We’re told nothing about the prophet Agur except the names of his father and a couple of his disciples. Everything else we read—in footnotes, commentaries and Bible dictionaries—is speculation. But we get a few more insights about him in the opening verses of Proverbs 30. God, I’m so weary and worn out, I feel more … Read more


What is a prophet, and what is he or she supposed to do? Shemaiah was a prophet who lived around 930 b.c. He is mentioned only twice in the Bible but at critical times—just before and during the division of Israel into two kingdoms. We’re told that Rehoboam, Solomon’s successor, had ignored the advice of … Read more

Clearing up a sticking point

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”2458″ img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]1 Kings 22 overflows with prophets—400 of Ahab’s prophets, Micaiah, and of course, Jeremiah, the author of the book. It also raises a few thorny questions about prophets and the prophetic gift. Things were relatively quiet in Israel and had been for several years, but there was still bad feeling between Ramoth-gilead and … Read more