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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

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I am certainly not a grammar major either ( I just misspelled grammar.  Thank you spell check).

I use the word because when I write a post or a comment in a post I am writing the post to anybody and everybody who might read the post.  It is a habit I picked up from reading a lot of old and very old books.  Maybe I am just an old relic from the distant past. :mellow:

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When one utilizes the word 'one' in one's writing, one must be cautious lest one's penchant for 'one' become excessive or, worse yet, decline into one's exaltation of one's literary prowess which really is not as keen as one may perceive, notwithstanding, there is a proper "time and place" for one's inclination for 'one' and yet can be as obnoxious in its misdirected use as can an excess of commas, which should be avoided, or the common, but still incorrect, writing of run-on sentences.

 

 

I would say, "I couldn't help it", but I'd be lying.

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When one utilizes the word 'one' in one's writing, one must be cautious lest one's penchant for 'one' become excessive or, worse yet, decline into one's exaltation of one's literary prowess which really is not as keen as one may perceive, notwithstanding, there is a proper "time and place" for one's inclination for 'one' and yet can be as obnoxious in its misdirected use as can an excess of commas, which should be avoided, or the common, but still incorrect, writing of run-on sentences.

 

 

I would say, "I couldn't help it", but I'd be lying.

​I guess since my literary prowess is not excellent as some others, possibly I should refrain from using "one", however I don't know any better.  Here is another persons ideas on the use of "one".  Probably not he best source in the world but here it is:

One (pronoun)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
 

One is a pronoun in the English language. It is a gender-neutralindefinite pronoun, meaning roughly "a person". For purposes of verb agreement it is a third-person singular pronoun, although it is sometimes used with first- or second-person reference. It is more or less equivalent to the French pronoun on, the German man, and the Spanish uno. It has the possessive form one's and the reflexive form oneself.

The pronoun one has quite formal connotations (particularly in American English[1]), and is often avoided in favor of more colloquial alternatives such as generic you.

The word one as a numeral can also be put to use as a pronoun, as in one was clean and the other was dirty, and can form pronominal phrases in combination with another determiner, such as the onethis onemy one, etc. (see prop-word). This article, however, concerns the use of one as an indefinite pronoun as described in the preceding paragraphs.

 

 

Etymology[edit]

One may have come into use as an imitation of French on.[2] French on derives from Latin homo, nominative singular for human, through Old French hom[me]. It is distinct from the French word for the numeral one, un(e).

Forms and usage[edit]

One may be used as the subject of a verb, but (unlike French on and German man) it can also be used in other grammatical positions. It occurs most commonly in general statements, which are true of any person, not of any specified person. It may nonetheless sometimes be used with the intention that it be construed as referring to the speaker (as in the case of the "royal one" described below), or as referring to the listener. (The latter type of usage is not so frequent with the English one as with the French on, for example.)

Examples of its use:

  • As grammatical subject:
    • One cannot help but grow older.
    • If one were to fail, that would be unfortunate.
  • As verbal object:
    • Drunkenness makes one unreliable.
  • As the complement of a preposition:
    • A reputation travels with one.
  • As an indirect object:
    • That dead-end job at least gives one a chance to develop as a person.

Notice that unlike some personal pronouns (I/mehe/him, etc.) the form of one is unchanged depending on whether it is used as a subject or object. It has a possessive form, namely one's, as in:

  • One's experiences shape one's expectations.

Unlike the possessive forms of the personal pronouns (itshers, etc.), one's is written with the apostrophe. There is no second form analogous to hersyoursmine, etc. for use without a following noun, and in fact one's is not normally used in that position (such sentences as one's is brokenI sat on one'sI broke one's, etc. are not standard English).

There is also a reflexive form of one, namely oneself, for example:

  • To quit smoking is like giving oneself a raise.

This must refer back to one, not to any other subject (a sentence such as one exhausts oneself is correct, but a person exhausts oneself is not).

Royal one[edit]

Monarchs, and today particularly Queen Elizabeth II, are often depicted as using one as a first-person pronoun. This is frequently done as a form of caricature.[3] For example, the headline "One is not amused"[4] is attributed humorously to the Queen, and also makes reference to Queen Victoria's supposed statement "We are not amused", which in turn contains the royal we.

