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Praying in the Storm

May 14, 2018

The article below really helped me when I found myself in the middle of a “storm”. It is from 2Chronicles 2:20. King Jehoshaphat and the nation of Judah were facing a vast invading army. Here are a few highlights of how King Jehoshaphat faced this vast enemy.

  1. A warning came ahead of the enemies arrival (v2).
  2. Jehoshaphat was afraid so he sought the Lord and declared a fast for all of Judah (v3).

    => Notice how he dealt with his fear:

    • he went directly to the Lord- FIRST
    • he got all of Judah(those under attack) involved
    • the fast was not to “take authority” over the enemy but to get the Lord’s instructions and wisdom on how to fight this battle
  3. Jehoshaphat reminded everyone who the Lord is => the Almighty (v6).
  4. Jehoshaphat reminded everyone of the Lord’s faithfulness and promises (v7-9).
  5. Jehoshaphat and all of Judah demonstrated dependence on(submission to) God. They waited on the Lord’s timing and instructions (v12-13).
  6. Instructions were received in the midst of the assembly through Jachaziel (v14-17).
  7. Jehoshaphat and Judah obeyed and trusted the Lord to fight for them as they followed His instructions. As they faced the enemy praising the Lord – the Lord attacked and fought the battle as He said He would (v20-22).

From: How to Pray in the Storm by Jim Carpenter

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Two Trees – Two Types of Wisdom

May 12, 2018

Genesis 2:9,16-17 And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. …
… And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

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Tree of Life Tree of Death
= Godly Wisdom Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil
= Human Worldly Wisdom
Wisdom is like a tree of life
= a blessing Pro 3:18 
=>  an allusion to Gen 3:22
What was lost in Fall may be
recovered through Godly wisdom
All is vanity
meaninglessness, futility
Ecc 1:2
Learn from Me to find rest
Mt 11:28-30
All is full of weariness
Ecc 1:8
The Spirit opens eyes, ears,
minds of those who love(obey) Him
1Cor 2:9-10;Is 64:3-4
Eyes not satisfied with seeing
Ears not filled with hearing
Ecc 1:8
In Christ = made new
2Cor 5:17;Rev 21:5
There is no new thing under the sun
Ecc 1:9
None can SEE the kingdom of God
Unless born again
(made new in Christ)
Jn 3:3;2 Cor 5:17
Eyes can not SEE the new
Ecc 1:10
Hard hearts => unable to see,
understand, hear or remember
Mk 8:17-18
None can enter the kingdom of God
Unless born of water & Spirit(wind)
Jn 3:5:Acts 2:1-4
All works are vanity/meaningless
Like chasing the wind
Ecc 1:14
Christ is the only “straight” way
Lk 3:4-6;Jn 14:6
Crooked can’t be made straight
=>There is no straight way
Ecc 1:15
God has given His children
A Spirit of power, love & sound mind
2Tim 1:7
Knowing wisdom is madness
Like chasing the wind(to catch it)
Ecc 1:17
Walk and abide in the Spirit
To bear fruit – joy, love, peace …
Gal 5:22-25;Jn 15:4,16:13
Much wisdom brings much
Grief & sorrow
Ecc 1:18
Offspring, seed of the woman(Jesus)
Gen 3:15
Abraham’s seed(heirs) Gal 3:29
To know Jesus Christ = eternal life
Jn 17:3;Lk 3:23-38
Offspring, seed of the serpent
Gen 3:15
Those deceived by Satan
=> eternal death
Rev 20:8-10

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Matthew 7:15-16Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
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Matthew 3:8Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.
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Galatians 5:22-23But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control.
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True fruit is marked by true wisdom and a love of the truth. It is pure and accompanied by righteousness, faith, love, and peace.
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James 3:13-18Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
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1 Peter 1:18-23 … you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you 21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.
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Showers of Blessings Around His Holy Hill

May 9, 2018

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Ezekiel 34:26-27 AMPC … And I will make them and the places round about My hill a blessing, and I will cause the showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing [of good insured by God’s favor].

From NetBible Ezek 34:26
*“showers of blessing.” Abundant rain, which in turn produces fruit and crops (v. 27), is a covenantal blessing for obedience (Lev 26:4).

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Proverbs 16:15 NLT … When the King smiles, there is life; His favor refreshes like a gentle rain.
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A Song:
Showers of blessings
Showers of blessings
As the King’s rain{reign} falls.

