Quotations for April, 2018
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Commemoration of Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, teacher, 1872
I am much delighted and instructed by the hypothesis, which I think probable, that our Lord in repeating Eli, Eli, lama sabacthani, really recited the whole or a large part of the 22d Psalm. It is impossible to read that psalm without the liveliest feelings of love, gratitude, and sympathy. It is, indeed, a wonderful prophecy, whatever might or might not have been David’s notion when he composed it. Whether Christ did audibly repeat the whole or not, it is certain, I think, that he did it mentally, and said aloud what was sufficient to enable his followers to do the same. Even at this day to repeat in the same manner but the first line of a common hymn would be understood as a reference to the whole.
... Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), Table Talk, 2nd ed., London: John Murray, 1836, p. 81 fn
(see the book; see also Ps. 22; Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34; more at Gratitude, Instruction, Love, Passion of Christ, Prophecy, Scripture, Thought)
Monday, April 2, 2018
A united confession of the Name, a united Worship of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit,—such a Confession,—such a Worship as the past contains only a dim shadow and prophecy of—we have a right to look for. It may come when we least expect it; it will probably come after a period of darkness, fierce contention, utter disbelief. But the confession will only be united when we cease to confound our feeble expressions of trust and affiance, our praises and adorations, with Him to whom they rise, from whom they proceed; when we are brought to nothingness, that He may be shown to be all in all.
... Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872), Lincoln’s Inn Sermons, v. II , London: Macmillan, 1891, v. 2, p. 144
(see the book; see also Matt. 10:32-33; Luke 12:8-9; John 4:23-24; 1 Cor. 15:27-28; Col. 3:11; more at Church, Confession, Contention, Darkness, Unity)
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
What changed these very ordinary men (who were such cowards that they didn’t dare stand too near the cross in case they got involved) into heroes who would stop at nothing? A swindle? Hallucination? Spooky nonsense in a darkened room? Or Somebody quietly doing what He said He’d do—walk right through death?What do YOU think?
... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), Is God at Home?, London: Lutterworth Press, 1957, p. 36
(see the book; see also Acts 4:31; Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-22; Acts 4:19-20; more at Cowardice, Cross, Easter, Heroism, Holy Spirit, Resurrection)
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
What should I think of my child, if I found that he limited his faith in me and hope from me to the few promises he had heard me utter! The faith that limits itself to the promises of God, seems to me to partake of the paltry character of such a faith in my child—good enough for a Pagan, but for a Christian a miserable and wretched faith. Those who rest in such a faith would feel yet more comfortable if they had God’s bond instead of His word, which they regard not as the outcome of His character but as a pledge of His honour. They try to believe in the truth of His word, but the truth of His Being they understand not. In His oath they persuade themselves that they put confidence: in himself they do not believe, for they know Him not.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “The Higher Faith”, in Unspoken Sermons [First Series], London: A. Strahan, 1867, p. 59
(see the book; see also 2 Cor. 1:9; Matt. 23:37-38; John 1:11; 5:39-40,44; 8:45-46; 12:37-41; 1 Pet. 1:10-11; more at Belief, Faith, Honor, Hope, Knowing God, Pagan, Promise, Truth)
Thursday, April 5, 2018
There is a certain kind of so-called conversion which separates a man from his fellow men. It may fill him with a self-righteousness which rejoices in its own superiority to those who have had no like experience. It may move a man to a Pharisaic self-isolation. There have in fact been not a few so-called conversions as a result of which a man has left the Church to belong to some smaller and holier body. The plain truth is that such a one should very seriously examine himself, if he finds what he regards as his Christian experience separating him from his fellow-men, or his fellow-Christians.
