Daily Archives: April 15, 2020

New Streaming Series Teaches People How to Protect Themselves from COVID-19 on Studio 5’s Weekly Countdown | CBN News

Hollywood continues to re-invent itself in the middle of this coronavirus shut down.

This week on CBN News’ Studio 5, we see a new streaming series aimed at teaching people how to protect themselves and a huge success for the first film released directly to a streaming platform, instead of movie theaters. 

We’re following it all in this week’s Studio 5 countdown. Click ABOVE to watch. 

Also, tonight on studio 5, we go behind the scenes of trolls world tour and we sit down with a member of the band citizens for a look at their new music, composed and shared, using only their iPhones and an empty church. 

You can see all that on Studio 5, tonight at 9:30 Eastern on the CBN News Channel.  For a programming schedule, click here

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White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing – 5:00pm ET Livestream (Rose Garden)… — The Last Refuge

Unfortunately, with President Trump effectively communicating the latest information on the federal efforts to mitigate COVID-19, more corporate U.S. resistance media have decided not to carry the live broadcasts from the White House task force briefings.

Today at 5:00pm ET the White House will hold a briefing for the public and media on the latest mitigation efforts against the coronavirus. [Livestream Links Below]

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via White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing – 5:00pm ET Livestream (Rose Garden)… — The Last Refuge

Harvard Elites Say Social Distancing Measures May Need to Stay in Place Until 2022 for a Virus That Has Caused Less Deaths than Seasonal Flu — The Gateway Pundit

Dr. Fauci pushing a narrative

** On March 16th, British “experts” at Imperial College in Great Britain warned of 40,000,000 global coronavirus deaths if the West did not act and shut down society.

The prediction included  1 million to 2 million deaths in the US.

** On Sunday March 29th the “experts” reduced their estimates to 100,000 to 200,000 deaths in the United States.

** On Sunday April 5th the IHME “experts” again dropped their estimates to 81,766 coronavirus deaths in the United States by August.

On Wednesday April 8th the IHME dropped their estimates again down to 60,415 deaths by August.

The “experts” have decreased their US coronavirus estimates from 2 million deaths to 60,000 deaths in less than a month.

They are literally making it up as they go along.

Now the Harvard elites want to keep social distancing in place until 2022!

For a virus that has killed less Americans than the seasonal flu!

NBC New York reported:

Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have warned that, in the absence of a vaccine or an effective treatment of the coronavirus, social-distancing measures may be required through to 2022.

In a study published in the journal Science on Tuesday, a team of epidemiologists at Harvard assessed what is known about Covid-19 and other coronaviruses to anticipate possible scenarios for the current global health crisis.

It said social-distancing measures, such as school closures, bans on public gatherings and stay-at-home orders, may have to remain in place for at least the next couple of years.

“Absent other interventions, a key metric for the success of social distancing is whether critical care capacities are exceeded,” they wrote in the report. “To avoid this, prolonged or intermittent social distancing may be necessary into 2022.”

The researchers said it is critical to discover whether the coronavirus can be wiped out after this initial pandemic wave, like the SARS outbreak of 2003.

via Harvard Elites Say Social Distancing Measures May Need to Stay in Place Until 2022 for a Virus That Has Caused Less Deaths than Seasonal Flu — The Gateway Pundit

Russian Intelligence Knew of Steele Research into Trump Campaign as Early as July 2016 — National Review

Steele’s firm Orbis was hired by Fusion GPS in June 2016 to conduct opposition research on the Trump campaign.

via Russian Intelligence Knew of Steele Research into Trump Campaign as Early as July 2016 — National Review

Dozens of Cops in Tactical Gear ‘Aggressively’ Show Up At California Church on Easter, Pastor Now Facing Fine or Up To Six Months in Jail — The Gateway Pundit

A California pastor is facing a fine of $1,000, or potentially even six months in jail, after approximately 40 deputies in tactical gear showed up to his Easter service and accused him of hiding congregants from law enforcement.

The Merced County Sheriff claims that they were tipped off about dozens of worshippers violating the state’s stay-at-home order and attending Easter services at Iglesia De Jesus Cristo Palabra Miel on Weaver Avenue.

During services, law enforcement said that congregants parked out of view and the doors to the church were locked. Pastor Fernando Aguas claims that they had simply parked in the back to avoid problems.

“We weren’t hiding,” Pastor Aguas said. “There were kids running around everywhere. We just had people park in back because we didn’t want problems.”

Though people in the church were social distancing and keeping space between them, Pastor Aguas admits that some were not wearing masks.

Pastor Aguas said that the sheriff’s deputies were “aggressive” in handling the situation and believes that their freedom to assemble has been violated. The pastor said that he believed the social distancing order to be a recommendation, not a requirement.

Sheriff Vernon H. Warnke claimed during a press conference that the pastor had put people’s health at risk.

“He put his entire congregation in jeopardy,” Warnke said. “By putting them in jeopardy, one person could have showed up, not known they’re infected and infected the entire congregation. This congregation now goes out and gets with their family because they think they’re okay, and then it continues to go.”

When asked about Pastor Aguas’ First Amendment rights, Sheriff Warnke claimed that they were not violated.

“You still have freedom of speech, you still have freedom of religion, you’re just gonna have to do it a different way,” he said. “I’m not telling you you can’t worship, I’m just telling you where you can’t go to do it, and that’s based upon this health directive.”

KTVU reports that Aguas said he was handed a citation that said he could face a fine of $1,000 and even go to jail for six months. His court date is scheduled for August.

Attorney General William Barr announced last week that the Department of Justice will be monitoring for potential discrimination against religious services.

Three churches in Southern California sued Governor Gavin Newsom and other officials on Monday, arguing that orders violate the First Amendment right to freedom of religion and assembly.

“If a Californian is able to go to Costco or the local marijuana shop or liquor store and buy goods in a responsible, socially distanced manner, then he or she must be allowed to practice their faith using the same precautions,” the churches’ attorney, Harmeet K. Dhillon, told KTVU.

via Dozens of Cops in Tactical Gear ‘Aggressively’ Show Up At California Church on Easter, Pastor Now Facing Fine or Up To Six Months in Jail — The Gateway Pundit

Declassified Footnotes From IG Report Reveal FBI Was Warned Multiple Times About Hillary’s Phony Dossier – Used it Anyway to Spy on Trump — The Gateway Pundit

CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge obtained newly declassified footnotes in IG Horowitz’s report showing multiple warnings to the FBI about Hillary’s phony Russia dossier but they used it anyway to spy on Trump’s campaign and to sabotage his presidency.

As TGP previously reported, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee Ron Johnson and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Chuck Grassley Tuesday sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr asking him to declassify four footnotes in Horowitz’s report on FISA abuse.

The Senators stated that the classified footnotes contradict what is publicly available in Horowitz’s report related to Crossfire Hurricane, the CI investigation opened into Trump’s campaign in July of 2016.

Grassley and Johnson wrote, “The American people have a right to know what is contained within these four footnotes and, without that knowledge, they will not have a full picture as to what happened during the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”

HERRIDGE: CBS obtains newly declassified footnotes IG report w/multiple warnings to FBI about dossier, Russian targeting, disinformation. Footnote 342 “two persons affiliated with (Russian Intel) were aware of Steele’s election investigation in early July 2016.”

Footnote 342: “In late January 2017, a member of the Crossfire Hurricane team received information (redacted) that RIS (Russian Intel) may have targeted Orbis (redacted) and research all publicly available information about it.” Orbis is dossier author’s company.

Declassified footnote 347: “contacts between the sub-source and an individual in the Russian Presidential Administration in June/July 2016; (redacted) and the sub-subsource voicing strong support for Candidate Clinton”

In June of 2017, a US report indicated that individuals associated with Russian intel knew about the dossier research.

Also in June 2017, then-DAG Rod Rosenstein signed the 4th FISA renewal after he appointed Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to investigate “Trump-Russia.”

So US intel agencies and the FBI both knew the dossier was Russian disinformation yet they allowed Mueller to rove around for 2 years unchecked probing Trump and harassing/arresting his associates for non-crimes.

via Declassified Footnotes From IG Report Reveal FBI Was Warned Multiple Times About Hillary’s Phony Dossier – Used it Anyway to Spy on Trump — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump Calls Out New York For Padding their Coronavirus Numbers with “Presumed” Deaths and Heart Attacks by Coronavirus (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

On Tuesday New York State announced they were going to start padding their coronavirus numbers with “presumed” cases of coronavirus. The state then moved 3,700 new deaths to their state totals. New York and New Jersey now have recorded over half of the coronavirus deaths in the country.

New York state now has more coronavirus deaths than any country except for Italy, Spain, France and the UK and has half of the population of those European countries.
That’s quite a record!

