Tag Archives: depending on God

Salvation by Faith; January 8, 2023


John 3:36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John puts these words in the mouth of John the Baptist. Whether he was who … Continue reading

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By God’s Spirit; November 19, 2022


Zechariah 4:6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. This is one verse where the Japanese is much clearer … Continue reading

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Joy; October 3, 2022


Psalm 149:4-5 For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. When the NIV says, “rejoice in this honor,” (the Japanese … Continue reading

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David’s Heart; September 7, 2022


Psalm 86:11 Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. This Psalm’s attribution is very simply, “A prayer of David,” with no special circumstances … Continue reading

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Focus on God; August 28, 2022


Psalm 63:6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. This Psalm speaks beautifully of the blessings of being in a situation where we are forced to depend on God. The preface … Continue reading

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Reliance; August 13, 2022


Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. I have liked this verse ever since I learned the little chorus that was made from it, along with … Continue reading

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Depending on God; August 9, 2022


Psalm 9:10 Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. The Japanese here gives a slightly different nuance that is worth noting. Where the NIV says “trust in You,” … Continue reading

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God’s Joy; July 30, 2022


Nehemiah 8:10 “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” This is a very famous phrase, rightly enough, but the Japanese translation flips the meaning in a way that is quite possible from the English, but … Continue reading

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Wisdom; April 20, 2022


Proverbs 26:12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. The Bible should always be read in context. This verse is the climax of a string of verses … Continue reading

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Hope; April 6, 2022


Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. This well-known verse is obviously the reason this passage came up in this series on hope, but comparing the Japanese to the English … Continue reading

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