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Verse 22 Greeks should be Assyrians or Phoenicians.
Verse 27 (Taught by way of example, but not stated.) All the prophets were obscure men. To gather
wild figs is a very menial task, yet God made Amos a mighty prophet. (Example; you must be humble,
despised, willing to be walked over.)
 
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Verses 4,5 See Romans 8:1
These statements are in other religions. It is still truth. Our faith should stand in the Word and
power of God. Don't go by what people say, go by the Word. The Lord is my light and salvation, who
shall I fear—don't let circumstances dictate the outcome.
The Word is settled in heaven/different than man's opinion. Example: Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego. God is able to deliver us. Faith in God, not in wisdom of men. They stayed their minds on
their God. Don't stay our mind on opinion of man's Word or in circumstances, but in the power of God.
Lean on God—always be delivered—all the way through the Bible, it's true. Follow the crowd and
you hurt yourself.
I Corinthians 4:ll—have to do a great deal of renewing of the mind—the mind will contradict you if
you don't.
Verse 5 Believing. (Not an Orientalism.) Believe that God can make a way where there is no way.
 
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Verse 1 Judges—those who are not justified. They do justice—not justified by faith (alright as far as
the law is concerned.) Unjust in sight of God. Peace of God comes by spirit, not by good moral
standards. May be a good man, not just if no spirit. Settle the matter between believers—among
ourselves, not to go to courts of the world.
See Job 9:32,33
 
