Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 29, 2015


Proverbs 18:15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out. In this Information Age it is very easy to fall into information overload, and sometimes the reaction is to shut things out. That’s … Continue reading

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January 28, 2015


Proverbs 16:20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. A slight difference in translation makes a major difference between the Japanese and the NIV here. (The ASV is close to the Japanese.) … Continue reading

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January 27, 2015


Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor. It doesn’t take very astute powers of observation to recognize this truth in the world all around us! Criminals of all stripes obviously don’t … Continue reading

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January 26, 2015


Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Japanese has multiple words for pride, with different nuances. The term here is inflated, puffed up, rather than pride of accomplishment. We’ve all seen this verse in … Continue reading

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January 25, 2015


Proverbs 3:25-26 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. There is a major difference between the Japanese and … Continue reading

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January 24, 2015


Psalm 149:4 For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. I was surprised to read the Japanese of this verse just now, because it says, β€œThe Lord loves His people.” I checked various English … Continue reading

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January 23, 2015


Psalm 147:1 Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! True praise and worship are inextricably tied to humility. When we are truly aware of our relative status … Continue reading

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