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Jul 10, 2024

2KINGS 11-12:
Yesterday's story was of Jehu, anointed on Elisha's orders, and who executed the Lord's vengeance on Ahab and his whole family, and even his friends and the worshipers of Baal. However, after that, he still didn't follow the Lord, but continued the idolatry of Israel.

PSALM 128:
Today’s Song of Ascent has a similar theme about the Lord’s blessings for families as yesterday’s psalm. Unlike what I said about translating the Hebrew word ‘sons’ in Psalm 127, the context of today’s psalm seems more inclusive, so we can easily agree with the  NET and other versions in translating that word as ‘children’ here in Psalm 128.

JOHN 13a:
Jesus’ words often have a double meaning. An example was heard yesterday when He said, “when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”

NLT Translation notes:
John 13:2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas[, 0>>//son of Simon Iscariot,] to betray Jesus. [Judas was the son of (a man named) Simon from the village Carioth.]
8 “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”
Jesus replied, “[PET: If I don't wash your feet, you're no longer My follower.///Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.]”
12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was [showing you//doing]?
17 [You ought to wash each other’s feet.] Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.
[Repeating the thing Jesus wants them to do makes the last sentence more understandable. “Doing them” does not mean taking slaves or sending messages.]
26 Jesus responded, “It is the one to whom I give the bread I dip in the bowl.” And when he had dipped it, he gave it to Judas, son of Simon[, the man from Carioth// Iscariot].
31 As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for [Me] the Son of Man to enter into [my/his] glory, and God will be glorified because of [Me/him].
32 And since [my Father, God,/God] receives glory because of [Me, his/the] Son,i he will soon [also] give glory to [Me/the Son].
36 [0/Simon] Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?”
And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.”


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