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Verse 1 "It is good for a man not to touch a woman." This is ridiculous. If you say to an Arab that it is
not good for a man to touch a woman, he understands the meaning of it. It means that it is not proper for
a husband to have intercourse with his wife at times.
Verse 5 Eastern translation: "Therefore do not deprive one another, except when both of you consent to
do so, especially at the time you devote your time to fasting and praying; and then come together again,
so that Satan may not tempt you because of your physical passion.''
Stayed mind. Do not fail to come together in marriage relationship (sexually) unless both agree
(mutual consent) not to come together for a certain time for the purpose of giving selves to fasting and
prayer. Must not continue to be separated for long periods of time or Satan may tempt. After fasting and
prayer, will be refreshed spiritually, mentally, physically, this is ancient advice.
There is no virtue or righteousness in fasting in itself but there is in prayer. Fasting merely enhances
prayer because the flesh is brought into subjection to the mind. Can think better, so can pray better.
Without distraction can more easily stay mind. Enhances believing. When Jesus was tempted during his
fast in the wilderness, he resisted the devil with the Word. The devil isn't afraid of our arguments. He is
afraid of the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. If we do not know the Bible, we cannot fight the
Devil. Memorize much scripture. If we know the Word and know how to renew the mind, we can
conquer all the devils that exist. The Devil came after Jesus had fasted a long time. He tests our
faithfulness to the Word. We must read the Word much. Seek God first in everything. Call on Him first
and cannot fail. Spirit is higher than physical. We tire only in the flesh. Get easily tired and excitable
when walking by the flesh rather than by the spirit. We must allow ourselves to be backed by the spirit.
Use the authority of the Word. We get defeated and afraid when we try to stand in our own strength. If a
negative or unrelated thought comes when you are staying your mind, tell it to get out. Fasting helps
stayed mind. When staying mind, cannot keep a "picture" of God in mind because that would be idol
worship. Stay mind by keeping the Word of God in mind! God is a spirit—no picture of him.
Example of stayed mind: "God you have said you know the things that I have need of. I believe you
know what I need and that you are faithful in your promises. Thank you for meeting my needs according
to the authority of the Word." Speak to God while constantly running scripture through the mind. That is
stayed mind on God. We must not be in a hurry when talking to God. He might want to talk back. Speak
audibly if possible. Always when praying, keep the Word rolling in mouth, heart, and mind. Believe that
God is there and answers. There is power and authority in the Word. You are sure He heard you; pray
until you believe.
Verse 21 I Corinthians 7:21. See topical teaching on "Funeral," same tape and index.
Verse 27 Means that when a man is married, he should not get a divorce, but if he is not married, he
should stay single.
Western theology says silver cord is spinal cord. Only wife is allowed to go to cemetery. Other
women are not permitted at cemetery. The Easterner gives the silver cord instead of wedding ring. Wife
comes to grave and puts this silver cord into grave with the husband, "I have kept my vows up to now and
I give back the cord which you gave me." Wife is now free to marry anyone she wants, she is loosed
from her husband.
Verse 28 Paul was talking about virgins that are dedicated to the Lord and decided not to marry. If you
get married you shall have trouble in the flesh, but if you don't get married, I will spare you that. Paul is
saying here that the time for the second coming was at hand, the time is short and we don't have time to
pay a lot of attention to our wives.
Verse 36 Flower of her age means maturity. Being past the flower of her age means that she is now a
virgin. Supposing I have three daughters and none of them marry when they come to the flower of their
age. We try not to keep them too long after that because they will gossip about them. Two of my
daughters get married and I have one that says, I don't want to get married, I want to serve God. I would
like to remain at home and help mother and daddy. I don't care to get married. I don't want to go away
from home. After awhile this daughter decides to get married. The father tells her she has made a vow
with the Lord and must be faithful to the vow. He does not permit her to get married. "If any man thinks
that he is ashamed by the behavior of his virgin daughter because she has passed the marriage age, and he
hath not given her in marriage and that he should give her, let him give her in marriage." They are very
particular with their women in the Orient. They don't play around with the boys like they do here and
they are virgins when they get married. When the Oriental gets married, they are sure the girl is a virgin.
If any man is ashamed by the behavior of his daughter, she may not be misbehaving at all; but that is what
the gossip is about, his virgin daughter who was dedicated to God. In the Orient the father has to give his
permission for the marriage. Here in America the girl just goes and gets married.
Virgin daughter: This is not the relationship between a young man and woman going together.
Background: If daughter comes to her father and says don't pick me a husband, I've decided to serve
God in the temple. To serve in the temple, you must be unmarried: that's the law. If they're widows,
they have to have lived with their husbands seven years from their virginity, then they're qualified to work
in the temple. If they didn't live with their husbands for 7 years, they must wait 60 years until they're
acceptable in the temple. For an unmarried woman, the age doesn't matter, as long as they're going to
remain unmarried while in the service of God. That's why the Roman Catholic nuns never marry.
The father will say you may change your mind about marrying, so, think it over many times before
you decide to be a virgin the rest of your life. Then she'll decide, and will go for two months to bewail
her virginity (Judges 11). For 2 months she prays, consecration, preparation. Her girlfriends go with her
and pray. At the end of the 2 months, she is fully prepared. She gives up all her worldly treasures and
enters the temple. Her father takes her to the temple door and they shave off all of her long hair and put a
white robe on her and a veil on her head because she has no hair. She remains in the temple to assist
those that come there to pray—just like Anna in Luke 2. She lived with her husband for 7 years. She'll
go home at night with her parents to live; works during the day. If she has no father and mother, she'll
live in the temple. Maybe she falls in love after she enters the temple service. This is a scandal—
disgraces her father. Spreads through the community. He says, "I'm a party to your vow. If I give
permission for her to marry after she's made this vow, I'm a party to the sin." No matter how old the girl
is in the East, the father has to give permission to marry. Boys don't need their father's consent. Paul is
saying, such fathers that are adamant and will not give their daughters in marriage because they think they
are committing sin if they did so, to them Paul is writing.
Literal translation: "If any man thinks that he is ashamed of the behavior of his virgin daughter
because he has not given her in marriage, let him give her in marriage and he does not sin." The verse is
concerning the virgin daughter with her relationship to her father and marriage.
Uncomely toward virgin. This is not an "okay" for premarital sex. It is "if any man thinks that he is
ashamed by the behavior of his virgin daughter because she passed the marriage age and he had not given
her in marriage and that he should give her, let him do what he will and he does not sin. Let her be
married. "Lamsa." It is a relationship between the father and daughter. Paul says that if a father gives
permission to his daughter to marry, he does not sin in doing so.
At the end of the two months, the girl goes to the temple to serve. She is eligible to serve at the age
of 16 years. If a woman (19 years) who has been married a year and her husband dies and she desires to
serve in the temple, she must wait for 60 years (for younger widows). If a woman of 26 years who has
been married 7 or more years prior to her husband's death, desires to serve in the temple, then she is
acceptable to serve.
Background: A man can have two, three daughters and one will come and say she wants to dedicate
her life to God and thus never be married. The father must give permission to the girl to get married but
he will not give it if she has dedicated her life to God because it would cause a scandal. The father waits
until he is certain that the girl really wants to dedicate her life before she goes into the ministry. When a
girl goes into service, all her hair is shaven off so she needs a covering when she prays otherwise the
covering is the hair.
"Sanskrit"—"But if any man thinks himself that he is ashamed of the behavior of his virgin daughter
because he has not given her into marriage, let him giveth her in marriage and he sinneth not."
This covers the relationship between the father and the daughter, not that between a man and a wife.
Condemnation does not help people, it makes them go downer and downer. This verse reads, "If a father
thinks that he is ashamed of the behavior of his virgin daughter because he hath not given her in marriage,
let him give her in marriage, he sinneth not."
Bad translation—Moffet is worse. Every man has two daughters. Parents arrange the marriages.
Girl will say, "Father don't arrange my marriage, I am living single to dedicate my life to God." Every
person that serves God in the temple has to be unmarried. Married woman not accepted unless she
becomes a widow and she has lived with her husband for 7 years—that qualifies her to be accepted in the
temple. Father will tell his daughter, "Be careful, if you make your vow to serve God, you must never
change it until you die. In course of time, you'll fall in love with somebody and want to get married and
I'll never be a party to you breaking a vow." He will warn and warn her, and she says, "I know father."
She goes to temple—then falls in love with someone and people see her, then it turns into a scandal in the
town. "She made a vow!" This reaches the father and he gets annoyed, very angry. "I told you so, you
brought disgrace on my name. I'll not give you permission." If the girl is 35-40 years old (in India) the
father's word isn't needed for consent.
The priest, rabbis, and teachers go tell the father not to be mad—she did nothing wrong—she
changed her mind, we all do. So don't be adamant. The father would think he was sinning if he gave his
daughter in marriage. The people tell him you don't sin if you give your daughter in marriage. Not a
question of a boy and girl going together—it's a matter between the father and virgin daughter under these
circumstances (virgin daughter having made a vow).
Literal: "But if any man (father) thinks that he is ashamed of the behavior of his virgin daughter
because he has not given her in marriage let him give her in marriage, he does not sin."
Verse 36-40 Virgin, temple service. This verse has been misread and misunderstood into immorality.
This should be read, "If a man thinks that his virgin daughter ought to be given in marriage and he has not
given her in marriage let him give her in marriage and he does not sin."
If a girl makes up her mind not to get married because she wants to serve in the temple, she tells her
father. The father tells her not to make a hasty decision because once she makes her decision definite it is
a vow to God. He warns her. So she decides to remain unmarried. During the meantime, she falls in
love while serving in the temple, and it becomes a scandal in the city. Now she cannot ask her father for
permission for marriage—he would say, "No, it's a sin." People will say to her father, "Hey, get her
married." She broke her vow—so what. Let her get married. It's better to get married than to be a
scandal in the city like this." The father does not want to give permission for marriage here, because he
would feel as if he were sinning against God.
Paul was talking to such a man. "Past the flower of her age" means past her marriageable age.
"Standeth steadfast in his heart" means she made a vow to remain unmarried. No woman can marry in
the East without her father's permission.
Verse 37 Paul is saying that if a father refuses marriage to his virgin who has dedicated her life for
service to God, he doeth well.
Verse 38 If a woman is dedicated to the Lord for service, that is her highest calling. Second highest
calling is being married to a godly husband, raising children and being a glory to her husband.
 
