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    Here is something the sisters will appreciate. “According to traditional Judaism, women are endowed with a greater degree of "banah" (intuition, understanding, intelligence) than men. The rabbis inferred this from the fact that woman was "built" (Gen. 2:22) rather than "formed" (Gen. 2:7), and the Hebrew root of "build" has the same consonants as the word "banah." It has been said that the matriarchs (Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah) were superior to the patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) in prophecy. Women did not participate in the idolatry regarding the Golden Calf. Some traditional sources suggest that women are closer to God's ideal than men.
    http://www.jewfaq.org/women.htm

    And Jehovah God proceeded to form the man out of dust from the ground. . .” (Gen 2:7) The Hebrew word here is yatsar meaning to form, fashion, or frame. For the woman, “And Jehovah God proceeded to build the rib that he had taken from the man into a woman . . .” (Gen 2:22) The Hebrew word here is banah meaning to build, or construct.Traditional Judaism spells the word binah.

    Did you know that 7 of the 55 prophets in the Bible were women? According to traditional Judaism, they were:
    Sarah (Gen 11:29 - 23:20)
    Miriam (Ex 15:20-21; Num. 12:1-12:15, 20:1
    Deborah (Judges 4:1 - 5:31)
    Hannah (I Sam 1:1 - 2:21)
    Abigail (I Sam 25:1 - 25:42)
    Huldah (II Kings 22:14-20)
    Esther (Esther)

    Also, according to traditional Judaism, Daniel was not considered a prophet. Why?
    According to Judaism, Daniel is not one of the 55 prophets. His writings include visions of the future, which we believe to be true; however, his mission was not that of a prophet. His visions of the future were never intended to be proclaimed to the people; they were designed to be written down for future generations. Thus, they are Writings, not Prophecies, and are classified accordingly.
     
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    Well that makes perfect sense to me...he wallflower :):p:D
     
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    That was very interesting ! Thanks for sharing !
     
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    Whilst cleaning up your posts since the recent upgrade, I'm catching up with old pearls I missed....

    That's beautiful !
     
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    L'envie - Johnny Hallyday

    Qu'on me donne l'obscurité et la lumière May darkness be given me and light
    Qu'on me donne la faim, la soif puis un festin May hunger be given me, thirst and then a feast
    Qu'on m'enlève ce qui est vain et secondaire May what is vain and secondary be removed from me
    Que je retrouve le prix de la vie, enfin ! So I may rediscover the price of life, at last !

    Oui, qu'on me donne la peine pour que j'aime dormir Yes, may exertion be given me so I may like sleeping
    Qu'on me donne le froid pour que j'aime la flamme May cold be given me so I may like the flame
    Pour que j'aime ma terre, qu'on me donne l'exil For me to love my land, may exile be given me
    Et qu'on m'enferme un an pour rêver à des femmes ! And may I be locked up in order to dream about women.

    On m'a trop donné bien avant l'envie I was given too much even before feeling want
    J'ai oublié les rêves et les "merci" I forgot the dreams and the "thank yous"
    Toutes ces choses qui avaient un prix All those things that had a price
    Et qui font l'envie de vivre et le désir And that make life and desire worthwhile
    Et le plaisir aussi And pleasure too
    Qu'on me donne l'envie ! May the want be given me
    L'envie d'avoir envie ! The want to be in want !
    Qu'on allume ma vie ! May my life be kindled !

    Qu'on me donne la haine pour que j'aime l'amour May hatred be given me so I may like love.
    La solitude aussi pour que j'aime les gens Loneliness too so I may love people
    Pour que j'aime le silence, qu'on me fasse des discours So I may like silence, may speeches be given me
    Et toucher la misère pour respecter l'argent ! And may I touch misery to have respect for money !

