You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
they intended [natah] evil [ra`] against thee:
they imagined [chashab] a mischievous device, [mazimmah] which they are not able [yakol] to perform. KJV-Interlinear
they intended evil against Thee, And devised a plot, They will not succeed. NASB
Intended, 'natah,' means to stretch out as in laying out traps or snares.
Mischievous device, 'mazimmah,' refers to an evil plan, false sagacity, false wisdom, intent, on purpose.
People who are indifferent toward God or truth, or reject outright, God or truth, do so intentionally.
The greater numbers of people who reject God do so with arrogant self-righteousness, even though they do not see themselves as arrogant or self-righteous. They presume their own ideas are better than Gods plan and process.
They reject the idea of a daily study under instruction. They presume that they already know what is needed to be known, or can figure things out for themselves.
They reject the idea of confession. They presume that they need only be good as they see good, and God will accept them as they are. They miss-use the phrase, 'Just as I am.' Thus implying that they have no obligation to obey Gods mandates, or change their own sin nature habits. Where this phrase means simply that you can not earn or deserve anything spiritual. God makes all of the provisions of the spiritual life, available and equally to everyone, just as we are.
They in turn presume that there is nothing wrong with them, or at the very least, they are able to correct their own flaws, themselves.
And while salvation is by faith and not of works, many people still look to some effort from themselves in order to earn or be worthy of salvation, as well as a spiritual life after that. They may also believe that they can lose their salvation by committing some infraction and therefore must do something in order to retain or earn back their salvation.
Throughout the ages, innumerable religions, faiths, belief systems, religions, cults, philosophies, and opinions have been invented. For anything and everything that is not founded in truth is invented, and all of those invented views are unattainable.
No religion, no philosophy, etc, can attain its intended goal. The false cannot transform itself into a truth.
There is only one way to attain the intended completion of oneself and that is by means of Gods plan and process.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.