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Verses 1,2 "Am I not an apostle?..." his defense to people—only mentioned not taught.
Verses 1-4 Apostle. Who said he wasn't? The people said this. Paul called himself an apostle. They
said he hadn't seen Jesus. Therefore, they felt he was not really an apostle. He saw Jesus in a vision. The
people questioned his credentials.
Verse 5 A sister, a wife. In the East, if a Hindu becomes a Christian, he is not supposed to travel with
her. He can travel only with a Christian wife. A Christian wife, in Aramaic 'Katha atha' = a Christian,
convert wife. Katha is not a sister. Here in verse 5 it should be translated, "a Christian convert wife."
"Lead about" should be "travel with." If your wife is not a convert, as a man of God you must leave her at
home. What kind of testimony is it to have his unconverted wife travel with him? If he cannot convert
his wife, why did he come to convert us? Yet he must support her, not give her up. But she is not to
travel with him while he is ministering.
Paul's thorn in the flesh is not sickness, but persecutions. But what was the actual trouble? They
were accusing him of not being an apostle. Why? Because Jesus did not see him physically, like he did
the other apostles. The other 11 were ordained by Jesus.
"Have we not power to lead about a sister...." Sister here means a woman convert who is a wife.
She was a sister in the sense that she was a convert. Whenever a man becomes a Christian he keeps his
pagan wife, but they are not supposed to travel together. Translation—"Have we not power to lead about
a woman convert who is a wife, as well as other apostles, and as brethren of the Lord..." Does that imply
that Paul was married? No, he was not married.
Verse 6 "Have we not power to forbear working?" We work for our living, we are not married. Paul
was kind of up in the air. You can see Paul's flesh coming out there. This term "sister" to distinguish a
convert from pagans. The wives of the early Christian converts remained loyal to their heathen religion.
Christians who married pagan wives with the hope of converting them to Christianity. This passage
indicates that the disciples were not permitted to travel with a wicked woman. If a woman is not a
Christian, the apostle is not supposed to take her out. Such wives were left at home, while husbands
traveled. When the wife became a Christian they traveled together like Aquila and Priscilla.
Verses 24, 25 All run only one receives the prize in a race. Temperate in all things—in order to do job properly.
If people will go without food (speaking of a jockey in a horse race) to win physical rewards and
glory, what about us who strive for the spiritual masteries, crowns?
Verse 27 "But I conquer (subdue my body) so that by no chance when I preach to others will I have
cause to criticize or despise myself."—Translation
 