    Pour que j'aime être sain, vaincre la maladie So I may like being healthy, defeat illness
    Qu'on me donne la nuit pour que j'aime le jour May the night be given me so I may like the day
    Qu'on me donne le jour pour que j'aime la nuit May the day be given me so I may like the night
    Pour que j'aime aujourd'hui, oublier les "toujours" ! So I may like today, let's forget the "forevers"

    On m'a trop donné bien avant l'envie I was given too much even before feeling want
    J'ai oublié les rêves et les "merci" I forgot the dreams and the "thank yous"
    Toutes ces choses qui avaient un prix All those things that had a price
    Et qui font l'envie de vivre et le désir And that make life and desire worthwhile
    Et le plaisir aussi And pleasure too
    Qu'on me donne l'envie ! May the want be given me
    L'envie d'avoir envie ! The want to be in want !
    Qu'on allume ma vie ! May my life be kindled !
     
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    That one is awesome !

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    "When God entrusts a man with a task, he also gives him the intelligence of his function."

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    "But let each one examine his own actions, and then he will have cause for rejoicing in regard to himself alone, and not in comparison with the other person. For each one will carry his own load" - Gal. 6:4-5
     
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    Interesting point. I never thought about it from this angle.
     
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    It reminds me of an anecdote recorded in the book "La gloire de mon père\My father's glory", based on a true story. I always liked the way it was phrased. Besides the main characters and the main story, there was a couple of dropouts who were living in a cave nearby. They were just married but the husband was working far away in order to make a living. After a few months away from home, he came back one day and just as he arrived and began saying that he wouldn't stay long, she pounced on him and as she was taking off his clothes, she cried out : "I'm done with being your spouse, let me be your wife !" From that day on, he never went away anymore...
     
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    I'd say that a submissive wife is an intelligent woman. She's not intelligent because she's submissive but she's submissive because she's intelligent. By intelligence, I don't necessarily mean here IQ-wise. I'm talking here in the context of a loving and considerate husband.

    "“Every kingdom divided against itself comes to ruin, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." - Mat. 12:25

    Intelligent because at some point, one must understand that for the family to remain solid and strong, as explained above, things must all go in the same direction and according to a certain order or protocol, so to speak. For example, it's like workers building a house. When two people decide to get married, it's generally in order to build together something lasting. Workers can't build something if each of them decide to do things their way and whenever they humour them. If one of them starts building walls, putting plasterboards and the wallpaper on it whereas there's no roof yet, nor plumbing installed or electric cables pulled, there's soon going to be a problem. If a husband must fight or negociate endlessly for everything, knowing perfectly that at best everything will go unheeded or that at worst, he's in for one month of silent treatment and WWIII at home.... Either the family will become a battlefield or he'll give up and in both cases, nothing will be built at all as a result. (The WT movie about marriage is fantastic in that regard, the husband feeling bad and spending his time at work because he only had rebukes at home). I witnessed it with the husband of the harridan I often talk about, she was complaining that he always was locked up in his office on the computer and when I told him later about it, he said that it was his refuge because of constant nagging and snide remarks...

    So, any "intelligent" wife will understand that there is a higher interest at stake, for the family's sake, than just a question of misplaced feelings of inferiority. Maybe a certain wife will want to always have the upper hand on every matter going on in the family, but will her motives be sincerely driven by her wishes of well-being for her family or because of trendy spurious feminist propaganda or psychological issues or wounds, what I'd call for example and for the latter one, neurotic reactions (like in the case of a woman having unfortunately had a violent father in her childhood and who "thinks" that all men are like that).

    I personally witnessed both scenarii (WWIII and the withdrawn, lacklustre husband) and in both cases, nobody won..... In dysfunctional families, there's no winner ever.... Sooner or later, someone will have to pay the bills....

    And as a conclusion, I'll add that an intelligent wife will always know how to persuade her loving and considerate husband to do things her way, without resorting to overt showdown, silent treatment, emotional or sexual blackmail, etc. "Violence is the force of the weak", men and women alike....

    Link to the movie I'm talking about : https://www.jw.org/en/publications/videos/what-is-true-love/movie/
     
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    Thanks for the link Utuna,
    It’s weird how we see different things when watching a movie or video. On this one, at 9:32 in the evening street shot, a “crazy” driver in a car cuts in front of the XP=DX “big rig”, across two lanes, at a stop light, to get into the left lane. What an idiot.

