Sometimes I have material left over when I edit Comments down to fit the available space. This page presents notes that landed on the clipping room floor. Some may be useful to you. While I avoid technical language in the Comments (or explain special terms), Clippings may have unexplained jargon from time to time.
A hypertext Glossary of Terms is integrated with Clippings. Simply click on any highlighted word in the text and a pop-up window will appear with a definition. Bibliographic references are also integrated in the same way.
See also Micah 6:6-8. James 1:27 says: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” [ NOAB]
Verse 3: “fast”: See also Leviticus 23:26-32. Jeremiah 36:9 says “In the fifth year of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah, in the ninth month, all the people in Jerusalem and all the people who came from the towns of Judah to Jerusalem proclaimed a fast before the Lord”. [ NOAB]
Verse 8: “light”: 42:6-7, part of a Servant Song, says “I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness”. [ NOAB]
Verse 9: “the pointing of a finger”: Proverbs 6:12-15 says “A scoundrel and a villain goes around with crooked speech, winking the eyes, shuffling the feet, pointing the fingers, ... on such a one calamity will descend suddenly; in a moment, damage beyond repair”. [ NOAB]
Verses 13-14: Strict observance of the Sabbath was increasingly emphasized in post-exilic Judaism: see also 56:2; Matthew 12:1-8. [ NOAB] Associating the Sabbath with concern for the poor explains the addition of these verses. [ NJBC]
This is an alphabetical acrostic like Psalm 111: every line begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It is similar to Psalm 1, but is more concerned with righteousness (vv. 1-9) and less with the punishment of ungodliness (v. 10). [ NOAB] The similarities with Psalm 111 are:
Verse 1: “Praise the Lord”: In Hebrew, Hallelujah. The preceding and following psalms also begin in this way. [ NOAB]
Verse 1: "his commandments": In Psalm 111:1, the equivalent is “the congregation”.
1 Corinthians 2:1-12,(13-16)
Verses 1-5: For the cross as central to Christian life and faith, see also 11:25; 2 Corinthians 4:10; Philippians 3:18; Galatians 3:13; Romans 3:25; 6:3. The power of God is evident through the works of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 11:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; Galatians 3:2, 5) and manifests its perfection through human “weakness” (v. 3). [ CAB]
Verse 3: “in weakness ...”: Unlike itinerant philosophers, who made a good living from the credulity of the simple. [ NJBC]
Verse 5: “the power of God”: i.e. God active in history. [ NJBC]
Verses 6,8: “rulers of this age”: It is possible that Paul is referring to cosmic demonic powers: see Ephesians 1:20-21; 3:10; 6:12. He may be referring to both the current political and religious leaders and to demonic powers. In Acts 4:25-28, the reference is clearly to the current leaders. [ NOAB]
Verse 9: Human inability to grasp God’s purposes was known in the Old Testament, but while JBC says that the quotation may be a mixture of Isaiah 64:4 and Psalm 31:19, NJBC suggests that this is not an Old Testament quotation at all.
Verse 12: “the spirit of the world”: Possibly the mentality of a corrupt society. [ JBC]
Verse 13: “salt”: Salt is both a spice and a preservative: like a good teacher. Another possibility for salt losing its taste: salt was heavily taxed. It was adulterated by mixing it with a cheap white powder. In this way it could lose its strong taste. [ NJBC]
Verse 18: “one letter”: In Greek, iota, the smallest letter. [ NJBC]
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