Monthly Archives: August 2016

Bible blog 1981

James 3English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK) 3 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to […]

Bible blog 1980

James 2:14-26Good News Translation (GNT) 14 My friends, what good is it for one of you to say that you have faith if your actions do not prove it? Can that faith save you? 15 Suppose there are brothers or sisters who need clothes and don’t have enough to eat. 16 What good is there […]

Bible blog 1979

JAMES 2 My brothers and sisters, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention […]

Bible blog 1978

James 1:19-27English Standard Version 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able […]

Bible blog 1977

James 1English Standard Version  1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. 2 Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let […]

Bible Blog 1976

Jonah 4New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 4 But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew […]

Bible blog 1975

JONAH 3 2:11: And God spoke to the fish so that it spewed Jonah on to the shore. 3:1The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2 “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” 3 So Jonah set out and […]

Bible blog 1974

JONAH CHAPTER 1 The Lord’s word came to Jonah, Amittai’s son: 2 “Get up and go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it, for their evil has come to my attention.” 3 So Jonah got up—to flee to Tarshish from the Lord! He went down to Joppa and found a ship headed […]

Bible blog 1973

Regular readers will have followed my reading of the book of Ruth, a subtle short story which brings down all sectarian and racial identity in favour of an identity based on human need and affection, which honours the creator God. It casts a critical light on the  books of Ezra and Nehemiah. The traditional kind of […]

Bible blog 1972

Ruth 4New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised (NRSVA) The Marriage of Boaz and Ruth 4 No sooner had Boaz gone up to the gate and sat down there than the next-of-kin, of whom Boaz had spoken, came passing by. So Boaz said, ‘Come over, friend; sit down here.’ And he went over and sat down. 2 […]