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A man decided to go to the market with her twelve-year-old son. They mounted the two on his Mule and undertook the March. While, the people who were found on the road, began to murmur and say:
-What abusers! They have no minor consideration with the poor animal. They will burst of tiredness. How is happens to go both on the Mule-mounted!
To hear these criticisms, the father decided to continue the journey on foot and fell of the Mule. Soon, however, listened to new criticism from those who were in their March:
-The youth of today have lost all respect and education. Seen Tulieries: that mounted the Mule boy in the flower of life and the poor father walking!
The boy fell from the Mule and father rode is in it for this will continue along the road. Once again, they could immediately hear the murmurs:
-So inconsiderate man!: well tranquilazo in the Mule and the poor boy walk. Look at there soulless men... Considered and treated their own children as slaves.
Then the father said to his son:
-Only we need both we load the Mule and I am sure that they also ridiculed us. Us fix the two in the beast, which is what I think most suitable, and others say and think whatever they want.
(Retelling of the fable de Lafontaine)
We teach to act consistently, according to what we think and believe, without being vanes that move to lower blow of opinion. Teach to be persons able to act as men of thought and thinking as men of action. Yes, we always listen to others, but let's and to process their words, to go to the bottom of what we say and find out why they say us, so that we always maintain a firm stance against alleged information, rumours, fashion, values and advertising...
We learn to listen, to reject them and not follow them, the messages of the propagators of false illusions, which sow despondency and despair. We listen and follow those whose words give life, stimulate, encourage the enthusiasm and hope...
Today, the majority of the people, trying to be authentic and original, do what you are told to do, is carried by the fashions, which say, by advertising, by the opinions of others. Think of lent, create and repeat what they hear. Increasingly confused more and more ideas with propaganda, voices with noise, communication with call by phone and hollow chatter.
An education that teach how to be original, to think with his own head and act accordingly, whatever they say, think what others think is urgently needed. Education for authenticity: to help to know, to be evaluated and to engage in a full and authentic life. To do this, we need real educators, actively engaged in the construction of his own fullness.
THE MAN IS...
The man is unreasonable, illogical and ignorant... no matter, accept it!
If you do good, they will say that your purposes are selfish... no matter, do good!
If you make your goals, you'll find false friends and true enemies... never mind, make them!
He rather than you do today, tomorrow no one will remember it... no matter, do good!
Honesty and sincerity make you vulnerable... no matter, be frank and honest!
What years have built can be destroyed in a second... no matter, build!
If aid people will say that you have interests... no matter, help her!
Give the world the best of ti, although you receive kicks... no matter, gives the best of ti! (Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

Translated for educational purposes.

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Chapter 13. “The Law of Jehovah Is Perfect”

References and Scriptures

Deuteronomy 6:6, 7 words that I am commanding you today must be on your heart, 7 and you must inculcate them in your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up.
Leviticus 18:1-30 Jehovah continued to speak to Moses, saying: 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them, ‘I am Jehovah your God. 3 You must not behave as they do in the land of Egypt, where you were dwelling, and you must not do what they do in the land of Ca′naan, where I am bringing you. And you must not walk in their statutes. 4 You should carry out my judicial decisions, and you should keep my statutes and walk in them. I am Jehovah your God. 5 You must keep my statutes and my judicial decisions; anyone who does so will live by means of them. I am Jehovah. 6 “‘No man among you should approach any of his close relatives to have sexual relations. I am Jehovah. 7 You must not have sexual relations with your father, and you must not have sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother, and you must not have sexual relations with her. 8 “‘You must not have sexual relations with your father’s wife. It is exposing your father to shame. 9 “‘You must not have sexual relations with your sister, either the daughter of your father or the daughter of your mother, whether she is born in the same household or born outside of it. 10 “‘You must not have sexual relations with the daughter of your son or the daughter of your daughter, because they are your own nakedness. 11 “‘You must not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father’s wife, the offspring of your father, because she is your sister. 12 “‘You must not have sexual relations with your father’s sister. She is your father’s blood relative. 13 “‘You must not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister, because she is your mother’s blood relative. 14 “‘You must not expose your father’s brother to shame by having sexual relations with his wife. She is your aunt. 15 “‘You must not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son’s wife, and you must not have relations with her. 16 “‘You must not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife, because it is exposing your brother to shame. 17 “‘You must not have sexual relations with a woman and her daughter. You must not take the daughter of her son and the daughter of her daughter in order to have relations. They are her close relatives; it is an obscene act. 18 “‘You must not take a woman in addition to her sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while her sister is alive. 19 “‘You must not approach a woman during her menstrual impurity to have sexual relations with her. 20 “‘You must not have sexual intercourse with the wife of your fellow man, making yourself unclean. 21 “‘You must not allow any of your offspring to be offered to Mo′lech. You must not profane the name of your God in that way. I am Jehovah. 22 “‘You must not lie down with a male in the same way that you lie down with a woman. It is a detestable act. 23 “‘A man must not have sexual intercourse with an animal to become unclean by it; nor should a woman offer herself to an animal to have intercourse with it. It is a violation of what is natural. 24 “‘Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for it is by all these things that the nations that I am driving out from before you have made themselves unclean. 25 Therefore, the land is unclean, and I will bring punishment on it for its error, and the land will vomit its inhabitants out. 26 But you yourselves must keep my statutes and my judicial decisions, and you must not do any of these detestable things, whether a native or a foreigner who is residing among you. 27 For all these detestable things were done by the men who lived in the land before you, and now the land is unclean. 28 Then the land will not have to vomit you out for defiling it in the same way that it will vomit out the nations that were before you. 29 If anyone does any of these detestable things, all those doing them must be cut off from among their people. 30 You must keep your obligation to me by not practicing any of the detestable customs that were carried on before you, so that you do not make yourselves unclean by them. I am Jehovah your God.’”
Exodus 20:14 must not commit adultery.
Exodus 22:22-24 must not afflict any widow or fatherless child. 23 If you afflict him at all, so that he cries out to me, I will unfailingly hear his outcry; 24 and my anger will blaze, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives will become widows, and your children will be fatherless.
 
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Deuteronomy 21:15-17 a man has two wives and he loves one more than the other and both have borne sons to him and the firstborn son belongs to the unloved one, 16 on the day that he gives his inheritance to his sons, he will not be allowed to treat the son of the loved one as his firstborn at the expense of the son of the unloved one, the firstborn. 17 He should recognize as the firstborn the unloved one’s son by giving him the double portion of everything he has, for that one is the beginning of his procreative power. The right of the firstborn’s position belongs to him.
Proverbs 18:13 anyone replies to a matter before he hears the facts,It is foolish and humiliating.
Genesis 2:18 Jehovah God said: “It is not good for the man to continue to be alone. I am going to make a helper for him, as a complement of him.”
Genesis 2:20-24 the man named all the domestic animals and the flying creatures of the heavens and every wild animal of the field, but for man there was no helper as a complement of him. 21 So Jehovah God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and while he was sleeping, he took one of his ribs and then closed up the flesh over its place. 22 And Jehovah God built the rib that he had taken from the man into a woman, and he brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said: “This is at last bone of my bonesAnd flesh of my flesh. This one will be called Woman,Because from man she was taken.” 24 That is why a man will leave his father and his mother and he will stick to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Exodus 32:9 went on to say to Moses: “I have seen that this is an obstinate people.
 
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Deuteronomy 24:1-4 “If a man marries a woman but she does not please him because he found something indecent about her, he must write out a certificate of divorce for her, hand it to her, and dismiss her from his house. 2 After she leaves his house, she may go and become another man’s wife. 3 If the second man hates her and writes out a certificate of divorce for her, hands it to her, and dismisses her from his house or if the second man who married her should die, 4 her first husband who dismissed her will not be allowed to take her back again as his wife after she has been defiled, for that is something detestable to Jehovah. You must not bring sin into the land that Jehovah your God is giving you as an inheritance.
Matthew 19:8 said to them: “Out of regard for your hard-heartedness, Moses made the concession to you of divorcing your wives, but that has not been the case from the beginning.
 
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Leviticus 19:18 must not take vengeance nor hold a grudge against the sons of your people, and you must love your fellow man as yourself. I am Jehovah.
Matthew 22:37-40 said to him: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 The second, like it, is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments the whole Law hangs, and the Prophets.”
Exodus 23:6 are not to pervert the judgment of the poor one among you in his legal case.
Leviticus 19:14 must not curse a deaf man or put an obstacle before a blind man, and you must be in fear of your God. I am Jehovah.
Leviticus 19:33, 34 a foreigner resides with you in your land, you must not mistreat him. 34 The foreigner who resides with you should become to you like a native among you; and you must love him as yourself, for you were foreign residents in the land of Egypt. I am Jehovah your God.
Deuteronomy 22:4 you see your brother’s donkey or his bull fall down on the road, you must not deliberately ignore it. You should without fail help him raise the animal up.
Deuteronomy 22:10 must not plow with a bull and a donkey together.
Deuteronomy 24:17, 18 must not pervert the judgment of the foreign resident or of the fatherless child, and you must not seize the garment of a widow as security for a loan. 18 Remember that you became a slave in Egypt, and Jehovah your God redeemed you from there. That is why I am commanding you to do this.
 
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Psalm 119:11 my heart I treasure up your sayingSo that I may not sin against you.
Psalm 119:97 I do love your law! I ponder over it all day long.

Questions for Meditation



Leviticus 19:9, 10; Deuteronomy 24:19 How do you feel about the God who makes such laws?

Leviticus 19:9, 10 you reap the harvest of your land, you must not reap the edge of your field completely and you must not pick up the gleaning of your harvest. 10 Also, you must not gather the leftovers of your vineyard or pick up the scattered grapes of your vineyard. You should leave them for the poor and the foreign resident. I am Jehovah your God.
Deuteronomy 24:19 you reap your harvest from your field and you have forgotten a sheaf in the field, do not go back to get it. It should be left for the foreign resident, the fatherless child, and the widow, so that Jehovah your God may bless you in all that you do.