During Wednesday’s presser President Trump was asked why the US has 20% of the coronavirus deaths in the world but only 4% of the world’s population.

President Trump scolded the far left reporter for relying on international numbers coming from China and Iran that are completely fabricated.

The President Trump pointed out how New York is padding their coronavirus numbers.

President Trump: Well, you don’t know what you have. Do you think you’re getting honest numbers from some of these countries. Do you really believe those numbers in this vast country called China?… Here’s the story. We report everything. We report the cases and our reporting is good. We’re reporting every death. In fact I see this morning where New York added three thousand deaths because they died and they’re now saying rather than it was a heart attack, they’re saying it’s a heart attack caused by this. So they’re adding. If you look at it, that’s it. And what they are doing is calling it “just in case” and that’s OK.

You can no longer trust the information coming from New York state.

via President Trump Calls Out New York For Padding their Coronavirus Numbers with “Presumed” Deaths and Heart Attacks by Coronavirus (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Lies, Damned Lies and Corona Statistics — CultureWatch

We should all keep challenging questionable corona figures and statistics:

The old saying about “lies, damned lies and statistics” is always relevant, especially at a time like this. With governments, politicians and various ‘experts’ throwing around all sorts of statistics and numbers – often that conflict with one another – we need to keep a close eye on things, and keep asking questions.

And one key question worth asking is this: Just how long will the lockdown last? It was both Milton Friedman and Ronald Reagan who used phrases like the following: “Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program”. With those words in mind, let me repeat some facts that we have known about for a while now concerning the corona crisis in Australia (including the latest figures):

-Confirmed corona cases: 6462 – the curve has clearly been flattened.
-Deaths attributed to corona: 63 – the curve has clearly been flattened.
-As of April 15, our recovery rate was 98.32 per cent.

Others have been running with the following figures:
-Death rate: 0.98 per cent.
-Mild cases: 97 per cent of total detected.
-ICU beds in use: 1.1 per cent.

But STILL the government is offering us no sunset clause. STILL we have no word as to when this lockdown will end! That is becoming as problematic as the virus itself. Let me repeat one important figure here: thus far a grand total of 63 Australians have died in this country because of COVID-19.

Sure, it is always sad when anyone dies for any reason. But the over-hyped numbers and fearmongering that so many of our experts and leaders have been running with have simply not come to pass. We now clearly need an exit plan instead of more lockdowns.

But for saying things like this I have had countless critics. So let me deal with some of their oft-repeated criticisms. One is that our low numbers prove how right our governments were to take these strict measures. But as I said 10 days ago:

When this crisis passes, Australia may – at current rates – have had well under 10,000 cases of the virus, and perhaps 100 deaths. Time will tell. But if this is more or less how things will pan out, there will be at least two views on this:
-The government will say, “See, we told you these draconian lockdown and shutdown measures were needed – it worked!”
-Others will say, “See, it was nowhere near as bad, so all these draconian lockdown and shutdown measures really were not needed.”
The truth may never be fully known, but might lie somewhere between the two. However, as we seek to be wise about proper health and safety measures, we also need to be wise – very wise – about Statism and Big Brother in action.
billmuehlenberg.com/2020/04/06/police-states-and-the-corona-clampdown/

Another common criticism I keep hearing is that all these severe lockdown measures are fully justifiable, because if even one life is saved, it will have been worth it. I have already dealt with this silliness, but let me bring in another recent American statistic:

“U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams … offered some perspective on the death toll: ‘And more people will die, even in the worst projections, from cigarette smoking in this country than are going to die from coronavirus this year’.” http://www.cnsnews.com/article/national/susan-jones/surgeon-general-more-people-will-die-cigarette-smoking-coronavirus

So will the corona alarmists who keep repeating the “if it saves just one life…” mantra now be demanding that all cigarettes be banned – permanently? And with draconian fines and arrests for any infringements? If not, why not? Why the selective moral outrage? Why the selective use of government strongarm tactics?

Then I had one gal quite angry with my recent articles say this: “Obviously Australia has not yet been affected by the coronavirus as some other places have. I do not believe the numbers of cases and fatalities have been inflated, and to make this claim is to ignore the pain and suffering of the victims and their families. No matter how low the percentage of people who suffer and die, it is 100 percent to the victims.”

Um no, I am not ignoring anything. And it is government officials themselves who are telling us the numbers are being inflated! I wish these folks would read the facts instead of just emoting. I have already quoted from leading American health officials who told us how they are dealing with the numbers. As I said in a piece from last week:

Many countries are involved in a rather misleading use of statistics when it comes to corona-related deaths. In the US the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines are contributing to this. As one report says, “Issued March 24, the guidance tells hospitals to list COVID-19 as a cause of death regardless of whether or not there’s actual testing to confirm that’s the case. Instead, even if the coronavirus was just a contributing factor or if it’s ‘assumed to have caused or contributed to death,’ it can be listed as the primary cause.” …

A leading public face of official government policy during this health crisis has said the same: “The federal government is classifying the deaths of patients infected with the coronavirus as COVID-19 deaths, regardless of any underlying health issues that could have contributed to the loss of someone’s life. Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, said the federal government is continuing to count the suspected COVID-19 deaths, despite other nations doing the opposite.” billmuehlenberg.com/2020/04/10/corona-the-numbers-and-some-hard-questions/

And then we just had a massive jump in deaths in New York City. Why?

New York City is adding people who did not test positive for the coronavirus to its count of those who died from COVID-19. On Tuesday, the city decided to add people who never tested positive but are presumed to have died from the virus, helping to raise the death toll by 3,700 in one day, according to The New York Times.

When The Times did the math, it said the new figures increased the total death tally in the United States by 17 percent in a day. Although the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center and the city calculate numbers differently, the center says that more than 26,000 Americans have died of the disease, including more than 7,900 in New York City. The new figures released by the city would push the number of dead in New York City to over 10,000. http://www.westernjournal.com/nyc-adds-thousands-people-never-tested-positive-coronavirus-death-count/

Then I had another guy coming up with this lulu of a comment: “Some 775,000 Australians would get the Chinese virus of whom 15,500 would die if no isolation measures were taken.” Good grief! He did the very thing I had just warned about in a previous article: pull numbers out of a hat and basically make things up as you go along, based on dodgy projections and guesses.

If, as the latest actual numbers are telling us, the percentage of people who have COVID-19 who will die from it is less than one per cent, then that is the bottom line we must run with – not unhelpful guestimates, projections and unreliable modelling.

Of course the prize for the most alarmist, sensationalist nonsense goes to the guy who actually told me (presumably with a straight face) that we might end up with one million Australians dying because of corona! Good grief! And the truth is no one knows the exact number of deaths because of corona. One commentator takes a long hard look at the numbers and concludes as follows:

The COVID-19 death tallies we’re seeing are really death certificate tallies and we’ve no reason to trust them. But we’ve every reason to think they’ve got to be significantly exaggerating the real number of people the virus is killing. And there are enough hospital deaths from other causes every day that the directives and financial incentives encouraging false diagnoses only have to cause the virus to appear on a small percentage of ordinarily occurring death certificates to account for most of the deaths currently attributed to COVID-19. In fact, as hard as it may be to fathom, it would be more likely that no one has died of COVID-19 than that the numbers we’re getting don’t significantly over-represent those who have. Exactly how much COVID-19 deaths are being exaggerated, though, is anyone’s guess. http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/04/literally_no_one_has_any_idea_how_many_people_covid19_has_killed.html

In light of all the fudged figures and guessing going on here, I return to my earlier question: When will this lockdown end? We still have leaders speaking of another six months at least, although one news headline should shock every single one of you: “Coronavirus distancing may need to continue until 2022, say experts”. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/14/coronavirus-distancing-continue-until-2022-lockdown-pandemic

Wow! Thankfully there are some calmer heads out there. One law professor has been sounding the alarm on all this for a while now. As Augusto Zimmermann writes in a recent article:

Why this needs to take precisely six months? On what medical-scientific evidence are the government mouthpieces basing this “six months” timeline? A six month lockdown of the country will cause massive damage to the economy and at the cost of countless Australian lives and livelihoods. On the other hand, the Prime Minister keeps telling us that his government is doing what a panel of scientists are telling them to do.

