Scripture Studies

A journal of exposition and study of the Bible.

"Scripture Studies" is a journal dedicated to the study and exposition of the Bible, for those who love the study of the Bible, for those who respect the Bible as the Word of God, for those who want to know the Bible better. May the Lord bless you as you study His Word.

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Christian Quote of the Week (or so!):

The Dangers of the World, and God's Sovereignty

"For what else can be said where heat and cold bring equal danger? Then, in what direction soever you turn, all surrounding objects not only may do harm, but almost openly threaten and seem to present immediate death. Go on board a ship, you are but a plank’s breadth from death. Mount a horse, the stumbling of a foot endangers your life. Walk along the streets, every tile upon the roofs is a source of danger. If a sharp instrument is in your own hand, or that of a friend, the possible harm is manifest. All the savage beasts you see are so many beings armed for your destruction. Even within a high-walled garden, where everything ministers to delight, a serpent will sometimes lurk. Your house, constantly exposed to fire, threatens you with poverty by day, with destruction by night. Your fields, subject to hail, mildew, drought, and other injuries, denounce barrenness, and thereby famine. I say nothing of poison, treachery, robbery, some of which beset us at home, others follow us abroad. Amid these perils, must not man be very miserable, as one who, more dead than alive, with difficulty draws an anxious and feeble breath, just as if a drawn sword were constantly suspended over his neck?... But when once the light of Divine Providence has illumined the believer's soul, he is relieved and set free, not only from the extreme fear and anxiety which formerly oppressed him, but from all care. For as he justly shudders at the idea of chance, so he can confidently commit himself to God. This, I say, is his comfort, that his heavenly Father so embraces all things under his power — so governs them at will by His nod — so regulates them by His wisdom, that nothing takes place save according to His appointment; that received into His favour, and entrusted to the care of His angels, neither fire, nor water, nor sword, can do him harm, except in so far as God their master is pleased to permit."

-– John Calvin (1509-1564), from Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book I, Chapter 17, Sections 10-11

Related Bible Verse: 
"My times are in your hands." (Ps. 31:15)

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Scripture Studies PDF eBooks:

We have collated Scripture Studies articles into complete PDF eBooks, each eBook covering a specific book or portion of the Bible. The following eBooks are available for download, free of charge:

Scripture Studies on the Book of Ecclesiastes 
Scripture Studies on the Epistle to the Philippians 
Scripture Studies on the Epistle of James

Latest Issue of Scripture Studies:

Vol. XVI, No. 1 - February 2017

Old Testament Study - Exodus 26
The Curtains and the Vail, by C. H. Mackintosh (1858)

A Classic Study - Job 1:10 (part 1)
God's Hedge of Protection About Job, by Joseph Caryl (1644)

A New Testament Study - Matthew 28:1-15
The Resurrection of Christ, by Scott Sperling

A Topical Study - On Prayer
How to Begin Every Day with God, pt. 5, by Matthew Henry

A Study in Wisdom - Proverbs 3:1-12
Imperatives and Benefits, by Scott Sperling

A Meditation - The Spiritual Chemist
A Meditation Upon the Perching of a Piece of Cloth, by William Spurstowe

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