Showers of blessings
Showers of refreshing
Around His holy hill Ps 43:3-4
Open wide your mouth and Ps 81:10
Be filled Eph 5:18
Exceeding joy
Full of glory  –1Pe 1:8
Around His holy hill.
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Showers of blessings
Showers of refreshing
As the King’s rain{reign} falls
Around His holy hill
He smiles …
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Ephesians 5:17-21For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise by understanding what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything{each other}, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 and submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
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Psalm 43:3-4O send out Your light and Your truth, let them guide me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill to Your dwelling places, the places where You live{the place of Your presence/ tabernacles}. 4 Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And with my harp I will praise You, O God, my God.
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Tweets:
O send forth Ur light & truth–Guide me–Bring me to Ur holy hill to the place of Ur presence/tabernacles–Then I will go to the altar of God–To God my exceeding joy–With my harp{heart} I will praise U–O LORD, my God! –Ps 43:3-4 #ShowersBlessings https://khollandsblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/showers-of-blessings-around-his-holy-hill/

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Ebenezer

May 1, 2018

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1 Samuel 7:12Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”

From NetBible 1Sam 7:12

  • * Ebenezer (אֶבֶן הָעָזֶר) means “stone of help” in Hebrew
    => a memorial stone[072] erected by Samuel to mark where God helped Israel to defeat the Philistines – north of Jerusalem

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Ebenezer – “Stone of Help”, a memorial stone. Seeing this stone would remind the people to remember how the Lord helped them in the past and encourage them to trust the Lord’s faithfulness in the future.
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It is good to remember those special Ebenezer times in our own lives, when the Lord has helped us in a special way. You can trust the Lord’s faithfulness!
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1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful[and utterly trustworthy] and He will do it.

The Desert Will Blossom

April 21, 2018

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Sing O barren, sing Isa 54:1
Sing to the well Num 21:17
The Rock of your salvation 
Ps 95:1
The desert will rejoice and blossom as the rose –Isa 35:1
With joy draw living water from the well
Jesus my strength
My song!

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Isaiah 12:2-3,5 AMPC
2 Behold, God, my salvation! I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and song; yes, He has become my salvation. 3 Therefore with joy will you draw water from the wells of salvation. …
… 5 Sing praises to the Lord, for He has done excellent things [gloriously]; let this be made known to all the earth.

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Isaiah 61:10-11 MSG
10-11 I will sing for joy in God,
explode in praise from deep in my soul!
He dressed me up in a suit of salvation,
He outfitted me in a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo
and a bride a jeweled tiara.
For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers,
and as a garden cascades with blossoms,
So the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom
and puts praise on display before the nations.
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Word Study
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From NetBible Is 35:1
The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom[06524] as the rose{lily}
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From NetBible Song 7:12
Let us rise early and go to the vineyards; Let us see whether the vine has budded[06524] And its blossoms have opened[06605], And whether the pomegranates have bloomed[05132]. There I will give you my love..

  • blossom[06524]parach = a primitive root; to break forth as a bud, i.e. bloom; generally, to spread; specifically, to fly (as extending the wings); figuratively, to flourish:-X abroad, X abundantly, blossom, break forth (out), bud, flourish, make fly, grow, spread, spring (up).
  • opened[06605] =  to free, loose oneself
  • bloomed[05132] = to blossom (from
    the brilliancy of color), fly, flee

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Drink in His Reign{Rain}!

April 10, 2018


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Hearts unfold
Blossom and mature
In His reign/rain
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As His reign/rain/word falls
Drink it in!

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Proverbs 16:15 AMP …
15 In the light of the King’s face is life,
And His favor is like a cloud bringing the spring rain.

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Isaiah 55:10-11 AMP …
10 For as the rain and snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth,
Making it bear and sprout,
And providing seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 So will My word be which goes out of My mouth;
It will not return to Me void (useless, without result),
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

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Deuteronomy 32:2 AMP
2 Let my teaching drop as the rain,
My speech distill as the dew,
As the light rain upon the tender grass,
And as the spring showers upon the herb.

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Word Study
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From NetBible Pro 16:15
When the King smiles{face brightens}, there is life; His favor refreshes like a gentle spring rain.

  • spring rain[04456] = the March and April rains which mature the crops

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Oil and Joy{Wine}

March 26, 2018

Isaiah 61:1-4 NKJV … “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins,
They shall raise up the former desolations,
And they shall repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations.

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SunDance

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Anointed with the Spirit of the Lord
With the oil of joy
With a garment of praise
Trees planted in His courts –Ps 92:13
Oaks of righteousness –Ps 61:3
Green leaves raised high for healing – Rev 22:2
Dripping fatness  –Ps 92:10
Fresh oil and wine –Lk 10:34
Fullness of joy –Ps 16:11
Poured forth
Yokes destroyed –Is 10:27
Captives set free
As the trees clap their hands in the wind –Is 55:12
The Word goes forth –
Is 55:10
And repairs the breach  –
Ezk 13:5
An everlasting song  –
Ps 118:14;Is 12:2;Ex 15:2
An everlasting sign
Isa 55:12-13, 56:5,61:1-3,10-11;Rv 3:7-13;Ps 84:10,92:12-15
That the Lord may be glorified!