Psalm 19:7-14 How did David feel about “the law of Jehovah,” and how precious should God’s laws be to us?

Psalm 19:7-14 law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring strength. The reminder of Jehovah is trustworthy, making the inexperienced one wise.  8 The orders from Jehovah are righteous, causing the heart to rejoice;The commandment of Jehovah is clean, making the eyes shine.  9 The fear of Jehovah is pure, lasting forever. The judgments of Jehovah are true, altogether righteous. 10 They are more desirable than gold,Than much fine gold,And sweeter than honey, the honey that drips from the combs. 11 By them your servant has been warned;In keeping them, there is a large reward. 12 Who can discern mistakes? Pronounce me innocent from sins I am unaware of. 13 And hold your servant back from presumptuous acts;Do not let them dominate me. Then I will be complete,And innocent of blatant sins. 14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heartBe pleasing to you, O Jehovah, my Rock and my Redeemer.


Micah 6:6-8 How does this passage help us to see that Jehovah’s laws cannot rightly be viewed as burdensome?

Micah 6:6-8 what will I come before Jehovah? With what will I bow before God on high? Will I come before him with whole burnt offerings,With year-old calves?  7 Will Jehovah be pleased with thousands of rams,With tens of thousands of torrents of oil? Will I give my firstborn son for my revolt,The fruit of my body for my sin?  8 He has told you, O man, what is good. And what is Jehovah requiring of you? Only to exercise justice, to cherish loyalty,And to walk in modesty with your God!


Matthew 23:23-39 How did the Pharisees show that they had missed the point of the Law, and how is this a warning example for us?

Matthew 23:23-39 to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you give the tenth of the mint and the dill and the cumin, but you have disregarded the weightier matters of the Law, namely, justice and mercy and faithfulness. These things it was necessary to do, yet not to disregard the other things. 24 Blind guides, who strain out the gnat but gulp down the camel! 25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of greediness and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may also become clean. 27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you resemble whitewashed graves, which outwardly indeed appear beautiful but inside are full of dead men’s bones and of every sort of uncleanness. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you build the graves of the prophets and decorate the tombs of the righteous ones, 30 and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have shared with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 Therefore, you are testifying against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Well, then, fill up the measure of your forefathers. 33 “Serpents, offspring of vipers, how will you flee from the judgment of Ge•hen′na? 34 For this reason, I am sending to you prophets and wise men and public instructors. Some of them you will kill and execute on stakes, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, 35 so that there may come upon you all the righteous blood spilled on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zech•a•ri′ah son of Bar•a•chi′ah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. 37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the killer of the prophets and stoner of those sent to her—how often I wanted to gather your children together the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings! But you did not want it. 38 Look! Your house is abandoned to you. 39 For I say to you, you will by no means see me from now until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in Jehovah’s name!’” 

Theocratic Ministry School ▲

No. 1: Numbers 33:24-49 (4 min. or less)

(Numbers 33:24-49) that they departed from Mount She′pher and camped at Har•a′dah. 25 Then they departed from Har•a′dah and camped at Mak•he′loth. 26 Next they departed from Mak•he′loth and camped at Ta′hath. 27 After that they departed from Ta′hath and camped at Te′rah. 28 Then they departed from Te′rah and camped at Mith′kah. 29 Later they departed from Mith′kah and camped at Hash•mo′nah. 30 Next they departed from Hash•mo′nah and camped at Mo•se′roth. 31 Then they departed from Mo•se′roth and camped at Ben′e-ja′a•kan. 32 And they departed from Ben′e-ja′a•kan and camped at Hor-hag•gid′gad. 33 Next they departed from Hor-hag•gid′gad and camped at Jot′ba•thah. 34 Later they departed from Jot′ba•thah and camped at A•bro′nah. 35 Then they departed from A•bro′nah and camped at E′zi•on-ge′ber. 36 After that they departed from E′zi•on-ge′ber and camped in the wilderness of Zin, that is, Ka′desh. 37 Later they departed from Ka′desh and camped at Mount Hor, on the frontier of the land of E′dom. 38 And Aaron the priest went up into Mount Hor at the order of Jehovah and died there in the 40th year after the Israelites left the land of Egypt, in the fifth month, on the first of the month. 39 Aaron was 123 years old at his death on Mount Hor. 40 Now the king of A′rad, the Ca′naan•ite who was dwelling in the Neg′eb in the land of Ca′naan, heard about the coming of the Israelites. 41 In time they departed from Mount Hor and camped at Zal•mo′nah. 42 After that they departed from Zal•mo′nah and camped at Pu′non. 43 Next they departed from Pu′non and camped at O′both. 44 Then they departed from O′both and camped at I′ye-ab′a•rim, on the border of Mo′ab. 45 Later they departed from I′yim and camped at Di′bon-gad. 46 After that they departed from Di′bon-gad and camped at Al′mon-dib•la•tha′im. 47 Then they departed from Al′mon-dib•la•tha′im and camped in the mountains of Ab′a•rim before Ne′bo. 48 Finally they departed from the mountains of Ab′a•rim and camped on the desert plains of Mo′ab by the Jordan at Jer′i•cho. 49 They continued camping along the Jordan, from Beth-jesh′i•moth as far as A′bel-shit′tim, on the desert plains of Mo′ab.

No. 2: Do Not Underestimate the Devil’s Power—rs p. 364 ¶2–p. 365 ¶2 (5 min.)

rs p. 364 ¶2–p. 365 ¶2 Satan the Devil
Jesus Christ referred to him as being “the ruler of the world,” the one whom mankind in general obeys by heeding his urgings to ignore God’s requirements. (John 14:30; Eph. 2:2) The Bible also calls him “the god of this system of things,” who is honored by the religious practices of people who adhere to this system of things.—2 Cor. 4:4; 1 Cor. 10:20.
When endeavoring to tempt Jesus Christ, the Devil “brought him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth in an instant of time; and the Devil said to him: ‘I will give you all this authority and the glory of them, because it has been delivered to me, and to whomever I wish I give it. You, therefore, if you do an act of worship before me, it will all be yours.’” (Luke 4:5-7) Revelation 13:1, 2 reveals that Satan gives ‘power, throne and great authority’ to the global political system of rulership. Daniel 10:13, 20 discloses that Satan has had demonic princes over principal kingdoms of the earth. Ephesians 6:12 refers to these as constituting ‘governments, authorities, world rulers of this darkness, wicked spirit forces in heavenly places.’
No wonder that 1 John 5:19 says: “The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” But his power is only for a limited period of time and is only by the toleration of Jehovah, who is God Almighty.

No. 3: Administration—The “Administration” That God Has Had in Operation Since 33 C.E.—it-1 p. 48 ¶9 (5 min.)

it-1 p. 48 ¶9 Administration
What is the “administration” that God has put into operation since 33 C.E.?
In his undeserved kindness God has purposed to have “an administration [Gr., oi•ko•no•mi′an, literally, “household management”] at the full limit of the appointed times, namely, to gather all things together again in the Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth.” (Eph 1:10; compare Lu 12:42, ftn.) This “administration,” or managerial procedure, which God has been carrying on since the day of Pentecost of 33 C.E., has as its objective the unification of all his intelligent creatures. The first stage of God’s “administration” is the gathering together again of “the things in the heavens,” preparing the congregation of Kingdom heirs who are to live in the heavens under Jesus Christ as the spiritual Head. (Ro 8:16, 17; Eph 1:11; 1Pe 1:4) The second stage of this “administration” is the gathering together again of “the things on the earth,” preparing those who are to live in an earthly paradise.—Joh 10:16; Re 7:9, 10; 21:3, 4.

Highlights of the Bible ▲

*** w11 6/1 pp. 21-22 When Was the Bible Written? ***
The early Bible books were written on perishable material. It is therefore unrealistic to expect that the original writings or early copies from the time of Moses, Joshua, Samuel, or David will ever be found. It is possible, however, to study indirect historical evidence, which suggests that accepting the dates established by the Bible itself is reasonable, as a number of respected scholars and archaeologists do. What does such evidence tell us? Consider a few examples.
▪ Did written literature exist 3,500 years ago in the ancient Middle East when, as the Bible indicates, Moses and Joshua lived? Historical, religious, legal, and literary texts were produced in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. What about Moses and the Israelites? The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch answers: “There is no reason to doubt that written literature did exist in Late Bronze Age [about 1550 to 1200 B.C.E.] Canaan.” It adds: “There is no reason, from the point of view of ancient writing practice, why the texts Moses is said to have written were not, nor much of the rest.”—Exodus 17:14; 24:4; 34:27, 28; Numbers 33:2; Deuteronomy 31:24.

*** w01 11/15 p. 13 par. 17 Jehovah Shows Us How to Count Our Days ***
17 Regarding the life span of imperfect humans, the psalmist says: “In themselves the days of our years are seventy years; and if because of special mightiness they are eighty years, yet their insistence is on trouble and hurtful things; for it must quickly pass by, and away we fly.” (Psalm 90:10) A life span of 70 years is typical of people in general, and at age 85, Caleb cited his unusual strength. There have been exceptions, such as Aaron (123), Moses (120), and Joshua (110). (Numbers 33:39; Deuteronomy 34:7; Joshua 14:6, 10, 11; 24:29) But of the faithless generation that came out of Egypt, registered ones from 20 years old and upward died within 40 years. (Numbers 14:29-34) Today, in many countries the general human life span remains within the range given by the psalmist. Our years are filled with “trouble and hurtful things.” They pass by quickly, “and away we fly.”—Job 14:1, 2.

