966. The day of the Lord is / is not at hand.

ISA 13:6, Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

JOE 1:15, Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand....

ZEP 1:7, Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand....

MAT 4:17, From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

PHILI 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
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GAL 2:1, Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.

2PET 3:8, But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,... 10 ... the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, ... the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

2THE 2:2, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; ... 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

 

 

967. The coming kingdom of God is material / spiritual / within. [H, 136, 217]

MAR 14:25, Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

LUK 14:15, And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
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JOH 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

ROM 14:17, For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

1COR 15:50, Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
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LUK 17:20-21, And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

 

 

968. The earth belongs to God / Satan / humanity / the meek.

EXO 9:29, The earth is the LORD's.

1COR 10:26, For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.

[SEE ALSO: GEN 14:19; EXO 19:5; DEU 10:14; PSA 24:1, 47:7; EZR 5:11; ISA 37:16; MAT 11:25; ACT 17:24]

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MAT 4:8-9, The devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee.

JOH 12:31, Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

2COR 4:4, In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

[SEE ALSO:MAT 4:8-9]

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PSA 115:16, The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
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MAT 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

 

 

969. The devil is free / in chains. [H, 362]

JOB 1:7, And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

ZEC 3:1, And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

MAT 4:1, Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

1PET 5:8, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
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2PET 2:4, For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

JUDE 1:6, And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

 

 

970. Man can / cannot resist the devil.

JAM 4:7, Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
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2TIM 2:26, And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

 

 

971. Satan can / cannot control a Christian. [H, 179]

LUK 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
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1JOH 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

 

 

972. Satan / Jesus / God causes unbelief.

LUK 8:12, Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

2COR 4:3-4, But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not.
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MAR 4:11-12, And he [Jesus] said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
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JOH 12:38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? 39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

2THE 2:11-12, And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

 

973. God / Satan gave Job undeserved misery.

JOB 2:3, And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
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JOB 2:7, So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

 

 

974. The Christian yoke is / is not easy. [B, 127; H, 179]

MAT 11:28-30, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
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JOH 16:33, These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

2TIM 3:12, Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

HEB 12:6, For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. ... 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

 

 

975. Temptation is / is not to be desired. [B, 136; H, 253]

JAM 1:2, My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
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MAT 6:13, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.

MAT 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

 

 

976. Believers are / are not pilgrims and strangers. [H, 178]

HEB 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

1PET 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
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EPH 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

 

 

977. Exorcism in Jesus' name is / is not the sign of a true Christian.

MAR 16:17, And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
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MAR 9:38, And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.

 

 

978.Solomon / John the Baptist / Jesus was greater.

1KIN 3:10-12, And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
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MAT 11:11, Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
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LUK 11:30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. 31 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

 

 

979. Riches are a sign of righteousness / wickedness. [B, 126]

PSA 37:25, I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

PRO 15:6, In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
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MAT 19:23, Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

LUK 6:24, But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.

JAM 5:1, Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

 

 

980. The rich can / cannot receive God's reward.

JOB 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

MAT 27:57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:
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MAT 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

LUK 6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

JAM 5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. 3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

 

 

981.Wealth / Poverty / Neither wealth nor poverty is a blessing. [B, 130; H, 174-175]

PSA 112:1, Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, ... 3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

JOB 22:23-24, If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles. Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.

[SEE ALSO: PRO 15:6; JOB 13:12; MAR 10:30]

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LUK 6:20, And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. ... 24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.

JAM 2:5, Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

[SEE ALSO: PRO 10:15; MAT 6:19,21; MAR 10:24-25; LUK 41:21; JAM 5:1-3]

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PRO 30:8-9, Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

 

 

982. Money is / is not bad.

1TIM 6:10, For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
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ECC 10:19, A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.

 

 

983. Give away / Leave to your children all your wealth. [B, 31; H, 280]

LUK 12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms....
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PRO 13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children ....