... William Barclay (1907-1978), In the Hands of God, New York: Harper & Row, 1967, Westminster Press, 1981, p. 40-41
(see the book; see also Eph. 4:29-30; Isa. 40:11; Matt. 18:10; John 17:23; Rom. 14:1-8,21; 15:1,7; 1 Cor. 8:12-13; Eph. 4:1-6; more at Church, Conversion, Holiness, Man, Pharisaism, Sect, Self-righteousness)
Friday, April 6, 2018
Commemoration of Albrecht Dürer, artist, 1528, and Michelangelo Buonarrotti, artist, spiritual writer, 1564
Thomas à Kempis speaks for all the ages when he represents Jesus as saying to him, “A wise lover regards not so much the gift of him who loves, as the love of him who gives. He esteems affection rather than valuables, and sets all gifts below the Beloved. A noble-minded lover rests not in the gift, but in Me above every gift.” The sustaining power of the Beloved Presence has through the ages made the sickbed sweet and the graveside triumphant; transformed broken hearts and relations; brought glory to drudgery, poverty and old age; and turned the martyr’s stake or noose into a place of coronation.
... Dallas Willard (1935-2013), Hearing God, Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1999, p. 45
(see the book; see also Acts 1:4; John 6:56; 1 Cor. 9:25; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 2:22; Col. 1:27; 2 Tim. 4:8; Jas. 1:17-18; 1 Pet. 5:4; 1 John 3:11; more at Affection, Coronation, Gifts, Glory, Historical, Jesus, Love, Martyr, Poverty)
Saturday, April 7, 2018
The reason that the Ten Commandments are short and clear is that they were handed down direct, and not through several committees.
... Dan Bennett
(see also Eccl. 5:2; Ex. 20:3-17; 2 Cor. 11:3; more at Commandment, Humor)
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Commemoration of William Augustus Muhlenberg of New York, Priest, 1877
The evidence for our New Testament writings is ever so much greater than the evidence for many writings of classical authors, the authenticity of which no one dreams of questioning. And if the New Testament were a collection of secular writings, their authenticity would generally be regarded as beyond all doubt. It is a curious fact that historians have often been much readier to trust the New Testament than have many theologians.
... F. F. Bruce (1910-1990), The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?, Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1949, reprint, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2003, p. 10
(see the book; see also Rom. 10:4,17; Isa. 53:1; Luke 16:31; John 5:39-40; more at Authenticity, Bible, Doubt, Theology, Trust)
Monday, April 9, 2018
Feast of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Teacher, Martyr, 1945
Furthermore, [the unchristian environment] is the place where we find out whether the Christian’s meditation has led him into the unreal, from which he awakens in terror when he returns to the workaday world, or whether it has led him into a real contact with God, from which he emerges strengthened and purified. Has it transported him for a moment into a spiritual ecstasy that vanishes when everyday life returns, or has it lodged the Word of God so securely and deeply in his heart that it holds and fortifies him, impelling him to active love, to obedience, to good works? Only the day can decide.
... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together , tr. Daniel W. Bloesch & James H. Burtness, Fortress Press, 2004, p. 92
(see the book; see also Ps. 139:17-18; 1:2; 104:34; 119:11; Isa. 55:8-9; 1 Tim. 4:15; more at Awakening, God, Good works, Love, Meditation, Obedience, Prayer, Purity, Scripture, Strength)
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Feast of William Law, Priest, Mystic, 1761
Commemoration of William of Ockham, Franciscan Friar, Philosopher, Teacher, 1347
Commemoration of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Priest, Scientist, Visionary, 1955
Read what chapter, or doctrine of Scripture you will, be ever so delighted with it, it will leave you as poor, as empty and unreformed as it found you, unless it has turned you wholly and solely to the Spirit of God, and strengthened your union with and dependence upon Him.
... William Law (1686-1761), Works of Rev. William Law, v. IX, London: G. Moreton, 1893, p. 6
(see the book; see also Ps. 40:6-8; 1 Sam. 15:22; Ps. 51:16-17; Jer. 7:21-23; Hos. 6:6; Matt. 9:13; John 4:34; Rom. 7:22; Heb. 10:5-12; more at Bible, Dependence, Emptiness, Holy Spirit, Poverty, Scripture)
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Commemoration of George Augustus Selwyn, first Bishop of New Zealand, 1878
A man may blaspheme against the Son of Man and be forgiven; ... but the sin against the Spirit of Truth—what can God Himself do with or for the man who will not acknowledge the truth he knows, or follow the light he sees?
