Jephthah, a man of his word:

Chapter 13



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(John 1:14)  And the Word [of God] was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

(Mark 4:13,14)  And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word.

1.       parable = Gk: a similitude ("parable"), i.e. (symbolic) fictitious narrative (of common life conveying a moral), apothegm or adage:--comparison, figure, parable, proverb.

(Luke 8:11-15)  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way [road] side are they that hear; then cometh the devil [the wicked one, Satan], and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away [remove, desert: depart, withdraw self]. <<< NOT SAVED /// SAVED >>> And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares [distractions] and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection [to be a bearer to completion (maturity), i.e. to ripen fruit (“he becometh unfruitful” Mat 13:22)]. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience [cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy: patient continuance (waiting)].

1.       (Rom 15:12)  And again, Isaiah saith [Isaiah 11:1-10], There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles [a foreign (non-Jewish) tribe: heathens]; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

2.       (Rev 5:5)  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

3.       (1 Tim 6:10)  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after [to stretch oneself, i.e. reach out after (long for): desire], they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through [to penetrate entirely] with many sorrows.

4.       choked = Gk: strangled completely, i.e. (lit.) to drown, or (fig.) to crowd:--choke, throng /// to wheeze, i.e. (by impl.) to throttle or strangle (drown):--choke, take by the throat.

5.       keep it = Gk: to hold down (fast): have, hold (fast), keep (in memory), possess, retain, seize on, stay, take.

6.       bring forth = We are impregnated by Jesus Christ with “the seed” which is the word of God, and “the fruit” that comes out of the opening of our mouth (matrix, symbolic womb) is the word of God.  



(Luke 10:38-42)  Now it came to pass, as they went [Jesus and His disciples], that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house [to admit under one's roof, i.e. entertain hospitably]. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered [dragged all around, (fig.) to be distracted (with cares)] about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled [disturbed] about many things: But one thing is needful [necessary]: and Mary hath chosen that good part [portion], which shall not be taken away from her.

1.       Martha = Gk: mistress. Dict: 1. a woman who has authority or control; the female head of a household or some other establishment. 2. a woman employing or in authority over, servants and attendants. 

2.       Mary = Gk: Maria, or Mariam, of Heb. origin = Heb: rebellious: Miriam /// bitterness, i.e. (fig.) rebellion; bitter, or rebellious: bitter, (most) rebellious) /// to be (make) bitter (or unpleasant); (fig.) to rebel (or resist; to provoke): bitter, be disobedient, disobey, grievously, provocation, provoke (-ing), (be) rebel (against).

3.       careful = Gk: to be anxious about: (be, have) care (-ful), take thought /// (through the idea of distraction): care.

4.       According to Jesus Christ (God incarnate – in the flesh), what one thing is needful in your life?


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