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“Psalm 145. The psalmist is evidently thinking of the continuity of faith and testimony through the generations to the present (vv. 4–7)—especially of testimony to God’s wide dominion (vv. 11–13), his care for all that he has made, and his compassion toward the sinful, the fallen, the bowed down, and all who cry to him for help.” (Page 397)
“Moses outlines three areas of responsibility for heads of households. Husbands of war brides are limited in their authority. The conditions for taking a war bride (vv. 12–13) indicate her transfer from her pagan nation to the family of Israel and her mourning for her own family. Since war brides are people, not slaves or chattels, they may be let go but may not be sold as slaves or as merchandise. The rights of the firstborn are to be maintained (vv. 15–17). Finally, the elders at the gate (where judicial cases are brought) are to strengthen and support parental authority in the case of a rebellious son as a means of reinforcing the security and continuity of the covenant community.” (Page 123)
“In verses 7–9 John warns that baptism without a change of life-style is worthless” (Page 809)
“proclaims that Christians are the true circumcision” (Page 1044)
“‘righteous’ designates anyone in a right relationship with God.” (Page 1162)
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