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Daniel 7:1-28

In all this talk about visions and beasts and things one may forget that in the midst of all this kingdoms rising and falling there is a judge, the Ancient of Days, that is seeing everything that happens. He even sees and hears that little “horn” with the multitude of eyes and the arrogant talk. This little horn gives the appearance of seeing everything because of its many eyes and its boastful speaking giving the appearance of knowing everything as well as seeing.

If one can imagine the turmoil and tumult that these successive kingdoms caused the people of the world, one could also pretty much guess correctly that this cry went up, “Where is God?” God is always in the midst judging the behavior and intents of our hearts.


Proverbs 28:23-24

Mike regarding flatter, I hate it. I will not receive or pay attention to anyone’s flattery nor do I engage in it. Flattery is used to get something from someone by manipulating emotions by way of deceitful words. People flatter for the same reason that people jump a line, to get in ahead of everyone else, including the person they flatter.

The Book of Proverbs has a lot to say about flattery. In fact, Solomon implies a flatter hates the one they are flattering.

Burning lips [uttering insincere words of love] and a wicked heart are like an earthen vessel covered with the scum thrown off from molten silver [making it appear to be solid silver]. He who hates pretends with his lips, but stores up deceit within himself. When he speaks kindly, do not trust him, for seven abominations are in his heart. Though his hatred covers itself with guile, his wickedness shall be shown openly before the assembly. (Proverbs 26:23-26 AMP)


Ramona

Ramona,
I was going to compliment you on your interesting and thoughtful comments; but maybe I shouldn't--you might not understand my motives (my point here being that it is difficult for us to understand other peoples' motives--only God/Jesus can do that) and consider it flattery and would therefore "hate it".

Jeff you are a funny man!! But honestly we really know when we are being flattered if we have decided to deal in truth as a lifestyle. It takes at least two folk to engage in lies and flattery, the speaker and the hearer. Hmm, maybe that's why James says:

Check out the prophet Jeremiah, as translated in the Amplified Bible,

And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and sword; and they shall have none to bury them--them, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. For I will pour out their wickedness upon them [and not on their false teachers only, for the people could not have been deceived except by their own consent].
(Jeremiah 14:16 AMP)

Jeff Make it a Blessed Day!!

Oops!! I forgot to write what James said (Thinking fast and typing slow)

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.
(James 1:19 NET.)

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