... Alexander Miller (1908-1960), The Renewal of Man, New York: Doubleday, 1955, p. 137
(see the book; see also Matt. 12:31-32; Mark 3:28-30; Luke 12:10; John 7:37-39; Heb. 10:26-27; more at Blasphemy, Forgiveness, Knowledge, Light, Man, Sight, Sin, Truth)
Thursday, April 12, 2018
To say of an act done, “My conscience is quite clear,” sounds smug and satisfactory. It does not by any means follow that the speaker’s conscience ought to be clear. It may simply show that [it] is sadly unenlightened.
... G. E. Reindorp (1911-1990), Punch, v. 240, Mark Lemon, et al., Punch Publications Ltd., 1961, p. 670
(see the book; see also John 16:1-3; Rom. 9:1; 1 Cor. 4:4; 1 Tim. 4:2; Tit. 1:15; more at Conscience, Pride, Sin)
Friday, April 13, 2018
There is an evil power, a Satanic power, which holds souls in error, and which persists.It is interesting to note that in the first centuries of the Christian era many demoniacal phenomena appeared in countries in the course of being converted from idolatry to Christianity. The same is true of pagan civilisation today. In my research into the fourth century, I was surprised to find a great recrudescence of magical practices at the very moment when Roman civilization under Constantine was about to be snatched away bodily from paganism and enter... into the kingdom of the Son; at that time, all the rites of sorcery took on an incredible virulence.
... Jean Daniélou (1905-1974), The Salvation of the Nations, London: Sheed & Ward, 1949, p. 42
(see the book; see also Rev. 13:3-4; 2 Thess. 2:3-4; 1 Pet. 5:8; more at Conversion, Evil, Historical, Idol, Kingdom, Pagan, Power)
Saturday, April 14, 2018
No literary fact is more remarkable than that men, knowing what these writers knew, and feeling what they felt, should have given us chronicles so plain and calm. They have nothing to say as from themselves. Their narratives place us without preface, and keep us without comment, among external scenes, in full view of facts, and in contact with the living person whom they teach us to know... Who can fail to recognize a divine provision for placing the disciples of all future ages as nearly as possible in the position of those who had been personally present at “the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God?”
... T. D. Bernard (1815-1904), The Progress of Doctrine in the New Testament, London: Macmillan, 1864, p. 37
(see the book; see also Mark 1:1; Luke 24:48; Acts 1:8,21-22; 2:32; 3:15; 5:32; 10:41; 1 Cor. 15:3-8; 1 Pet. 5:1; more at Beginning, Bible, Christ, Disciple, Future, Gospel, Jesus, Knowledge)
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Man cannot make a redemptive art, but he can make an art that communicates what he experiences of redemption as a man and what he knows of it as an artist. God in his infinite wisdom may use an art work as an instrument of redemption, but what serves or can serve that purpose is beyond the knowledge of man.
... John W. Dixon, Jr., in Christian Faith and the Contemporary Arts, ed. Finley Eversole, New York: Abingdon Press, 1962, p. 6
(see the book; see also Col. 3:23-24; Ex. 35:30-35; Matt. 16:16-17; Gal. 1:11-12; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; more at Art, God, Knowledge, Providence, Redemption, Service, Wisdom)
Monday, April 16, 2018
One of the most striking parts of the Day of Atonement is that of the scapegoat. The high priest placed both his hands on the head of a goat and confessed all the sins of the nation. Then the goat carrying the sins of the people is sent off into the wilderness. But it is not just a piece of history!There is in the modern world a quest for scapegoats though with one enormous difference. Whenever there is an accident or a tragedy, there is a search for someone to blame. Often all the modern means of communication join in; accusations, resignations, demands for compensation and the rest. If a guilty person is found, then an orgy of condemnation and vilification. Rarely a sense of, there but for the grace of God go I. Instead of dealing gently with one another’s failure because of our own vulnerability to criticism, there is the presumption that we are in a fit condition to judge and to condemn.The enormous difference? The original scapegoat followed a confession of the sins of the people. There was no blaming of someone else, but an admission of guilt and a quest for the forgiveness of God. The goat wasn’t hated, but was a dramatic picture of the carrying away sins. It was the very opposite of a selfrighteous victimisation of someone else.Ever since 200 A.D., Christians have seen the scapegoat as a picture of Jesus. As it was led out to die in the wilderness bearing the sins of the people, so he was crucified outside Jerusalem for our sins. We are to be both forgiven and forgiving people.