First of all, good leaders do not hide behind a few medical “experts”. An expert is only an expert in one field and this current crisis is not solely a medical issue. It therefore requires a holistic approach and the balancing of multiple considerations. These medical advisers to the Morrison government have no holistic understanding of the problem. They have no expertise in the other relevant fields of sociology, economics and constitutional law. Besides, there are a number of medical practitioners who strongly oppose these draconian measures on solely health grounds. For instance, a rural GP has recently explained:

“The government should open up the economy for people under 65 to get back to socialising and working and those of us who are older to play it safe with continued social distancing and voluntary isolation. It appears our medical system will be able to cope with the much lower rates of hospitalisation and mortality becoming evident from the available data especially if we continue to protect the elderly. What can’t be coped with is the social and economic cost of this.” quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2020/04/in-the-state-you-will-trust/

Quite right. Consider just one shocking indication of how harmful these shutdowns have been – this from the US:

In Wisconsin and Ohio, farmers are dumping thousands of gallons of fresh milk into lagoons and manure pits. An Idaho farmer has dug huge ditches to bury 1 million pounds of onions. And in South Florida, a region that supplies much of the Eastern half of the United States with produce, tractors are crisscrossing bean and cabbage fields, plowing perfectly ripe vegetables back into the soil.

After weeks of concern about shortages in grocery stores and mad scrambles to find the last box of pasta or toilet paper roll, many of the nation’s largest farms are struggling with another ghastly effect of the pandemic. They are being forced to destroy tens of millions of pounds of fresh food that they can no longer sell. The closing of restaurants, hotels and schools has left some farmers with no buyers for more than half their crops. http://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-nyt-coronavirus-food-waste-20200413-x5n6sbmrh5an3cilo6hxozrkj4-story.html

This is just one of countless alarming outcomes of these statist lockdowns. As I have said so often before, yes, some restrictions of freedom and some cases of government intervention may well be needed in a time of crisis. But as I also keep saying, the cure cannot be worse than the disease.

Thus we must continue to ask hard questions, And that includes taking a hard look at the dodgy use of statistics.

via Lies, Damned Lies and Corona Statistics — CultureWatch

April 15th The D. L. Moody Year Book

Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire.—Daniel 3:25.

IT does my heart good to think that the worst the devil can do is to burn off the bonds of God’s children. If Christ be with us, the worst afflictions can only loosen our earthly bonds, and set us free to soar higher.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (p. 74). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

April—15 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

And every priest standeth daily ministering, and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but this man, after he hath offered one sacrifice for sins, for ever sat down on the right hand of God.—Hebrews 10:11, 12.

The morning portion was the finishing cry of Jesus on the cross. This, my soul, I hope thou didst, as it were, hear with the ear of faith; beholding with the eye of faith the Lord of life and glory, as retreating from the field of battle, having gotten himself the victory, and by that “one offering of himself, once offered, for ever perfected them that are sanctified.” Fold up, then, the blessed object for thy nightly pillow, as for thy morning meditation; and let it be continually brought forth by thee, for thine unceasing joy and peace in believing, that (as the Holy Ghost hath in this scripture, for thy present enjoyment, sweetly set it forth) when all the priests in their daily ministry could accomplish nothing, this man, this God-man, this thy Jesus, whose name is Wonderful, hath “by his one offering,” for ever put away sin, and is “sat down on the right hand of God,” to see the purchase of his redemption, by price and by power, fully compensated to all his people. But here lies the blessed effects of thy Jesus’s redemption; and do thou mark it, and bring it forward constantly in thy pleadings for acceptance with the Father in the Beloved, that so rich, so precious, so inestimable and invaluable is the redemption of God’s dear Son, that it never can be fully compensated to his people. A whole eternity will not be sufficient to pay, nor can all the glories of heaven constitute a sufficient recompense; for after millions of ages are past, and millions of redemption-blessings have been given in them, such is the infinite merit, and such is the infinite glory of the Son of God’s righteousness, and blood, and sacrifice, that there must still remain a surplus unpaid, a redundancy still unaccounted for. Jesus will have brought in such everlasting revenues of glory to Jehovah, by the redemption of sinners, and in the honour done to his justice, love, and wisdom, by accomplishing the work the Father gave him to do, as will never be fully recompensed; yea, the merit of his cross alone will, to all eternity, shine with such splendour as to fill heaven with songs of endless praise. The sons of God, we are told, shouted for joy, when beholding the six days’ work of creation. But the six hours which Jesus hung on the cross wrought a more glorious work of redemption to Jehovah’s praise, and will call up the unceasing adoration of angels and men to all eternity. What sayest thou, my soul, to this view of the wonderful subject? Let such be thy meditation day by day, and may thine eyes prevent the night-watches to be fully occupied in it. Take thy stand at the foot of the cross; there, by faith behold Him on whom the eye of Jehovah is unceasingly fixed: and when thou hast followed the Lamb from the cross to the throne, where Jesus is now for ever sat down on the right hand of God, catch the notes of the hymn which the redeemed are now singing in glory before him, and in which, ere long, thou wilt assuredly join: “To him that sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb that was slain, be glory and honour for ever and ever. Amen.”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 113–114). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

April 15, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

7  God continues to speak to Cain. It is fair to say that this is one of the hardest verses in Genesis to translate and to understand. Skinner speaks for many commentators when he says that “every attempt to extract a meaning from the verse is more or less of a tour de force.

Looking at the Hebrew of the verse, one detects immediately three oddities. First, what does one do with the fourth word in the verse, śeʾēṯ? In form it is an infinitive construct from nāśāʾ, “to lift up, raise,” but there is no following word to which it bears a construct relationship. There is a nomen regens but no nomen rectum! Thus the first few words read literally, “if you do well, a lifting up of … (?).” To be sure, there are a few instances where an infinitive construct acts as the nominative of the subject, but these are rare. Second, why is there lack of gender agreement between the subject and the predicate in ḥaṭṭāʾṯ (fem.) rōḇēṣ (masc. sing. participle), often translated “sin is crouching” (NIV; cf. RSV, NEB, AV)? Third, why are masculine pronominal suffixes used in both tešûqāṯô (translated above Its urge) and ʾattá timšol-bô (you are the one to master it) when the antecedent is ḥaṭṭāʾṯ (sin), which is feminine?

Scholars have sought to resolve these conundrums in the following ways. Some change the MT’s word order, placing ḥaṭṭāʾṯ, “sin,” after śeʾēṯ, “to lift up.” The phrase nāśāʾ ḥaṭṭāʾṯ then refers to the forgiveness of sin: “look, if you do well, there is forgiveness for sin.…” The main appeal of this suggestion is that it supplies a nomen rectum for śeʾēṯ. There is, however, no textual support for revising the word order. This suggestion may be a case of changing the text to conform to our understanding of Biblical Hebrew’s syntax.

Another approach is to insert words into the passage. For example, adding pānîm or pāneyḵā after śeʾēṯ enables one to translate: “if you do well, there is a lifting of the (or your) face.” This line then contrasts with the earlier falling of Cain’s face. If Cain refuses to capitulate to this moment of temptation, there can be a reversal of his feelings. He who now bows his head will be able to hold his head high.

A third position resorts to emending the text, both the consonants and the vocalization. Thus G. R. Driver makes the following five changes in the text. Following Gunkel and some ancient versions, he emends śeʾēṯ to tiśśāʾ. He supplies pāneyḵā after tiśśāʾ. He reads ḥaṭṭāʾṯ rōḇēṣ as dittography for ḥaṭṭaʾṯ tirbaṣ. He emends the Qal timšol into the Niphal timmāšel. Finally, he changes the two masculine pronominal suffixes into feminine ones. Thus Driver’s translation is: “If thou doest well, dost thou not lift up (thy countenance)? But if thou doest not well, sin will be crouching at the door, and its impulse is towards thee, and thou shalt be ruled by it.” The fact that such a translation requires at least five changes in the MT makes it unlikely.

A fourth approach is to emend only the vocalized text. Thus Dahood changes MT śeʾēṯ to šāʾattā (assimilation from šāʾantā, the 2nd masc. sing. perfect of šāʾan, “to be at ease”). He translates: “Look, if you have behaved well you will be at ease. But if you have not, sin will be lurking at your door.” The root to which Dahood refers—šʾn—is a rare one, occurring only in Job 3:18 and Jer. 48:11. In other words, he is prepared to reject a normal form of a very popular verb and replace it with an unusual form of a very rare verb. Such a proposal seems to compound the problem rather than resolve it.

Can sense be made out of the verse without alterations of any kind? Following the lead of Andersen, we suggest that the interrogative ha, though appearing only once, covers both the first ʾim (“if”) clause and the second one. Thus God’s speech in v. 7 consists of two rhetorical questions and one statement.

