Category: Bible 1611 Apocrypha

Thursday October 10, 2013

Time for a little Bible lesson.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105

We are going to focus on the word lamp. God’s word is a lamp.

And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. Genesis 15:17

Spiritually, God’s word is a lamp. Here we are being taught by God that his lamp is burning.

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out. Leviticus 6:13

Spiritually, God’s word shall ever be burning. Period. Don’t be afraid to eat one small bite of God’s words.

He [John the Baptist] was a burning and a shining light: John 5:35

Spiritually, John the Baptist was God’s word teaching God’s word. (Psalms 119:135 shine is to teach)

John the Baptist is a representative of the 144,000, Spirit of Prophecy, Vol.2, page 44. Check out this verse.

Then stood up Elias [Elijah] the prophet as fire, and his word burned like a lamp. Eccleasiasticus 48:1 That’s right, from the authentic Apocrypha.

Spiritually, Elijah was God’s word. And his word was God’s word not his own.

Elijah is a representative of the 144,000, Spirit of Prophecy, Vol.2, page 337.

Shifting gears a bit. Often the spiritual definitions have two sides, just like a coin. Here are a few verses on the other side of this spiritual definition.

Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron. His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth. Job 41:19-21

That would be Satan, the leviathan.

An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire. Proverbs 16:27
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross. Proverbs 26:23

Clearly this is not a reference to God or his words. As you study remember that often the definitions you learn have a good and a bad side. It’s just a part of God’s plan.

God Bless your Study

Tuesday August 20, 2013

This is just too good to keep private! In No. 26 we have some beautiful definitions of Bible words.

So, at this time, there is a people whom God has made the repository of his law. To those who obey them, the commandments of God are as a pillar of fire, lighting and leading the way to eternal salvation. But unto those who disregard them, they are as the clouds of night. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Better than all other knowledge is an understanding of the word of God. In keeping his commandments there is great reward, and no earthly inducements should cause the Christian to waver for a moment in his allegiance. Riches, honor, and worldly pomp are but as dross that shall perish before the fire of God’s wrath. p. 32, Para. 1, [26OT].

Here is the text that forms the first sentence of our subject.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: Psalms 111:10

Taking the word fear, we find in Zephaniah 3:7 one good definition.

I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction;

This next verse brings us a new definition of wisdom, which is knowledge. But it is also a mirrored verse. After the colon the next phrase mirrors the last of the previous thought. Then the last phrase is the mirror of the first.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

So, fear is instruction and wisdom is also knowledge.

Those of our regular reader will find the following to be familiar, but we re-state it for the more recent readers. We have discovered that the original Apocrypha was a part of the KJV Bible. It is endorsed by God in the use of Ellen’s first vision, published in The Day-Star and referenced in other places of the Bible by the translators. It has also been counterfeited.

In The Wisdom of Solomon 7:22 we have these beautiful words.

For wisdom, which is the worker of all things, taught me: for in her is an understanding spirit, holy, one only*, manifold, subtle, lively, clear, undefiled, plain, not subject to hurt, loving the thing that is good, quick, with cannot be letted, ready to do good.

And lo! in the margin of the 1611 we have this note; “only begotten.” See! “is not this the Christ?” And so it is! Wisdom is Jesus Christ.
Now notice the second sentence of our subject.

Better than all other knowledge is an understanding of the word of God.

To receive instruction is to get understanding. It appears that this text should be next.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:1-5

We paraphrase the sentence like this. Better than all other knowledge is the understanding of Jesus Christ.

How beautiful! Thus is fulfilled the words, “all in all!”

And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Ephesians 1:22-23

God Bless your Study

Thursday August 8, 2013

I was reading in the Apocrypha for the reference of Christ (2 Esdras 2:43) placing the crowns on the heads of the saints and was struck with the importance of this book. Very much of 2 Esdras deals with these last days and it’s events, into the future. It appears that a great deal of spiritual comfort for God’s people is there, in that much is said that will anchor your faith in the truth.

The Apocrypha was taken from the KJV Bible in 1885. Notice the date. It is four years after the death of James. This means that the early church had the Apocrypha as a standard feature for study.