*** w10 8/1 p. 23 Did You Know? ***
What were the “high places” frequently mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures?
▪ When the Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land, Jehovah told them to eliminate all the places of worship of the Canaanites who lived there. “You must . . . destroy all their stone figures, and all their images of molten metal you should destroy, and all their sacred high places you should annihilate,” God commanded. (Numbers 33:52) Those centers of false worship may have been either open-air hilltop sites or constructed platforms in other locations, such as under trees or in cities. (1 Kings 14:23; 2 Kings 17:29; Ezekiel 6:3) They could be equipped with altars, sacred pillars or poles, images, incense stands, and other paraphernalia for worship.
Prior to the construction of the temple in Jerusalem, the Israelites worshipped Jehovah at approved sites that the Scriptures call high places. God’s prophet Samuel offered sacrifices at “the high place” in an unnamed city in the land of Zuph. (1 Samuel 9:11-14) Once the temple was built, however, a number of kings who were faithful to Jehovah attempted to rid the land of its “high places.”—2 Kings 21:3; 23:5-8, 15-20; 2 Chronicles 17:1, 6.

*** cl chap. 6 pp. 62-63 par. 12 Destructive Power—“Jehovah Is a Manly Person of War” ***
12 It was similar with God’s judgment against the Canaanites. Jehovah revealed that out of Abraham would come a “seed” through which all the families of the earth would bless themselves. In harmony with that purpose, God decreed that Abraham’s offspring would be given the land of Canaan, a land inhabited by a people called the Amorites. How could God be justified in forcibly evicting these people from their land? Jehovah foretold that the eviction would not come for some 400 years—until “the error of the Amorites” had “come to completion.” (Genesis 12:1-3; 13:14, 15; 15:13, 16; 22:18) During that period of time, the Amorites sank deeper and deeper into moral corruption. Canaan became a land of idolatry, bloodshed, and degraded sexual practices. (Exodus 23:24; 34:12, 13; Numbers 33:52) The inhabitants of the land even killed children in sacrificial fires. Could a holy God expose his people to such wickedness? No! He declared: “The land is unclean, and I shall bring punishment for its error upon it, and the land will vomit its inhabitants out.” (Leviticus 18:21-25) Jehovah did not kill the people indiscriminately, however. Rightly disposed Canaanites, such as Rahab and the Gibeonites, were spared.—Joshua 6:25; 9:3-27.

*** w11 9/15 p. 7 pars. 1-2 Jehovah Is My Share ***
AFTER the Israelites had conquered much of the Promised Land, Joshua turned his attention to apportioning the land by lot. In doing this, he worked along with High Priest Eleazar and heads of the tribes. (Num. 34:13-29) As for the Levites, they were not to have a land inheritance such as the other tribes received. (Josh. 14:1-5) Why did the Levites have no tribal territory, or share, of the Promised Land? Were they being left out?
2 We find the answer in what Jehovah told the Levites. Underlining the fact that they were not being abandoned, Jehovah said to them: “I am your share and your inheritance in the midst of the sons of Israel.” (Num. 18:20) What a profound assurance: “I am your share”! How would you feel if Jehovah said that to you? Your first reaction might be, ‘Am I worthy of such an assurance from the Almighty?’ You might also wonder, ‘Can Jehovah really be the share of any imperfect Christian today?’ Those questions involve you and your loved ones. So let us determine what that divine statement means. That will help us understand how Jehovah can be the share of Christians today. More specifically, he can be your share, whether you hope to live in heaven or you look forward to life in an earthly paradise.

*** w08 2/15 pp. 4-5 par. 10 Keep Jehovah Before You Constantly ***
10 Zelophehad’s daughters had faith that things would work out well if they obeyed God. “Just as Jehovah had commanded Moses, that is the way the daughters of Zelophehad did,” says the Bible. “Accordingly Mahlah, Tirzah and Hoglah and Milcah and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, became the wives of the sons of their father’s brothers. To some of the families of the sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph they became wives, that their inheritance might continue together with the tribe of the family of their father.” (Num. 36:10-12) Those obedient women did what Jehovah commanded. (Josh. 17:3, 4) With similar faith, spiritually mature unmarried Christians obey God by marrying “only in the Lord.”—1 Cor. 7:39.

*** w08 8/15 p. 5 par. 12 Jehovah Will Not Leave His Loyal Ones ***
12 What would God’s loyal ones in the northern kingdom do now? Like their faithful forefathers, the Levites living in cities given to them in the territory of the northern kingdom lost no time in reacting. (Ex. 32:26-28; Num. 35:6-8; Deut. 33:8, 9) Leaving their inheritances behind, they moved their families south to Judah, where they could continue to worship Jehovah without interference. (2 Chron. 11:13, 14) Other Israelites who had been living temporarily in Judah chose to remain there permanently instead of moving back home. (2 Chron. 10:17) Jehovah saw to it that the way back to true worship was kept open so that in later generations others from the northern kingdom could abandon calf worship and return to Judah.—2 Chron. 15:9-15.

*** w11 9/15 p. 8 par. 6 Jehovah Is My Share ***
6 You might wonder, ‘If the Levites had no land assigned to them, where would they reside?’ God provided for them. He gave them 48 cities along with the surrounding pasture grounds. These included the six cities of refuge. (Num. 35:6-8) Thus, the Levites had a place to live when they were not serving at the sanctuary of God. Jehovah provided abundantly for those who gave themselves to his service. Clearly, the Levites were able to show that Jehovah was their share by putting their trust in his willingness and power to provide for them.

*** w06 5/15 pp. 23-24 par. 11 Are You Prepared for Survival? ***
11 To survive the end of the present wicked system of things, we must do more than believe that it will be destroyed. We must exercise faith, taking full advantage of God’s provisions for survival. Of course, we need to exercise faith in the ransom sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. (John 3:16, 36) However, we do well to remember that only those actually inside Noah’s ark survived the Flood. Similarly, the cities of refuge in ancient Israel provided protection for the unintentional manslayer only if he first fled to such a city and then remained inside it until the death of the high priest. (Numbers 35:11-32) In the tenth plague upon Egypt in Moses’ day, the firstborn of the Egyptians were killed, but those of the Israelites were spared. Why? Jehovah had instructed Moses: “They [the Israelites] must take some of the blood [of the Passover lamb] and splash it upon the two doorposts and the upper part of the doorway belonging to the houses in which they will eat it. . . . And none of you should go out of the entrance of his house until morning.” (Exodus 12:7, 22) Which firstborn among the Israelites would have dared to ignore such God-given instructions by going outside a house marked with the blood splashed on the two doorposts and the upper part of the doorway?

*** si p. 34 par. 31 Bible Book Number 4—Numbers ***
31 After a review of the stopping places on the 40-year journey, the record again focuses attention on the need for obedience to Jehovah. God is giving them the land, but they must become His executioners, driving out the depraved, demon-worshiping inhabitants and destroying every last trace of their idolatrous religion. The detailed boundaries of their God-given land are stated. It is to be divided among them by lot. The Levites, who have no tribal inheritance, are to be given 48 cities with their pasture grounds, 6 of these to be cities of refuge for the unintentional manslayer. Territory must remain within the tribe, never being transferred to another tribe by marriage. If there is no male heir, then the daughters who receive an inheritance—for example, the daughters of Zelophehad—must marry within their own tribe. (27:1-11; 36:1-11) Numbers concludes with these commandments of Jehovah through Moses and with the sons of Israel poised at last to enter the Land of Promise.

*** it-2 pp. 1228-1229 Zelophehad ***
A descendant of Manasseh through Machir, Gilead, and Hepher. (Nu 26:29-33) Zelophehad died during the 40-year wilderness wandering, not with “those who ranged themselves against Jehovah in the assembly of Korah, but for his own sin.” (Nu 27:3) He had no sons but was survived by five daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah, all of whom survived to enter the Promised Land.—Nu 27:1; 1Ch 7:15.
This special situation raised problems concerning the inheritance. When Zelophehad’s daughters requested their father’s share of the land in Manasseh, Moses brought their case before Jehovah. God’s judicial decision was that brotherless daughters should receive the family inheritance. (Nu 27:1-9; Jos 17:3, 4) Later, it was stipulated that these daughters had to marry men of their father’s tribe so that the inheritance would remain within the tribe.—Nu 36:1-12.

*** w08 2/15 pp. 4-5 pars. 9-10 Keep Jehovah Before You Constantly ***
9 Keeping Jehovah in mind constantly will help us to obey him, and we will reap blessings as a consequence. (Deut. 28:13; 1 Sam. 15:22) This calls for an obedient spirit. Consider the attitude of five fleshly sisters, the daughters of Zelophehad, who lived in Moses’ day. Among the Israelites, sons customarily received the inheritance from their fathers. The man Zelophehad died without sons, and Jehovah directed that these five women were to receive the entire inheritance—on one condition. They had to marry sons of Manasseh so that the inherited property would remain with the same tribe.—Num. 27:1-8; 36:6-8.
10 Zelophehad’s daughters had faith that things would work out well if they obeyed God. “Just as Jehovah had commanded Moses, that is the way the daughters of Zelophehad did,” says the Bible. “Accordingly Mahlah, Tirzah and Hoglah and Milcah and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, became the wives of the sons of their father’s brothers. To some of the families of the sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph they became wives, that their inheritance might continue together with the tribe of the family of their father.” (Num. 36:10-12) Those obedient women did what Jehovah commanded. (Josh. 17:3, 4) With similar faith, spiritually mature unmarried Christians obey God by marrying “only in the Lord.”—1 Cor. 7:39.

Service Meeting ▲


10 min: Start a Bible Study on the First Saturday. Discussion. Demonstrate how a study may be started on the first Saturday in October, using the sample presentation on page 4. Encourage all to have a share.
10 min: What Do We Learn? Discussion. Have Acts 4:13 and 2 Corinthians 4:1, 7 read. Consider how these verses can help us in our ministry.
10 min: Interview the Coordinator of the Body of Elders. What does caring for your assignment involve? What factors do you consider when assigning Service Meeting parts? Why is the coordinator not to be considered in charge of the body of elders or the congregation?