Hebrew śeʾēṯ then takes on nominative force, meaning “acceptance” (Gen. 19:21) or “forgiveness” (50:17), two common meanings of the verb nāśāʾ. As such, śeʾēṯ is an abbreviation of śeʾēṯ pānîm. There is no real problem reconciling feminine ḥaṭṭāʾṯ with masculine rōḇēṣ. Speiser has a long note to the effect that Heb. rōḇēṣ is to be connected with Akk. rabiṣum, “demon,” and it is rōḇēṣ that supplies the proper antecedent for the two masculine suffixes. Speiser goes on to say that in Mesopotamian demonology the rabiṣum could be either a benevolent being that lurks at the entrance of a building to protect the occupants, or just the opposite, a malevolent being that lurks at the entrance of a building to threaten the occupants. To be sure, the normal meaning of Heb. rāḇaṣ is “to lie down (in rest).” See, for example, the verb in this sense in connection with sheep (Gen. 29:2), with other animals in tranquility together (Isa. 11:6), and with people (Isa. 14:30; Ezek. 34:14). Gen. 49:9 is the one other clear instance, besides Gen. 4:7, that permits the translation “lie in wait for, lurk.” Little attention has been given to the fact that, in Hebrew, nouns that are feminine morphologically are sometimes treated as masculine. The best example of this point is the title given to the author of Ecclesiastes, certainly a male figure; he is called qōheleṯ, a feminine noun, and this title is always coupled with a masculine form of the verb.

Its urge is toward you. Sin’s urge is aimed at Cain. The word for urge here, tešûqá, is the same word used in the previous chapter for Eve’s feelings toward Adam (3:16). Similarly, what Cain can do to sin—you are the one to master [mšl] it—is described with the same verb used for Adam’s actions with Eve (“he shall be master over you,” 3:16). This is one illustration of the number of key phrases and ideas that are repeated in these chapters. Just as Adam and Eve knew they were naked (3:7), Adam knew his wife (4:1). God’s question “where is your brother?” (4:9) balances his earlier question, “where are you?” (3:9). There is a cursing from the earth for both Adam and Cain (3:17; 4:11). Both sinners are banished from God’s presence (3:24; 4:14), to east of Eden (3:24; 4:16). Such parallels, and there are many more, suggest either an original unity for chs. 3 and 4 or an unusually skilled redactor who has given the two chapters the guise of unity through the creation of verbal parallels. If the latter is the more cogent explanation, then those who inherited these two narratives have so changed the records as to make the original, if ever recoverable, unrecognizable. It is highly unlikely that the redactors tampered with their texts that drastically.

Cain is not to give in to this lurking sin. He is to master [timšol] it. The sense of the Hebrew form (2nd masc. sing. imperfect) is ambiguous; it may be read as a promise (“you shall master it”), as a command (“you must master it”), or as an invitation (“you may master it”). Although each of these is quite possible, notice that Cain does have a choice. He is not so deeply embedded in sin, either inherited or actual, that his further sin is determined and inevitable. The emphasis here is not on Cain as a constitutional sinner, one utterly depraved, but on Cain as one who has a free choice. When facing the alternatives, he is capable of making the right choice. Otherwise, God’s words to him about “doing well” would be meaningless and comic. Should he so desire, Cain is able to overcome this creature who now confronts him. The text makes Cain’s personal responsibility even more focused by its use of the initial emphatic pronoun: “you, you are to master it.”[1]


7. In the Hebrew, accepted (7) is literally ‘a lifting up’ (cf. rvmg), an expression that can indicate a smiling as against a frowning (fallen, 6) face: cf. Numbers 6:26. The sense may be that the very look on Cain’s face gives him away; more probably it goes further, to promise God’s restoration (cf. 40:13) on a change of heart. The picture of sin … crouching at the door (rsv) is developed in the striking metaphor of taming a wild beast: so rsv, its desire is for you (Moffatt ‘eager to be at you’), but you must master it. The phrase is adapted from 3:16b, on which it throws back a sombre light.[2]


4:7 “sin is crouching at the door” In this verse sin is personified as a wild animal whose desire is to destroy (cf. 1 Pet. 5:8). There is a possible Akkadian connection with the word “crouching” which was used of the demonic (BDB 918, KB 1181, Qal PARTICIPLE). This shows the true nature of sin in our world.

“and its desire is for you” This same term “desire” (BDB 1003, KB 1802) is used in Gen. 3:16. It shows that the purpose of evil is our destruction (i.e. “to control” and “to dominate”).

“but you must master it” The VERB (BDB 605, KB 647) is a Qal IMPERFECT. This shows that we are not a puppet in the hand of evil, but we have the ability, with God’s help, to resist evil (cf. Eph. 6:13; James. 4:7; 1 Pet. 5:9), to repent and be restored! Cain was not bound by Adam’s sin (cf. Ezek. 18:2–4). We are affected by Adam and Eve’s rebellion, but we are responsible for our own choices.[3]


4:7 Because Cain’s jealous anger was incipient murder, God spoke to him in loving warning. Verse 7 may be understood in several ways:

  1. If you do well [by repenting], you will be able to look up again in freedom from anger and guilt. If you do not do well [by continuing to hate Abel], sin is crouching at your door, ready to destroy you. His [Abel’s] desire is for you [i.e., he will acknowledge your leadership] and you will rule over him” [i.e., if you do well].
  2. If you do well (or, as the Septuagint reads it, “If you offer correctly”) will you not be accepted?” The well-doing had reference to the offering. Abel did well by hiding himself behind an acceptable sacrifice. Cain did badly by bringing an offering without blood, and all his after-conduct was but the legitimate result of this false worship.
  3. The RSV says, “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
  4. F. W. Grant says in his Numerical Bible, “If you do not well, a sin-offering croucheth or lieth at the door.” In other words, provision was made if he wanted it.[4]

4:7 — “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

God told Cain that obedience always brings blessing, but Cain allowed his anger to lead him into terrible sin.[5]


4:7 do well … countenance be lifted up. God reminded Cain that if he had obeyed God and offered the animal sacrifices God had required, his sacrifices would have been acceptable. It wasn’t personal preference on God’s part, or disdain for Cain’s vocation, or the quality of his produce that caused God to reject his sacrifice. sin is crouching at the door. God told Cain that if he chose not to obey His commands, ever-present sin, crouched and waiting to pounce like a lion, would fulfill its desire to overpower him (cf. 3:16).[6]


4:7 will I not accept you The Hebrew phrase used here literally reads, “lifting up?” Since the phrase “lift up the face” is very common in the ot as an idiom for “showing favor” or “accepting” someone, this may be the intended meaning (although the word “face” is not present). If this meaning is chosen, the phrase implies that Cain did not do well and that his offering is deficient in some manner (see vv. 4–5). Alternatively, the word translated “lifting up” can also be used idiomatically to describe forgiveness, but this would not seem to fit the present context.

is crouching The Hebrew verb used here, ravats, normally indicates lying down, as in resting (29:2; Isa 11:6); it can also refer to lying in wait like a predator does when waiting for prey (Gen 49:9).

its desire is for you The Hebrew word used here, teshuqah, also occurs in 3:16 in relation to Eve’s desire for her husband. Both here and in the curse of 3:16, the context is negative: The desire represents something to be resisted, as it is connected to sin.[7]


4:7 crouching at the door. The Hebrew suggests a threatening demon crouching outside the door of a house. Perhaps there is also an allusion to the serpent lying in wait to strike the heel (3:15; cf. 1 Pet. 5:8).

desire. See note 3:16.

rule over it. Knowing Cain’s heart, God warns him not to submit to the murderous temptation of the devil (cf. 1 John 3:12). Although unregenerate humans can rule over the ground and flocks, they cannot finally master sin (1:26 note; Ps. 53:3; Rom. 8:7).[8]


4:7 Cain had to be acceptable according to God’s condition. “Sin” (the term hattah, Heb., appearing here for the first time in the O.T.; see Rom. 7:13, note) is personified as a wild animal, lurking at the door of Cain’s life, desiring to enslave him. The Lord urges Cain to overpower and master sin (cf. 1 Cor. 10:13; James 1:14, 15).[9]