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Psalm 77:6I will remember my song in the night; I will meditate with my heart, and my spirit ponders.
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Psalm 49:3-4My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance{meditation} from my heart will give understanding. 4 I will incline my ear to a proverb{I will learn a song that imparts wisdom}; I will express{open} my riddle on the harp.
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Colossians 3:16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
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Ephesians 5:18-20be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Psalm 19:14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
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Word Study
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Luke 10:33-34 NASB … But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, 34 and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him.

From Godvine LK 10:34

  • *Pouring on oil and wine – Which when well beaten together are one of the best balsams that can be applied to a fresh wound.

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Above All

March 23, 2018

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John 3:31-36He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 What He has seen and heard, of that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. 33 He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

In the beginning was the Word
And the Word was with God
And the Word was GodJn 1:1
The Word became flesh
Full of Grace and Truth –Jn 1:14
Of His “fullness” we have all received.
Grace upon graceJn 1:16
In Christ all the fullness of the Deity
Lives in bodily form. –Col 2:9
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He who comes from above[heaven]
Is above allJn 3:31
Jesus speaks the words of God
God’s Spirit is upon Him without measure/limitJn 3:34
The Father loves the Son
And has given all things into His hand –Jn 3:35
Jesus is the supreme ruler of all things.Col 1:15-20
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He who believes in the Son has eternal life … –Jn 3:36 
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quotes from:
https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-father-has-given-all-things-into-jesus-hands

  • in John 3:31–36. Jesus is held up before us as coming from God, and full of God, and speaking and ruling as God, so that eternity divides between those who seal God as true in Jesus and those who seal God as a liar. The one has eternal life, and the other remains under the wrath of God.
  • So the second thing John does in this text is point us to the fact that Jesus, the Son of God, is infinitely unlike us not only in that he is from God, and we are from the earth, but also that he is full of God. He has the Spirit without measure. The Father has given him the Spirit infinitely from all eternity—that is, he has loved him eternally with all that he is. And all that he is in this love is the person of the Holy Spirit.
  • So I lift him up before you one more time, with the prayer that you will see his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth, and from his glory will receive grace upon grace, and believe in him as from God, and full of God, and speaking and ruling as God and coming into the world to die for sinners, and believing in him have eternal life.

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The test:
1 John 4:1-Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God

  • * the word made flesh => fully God – fully man

3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. 4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognise the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood{error/deceit}.

  • * You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. –Mt 22:29*
  • Protection from the “wolves” = the whole counselActs 20:27-29

Walk in the Light of the Living Word

March 21, 2018

Romans 13:12, 14The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the [full]armor of light. … 14 Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ!
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Be careful how you walk –Eph 5:15
Walk in the light of the Living Word –
Jn 1:14
Walk in the SpiritGal 5:25
Walk in Truth and Love2Jn 1:6
Be wise  –
Mt 10:16
Discern both good and evil.
Heb 5:14
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Psalm 119:105, 104Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. … 104 Your precepts give me discernment. Therefore I hate every false way.
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Quicken me

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Quicken me, O LORD, according to Your Word –Ps 119:107
Teach me, Show me Your way, that I may know You Ex 33:13
That I may be wise and learn what is pleasing to You. Eph 5:10

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Ephesians 5:6-10,15-16 NASB … Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. … 15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

No Weapon Succeeds!

March 20, 2018

No weapon forged to be used against you will succeed; you will refute everyone who tries to accuse you. This is what the Lord will do for his servants – I will vindicate them,” says the Lord. –Is 54:17

His arrows forged in the fire –Is 54:16
Are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies –Ps 45:5
Mouthes like a sharp sword
His hidden polished arrows
Ready for releaseIs 49:2
Will run swiftly to their targets  –Ps 147:15

This triumph over opposition
Is the heritage of the servants of the Lord!

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Isaiah 54:16-17 AMP … “Listen carefully, I have created the smith who blows on the fire of coals and who produces a weapon for its purpose; And I have created the destroyer to inflict ruin. 17 No weapon that is formed against you will succeed; And every tongue that rises against you in judgment you will condemn. This [peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from Me,” says the Lord.

Psalm 120:2-4 AMPC … Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.
3 What shall be given to you? Or what more shall be done to you, you deceitful tongue?—
4 Sharp arrows of a [mighty] warrior, with [glowing] coals of the broom tree!

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Tweets:
As the polished arrows of the Lord are released-The King’s enemies flee-They will attack you from one direction-But they will scatter from you in seven-No weapon forged against you will succeed! –Is54:17;Dt 28:7

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Word Study
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From NetBible Is 49:2
He has made My mouth like a sharp sword, In the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me; And He has also made Me a select arrow, He has hidden Me in His quiver.

  • * The Lord holds his hand on the servant, ready to draw and use him at the appropriate time. The servant is like a sharpened arrow reserved in a quiver for just the right moment.

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From NetBible Ps 120:4

  • * “with coals of the wood of the broom plant.” The wood of the broom plant was used to make charcoal, which in turn was used to fuel the fire used to forge the arrowheads.

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