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Calendar of Quotations from Old and New Testament -

with applications to daily living by Philip G. Roets, priest, teacher, Biblical scholar. Translations of Bible are by Phil from Hebrew (OT) and Greek (NT).


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February 1.

“The just man is a tree that produces fruit at the right time.” Psalm 1:3.
The just man is honest, open-hearted, reliable, conscientious and generous.

“The kingdom of heaven is a beautiful pearl.” Matthew 13:45.
Total self-giving assures success, happiness, peace and contentment.

February 2.

“So now, earthly rulers, learn wisdom: Respect the Lord and serve him.” Psalm 2:10.
A ruler’s insight teaches him high esteem for God and service of people.

“The kingdom of heaven is a net cast into the sea.” Matthew 13:47.
Your life is a net that gathers all your actions but only the good actions are kept.

February 3.

“Peacefully I lie down and fall asleep because the Lord makes me secure.” Psalm 4:8.
Faith in God’s caring for this world removes many an anxious moment.

“Do not cast your pearls before swine.” Matthew 7:6.
Strong words but true. Don’t waste your love on people who can’t or won’t respond.

February 4.

“You speak well of the just man, Lord, and your favor is a shield to protect them.” Psalm 5:12.
The reliable person is secure in his convictions.

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12.
If you want a smile, give a smile. If you want a kind word, give a kind word.

February 5.

“God is a just judge who is slow to anger.” Psalm 7:1
We make our own judgment by the actions of our daily life.

“By their fruits you shall know them.” Matthew 7:20.
Don't cry over the results. Look back at your efforts.

February 6.

“O Lord, our God, how great is your name throughout the earth.” Psalm 8:1.
The ideals and principles handed down by our God are constant and reliable.

“Everyone who listens to me is like the wise man who built his house on rock.” Matthew 7:25.
Willing obedience to wise rules is the solid foundation of success.

February 7.

“You have made man master of the work of your hands.” Proverbs 8:6.
The value of each individual person is the rock-bottom principle of Christian belief.

“Why are you frightened, you of little faith?” Matthew 8:26.
Faith removes fear because faith is rooted in wisdom and expressed in courage.

February 8.

“O Lord, you bring strength to the hearts of those in need.” Psalm 10:17.
The consciousness of God's purpose in life makes daily problems more surmountable.

“The harvest is rich but the laborers are few.” Matthew 9:37.
Everyone Christian should be living a daily life that gives the satisfaction of harvest.

February 9.

“O Lord, guard me like the pupil of your eye.” Psalm 17:8.
The conscience of man is an awareness of the nearness of God.

“I am sending you as sheep among wolves.” Matthew 10:16.
Christian ideals are always challenged.

February 10.

“O Lord, hide me in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 17:18.
The nearness of God gives a sense of security, peace and protection.

“Take up my yoke and learn of me for I am gentle and easy to approach.” Matthew 11:29.
Jesus invites follwers but he does not badger or push.

February 11.

“I take shelter in the Lord, my rock, my shield, my fortress, my refuge.” Psalm 18:2.
All this imagery stresses the solidity and stability of the wisdom of God.

“For the son of man is master even of the Sabbath.” Matthew 12:8.
Ritual and custom must hield to the needs of people.

February 12.

“The vault of the sky proclaims the skillful work of God.” Psalm 19:1.
The more we learn about outer space, the stars, the planets, the more we learn of God’s plan.

“For a man‘s words flow from what fills the heart.” Matthew 12:34.
Check especially the tone of your speech if you wish to know what fills your heart.

February 13.

“The law of the Lord is life, the decree of the Lord is wisdom.” Psalm 19:7.
The law of God as taught by Jesus is positive, intelligible, and life-giving.

“Some seed fell on the footpath and the birds came and ate it up.” Matthew 13:4.
These are people who hear the word of God but pay no attention (no roots).

February 14.

“The rules of the Lord are joy, the commandment of the Lord is light.” Psalm 19:8.
The Christian law is the law of fulfillment and completion.

“Jesus did not come to call the just but sinners.” Matthew 9:13.
Everyone fails at times but the true believer never gives in to failure.

February 15.