Song 108

Praise Jehovah for His Kingdom

(Revelation 21:2)
1. Jehovah anointed his Son
To rule over ev’ryone.
His throne is established on justice,
That God’s will on earth may be done.
(CHORUS)
Praise Jah for his holy Anointed.
Hail Jesus, O you faithful sheep,
Who loyally follow day after day
and all his commandments keep.
Praise Jah for his holy Anointed,
the Ruler of heavenly fame,
Anointed with exultation and might
to honor God’s holy name.
2. Christ’s brothers are chosen and called.
God gives them their own new birth.
This bride class will share in the Kingdom
And bring Paradise to this earth.
(CHORUS)
Praise Jah for his holy Anointed.
Hail Jesus, O you faithful sheep,
Who loyally follow day after day
and all his commandments keep.
Praise Jah for his holy Anointed,
the Ruler of heavenly fame,
Anointed with exultation and might
to honor God’s holy name.
(See also Prov. 29:4; Isa. 66:7, 8; John 10:4; Rev. 5:9, 10.)

10 min: Start a Bible Study on the First Saturday.

Discussion. Demonstrate how a study may be started on the first Saturday in October, using thesample presentation on page 4. Encourage all to have a share.


SAMPLE PRESENTATIONS

To start Bible studies on the first Saturday in October

“We are making brief visits on our neighbors to talk about good government. Do you think that any government has the ability to eliminate difficult problems, such as violence and injustice?” Allow for response. Remind the householder that in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught his followers to pray for such a government, God’s Kingdom, to come. Show the back of the October 1 Watchtower, and consider together the material under the first question and at least one of the cited scriptures. Offer the magazines, and arrange to return to discuss the next question.

The Watchtower October 1

“We are having brief conversations with our neighbors about these words of a familiar prayer that Jesus taught his followers. [Read Matthew 6:9, 10.] Have you ever heard a good explanation of what God’s Kingdom is and why Jesus emphasized it so much in his teaching? [Allow for response.] This magazine shows what the Bible says about God’s Kingdom as well as some of the marvelous benefits it will bring to the earth.”

Awake! October

“We are visiting briefly to help people find the answer to this question. [Show the cover of the magazine.] Do you think that a person must be wealthy in order to be truly successful? [Allow for response.] The Bible presents a balanced view of material possessions. [Read Luke 12:15.] According to the Bible, true success is within the grasp of anyone. This magazine explains.”

^ (Matt. 6:9, 10) “You must pray, then, this way: “‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. 10 Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth.
^ (Luke 12:15) Then he said to them: “Keep your eyes open and guard against every sort of greed, because even when a person has an abundance, his life does not result from the things he possesses.”

10 min: What Do We Learn? Discussion.

Have Acts 4:13 and 2 Corinthians 4:1, 7 read. Consider how these verses can help us in our ministry.

^ (Acts 4:13) Now when they saw the outspokenness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were astonished. And they began to realize that they had been with Jesus.
^ (2 Cor. 4:1) Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy that was shown us, we do not give up.
^ (2 Cor. 4:7) However, we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the power beyond what is normal may be God’s and not from us.

10 min: Interview the Coordinator of the Body of Elders.

What does caring for your assignment involve? What factors do you consider when assigning Service Meeting parts? Why is the coordinator not to be considered in charge of the body of elders or the congregation?

Song 4

Making a Good Name With God

(Ecclesiastes 7:1)
1. Throughout our lifetime, We want to use each day
To make a good name And all God’s laws obey.
If in Jehovah’s sight We strive to do what’s right,
Then to his own heart We’ll bring delight.
2. To seek in this world A celebrated name,
To want its favor, To bask in its acclaim
Is simply vanity. For if its friend we’d be,
Jehovah’s favor We would not see.
3. In God’s remembrance We want our name to be
Inscribed in his book For all eternity.
On him we can depend, So we his truth defend
And keep our good name Down to the end.
(See also Gen. 11:4; Prov. 22:1; Mal. 3:16; Rev. 20:15.)

Watchtower Study ▲

THE WATCHTOWER (STUDY EDITION) AUGUST 2014

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN JEHOVAH’S PURPOSE?

“The women proclaiming the good news are a large army.”—PS. 68:11.

HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER?

• What has the rebellion in Eden meant for men and women?
• How did women serve Jehovah in the past?
• What role do women now play in preaching the good news?