Today the SDA world has forsaken the light of the Midnight Cry, by so doing they also have embraced the modern translations of the Bible which are founded upon the 44 documents, out of over 5,200, that are not in harmony with the KJV; meaning they also have left behind the Apocrypha.

As you search the net for information on this subject you will discover that most is not in favor of the Apocrypha, in fact they will tell you that it is not a part of the Bible and never should have been. These are the lies of Satan, hoary with age and hung with worldly honors, but all that is meaningless! If the Apocrypha was not intended by God to be a part of the Bible, it would not have been put there by the translators in the original work.

This is the problem with today’s modern voices, they are deceived by their vaunted education. Does unbelief suggest that you should follow them? That you should listen to their worldly opinion? That you should give honor to their worldly position?

Honor God! Be a believer! Praise God for his great mercy in giving us instruction! Come with us and let us gather together all the beautiful light from God that whispers of Heaven’s charms. Let us cherish Heaven’s gold in the glorious beams streaming from Christ’s raised glorious right arm! There is life! There is sweet love, joy, and peace! forever more, for every trial.

A continual dependence upon the word and providence of God will qualify you to exert your powers wholly for your Redeemer, who has called you, saying, Follow me. You should cultivate a spirit of entire submission to the will of God, earnestly, humbly seeking to know his ways and to follow the readings of his Spirit. You must not lean to your own understanding. You should have deep distrust of your own wisdom and supposed prudence. Your condition demands these cautions. It is unsafe for man to confide in his own judgment. He has limited capacities at best, and many have received as their birthright both strong and weak points of character which are positive defects. These peculiarities color the entire life. p. 154, Para. 3, [28OT].

God Bless your Study

Tuesday August 6, 2013

An amazing insight has come. Back to the understanding of A = B and B = C, then A = C also and it makes good sense. In the Apocrypha, The Wisdom of Solomon 7:22, is the text that tells us wisdom is Christ. Elsewhere in the Bible we learn that wisdom is the hidden treasure.

Therefore, the true definition of the hidden treasure is Christ.

This is very cool and in complete harmony with other things we know about Christ. For in him is all things, all the fulness and all in all.

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Colossians 2:9

And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 1 Corinthians 12:6

And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. 1 Corinthians 15:28

Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Ephesians 1:23

We are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Ephesians 1:3

Christ is everything. It’s a part of the plan of salvation, ordained by God.

Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: Ephesians 1:8-10

Only for those who stay after the meeting and ASK—Ask, Seek, Knock, Mark 4:10-11, get to know the mystery of the kingdom.

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Ephesians 1:17-23

I pray that you too will enter that Sabbath rest, spiritually discerning spiritual things by using God’s words to define God’s words, thus coming into a better, more perfect understanding of God’s will for your life.

God Bless your Study

Friday June 21, 2013

It’s kinda tough to think anything about the future in this country. I found a text in the Apocrypha that describes it perfectly.

This is Azarias speaking to Christ, who is with the three in the fiery furnace, and he has just gone down a list of the sins of Israel which has brought this judgment on them.

Wherefore all than thou hast brought upon us, and every thing that thou hast done to us, thou hast done in true judgment. And thou didst deliver us into the hands of lawless enemies, most hateful forsakers of God, and to an unjust king, and the most wicked in all the world. The Song of the Three Jews 8,9.

That about sums it up.

God has delivered us into the hands of these and there is no place of safety on earth; and you can’t leave. It’s just about show time. This book says the flames were shooting seventy-five feet into the air! We are not quite there in this country, yet.

God’s plan is to have some witnesses, like the three in the furnace.

 

Big question is, will you be one or not?

God Bless your decision

Thursday June 20, 2013

 

Italicized words in the Bible. A big subject for some, depending on your past education. Think about where you learned what. Now is a good time to check and re-check your anchor.

Jerry gave a good talk on this subject, this past weekend. This is just a summary of some of his presentation and I’ll put the key verses below.

I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Psalms 16:8

For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Acts 2:25
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Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn. Deuteronomy 25:4

For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? 1 Corinthians 9:9

For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. 1 Timothy 5:18
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And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. Deuteronomy 8:3

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4
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I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. Psalms 82:6

Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? John 10:34
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Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Isaiah 28:16

Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 1 Peter 2:6
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The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. Psalms 94:11

And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 1 Corinthians 3:20

Now I’ll say what I did not say before. Notice that the first text in a series has italicized words. In the after texts of that series the former text is being quoted and the italicized word is no longer italicized. This is because those italicized words are actually a part of the correct text, which is why it was quoted by the later texts.

These specific texts are here as an example. Not all texts in the Bible are quoted in other parts of the Bible. No matter. We use the whole KJV Bible, just as God gave it to us.

God Bless your Study

Thursday May 29, 2013

I have been reading the Apocrypha. In the book Wisdom of Solomon is an interesting few lines from chapter 9. Here they are.

 

The Wisdom of Solomon

9:4 Give me wisdom, that sitteth by thy throne; and reject me not from among thy children:

 

We have previously pointed out that wisdom is defined as Christ in this same book, 7:22. Here it is pointed out that Wisdom sits “by thy throne.” Again we know this to be Christ. Amazing!

 

9:7 Thou hast chosen me to be a king of thy people, and a judge of thy sons and daughters:

9:8 Thou hast commanded me to build a temple upon thy holy mount, and an altar in the city wherein thou dwellest, a resemblance of the holy tabernacle, which thou hast prepared from the beginning.

 

This is proof of who the author is, Solomon, for many were chosen to be king, but only Solomon was commanded to build the temple.

 

9:9 And wisdom was with thee: which knoweth thy works, and was present when thou madest the world, and knew what was acceptable in thy sight, and right in thy commandments.

9:10 O send her out of thy holy heavens, and from the throne of thy glory, that being present she may labour with me, that I may know what is pleasing unto thee.

9:11 For she knoweth and understandeth all things, and she shall lead me soberly in my doings, and preserve me in her power.

9:12 So shall my works be acceptable, and then shall I judge thy people righteously, and be worthy to sit in my father’s seat.

9:13 For what man is he that can know the counsel of God? or who can think what the will of the Lord is?

9:14 For the thoughts of mortal men are miserable, and our devices are but uncertain.

9:15 For the corruptible body presseth down the soul, and the earthy tabernacle weigheth down the mind that museth upon many things.

9:16 And hardly do we guess aright at things that are upon earth, and with labour do we find the things that are before us: but the things that are in heaven who hath searched out?

9:17 And thy counsel who hath known, except thou give wisdom, and send thy Holy Spirit from above?

9:18 For so the ways of them which lived on the earth were reformed, and men were taught the things that are pleasing unto thee, and were saved through wisdom.

 

Soon the Apocrypha will be available on this site. I am just about done with the formatting.

God Bless your Study

Wednesday May 22, 2013

Here is an amazing thing. In the Apocrypha Christ is referred to in the female gender!—and it’s the same in the regular KJV Bible also. And, guess what, the translators knew all about it. Get your Bible ready.

 

The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. Psalms 37:30

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Psalms 51:6

Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: Proverbs 1:20

Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: Proverbs 7:4

Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? Proverbs 8:1

Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: Proverbs 9:1

 

Now here is one of the connections.

 

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who* being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Hebrews 1:1-3

 

*My 1611 reprint of the KJV Bible places a marginal note at this word, it reads: “Wis.7.26.” The translators are pointing us back to The Wisdom of Solomon 7:26, in the Apocrypha. Here it is, with more.

 

