Scripture quotations are from the following versions with corresponding abbreviations:
AMP = THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, EXPANDED EDITION. Old Testament copyright © 1965, 1987 by the Zondervan Corporation. The Amplified New Testament copyright © 1958, 1987 by the Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. Words in brackets [ ] and parentheses ( ) are those of The Amplified Bible translators, not the author.
EB = THE EVERYDAY BIBLE, NEW CENTURY VERSION, copyright © 1987, 1988 by Word Publishing, Dallas, Texas 75039. Used by permission.
Jer = THE JERUSALEM BIBLE NEW TESTAMENT, Readers Edition, Doubleday & Company, 1966, 1967, 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd and Doubleday & Company.
NASB= NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1971, 1973 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA. Used by permission.
NIV = Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.
NLT = Holy Bible, NEW LIVING TRANSLATION, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
Php = PHILLIPS Version: The New Testament in Modern English, translated by J.B. Phillips. The Macmillan Company, copyright © 1947, 1962.
RSV = The Holy Bible, REVISED STANDARD VERSION, copyright © 1962 by The World Publishing Company.
TEV = TODAY’S ENGLISH VERSION (Good News for Modern Man), copyright © 1966 by the American Bible Society.
YLT = YOUNG’S LITERAL TRANSLATION of the Holy Bible by Robert Young, 1887. Photolithoprinted by Cushing – Malloy, Ann Arbor, MI., 1977. Published by Baker Book House.