Not everything uncommon is beautiful, but that which is common will always cease to be considered beautiful. . .A person living in the mountains will long for vistas of rolling lowlands, peaceful slow flowing rivers and grassy emerald plains. . .Surrounded by rocky bluffs and saguaro cacti, beauty is seen in stately oak trees and crimson hued maples. . .
That which is sinful or worldly is never rare, but only all too ubiquitous. . .In a sea of painted faces. . . extravagantly processed hair. . .and immodest attire, the wholesomeness of refreshing cleanness found in a woman modestly attired, with her God given face undiminished. . . is as an island to one long at sea. . .her natural beauty unaltered by man made artifice. . . is striking, refreshing, and restorative to the soul. . .
For women to run to the example presented by the monthly magazine fashion models, is to join a stampede to destroy her own unique beauty, by striving to replace it by the cloning of the appearance, of every other member of the herd, thereby achieving the very commonness they think to avoid. . .
The only winners of this mass quest for unique beauty being publishers of magazines and the manufacturers of cosmetics. . .The clear losers are the women themselves, who live their lives on a never ending quest for that same rare beauty which they unrealizingly have had bestowed upon them from birth. . .
Thank you Lord for modest and holy women, who allow their God given beauty to shine. . .
Monday, September 19, 2011
Not everything uncommon is beautiful, but that which is common will always cease to be considered beautiful. . .A person living in the mountains will long for vistas of rolling lowlands, peaceful slow flowing rivers and grassy emerald plains. . .Surrounded by rocky bluffs and saguaro cacti, beauty is seen in stately oak trees and crimson hued maples. . .
Posted by David Stokely at 11:49 AM
Friday, September 16, 2011
Job seems to be the 'shadow of death' book of the Bible. The phrase first occurs in the Bible in Job, and by far Job leads the rest of the Bible with 10 occurances in 9 verses there.
(Job 3:5) Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
(Job 10:21) Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
(Job 10:22) A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
(Job 12:22) He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.
Job chapter 12 must be one of the best chapters in the Bible for describing God’s power and abilities. . .
(Job 16:16) My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
(Job 24:17) For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
(Job 28:3) He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
(Job 34:22) There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
(Job 38:17) Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?
God speaking to Job. . . apparently the gates of hell cast shadows, and it is this these shadows which are the shadow of death. . .
(Psalms 23:4) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Surely by far the most famous usage of the phrase. . .
(Psalms 44:19) Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.
(Psalms 107:10) Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
(Psalms 107:14) He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
(Isaiah 9:2) The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
(Jeremiah 2:6) Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?
(Jeremiah 13:16) Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.
(Amos 5:8) Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:
What a very powerful verse. . .What power. . . What beauty. . .
Seek Him which created the very stars in the sky. . .
Seek Him which can turn the darkness of the darkest despair into glowing crystalline radiant light. . .
Seek Him which can turn the bright Egyptian day dark with thick blackness (as in the 9th plague of Pharoah). . .
Seek Him who controls all the life giving waters of the earth. . .
Seek Him. . .
Seek Him. . .
Seek Him. . .
(Matthew 4:16) The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
Notice the parallel of this verse with Isaiah 9:2. Matthew must surely have been knowlingly paraphrasing Isaiah with this New Testament verse.
(Luke 1:79) To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Thank you Lord. . . from one who resided in the land of the shadow of death. . . who now guides my feet to that eternal land of peace awaiting me. . .
Posted by David Stokely at 11:26 AM
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Every time you hear the word ‘fruit’ you can substitute the word ‘consequence’.
As a young child, I thought nothing of consequences. I did not understand that the likely potential consequence of playing with fire, was a greatly increased risk of being burned. I saw my parents not allowing me to ride my bicycle along busy streets, in terms only of the restriction on my freedom, not in avoiding a risk of being hit by a car. . .
Later as an early teen. . . against the warnings of parents and all good sense, I began to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, use illegal drugs, and engage in sex outside of marriage. . .ignoring again and again consequence. . .
Much of the wisdom of the elderly is rooted in intimate familiarity with the consequences of their life’s choices. Seniors possess long years of living with consequences. . .
Consequences are the effects on the water after a stone is thrown. . .
You have control. . .
You can choose when and where to throw a rock into a pond, but the moment it leaves your finger tips, you have no control over where it strikes or the ripples which spread in all directions over its surface. . .
Consequence is linkage. . .
We want to think, especially when we do wrong, that there is strict isolation between the various compartments of our life, when in reality our life is as a pond and for good or for evil, every rock thrown spreads ripples which have an effect upon the entire pond. . .
Jesus said that we are to know a tree by its fruit. . .
