1. Oh, sure, the family calls it ulcers. Ulcers! That’s just wishful thinking; the real trouble, as everyone but the family will admit, is cancer! He hasn’t got long to live; I hear the Doctor gives him only five weeks . . .”
“… oh, you can’t pay attention to the ravings of that old man. He might have been a hero at one time, when he was much younger, but now he is so stubborn about having his own way. I’m telling you, he’s senile — is almost at the end of his doddering way; he’s got one foot in the grave — can’t last the month out, I’m told…”
“Yes, he’s almost totally blind. Cataracts? No, 1 don’t think so; that’s quite a convenient way to explain his ailment, but I’ve heard that in his youth he was a wild one. He’s probably reaping his wild oats. You know that some sins carry their own punishments, and blindness is high on the list. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s full of disease and that it’ll crop up somewhere else soon; it’s said that he will soon succumb to it . . . ”
These bits of venomous gossip recall to mind what Scripture verse found in the Book of Psalms?
Answer: Psalm 41: 8
2. “Am I tired! This bed surely feels good. I’d better get to sleep soon for I should get up on time tomorrow. Among other things, I have to get that traffic ticket fixed for the school principal; I should stop at that bookie, too, and arrange for a week’s races in advance. Oh, yes, I shall stop at Louie, the Fence, about taking off my hands that 100 cartons of cigarettes I lifted off that truck last night. Ho hum. I wonder when it will be safe to do that bank job. That fake warning I mailed them will cause them to drop their vigilance when they find out it was a false alarm, about a week ought to do it. They need never know that I arranged the hiring of that new girl in the No. 4 teller’s cage. She owes me a good turn for getting her mother out of jail. She’ll make a realistic fainting scene after I have scooped her stack of bills into my briefcase and have safely gone out . . . ho, hum . . . Am I sleepy!”
This soliloquy recalls to mind what Scripture verse found in the Book of Psalms?
Answer: Psalm 36:4
3. “Come on, Joe, be a good sport, join our poker party tonight, the stakes are kept low so everyone can afford it.”
“No, I wouldn’t want to do that. You know that I believe gambling is sin. It destroys one’s estimation of money so that it is no more a medium of exchange, but becomes a thing to be desired, and the getting of it is an end in itself.” “Aw, Joe, you mustn’t be so narrow minded. It’s all in fun, and no one loses or gains more than a few dollars in the whole evening. Set in tonight, why don’t you?”
“No, I have better things to do than to gather with you around your poker table. I believe that gambling is an evil disease and is habit forming; it has ruined many a family. I also believe that it is wrong to gain money by the drawing of a card — a drawing of chance. One should earn his money, not gain it by gambling. I have not the slightest desire to join you; in fact, I abhor the whole thing, count me out!”
This conversation recalls to mind what Scripture verse found in the Book of Psalms?
Answer: Psalm 26:5
4. “Well, well, I see by the morning papers that my stocks have tripled since I bought them yesterday. I’ll call my broker this minute and sell them at this tremendous profit…there, now that’s done and I am probably the richest man in the U.S.A. The profits from those stocks added to all my other holdings gives me unlimited riches. I can out-buy any man you can name. Now no one can shove me around and make me do anything I don’t wish to do; no one can order me about to go anywhere I don’t care to go. I’m sitting pretty in this luxurious home, and no one, just no one will move me out of it.”
This arrogant boast recalls to mind what Scripture verse found in the Book of Psalms?
Answer: Psalm 30:6
5. “Hi, neighbor Bill! Did you see the excellent job I did on my cement driveway? It seems that whatever new thing I attempt to do, I do it like a veteran. It goes without saying that I am a natural; everything comes easy to me. Oh, I suppose that I inherited some natural talents, but I surely have developed them to the nth degree.”
“Yes, I noticed that, neighbor. You chose the best location for your house, Al. You keep it up better than all of your neighbors; your choice of wife is un-assailable. You surely do everything up brown, I have to admit that. Well, see you in the morning.”
“Jane, did you hear that braggart next door talking to me on the porch? Honestly, his perpetual bragging gives me a pain in the neck. You ask me why I coddle him in his bragging? Well, you know he gets me things wholesale, and I have to talk nice to him.”
The above conversation recalls to mind what Scripture verse found in the Book of Psalms?
Answer: Psalm 12:2
6. “The Lord has blessed my latter days more than my beginning. I now have 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 she asses. I also am the happy father of seven sons and three daughters. In all the land are no women found as fair as my daughters and I will give them an inheritance among their brethren.”
This joyous statement recalls to mind what Scripture verse found in the Book of Psalms?
Answer: Psalm 16:6
7. God’s soliloquy, found in Gen. 18:17-19. “And the Lord said, ‘Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great na¬tion, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he shall command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him.”
This passage reminds us of which Scripture verse found in the Book of Psalms?
Answer: Psalm 25:14
8. That Krushchev knows no limits! He has acquired rule over all of Russia proper, and over the satellite states round about him. His influence is seen in Cuba, Laos, Africa and the Latin Countries. What a tremendous amount of power is vested in that one diabolical tyrant!
This statement reminds us of what Scripture verse found in the Book of Psalms?
Answer: Psalm 37: 35