 

 

984. Food and drink can / cannot defile a man.

ROM 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
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MAT 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

 

 

985. You should / should not distrust people. [H, 262]

1COR 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth:
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JER 9:4 Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.

MIC 7:5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

 

 

986. You should / should not believe everything.

1COR 13:7, Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
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PRO 14:15, The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

1THE 5:21, Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

 

 

987. Wisdom is / is not a good thing.

PRO 4:7, Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

LUK 2:52, And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
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1COR 1:19-20, For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

1COR 3:19-20, For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

 

 

988. Wisdom does / does not make people happy. [B, 131; H, 176]

PRO 3:13, Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
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ECC 1:18, For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

 

 

989. Self-praise is worthy / unworthy. [H, 248]

EXO 11:3 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people. (KJV)

NUM 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) (KJV)

[NOTE: If the entire Pentateuch was written by Moses, EXO 11:3 & NUM 12:3, which are part of the Pentateuch, would be self-serving and prideful. - p.b.]

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PRO 25:27 To eat too much honey is not good; nor to seek honor after honor. (NAB)

 

 

990. It is / is not good to be happy. [B, 133; H, 250]

PRO 17:22, A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

ECC 8:15, Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, ....
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ECC 7:3, Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

LUK 6:25, ... Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

 

 

991. It is / is not good to mourn. [H, 251]

MAT 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
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PHILI 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

 

 

992. A good name is a blessing / curse. [B, 132; H, 176]

PRO 22:1, A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches....

ECC 7:1, A good name is better than precious ointment....
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LUK 6:26, Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you!....

 

 

993. It is / is not a good thing to be childish.

MAT 18:3, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
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1COR 13:11, When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

1COR 14:20, Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

EPH 4:14, That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

 

 

994. Contention and strife are / are not good. [H, 261]

LUK 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

ROM 15:20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation: ... 30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;

JUDE 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
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PRO 18:6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. 7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

2TIM 2:14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. ... 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

JAM 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

 

 

995. There is / is not a remedy for foolishness. [B, 134; H, 278]

PRO 22:15, Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
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PRO 27:22, Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

 

 

996. It is / is not good to be foolish.

1COR 1:21, For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

1COR 3:18-19, Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

1COR 4:10, We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.
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PSA 5:5, The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

EPH 5:15, See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

 

 

997. Nothing / Something is new. [H, 432]

ECC 1:9, The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
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ISA 65:17, For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

JER 31:22, How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.

2COR 5:17, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2PET 3:13, Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

 

 

998. "Was not" does / does not mean "annihilated." [H, 206]

PSA 37:36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not:¹ yea, I sought him, but he could not be found. (KJV, LXX)
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GEN 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.² (KJV, OAB)

¹ "he was no more" - (OAB)
² "5,24: In place of the usual formula, 'Then he died,' the change to 'Enoch walked with God' clearly implies that he did not die, but like Elijah (2Kgs 2, 11f) was taken alive to God's abode." (NAB, 12, footnote)

 

 

999. Job's children were / were not all dead. [H, 347]

JOB 1:19, And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. ... 8:4 If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression; (KJV)
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*JOB 19:17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children's sake of mine own body. (KJV)
JOB 19:17 My odor is repulsive to my wife; I am loathsome to my children. (TAN)
JOB 19:17 I am repulsive to my wife, loathsome to the sons of my own mother. (OAB)
JOB 19:17 My breath is abhorred by my wife; I am loathsome to the men of my family. (NAB)
JOB 19:17 I also repeatedly implored my wife, and, using flattery, I kept summoning sons of my concubines. (LXX)

* Haley says, "Nothing in the passage warrants the inference that any of Job's children were alive." I'd say that it's ambiguous at best, since every Bible translates it differently. - p.b.

 

 

1000. Mariners / God cast Jonah into the sea.

JON 1:5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. ... 7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. ... 15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.
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JON 2:1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, 2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. 3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.

 

 

1001. Jonah was swallowed by a fish / whale.

JON 1:17, Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
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MAT 12:40, For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

 

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