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Verse 7 "Play" means that when the people are well fed they will either spend their lives in frivolity or
they will get into mischief. We are the same way, when we are well taken care of, our minds depart from
God unless we keep them centered on Him. II Samuel 2:14--"play" means entertain. Could be translated
"the young men now arise and entertain the five senses." Means to fight. In Exodus 32:6—"play" means
that the children of Israel, after they were satisfied and their stomachs were full, began playing around
with idols.
Verse 25 Around, outside the temple there are places built where the people take their offering to
gods—gods can't eat them, so they sell them in the shambles where the sacrificial foods are sold around
the temple, called the shambles. These foods are offered to idols. "No matter what it is—just buy and eat
it." If you ask questions, your conscience will bother you (because they'll tell you that it's offered to
idols).
 
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Verses 1-10 Rail, serving in the temple, shaved head, hair. When a woman makes up her mind to join
the temple to serve there, she must live there. The day she initially goes to serve, she shaves off all of her
hair at the temple entrance. She wears a white robe and removes all of her fancy clothing and jewelry.
She wears a veil over her bald head. In verse 6, no one shaves their head today. The glory of a woman's
head is her hair. She shaves off the glory of her head "at the foot of God."
She covers her bald head with a veil. Yet a covering is not needed if hair is on her head. But if her
head is shaved, she cannot pray without covering because she shaved off her covering, given by God. A
veil is a cloth put on the head—a part of the sari. This is put on when they pray and prophecy and not
before. Verse 10, "power" is the veil. When a woman is traveling somewhere alone, wearing the veil—
no thief will attack her.
The two kinds of veil: (1.) a big sheet that hangs from head to foot, with a small opening through
which she can see. Most Eastern women wear this when they go out. When she does wear this, the
Eastern woman is considered protected. If she were attacked with the veil, it is the Eastern belief that
they are attacking God. So, if one wanted to attack a veiled woman, he would first remove the veil. Song
of Solomon 5:6,7 (this verse should be inverted to make sense). Thieves in the East attack men only.
The men, therefore, wear two shirts to hide their money. Otherwise, they give valuables, money to the
woman with a veil. Eastern customs are based on the Eastern religions and vice versa.
Easterners live their religion. Christians must do this. The veil on the woman's head indicates she is
under the power (authority) of her husband. Angels will support and defend her wherever she is when she
is veiled. The angel will protect her. Christ in you is your protection. (That which was a spiritual
significance because of a tradition and culture.)
Verses 5, 6 The covering of the head is the hair of the woman. They cannot pray without covering their
heads. When shaven, the head must be covered with something—the veil. (This is mentioned in I
Corinthians 11:5,6—not stated.)
When a girl takes ministry in the temple, she goes for the bewailing of her virginity two months
before that day. Most Eastern women have long hair. When she arrives at the door of the temple, all of
her hair is shaved off. Now that she has no covering of hair, she covers her head with a veil when praying
or prophesying. Hair is the natural covering. Never seen a Western lady with hair shorn (cut close) or
shaven. Shorn is what you do to a sheep—you don't shave them.
You can't go into a Roman Catholic, Episcopal church without covering your head. Cover with
handkerchief.
When the Hindu girl takes up work in the temple—she must, she takes 2 months vacation before she
joins the temple. (This is called bewailing of her virginity-Judges 11). After 2 months she comes home
and her parents bring her to the temple and when she enters the temple, they shave off her long hair and
they put a veil and a covering on her head. For she cannot pray in the temple with any hair on her head.
If she had hair she didn't have any covering. Hair is the glory of the woman's head. Therefore, she makes
a vow to take off her glory and lay it at the feet of God. This is oriental culture. She shaves it once a
month after this. Woman is bald. In Roman Catholic nuns, if you take their veil off, in certain order,
you'll see their bald head. This is of Hindu origin. If a woman has hair on her head, she doesn't need
anything on top. Because these women in the temple shave their heads, they need a veil to cover their heads.
Shorn-shaved as close as a sheep is shorn.
Verse 6 "Shorn or shaven"—The veil is the covering for the head for a girl who has shaved off all her
hair, the hair is a covering for the girl who still has it. A hat or veil is not necessary for the woman who
has hair.
Verses 9,10 The veil they wear in the East (covers the whole head). The veil is a symbol of God's
protection—security, safety. If a woman is in the way (traveling) with a veil on—no thief will attack her.
They all fear God—if you fight this woman, you're fighting God. Rebecca came to marry Isaac—when
she saw Isaac, she put the veil on—had no veil on before because she was accompanied by women.
Power on her head is the veil—with the veil is the protection of God. She can travel alone with any
amount of money and she'd be safe. We have Christ in us, don't need a veil. Because of the angels—
guardian angels protect them. Literal: "In order that ye may have the protection of the angels let a
woman wear a veil on her head."
 