7. If thou doest well. In these words God reproves Cain for having been unjustly angry, inasmuch as the blame of the whole evil lay with himself. For foolish indeed was his complaint and indignation at the rejection of sacrifices, the defects of which he had taken no care to amend. Thus all wicked men, after they have been long and vehemently enraged against God, are at length so convicted by the Divine judgment, that they vainly desire to transfer to others the cause of the evil. The Greek interpreters recede, in this place, far from the genuine meaning of Moses. Since, in that age, there were none of those marks or points which the Hebrews use instead of vowels, it was more easy, in consequence of the affinity of words to each other, to strike into an extraneous sense. However, as any one, moderately versed in the Hebrew language, will easily judge of their error, I will not pause to refute it. Yet even those who are skilled in the Hebrew tongue differ not a little among themselves, although only respecting a single word; for the Greeks change the whole sentence. Among those who agree concerning the context and the substance of the address, there is a difference respecting the word שאת, (seait,) which is truly in the imperative mood, but ought to be resolved into a noun substantive. Yet this is not the real difficulty; but, since the verb נשא, (nasa,) signifies sometimes to exalt, sometimes to take away or remit, sometimes to offer, and sometimes to accept, interpreters vary among themselves, as each adopts this or the other meaning. Some of the Hebrew Doctors refer it to the countenance of Cain, as if God promised that he would lift it up though now cast down with sorrow. Other of the Hebrews apply it to the remission of sins; as if it had been said, ‘Do well, and thou shalt obtain pardon.’ But because they imagine a satisfaction, which derogates from free pardon, they dissent widely from the meaning of Moses. A third exposition approaches more nearly to the truth, that exaltation is to be taken for honour, in this way, ‘There is no need to envy thy brother’s honour, because, if thou conductest thyself rightly, God will also raise thee to the same degree of honour; though he now, offended by thy sins, has condemned thee to ignominy.’ But even this does not meet my approbation. Others refine more philosophically, and say, that Cain would find God propitious, and would be assisted by his grace, if he should by faith bring purity of heart with his outward sacrifices. These I leave to enjoy their own opinion, but I fear they aim at what has little solidity. Jerome translates the word, ‘Thou shalt receive;’ understanding that God promises a reward to that pure and lawful worship which he requires. Having recited the opinions of others, let me now offer what appears to me more suitable. In the first place, the word שאת means the same thing as acceptance, and stands opposed to rejection. Secondly, since the discourse has respect to the matter in hand, I explain the saying as referring to sacrifices, namely, that God will accept them when rightly offered. They who are skilled in the Hebrew language know that here is nothing forced, or remote from the genuine signification of the word. Now the very order of things leads us to the same point: namely, that God pronounces those sacrifices repudiated and rejected, as being of no value, which are offered improperly; but that the oblation will be accepted, as pleasant and of good odour, if it be pure and legitimate. We now perceive how unjustly Cain was angry that his sacrifices were not honoured, seeing that God was ready to receive them with outstretched hands, provided they ceased to be faulty. At the same time, however, what I before said must be recalled to memory, that the chief point of well-doing is, for pious persons, relying on Christ the Mediator, and on the gratuitous reconciliation procured by him, to endeavour to worship God sincerely and without dissimulation. Therefore, these two things are joined together by a mutual connection: that the faithful, as often as they enter into the presence of God, are commended by the grace of Christ alone, their sins being blotted out; and yet that they bring thither true purity of heart.

And if thou doest not well. On the other hand, God pronounces a dreadful sentence against Cain, if he harden his mind in wickedness and indulge himself in his crime; for the address is very emphatical, because God not only repels his unjust complaint, but shows that Cain could have no greater adversary than that sin of his which he inwardly cherished. He so binds the impious man, by a few concise words, that he can find no refuge, as if he had said, ‘Thy obstinacy shall not profit thee; for, though thou shouldst have nothing to do with me, thy sin shall give thee no rest, but shall sharply drive thee on, pursue thee, and urge thee, and never suffer thee to escape.’ Hence it follows, that he not only raged in vain and to no profit; but was held guilty by his own inward conviction, even though no one should accuse him; for the expression, “sin lieth at the door,” relates to the interior judgment of the conscience, which presses upon the man convinced of his sin, and besieges him on every side. Although the impious may imagine that God slumbers in heaven, and may strive, as far as possible, to repel the fear of his judgment; yet sin will be perpetually drawing them back, though reluctant and fugitives, to that tribunal from which they endeavour to retire. The declarations even of heathens testify that they were not ignorant of this truth; for it is not to be doubted that, when they say, ‘Conscience is like a thousand witnesses,’ they compare it to a most cruel executioner. There is no torment more grievous or severe than that which is hence perceived; moreover, God himself extorts confessions of this kind. Juvenal says:—

“Heaven’s high revenge on human crimes behold;

Though earthly verdicts may be bought and sold,

His judge the sinner in his bosom bears,

And conscience racks him with tormenting cares.”

But the expression of Moses has peculiar energy. Sin is said to lie, but it is at the door; for the sinner is not immediately tormented with the fear of judgment; but, gathering around him whatever delights he is able, in order to deceive himself, he walks as in free space, and even revels as in pleasant meadows; when, however, he comes to the door, there he meets with sin, keeping constant guard; and then conscience, which before thought itself at liberty, is arrested, and receives double punishment for the delay.

And unto thee shall be his desire. Nearly all commentators refer this to sin, and think that, by this admonition, those depraved lusts are restrained which solicit and impel the mind of man. Therefore, according to their view, the meaning will be of this kind, ‘If sin rises against thee to subdue thee, why dost thou indulge it, and not rather labour to restrain and control it? for it is thy part to subdue and bring into obedience those affections in thy flesh which thou perceivest to be opposed to the will of God, and rebellious against him.’ But I suppose that Moses means something entirely different. I omit to notice that to the Hebrew word for sin is affixed the mark of the feminine gender, but that here two masculine relative pronouns are used. Certainly Moses does not treat particularly of the sin itself which was committed, but of the guilt which is contracted from it, and of the consequent condemnation. How, then, do these words suit, ‘Unto thee shall be his desire?’ There will, however, be no need for long refutation when I shall produce the genuine meaning of the expression. It rather seems to me a reproof, by which God charges the impious man with ingratitude, because he held in contempt the honour of primogeniture. The greater are the divine benefits with which any one of us is adorned, the more does he betray his impiety, unless he endeavours earnestly to serve the Author of grace to whom he is under obligation. When Abel was regarded as his brother’s inferior, he was, nevertheless, a diligent worshipper of God. But the first-born worshipped God negligently and perfunctorily, though he had, by the Divine kindness, arrived at so high a dignity; and, therefore, God enlarges upon his sin, because he had not at least imitated his brother, whom he ought to have surpassed as far in piety as he did in the degree of honour. Moreover, this form of speech is common among the Hebrews, that the desire of the inferior should be towards him to whose will he is subject; thus Moses speaks of the woman, (3:16,) that her desire should be to her husband. They, however, childishly trifle, who distort this passage to prove the freedom of the will; for if we grant that Cain was admonished of his duty in order that he might apply himself to the subjugation of sin, yet no inherent power of man is to be hence inferred; because it is certain that only by the grace of the Holy Spirit can the affections of the flesh be so mortified that they shall not prevail. Nor, truly, must we conclude, that as often as God commands anything we shall have strength to perform it, but rather we must hold fast the saying of Augustine, ‘Give what thou commandest, and command what thou wilt.’[10]


[1] Hamilton, V. P. (1990). The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17 (pp. 225–228). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[2] Kidner, D. (1967). Genesis: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 1, p. 81). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[3] Utley, R. J. (2001). How it All Began: Genesis 1–11 (Vol. Vol. 1A, pp. 73–74). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 37). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ge 4:7). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ge 4:7). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ge 4:7). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[8] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (pp. 15–16). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[9] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Ge 4:7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[10] Calvin, J., & King, J. (2010). Commentary on the First Book of Moses Called Genesis (Vol. 1, pp. 199–204). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

April 15 Streams in the Desert

I trust in thy word.” (Psa. 119:42)

JUST in proportion in which we believe that God will do just what He has said, is our faith strong or weak. Faith has nothing to do with feelings, or with impressions, with improbabilities, or with outward appearances. If we desire to couple them with faith, then we are no longer resting on the Word of God because faith needs nothing of the kind. Faith rests on the naked Word of God. When we take Him at His Word, the heart is at peace.

God delights to exercise faith, first for blessing in our own souls, then for blessing in the Church at large, and also for those without. But this exercise we shrink from instead of welcoming. When trials come, we should say: “My Heavenly Father puts this cup of trial into my hands, that I may have something sweet afterwards.”

Trials are the food of faith. Oh, let us leave ourselves in the hands of our Heavenly Father! It is the joy of His heart to do good to all His children.

But trials and difficulties are not the only means by which faith is exercised and thereby increased. There is the reading of the Scriptures, that we may by them acquaint ourselves with God as He has revealed Himself in His Word.

Are you able to say, from the acquaintance you have made with God, that He is a lovely Being? If not, let me affectionately entreat you to ask God to bring you to this, that you may admire His gentleness and kindness, that you may be able to say how good He is, and what a delight it is to the heart of God to do good to His children.

Now the nearer we come to this in our inmost souls, the more ready we are to leave ourselves in His hands, satisfied with all His dealings with us. And when trial comes, we shall say:

“I will wait and see what good God will do to me by it, assured He will do it.” Thus we shall bear an honorable testimony before the world, and thus we shall strengthen the hands of others.—George Mueller.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (p. 117). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

April 15 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

April 15.—Morning. [Or July 28.]
“Fear not, for I have redeemed thee.”

