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Haven't really thought about it that much Bill. What's your take on certain verses that you believe may be indicative of these trying times?
My personal thoughts are that while the coronavirus deaths are tragic a lot of those people were in poor health to begin with and possibly would succumb to some other illness or disease. To me, it's about the government exercising power and control over the masses.
Yes, some deaths were prevented by the restrictions but not in a way that is proportionate to the harm that it has caused, some of it irreparable. The mantra seems to be "Save a life - destroy a family". The true devastation in the US will soon be apparent, in broken families, homelessness, alcoholism, hunger, suicide, etc.
Some will abandon all hope to even get back the little they did have before the government took it all away.
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers [and sisters],
whatever is true,
whatever is noble,
whatever is just,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever things are of good report--
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--
meditate about such things.
Bible Study Tool of Psalm 37
(compiled and formatted by Bill Stevenson)
Introduction: This is my favorite Psalm because after every upset in my life, remembering the basic commands in it have helped me to recover to right thinking as Philippians 4:6-8 and Jude 20-23 as I waited for Romans 8:29 blessings. For this study, I used the King James Version software and I slightly modernized the verses. Also, this study is for females too, I have inserted “or she”, “or her” and other female alternatives in the appropriate verses. I slightly modernized the verses I used. The indentations are for good and logical reasons too. Try to determine why. Finally divine promises and conditions are indicated. The bolded “P”s mean promises and the bolded “C”s mean conditions. The bolded number following each indicates the count. The condition could be just one word, like “upright” or “righteous”.
1 A Psalm of David.
Fret not yourself because of evildoers,
neither be you envious against the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass and wither as the green herb.P1
3 Trust in The Lord, and do good; C1 & 2
so shall you dwell in the land, and verily you shall be fed. P2
4 Delight yourself also in The Lord, C3
and He shallgive you the desires of your heart. P3
5 Commit your way unto The Lord; C4
trust also in Him; C5
and He shall bring it to pass. P4
6 And He shall bring forth
your righteousness C6 as the light, P5
and your judgment as the noonday. P6
7 Rest in The Lord, and waitpatiently for Him;
fret not yourself because of him (or her) who prospers in his (or her) way,
because of the man (or woman) who brings wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; C7
fret not yourself in any wise to do evil. C8
9 For evildoers shall be cut off; P7
but those that wait upon The Lord,
they shallinherit the Earth. P8
10 For yet a little while, and the wicked C9shall not be, P9
you shall diligently consider his (or her) place C10 and it shall not be.
11 But the meekC11 shallinherit the Earth; P10
and shalldelight themselves in the abundance of peace. P11
12 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes upon him (or her) with his (or her) teeth. C12
13 The Lordshall laugh at him (or her), for he sees that his (or her) day is coming. P12
14 The wicked
have drawn out the sword,
and have bent their bow,
to cast down the poor and needy,
and to slay such as be of upright life. C13
15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart,
and their bows shall be broken. P13
16 A little that a righteous man (or woman) has is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken;
but The Lordupholds the righteousC14. P14
18 The Lord knows the days of the uprightC15; and their inheritance shall be for everP15.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time; P16
and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. P17
20 But the wicked C16 shall perish P18,
and the enemies of The LordC17 shall be as the fat of lambs P19;
they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away P20.
21 The wicked borrows and pays not again.
but the righteous shows mercy and gives. C18
22 For such as be blessed of Him shallinherit the Earth; P21
and they who be cursed of Him shall be cut off. P22
23 The steps of a goodC19 man (or woman) are ordered by The Lord;
and He delights in his (or her) way. P23
24 though he (or she) fall, he (or her)shall not be utterly cast down, P24
for The Lordupholds him his (or her) with His hand. P25
25 I have been young and now am old, yet have I not seen the righteousC20
nor his (or her) seed begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lends;
and his (or her) seed is blessed. P26
27 Depart from evil, and do good; C21
and dwell for evermore. P27
28 For The Lord loves judgment, and forsakes not His Saints; P28
they are preserved for ever; P29
but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. P30
29 The righteousC22shallinherit the land P31, and dwell therein for everP32.
30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom,
and his (or her) tongue talks of judgment.
31 The Law of his God is in his (or her) heart; C23
none of his (or her) steps shall slide. P33
32 The wicked watches the righteousC24, and seeks to slay him (or her).
33 The Lord will not leave him (or her) in his (or her) hand, P34
nor condemn him (or her) when he (or she) is judged. P35
34 Wait on The LordC25, and keep His way C26,
and He shallexalt you to inherit the land. P36
When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. P37
35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not:
yes, I sought him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the perfectC27 man (or woman), and behold the uprightC28;
for the end of that man (or woman) is peace. P38
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; P39
the end of the wicked shall be cut off. P40
39 But the salvation of the righteousC29 is of The Lord; P41
He is their strength in the time of trouble. P42
40 And The Lordshallhelp them and deliver them P43: