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ss14 pp. 1-4 Theocratic Ministry School Schedule for 2014
Sept. 8 Bible reading: Numbers 22-25
No. 1: Numbers 22:36–23:10
No. 2: Satan Is Not Just the Evil Within People (rs p. 362 ¶3–p. 363 ¶1)
No. 3: Adam—In What Way Was Adam Made in the Likeness of God? (it-1 pp. 44-45 ¶6)

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Jehovah’s People “Renounce Unrighteousness”
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Jehovah’s People “Renounce Unrighteousness”
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Congregation Bible Study ▲

Chapter 12. “Is There Injustice With God?”

 

References and Scriptures

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Deuteronomy 32:4 Rock, perfect is his activity,For all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness who is never unjust;Righteous and upright is he.
Genesis 18:23-33 Abraham approached and said: “Will you really sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there are 50 righteous men within the city. Will you, then, sweep them away and not pardon the place for the sake of the 50 righteous who are inside it? 25 It is unthinkable that you would act in this manner by putting the righteous man to death with the wicked one so that the outcome for the righteous man and the wicked is the same! It is unthinkable of you. Will the Judge of all the earth not do what is right?” 26 Then Jehovah said: “If I find in Sod′om 50 righteous men in the city, I will pardon the whole place for their sake.” 27 But Abraham again responded: “Please, here I have presumed to speak to Jehovah, whereas I am dust and ashes. 28 Suppose the 50 righteous should lack five. Because of the five will you destroy the whole city?” To this he said: “I will not destroy it if I find there 45.” 29 But yet again he spoke to him and said: “Suppose 40 are found there.” He answered: “I will not do it for the sake of the 40.” 30 But he continued: “Jehovah, please, do not become hot with anger, but let me go on speaking: Suppose only 30 are found there.” He answered: “I will not do it if I find 30 there.” 31 But he continued: “Please, here I have presumed to speak to Jehovah: Suppose only 20 are found there.” He answered: “I will not destroy it for the sake of the 20.” 32 Finally he said: “Jehovah, please, do not become hot with anger, but let me speak just once more: Suppose only ten are found there.” He answered: “I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.” 33 When Jehovah finished speaking to Abraham, he went his way and Abraham returned to his place.
Genesis 19:22-24 Escape there, because I cannot do anything until you arrive there!” That is why he named the town Zo′ar. 23 The sun had risen over the land when Lot arrived at Zo′ar. 24 Then Jehovah made it rain sulfur and fire on Sod′om and Go•mor′rah—it came from Jehovah, from the heavens.
Jonah 3:10-4:1 the true God saw what they did, how they had turned back from their evil ways, he reconsidered the calamity that he said he would bring on them, and he did not bring it. 4 But this was highly displeasing to Jo′nah, and he became hot with anger.
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Psalm 86:5 you, O Jehovah, are good and ready to forgive;You abound in loyal love for all those who call on you.
Isaiah 55:7 the wicked man leave his wayAnd the evil man his thoughts;Let him return to Jehovah, who will have mercy on him,To our God, for he will forgive in a large way.
Ezekiel 18:23 I take any pleasure at all in the death of a wicked person?’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah. ‘Do I not prefer that he turn away from his ways and keep living?’
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Ezekiel 7:3, 4 end is now upon you, and I will unleash my anger against you, and I will judge you according to your ways and call you to account for all your detestable deeds. 4 My eye will not feel sorry for you; nor will I feel compassion, for I will bring upon you the results of your own ways, and you will suffer the consequences of your detestable deeds. And you will have to know that I am Jehovah.’
Genesis 18:20, 21 Jehovah said: “The outcry against Sod′om and Go•mor′rah is indeed great, and their sin is very heavy. 21 I will go down to see whether they are acting according to the outcry that has reached me. And if not, I can get to know it.”
Deuteronomy 32:4 Rock, perfect is his activity,For all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness who is never unjust;Righteous and upright is he.
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Micah 7:7 as for me, I will keep on the lookout for Jehovah. I will show a waiting attitude for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.
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Romans 12:19 not avenge yourselves, beloved, but yield place to the wrath; for it is written: “‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ says Jehovah.”
Romans 9:14 are we to say, then? Is there injustice with God? Certainly not!
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2 Timothy 3:1 But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.
Ecclesiastes 4:1 Again I turned my attention to all the acts of oppression that go on under the sun. I saw the tears of the oppressed, and there was no one to comfort them. And their oppressors had the power, and there was no one to comfort them.
1 Peter 5:6, 7 yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time, 7 while you throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.

Questions for Meditation


Deuteronomy 10:17-19 Why can we be confident that Jehovah is impartial in his dealings?
Deuteronomy 10:17-19 Jehovah your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the God great, mighty, and awe-inspiring, who treats none with partiality and does not accept a bribe. 18 He executes justice for the fatherless child and the widow and loves the foreign resident, giving him food and clothing. 19 You too must love the foreign resident, for you became foreign residents in the land of Egypt.

Job 34:1-12 When you are faced with injustice, how can Elihu’s words strengthen your confidence in God’s righteousness?
Job 34:1-12 So E•li′hu continued to say in reply: 2 “Listen to my words, you who are wise;Hear me, you who know so much. 3 For the ear tests wordsJust as the tongue tastes food. 4 Let us evaluate for ourselves what is right;Let us decide among ourselves what is good. 5 For Job has said, ‘I am in the right,But God has denied me justice. 6 Would I lie about what my own judgment should be? My wound is incurable, though there is no transgression.’ 7 What other man is like Job,Who drinks up derision like water? 8 He is in company with wrongdoersAnd in association with wicked men. 9 For he has said, ‘A man does not benefitFrom trying to please God.’ 10 So listen to me, you men of understanding: It is unthinkable for the true God to act wickedly,For the Almighty to do wrong! 11 For he will reward a man according to what he doesAnd bring upon him the consequences of his ways. 12 For a certainty, God does not act wickedly;The Almighty does not pervert justice.
Psalm 1:1-6 Why is it reassuring to know that Jehovah carefully weighs the acts of both the righteous and the wicked?
Psalm 1:1-6 Happy is the man who does not walk according to the advice of the wickedAnd does not stand on the path of sinnersAnd does not sit in the seat of scoffers. 2 But his delight is in the law of Jehovah,And he reads His law in an undertone day and night. 3 He will be like a tree planted by streams of water,A tree that produces fruit in its season,The foliage of which does not wither. And everything he does will succeed. 4 The wicked are not like that;They are like the chaff that the wind blows away. 5 That is why the wicked will not remain standing in the judgment;Nor will sinners remain standing in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For Jehovah is aware of the way of the righteous,But the way of the wicked will perish.

Malachi 2:13-16 How did Jehovah feel about the injustice done to women whose husbands divorced them with no proper basis?
Malachi 2:13-16 there is another thing that you do, which results in covering the altar of Jehovah with tears and with weeping and sighing, so that he no longer pays attention to your gift offering or looks favorably on anything from your hand. 14 And you say, ‘For what reason?’ It is because Jehovah has acted as a witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously, although she is your partner and your wife by covenant. 15 But there was one who did not do it, for he had what remained of the spirit. And what was that one seeking? The offspring of God. So guard yourselves respecting your spirit, and do not deal treacherously with the wife of your youth. 16 For I hate divorce,” says Jehovah the God of Israel, “and the one who covers his garment with violence,” says Jehovah of armies. “And guard yourselves respecting your spirit, and you must not deal treacherously.


Theocratic Ministry School ▲

No. 1: Numbers 22:36–23:10 (4 min. or less)

(Numbers 22:36-23:10) Ba′lak heard that Ba′laam had come, he immediately went out to meet him at the city of Mo′ab, which is on the bank of the Ar′non on the border of the territory. 37 Ba′lak said to Ba′laam: “Did I not send for you? Why did you not come to me? Did you think I am not able to honor you greatly?” 38 Ba′laam replied to Ba′lak: “Well, I have come to you now. But will I be allowed to say anything? I can only speak words that God puts in my mouth.” 39 So Ba′laam went with Ba′lak, and they came to Kir′i•ath-hu′zoth. 40 Ba′lak sacrificed cattle and sheep and sent some to Ba′laam and the princes who were with him. 41 In the morning Ba′lak took Ba′laam and brought him up to Ba′moth-ba′al; from there he could see all the people. 23 Then Ba′laam said to Ba′lak: “Build on this spot seven altars, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me.” 2 Ba′lak immediately did just as Ba′laam had said. And Ba′lak and Ba′laam offered up a bull and a ram on each altar. 3 Ba′laam then said to Ba′lak: “Stay here by your burnt offering, and I will go. Perhaps Jehovah will get in touch with me. Whatever he reveals to me, I will tell you.” So he went to a barren hill. 4 Then God got in touch with Ba′laam, who said to Him: “I set the seven altars in rows, and I offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.” 5 Jehovah put this word in the mouth of Ba′laam: “Return to Ba′lak, and this is what you are to say.” 6 So he returned and saw that Ba′lak and all the princes of Mo′ab were standing by his burnt offering. 7 Then he spoke this proverbial saying: “Ba′lak the king of Mo′ab has brought me from A′ram,From the mountains of the east: ‘Do come to curse Jacob for me. Yes, come to denounce Israel.’ 8 How could I put a curse on those whom God has not cursed? And how could I denounce those whom Jehovah has not denounced? 9 From the top of the rocks I see them,And from the hills I see them. As a people they dwell there alone;They do not count themselves among the nations. 10 Who can number the dust particles of JacobOr count even the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the upright,And let my end be like theirs.”

No. 2: Satan Is Not Just the Evil Within People—rs p. 362 ¶3–p. 363 ¶1 (5 min.)

rs p. 362 ¶3–p. 363 ¶1 Satan the Devil
Job 1:6-12 and Job 2:1-7 tell about conversations between Jehovah God and Satan. If Satan were the evil in a person, the evil in this case would have to be in Jehovah. But that is in complete disagreement with what the Bible tells us about Jehovah as being One “in whom there is no unrighteousness.” (Ps. 92:15; Rev. 4:8) It is noteworthy that the Hebrew text uses the expression has•Sa•tan′ (the Satan) in the accounts in Job, showing that reference is being made to the one who is outstandingly the resister of God.—See also Zechariah 3:1, 2, footnote in NW Reference edition.
Luke 4:1-13 reports that the Devil endeavored to tempt Jesus to do his bidding. The account relates statements made by the Devil and answers given by Jesus. Was Jesus there being tempted by evil within himself? Such a view does not harmonize with the Bible’s description of Jesus as being sinless. (Heb. 7:26; 1 Pet. 2:22) Although at John 6:70 the Greek word di•a′bo•los′ is used to describe a bad quality that had developed in Judas Iscariot, in Luke 4:3 the expression ho di•a′bo•los (the Devil) is used, thus designating a particular person.
Is blaming the Devil just a device used in an effort to escape from responsibility for bad conditions?
Some people blame the Devil for what they themselves do. In contrast, the Bible shows that humans often bear much of the blame for the badness they experience, whether at the hands of other humans or as a result of their own conduct. (Eccl. 8:9; Gal. 6:7) Yet, the Bible does not leave us ignorant of the existence and devices of the superhuman foe who has brought so much grief to mankind. It shows how we can get out from under his control.

No. 3: Adam—In What Way Was Adam Made in the Likeness of God?—it-1 pp. 44-45 ¶6 (5 min.)

it-1 pp. 44-45 Adam
(Ad′am) [Earthling Man; Mankind; Humankind; from a root meaning “red”].
The Hebrew word occurs as “man,” “mankind,” or “earthling man” over 560 times in the Scriptures and is applied to individuals and mankind in general. It is also used as a proper name.
1. God said: “Let us make man in our image.” (Ge 1:26) What a historic pronouncement! And what a singular position in history Adam, the “son of God,” holds—the first human creature! (Lu 3:38) Adam was the crowning glory of Jehovah’s earthly creative works, not only because of the timing near the close of six creative epochs but, more importantly, because “in God’s image he created him.” (Ge 1:27) This is why the perfect man Adam, and his degenerate offspring to a much lesser degree, possessed mental powers and abilities far superior to all other earthly creatures.
In what way was Adam made in the likeness of God?
Made in the likeness of his Grand Creator, Adam had the divine attributes of love, wisdom, justice, and power; hence he possessed a sense of morality involving a conscience, something altogether new in the sphere of earthly life. In the image of God, Adam was to be a global administrator and have in subjection the sea and land creatures and the fowl of the air.
It was not necessary for Adam to be a spirit creature, in whole or in part, to possess Godlike qualities. Jehovah formed man out of the dust particles of the ground, put in him the force of life so that he became a living soul, and gave him the ability to reflect the image and likeness of his Creator. “The first man is out of the earth and made of dust.” “The first man Adam became a living soul.” (Ge 2:7; 1Co 15:45, 47) That was in the year 4026 B.C.E. It was likely in the fall of the year, for mankind’s most ancient calendars began counting time in the autumn around October 1, or at the first new moon of the lunar civil year.—See YEAR.
Adam’s home was a very special paradise, a veritable garden of pleasure called Eden (see EDEN No. 1), providing him with all the necessary physical things of life, for “every tree desirable to one’s sight and good for food” for his perpetual sustenance was there. (Ge 2:9) All around Adam were peaceful animals of every kind and description. But Adam was alone. There was no other creature ‘according to his kind’ with which to talk. Jehovah recognized that “it is not good for the man to continue by himself.” So by divine surgery, the first and only case of its kind, Jehovah took a rib from Adam and fashioned it into a female counterpart to be his wife and the mother of his children. Overjoyed with such a beautiful helper and constant companion, Adam burst forth in the first recorded poetry, “This is at last bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh,” and she was called woman “because from man this one was taken.” Later Adam called his wife Eve. (Ge 2:18-23; 3:20) The truthfulness of this account is attested to by Jesus and the apostles.—Mt 19:4-6; Mr 10:6-9; Eph 5:31; 1Ti 2:13.
Furthermore, Jehovah blessed these newlyweds with plenty of enjoyable work. (Compare Ec 3:13; 5:18.) They were not cursed with idleness. They were to keep busy and active dressing and taking care of their garden home, and as they multiplied and filled the earth with billions of their kind, they were to expand this Paradise to earth’s limits. This was a divine mandate.—Ge 1:28.
“God saw everything he had made and, look! it was very good.” (Ge 1:31) Indeed, from the very beginning Adam was perfect in every respect. He was equipped with the power of speech and with a highly developed vocabulary. He was able to give meaningful names to the living creatures all around him. He was capable of carrying on a two-way conversation with his God and with his wife.
For all these reasons and many more, Adam was under obligation to love, worship, and strictly obey his Grand Creator. More than that, the Universal Lawgiver spelled out for him the simple law of obedience and fully informed him of the just and reasonable penalty for disobedience: “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 positively die.” (Ge 2:16, 17; 3:2, 3) Notwithstanding this explicit law carrying a severe penalty for disobedience, he did disobey.

Highlights of the Bible ▲

 

Highlights From the Book of Numbers 22-25

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Scriptural Questions Answered:
22:20-22—Why did Jehovah’s anger blaze against Balaam? Jehovah had told the prophet Balaam that he should not curse the Israelites. (Numbers 22:12) However, the prophet went with Balak’s men with the full intention of cursing Israel. Balaam wanted to please the Moabite king and receive a reward from him. (2 Peter 2:15, 16; Jude 11) Even when Balaam was forced to bless rather than curse Israel, he sought the king’s favor by suggesting that Baal-worshiping women be used to seduce Israelite men. (Numbers 31:15, 16) Thus, the reason for God’s anger against Balaam was the prophet’s unscrupulous greed.

*** w03 5/15 pp. 13-14 par. 19 Christ Speaks to the Congregations ***
19 Christ also spoke of “the teaching of Balaam.” Greedy for material gain, the false prophet Balaam tried to curse Israel. When God turned his curse into a blessing, Balaam worked with Moabite King Balak and lured many Israelites into idolatry and sexual immorality. Christian elders need to be as firm for righteousness as was Phinehas, who acted against the workings of Balaam. (Numbers 22:1–25:15; 2 Peter 2:15, 16; Jude 11) In fact, all Christians must be on guard against idolatry and the infiltration of sexual immorality into the congregation.—Jude 3, 4.

*** w02 3/15 p. 16 par. 12 Christ Leads His Congregation ***
Despite receiving repeated divine warnings, Balaam tried to curse God’s people for a financial reward. (Numbers 22:5-28, 32-34; Deuteronomy 23:5) Korah had his own fine responsibility in Israel, but it was not enough for him. He fomented rebellion against God’s servant Moses, the meekest man on earth. (Numbers 12:3; 16:1-3, 32, 33) Calamity befell Cain, Balaam, and Korah. How vividly these examples teach us to listen to the counsel of those whom Jehovah uses in positions of responsibility and to respect them!

*** w07 10/15 p. 14 Move Toward the Light ***
Moabite King Balak tried to curse Israel by means of the false prophet Balaam. However, Jehovah foiled this plot by making Balaam utter blessings instead of curses. (Numbers 22:1-7; 24:10) Undeterred, Balaam embarked on another sinister scheme, one designed to disqualify God’s people from receiving the land. How? By luring them into immorality and Baal worship. While overall this strategy also failed, it did result in the seducing of 24,000 Israelites. They had immoral relations with Moabite women and attached themselves to Baal of Peor.—Numbers 25:1-9.
Think of that! Many of those same Israelites had seen Jehovah lead them safely through “that great and fear-inspiring wilderness.” (Deuteronomy 1:19) Yet, on the threshold of their inheritance, 24,000 of God’s people caved in to fleshly desires and died at Jehovah’s hand. What a warning this is to God’s servants today as they approach a vastly superior inheritance!
In his last-ditch attempt to prevent Jehovah’s modern-day servants from attaining their reward, Satan does not need new strategies. In a strategy that reminds us of what happened on Israel’s first approach to the Promised Land, Satan often tries to inspire fear and doubt, whether by means of threats, persecution, or ridicule. Some Christians have given in to such intimidation. (Matthew 13:20, 21) Another time-tested machination is that of corrupting individuals morally. On occasion, some who have crept into the Christian congregation have tried to corrupt those who are spiritually weak and who are not walking confidently in divine light.—Jude 8, 12-16.

*** w07 10/15 pp. 16-17 “Ships of Kittim” Ply the Seas ***
Bible students have been intrigued by references, some prophetic, to “Kittim” and “the ships of Kittim.” (Numbers 24:24; Daniel 11:30; Isaiah 23:1) Just where was Kittim? What do we know about its ships? And why should the answers interest you?
The Jewish historian Josephus referred to Kittim as “Chethimos,” associating it with the island of Cyprus. The city of Kition (or, Citium) on the southeastern part of the island further links Kittim to Cyprus. Geographically located at the crossroads of ancient trade routes, Cyprus was ideally positioned to benefit from its proximity to maritime centers of the eastern Mediterranean. Forced by its geopolitical status to take sides between warring nations, Cyprus also became either a potent ally or a bothersome obstacle.

*** w06 1/15 p. 30 Oppose Satan, and He Will Flee! ***
Oppose the Devil, and He Will Flee
19 We can be successful in our spiritual warfare against the Devil and the wicked spirit forces under his direction. There is no reason to quake in fear of Satan, for the disciple James wrote: “Subject yourselves . . . to God; but oppose the Devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) One way to go on the offensive in opposing Satan and the wicked spirit creatures in league with him is by having nothing to do with occult or magical practices and those indulging in them. The Scriptures clearly show that servants of Jehovah must refuse to look for omens or to engage in astrology, divination, and spiritism. If we are spiritually active and strong, we need not be afraid that someone will cast a spell on us.—Numbers 23:23; Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Isaiah 47:12-15; Acts 19:18-20.

*** w11 9/15 pp. 30-31 Can You Be Like Phinehas When You Face Challenges? ***
“He at Once Got Up”
Phinehas was a young man when the Israelites were encamped on the Plains of Moab. The Bible reports: “The people started to have immoral relations with the daughters of Moab. . . . And the people began to eat and to bow down to their gods.” (Num. 25:1, 2) Jehovah afflicted the wrongdoers with a death-dealing scourge. Can you imagine how this report of wrongdoing and the scourge it caused must have affected Phinehas?
“Look!” the account continues, “a man of the sons of Israel came, and he was bringing near to his brothers a Midianite woman before Moses’ eyes and before the eyes of all the assembly of the sons of Israel, while they were weeping at the entrance of the tent of meeting.” (Num. 25:6) What would priest Phinehas do? He was relatively young, and the offending Israelite was a chieftain who took the lead in worship among the people.—Num. 25:14.
But Phinehas feared Jehovah, not men. When he caught sight of the two, he at once took a lance in his hand and went after the man into the tent and pierced both of them through. How did Jehovah view Phinehas’ courage and decisiveness? Jehovah immediately ended the scourge and rewarded Phinehas with a covenant that the priesthood would remain in his line “to time indefinite.”—Num. 25:7-13.
Of course, Christian elders today do not resort to violence. But like Phinehas, elders must be ready to be decisive and courageous. For example, Guilherme had been serving as an elder for only a few months when he was asked to serve on a judicial committee. The case of wrongdoing involved an elder who had helped Guilherme when he was younger. “I felt awkward being in that position,” he says. “I found it difficult to sleep at night. I kept going over in my mind ways to handle this case without letting my emotions blur my spiritual vision. I prayed for several days and researched Bible publications.” This helped him to have the needed courage to handle the unique situation and render spiritual assistance to his erring brother.—1 Tim. 4:11, 12.
By acting with courage and decisiveness when situations in the congregation require such, elders become examples of faith and loyalty. Of course, other Christians also need to act courageously, reporting serious wrongdoing that they may become aware of. Likewise, it takes loyalty to discontinue association with a friend or relative who is disfellowshipped.—1 Cor. 5:11-13.

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Lessons for Us:
25:11. What an example of zeal for Jehovah’s worship Phinehas set for us! Should not the desire to keep the congregation clean move us to report any knowledge of gross immorality to Christian elders?

*** w13 5/15 p. 27 par. 5 Safeguard Your Inheritance by Making Wise Choices ***
5 To hold fast to our wonderful inheritance, though, we must remain alert to Satan’s ploys. Satan has always tried to influence God’s people to make choices that could cost them their inheritance. (Num. 25:1-3, 9) Aware that his end is near, Satan has stepped up his efforts to mislead us. (Read Revelation 12:12, 17.) If we are to keep on ‘standing firm against the machinations of the Devil,’ we must continue to value our inheritance highly. (Eph. 6:11) In this regard, the warning example of the patriarch Isaac’s son Esau provides lessons we do well to take to heart.

*** it-1 p. 779 Exodus ***
That there was a fearful number of fighting men the Bible record attests: “Moab became very frightened at the people, because they were many; and Moab began to feel a sickening dread of the sons of Israel.” (Nu 22:3) The fear on the part of the Moabites was, of course, based partly on the fact that Jehovah had worked such wonders for Israel but was also because of their great number, which could not be said of a mere few thousand people. The population figures of the Israelites actually changed very little during the wilderness journey because so many died in the wilderness as a result of unfaithfulness.—Nu 26:2-4, 51.

*** it-1 p. 244 Balaam ***
(Ba′laam) [possibly, One Swallowing Down].
Son of Beor, of the 15th century B.C.E. He lived in the Aramaean town of Pethor in the upper Euphrates Valley and near the Sajur River. Though not an Israelite, Balaam had some knowledge and recognition of Jehovah as the true God, speaking of him on one occasion as “Jehovah my God.” (Nu 22:5, 18) This may have been because devout worshipers of Jehovah (Abraham, Lot, and Jacob) formerly lived in the vicinity of Haran, not far from Pethor.—Ge 12:4, 5; 24:10; 28:5; 31:18, 38.

*** it-1 p. 245 Balak ***
” At first Balaam declined to go, but after Balak sent a more honorable delegation of princes and raised his offer, the greedy prophet finally accepted, with Jehovah’s allowance. Upon coming to the bank of the Arnon, Balak chided him: “Why did you not come to me [at first]? Am I not really and truly able to honor you?”—Nu 22:2-37.

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God also caused Balaam to make a series of proverbial utterances, and these, too, are put down in the form of poetry. (Nu 23:7, 18; 24:3, 15, 20, 21, 23) Far from expressing any scorn for Israel in these proverbial utterances, Balaam “blessed them to the limit,” though he did prophesy woe for other peoples. (Nu 23:11) The proverbial aspect here is not because of any popular repetition of what Balaam said nor because his statements were concise expressions of wisdom. Rather, these are termed proverbial utterances because of the power and rich meaning of what was said, along with his use of a variety of likenesses or comparisons in some of his statements.

*** it-1 p. 80 Aloe, Aloeswood ***
The prophet Balaam’s comparison of the tents of Israel with “aloe plants that Jehovah has planted, like cedars by the waters,” may relate to the spreading shape of these lofty trees, a cluster of aloe trees resembling an encampment of tents. (Nu 24:6) This text, however, has occasioned some discussion, since the Aquilaria agallocha trees are not found in Palestine. Their absence today, of course, would not necessarily prove that such trees were not present in that land nearly 3,500 years ago. On the other hand, Balaam’s reference to the trees does not require that they be growing right in the area where he spoke. If the “cedars” mentioned immediately afterward in this text were cedars of Lebanon, then they would be trees growing outside that area, and the same could be true of the aloes. The other texts dealing with aloes refer only to their aromatic qualities and would allow for them to have been foreign imports.

*** w92 7/15 p. 5 Does the Bible Contradict Itself? ***
Since Agag was a contemporary of Israelite king Saul, was not Balaam’s much earlier reference to an Amalekite ruler of that name a discrepancy?
In about 1473 B.C.E., Balaam foretold that a king of Israel would be “higher than Agag.” (Numbers 24:7) No subsequent reference was made to Agag until the reign of King Saul (1117-1078 B.C.E.). (1 Samuel 15:8) This was not a discrepancy, however, for “Agag” may have been a royal title similar to that of Pharaoh in Egypt. It is also possible that Agag was a personal name repeatedly used by Amalekite rulers.

*** w92 15/7 pág. 5 ¿Se contradice la Biblia? ***
▪ En vista de que Agag fue contemporáneo de Saúl, rey de Israel, ¿no era una discrepancia el que Balaam hiciera referencia a un soberano amalequita de ese nombre mucho antes?
Alrededor del año 1473 a.E.C., Balaam predijo que un rey de Israel sería “más alto que Agag”. (Números 24:7.) No se vuelve a mencionar a Agag hasta el reinado de Saúl (1117-1078 a.E.C.). (1 Samuel 15:8.) Ahora bien, este hecho no constituye una discrepancia, pues “Agag” puede haber sido un título de la realeza semejante al de Faraón de Egipto. También es posible que Agag fuera un nombre común entre los soberanos amalequitas.

*** it-1 p. 218 Attitudes and Gestures ***
Clapping the hands might be a gesture merely to command attention, as at Joshua 15:18. More often it was a sign of anger (Nu 24:10), contempt or ridicule (Job 27:23; La 2:15), sorrow (Eze 6:11), or animosity, rejoicing at bad that befell a rival, a hated enemy, or an oppressor; it was sometimes accompanied by stamping of the feet.—Eze 25:6; Na 3:19.

*** it-2 pág. 690 Posturas y ademanes ***
Palmotear. Podía tratarse simplemente de un ademán para llamar la atención de alguien, como se muestra en Josué 15:18, pero con más frecuencia indicaba cólera (Nú 24:10), desprecio o burla (Job 27:23; Lam 2:15), pena (Eze 6:11), animosidad o que la persona se regocijaba por el mal que le acaecía a un rival, a un enemigo odiado o a un opresor. En ocasiones, además de palmotear se pateaba con los pies. (Eze 25:6; Na 3:19.)

*** it-2 p. 206 Last Days ***
Balaam’s Prophecy. It was before the Israelites entered the Promised Land that the prophet Balaam said to Moab’s King Balak: “Do come, let me advise you what this people [Israel] will do to your people afterward in the end of the days. . . . A star will certainly step forth out of Jacob, and a scepter will indeed rise out of Israel. And he will certainly break apart the temples of Moab’s head and the cranium of all the sons of tumult of war.” (Nu 24:14-17) In the initial fulfillment of this prophecy, the “star” proved to be King David, the subduer of the Moabites. (2Sa 8:2) Evidently, therefore, in that fulfillment of this particular prophecy, “the end of the days” began with David’s becoming king. Since David foreshadowed Jesus as Messianic King, the prophecy would also apply to Jesus at the time when he subdues his enemies.—Isa 9:7; Ps 2:8, 9.

*** re chap. 10 p. 53 par. 19 Abhorring the “Deep Things of Satan” ***
Jesus himself later explains what this “star” is, saying: “I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright morning star.” (Revelation 22:16) Yes, it is Jesus who fulfills the prophecy that Jehovah forced from the unwilling lips of Balaam: “A star will certainly step forth out of Jacob, and a scepter will indeed rise out of Israel.” (Numbers 24:17) How will Jesus give “the morning star” to those who conquer? Evidently, by giving himself to them, by taking them into the closest, most intimate relationship with him. (John 14:2, 3) Surely a powerful inducement to endure! Stimulating it is, too, for the great crowd to know that “the bright morning star” will soon exercise his Kingdom authority in restoring Paradise here on earth!

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The Bible does not specifically report what happened to the Kenites, also called Kain. Balaam’s proverbial utterance concerning them posed the question: “How long will it be till Assyria will carry you away captive?” (Nu 24:21, 22) So it may be that some Kenites lived in the northern kingdom of Israel and surrounding areas and were taken captive along with them by the Assyrians.—2Ki 15:29; 17:6.

*** w07 10/15 pp. 18-19 “Ships of Kittim” Ply the Seas ***
Interestingly, about the estimated time of this shipwreck, Balaam referred to ships from Kittim in his “proverbial utterance.” (Numbers 24:15, 24) Evidently, Cypriot ships had become well-known in the Middle East. What were these ships like?
Merchant Ships
Many clay models of ships and boats have been discovered in burial chambers at the ancient city of Amathus in Cyprus. These give valuable indications as to the types of Cypriot vessels, and some are on display in museums.
The models show that early ships were obviously used for peaceful trading. The smaller craft were usually powered by 20 oarsmen. The broad, deep hulls were designed to transport goods and passengers on short trips hugging the coast of Cyprus. Pliny the Elder mentions that the Cypriots designed a small, light ship that was oar propelled and that could carry up to 90 tons.
Then there were the larger merchant ships like the one found off the coast of Turkey. Some could carry up to 450 tons of cargo on the open seas. Large ships might have as many as 50 oarsmen, 25 on each side, and be 100 feet [30 meters] long with a mast over 30 feet [10 meters] high.
“Kittim” Warships in Bible Prophecy
The spirit of Jehovah was responsible for this pronouncement: “There will be ships from the coast of Kittim, and they will certainly afflict Assyria.” (Numbers 24:2, 24) Did this prediction come true? How were vessels from Cyprus involved in the fulfillment? Those “ships from the coast of Kittim” were not peaceful trading vessels that plied the Mediterranean Sea. They were warships bringing affliction.
As the needs of war changed, the basic designs were adapted to produce swifter and more powerful vessels. The earliest Cypriot warships were probably represented in a painting discovered in Amathus. It depicts a long slender ship with the stern curving upward and inward, similar to a Phoenician warship. It has a ram and circular shields on either side near the stern and toward the bow.
The eighth century B.C.E. saw the first biremes (ships with two tiers of oars) in Greece. These ships were about 80 feet [24 meters] long and 10 feet [3 meters] wide. At first, the ships were used to transport warriors, the actual fighting taking place on land. Before long, the advantage of adding a third tier of oars was recognized, and a bronze-clad ram was fitted to the bow. The new ship became known as a trireme, as mentioned at the beginning of this article. This type of ship gained prominence during the battle of Salamis (480 B.C.E.) when the Greeks defeated the Persian navy.
Later, Alexander the Great, in his quest for domination, mobilized his fleet of triremes eastward. Such ships were designed for battle, not for long voyages on the high seas, since there was limited room for storing supplies. This called for stops at Aegean islands for provisions and refits. Alexander’s aim was to destroy the Persian fleet. To succeed, however, he first had to overcome the formidable island fortress of Tyre. Cyprus was a stopover on the way.
The Cypriots rallied to Alexander the Great during the siege of Tyre (332 B.C.E.), providing a fleet of 120 ships. Three kings of Cyprus led fleets to join Alexander. They shared in a siege of Tyre that lasted seven months. Tyre fell, and Bible prophecy was fulfilled. (Ezekiel 26:3, 4; Zechariah 9:3, 4) To express his gratitude, Alexander granted special authority to the Cypriot kings.
A Remarkable Fulfillment
First-century historian Strabo relates that Alexander commissioned ships from Cyprus and Phoenicia for his campaign into Arabia. These ships were light and easy to dismantle, so they reached Thapsacus (Tiphsah) in northern Syria within just seven days. (1 Kings 4:24) From there it was possible to travel downriver to Babylon.
Hence, a seemingly obscure statement in the Bible had a remarkable fulfillment some ten centuries later! In line with the words of Numbers 24:24, the military machine of Alexander the Great advanced relentlessly eastward from Macedonia and conquered the land of Assyria, finally defeating the mighty Medo-Persian Empire.

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When it says that Balaam “returned to his place” it does not necessarily mean he actually reached his home back in Pethor. The words themselves do not imply that Balaam left more than the immediate vicinity of Mount Peor. As Cook’s Commentary observes on Numbers 24:25: “Returned to his own place . . . Not to his own land, for he remained amongst the Midianites to plot by new means against the people of God, and to perish in his sin. . . . The phrase, which is of frequent recurrence (cf. e.g. Gen. xviii. 33, xxxi. 55; I S.xxvi. 25; 2 S. xix. 39), is idiomatic, meaning merely that Balaam went away whither he would.”

*** it-1 p. 229 Baal ***
Each locality had its own Baal, and the local Baal was often given a name denoting his being attached to a specific locality. For instance, the Baal of Peor (Baal-peor), who was worshiped by Moabites and Midianites, took his name from Mount Peor. (Nu 25:1-3, 6) The names of these local Baals later came to be transferred through a figure of speech (metonymy) to the localities themselves, as, for example, Baal-hermon, Baal-hazor, Baal-zephon, Bamoth-baal. However, although there were many local Baals, officially, among the Canaanites, it was understood that there was actually just one god Baal.

Israel’s sin in connection with Baal of Peor resulted in Jehovah’s sending a death-dealing scourge that killed thousands of Israelites. A question arises as to the number of those actually killed by the scourge in view of a seeming discrepancy between Numbers 25:9 and 1 Corinthians 10:8. Apparently 23,000 were directly killed by the scourge, whereas 1,000 “head ones” or ringleaders were killed by the judges of Israel and then hung up, exposed to public view.—Nu 25:4, 5; see BAAL No. 4.

*** w04 4/1 p. 29 Questions From Readers ***
Why does 1 Corinthians 10:8 say that 23,000 Israelites fell in one day for committing fornication, while Numbers 25:9 gives the figure as 24,000?
There are several factors that may account for the difference in the figures given in these two verses. The simplest one could be that the actual number is somewhere between 23,000 and 24,000, thus allowing it to be rounded off in either direction.
Consider another possibility. The apostle Paul cited the account of the Israelites at Shittim as a warning example to Christians in ancient Corinth, a city notorious for its licentious way of life. He wrote: “Neither let us practice fornication, as some of them committed fornication, only to fall, twenty-three thousand of them in one day.” Singling out those who were put to death by Jehovah because they committed fornication, Paul gave the number as 23,000.—1 Corinthians 10:8.
Numbers chapter 25, however, tells us that “Israel attached itself to the Baal of Peor; and the anger of Jehovah began to blaze against Israel.” Then, Jehovah commanded Moses to execute “all the head ones of the people.” Moses, in turn, ordered the judges to carry out that command. Finally, when Phinehas acted quickly to put to death the Israelite who brought a Midianite woman into the camp, “the scourge was halted.” The account ends with the statement: “Those who died from the scourge amounted to twenty-four thousand.”—Numbers 25:1-9.
The figure given in Numbers evidently included “the head ones of the people” executed by the judges and those executed directly by Jehovah. There might well have been a thousand of those head ones who died at the hands of the judges, bringing the number to 24,000. Whether these head ones, or ringleaders, committed fornication, participated in the festivities, or gave consent to those who did, they were guilty of having “an attachment with the Baal of Peor.”
Regarding the word “attachment,” one Bible reference work explains that it can mean “to bind one’s self to a person.” The Israelites were a people dedicated to Jehovah, but when they formed “an attachment with the Baal of Peor,” they broke their dedicated relationship with God. Some 700 years later, through the prophet Hosea, Jehovah said of the Israelites: “They themselves went in to Baal of Peor, and they proceeded to dedicate themselves to the shameful thing, and they came to be disgusting like the thing of their love.” (Hosea 9:10) All those who did so were deserving of adverse divine judgment. Thus, Moses reminded the sons of Israel: “Your own eyes are the ones that saw what Jehovah did in the case of the Baal of Peor, that every man who walked after the Baal of Peor was the one whom Jehovah your God annihilated from your midst.”—Deuteronomy 4:3.

*** it-1 p. 26 Abishua ***
. The son of Phinehas and a great-grandson of Aaron. He was the father of Bukki. (1Ch 6:4, 5, 50, 51) At Ezra 7:1-5 he is shown to have been one of Ezra’s forefathers. Josephus (Jewish Antiquities, V, 361, 362 [xi, 5]; VIII, 12 [i, 3]) refers to Abishua (called Abiezer in Book V) as the high priest, which, if accepted, would make him the fourth high priest of Israel. This would harmonize with Jehovah’s promise made to Abishua’s father, Phinehas, that the priesthood would remain in his family.—Nu 25:11-13.

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Song 94 Content With God’s Good Gifts

15 min: Display Good Manners When Preaching. (2 Cor. 6:3)

Discussion based on the following questions: (1) Why is it important that we display good manners while preaching? (2) How may we show good manners when (a) our group arrives in the territory? (b) we are walking from house to house in residential territory or driving from house to house in rural territory? (c) we are standing at a door? (d) our companion is giving a witness? (e) the householder is speaking? (f) the householder is busy or the weather is inclement? (g) the householder is rude?
(2 Corinthians 6:3) no way are we giving any cause for stumbling, so that no fault may be found with our ministry;

15 min: “Improving Our Skills in the Ministry—Laying the Groundwork for a Return Visit.”

Discussion. Include a soliloquy of a publisher preparing for the ministry and formulating a follow-up question to ask if the householder accepts the magazines.
Improving Our Skills in the Ministry—Laying the Groundwork for a Return Visit Improving Our Skills in the Ministry—Laying the Groundwork for a Return Visit

Improving Our Skills in the Ministry—Laying the Groundwork for a Return Visit

Why Important:

When we find someone who shows interest, we want to return when he will be home so that we can water the seed of truth that we planted. (1 Cor. 3:6) This often requires that before we leave, we lay the groundwork for the return visit by finding out when we may come back. In addition, it is good to leave a question that we will discuss the next time we visit. This will build the householder’s anticipation for the visit, and if the question is answered in the publication we left with him, he will be more likely to read it. Laying the groundwork for the next conversation also makes it easier to call back because the subject for the discussion has already been chosen, and the householder will know what to expect. When we see him again, we can explain that we returned to answer the question that we raised on the last visit and then proceed.

How to Do It:

• When preparing your house-to-house presentation, also prepare a follow-up question to be answered on the next visit. It could be based on a topic that is discussed in the literature you are offering that day, or it could be a question that is answered in one of our study publications, which you can introduce when you return.
• When concluding your conversation with a person who shows interest, let him know of your desire to talk to him again and then share the follow-up question you prepared. In some territories people are very busy and tend to be reluctant to make an appointment for you to visit them again. In those circumstances, you might say: “Is this usually a good time to find you at home? [Allow for response.] Next week, I’d like to stop by briefly and answer this question . . . If you are too busy when I come, you can just let me know.”
• If you tell the householder that you will return at a specific time, keep your appointment. (Matt. 5:37) At the conclusion of the return visit, lay the groundwork for the next one.
Try This During the Month:
• When preparing your presentation, also prepare a follow-up question to answer next time. Share it with other publishers with whom you are working.

Song 68 A Prayer of the Lowly One


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THE WATCHTOWER (STUDY EDITION) JULY 2014

Jehovah’s People “Renounce Unrighteousness”

“Let everyone calling on the name of Jehovah renounce unrighteousness.”—2 TIM. 2:19.

HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER?

• What can give rise to “foolish and ignorant debates,” and how can we avoid them?
• How do we “renounce unrighteousness” when it comes to bad associations?
• How can we display decisiveness when ‘renouncing unrighteousness’?

References and Scriptures

Psalms 34:14;2 Timothy 2:19;2 Timothy 2:19;Numbers 16:5;Numbers 16:1-50;Numbers 16:1-5;Numbers 16:23-27;Numbers 16:5;Numbers 16:23-27;2 Timothy 2:19;2 Timothy 2:19;2 Timothy 2:14;2 Timothy 2:16;2 Timothy 2:23;Psalms 11:5;Ephesians 5:3-5;1 Peter 5:2-3;2 Corinthians 1:24;Hebrews 5:14;Ephesians 5:10;1 Corinthians 11:3;Ephesians 6:1-4;2 Timothy 2:24;2 Timothy 2:20-21;1 Corinthians 15:33;2 Timothy 3:1-5;Numbers 16:24;Numbers 16:27;2 Timothy 2:22;Matthew 18:9;Psalms 101:3;Psalms 34:14;2 Timothy 2:19;2 Chronicles 16:9;
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(Psalms 34:14) 14  Turn away from what is bad and do what is good; Seek peace and pursue it.
(2 Timothy 2:19) 19  Despite that, the solid foundation of God remains standing, having this seal, “Jehovah knows those who belong to him,” and, “Let everyone calling on the name of Jehovah renounce unrighteousness.”
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(2 Timothy 2:19) 19  Despite that, the solid foundation of God remains standing, having this seal, “Jehovah knows those who belong to him,” and, “Let everyone calling on the name of Jehovah renounce unrighteousness.”
(Numbers 16:5) 5  Then he said to Kor′ah and to all his supporters: “In the morning Jehovah will make known who belongs to him and who is holy and who should approach him, and whomever he may choose will approach him.
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(Numbers 16:1-50) 16  Then Kor′ah the son of Iz′har, the son of Ko′hath, the son of Le′vi, got up together with Da′than and A•bi′ram the sons of E•li′ab, and On the son of Pe′leth, of the sons of Reu′ben. 22  They rose up against Moses along with 250 Israelite men, chieftains of the assembly, chosen ones of the congregation, prominent men. 33  So they gathered together against Moses and Aaron and said to them: “We have had enough of you! The whole assembly is holy, all of them, and Jehovah is in their midst. Why, then, should you exalt yourselves above the congregation of Jehovah?” 44  When Moses heard this, he at once fell facedown. 55  Then he said to Kor′ah and to all his supporters: “In the morning Jehovah will make known who belongs to him and who is holy and who should approach him, and whomever he may choose will approach him. 66  Do this: Take fire holders, Kor′ah and all your supporters, 77  and put fire in them and place incense on them before Jehovah tomorrow, and the man whom Jehovah will choose, he is the holy one. You sons of Le′vi have gone far enough!” 88  Moses then said to Kor′ah: “Listen, please, you sons of Le′vi. 99  Does it seem to you such a little thing that the God of Israel has separated you from the assembly of Israel and allowed you to approach him in order to perform the service of Jehovah’s tabernacle and to stand before the assembly to minister to them, 1010  and that he brought you near to him along with all your brothers, the sons of Le′vi? Must you also try to secure the priesthood? 1111  For this reason, you and all your supporters who are gathering together are against Jehovah. As for Aaron, who is he that you should murmur against him?” 1212  Moses later sent for Da′than and A•bi′ram the sons of E•li′ab, but they said: “We are not going to come! 1313  Is it so little a thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to put us to death in the wilderness? Now do you also want to make yourself an absolute ruler over us? 1414  As it is, you have not brought us into any land flowing with milk and honey or given us an inheritance of field and vineyard. Would you bore out the eyes of those men? We are not going to come!” 1515  So Moses became very angry and said to Jehovah: “Do not turn to look at their grain offering. Not one donkey have I taken away from them, nor have I harmed one of them.” 1616  Then Moses said to Kor′ah: “Present yourself with all your supporters before Jehovah tomorrow, you and they and Aaron. 1717  Each one should take his fire holder and put incense on it, and each will present his fire holder before Jehovah, 250 fire holders, together with you and Aaron, each with his fire holder.” 1818  So each of them took his fire holder, and they put fire and incense on them and stood at the entrance of the tent of meeting together with Moses and Aaron. 1919  When Kor′ah had gathered his supporters against them at the entrance of the tent of meeting, Jehovah’s glory appeared to all the assembly. 2020  Jehovah now told Moses and Aaron: 2121  “Separate yourselves from among this group, so that I may exterminate them in an instant.” 2222  At this, they fell with their faces to the ground and said: “O God, the God of the spirit of all people, will one man’s sin cause you to become indignant against the entire assembly?” 2323  Jehovah then said to Moses: 2424  “Speak to the assembly and tell them, ‘Get away from around the tents of Kor′ah, Da′than, and A•bi′ram!’” 2525  Then Moses got up and went to Da′than and A•bi′ram, and the elders of Israel went with him. 2626  He told the assembly: “Move away, please, from the tents of these wicked men and do not touch anything that belongs to them, so that you may not be swept away in all their sin.” 2727  They immediately moved away from the tents of Kor′ah, Da′than, and A•bi′ram, from every side, and Da′than and A•bi′ram came out, taking their stand at the entrance of their tents, together with their wives, their sons, and their little children. 2828  Then Moses said: “By this you will know that Jehovah has sent me to do all these things, that it is not of my own heart: 2929  If these people die a natural death as all men do and if their punishment is the same as that of all mankind, then Jehovah has not sent me. 3030  But if Jehovah does something extraordinary with them and the ground opens and swallows them and everything that belongs to them and they go down alive into the Grave, you will certainly know that these men have treated Jehovah disrespectfully.” 3131  As soon as he finished speaking all these words, the ground beneath them split apart. 3232  And the earth opened and swallowed them up, along with their households and everyone who belonged to Kor′ah and all their goods. 3333  So they and all who belonged to them went down alive into the Grave, and the earth covered them over, so that they perished from the midst of the congregation. 3434  All the Israelites who were around them fled at their screaming, for they said: “We are afraid that the earth may swallow us up!” 3535  Then a fire came out from Jehovah and consumed the 250 men offering the incense. 3636  Jehovah now said to Moses: 3737  “Tell El•e•a′zar the son of Aaron the priest to take the fire holders out of the fire, for they are holy. Also tell him to scatter the fire some distance away. 3838  The fire holders of the men who sinned at the cost of their lives should be made into thin metal plates to overlay the altar, because they presented them before Jehovah, and they became holy. They should serve as a sign to the Israelites.” 3939  So El•e•a′zar the priest took the copper fire holders that had been presented by those who were burned up, and beat them to overlay the altar, 4040  just as Jehovah had told him through Moses. It was a reminder for the Israelites that no unauthorized person who is not of the offspring of Aaron should approach to burn incense before Jehovah and that no one should become like Kor′ah and his supporters. 4141  On the very next day, the whole assembly of the Israelites began to murmur against Moses and Aaron, saying: “You two have put Jehovah’s people to death.” 4242  When the assembly had gathered together against Moses and Aaron, they then turned toward the tent of meeting, and look! the cloud covered it, and Jehovah’s glory began to appear. 4343  Moses and Aaron went before the tent of meeting, 4444  and Jehovah said to Moses: 4545  “You men, remove yourselves from among this assembly, so that I may exterminate them in an instant.” At this they fell with their faces to the ground. 4646  Moses then said to Aaron: “Take the fire holder and put fire from the altar in it and put incense on it and go quickly to the assembly and make atonement for them, because indignation has gone out from Jehovah. The plague has started!” 4747  Aaron at once took it, just as Moses had said, and ran into the midst of the congregation, and look! the plague had started among the people. So he put the incense on the fire holder and began making atonement for the people. 4848  He kept standing between the dead and the living, and the scourge eventually stopped. 4949  Those who died from the scourge amounted to 14,700, besides those dead on account of Kor′ah. 5050  When at last Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the tent of meeting, the scourge had been stopped.