References and Scriptures

Isaiah 45:18;Genesis 2:18-23;Genesis 3:20;Genesis 1:27-28;Genesis 2:15-17;Revelation 12:9;Genesis 3:1-6;Psalms 68:11;Genesis 3:12;Romans 5:12;Jeremiah 10:23;Proverbs 3:5-6;Ecclesiastes 8:9;1 John 5:19;Genesis 1:31;2 Timothy 3:1-5;Psalms 71:5;Genesis 5:30;Genesis 7:7;1 Peter 3:20;Jude 16;1 Peter 3:6;Genesis 24:67;Exodus 1:15-21;Judges 4:4-9;Judges 4:17-22;1 Samuel 25:2-3,25;1 Samuel 25:8-18;1 Samuel 25:32;1 Samuel 25:37-42;Nehemiah 3:12;Matthew 1:18-25;Mark 5:25-34;Luke 8:1-3;Acts 2:1-4;Joel 2:28-29;Galatians 3:28;Galatians 6:15-16;Acts 21:8-9;Matthew 24:14;Psalms 68:11;Ruth 1:16-17;Acts 5:29;Isaiah 41:10-13;Zephaniah 3:9;
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(Isaiah 45:18) 18  For this is what Jehovah says, The Creator of the heavens, the true God, The One who formed the earth, its Maker who firmly established it, Who did not create it simply for nothing, but formed it to be inhabited: “I am Jehovah, and there is no one else.
(Genesis 2:18-23) 18  Then Jehovah God said: “It is not good for the man to continue to be alone. I am going to make a helper for him, as a complement of him.” 1919  Now Jehovah God had been forming from the ground every wild animal of the field and every flying creature of the heavens, and he began bringing them to the man to see what he would call each one; and whatever the man would call each living creature, that became its name. 2020  So the man named all the domestic animals and the flying creatures of the heavens and every wild animal of the field, but for man there was no helper as a complement of him. 2121  So Jehovah God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and while he was sleeping, he took one of his ribs and then closed up the flesh over its place. 2222  And Jehovah God built the rib that he had taken from the man into a woman, and he brought her to the man. 2323  Then the man said: “This is at last bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh. This one will be called Woman, Because from man she was taken.”
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(Genesis 3:20) 20  After this Adam named his wife Eve, because she was to become the mother of everyone living.
(Genesis 1:27-28) 27  And God went on to create the man in his image, in God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. 2828  Further, God blessed them, and God said to them: “Be fruitful and become many, fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving on the earth.”
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(Genesis 2:15-17) 15  Jehovah God took the man and settled him in the garden of E′den to cultivate it and to take care of it. 1616  Jehovah God also gave this command to the man: “From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. 1717  But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.”
(Revelation 12:9) 9  So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.
(Genesis 3:1-6) 3  Now the serpent was the most cautious of all the wild animals of the field that Jehovah God had made. So it said to the woman: “Did God really say that you must not eat from every tree of the garden?” 22  At this the woman said to the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden. 33  But God has said about the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden: ‘You must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it; otherwise you will die.’” 44  At this the serpent said to the woman: “You certainly will not die. 55  For God knows that in the very day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and bad.” 66  Consequently, the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was something desirable to the eyes, yes, the tree was pleasing to look at. So she began taking of its fruit and eating it. Afterward, she also gave some to her husband when he was with her, and he began eating it.
(Psalms 68:11) 11  Jehovah gives the command; The women proclaiming the good news are a large army.
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(Genesis 3:12) 12  The man said: “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, so I ate.”
(Romans 5:12) 12  That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned—.
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(Jeremiah 10:23) 23  I well know, O Jehovah, that man’s way does not belong to him. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.
(Proverbs 3:5-6) 5  Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, And do not rely on your own understanding. 66  In all your ways take notice of him, And he will make your paths straight.
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(Ecclesiastes 8:9) 9  All of this I have seen, and I applied my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, during the time that man has dominated man to his harm.
(1 John 5:19) 19  We know that we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.
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(Genesis 1:31) 31  After that God saw everything he had made, and look! it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.
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(2 Timothy 3:1-5) 3  But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 22  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 33  having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 44  betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 55  having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.
(Psalms 71:5) 5  For you are my hope, O Sovereign Lord Jehovah; I have trusted in you since my youth.
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(Genesis 5:30) 30  After becoming father to Noah, La′mech lived for 595 years. And he became father to sons and daughters.
(Genesis 7:7) 7  So Noah, along with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark ahead of the floodwaters.
(1 Peter 3:20) 20  who had formerly been disobedient when God was patiently waiting in Noah’s day, while the ark was being constructed, in which a few people, that is, eight souls, were carried safely through the water.
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(Jude 16) 16  These men are murmurers, complainers about their lot in life, following their own desires, and their mouths make grandiose boasts, while they are flattering others for their own benefit.
(1 Peter 3:6) 6  just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you have become her children, provided you continue doing good and do not give in to fear.
(Genesis 24:67) 67  After that Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother. Thus he took Re•bek′ah as his wife; and he fell in love with her, and Isaac found comfort after the loss of his mother.
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(Exodus 1:15-21) 15  Later the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives whose names were Shiph′rah and Pu′ah, 1616  and he told them: “When you help the Hebrew women to give birth and you see them on the stool for childbirth, you must put the child to death if it is a son; but if it is a daughter, she must live.” 1717  However, the midwives feared the true God, and they did not do what the king of Egypt told them. Instead, they would keep the male children alive. 1818  In time the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them: “Why have you kept the male children alive?” 1919  The midwives said to Phar′aoh: “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women. They are lively and have already given birth before the midwife can come in to them.” 2020  So God dealt well with the midwives, and the people kept increasing and becoming very mighty. 2121  And because the midwives had feared the true God, he later gave them families.
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(Judges 4:4-9) 4  Now Deb′o•rah, a prophetess, the wife of Lap′pi•doth, was judging Israel at that time. 55  She used to sit under Deb′o•rah’s palm tree between Ra′mah and Beth′el in the mountainous region of E′phra•im; the Israelites would go up to her for judgment. 66  She sent for Ba′rak the son of A•bin′o•am out of Ke′desh-naph′ta•li and said to him: “Has not Jehovah the God of Israel given the command? ‘Go and march to Mount Ta′bor, and take 10,000 men of Naph′ta•li and Zeb′u•lun with you. 77  I will bring to you Sis′e•ra, the chief of Ja′bin’s army, along with his war chariots and his troops to the stream of Ki′shon, and I will give him into your hand.’” 88  At this Ba′rak said to her: “If you go with me, I will go, but if you do not go with me, I will not go.” 99  To this she said: “I will certainly go with you. However, the campaign you are going on will not bring you glory, for it will be into the hand of a woman that Jehovah will give Sis′e•ra.” Then Deb′o•rah got up and went with Ba′rak to Ke′desh.
(Judges 4:17-22) 17  But Sis′e•ra fled on foot to the tent of Ja′el the wife of He′ber the Ken′ite, for there was peace between Ja′bin the king of Ha′zor and the house of He′ber the Ken′ite. 1818  Then Ja′el came out to meet Sis′e•ra and said to him: “Come in, my lord, come in here. Do not be afraid.” So he went into her tent, and she covered him with a blanket. 1919  Then he said to her: “Give me, please, a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a skin bottle of milk and gave him a drink, after which she again covered him. 2020  He told her: “Stand at the entrance of the tent, and if anybody comes and asks you, ‘Is there a man here?’ say, ‘No!’” 2121  But Ja′el the wife of He′ber took a tent pin and a hammer in her hand. Then while he was fast asleep and exhausted, she stealthily approached him and drove the pin through his temples and beat it into the ground, and he died. 2222  Ba′rak went there in pursuit of Sis′e•ra, and Ja′el now came out to meet him and said: “Come and I will show you the man you are looking for.” He went in with her and saw Sis′e•ra lying dead, with the tent pin through his temples.
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(1 Samuel 25:2-3,25) 2  Now there was a man in Ma′on whose work was in Car′mel. The man was very wealthy; he had 3,000 sheep and 1,000 goats, and he was then shearing his sheep at Car′mel. 33  The man’s name was Na′bal, and his wife’s name was Ab′i•gail. The wife was discerning and beautiful, but the husband, a Ca′leb•ite, was harsh, and he behaved badly. 2525  Please, do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless Na′bal, for he is just like his name. Na′bal is his name, and senselessness is with him. But I, your servant girl, did not see my lord’s young men whom you sent.
(1 Samuel 25:8-18) 8  Ask your young men, and they will tell you. May my young men find favor in your eyes, because we have come at a joyous time. Please give to your servants and to your son David whatever you can spare.’” 99  So David’s young men went and told all of this to Na′bal in David’s name. When they finished, 1010  Na′bal answered David’s servants: “Who is David, and who is the son of Jes′se? Nowadays many servants are breaking away from their masters. 1111  Do I have to take my bread and my water and the meat that I butchered for my shearers and give it to men who come from who knows where?” 1212  At that David’s young men returned and reported all these words to him. 1313  David immediately said to his men: “Everyone strap on your sword!” So they all strapped on their swords, and David also strapped on his own sword, and about 400 men went up with David, while 200 men stayed with the baggage. 1414  Meanwhile, one of the servants reported to Ab′i•gail, Na′bal’s wife: “Look! David sent messengers from the wilderness to wish our master well, but he screamed insults at them. 1515  Those men were very good to us. They never harmed us, and we did not miss a single thing the whole time we were together with them in the fields. 1616  They were like a protective wall around us, both by night and by day, the whole time we were with them shepherding the flock. 1717  Now decide what you are going to do, for disaster has been determined against our master and against all his house, and he is such a worthless man that no one can speak to him.” 1818  So Ab′i•gail quickly took 200 loaves of bread, two large jars of wine, five dressed sheep, five seah measures of roasted grain, 100 cakes of raisins, and 200 cakes of pressed figs and put all of it on the donkeys.
(1 Samuel 25:32) 32  At this David said to Ab′i•gail: “Praise Jehovah the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me!
(1 Samuel 25:37-42) 37  In the morning, when Na′bal was sober, his wife told him these things. And his heart became like a dead man’s, and he lay paralyzed like a stone. 3838  About ten days later, Jehovah struck Na′bal, and he died. 3939  When David heard that Na′bal had died, he said: “Praise Jehovah, who has pleaded my case of reproach from Na′bal and has kept his servant from doing anything bad, and Jehovah has brought the badness of Na′bal back on his own head!” Then David sent word to propose to Ab′i•gail to take her as his wife. 4040  So David’s servants came to Ab′i•gail at Car′mel and said to her: “David has sent us to you to take you as his wife.” 4141  She immediately rose up and bowed with her face to the ground and said: “Here is your slave as a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.” 4242  Then Ab′i•gail quickly rose up and rode on her donkey with five of her female servants walking behind her; she accompanied the messengers of David and became his wife.
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(Nehemiah 3:12) 12  And next to them Shal′lum the son of Hal•lo′hesh, a prince of half the district of Jerusalem, did repair work, along with his daughters.
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(Matthew 1:18-25) 18  But this is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. During the time his mother Mary was promised in marriage to Joseph, she was found to be pregnant by holy spirit before they were united. 1919  However, because her husband Joseph was righteous and did not want to make her a public spectacle, he intended to divorce her secretly. 2020  But after he had thought these things over, look! Jehovah’s angel appeared to him in a dream, saying: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take your wife Mary home, for what has been conceived in her is by holy spirit. 2121  She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 2222  All of this actually came about to fulfill what was spoken by Jehovah through his prophet, saying: 2323  “Look! The virgin will become pregnant and will give birth to a son, and they will name him Im•man′u•el,” which means, when translated, “With Us Is God.” 2424  Then Joseph woke up from his sleep and did as the angel of Jehovah had directed him, and he took his wife home. 2525  But he did not have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son, and he named him Jesus.
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(Mark 5:25-34) 25  Now there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for 12 years. 2626  She had suffered much at the hands of many physicians and had spent all her resources, and she was no better but, rather, had become worse. 2727  When she heard the reports about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his outer garment, 2828  for she kept saying: “If I touch just his outer garments, I will get well.” 2929  And immediately her flow of blood dried up, and she sensed in her body that she had been healed of the grievous sickness. 3030  Immediately Jesus realized in himself that power had gone out of him, and he turned around in the crowd and asked: “Who touched my outer garments?” 3131  But his disciples said to him: “You see the crowd pressing in on you, and you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” 3232  However, he was looking around to see who had done this. 3333  The woman, frightened and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 3434  He said to her: “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed from your grievous sickness.”
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(Luke 8:1-3) 8  Shortly afterward he traveled from city to city and from village to village, preaching and declaring the good news of the Kingdom of God. And the Twelve were with him, 22  as were certain women who had been cured of wicked spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Mag′da•lene, from whom seven demons had come out; 33  Jo•an′na the wife of Chu′za, Herod’s man in charge; Su•san′na; and many other women, who were ministering to them from their belongings.
(Acts 2:1-4) 2  Now while the day of the Festival of Pentecost was in progress, they were all together at the same place. 22  Suddenly there was a noise from heaven, just like that of a rushing, stiff breeze, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 33  And tongues as if of fire became visible to them and were distributed, and one came to rest on each one of them, 44  and they all became filled with holy spirit and started to speak in different languages, just as the spirit enabled them to speak.
(Joel 2:28-29) 28  After that I will pour out my spirit on every sort of flesh, And your sons and your daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, And your young men will see visions. 2929  And even on my male slaves and female slaves I will pour out my spirit in those days.
(Galatians 3:28) 28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor freeman, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in union with Christ Jesus.
(Galatians 6:15-16) 15  For neither is circumcision anything nor is uncircumcision, but a new creation is. 1616  As for all those who walk orderly by this rule of conduct, peace and mercy be upon them, yes, upon the Israel of God.
(Acts 21:8-9) 8  The next day we left and came to Caes•a•re′a, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelizer, who was one of the seven men, and we stayed with him. 99  This man had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.
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(Matthew 24:14) 14  And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
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(Psalms 68:11) 11  Jehovah gives the command; The women proclaiming the good news are a large army.
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(Ruth 1:16-17) 16  But Ruth said: “Do not plead with me to abandon you, to turn back from accompanying you; for where you go I will go, and where you spend the night, I will spend the night. Your people will be my people, and your God my God. 1717  Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May Jehovah do so to me and add to it if anything but death should separate me from you.”
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(Acts 5:29) 29  In answer Peter and the other apostles said: “We must obey God as ruler rather than men.
(Isaiah 41:10-13) 10  Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.’ 1111  Look! All those getting enraged against you will be put to shame and humiliated. Those who fight with you will be brought to nothing and perish. 1212  You will search for men who struggle with you, but you will not find them; The men at war with you will become as something nonexistent, as nothing at all. 1313  For I, Jehovah your God, am grasping your right hand, The One saying to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I will help you.’
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(Zephaniah 3:9) 9  For then I will change the language of the peoples to a pure language, So that all of them may call on the name of Jehovah, To serve him shoulder to shoulder.’

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Highlights of Numbers 33, 34, 35, 36

Highlights From Bible Reading ‒ Numbers 33, 34, 35, 36

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*** w11 6/1 pp. 21-22 When Was the Bible Written? ***
The early Bible books were written on perishable material. It is therefore unrealistic to expect that the original writings or early copies from the time of Moses, Joshua, Samuel, or David will ever be found. It is possible, however, to study indirect historical evidence, which suggests that accepting the dates established by the Bible itself is reasonable, as a number of respected scholars and archaeologists do. What does such evidence tell us? Consider a few examples.
▪ Did written literature exist 3,500 years ago in the ancient Middle East when, as the Bible indicates, Moses and Joshua lived? Historical, religious, legal, and literary texts were produced in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. What about Moses and the Israelites? The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch answers: “There is no reason to doubt that written literature did exist in Late Bronze Age [about 1550 to 1200 B.C.E.] Canaan.” It adds: “There is no reason, from the point of view of ancient writing practice, why the texts Moses is said to have written were not, nor much of the rest.”—Exodus 17:14; 24:4; 34:27, 28; Numbers 33:2; Deuteronomy 31:24.