... David Bronnert, in a personal communication from the author
(see also Lev. 16:8-26; Ps. 32:1,2; Isa. 53:9-10; Rom. 2:1; Heb. 10:1-14; more at Atonement, Condemnation, Confession, Criticism, Failure, Forgiveness, Historical, Judgment, Nation, Sin)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The self-centred regret which a man feels when his sin has found him out—the wish, compounded of pride, shame, and anger at his own inconceivable folly, that he had not done it: these are spoken of as repentance. But they are not repentance at all... It is the simple truth that that sorrow of heart, that healing and sanctifying pain in which sin is really put away, is not ours in independence of God; it is a saving grace which is begotten in the soul under the impression of sin it owes to the revelation of God in Christ. A man can no more repent than he can do anything else without a motive; and the motive which makes evangelic repentance possible does not enter into his world till he sees God as God makes Himself known in the death of Christ. All true penitents are children of the Cross. Their penitence is not their own creation: it is the reaction towards God produced in their souls by this demonstration of what sin is to Him, and of what His love does to reach and win the sinful.
... James Denney (1856-1917), The Atonement and the Modern Mind, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1903, p. 89-90
(see the book; see also Ps. 119:127-128; Job 42:5-6; 2 Cor. 7:10; more at Christ, Cross, God, Heart, Regret, Repentance, Sin, Sorrow)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Death, be not proud, though some have called theeMighty and dreadful, for thou art not so,For those, whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow,Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,Much pleasure, than from thee, much more must flow,And soonest our best men with thee do go,Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery.Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell.And poppy, or charms, can make us sleep as well,And better, than thy stroke. Why swell’st thou then? One short sleep past, we wake eternally,And Death shall be no more, Death thou shalt die.
... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. VI, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Holy Sonnets, XII, p. 448
(see the book; see also Phil. 1:20-24; Rom. 14:7-8; 1 Cor. 15:26; 1 Thess. 4:16; 2 Tim. 1:10; Rev. 14:13; more at Attitudes, Death, Pleasure, Pride, Rest, Slave, Sleep, Soul)
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Commemoration of Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1012
We must frankly face the fact that there is in this teaching [that the church lives solely by the power of the Holy Spirit] a revolutionary element which could be dangerously subversive of our existing ways of thought. Let us admit that it is part of the fallen human nature of ecclesiastics, no less than of others in responsible positions, to desire always criteria of judgment which can be used without making too heavy demands upon the delicate faculty of spiritual discernment, clear-cut rules by which we may hope to be saved from making mistakes, or rather from being obviously and personally responsible for the mistakes. We are uncomfortable without definite principles by which we may guide our steps. We fear uncharted country, and the fanatics of all kinds who, upon the alleged authority of the Holy Spirit, summon us with strident cries in all directions simultaneously. Only those who have never borne the heavy burden of pastoral responsibility will mock at the cautious spirit of the ecclesiastic.
... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), The Household of God, London, SCM Press, 1953, New York: Friendship Press, 1954, p. 106
(see the book; see also Acts 15:7-9; 1:8; 2:4; 4:31; 10:44-45; 13:4; 16:6; 2 Pet. 1:21; more at Church, Fear, Guidance, Holy Spirit, Judgment, Responsibility, Teach, Weakness)
Friday, April 20, 2018
Men today do not, perhaps, burn the Bible, nor does the Roman Catholic Church any longer put it on the index, as it once did. But men destroy it in the form of exegesis: they destroy it in the way they deal with it. They destroy it by not reading it as written in normal literary form, by ignoring historical-grammatical exegesis, by changing the Bible’s own perspective of itself as propositional revelation in space and time, in history, by saying that only the “spiritual” portions of the Bible have authority for us.
... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), Death in the City, London: Inter-Varsity Press, 1969, Good News Publishers, 2002, p. 77-78
(see the book; see also Matt. 23:29-36; Jer. 8:9; 36:22-24; Matt. 22:29; Luke 16:31; John 5:39-40,46; Acts 8:32-35; 17:11; 2 Tim. 3:14-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21; more at Authenticity, Bible, Historical, Instruction, Revelation, Today)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Feast of Anselm, Abbot of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1109
Those blessed ones of thine... shall rejoice according as they shall love; and they shall love according as they shall know. How far they will know thee, Lord, then! and how much they will love thee!
... St. Anselm (1033-1109), Discourse on the Existence of God, Chicago: The Opencourt Publishing Co, 1903, p. 33
(see the book; see also Rom. 15:14; Jer. 31:34; 1 John 4:16; more at Knowing God, Love, Prayers)
Sunday, April 22, 2018
The sincere student of Scripture cannot avoid the truth of God’s choice of individuals from among the sinful race of men. We may not understand this, but we must never deny it. Scripture is filled with this great truth: it is not an isolated doctrine of the Word.
... Robert P. Lightner (1931-2018), The God of the Bible , Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1978, formerly published as The First Fundamental: God, p. 133
(see the book; see also John 17:6-7; 10:27-29; 15:19; 18:9; Rom. 8:29-30; Eph. 1:4-5,11-12; more at Bible, Choices, God, Scripture, Truth)
Monday, April 23, 2018
Feast of George, Martyr, Patron of England, c.304
Commemoration of Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1988
A teacher appears—for whom no one was prepared, and whom no one could have expected. The argument from prophecy, on which the early apologists laid so much weight, was all ex post facto. No one beforehand could have conjectured a tenth of it. But without the background of Jewish prophet and psalmist, of Jewish national history, it would be hard to understand Jesus. If prophet and historian and legislator did not in type and enigma foretell in detail the story of his life, he was none the less their heir. None the less was he their heir in that he was not in bondage to his inheritance, but... a “minister not of the letter but of the spirit,” and the whole of his activity lay “in newness of spirit.” Without conjecturing what he might have been on another soil or of another stock—a type of guesswork always futile in history—we have to recognize the immense spiritual wealth that lay ready to his hand.
... T. R. Glover (1869-1943), The Influence of Christ in the Ancient World, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1929, p. 113-114
(see the book; see also Luke 21:29-31; Isa. 53:2-12; Micah 5:2; Matt. 21:42-43; John 5:39-40; 2 Cor. 3:6; more at Argument, Historical, Inheritance, Jesus, Nation, Prophet, Prophecy, Spirit, Teach)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Commemoration of Mellitus, First Bishop of London, 624
In the way of virtue, there is no standing still; anyone who does not daily advance, loses ground. To remain at a standstill is impossible; he that gains not, loses; he that ascends not, descends. If one does not ascend the ladder, one must descend; if one does not conquer, one will be conquered.
... François de Sales (1567-1622), Treatise on the Love of God, Newman Press, 1953, p.128
(see the book; see also 2 Pet. 1:5-7,10; 3:18; John 6:27; Phil. 2:12; Heb. 11:6; more at Journey, Obedience, Progress, Victory, Virtue)
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Feast of Mark the Evangelist
Whoever has Christ in his heart, so that no earthly or temporal things—not even those that are legitimate and allowed—are preferred to Him, has Christ as a foundation. But if these things be preferred, then even though a man seem to have faith in Christ, yet Christ is not the foundation to that man.
... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), The City of God, v. II, Marcus Dods, ed., as vol. 2 of The Works of Aurelius Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Edinbugh: T & T Clark, 1871, XXI.26, p. 460
(see the book; see also 1 Pet. 2:4-8; Isa. 28:16; Luke 6:47-49; 1 Cor. 3:11; Eph. 2:19-20; more at Authenticity, Christ, Faith, Heart, Man)
Thursday, April 26, 2018
The scientific age with its urban-industrial culture is, for all its magnificent achievements and intoxicating success, in a very real sense a dark age. Its complete bondage to nature has enclosed the mind and spirit of man in a fast prison out of which, try as he may, he can find no way of escape. The inability to perceive any longer the reality of things invisible and unseen is a sickness of the soul which cries out to be cured. The only way to dispel the darkness of the present age and liberate it from the prison within which it has become bound is to restore the proper relationship of nature to supernature and of time to eternity as an essential feature of external reality. Until this can be accomplished, there is really very little that the Church or Christianity in general has to offer to this age.
... W. G. Pollard (1911-1989), “Urbanization, Industrialization, Automation,” included in Anglican Congress 1963: Report of Proceedings, Eugene Rathbone Fairweather, ed., Editorial Committee, Anglican Congress, 1963, p. 102
(see the book; see also Ex. 3:13-14; Eccl. 3:10-11; Rom. 1:20; 1 Tim. 1:16; more at Bondage, Culture, Darkness, Eternity, Prison, Sickness, Sin, Soul, Success, Time)
Friday, April 27, 2018
Feast of Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1894
What can I give HimPoor as I am?If I were a shepherdI would give Him a lamb,If I were a Wise Man,I would do my part,—But what I can, I give Him,Give my heart.
... Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), Christina Rossetti: the complete poems, London: Penguin Classics, 2001, p. 211
(see the book; see also John 10:11; Ps. 23; Isa. 40:11; Col. 1:27; 1 Pet. 2:25; Rev. 3:20; more at Christmas, Giving, Heart, Poverty)
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Commemoration of Peter Chanel, Religious, Missionary in the South Pacific, Martyr, 1841
The centre of trouble is not the turbulent appetites—though they are troublesome enough. The centre of trouble is the personality of man as a whole, which is self-centred and can only be wholesome and healthy if it is God-centred.
... William Temple (1881-1944), Nature, Man and God, London: Macmillan, 1934, 1949, p. 367
(see the book; see also Phil. 2:12-13; Isa. 64:6; Rom. 12;1-2; 2 Cor. 10:5; 1 Pet. 1:14; more at Devotion, Health, Selfish, Sin, Trouble)
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Feast of Catherine of Siena, Mystic, Teacher, 1380
O abyss, O eternal Godhead, O sea profound, what more could You give me than Yourself? You are the fire that burns without being consumed; You consume in Your heat all the soul’s self-love; You are the fire which takes away cold; with Your light You illuminate me so that I may know all Your truth... Clothe me, clothe me with yourself, eternal truth, so that I may run this mortal life with true obedience, and with the light of your most holy faith.
... Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), Dialogue 167 from Dialog of Catherine of Siena , Treatise of Obedience, xi.
(see the book; see also Jer. 23:29; Ex. 3:2; John 1:1-5; Heb. 12:1-2,27-29; more at Everlasting, Faith, Fire, God, Holiness, Illumination, Life, Obedience, Prayers, Truth)
Monday, April 30, 2018
Commemoration of Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922
It fortifies my soul to knowThat though I perish, Truth is so;That, howsoe’er I stray and range,Whate’er I do, Thou dost not change.I steadier step when I recallThat, if I slip, Thou dost not fall.
... Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861), Arthur Hugh Clough: Selected Poems, New York: Routledge, 2003, p. 57
(see the book; see also Ps. 23; 37:23-24; 145:14; more at Fall, Knowledge, Providence, Security, Steadfast, Truth)
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