7:15 God hath granted me to speak as I would, and to conceive as is meet for the things that are given me: because it is he that leadeth unto wisdom, and directeth the wise.
7:16 For in his hand are both we and our words; all wisdom also, and knowledge of workmanship.
7:17 For he hath given me certain knowledge of the things that are, namely, to know how the world was made, and the operation of the elements:
7:18 The beginning, ending, and midst of the times: the alterations of the turning of the sun, and the change of seasons:
7:19 The circuits of years, and the positions of stars:
7:20 The natures of living creatures, and the furies of wild beasts: the violence of winds, and the reasonings of men: the diversities of plants and the virtues of roots:
7:21 And all such things as are either secret or manifest, them I know.
7:22 For wisdom, which is the worker of all things, taught me: for in her is an understanding spirit holy, one only, manifold, subtil, lively, clear, undefiled, plain, not subject to hurt, loving the thing that is good quick, which cannot be letted, ready to do good,
7:23 Kind to man, steadfast, sure, free from care, having all power, overseeing all things, and going through all understanding, pure, and most subtil, spirits.
7:24 For wisdom is more moving than any motion: she passeth and goeth through all things by reason of her pureness.
7:25 For she is the breath of the power of God, and a pure influence flowing from the glory of the Almighty: therefore can no defiled thing fall into her.
7:26 For she is the brightness of the everlasting light, the unspotted mirror of the power of God, and the image of his goodness.
7:27 And being but one, she can do all things: and remaining in herself, she maketh all things new: and in all ages entering into holy souls, she maketh them friends of God, and prophets.
7:28 For God loveth none but him that dwelleth with wisdom.
7:29 For she is more beautiful than the sun, and above all the order of stars: being compared with the light, she is found before it.
7:30 For after this cometh night: but vice shall not prevail against wisdom.

 

Here is where it gets very interesting! In the 1611 there is a marginal note placed here by the translators, it reads: “only begotten.” That’s right. This is Christ.

Now when you read 7:26 you can clearly see the cross reference to Hebrews 1:3. Putting this together we can see that one of the spiritual definitions of the word wisdom is Christ.

Now go back and do a search on e-Sword for wisdom and you will get 222 verses. Just do a quick scan and see how many times Christ can be used in it’s place. I was amazed!

We do not know why the female gender is used by God in this way, he has not told us anywhere that I am aware of. The connection between the Apocrypha and the rest of the KJV Bible is strong, clear and we KNOW we can trust God.

God Bless your Study

Monday April 29, 2013

In considering the Apocrypha and the reference James added when he republished The Day-Star vision, it suddenly occurred to me that the greatest, or perhaps second greatest, endorsement of the Apocrypha is, once again!, hidden in plain sight.

Correctly understanding this requires the comparison of two items. The first is The Day-Star and the second is No. 20, pages 42-49. Now both of these were mentioned just the other day, but this particular point was not brought out.

Looking first at No. 20 we find the Testimonies are “to impress with vividness upon the heart the truths of inspiration already revealed.” Three other times in this section God tells us that the Spirit of Prophecy is not to give new light. Ok. Now look at The Day-Star.

 

We all entered the cloud together, and were 7 days ascending to the sea of glass, when Jesus brought along the crowns and with his own right hand placed them on our heads. He gave us harps of gold and palms of victory. The Day-Star

 

Taken together, this means that God himself is declaring the Apocrypha, as in the 1611 KJV Bible, to be a part of the pure word of God. Don’t forget, the Apocrypha has been counterfeited also. The proof is in the textual reference James added in A Word to the Little Flock. Here it is again.

 

And in the midst of them there was a young man of a high stature, taller than all the rest, and upon every one of their heads he set crowns, and was the more exalted; which I marvelled at greatly. 2 Esdras 2:43

 

Since the Spirit of Prophecy is not give new light, but “to impress with vividness upon the heart the truths of inspiration already revealed,” then, from this portion of The Day-Star, “the truths of inspiration already revealed,” are those revealed in 2 Esdras 2:43, a part of the Apocrypha.

This exact process is also duplicated on page 209 of the 1858 Great Controversy. In similar language as The Day-Star, we are told that it is Christ who places the crown on the head of each saint.

So we have the Apocrypha, published for 274 years with the KJV Bible, and, two solid references to a text in the Apocrypha, one in the first vision God gave to the church and the second from the great controversy vision of Lovett Grove in 1858.

Thus God places his seal on the Apocrypha.

I will follow his leading.

God Bless your Study

Friday April 26, 2013

Ending yesterday’s post, we mentioned that there were some items that once mentioned were never brought up again. It appears that the Apocrypha is in this same class.

Beginning with Ellen’s first vision, published in The Day-Star, we have a couple of sentences that are not in Early Writings. They tell us something about the people who rashly deny the light of the Midnight Cry and fall off the path.