*** w01 11/15 p. 13 par. 17 Jehovah Shows Us How to Count Our Days ***
17 Regarding the life span of imperfect humans, the psalmist says: “In themselves the days of our years are seventy years; and if because of special mightiness they are eighty years, yet their insistence is on trouble and hurtful things; for it must quickly pass by, and away we fly.” (Psalm 90:10) A life span of 70 years is typical of people in general, and at age 85, Caleb cited his unusual strength. There have been exceptions, such as Aaron (123), Moses (120), and Joshua (110). (Numbers 33:39; Deuteronomy 34:7; Joshua 14:6, 10, 11; 24:29) But of the faithless generation that came out of Egypt, registered ones from 20 years old and upward died within 40 years. (Numbers 14:29-34) Today, in many countries the general human life span remains within the range given by the psalmist. Our years are filled with “trouble and hurtful things.” They pass by quickly, “and away we fly.”—Job 14:1, 2.

*** w10 8/1 p. 23 Did You Know? ***
What were the “high places” frequently mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures?
▪ When the Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land, Jehovah told them to eliminate all the places of worship of the Canaanites who lived there. “You must . . . destroy all their stone figures, and all their images of molten metal you should destroy, and all their sacred high places you should annihilate,” God commanded. (Numbers 33:52) Those centers of false worship may have been either open-air hilltop sites or constructed platforms in other locations, such as under trees or in cities. (1 Kings 14:23; 2 Kings 17:29; Ezekiel 6:3) They could be equipped with altars, sacred pillars or poles, images, incense stands, and other paraphernalia for worship.
Prior to the construction of the temple in Jerusalem, the Israelites worshipped Jehovah at approved sites that the Scriptures call high places. God’s prophet Samuel offered sacrifices at “the high place” in an unnamed city in the land of Zuph. (1 Samuel 9:11-14) Once the temple was built, however, a number of kings who were faithful to Jehovah attempted to rid the land of its “high places.”—2 Kings 21:3; 23:5-8, 15-20; 2 Chronicles 17:1, 6.

*** cl chap. 6 pp. 62-63 par. 12 Destructive Power—“Jehovah Is a Manly Person of War” ***
12 It was similar with God’s judgment against the Canaanites. Jehovah revealed that out of Abraham would come a “seed” through which all the families of the earth would bless themselves. In harmony with that purpose, God decreed that Abraham’s offspring would be given the land of Canaan, a land inhabited by a people called the Amorites. How could God be justified in forcibly evicting these people from their land? Jehovah foretold that the eviction would not come for some 400 years—until “the error of the Amorites” had “come to completion.” (Genesis 12:1-3; 13:14, 15; 15:13, 16; 22:18) During that period of time, the Amorites sank deeper and deeper into moral corruption. Canaan became a land of idolatry, bloodshed, and degraded sexual practices. (Exodus 23:24; 34:12, 13; Numbers 33:52) The inhabitants of the land even killed children in sacrificial fires. Could a holy God expose his people to such wickedness? No! He declared: “The land is unclean, and I shall bring punishment for its error upon it, and the land will vomit its inhabitants out.” (Leviticus 18:21-25) Jehovah did not kill the people indiscriminately, however. Rightly disposed Canaanites, such as Rahab and the Gibeonites, were spared.—Joshua 6:25; 9:3-27.

*** w11 9/15 p. 7 pars. 1-2 Jehovah Is My Share ***
AFTER the Israelites had conquered much of the Promised Land, Joshua turned his attention to apportioning the land by lot. In doing this, he worked along with High Priest Eleazar and heads of the tribes. (Num. 34:13-29) As for the Levites, they were not to have a land inheritance such as the other tribes received. (Josh. 14:1-5) Why did the Levites have no tribal territory, or share, of the Promised Land? Were they being left out?
2 We find the answer in what Jehovah told the Levites. Underlining the fact that they were not being abandoned, Jehovah said to them: “I am your share and your inheritance in the midst of the sons of Israel.” (Num. 18:20) What a profound assurance: “I am your share”! How would you feel if Jehovah said that to you? Your first reaction might be, ‘Am I worthy of such an assurance from the Almighty?’ You might also wonder, ‘Can Jehovah really be the share of any imperfect Christian today?’ Those questions involve you and your loved ones. So let us determine what that divine statement means. That will help us understand how Jehovah can be the share of Christians today. More specifically, he can be your share, whether you hope to live in heaven or you look forward to life in an earthly paradise.

*** w08 2/15 pp. 4-5 par. 10 Keep Jehovah Before You Constantly ***
10 Zelophehad’s daughters had faith that things would work out well if they obeyed God. “Just as Jehovah had commanded Moses, that is the way the daughters of Zelophehad did,” says the Bible. “Accordingly Mahlah, Tirzah and Hoglah and Milcah and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, became the wives of the sons of their father’s brothers. To some of the families of the sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph they became wives, that their inheritance might continue together with the tribe of the family of their father.” (Num. 36:10-12) Those obedient women did what Jehovah commanded. (Josh. 17:3, 4) With similar faith, spiritually mature unmarried Christians obey God by marrying “only in the Lord.”—1 Cor. 7:39.

*** w08 8/15 p. 5 par. 12 Jehovah Will Not Leave His Loyal Ones ***
12 What would God’s loyal ones in the northern kingdom do now? Like their faithful forefathers, the Levites living in cities given to them in the territory of the northern kingdom lost no time in reacting. (Ex. 32:26-28; Num. 35:6-8; Deut. 33:8, 9) Leaving their inheritances behind, they moved their families south to Judah, where they could continue to worship Jehovah without interference. (2 Chron. 11:13, 14) Other Israelites who had been living temporarily in Judah chose to remain there permanently instead of moving back home. (2 Chron. 10:17) Jehovah saw to it that the way back to true worship was kept open so that in later generations others from the northern kingdom could abandon calf worship and return to Judah.—2 Chron. 15:9-15.

*** w11 9/15 p. 8 par. 6 Jehovah Is My Share ***
6 You might wonder, ‘If the Levites had no land assigned to them, where would they reside?’ God provided for them. He gave them 48 cities along with the surrounding pasture grounds. These included the six cities of refuge. (Num. 35:6-8) Thus, the Levites had a place to live when they were not serving at the sanctuary of God. Jehovah provided abundantly for those who gave themselves to his service. Clearly, the Levites were able to show that Jehovah was their share by putting their trust in his willingness and power to provide for them.

*** w06 5/15 pp. 23-24 par. 11 Are You Prepared for Survival? ***
11 To survive the end of the present wicked system of things, we must do more than believe that it will be destroyed. We must exercise faith, taking full advantage of God’s provisions for survival. Of course, we need to exercise faith in the ransom sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. (John 3:16, 36) However, we do well to remember that only those actually inside Noah’s ark survived the Flood. Similarly, the cities of refuge in ancient Israel provided protection for the unintentional manslayer only if he first fled to such a city and then remained inside it until the death of the high priest. (Numbers 35:11-32) In the tenth plague upon Egypt in Moses’ day, the firstborn of the Egyptians were killed, but those of the Israelites were spared. Why? Jehovah had instructed Moses: “They [the Israelites] must take some of the blood [of the Passover lamb] and splash it upon the two doorposts and the upper part of the doorway belonging to the houses in which they will eat it. . . . And none of you should go out of the entrance of his house until morning.” (Exodus 12:7, 22) Which firstborn among the Israelites would have dared to ignore such God-given instructions by going outside a house marked with the blood splashed on the two doorposts and the upper part of the doorway?

*** si p. 34 par. 31 Bible Book Number 4—Numbers ***
31 After a review of the stopping places on the 40-year journey, the record again focuses attention on the need for obedience to Jehovah. God is giving them the land, but they must become His executioners, driving out the depraved, demon-worshiping inhabitants and destroying every last trace of their idolatrous religion. The detailed boundaries of their God-given land are stated. It is to be divided among them by lot. The Levites, who have no tribal inheritance, are to be given 48 cities with their pasture grounds, 6 of these to be cities of refuge for the unintentional manslayer. Territory must remain within the tribe, never being transferred to another tribe by marriage. If there is no male heir, then the daughters who receive an inheritance—for example, the daughters of Zelophehad—must marry within their own tribe. (27:1-11; 36:1-11) Numbers concludes with these commandments of Jehovah through Moses and with the sons of Israel poised at last to enter the Land of Promise.

*** it-2 pp. 1228-1229 Zelophehad ***
A descendant of Manasseh through Machir, Gilead, and Hepher. (Nu 26:29-33) Zelophehad died during the 40-year wilderness wandering, not with “those who ranged themselves against Jehovah in the assembly of Korah, but for his own sin.” (Nu 27:3) He had no sons but was survived by five daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah, all of whom survived to enter the Promised Land.—Nu 27:1; 1Ch 7:15.
This special situation raised problems concerning the inheritance. When Zelophehad’s daughters requested their father’s share of the land in Manasseh, Moses brought their case before Jehovah. God’s judicial decision was that brotherless daughters should receive the family inheritance. (Nu 27:1-9; Jos 17:3, 4) Later, it was stipulated that these daughters had to marry men of their father’s tribe so that the inheritance would remain within the tribe.—Nu 36:1-12.

