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Verse of the Day (February 12, 2020)

Verse of the Day (February 12, 2020) #BMSeminary – [Rejoice. . .] This is both a negative and positive statement of truth. In this context it may refer to gossip within the Christian community. It is unusual that the term “unrighteousness” is contrasted with “truth.” Probably “unrighteousness” is the opposite of “right living” and “truth” refers to the gospel message. The term “all things” (i.e., panta) is fronted four times in this verse for emphasis. Love is inclusive. “All things” is used in the sense of “at all times” (i.e., all four verbs are present tense) and “on all occasions.” The term “bear” is from the Greek word for “roof” (cf. Mat 8:8). It is metaphorical for (1) covering (cf. 1Pe 4:8, different term, but same concept) or (2) putting up with (cf. 1Co 12:9; 1Th 3:1; 1Th 3:5). The Moffat translation has “slow to expose.” “believes all things” In this context this implies “sees the best in others” or “gives a fellow Christian the benefit of the doubt.” It always keeps the faith (cf. Gal 5:22). “hopes all things” In this context love holds out hope of a fellow believer’s eventual development in the faith. It does not despair. “endures all things” This is a strong term for enduring temptation and testing (cf. Mat 10:22; Mat 24:13; Heb 10:32; Jas 1:12). Here it speaks of voluntary, steadfast endurance. This phrase emphasizes no personal retaliation or rejection, but steadfast perseverance, especially with people. (You Can Understand the Bible by Dr. Bob Utley)

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