    At about 19:10 her friend Megan says, “I can change him!” Oh Boy, Warning, warning.

    John, gives Liz his jacket. What a way to have a reason to meet her again. He’s giving a talk at her congregation? Hmmm. Well, it all worked out didn’t it? I liked the professionalism of this movie. The acting was great, especially Liz, Megan, John, and Zach. That last scene between Zach and Megan brought tears to my eyes. The only part that was strange was the wedding reception, cutting the cake, before the actual formal vows before a judge. ???

    I was trying to figure out which city it was recorded in, and then at in the credits I found out it was “stock shots” from different cities. Good old WTB&TS putting a great movie together for not much money. I say “recorded” because not much is shot on film anymore. It is mainly digitally recorded on an electronic chip in megabits. The techniques today are amazing.
     
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    I started reading this book and found the following very informative. It is available on Amazon in print or e-book. The following examples deal with viewing and dealing with life’s trials. (pp 10-14) Between a Rock and a Hard Place - Tony Evans © 2010 Tony Evans

    “In this book we’re going to go deeper into the lives of Bible characters, from Abraham to Mary and Martha, who ended up between a rock and a hard place—pinned in really tough situations. There are a myriad of these types of situations in the Bible. In fact, when I first started studying the Bible early on, I would come across these trials all the time. It didn’t take me long to begin to see a pattern emerging as the same type of trial would appear again and again, just with different names and faces.

    These were trials where it was not just a person having a problem to deal with, but God was actually creating a scenario where the person was caught between a rock and a hard place. I began to study these scenes very closely. and I discovered patterns that kept coming up in them time and again. God gave such trials to examine and strengthen the faith of those who followed Him.

    When we find no clear direction to turn without there being a problem, and when any decision we could make is potentially the wrong one, God is getting ready to do a substantial thing in our lives. Keep this in mind as we go through these different biblical examples of others who were caught between a rock and a hard place. Keep this in mind because, with this guiding principle of truth, we can find hope and peace in the middle of a trial. God will use that hard place to do something significant in our lives.

    HAVE YOU EVER RECEIVED mail that isn’t addressed to you? You take it out of your mailbox and read that the address doesn’t have your name on it. It just says “Occupant.” You get that piece of
    mail by virtue of you being the “occupant” of that home. Trials are a lot like that. Just by virtue of being an occupant on this planet in a fallen world, we will face trials.

    Of course, no one likes a trial. No one wakes up in the morning, stretches, and says, “Ah, what a beautiful day for a trial! I think I’d like to have a trial today!” That would be an unusual person
    who would do something like that. Yet no matter how much we want to avoid trials in our lives, trials are inevitable. No one is immune to trials.

    Trials are adverse circumstances that God allows in our lives to both identify where we are spiritually as well as to prepare us for where He wants us to go. There is no escaping them. You are either in a trial now, you’ve just come out of a trial, or you are getting ready to go into a trial. Trials are unavoidable realities of life.

    But even though we all have to experience them, we can take comfort in knowing that trials must first pass through God’s hands before reaching us. Nothing comes our way without first having received His divine approval. And in order to get His divine approval, there must be a divine reason for Him to approve it.

    There is. God allows trials and tests in our lives in order to reveal where we are along our spiritual journey, to correct us when necessary, and to strengthen us for the journey ahead.”

    Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” ( 1 Cor 1:20-25 NASB )
     
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    These were trials where it was not just a person having a problem to deal with, but God was actually creating a scenario where the person was caught between a rock and a hard place. I began to study these scenes very closely. and I discovered patterns that kept coming up in them time and again. God gave such trials to examine and strengthen the faith of those who followed Him.

    When we find no clear direction to turn without there being a problem, and when any decision we could make is potentially the wrong one, God is getting ready to do a substantial thing in our lives. Keep this in mind as we go through these different biblical examples of others who were caught between a rock and a hard place. Keep this in mind because, with this guiding principle of truth, we can find hope and peace in the middle of a trial. God will use that hard place to do something significant in our lives.


    This was very interesting and something I find personally helpful..thanks Bro T
     

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