BY the advice of Naomi, Ruth claimed the protection of Boaz, and he at once engaged to take her in marriage, provided the person who was still more nearly akin would waive the right which the Jewish law gave to him. This was brought about and publicly arranged after the custom of the times.

Ruth 4:1–17

1, 2 Then went Boaz up to the gate (where the court of justice was ordinarily kept), and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down. And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down. (To see that everything was done according to law.)

3, 4 And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech’s: And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know; for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it. (This he said, not knowing the condition attached to the purchase.)

Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance. (Thou canst not have the land without taking the wife of the deceased, and then the children which thou mayest have will be reputed the children of Mahlon, thy deceased kinsman.)

¶ And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it. (Precisely what Boaz desired to do.)

Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel. (This law will be found in detail in Deuteronomy 25; it was ordained in order that no family might die out in Israel. May God grant that this household may never cease to be represented among the Lord’s people.)

Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.

9, 10 And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, of the hand of Naomi. Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.

11, 12 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The Lord make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Beth-lehem: And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the Lord shall give thee of this young woman.

13 ¶ So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife. (Thus was her self-denying faith rewarded. She left behind her both relatives, country, and prospects, to cast in her lot with the Lord’s people, and the Lord not only blessed her, but blessed distant generations through her. Those who follow the Lord at all hazards shall be no losers in the long run. To increase Ruth’s joy and crown her happiness, the Lord gave her a son, which son was also a joy to Naomi.)

14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.

15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath borne him.

16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

17 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David. (Thus to point out the line of David, and so of our Lord Jesus this book was written. All the Scriptures are intended to lead us in faith to the great Redeemer. God grant that they may not miss their design in our case.)

April 15.—Evening. [Or July 29.]
“Thy word hath quickened me.”

BEFORE beginning the book of Samuel we will take another portion from David’s Holy Alphabet—the hundred and nineteenth Psalm. Luther prized this Psalm so much, that he declared he would not take the whole world in exchange for a single leaf of it. May the Holy Spirit impress it upon our hearts while we read it.

Psalm 119:49–64

49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

The Christian’s hope is wrought in him by the Lord himself, and it is based upon the infallible word of God; hence it is a sure hope which will never make him ashamed; for the Lord will certainly remember and fulfil his promises. Yet he does this in answer to prayer: therefore we must plead the handwriting of the Lord.

50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

Good men have their afflictions, and their best comfort under them is quickening grace. Instead of praying, “Lord, remove the trouble,” we should cry, “Lord, quicken me through thy word.”

51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.

He refused to be laughed out of his religion. Man’s jeers are scarcely felt when the Lord Jesus smiles upon us. If we decline from holiness because bad men laugh, we shall make good men weep.

52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself.

53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.

A holy heart is horrified at sin, at sinners, and at the sinner’s doom: those who think lightly of other men’s sins will soon sin lightly themselves.

54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

The Bible is the believer’s song-book, and sweet to his ear are its psalms and hymns. Let us all sing more, and complain less.

55 I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.

Singing is for the day, and remembering is for the wakeful hours of night, and in this way the godly make the whole twenty-four hours holiness unto the Lord.

56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.

Holy songs and devout memories are the fruits of obedience. Many other comforts come to us as rewards while we keep in the right road.

57 Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words. (The Lord gives himself to us, it is but meet that we should resolve to give ourselves to him.)

58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word

59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.

Have we done the same? Is there no neglected duty? In obedience to God, whatever haste we make we shall not be hasty.

61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.

62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

Those who love good company have some good thing in their own hearts. We ought to choose those for our companions with whom we should be willing to dwell for ever and ever. An aged woman once said, “I cannot believe that the Lord will shut me up with the ungodly, for I have never loved such company. His people have been my friends on earth, and I expect to dwell with them for ever in heaven.”

64 The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

We are full of wants, and sins, and sorrow, therefore it is beyond measure consoling to learn that the Lord has filled the whole earth with his mercy. Let us seek mercy in the most practical form, by asking him graciously to teach us how to live in his fear.

Behold thy waiting servant, Lord,

Devoted to thy fear;

Remember and confirm thy word

For alt my hopes are there.

Thou art my portion, O my God,

Teach me thy righteous way;

My heart makes haste to obey thy word,

And suffers no delay.[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 219–220). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

April 15, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Ver. 2.—Scarcely had the prophet taken up his station at or near the gate when the glory of the God of Israel (see on ch. 1:28; 3:23) came from the way of the east, as if intending to enter the temple by the very door through which it had previously departed from the temple (comp. ch. 10:19; 11:22, 23). The voice which proceeded from the theophany and resembled the noise of many waters, is after the LXX (καὶ φωνὴ τῆς παρεμβολῆς) by Keil and Smend understood to have been the sound produced by the motion of the wheels and the rustling of the wings of the cherubim (see on ch. 1:2, 4; 10:5), but is better taken, with Kliefoth and Hengstenberg, to signify the voice of the Almighty himself, i.e. of the personal Jehovah (comp. Rev. 1:15). The statement that the earth shined with his glory (comp. Rev. 18:1) has by Hävernick, Kliefoth, and others been supposed to indicate the absence of that “cloud” in which the glory of Jehovah appeared in both the Mosaic tabernacle (Exod. 40:34, 35) and the Solomonic temple (1 Kings 8:10, 11), and thereby to point to the clearer and more resplendent manifestations of the Godhead, which were to be given in connection with the new dispensation for which Ezekiel’s “house” was being prepared. This, however, as Keil has shown, cannot be maintained in face of the facts that in both Exodus and 1 Kings “the glory of the Lord” is used synonymously with “the cloud,” and that in Ezekiel’s vision “the glory” and “the cloud” were alike present (see ch. 10:3, 4). Kliefoth and Schröder hold “the earth” which was illumined to have been “the whole globe,” “the entire region of humanity,” as in Isa. 6:3; 60:1, etc.; but there does not appear ground for departing from the ordinary sense of the words, that “the path” of the advancing God was irradiated by the brilliance of his material glory.[1]


43:2 — And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory.

Even today the whole earth shines with the glory of God’s creative genius, but one day it will shine with the glory of His redemptive and saving genius. When the Savior rules in fullness, complete joy will finally arrive.[2]


43:2 the glory of the God of Israel. In earlier chapters of this prophecy, emphasis was given to the departure of God’s glory from the temple (see chaps. 8–11). Thus the Lord abandoned His people to destruction and dispersion. Here, in the millennial temple, the glory of God returns to dwell. His glory will be manifest in fullness in the future kingdom, after the Lord’s Second Advent, which is also to be glorious (Mt 16:27; 25:31). Verses 1–12 describe God’s glorious entrance into the sanctuary. coming from … the east. The glory had been in the tabernacle (Ex 40:34, 35) and the temple (1Ki 8:10, 11), though not in Zerubbabel’s temple. Here, the Lord returns to be Israel’s King. The glory departed to the E from Israel (11:23) when God judged them, so the glory returns from the E when He has regathered them, and is restoring their worship.[3]


43:2 The approach of the glory of the God of Israel recalls the overwhelming sensory experience of Ezekiel’s inaugural vision: the sound of many waters describes the roar of the approach (see 1:24); its brilliance caused the earth to shine with his glory (cf. 1:27–28).[4]


43:2 Nineteen years after the vision in which he had witnessed God’s departure, Ezekiel in this vision saw “the glory of … God” return the way it had departed (10:4, 18–22; 11:22–25). The return of God in the millennial age to the new temple is much like the vision of John, in which the heavenly voice declares that “the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God” (Rev. 21:3).[5]


2. the way of the east—the way whereby the glory had departed (Ez 11:22, 23), and rested on Mount Olivet (compare Zec 14:4).

his voice … like … many waters—So English Version rightly, as in Ez 1:24, “voice of the Almighty”; Rev 1:15; 14:2, prove this. Not as Fairbairn translates, “its noise.”

earth his glory—(Rev 18:1).[6]


2. the way of the east—the way whereby the glory had departed (ch. 11:22, 23), and rested on mount Olivet (cf. Zech. 14:4). his voice was like a noise of many waters—so the English version rightly, as ch. 1:24—“like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty”—Rev. 1:15; 14:2. prove. Not as Fairbairn translates, ‘its noise.’ and the earth shined with his glory—(Rev. 18:1, “The earth was lightened with His glory”). 3. even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the cityi.e., to pronounce Gods word for its destruction: so completely did the prophets identify themselves with Him in whose name they spake.[7]


[1] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Ezekiel (Vol. 2, p. 364). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[2] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Eze 43:2). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Eze 43:2). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1570). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Eze 43:2). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[6] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, pp. 615–616). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[7] Fausset, A. R. (n.d.). A Commentary, Critical, Experimental, and Practical, on the Old and New Testaments: Jeremiah–Malachi (Vol. IV, p. 365). London; Glasgow: William Collins, Sons, & Company, Limited.