*** w08 2/15 pp. 4-5 pars. 9-10 Keep Jehovah Before You Constantly ***
9 Keeping Jehovah in mind constantly will help us to obey him, and we will reap blessings as a consequence. (Deut. 28:13; 1 Sam. 15:22) This calls for an obedient spirit. Consider the attitude of five fleshly sisters, the daughters of Zelophehad, who lived in Moses’ day. Among the Israelites, sons customarily received the inheritance from their fathers. The man Zelophehad died without sons, and Jehovah directed that these five women were to receive the entire inheritance—on one condition. They had to marry sons of Manasseh so that the inherited property would remain with the same tribe.—Num. 27:1-8; 36:6-8.
10 Zelophehad’s daughters had faith that things would work out well if they obeyed God. “Just as Jehovah had commanded Moses, that is the way the daughters of Zelophehad did,” says the Bible. “Accordingly Mahlah, Tirzah and Hoglah and Milcah and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, became the wives of the sons of their father’s brothers. To some of the families of the sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph they became wives, that their inheritance might continue together with the tribe of the family of their father.” (Num. 36:10-12) Those obedient women did what Jehovah commanded. (Josh. 17:3, 4) With similar faith, spiritually mature unmarried Christians obey God by marrying “only in the Lord.”—1 Cor. 7:39.

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The voices of silence - Parables to teach values

Parables and stories
to teach values

Contents Parables and stories to teach values


In his extraordinary autobiographical work, I confess that I have lived, the Great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, nobel prize for literature, tells the story of the Andalusian poet Pedro Garfias, one of many artists, intellectuals and workers who were forced to leave Spain after the Civil war and the triumph of Franco's anti-democratic forces.
Pedro Garfias came to give in exile to a Scottish castle. The owner of the castle was traveling and the poet lived virtually alone in this huge Castle. To make more bearable his solitude, I used to go every night to the nearby town Tavern, and as he didn't speak a word of English or any of the customers knew some Spanish, spent hours silently on its beer, pondering nostalgia and memories.
One night, when it was closing time and all customers, were marching the innkeeper gave a sign of to stay still for a while. His and a beer was served and thus were a long time side by side communicating deeply their silences.
For several days they continued this ritual of deep communication, until one day, Garfias couldn't hold the torrent of words that sprang him from the soul and told the bartender, who, without understanding the words, was listening and nodding excited their problems. When the poet ended, the innkeeper looked friend with strange words to the most hidden corners of your soul. And continued for several days listening to poorly understood, or better, meaning beyond the words, forged a friendship stronger than the language barriers. Garfias got visa to go to Mexico and the night before his departure were taking and firing at unknown words until the morning gave a few timid punches in the window.
Years later, the Andalusian poet confessed to Neruda:
-Never understood a word of what he told me, but when I heard it, I was always sure that understand it. And I know that when I spoke, he also understood what was trying to say.
To communicate is to open the soul. Frequently, we talk and we talk about but we don't communicate. We talk and words are traps that we hide. Words devalued, as worn currency, worthless, that runs from hand to hand. It is the commercial, political, and even emotional language: words, words, words, without soul, without truth. Words to catch, to seduce, to deceive, to dominate. Why so serious words like "I swear", "I promise", "I love you", "count on me", contain frequently lying, betrayal, abandonment, loneliness.
Modern technology has made most important medium as the message. Phones, fax, nor e-mail have helped us communicate better. We need to communicate when we are far away, but we are unable to tell us when we're together. It is not the same talk to say. Some talk a lot, but do not say anything: mere hollow, trivial chatter. Others, with very few words or even without words, express great feelings and ideas. People talk and talk, but rarely communicate their fears, anxieties, dreams... Live strangers in the same House, in the same bed, repeating empty rituals, listening silently to the TV, the most important character of the family.
If we want to understand and communicate with our students, educators must learn to listen to them. Listen to their silence, the pains of their souls, the cries of their insecurities and fears. Listen to what is expressed and what not expressed, what they say and what callan, pedagogical intangibles, which brought in from the House, the street, the family. Hear what they think, without saying so, as teacher or Professor, of matter, of the school. Knowing how to listen, to learn say, to overcome the pitfalls of the appearance of the communication. The word constructs reality. A word or a phrase, a gesture, can influence how the growth or stagnation of development processes affecting the learner.
To educate is to teach to listen to the silence to be able to hear the crying of flowers, rough stones voices, the sound of the waterfalls and torrents that tell us the mysteries and wonders of the universe with their lips of water. Listen to the silence as a place for reflection and thought and as an antidote against so much talk and so much trivial information. The voice of the silence is necessary educationally in a world full of noise, so progress towards a dialogue increasingly rich and humanized.
Listen to the silence as fruitful and germinador real words.

Translated for educational purposes.

