wisdom. I said, “I will be wise,” but it was far from me. That which has been is far off, and deep, very deep; who can find it out?
I turned my heart to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the foolishness that is madness. And I find something more bitter than death: the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are fetters. He who pleases God escapes her, but the sinner is taken by her. Behold, this is what I found, says the Preacher, while adding one thing to another to find the scheme of things—which my soul has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. One man among a thousand I found, but a woman among all these I have not found. See, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.
Keep the King's Command

8   Who is like the wise?    And who knows the interpretation of a thing?  A man's wisdom makes his face shine,    and the hardness of his face is changed.
I say:4 Keep the king's command, because of God's oath to him.5Be not hasty to go from his presence. Do not take your stand in an evil cause, for he does whatever he pleases. For the word of the king is supreme, and who may say to him, “What are you doing?” Whoever keeps a command will know no evil thing, and the wise heart will know the proper time and the just way. For there is a time and a way for everything, although man's trouble6 lies heavy on him. For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be? No man has power to retain the spirit, or power over the day of death. There is no discharge from war, nor will wickedness deliver those who are given to it. All this I observed while applying my heart to all that is done under the sun, when man had power over man to his hurt.
Those Who Fear God Will Do Well
Then I saw the wicked buried. They used to go in and out of the holy place and were praised7 in the city where they had done such things. This also is vanity.8Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil. Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I know that it will be well with those who fear God, because they fear before him. But it will not be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like a shadow, because he does not fear before God.
Man Cannot Know God's Ways
There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked, and there are wicked people to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity. And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.
When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on earth, how neither day nor night do one's eyes see sleep, then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out.
Death Comes to All
9 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil,9 to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As the good one is, so is the sinner, and he who swears is as he who shuns an oath. This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that the same event happens to all. Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun.
Enjoy Life with the One You Love
Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.
Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head.
Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain10 life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might,11 for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
Wisdom Better than Folly
Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all. For man does not know his time. Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and like birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them.
I have also seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great to me. There was a little city with few men in it, and a great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it. But there was found in it a poor, wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man. But I say that wisdom is better than might, though the poor man's wisdom is despised and his words are not heard.
The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.
Footnotes
[1] 7:6 The Hebrew term hebel can refer to a “vapor” or “mere breath” (see note on 1:2)[2] 7:9 Hebrew in the bosom[3] 7:15 The Hebrew term hebel can refer to a “vapor” or “mere breath” (see note on 1:2)[4] 8:2 Hebrew lacks say[5] 8:2 Or because of your oath to God[6] 8:6 Or evil[7] 8:10 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts forgotten[8] 8:10 The Hebrew term hebel can refer to a “vapor” or “mere breath”; also twice in verse 14 (see note on 1:2)[9] 9:2 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew lacks and the evil[10] 9:9 The Hebrew term hebel can refer to a “vapor” or “mere breath” (see note on 1:2)[11] 9:10 Or finds to do with your might, do it

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Paul and the False Apostles
11 I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.
Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached God's gospel to you free of charge? I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you. And when I was with you and was in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my need. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way. As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
And what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (ESV)

Source: September 19: Ecclesiastes 7-9; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15




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October 8: Isaiah 39-40; Philippians 4
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October 8: Isaiah 39-40; Philippians 4

Morning: Isaiah 39-40
           
       
           
                Evening: Philippians 4
           
       
       
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                    Isaiah 39-40
Envoys from Babylon
39 At that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered. And Hezekiah welcomed them gladly. And he showed them his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say? And from where did they come to you?” Hezekiah said, “They have come to me from a far country, from Babylon.” He said, “What have they seen in your house?” Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house. There is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them.”
Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the LORD of hosts: Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the LORD. And some of your own sons, who will come from you, whom you will father, shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my days.”
Comfort for God's People

40   Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,    and cry to her  that her warfare1 is ended,    that her iniquity is pardoned,  that she has received from the LORD's hand    double for all her sins.

  A voice cries:2  “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD;    make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Every valley shall be lifted up,    and every mountain and hill be made low;  the uneven ground shall become level,    and the rough places a plain.  And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,    and all flesh shall see it together,    for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
The Word of God Stands Forever

  A voice says, “Cry!”    And I said,3 “What shall I cry?”  All flesh is grass,    and all its beauty4 is like the flower of the field.  The grass withers, the flower fades    when the breath of the LORD blows on it;    surely the people are grass.  The grass withers, the flower fades,    but the word of our God will stand forever.
The Greatness of God

  Go on up to a high mountain,    O Zion, herald of good news;5  lift up your voice with strength,    O Jerusalem, herald of good news;6    lift it up, fear not;  say to the cities of Judah,    “Behold your God!”  Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might,    and his arm rules for him;  behold, his reward is with him,    and his recompense before him.  He will tend his flock like a shepherd;    he will gather the lambs in his arms;  he will carry them in his bosom,    and gently lead those that are with young.

  Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand    and marked off the heavens with a span,  enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure    and weighed the mountains in scales    and the hills in a balance?  Who has measured7 the Spirit of the LORD,    or what man shows him his counsel?  Whom did he consult,    and who made him understand?  Who taught him the path of justice,    and taught him knowledge,    and showed him the way of understanding?  Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,    and are accounted as the dust on the scales;    behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.  Lebanon would not suffice for fuel,    nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering.  All the nations are as nothing before him,    they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.

  To whom then will you liken God,    or what likeness compare with him?  An idol! A craftsman casts it,    and a goldsmith overlays it with gold    and casts for it silver chains.  He who is too impoverished for an offering    chooses wood8 that will not rot;  he seeks out a skillful craftsman    to set up an idol that will not move.

  Do you not know? Do you not hear?    Has it not been told you from the beginning?    Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?  It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,    and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;  who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,    and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;  who brings princes to nothing,    and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.

  Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,    scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,  when he blows on them, and they wither,    and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

  To whom then will you compare me,    that I should be like him? says the Holy One.  Lift up your eyes on high and see:    who created these?  He who brings out their host by number,    calling them all by name,  by the greatness of his might,    and because he is strong in power    not one is missing.

  Why do you say, O Jacob,    and speak, O Israel,  “My way is hidden from the LORD,    and my right is disregarded by my God”?  Have you not known? Have you not heard?  The LORD is the everlasting God,    the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary;    his understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the faint,    and to him who has no might he increases strength.  Even youths shall faint and be weary,    and young men shall fall exhausted;  but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;  they shall run and not be weary;    they shall walk and not faint.
Footnotes
[1] 40:2 Or hardship[2] 40:3 Or A voice of one crying[3] 40:6 Revocalization based on Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Vulgate; Masoretic Text And someone says[4] 40:6 Or all its constancy[5] 40:9 Or O herald of good news to Zion[6] 40:9 Or O herald of good news to Jerusalem[7] 40:13 Or has directed[8] 40:20 Or He chooses valuable wood

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                Evening: Philippians 4
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                    Philippians 4
4 Therefore, my brothers,1 whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer
I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion,2 help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
God's Provision
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Yet it was kind of you to share3 my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.4I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Final Greetings
Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Footnotes
[1] 4:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 8, 21[2] 4:3 Or loyal Syzygus; Greek true yokefellow[3] 4:14 Or have fellowship in[4] 4:17 Or I seek the profit that accrues to your account

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Source: October 8: Isaiah 39-40; Philippians 4




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October 10: Isaiah 43-44; Colossians 2
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October 10: Isaiah 43-44; Colossians 2

Morning: Isaiah 43-44
           
       
           
                Evening: Colossians 2
           
       
       
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                    Isaiah 43-44
Israel's Only Savior

43   But now thus says the LORD,  he who created you, O Jacob,    he who formed you, O Israel:  “Fear not, for I have redeemed you;    I have called you by name, you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;  when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,    and the flame shall not consume you.  For I am the LORD your God,    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.  I give Egypt as your ransom,    Cush and Seba in exchange for you.  Because you are precious in my eyes,    and honored, and I love you,  I give men in return for you,    peoples in exchange for your life.  Fear not, for I am with you;    I will bring your offspring from the east,    and from the west I will gather you.  I will say to the north, Give up,    and to the south, Do not withhold;  bring my sons from afar    and my daughters from the end of the earth,  everyone who is called by my name,    whom I created for my glory,    whom I formed and made.”

  Bring out the people who are blind, yet have eyes,    who are deaf, yet have ears!  All the nations gather together,    and the peoples assemble.  Who among them can declare this,    and show us the former things?  Let them bring their witnesses to prove them right,    and let them hear and say, It is true.  “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD,    “and my servant whom I have chosen,  that you may know and believe me    and understand that I am he.  Before me no god was formed,    nor shall there be any after me.  I, I am the LORD,    and besides me there is no savior.  I declared and saved and proclaimed,    when there was no strange god among you;    and you are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and I am God.  Also henceforth I am he;    there is none who can deliver from my hand;    I work, and who can turn it back?”

  Thus says the LORD,    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:  “For your sake I send to Babylon    and bring them all down as fugitives,    even the Chaldeans, in the ships in which they rejoice.  I am the LORD, your Holy One,    the Creator of Israel, your King.”