It was just as impossible for them to get on the path again and go to the City, as all the wicked world which God had rejected. They fell all the way along the path one after another, until* we heard the voice of God like many waters,** which gave us the day and hour of Jesus’ coming.”

* The actual end of the removed material.
** The special resurrection occurs at this point, page 205, 1858 Great Controversy, thus making “the living saints, 144,000 in number.”

Next we have the 1849 Broadside. This vision has two items that has never been published again, before James’ death. The first is seven sentences that nine (9) times define God as the true author of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy. They were republished, after Ellen’s death, in 1SM page 40. The second is two sentences about the angels having a golden card, used for access to the gates of the City. To my knowledge this information was only published twice more before James’ death.

There are two items mentioned in the 1854 Supplement to the 1851 CEV that suffer the same status. The first is gospel order and under that is the holy kiss. Never published again is the holy kiss, with gospel order being published after James’ death in the counterfeit SOP.

Please do not consider this a complete list. These are just the items that have come to mind for this post. There are doubtless a host more, especially considering the List of Lies category, on the right of the blog. Satan’s efforts to cover up the truth for the last days is severe. Truths that the 144,000 will need to make it through to the end, truths that the GCSDA church has helped to cover up and hide from the saints, are hidden by ignoring.

And one more.

No. 30, the last of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy Testimonies, published in 1881, pages 151 to 178, titled Simplicity of Dress, is all about dress reform. Largely speaking, dress reform is focused on the females. It’s just a fact of life. Satan has used and is using, unconverted women to his advantage against Christ.

Here are some passages from the mentioned section. It details the status of items seemingly left to trail in the dust.

Perhaps no question has ever come up among us which has caused such a development of character as has the dress reform. p. 162, Para. 3, [30OT].

    I had no burden of testimony on the subject of dress. I made no reference to it in any way, either to advocate or to condemn. It was the Lord’s purpose to prove his professed people, and reveal the motives of their hearts. At the camp-meetings, I seldom had anything to say upon the subject. I avoided all questions, and answered no letters. p. 164, Para. 2, [30OT].

    God has been testing his people. He allowed the testimony concerning dress to become silent, that our sisters might follow their own inclination, and thus develop the real pride existing in their hearts. It was to prevent the present state of worldliness that the reform dress was recommended. Many scorned the idea that this dress was necessary to preserve them from following the fashions. The Lord has permitted them to prove that pride was cherished in their hearts, and that this was just what they would do. And it is now shown that they needed the restriction which the reform dress imposed. p. 167, Para. 1, [30OT].

The fact that God allowed the testimony on dress reform to become silent is mute testimony to the other items listed above, and still more, also allowed to become silent.

If God says something one time that should be enough. The fact that it is repeated, even once more should greatly increase our attention. It is our responsibility to cherish the light God has given. We cherish this light from God by giving it the prime spot at our desk.

It is not for lack of knowledge that God’s people are now perishing. They will not be condemned because they do not know the way, the truth, and the life. The truth that has reached their understanding, the light which has shone on the soul, that has not been cherished, and which they have neglected, or refused to be led by, will condemn them. p. 15, Para. 2, [16OT].

    It should be the first business of your life to seek the kingdom of Heaven and the righteousness of God; then you have the promise that all things shall be added. Here is where you have failed in your family. Had you been agonizing, that you and yours might enter in at the strait gate, you would have earnestly gathered every ray of light that the Lord has permitted to shine upon your pathway, and would have cherished and walked in it. You have not regarded the light that has been graciously given you. You have had a spirit of rising up against the light the Lord has given upon health reform. You have seen no importance in it, why you should receive it. You have not felt willing to restrict your appetite. You could not see the wisdom of God in giving light in regard to the restriction of appetite. All that you could discern was the inconvenience attending the denial of the taste. The Lord has let his light shine upon us in these last days, that the gloom and darkness which have been gathering in past generations, because of sinful indulgences, might be dispelled in some degree, and the train of evils which have been the result of intemperate eating and drinking to gratify appetite, might be lessened. p. 67, Para. 1, [18OT].

And because the church has not cherished the light given, it has only been mentioned once, in some cases, and allowed to fall silent.

Grasp that light and hang on to it!

God Bless your Study