A tree would be known by its consequences. . . the soil it grew in, whether it was in a sunny or shaded spot, did it receive sufficient fertilization and water, was it pruned, what is its ancestry, who are and how close is it to its neighbors, what was the weather in the growing season, what is its age. . . and on and on. All these components go into the production of its fruit. . .
Here is a list of all the verses of the Bible which contain the word ‘fruit’:
(Genesis 1:11) And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
(Genesis 1:12) And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
(Genesis 1:29) And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
(Genesis 3:2) And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
(Genesis 3:3) But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
(Genesis 3:6) And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
(Genesis 4:3) And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
(Genesis 30:2) And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?
(Exodus 10:15) For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.
(Exodus 21:22) If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
(Leviticus 19:23) And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised: three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it shall not be eaten of.
(Leviticus 19:24) But in the fourth year all the fruit thereof shall be holy to praise the LORD withal.
(Leviticus 19:25) And in the fifth year shall ye eat of the fruit thereof, that it may yield unto you the increase thereof: I am the LORD your God.
(Leviticus 23:39) Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.
(Leviticus 25:3) Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;
(Leviticus 25:19) And the land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety.
(Leviticus 25:21) Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years.
(Leviticus 25:22) And ye shall sow the eighth year, and eat yet of old fruit until the ninth year; until her fruits come in ye shall eat of the old store.
(Leviticus 26:4) Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
(Leviticus 27:30) And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD.
(Numbers 13:20) And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.
(Numbers 13:26) And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.
(Numbers 13:27) And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.
(Deuteronomy 1:25) And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, and said, It is a good land which the LORD our God doth give us.
(Deuteronomy 7:13) And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
(Deuteronomy 11:17) And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.
(Deuteronomy 22:9) Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.
(Deuteronomy 26:2) That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name there.
(Deuteronomy 28:4) Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
(Deuteronomy 28:11) And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
(Deuteronomy 28:18) Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
(Deuteronomy 28:33) The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway:
(Deuteronomy 28:40) Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.
(Deuteronomy 28:42) All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume.
(Deuteronomy 28:51) And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee.
(Deuteronomy 28:53) And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:
(Deuteronomy 30:9) And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:
(Joshua 5:12) And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
(Judges 9:11) But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?
(2 Samuel 16:2) And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses be for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.
(2 Kings 19:30) And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.
(Nehemiah 9:25) And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness.
(Nehemiah 9:36) Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it:
(Nehemiah 10:35) And to bring the firstfruits of our ground, and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of the LORD:
(Nehemiah 10:37) And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.
(Psalms 1:3) And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
(Psalms 21:10) Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.
(Psalms 72:16) There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
(Psalms 92:14) They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
(Psalms 104:13) He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
(Psalms 105:35) And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.
(Psalms 127:3) Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
(Psalms 132:11) The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.
(Proverbs 1:31) Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
(Proverbs 8:19) My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
(Proverbs 10:16) The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
(Proverbs 11:30) The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
(Proverbs 12:12) The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
(Proverbs 12:14) A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.
(Proverbs 13:2) A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
(Proverbs 18:20) A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
(Proverbs 18:21) Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
(Proverbs 27:18) Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
(Proverbs 31:16) She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
(Proverbs 31:31) Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
(Song of Solomon 2:3) As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
(Song of Solomon 8:11) Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.
(Song of Solomon 8:12) My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.
(Isaiah 3:10) Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
(Isaiah 4:2) In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.
(Isaiah 10:12) Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.
(Isaiah 13:18) Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.
(Isaiah 14:29) Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.
(Isaiah 27:6) He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.
(Isaiah 27:9) By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.
(Isaiah 28:4) And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.
(Isaiah 37:30) And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.
(Isaiah 37:31) And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:
(Isaiah 57:19) I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.
(Isaiah 65:21) And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
(Jeremiah 2:7) And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.
(Jeremiah 6:19) Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.
(Jeremiah 7:20) Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.
(Jeremiah 11:16) The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken.
(Jeremiah 11:19) But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.
(Jeremiah 12:2) Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins.
(Jeremiah 17:8) For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
(Jeremiah 17:10) I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
(Jeremiah 21:14) But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings, saith the LORD: and I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof, and it shall devour all things round about it.
(Jeremiah 29:5) Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;
(Jeremiah 29:28) For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, This captivity is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
(Jeremiah 32:19) Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:
(Lamentations 2:20) Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done this. Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?
(Ezekiel 17:8) It was planted in a good soil by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might bear fruit, that it might be a goodly vine.
(Ezekiel 17:9) Say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Shall it prosper? shall he not pull up the roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, that it wither? it shall wither in all the leaves of her spring, even without great power or many people to pluck it up by the roots thereof.
(Ezekiel 17:23) In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell.