What Is the Role of Women in Jehovah’s Purpose? - References and Scriptures

“Watchtower” Study - references and biblical texts

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References and Scriptures

Isaiah 45:18;Genesis 2:18-23;Genesis 3:20;Genesis 1:27-28;Genesis 2:15-17;Revelation 12:9;Genesis 3:1-6;Psalms 68:11;Genesis 3:12;Romans 5:12;Jeremiah 10:23;Proverbs 3:5-6;Ecclesiastes 8:9;1 John 5:19;Genesis 1:31;2 Timothy 3:1-5;Psalms 71:5;Genesis 5:30;Genesis 7:7;1 Peter 3:20;Jude 16;1 Peter 3:6;Genesis 24:67;Exodus 1:15-21;Judges 4:4-9;Judges 4:17-22;1 Samuel 25:2-3,25;1 Samuel 25:8-18;1 Samuel 25:32;1 Samuel 25:37-42;Nehemiah 3:12;Matthew 1:18-25;Mark 5:25-34;Luke 8:1-3;Acts 2:1-4;Joel 2:28-29;Galatians 3:28;Galatians 6:15-16;Acts 21:8-9;Matthew 24:14;Psalms 68:11;Ruth 1:16-17;Acts 5:29;Isaiah 41:10-13;Zephaniah 3:9;
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(Isaiah 45:18) 18  For this is what Jehovah says, The Creator of the heavens, the true God, The One who formed the earth, its Maker who firmly established it, Who did not create it simply for nothing, but formed it to be inhabited: “I am Jehovah, and there is no one else.
(Genesis 2:18-23) 18  Then Jehovah God said: “It is not good for the man to continue to be alone. I am going to make a helper for him, as a complement of him.” 1919  Now Jehovah God had been forming from the ground every wild animal of the field and every flying creature of the heavens, and he began bringing them to the man to see what he would call each one; and whatever the man would call each living creature, that became its name. 2020  So the man named all the domestic animals and the flying creatures of the heavens and every wild animal of the field, but for man there was no helper as a complement of him. 2121  So Jehovah God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and while he was sleeping, he took one of his ribs and then closed up the flesh over its place. 2222  And Jehovah God built the rib that he had taken from the man into a woman, and he brought her to the man. 2323  Then the man said: “This is at last bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh. This one will be called Woman, Because from man she was taken.”
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(Genesis 3:20) 20  After this Adam named his wife Eve, because she was to become the mother of everyone living.
(Genesis 1:27-28) 27  And God went on to create the man in his image, in God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. 2828  Further, God blessed them, and God said to them: “Be fruitful and become many, fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving on the earth.”
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(Genesis 2:15-17) 15  Jehovah God took the man and settled him in the garden of E′den to cultivate it and to take care of it. 1616  Jehovah God also gave this command to the man: “From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. 1717  But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.”
(Revelation 12:9) 9  So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.
(Genesis 3:1-6) 3  Now the serpent was the most cautious of all the wild animals of the field that Jehovah God had made. So it said to the woman: “Did God really say that you must not eat from every tree of the garden?” 22  At this the woman said to the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden. 33  But God has said about the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden: ‘You must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it; otherwise you will die.’” 44  At this the serpent said to the woman: “You certainly will not die. 55  For God knows that in the very day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and bad.” 66  Consequently, the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was something desirable to the eyes, yes, the tree was pleasing to look at. So she began taking of its fruit and eating it. Afterward, she also gave some to her husband when he was with her, and he began eating it.
(Psalms 68:11) 11  Jehovah gives the command; The women proclaiming the good news are a large army.
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(Genesis 3:12) 12  The man said: “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, so I ate.”
(Romans 5:12) 12  That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned—.
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(Jeremiah 10:23) 23  I well know, O Jehovah, that man’s way does not belong to him. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.
(Proverbs 3:5-6) 5  Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, And do not rely on your own understanding. 66  In all your ways take notice of him, And he will make your paths straight.
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(Ecclesiastes 8:9) 9  All of this I have seen, and I applied my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, during the time that man has dominated man to his harm.
(1 John 5:19) 19  We know that we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.
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(Genesis 1:31) 31  After that God saw everything he had made, and look! it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.
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(2 Timothy 3:1-5) 3  But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 22  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 33  having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 44  betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 55  having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.
(Psalms 71:5) 5  For you are my hope, O Sovereign Lord Jehovah; I have trusted in you since my youth.
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(Genesis 5:30) 30  After becoming father to Noah, La′mech lived for 595 years. And he became father to sons and daughters.
(Genesis 7:7) 7  So Noah, along with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark ahead of the floodwaters.
(1 Peter 3:20) 20  who had formerly been disobedient when God was patiently waiting in Noah’s day, while the ark was being constructed, in which a few people, that is, eight souls, were carried safely through the water.
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(Jude 16) 16  These men are murmurers, complainers about their lot in life, following their own desires, and their mouths make grandiose boasts, while they are flattering others for their own benefit.
(1 Peter 3:6) 6  just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you have become her children, provided you continue doing good and do not give in to fear.
(Genesis 24:67) 67  After that Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother. Thus he took Re·bek′ah as his wife; and he fell in love with her, and Isaac found comfort after the loss of his mother.
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(Exodus 1:15-21) 15  Later the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives whose names were Shiph′rah and Pu′ah, 1616  and he told them: “When you help the Hebrew women to give birth and you see them on the stool for childbirth, you must put the child to death if it is a son; but if it is a daughter, she must live.” 1717  However, the midwives feared the true God, and they did not do what the king of Egypt told them. Instead, they would keep the male children alive. 1818  In time the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them: “Why have you kept the male children alive?” 1919  The midwives said to Phar′aoh: “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women. They are lively and have already given birth before the midwife can come in to them.” 2020  So God dealt well with the midwives, and the people kept increasing and becoming very mighty. 2121  And because the midwives had feared the true God, he later gave them families.
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(Judges 4:4-9) 4  Now Deb′o·rah, a prophetess, the wife of Lap′pi·doth, was judging Israel at that time. 55  She used to sit under Deb′o·rah’s palm tree between Ra′mah and Beth′el in the mountainous region of E′phra·im; the Israelites would go up to her for judgment. 66  She sent for Ba′rak the son of A·bin′o·am out of Ke′desh-naph′ta·li and said to him: “Has not Jehovah the God of Israel given the command? ‘Go and march to Mount Ta′bor, and take 10,000 men of Naph′ta·li and Zeb′u·lun with you. 77  I will bring to you Sis′e·ra, the chief of Ja′bin’s army, along with his war chariots and his troops to the stream of Ki′shon, and I will give him into your hand.’” 88  At this Ba′rak said to her: “If you go with me, I will go, but if you do not go with me, I will not go.” 99  To this she said: “I will certainly go with you. However, the campaign you are going on will not bring you glory, for it will be into the hand of a woman that Jehovah will give Sis′e·ra.” Then Deb′o·rah got up and went with Ba′rak to Ke′desh.
(Judges 4:17-22) 17  But Sis′e·ra fled on foot to the tent of Ja′el the wife of He′ber the Ken′ite, for there was peace between Ja′bin the king of Ha′zor and the house of He′ber the Ken′ite. 1818  Then Ja′el came out to meet Sis′e·ra and said to him: “Come in, my lord, come in here. Do not be afraid.” So he went into her tent, and she covered him with a blanket. 1919  Then he said to her: “Give me, please, a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a skin bottle of milk and gave him a drink, after which she again covered him. 2020  He told her: “Stand at the entrance of the tent, and if anybody comes and asks you, ‘Is there a man here?’ say, ‘No!’” 2121  But Ja′el the wife of He′ber took a tent pin and a hammer in her hand. Then while he was fast asleep and exhausted, she stealthily approached him and drove the pin through his temples and beat it into the ground, and he died. 2222  Ba′rak went there in pursuit of Sis′e·ra, and Ja′el now came out to meet him and said: “Come and I will show you the man you are looking for.” He went in with her and saw Sis′e·ra lying dead, with the tent pin through his temples.
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(1 Samuel 25:2-3,25) 2  Now there was a man in Ma′on whose work was in Car′mel. The man was very wealthy; he had 3,000 sheep and 1,000 goats, and he was then shearing his sheep at Car′mel. 33  The man’s name was Na′bal, and his wife’s name was Ab′i·gail. The wife was discerning and beautiful, but the husband, a Ca′leb·ite, was harsh, and he behaved badly. 2525  Please, do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless Na′bal, for he is just like his name. Na′bal is his name, and senselessness is with him. But I, your servant girl, did not see my lord’s young men whom you sent.
(1 Samuel 25:8-18) 8  Ask your young men, and they will tell you. May my young men find favor in your eyes, because we have come at a joyous time. Please give to your servants and to your son David whatever you can spare.’” 99  So David’s young men went and told all of this to Na′bal in David’s name. When they finished, 1010  Na′bal answered David’s servants: “Who is David, and who is the son of Jes′se? Nowadays many servants are breaking away from their masters. 1111  Do I have to take my bread and my water and the meat that I butchered for my shearers and give it to men who come from who knows where?” 1212  At that David’s young men returned and reported all these words to him. 1313  David immediately said to his men: “Everyone strap on your sword!” So they all strapped on their swords, and David also strapped on his own sword, and about 400 men went up with David, while 200 men stayed with the baggage. 1414  Meanwhile, one of the servants reported to Ab′i·gail, Na′bal’s wife: “Look! David sent messengers from the wilderness to wish our master well, but he screamed insults at them. 1515  Those men were very good to us. They never harmed us, and we did not miss a single thing the whole time we were together with them in the fields. 1616  They were like a protective wall around us, both by night and by day, the whole time we were with them shepherding the flock. 1717  Now decide what you are going to do, for disaster has been determined against our master and against all his house, and he is such a worthless man that no one can speak to him.” 1818  So Ab′i·gail quickly took 200 loaves of bread, two large jars of wine, five dressed sheep, five seah measures of roasted grain, 100 cakes of raisins, and 200 cakes of pressed figs and put all of it on the donkeys.
(1 Samuel 25:32) 32  At this David said to Ab′i·gail: “Praise Jehovah the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me!
(1 Samuel 25:37-42) 37  In the morning, when Na′bal was sober, his wife told him these things. And his heart became like a dead man’s, and he lay paralyzed like a stone. 3838  About ten days later, Jehovah struck Na′bal, and he died. 3939  When David heard that Na′bal had died, he said: “Praise Jehovah, who has pleaded my case of reproach from Na′bal and has kept his servant from doing anything bad, and Jehovah has brought the badness of Na′bal back on his own head!” Then David sent word to propose to Ab′i·gail to take her as his wife. 4040  So David’s servants came to Ab′i·gail at Car′mel and said to her: “David has sent us to you to take you as his wife.” 4141  She immediately rose up and bowed with her face to the ground and said: “Here is your slave as a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.” 4242  Then Ab′i·gail quickly rose up and rode on her donkey with five of her female servants walking behind her; she accompanied the messengers of David and became his wife.
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(Nehemiah 3:12) 12  And next to them Shal′lum the son of Hal·lo′hesh, a prince of half the district of Jerusalem, did repair work, along with his daughters.
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(Matthew 1:18-25) 18  But this is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. During the time his mother Mary was promised in marriage to Joseph, she was found to be pregnant by holy spirit before they were united. 1919  However, because her husband Joseph was righteous and did not want to make her a public spectacle, he intended to divorce her secretly. 2020  But after he had thought these things over, look! Jehovah’s angel appeared to him in a dream, saying: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take your wife Mary home, for what has been conceived in her is by holy spirit. 2121  She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 2222  All of this actually came about to fulfill what was spoken by Jehovah through his prophet, saying: 2323  “Look! The virgin will become pregnant and will give birth to a son, and they will name him Im·man′u·el,” which means, when translated, “With Us Is God.” 2424  Then Joseph woke up from his sleep and did as the angel of Jehovah had directed him, and he took his wife home. 2525  But he did not have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son, and he named him Jesus.
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(Mark 5:25-34) 25  Now there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for 12 years. 2626  She had suffered much at the hands of many physicians and had spent all her resources, and she was no better but, rather, had become worse. 2727  When she heard the reports about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his outer garment, 2828  for she kept saying: “If I touch just his outer garments, I will get well.” 2929  And immediately her flow of blood dried up, and she sensed in her body that she had been healed of the grievous sickness. 3030  Immediately Jesus realized in himself that power had gone out of him, and he turned around in the crowd and asked: “Who touched my outer garments?” 3131  But his disciples said to him: “You see the crowd pressing in on you, and you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” 3232  However, he was looking around to see who had done this. 3333  The woman, frightened and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 3434  He said to her: “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed from your grievous sickness.”
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(Luke 8:1-3) 8  Shortly afterward he traveled from city to city and from village to village, preaching and declaring the good news of the Kingdom of God. And the Twelve were with him, 22  as were certain women who had been cured of wicked spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Mag′da·lene, from whom seven demons had come out; 33  Jo·an′na the wife of Chu′za, Herod’s man in charge; Su·san′na; and many other women, who were ministering to them from their belongings.
(Acts 2:1-4) 2  Now while the day of the Festival of Pentecost was in progress, they were all together at the same place. 22  Suddenly there was a noise from heaven, just like that of a rushing, stiff breeze, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 33  And tongues as if of fire became visible to them and were distributed, and one came to rest on each one of them, 44  and they all became filled with holy spirit and started to speak in different languages, just as the spirit enabled them to speak.
(Joel 2:28-29) 28  After that I will pour out my spirit on every sort of flesh, And your sons and your daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, And your young men will see visions. 2929  And even on my male slaves and female slaves I will pour out my spirit in those days.
(Galatians 3:28) 28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor freeman, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in union with Christ Jesus.
(Galatians 6:15-16) 15  For neither is circumcision anything nor is uncircumcision, but a new creation is. 1616  As for all those who walk orderly by this rule of conduct, peace and mercy be upon them, yes, upon the Israel of God.
(Acts 21:8-9) 8  The next day we left and came to Caes·a·re′a, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelizer, who was one of the seven men, and we stayed with him. 99  This man had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.
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(Matthew 24:14) 14  And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
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(Psalms 68:11) 11  Jehovah gives the command; The women proclaiming the good news are a large army.
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(Ruth 1:16-17) 16  But Ruth said: “Do not plead with me to abandon you, to turn back from accompanying you; for where you go I will go, and where you spend the night, I will spend the night. Your people will be my people, and your God my God. 1717  Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May Jehovah do so to me and add to it if anything but death should separate me from you.”
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(Acts 5:29) 29  In answer Peter and the other apostles said: “We must obey God as ruler rather than men.
(Isaiah 41:10-13) 10  Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.’ 1111  Look! All those getting enraged against you will be put to shame and humiliated. Those who fight with you will be brought to nothing and perish. 1212  You will search for men who struggle with you, but you will not find them; The men at war with you will become as something nonexistent, as nothing at all. 1313  For I, Jehovah your God, am grasping your right hand, The One saying to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I will help you.’
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(Zephaniah 3:9) 9  For then I will change the language of the peoples to a pure language, So that all of them may call on the name of Jehovah, To serve him shoulder to shoulder.’

References consulted on: Watchtower Library 2013 CD‒ROM

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