Psalm 040:14

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Psalm 40:14

Ignoring Doctrine Means a Dishonored Life


14 Let them be ashamed [buwsh] and confounded [chapher] together [yachad] that seek [baqash] after my soul [nephesh] to destroy [caphah] it; let them be driven [cuwg] backward [‘achowr] and put to shame [kalam] that wish [chaphets] me evil [ra`].   KJV-Interlinear


14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt! ESV

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There are two categories of people in creation. The first category is made up of those who refuse to believe in Christ, whom we call unbelievers. And the second category is made up of those who believe in Christ, whom we call believers, or Christians.

The category of believers, can be divided into three groups.

The first group is made up of those who have believed in Christ, but go no further in their spiritual life.

The second group is made up of those who have believed in Christ, and go forward somewhat in their spiritual life, but don’t really pursue it.

And the third group is made up of those who have believed in Christ, and this is the smallest group, because this group is hot for knowledge and they pursue the learning of Bible doctrine and advancement in their spiritual life to the ultimate goal of spiritual maturity.

The category of unbelievers, and the first two categories of believers, are similar in that they are indifferent toward learning truth. They imitate each other in that they pursue the things of this world.

People who lack truth, are typically petty, make insignificant things significant, are mostly into themselves and their own appearance or feelings or possessions or status in life, and are otherwise critical of others, while totally disregarding their own huge flaws.

Not pursuing spiritual life, means you pursue the lies of life. And pursuing the lies of life means pursuing a dishonorable life.

The blessings of life are reserved for those who advance to spiritual maturity. Those who do not advance to spiritual maturity, are in effect taking things from life that were not intended for them. They are in effect snatching something that belongs to mature believers.

This makes them thieves of sorts, who are living in the environment of a dishonored life.

And because they place themselves first, then in effect, they delight in the heartache of others.


Study [by instruction],

to show thyself approved [spiritually mature]

unto God,

a workman [student]

that need not be ashamed [ignorant],

rightly dividing [learning, understanding, discerning]

the word of truth [Bible doctrine].

If you can dream and not make dreams your master,

If you can think and not let thoughts narrow your views,

If you can meet triumph with disaster equally,

If you can learn and see your full meaning and purpose in life,

Then you can believe in Christ, learn Bible doctrine, and grow far beyond the potential that God has prepared for you.

These studies are a part of the massive daily study web site at DailyBibeStudy.Org, and are written, so that you can come to Christ if you have not done so already, and therefore not be lost forever.

And if you have already believed in Christ, then these studies are written so you can learn and understand and grow in your spiritual life, so that you can come to the full knowledge of Christ, so that you can fulfill your meaning and purpose in life as God intended for you, and so you can qualify for a phenomenal eternal reward which you will have forever.

To ignore this opportunity to pursue a daily study means you will be incomplete, unfulfilled and you will lose out, big time.

The Daily Bible Study is online, making it possible as never before in all of human history, to advance in ones relationship with God, through Christ, and to complete yourself beyond your imagination.

But each person has to decide to make that commitment. No one else can study for you. You have to do that yourself.

Keep in the Word, Isa. 41:10.

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