April 15, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is close to completing a plan to
end the coronavirus shutdown and reopen the battered U.S. economy with some
parts of the country likely to be ready to go before May 1.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday he was extending an order
to the U.S. military to halt travel and movement abroad, and noted it was
unclear how long coronavirus-related restrictions would remain on military
personnel.

President Donald Trump’s move to halt funding to the World Health
Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic prompted
condemnation on Wednesday from world leaders as recorded global infections
approached the 2 million mark.

The total number of people hospitalized in New York fell for the first time
since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, a further sign the state at
the epicenter may be at the peak of its crisis, Governor Andrew Cuomo said
on Tuesday.

The director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said
on Wednesday he believes 19 or 20 U.S. states have had limited impact from
the new coronavirus and their governors believe they may be ready to reopen
by President Donald Trump’s May 1 target date.

Polish lawmakers are to debate a proposal to tighten already restrictive
abortion rules, while rights activists protested on social media as
coronavirus limits public gatherings.

New waves of social unrest could erupt in some countries if government
measures to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic are seen as insufficient or
unfairly favoring the wealthy, the IMF said.

Japan urged its citizens on Wednesday to stay home, as media reports warned
that as many as 400,000 of them could die of the coronavirus without urgent
action, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came under pressure to hand out more
cash.

U.S. retail sales suffered a record drop in March as mandatory business
closures to control the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak depressed
demand for a range of goods, setting up consumer spending for its worst
decline in decades. Retail sales plunged 8.7% last month, the biggest
decline since the government started tracking the series in 1992.

Abbott Laboratories Inc on Wednesday launched a coronavirus blood test that
could show whether a person has been infected and plans to ramp up
manufacturing to produce 20 million tests in June.

Oil fields from Texas and New Mexico to Oklahoma and North Dakota are going
quiet as drilling halts and tens of thousands of oil workers lose their
livelihood. Fuel demand has plunged by as much as 30 million barrels per
day (bpd) – or 30% – as efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic have
grounded aircraft, reduced vehicle usage and pushed economies worldwide
toward recession.

The U.S. State Department, Treasury, and Department of Homeland Security
Issues, along with the FBI, issued an advisory on Wednesday about North
Korean cyber threats that called particular attention to banking and
finance. “North Korea’s malicious cyber activities threaten the United
States and countries around the world and, in particular, pose a
significant threat to the integrity and stability of the international
financial system,” the State Department said.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday promised more coronavirus testing
to try to build on a decline in daily COVID-19 deaths that has allowed
Spain to start tentatively reopening its locked-down economy.

AP Top Stories

Paper checks of coronavirus relief payments approved by Congress to be sent
to Americans will have President Donald Trump’s name printed on them. It
won’t be a signature, but “President Donald J. Trump” will be printed on
the fronts of the checks.

In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely
were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the
epicenter of the disease hosted a mass banquet for tens of thousands of
people; millions began traveling through for Lunar New Year celebrations.
President Xi Jinping warned the public on the seventh day, Jan. 20. But by
then, more than 3,000 people had been infected during almost a week of
public silence, according to internal documents.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned on Tuesday about a “dangerous
epidemic of misinformation” surrounding the global coronavirus outbreak.

The forces of Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar rained rockets on
the capital Tripoli early Tuesday after being ousted by government
loyalists from a string of towns to its west.

Diamondback Energy, one of the biggest Texas shale explorers, warned it
will halt all drilling if the state imposes OPEC-style production caps,
raising the stakes in a debate over a contentious proposal to arrest
free-falling oil prices.

Three Southern California churches have sued the governor and local
officials over orders that ban religious gatherings because of the
coronavirus pandemic.

Residents in the northern Indian state of Punjab say they’re seeing the
Himalayan mountain range for the first time in 30 years thanks to a drop in
air pollution caused by the country’s coronavirus lockdown.

Both the House and Senate have extended their recesses until May 4 due to
the dangers of coronavirus, lengthening the break by two weeks.

North Korea fired multiple missiles from its eastern coast Tuesday, in a
show of military might ahead of parliamentary elections in South Korea.

BBC

The founder and boss of Amazon has seen his wealth swell by $24bn after
soaring demand for online shopping sent the firm’s share price to a new
high.

Children up to the age of 11 are returning to nurseries and schools across
Denmark, as the government becomes the first in Europe to relax coronavirus
restrictions on education.

The US has agreed a roughly $25bn rescue package for 10 of the country’s
biggest airlines as travel plunges due to the coronavirus.

Ghana has launched an application for mobile phones that is intended to
help the authorities track and identify suspected cases of coronavirus.

A day after extending a nationwide lockdown, India has relaxed restrictions
on farming, banking and public works, but transport services and most
businesses remain closed.

Zoos that should have been crowded in the sunny Easter holidays are now
hard-up and asking for donations, as the coronavirus lockdown bites. A zoo
director in northern Germany has even admitted that some animals might soon
have to be fed to others, if the zoo is to survive.

In Iran, the daily number of deaths related to Covid-19 has dropped below
three figures for the first time in a month. A health ministry spokesman
reported that 98 people had died in the past 24 hours.

Thousands of Pakistanis working in Gulf states have appealed to their
government to fly them home, after they lost their jobs due to the
pandemic. At least 11,000 Pakistani workers, possibly many more, have been
sacked over the past few days and can’t return home because of
restrictions. Some say they are running out of food and money.

WND

Twenty-one state attorneys general are asking the Food and Drug
Administration to drop its restrictions on the use of the chemical-abortion
drug RU-486 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The American Center for
Law & Justice is fighting the request.

Former President Barack Obama said Tuesday that 2020 presidential candidate
Joe Biden has the most left-wing platform of any major nominee in history.
Obama discussed Biden’s platform as he announced his official endorsement
of his former vice president to become POTUS.

Schools scrambling to transition to online learning amid the coronavirus
pandemic are exposing students to hackers and perverts, and experts are
urging step up to protect their privacy.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 15, 2020

The Foundation

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

WHO’s Money Put on Hold

“As the organization’s leading sponsor, the United States has a duty to insist on full accountability.”


Leftmedia Reversal: China Virus Lab Origin Maybe Not Conspiracy Theory

The Washington Post backtracks, admitting there is increasing support for the claim.


Dems Picked Biden; Now They’re Stuck With Him

The herd of presidential candidates thinned until the only one left was a crazy old white guy.


NYT Covers for Biden’s Alleged Sexual Assault

It took 19 days to cover an abuse allegation, and the paper made campaign-dictated edits.


Virginia Lurches Hard Left Under Dems and Gov. Northam

The governor signed several radical bills meant to transform the state into a leftist cesspool.


The Black Community ‘Immunity’ That’s Racist

Part Two in a series looking at the ridiculous nature of COVID-19 coverage.


Video: Leftists Believe Biden Sex-Assault Accusation. Oh Wait…

“Democrats and the mainstream media believe all women — unless the woman is politically inconvenient for them.”


Video: China’s Tech Totalitarianism

If China really does have coronavirus under control, the dictators will claim their creepy “social credit score” system helped.


Video: State Crackdowns on Churches Aren’t About ‘Safety’

They’re an attack on religious freedom.



Today’s Opinion

Ben Shapiro
What Does Reopening Look Like?
Penny Nance
Relax, Parents, You Can Do This!
Gary Bauer
Setting the Record Straight
Institute for Faith & Freedom
COVID-19: Yes, This Is War
Walter E. Williams
Fixing College Corruption
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Wednesday News Executive Summary

WHO funding pulled, “big” announcement, Wuhan-lab security concerns, and more.


Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Ben Shapiro, Ricky Gervais, Bill Gates, and more.