Alternatives[edit]

For repeated one[edit]

In formal English, once the indefinite pronoun one is used, the same pronoun (or its supplementary forms one'soneself) must continue to be used consistently – it is not considered correct to replace it with another pronoun such as he or she. For example:

  • One can glean from this whatever one may.
  • If one were to look at oneselfone's impression would be...

However, some speakers find this usage overly formal and stilted, and do replace repeated occurrences of one with a personal pronoun, most commonly the generic he:

  • One can glean from this whatever he may.
  • If one were to look at himselfhis impression would be...

Another reason for inserting a third-person pronoun in this way may sometimes be to underline that one is not intended to be understood as referring particularly to the listener or to the speaker. A problem with the generic he, however, is that it may not be viewed asgender-neutral; this may sometimes be avoided by using singular they instead, although this is in itself viewed as ungrammatical by many purists (particularly when the question arises of whether its reflexive form should be themselves or themself).

Examples are also found, particularly in the spoken language, where a speaker switches mid-sentence from the use of one to the generic you (its informal equivalent, as described in the following section). This type of inconsistency is strongly criticized by language purists.[5]

For one in general[edit]

A common and less formal alternative to the indefinite pronoun one is generic you, used to mean not the listener specifically, but people in general.

  • One needs to provide food for oneself and one's family. (formal)
  • You need to provide food for yourself and your family. (informal if used with the meaning of the above sentence)

Other techniques that can be used to avoid the use of one, in contexts where it seems over-formal, include use of the passive voice, pluralizing the sentence (so as to talk about "people", for example), use of other indefinite pronouns such as someone or phrases like "a person" or "a man", and other forms of circumlocution.

Occasionally, the pronoun one as considered here may be avoided so as to avoid ambiguity with other uses of the word one. For example, in the sentence If one enters two names, one will be rejected, the second one may refer either to the person entering the names, or to one of the names.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Jump up^ "The Uses of One"Guide to Grammar and Writing. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  2. Jump up^ "One", entry in The Oxford English Dictionary, second edition, edited by John Simpson and Edmund Weiner, Clarendon Press, 1989, twenty volumes, hardcover, ISBN 0-19-861186-2.
  3. Jump up^ Emilia Di Martino, Monica Pavani, "Common and Uncommon Readers: Communication among Translators and Translation Critics at Different Moments of the Text’s Life". In Authorial and Editorial Voices in Translation 1: Collaborative Relationships between Authors, Translators, and Performers, Hanne Jansen and Anna Wegener (eds.), Montréal: Éditions québécoises de l’œuvre, collection Vita Traductiva, 2013.
  4. Jump up^ "One is not amused", metro.co.uk, 25 October 2014.
  5. Jump up^ Katie Wales, Personal Pronouns in Present-Day English, CUP 1996, p. 81.
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​I guess since my literary prowess is not excellent as some others, possibly I should refrain from using "one", however I don't know any better.

Another reason for inserting a third-person pronoun in this way may sometimes be to underline that one is not intended to be understood as referring particularly to the listener or to the speaker. 

 

​Your literary prowess is no better or worse than the rest of us. It's only a pet peeve on my part, I'll have to deal with it:)

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I heard a preacher on the radio early this morning which reminded me of another pet peeve. The preacher kept adding an "s", making plural what should be singular when referring to a Psalm or the Book of Revelation.

He would say, "Let us look at Psalms 19", "Then in the Book of Revelations".

Not a major thing, yet a pet peeve.

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I heard a preacher on the radio early this morning which reminded me of another pet peeve. The preacher kept adding an "s", making plural what should be singular when referring to a Psalm or the Book of Revelation.

He would say, "Let us look at Psalms 19", "Then in the Book of Revelations".

Not a major thing, yet a pet peeve.

​John, I can't say I have noticed the one about "Psalms", but I have noticed it about "Revelations". This seems to be a very common mistake and I think it is due to the mispronunciation being so ingrained in our churches. People have heard it pronounced that way for so long that they don't even think about it.