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Verse 34 I Timothy 2:12. Woman (teaching). It is not true that a woman should not teach or preach in
church. In East, men sit on one side, women on the other side of the meeting room. After meeting is
over, the men discuss and debate what was taught. When the women start yelling across too, it becomes
more confusing. "Teach" in Timothy should be "debate." But women can preach. It is not usurping
authority over the man.
Husband is head of the home and women should not usurp that authority. Sometimes men are afraid
of the woman getting involved in teaching, preaching, talking too much, etc., because they like to boss her
and see themselves as superior. It is not a God-ordained viewpoint. A woman does not submit because
she is inferior to or afraid of her husband, because that would be of the flesh. It is rather a spiritual matter
of obedience to the will of God. The relationship is not superior-inferior, but is a spiritual relationship
based on love.
In the East, man sits on one side of the church and the woman on the other. Man and wife don't sit
together—men with men, women with women. After the benediction in the East, everyone remains
seated—no hurry. The men start reading the Bible about what the pastor said—they discuss: Was he
right when he said this? All men join the discussion. A woman from one end will yell over to the men
and say, "Bill, I agree with you." More of the women joined in—there was GREAT confusion—
everyone had his own opinion—Paul says, let the women keep silent and ask at home what they were
discussing. I Timothy 2:11,12 (in connection with the above reference).
I Timothy 2:11,12. Teach should be debate. This is the same as in I Corinthians 14:34. Don't yell
across the aisles and debate with the men—ask them at home. This is too much confusion.
The man is the lord of the woman—she should be in agreeance with what he says—not to argue with
him. She should be humble, submissive, silent, gracious, kind, courteous, sweet, loving—that's the
woman's job—culture.
 
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Verse 32 "I have fought with beasts at Ephesus."—means I have fought with wild beasts at Ephesus.
The Roman authorities inflicted punishment on the early believers by having them thrown in with the
wild animals and fighting them at the theaters and arenas.
 
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Verse 9 III John 9,10. Adversary. If a door is opened unto you to declare and testify the whole counsel
of God, the enemy of our souls who is roaming about stirs up people to question and confuse, to upset
you. Even own brothers will oppose. (III John 9.) Many people are on fire for the lord but support the
devil at the same time. Often adversaries come through our own minds.
Verse 13 Watch ye—be prayerful, be constantly alert, spiritually—constantly filling your mind with the
Word of God—constantly alert with the Word of God in your mind.
Ends—Quit you like men-be bold.
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