“The Lord is my shepherd: I want for nothing.” Psalm 23:1.
The image of shepherd stresses the duty of the sheep to respond and follow.

“You have received without cost, give without a charge.” Matthew 10:8.
Generosity is the way to a happy, growing brotherhood of man.

February 16.

“The Lord‘s is the earth and all that is in it: the world and all who live in it.” Psalm 24:1.
The more we learn of the balance of nature the more we see the wisdom of God.

“Come to me all you who labor and are heavily burdened and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.
A life of hardship and toil can produce joy rather than become drudgery.

February 17.

“Do not be like foolish horse and mule that need bit and bridle to restrain them.” Psalm 32:9.
If a person learn self-control, he does not need restraints from others.

“My yoke is adapted to each person and therefore the burden is light.” Matthew 11:30.
Jesus asked not for blind faith but wise responsibility.

February 18.

“Send your light and your truth as my guide to the place where you dwell.” Psalm 43:3.
The truth about the value of man and his goals make a full life possible.

“A tree can be told by its fruit.” Matthew 12:33.
Your own personal actions are the result of your desires and goals.

February 19.

“If the Lord does not build the house, they labor in vain who built it.” Psalm 127:1.
Work that is contrary to the nature of man is self-destructive.

“The sower goes out to sow some seed.” Matthew 13:4.
The seed is the word of God as taught by Jesus Christ.

February 20.

“The Lord provides for those whom he loves even when they sleep.” Psalm 127:2.
Breathing, heart beat, circulation of blood: life processes that go on without our thinking.

“Some seed fell among thorns and the thorns choked it out.” Matthew 13:7.
These people listen and resolve but the cares and worries of daily life choke out their good intentions (no fruits).

February 21.

“How good and delightful for all to life together as brothers.” Psalm 133:1.
Already in the Old Covenent, the brotherhood of man was to be attained in the Fatherhood of God.

“The householder brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” Matthew 13:452.
The value of the present moment is founded on the past and build toward the future.

February 22.

“Reverence for God is the beginning of Wisdom.” Proverbs 1:7.
This reverence means attention to his plan and obedience to his laws.

“If one blind man leads another, both will fall into the ditch.” Matthew 15:14.
Seek advice from a person who knows the area.

February 23.

“The Lord abhors a man who sows dissension among his brothers.” Proverbs 6:19.
Such a person is like termites: their deadly work is not noticed until the house collapses.

“What will a person gain if he wins the whole world and destroys himself?” Matthew 16:26.
In every action today, make sure your goal is one that will last.

February 24.

“The slack hand brings poverty, but the diligent hand brings wealth.” Proverbs 10:4.
Laziness always causes waste and dependency; diligence finds a way to survive and move forward.

“What can a person offer in exchange for himself?” Matthew 16:26.
If you are pleased with the self you create, what good are the other trinkets?

February 25.

“Hatred provokes disputes: love covers over all offenses.” Proverbs 10:12
Sincere respect for each individual removes the cause of most problems.

“Unless you become as little children you will never enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3.
Children are enthusiastic, optimistic and curious.

February 26.

“He who ignores correction, wanders astray.” Proverbs 10:17.
Criticism of others should always be noted and weighed regardless of the motive that prompted it.

“Will he not leave the ninety-nine and go in search of the one that is lost?” Matthew 18:12.
There is always hope as long as a person wants to try.

February 27.

“A flood of words is never without its fault.” Proverbs 10:19.
Constant prattling means thoughtless, and therefore frequently, harmful words.

“Wherever two or three gather together in my name there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20.
No matter how small the group, power comes from cooperation.

February 28.

“As vinegar to the teeth, smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard as a messenger.” Proverbs 10:19.
Vinegar bites, smoke stings, and the lazy person harms others by irresponsibility.

“Each of you must forgive your brother from your heart.” Matthew 18:35.
Forgiveness is a matter of family sharing.

February 29.

“The man who finds me (Yahweh) finds life.” Proverbs 8:35.
Yahweh guides each willing person to a full life.

“I, with you, am to the end of time.” Matthew 28:20.
You will not be abandoned - unless you want to be.

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