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Headlines – 4/15/2020

Pro-Israel US group warns Israeli leaders annexation would damage alliance

PM, Gantz suspend talks for holiday, will meet again Wednesday ahead of deadline

Israel under full lockdown for second time as nation celebrates end of Passover

Israeli police use drones to enforce virus quarantines, raising privacy concerns

Funerals on Zoom: How Israelies Grieve in the Time of Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Israeli drag queens take show online under lockdown

Top Israeli prof claims simple stats show virus plays itself out after 70 days

Pets in Middle East abandoned over coronavirus fears

Jackals roam deserted Tel Aviv park after virus forces public indoors

Stream runs red with blood as slaughterhouse refuse conjures up biblical plague

As corona pandemic spreads, so do anti-Semitic conspiracy theories

Fighting escalates in Yemen despite coronavirus ‘ceasefire’

Iran suspected of seizing, releasing Hong Kong-flagged tanker near Strait of Hormuz

India extends world’s biggest lockdown, ignites protest by migrant workers

‘Starve or get sick’: Africa’s lockdown dilemma

Spain loosens coronavirus restrictions as nearly 300,000 return to work

Hong Kong judges battle Beijing over rule of law as pandemic chills protests

China tightens Russia border checks, approves coronavirus vaccine trials

US officials raised alarms about Wuhan coronaviruses lab in 2018

Trump stops WHO funding, accusing it of covering up outbreak

Oil tumbles 7% as recession fears outweigh historic production cuts

IMF says the world will ‘very likely’ experience worst recession since the 1930s

Dash for cash as most investors expect drawn-out recovery

Jeff Bezos Gains $24 Billion While World’s Rich Reap Bailout Rewards

Wall Street feasts on federal coronavirus aid while Main Street starves

Wall St jumps as hopes for easing lockdown offset earnings worry

Trump set to preside over record spending, deficits as coronavirus costs explode

Biden and Democrats try to pin economic crash on Trump

Trump’s Key 2020 States Reel Under Twin Blows of Virus, Job Loss

GOP congressman says letting more Americans die of coronavirus is lesser of two evils compared to economy tanking

Trump’s Ambition to Reopen U.S. Hinges on Elusive Testing

Trump’s ‘I alone can fix it’ view and state powers collide

Some Republicans join backlash over Trump’s claim of ‘total’ authority over coronavirus response

Gov Cuomo Says if Trump Ordered New York to Reopen, ‘I Wouldn’t Do It’

Gov. Cuomo threatens ‘constitutional challenge’ if Trump attempts to force New York to open businesses

Michigan governor fires back at Trump, says states won’t ‘open via Twitter’

Pelosi calls Trump coronavirus response ‘almost sinful’: report

Trump’s May 1 target too optimistic for US coronavirus reopening – Fauci

Florida surgeon general says keep social distancing until there’s a vaccine – in a year

Coronavirus social distancing may be needed until 2022: Harvard researchers

Covid-19 checkpoints targeting out-of-state residents draw complaints and legal scrutiny

Coronavirus lockdowns and civil liberties collide in a remote corner of California

Woman attacks customer at supermarket over allegedly not following social distancing rules

In wake of COVID-19 pandemic, a crashing wave of neuropsychiatric problems?

DeGette calls on HHS to lift restrictions on human fetal tissue research – Move would help advance scientific research to prevent, treat and cure coronavirus

Measles resurgence fear amid coronavirus

Scientists suggest coronavirus could spread from corpses

SCOTUS won’t face abortion case after lower court eases Texas’ pandemic ban

Zoo might feed animals to each other to stay afloat during lockdown

French court orders Amazon to deliver only essential goods in France or a penalty of 1 million euros ($1.1 million) for each day of delay

Seed companies can’t keep up as more Americans turn to growing their own food

Universities begin considering canceling in-person classes until 2021

Florida judge rules that ER doctor must lose custody of 4-year-old daughter because of coronavirus fears

Commentary: Post-lockdown Routine Will Look Nothing Like the Life We Knew

DOJ intervenes after Miss. church members ticketed $500 each for attending drive-in service

Bishop who preached ‘God is larger than this dreaded virus’ dies of COVID-19

Satanist who tried to torch church said behind Maryland synagogue vandalism

From Nairobi, a rare, clear glimpse due to reduced pollution of Mount Kenya drives disbelief on social media

Atlas: Comet spotted hurtling towards Earth and prompting excitement for blazing flyby appears to have broken apart, astronomers say

Newly discovered sneaky little asteroid set to cruise by Earth

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near El Hoyo, Argentina

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Diego de Almagro, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Eauripik, Micronesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Uyugan, Philippines

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano in Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Sangay volcanoin Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 12,000ft

Locust invasion creates food crisis for 1 million Ethiopians


Apostasy Watch

Mike Ratliff – The Disowned

The Word of Faith “Prophets” on COVID19 Showing Their Bad Fruit

Jim Bakker Claims Credit Card Companies Are Refusing to Process Donations to His Ministry

The Christian Post’s “Editorial Advisors” Surprised to Learn of Company’s Crimes

Google Bans Church’s Streaming Because the Preaching is ‘Insensitive’ During Pandemic

DOJ intervenes after Miss. church members ticketed $500 each for attending drive-in service

Coronavirus suspected in death of Harlem ‘cult’ leader – Black Hebrew Israelites

Paris Jackson to star as Jesus in upcoming movie alongside Bella Thorne

Trump halts funding to World Health Organization over coronavirus outbreak

Unsealed Invoices Prove Planned Parenthood Sold Aborted Baby Parts for $55 Per Body Part

Rio’s ‘Christ The Redeemer’ Statue Outfitted in Doctors Coat in Tribute to Healthcare Workers


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Grieving from Kennedy tragedy, RFK Jr slams WHO

Critics of the World Health Organization (WHO) allege that the organization may not have people’s best interests at heart. Environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. joins Rick Sanchez to discuss the “systemic structural problems” in the WHO arising from its reliance on the pharmaceutical industry for funds.

The Government Has A Lot More Emergency Powers Than Libertarians Like, But It Still Can’t Control Everything

Just because significant restrictions on our day-to-day lives are warranted doesn’t mean it’s a free-for-all for government coercion.

Source: The Government Has A Lot More Emergency Powers Than Libertarians Like, But It Still Can’t Control Everything

Ron Paul: People ‘Should Be Leery About’ a Coronavirus Vaccine | Ron Paul Liberty Report

​Ron Paul, in a Monday interview with host Dan Dicks at Press for Truth, warns that people “should be leery about” coronavirus vaccines that may come out. Further, says Paul, a doctor and former United States House of Representatives member, “right now I wouldn’t think there is any indication for anybody to take them,” noting that “scare tactics” are being used to pressure people into thinking they should take such potential vaccines to protect against coronavirus.

Paul supports this conclusion by stressing in the interview the potential danger of a vaccine as well as the overstated threat from coronavirus.

Regarding the potential danger from a coronavirus vaccine, Paul discusses at the beginning of the interview how, in 1976 in his first week as a House member, Paul was one of only two members, both doctors, who voted against legislation that helped rush through a vaccine in response to swine flu. Paul describes the results of the push for people to take the swine flu vaccine as follows:

They rushed the vaccine through. The vaccine was not properly made. It had nothing to do with the virus that was out there, so it saved nobody’s life from it. It caused a lot of harm. More people ended up dying from the inoculation than died from the flu that year. And that sort of was a lesson, like that’s a little bit too extreme. But, that’s about what happens when governments get involved and you do things for political reasons.

There was also, because a lot of people ended up getting the vaccine, I think there were like 50 people or more who got Guillain-Barré syndrome, which is temporary total paralysis and you can die from it but most of them did get better. But, it was a very, very serious complication of a viral injection, you know, a vaccine.

Paul also discusses in the interview the overstated danger from coronavirus that is being used to scare people to take actions including to potentially take a coronavirus vaccine.

Paul notes that many of the people whose deaths have been blamed on coronavirus are elderly people, including people living in nursing homes, who have multiple other diseases. Further, explains Paul, doctors have “been instructed by [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and other politicians that, when the doctors sign the death certificate, if [patients] have four different things but they happen to have a positive test for the virus that is to be put down as the major cause of death.” “The numbers mean nothing,” concludes Paul regarding the daily tabulation of coronavirus deaths.

In addition, Paul explains that many more people than officially recorded have contracted coronavirus. Some of these individuals never became sick. Others got better without any treatment, says Paul, pointing to his son Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) as an example. While Rand Paul was given a test that confirmed he had coronavirus, most people who have had coronavirus and suffered no to minor medical problems have not been tested. With “probably millions of people” having contracted coronavirus, Paul concludes that the percentage of people who have contracted coronavirus and have died as a result “is probably very, very small.”

While Paul says he would choose not to take a vaccine for the coronavirus should one appear next week even if people claim it is 99 percent effective, he says that the decision to take or not take a vaccine is one that should be made by each individual, who can discuss the vaccine alternative with a doctor. Absolutely, Paul concludes, that decision should not be made by government.

Watch here Paul’s complete interview, in which he also discusses how government actions taken in the name of fighting coronavirus are harming the economy and his support for people speaking out for ending coronavirus-justified encroachments on freedom:

Source: Ron Paul: People ‘Should Be Leery About’ a Coronavirus Vaccine