  Thus says the LORD,    who makes a way in the sea,    a path in the mighty waters,  who brings forth chariot and horse,    army and warrior;  they lie down, they cannot rise,    they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:  “Remember not the former things,    nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I am doing a new thing;    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness    and rivers in the desert.  The wild beasts will honor me,    the jackals and the ostriches,  for I give water in the wilderness,    rivers in the desert,  to give drink to my chosen people,    the people whom I formed for myself  that they might declare my praise.

  “Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob;    but you have been weary of me, O Israel!  You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings,    or honored me with your sacrifices.  I have not burdened you with offerings,    or wearied you with frankincense.  You have not bought me sweet cane with money,    or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices.  But you have burdened me with your sins;    you have wearied me with your iniquities.

  “I, I am he    who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,    and I will not remember your sins.  Put me in remembrance; let us argue together;    set forth your case, that you may be proved right.  Your first father sinned,    and your mediators transgressed against me.  Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary,    and deliver Jacob to utter destruction    and Israel to reviling.
Israel the Lord's Chosen

44   “But now hear, O Jacob my servant,    Israel whom I have chosen!  Thus says the LORD who made you,    who formed you from the womb and will help you:  Fear not, O Jacob my servant,    Jeshurun whom I have chosen.  For I will pour water on the thirsty land,    and streams on the dry ground;  I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring,    and my blessing on your descendants.  They shall spring up among the grass    like willows by flowing streams.  This one will say, ‘I am the LORD's,’    another will call on the name of Jacob,  and another will write on his hand, ‘The LORD's,’    and name himself by the name of Israel.”
Besides Me There Is No God

  Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel    and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:  “I am the first and I am the last;    besides me there is no god.  Who is like me? Let him proclaim it.1    Let him declare and set it before me,  since I appointed an ancient people.    Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen.  Fear not, nor be afraid;    have I not told you from of old and declared it?    And you are my witnesses!  Is there a God besides me?    There is no Rock; I know not any.”
The Folly of Idolatry
All who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame. Who fashions a god or casts an idol that is profitable for nothing? Behold, all his companions shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen are only human. Let them all assemble, let them stand forth. They shall be terrified; they shall be put to shame together.
The ironsmith takes a cutting tool and works it over the coals. He fashions it with hammers and works it with his strong arm. He becomes hungry, and his strength fails; he drinks no water and is faint. The carpenter stretches a line; he marks it out with a pencil. He shapes it with planes and marks it with a compass. He shapes it into the figure of a man, with the beauty of a man, to dwell in a house. He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Also he makes a god and worships it; he makes it an idol and falls down before it. Half of it he burns in the fire. Over the half he eats meat; he roasts it and is satisfied. Also he warms himself and says, “Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire!” And the rest of it he makes into a god, his idol, and falls down to it and worships it. He prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god!”
They know not, nor do they discern, for he has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, and their hearts, so that they cannot understand. No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, “Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat and have eaten. And shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?” He feeds on ashes; a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”
The Lord Redeems Israel

  Remember these things, O Jacob,    and Israel, for you are my servant;  I formed you; you are my servant;    O Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.  I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud    and your sins like mist;  return to me, for I have redeemed you.

  Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done it;    shout, O depths of the earth;  break forth into singing, O mountains,    O forest, and every tree in it!  For the LORD has redeemed Jacob,    and will be glorified2 in Israel.

  Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer,    who formed you from the womb:  “I am the LORD, who made all things,    who alone stretched out the heavens,    who spread out the earth by myself,  who frustrates the signs of liars    and makes fools of diviners,  who turns wise men back    and makes their knowledge foolish,  who confirms the word of his servant    and fulfills the counsel of his messengers,  who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited,’    and of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built,    and I will raise up their ruins’;  who says to the deep, ‘Be dry;    I will dry up your rivers’;  who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd,    and he shall fulfill all my purpose’;  saying of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be built,’    and of the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid.’”
Footnotes
[1] 44:7 Or Who like me can proclaim it?[2] 44:23 Or will display his beauty

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2 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
Alive in Christ
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits1 of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities2 and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.3
Let No One Disqualify You
Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions,4 puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations—“Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.
Footnotes
[1] 2:8 Or elementary principles; also verse 20[2] 2:15 Probably demonic rulers and authorities[3] 2:15 Or in it (that is, the cross)[4] 2:18 Or about the things he has seen

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Source: October 10: Isaiah 43-44; Colossians 2




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« Reply #567 on: November 26, 2015, 08:35:06 PM »

So many things one could quote.  For now, this

 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.?

 Thomas said to him, Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?

 Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.

 Philip said, Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.

 Jesus answered: Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father??  Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?"