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“A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 KJB

In trying times, don’t quit trying.

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William Andrew Dillard

In every language known to mankind, there is no shortage of figures of speech that serve to color, emphasize, and deepen the points of thought being presented. The Bible, far from being an exception to this, is a repository of dozens of kinds, and multiple usages of practically all of them.
Unfortunately, many students of the Word have not been exposed to a survey of the Bible from a “figures of language” viewpoint. So, some chap will roar in negative reply that the Bible must always be interpreted literally. Really? So, the Bible says “All flesh is grass.” What grass is your flesh: Bermuda or Zoysia? Johnson grass or Centipede? Obviously, a figure of speech is in play. If it were to use “Like” or “as” it would be a simile, but since it omits those words and simply call one thing another it is a metaphor.
It is impossible for this article to be inclusive of all the figures of speech in the Bible. But a few are offered as an encouragement to recognize them, and to appreciate them for their rich enhancement to understanding the vivid points under consideration

Parable: a continued simile such as Matt. 13, the parable of the sower, etc.
Idiom: particular words or phrases such as “break bread” to indicate “eat a meal.”
Hyperbole: exaggeration. Of Saul and Jonathan, David said, “They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.” Again, David said, “Rivers of water run down mine eyes. . . “ Psalm 119:136.
Omission: words or meaning are purposefully left out, but the meaning of them are obvious. “For John came neither eating nor drinking.” Note Matt. 11:18. Obviously John had to eat and drink to live, but “declining invitations to eat with others” is the sense understood in the omission.
Allegory: a continued metaphor as Paul so wonderfully stated in Galatians 4:24.
Oxymoron: an apparent contradiction of word meanings as Wise-fool or as one might humorously say in modern times. “military intelligence.”
There are more, so many more that a course in Biblical Figures of Speech is offered in many liberal arts colleges, and theological schools. Figures of speech make ideas vivid, more understandable and memorable. After all, that is what language is supposed to do. So, far from weakening the inference of an implication, it strengthens it, and enhances the success of both speaker and hearer in sharing ideas. Surely, the author of language provided for our understanding these marvelous figures which fill His Word, and which He used in His mission on earth. Their presence enhances one’s love of the Word!

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William Andrew Dillard
“I think I know what you mean, but that is not what you said.” So goes the common misspeaking, or misunderstanding of daily communications. Using the right term is important, especially in matters of the Word. One such instance is the oft-confusing of “spirit” and “soul.” But, for present consideration are the Greek terms “GE” (earth) and “COSMOS” (world) as translated in the Bible.
The term “Ge” is very different in both appearance and meaning from “Cosmos.” Yet, no small number of folks continue to use the terms interchangeably. This leads to misunderstandings and too bad theology.
In the Bible, the word “world” is most often used as the translation of “cosmos.” This is proper, and when reference is made to the planet on which we live, the Greek term from which the reference is translated will be “Ge.” The ancient Greek word “cosmos” references a working system designed to produce predictable results. Hence the universe of planetary bodies is referred to as the cosmos as it is a definite, predictable working pattern. The order of the world of men is a cosmos because it is framed in the predictable order of sin and death. A clock is a cosmos since it is a working system designed to produce predictable results. Additionally, they call that stuff women use to make themselves pretty “cosmetics.” That, too, is from the cosmos because it transforms a female from an ordinary human being to a predictable system designed to attract the opposite sex. In summation: “world” is from “Cosmos.” It designates a system. It is not a designation of the planet earth.
Of course, there is a term designating the planet. It is (as mentioned) “Ge.” Furthermore, that root word in its expansion gives us such words as “geology, geography, geometry, geophysics, Georgia,” etc., all having to do with the physiology of the planet.
Being discriminatory with words goes a long way toward eliminating the confusion of ideas. It helps the speaker to think more precisely, and the audience to infer more properly what exactly has been implied, connoted, or denoted. Most all of us would profit from a review of etymology ( a study of root words, prefixes and suffixes). It would most likely stoke our love for our mother tongue as well as open pleasurable avenues of ideas not previously, personally known.
Upon hearing this detailed explanation a student was asked, “Now do you understand the difference between “earth” and “world?” to this he replied, “Gee!” Oh, NO!!

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Piercing Words

Piercing Words

Proverbs 12:18, 19

“There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health,” Proverbs 12:18.

Solomon was a wise man. His wisdom was given to him by God, and it is recorded in the Bible to share with us as God planned. It would benefit every Christian if they would study the book of Proverbs preferably before they reach adulthood and hopefully to prevent many mistakes.

Words can build or tear down a person especially children. Many times parents or other adults harm innocent children by speaking harsh words over and over to them. Words spoken in anger can echo in a child’s mind for years. If negative words are spoken regularly, the child will become what he is told he is. For example, if a child is repeatedly called stupid, he will believe he is stupid and unable to learn. He will have a negative image of himself and often he will pass that image on to others in the form of self-destructive, acting out behavior.

It is proven that a child who is loved and encouraged with positive words will be more apt to be a successful learner. A successful learner will be healthier, happier and will more likely raise their children in an environment conducive to learning. Likewise, a child will benefit even more if they are raised in a Christ centered, loving home.




Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy (Prov. 12:20).


Beverly Barnett

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130 — May 09 – This Day in Baptist History Past

“So He Slew Me with the Words of His Mouth”
Founder of Brown Universitry

Morgan Edwards was born in Wales, May 9, 1722. He was educated at Bristol College under Bernard Foskett, its first president. He was ordained June 1, 1757, in Cork, Ireland, where he labored for nine years. He returned to England and preached for a year in Rye, in Sussex, when, through the recommendation of Dr. Gill and others, on the application of the Baptist church of Philadelphia, he came to that city and church, and entered upon the pastorate May 23, 1761.
At age sixteen he broke with his Anglican heritage and embraced the principles of the Baptists. This cleavage could have been caused by the infectious enthusiasm of the young Baptist missionaries who were sent out in such large numbers that hardly a village in the eastern and western valleys of Monmouthshire was not visited.  When he was pastor of the Baptist Church of Philadelphia many years later, he reminisced in a sermon as follows:
I remember the time (and the place too) when I first gave myself up as a lost man; for then I was halting between two opinions about it.  Fearing it was so, made me uneasy, and hope it might not be so, kept me from yielding to it.  But this sentence stuck on my mind in a light that it was not wont to do, ‘I will by no means clear the Guilty!’ then said I, I am gone, for I am guilty: if I am not damned God must be a liar. So He slew me with the word of His mouth. Then this commandment came, and I died.  Then I knew what sort of thing despair was. And you cannot imagine what jolt I felt, when I learnt so much of the Gospel as to know it was possible for me to be saved, and that God might stand to His word, and not send me to hell.
He was the founder of Brown University, at first called Rhode Island College. It is well known that this enterprise was started in the Philadelphia Baptist Association in its meeting in 1762, and Morgan Edwards was “the principal mover in this matter,” as he was the most active agent in securing funds for the permanent support of the institution. To Morgan Edwards more than to any other man, are the Baptist churches of America indebted for their grand list of institutions of learning, with their noble endowments and wide-spread influence.

Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 189 -190
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