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(Numbers 16:1-5) 16  Then Kor′ah the son of Iz′har, the son of Ko′hath, the son of Le′vi, got up together with Da′than and A•bi′ram the sons of E•li′ab, and On the son of Pe′leth, of the sons of Reu′ben. 22  They rose up against Moses along with 250 Israelite men, chieftains of the assembly, chosen ones of the congregation, prominent men. 33  So they gathered together against Moses and Aaron and said to them: “We have had enough of you! The whole assembly is holy, all of them, and Jehovah is in their midst. Why, then, should you exalt yourselves above the congregation of Jehovah?” 44  When Moses heard this, he at once fell facedown. 55  Then he said to Kor′ah and to all his supporters: “In the morning Jehovah will make known who belongs to him and who is holy and who should approach him, and whomever he may choose will approach him.
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(Numbers 16:23-27) 23  Jehovah then said to Moses: 2424  “Speak to the assembly and tell them, ‘Get away from around the tents of Kor′ah, Da′than, and A•bi′ram!’” 2525  Then Moses got up and went to Da′than and A•bi′ram, and the elders of Israel went with him. 2626  He told the assembly: “Move away, please, from the tents of these wicked men and do not touch anything that belongs to them, so that you may not be swept away in all their sin.” 2727  They immediately moved away from the tents of Kor′ah, Da′than, and A•bi′ram, from every side, and Da′than and A•bi′ram came out, taking their stand at the entrance of their tents, together with their wives, their sons, and their little children.
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(Numbers 16:5) 5  Then he said to Kor′ah and to all his supporters: “In the morning Jehovah will make known who belongs to him and who is holy and who should approach him, and whomever he may choose will approach him.
(Numbers 16:23-27) 23  Jehovah then said to Moses: 2424  “Speak to the assembly and tell them, ‘Get away from around the tents of Kor′ah, Da′than, and A•bi′ram!’” 2525  Then Moses got up and went to Da′than and A•bi′ram, and the elders of Israel went with him. 2626  He told the assembly: “Move away, please, from the tents of these wicked men and do not touch anything that belongs to them, so that you may not be swept away in all their sin.” 2727  They immediately moved away from the tents of Kor′ah, Da′than, and A•bi′ram, from every side, and Da′than and A•bi′ram came out, taking their stand at the entrance of their tents, together with their wives, their sons, and their little children.
(2 Timothy 2:19) 19  Despite that, the solid foundation of God remains standing, having this seal, “Jehovah knows those who belong to him,” and, “Let everyone calling on the name of Jehovah renounce unrighteousness.”
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(2 Timothy 2:19) 19  Despite that, the solid foundation of God remains standing, having this seal, “Jehovah knows those who belong to him,” and, “Let everyone calling on the name of Jehovah renounce unrighteousness.”
(2 Timothy 2:14) 14  Keep reminding them of these things, instructing them before God not to fight about words, something of no usefulness at all because it harms those listening.
(2 Timothy 2:16) 16  But reject empty speeches that violate what is holy, for they will lead to more and more ungodliness,
(2 Timothy 2:23) 23  Further, reject foolish and ignorant debates, knowing that they produce fights.
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(Psalms 11:5) 5  Jehovah examines the righteous one as well as the wicked one; He hates anyone who loves violence.
(Ephesians 5:3-5) 3  Let sexual immorality and every sort of uncleanness or greediness not even be mentioned among you, just as is proper for holy people; 44  neither shameful conduct nor foolish talking nor obscene jesting—things that are not befitting—but rather the giving of thanks. 55  For you know this, recognizing it for yourselves, that no sexually immoral person or unclean person or greedy person, which means being an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of the Christ and of God.
(1 Peter 5:2-3) 2  Shepherd the flock of God under your care, serving as overseers, not under compulsion, but willingly before God; not for love of dishonest gain, but eagerly; 33  not lording it over those who are God’s inheritance, but becoming examples to the flock.
(2 Corinthians 1:24) 24  Not that we are the masters over your faith, but we are fellow workers for your joy, for it is by your faith that you are standing.
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(Hebrews 5:14) 14  But solid food belongs to mature people, to those who through use have their powers of discernment trained to distinguish both right and wrong.
(Ephesians 5:10) 10  Keep on making sure of what is acceptable to the Lord;
(1 Corinthians 11:3) 3  But I want you to know that the head of every man is the Christ; in turn, the head of a woman is the man; in turn, the head of the Christ is God.
(Ephesians 6:1-4) 6  Children, be obedient to your parents in union with the Lord, for this is righteous. 22  “Honor your father and your mother” is the first command with a promise: 33  “That it may go well with you and you may remain a long time on the earth.” 44  And fathers, do not be irritating your children, but go on bringing them up in the discipline and admonition of Jehovah.
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(2 Timothy 2:24) 24  For a slave of the Lord does not need to fight, but needs to be gentle toward all, qualified to teach, showing restraint when wronged,
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(2 Timothy 2:20-21) 20  Now in a large house there are utensils not only of gold and silver but also of wood and earthenware, and some for an honorable use but others for a use lacking honor. 2121  So if anyone keeps clear of the latter ones, he will be an instrument for an honorable use, sanctified, useful to his owner, prepared for every good work.
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(1 Corinthians 15:33) 33  Do not be misled. Bad associations spoil useful habits.
(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.
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(Numbers 16:24) 24  “Speak to the assembly and tell them, ‘Get away from around the tents of Kor′ah, Da′than, and A•bi′ram!’”
(Numbers 16:27) 27  They immediately moved away from the tents of Kor′ah, Da′than, and A•bi′ram, from every side, and Da′than and A•bi′ram came out, taking their stand at the entrance of their tents, together with their wives, their sons, and their little children.
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(2 Timothy 2:22) 22  So flee from youthful desires, but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a clean heart.
(Matthew 18:9) 9  Also, if your eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it away from you. It is better for you to enter one-eyed into life than to be thrown with two eyes into the fiery Ge•hen′na.
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(Psalms 101:3) 3  I will not set anything worthless before my eyes. I hate the deeds of those who deviate from what is right; I will have nothing to do with them.
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(Psalms 34:14) 14  Turn away from what is bad and do what is good; Seek peace and pursue it.
(2 Timothy 2:19) 19  Despite that, the solid foundation of God remains standing, having this seal, “Jehovah knows those who belong to him,” and, “Let everyone calling on the name of Jehovah renounce unrighteousness.”
(2 Chronicles 16:9) 9  For the eyes of Jehovah are roving about through all the earth to show his strength in behalf of those whose heart is complete toward him. You have acted foolishly in this matter; from now on there will be wars against you.”



References consulted on: Watchtower Library 2013 CD‒ROM

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