(Ezekiel 19:12) But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.
(Ezekiel 19:14) And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.
(Ezekiel 25:4) Behold, therefore I will deliver thee to the men of the east for a possession, and they shall set their palaces in thee, and make their dwellings in thee: they shall eat thy fruit, and they shall drink thy milk.
(Ezekiel 34:27) And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.
(Ezekiel 36:8) But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.
(Ezekiel 36:11) And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
(Ezekiel 36:30) And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.
(Ezekiel 47:12) And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.
(Daniel 4:12) The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.
(Daniel 4:14) He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches:
(Daniel 4:21) Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation:
(Hosea 9:16) Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.
(Hosea 10:1) Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.
(Hosea 10:13) Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.
(Hosea 14:8) Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.
(Joel 2:22) Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.
(Amos 2:9) Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.
(Amos 6:12) Shall horses run upon the rock? will one plow there with oxen? for ye have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock:
(Amos 7:14) Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:
(Amos 8:1) Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit.
(Amos 8:2) And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.
(Amos 9:14) And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
(Micah 6:7) Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
(Micah 7:1) Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.
(Micah 7:13) Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.
(Habakkuk 3:17) Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
(Haggai 1:10) Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.
(Zechariah 8:12) For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.
(Malachi 1:12) But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.
(Malachi 3:11) And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
(Matthew 3:10) And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
(Matthew 7:17) Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
(Matthew 7:18) A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
(Matthew 7:19) Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
(Matthew 12:33) Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
(Matthew 13:8) But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
(Matthew 13:23) But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
(Matthew 13:26) But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
(Matthew 21:19) And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
(Matthew 21:34) And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
(Matthew 26:29) But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
(Mark 4:7) And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
(Mark 4:8) And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
(Mark 4:20) And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
(Mark 4:28) For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
(Mark 4:29) But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
(Mark 11:14) And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
(Mark 12:2) And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
(Mark 14:25) Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
(Luke 1:42) And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
(Luke 3:9) And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
(Luke 6:43) For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
(Luke 6:44) For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
(Luke 8:8) And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
(Luke 8:14) And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
(Luke 8:15) 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.
(Luke 13:6) He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
(Luke 13:7) Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
(Luke 13:9) And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
(Luke 20:10) And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.
(Luke 22:18) For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
(John 4:36) And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
(John 12:24) Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
(John 15:2) Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
(John 15:4) Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
(John 15:5) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
(John 15:8) Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
(John 15:16) Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
(Acts 2:30) Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
(Romans 1:13) Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.
(Romans 6:21) What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
(Romans 6:22) But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
(Romans 7:4) Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
(Romans 7:5) For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
(Romans 15:28) When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.
(1 Corinthians 9:7) Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
(Galatians 5:22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
(Ephesians 5:9) (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
(Philippians 1:22) But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.
(Philippians 4:17) Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
(Colossians 1:6) Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:
(Hebrews 12:11) Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
(Hebrews 13:15) By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
(James 3:18) And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
(James 5:7) Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
(James 5:18) And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
(Jude 1:12) These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
(Revelation 22:2) In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Posted by David Stokely at 11:16 AM
Thursday, September 8, 2011
I've recently done a study on things which are abominations. In the KJV, there are 8 Hebrew words and 4 Greek words translated as 'abomination' or variations of such. The word is found a total 176 times in 166 verses. The following list is from the most commonly translated Hebrew word:
Feminine active participle of H8581; properly something disgusting (morally), that is, (as noun) an abhorrence; especially idolatry or (concretely) an idol: - abominable (custom, thing), abomination.
Here are those occurrences, where it is said that something is specifically an abomination to the Lord:
Unto the Lord
- (Deuteronomy 7:25) The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.
- (Deuteronomy 12:31) Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
- (Deuteronomy 17:1) Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD thy God any bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, or any evilfavouredness: for that is an abomination unto the LORD thy God.
- (Deuteronomy 18:10-12) There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,(11) Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.(12)For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
- (Deuteronomy 22:5) The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
- (Deuteronomy 23:18) Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
- (Deuteronomy 24:4) Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
- (Deuteronomy 25:16) For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.
- (Deuteronomy 27:15) Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.
- (Proverbs 3:32) For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
- (Proverbs 6:16) These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: (17) A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, (18) An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, (19) A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
- (Proverbs 11:1) A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
- (Proverbs 11:20) They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
- (Proverbs 12:22) Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
- (Proverbs 15:8) The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
- (Proverbs 15:9) The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
- (Proverbs 15:26) The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
- (Proverbs 16:5) Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
- (Proverbs 17:15) He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
- (Proverbs 20:10) Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.
- (Proverbs 20:23) Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
- (Isaiah 1:13) Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
Posted by David Stokely at 3:43 PM