Chapter 48



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(Mat 5:43-45)  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy [the world’s way]. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise [common blessings of life] on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain [common blessings of life] on the just [righteous] and on the unjust [unrighteous].

1.      love your enemies [inner generated blessings upon them]

2.       bless them that curse you [invoke God’s blessings upon them]

3.       do good to them that hate you [inner generated blessings upon them]

4.       pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you [invoke God’s blessings upon them]

(Mat 22:35-40)  Then one of them, which was a lawyer [an expert in the (Mosaic) law], asked him a question, tempting [testing] him, and saying, Master [instructor: doctor, master, teacher], which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love [agapao] the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love [agapao] thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

1.       (1 John 4:8)  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

2.       (1 John 4:16)  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

3.       (Heb 12:14-16)  Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail [lack, (be in) want] of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness [acridity (espec. poison )] springing up trouble [to crowd in] you, and thereby many be defiled [tainted, contaminated (with what?)]; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

a.       springing up = Gk: to "puff" or blow, i.e. to swell up; to germinate or grow (sprout, produce), lit. or fig.:--spring (up).

b.       acrid = Dict: 1. sharp or biting to the taste; bitterly pungent; irritating. 2. violent; stinging.

c.       bitter = Heb: bitter (lit. or fig.):-- angry, bitter (-ly, -ness), chafed, discontented, X great, heavy /// be moved with choler [irascibility; anger; wrath; irritability], grieved, provoked, vexed.

d.       Mary = Gk: of Hebrew orig,; Maria or Miriam = Heb: rebelliously /// bitterness, i.e. (fig.) rebellion to be (make) bitter (or unpleasant); (fig.) to rebel (or resist; to provoke):--bitter, change, be disobedient, disobey, grievously, provocation, provoke (-ing), (be) rebel (against).


(1 Cor 13:1-3)  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity [love], I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity [love], I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity [love], it profiteth me nothing.

1.       charity = Gk: agape; love, i.e. affection or benevolence; spec. (plur.) a love-feast:--(feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.

2.       charity = Dict: 1. almsgiving; the private or public relief of unfortunate or needy persons; benevolence. 2. something given to a person or persons in need; alms. 3. a charitable act or work. 6. Christian love.

3.       sounding = Gk: echeo; to make a loud noise, i.e. reverberate:--roar, sound /// echos; a loud or confused noise ("echo"), i.e. roar; fig. a rumor:--fame, sound.

4.       brass = Gk: through the idea of hollowing out as a vessel; copper:--money /// to lower (as into a void):--let down /// chasma; (to "gape" or "yawn"); a "chasm" or vacancy (impassable interval):--gulf.

5.       Commentary: in the Old Testament Hebrew, brass is a low base metal having the meaning of “filthiness,” symbolizing sin.

6.       tinkling = Gk: (a shout); to vociferate [cry out loudly or noisily; shout; bawl], i.e. (by impl.) to wail; fig. to clang:--tinkle, wail.

7.       cymbal = Gk: a "cymbal" (as hollow):--cymbal.

8.       cymbal = Dict: one of a pair of concave plates of brass or bronze which are struck together to produce a sharp, ringing sound.

(1 Cor 13:4-8)  Charity [love] suffereth long [paiently endures], and is kind; charity envieth not; charity [love] vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly [unbecoming], seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity [unrighteousness], but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity [love] never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

(1 Cor 13:9-13)  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child [an immature Christian], I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see [Christ in us] through a glass [mirror], darkly [as if seeing in a poor or blurred mirror]; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity [love], these three; but the greatest of these is charity [love].

1.       (2 Cor 3:18)  But we all, with open [to unveil: take away] face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed [transfigured, transformed: Rom 12:2] into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

2.       (John 14:15)  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

3.       (James 5:20)  Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

a.       (Prov 10:12)  Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.


Two Fruits: Love And Hate

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