 

I can't say it is a pet peeve of mine, but it is very noticeable and incorrect.

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​John, I can't say I have noticed the one about "Psalms", but I have noticed it about "Revelations". This seems to be a very common mistake and I think it is due to the mispronunciation being so ingrained in our churches. People have heard it pronounced that way for so long that they don't even think about it.

 

I can't say it is a pet peeve of mine, but it is very noticeable and incorrect.

​I agree, it seems to be one of those things that's spread by so much common misuse. Few actually read the name of the book and think about it, they just know "Revelations" is the last book.

"Revelations" is the one I hear most often. References to "Psalms" when referring to one particular Psalm isn't, in my experience, as common, but it was brought to mind this morning from that preacher on the radio who kept saying that.

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A pet peeve to go along with Jim's is:

Reading a comment by a professing Christian taking on an anti-Christian online and their postings are so filled with wrongful use of words (your when it should be you're; for example) that their credibility is instantly lost and no matter the substance of their (not there!) position their poor vocabulary becomes the point of attack against "uneducated, backward Christians".

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4-way Stops (right of way) The car to the right always has the right of way.

I arrive at the same time as the person on my right. The other motorist is supposed to move through the intersection first. I look over after a few seconds and the person is motioning me to proceed through. Why don't people just obey the law?

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Pet peeve:  Men who give you the limp dead fish for a handshake and won't look you in the eye when they are doing it.  Grab my hand like a man...don't try to squeeze it off, but at least make it a FIRM handshake!

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4-way Stops (right of way) The car to the right always has the right of way.

I arrive at the same time as the person on my right. The other motorist is supposed to move through the intersection first. I look over after a few seconds and the person is motioning me to proceed through. Why don't people just obey the law?

​In one small city close to here if two or more people show up at a 4-way they tend to all sit and look at each other. Knowing this, if I'm one of them I look towards the one with the right of way and if he doesn't proceed, I go and let the rest figure out how to get on.

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Pet peeve:  Men who give you the limp dead fish for a handshake and won't look you in the eye when they are doing it.  Grab my hand like a man...don't try to squeeze it off, but at least make it a FIRM handshake!

​Agreed! It also makes it difficult when shaking hands because when you grasp the weakly offered hand it feels as if you are gripping them harder than you actually are and often they look at you as if there is something wrong with you.

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Pet peeve:  Truckers who get into the left lane of a two lane highway to pass another trucker that is going 1/2 mile per hour slower than them up the hill.  He is going 35 1/2 miles per hour instead of 35 in the 65 mph zone.  5 minutes later he finally passes and moves back over to the right and releases the mile long line that was stuck behind him.  

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​In one small city close to here if two or more people show up at a 4-way they tend to all sit and look at each other. Knowing this, if I'm one of them I look towards the one with the right of way and if he doesn't proceed, I go and let the rest figure out how to get on.

​He who hesitates is last.

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Pet peeve:  Truckers who get into the left lane of a two lane highway to pass another trucker that is going 1/2 mile per hour slower than them up the hill.  He is going 35 1/2 miles per hour instead of 35 in the 65 mph zone.  5 minutes later he finally passes and moves back over to the right and releases the mile long line that was stuck behind him.  

​As an ex OTR trucker I think my two biggest pet peeves while driving would be the four wheelers who don't know how to merge into traffic on an interstate.  Then there are the four wheelers who don't seem to understand what a slow down lane on an off ramp is for and start slowing to 40 or 45 while still on the interstate traffic lane.  Both are traffic hazards and lucky if they reach old age.

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That raises another pet peeve: Those who don't seem to know what turn lanes are for or how to properly use them.

It seems many folks will decide they are going to turn, some may even turn their signal light on but not all, and they begin slowing down in the drive lane and remain in the drive lane until right before they get to their turn when they hastily move into the turn lane...sometimes cutting off those who have rightly pulled into the turn lane when they should have.

There are also those who will pull out from a business or side road into the turn lane and then proceed to drive down the turn lane until they finally manage to merge into the driving lane.

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