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If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.                If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don’t have love, I am nothing.                If I dole out all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don’t have love, it profits me nothing.                Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud,                doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; 13:6 doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;                bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.                Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with.               
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Are you in a bad mood? Do some small good deed! Still feeling bad? Do one more good deed! Repeat until the mood improves and you feel joy.

The author is anonymous


{31:16} Yahweh said to Moses, "Behold, you shall sleep with your fathers; and this people will rise up, and play the prostitute after the strange gods of the land, where they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.

{31:17} Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall come on them; so that they will say in that day, 'Haven't these evils come on us because our God is not among us?'

{31:18} I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evil which they shall have worked, in that they are turned to other gods.

Deuteronomy 31:16-18


{28:1} It shall happen, if you shall listen diligently to the voice of Yahweh your God, to observe to do all his commandments which I command you this day, that Yahweh your God will set you on high above all the nations of the earth: {28:2} and all these blessings shall come on you, and overtake you, if you shall listen to the voice of Yahweh your God. {28:3} You shall be blessed in the city, and you shall be blessed in the field. {28:4} You shall be blessed in the fruit of your body, the fruit of your ground, the fruit of your animals, the increase of your livestock, and the young of your flock. {28:5} Your basket and your kneading trough shall be blessed. {28:6} You shall be blessed when you come in, and you shall be blessed when you go out. {28:7} Yahweh will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be struck before you. They will come out against you one way, and will flee before you seven ways. {28:8} Yahweh will command the blessing on you in your barns, and in all that you put your hand to; and he will bless you in the land which Yahweh your God gives you. {28:9} Yahweh will establish you for a holy people to himself, as he has sworn to you; if you shall keep the commandments of Yahweh your God, and walk in his ways. {28:10} All the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of Yahweh; and they shall be afraid of you. {28:11} Yahweh will make you plenteous for good, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground, in the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers to give you. {28:12} Yahweh will open to you his good treasure in the sky, to give the rain of your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand: and you shall lend to many nations, and you shall not borrow. {28:13} Yahweh will make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath; if you shall listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God, which I command you this day, to observe and to do, {28:14} and shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. {28:15} But it shall come to pass, if you will not listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command you this day, that all these curses shall come on you, and overtake you. {28:16} You shall be cursed in the city, and you shall be cursed in the field. {28:17} Your basket and your kneading trough shall be cursed. {28:18} The fruit of your body, the fruit of your ground, the increase of your livestock, and the young of your flock shall be cursed. {28:19} You shall be cursed when you come in, and you shall be cursed when you go out. {28:20} Yahweh will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke, in all that you put your hand to do, until you are destroyed, and until you perish quickly; because of the evil of your doings, by which you have forsaken me. {28:21} Yahweh will make the pestilence cling to you, until he has consumed you from off the land, where you go in to possess it. {28:22} Yahweh will strike you with consumption, and with fever, and with inflammation, and with fiery heat, and with the sword, and with blight, and with mildew; and they shall pursue you until you perish. {28:23} Your sky that is over your head shall be brass, and the earth that is under you shall be iron. {28:24} Yahweh will make the rain of your land powder and dust: from the sky shall it come down on you, until you are destroyed. {28:25} Yahweh will cause you to be struck before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them, and shall flee seven ways before them: and you shall be tossed back and forth among all the kingdoms of the earth. {28:26} Your dead body shall be food to all birds of the sky, and to the animals of the earth; and there shall be none to frighten them away. {28:27} Yahweh will strike you with the boil of Egypt, and with the tumors, and with the scurvy, and with the itch, of which you can not be healed. {28:28} Yahweh will strike you with madness, and with blindness, and with astonishment of heart; {28:29} and you shall grope at noonday, as the blind gropes in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways: and you shall be only oppressed and robbed always, and there shall be none to save you. {28:30} You shall betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: you shall build a house, and you shall not dwell therein: you shall plant a vineyard, and shall not use its fruit. {28:31} Your ox shall be slain before your eyes, and you shall not eat of it: your donkey shall be violently taken away from before your face, and shall not be restored to you: your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have none to save you. {28:32} Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people; and your eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day: and there shall be nothing in the power of your hand. {28:33} The fruit of your ground, and all your labors, shall a nation which you don't know eat up; and you shall be only oppressed and crushed always; {28:34} so that you shall be mad for the sight of your eyes which you shall see. {28:35} Yahweh will strike you in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore boil, of which you can not be healed, from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head. {28:36} Yahweh will bring you, and your king whom you shall set over you, to a nation that you have not known, you nor your fathers; and there you shall serve other gods, wood and stone. {28:37} You shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all the peoples where Yahweh shall lead you away. {28:38} You shall carry much seed out into the field, and shall gather little in; for the locust shall consume it. {28:39} You shall plant vineyards and dress them, but you shall neither drink of the wine, nor harvest; for the worm shall eat them. {28:40} You shall have olive trees throughout all your borders, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olives shall drop off. {28:41} You shall father sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity. {28:42} All your trees and the fruit of your ground shall the locust possess. {28:43} The foreigner who is in the midst of you shall mount up above you higher and higher; and you shall come down lower and lower. {28:44} He shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him: he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail. {28:45} All these curses shall come on you, and shall pursue you, and overtake you, until you are destroyed; because you didn't listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded you: {28:46} and they shall be on you for a sign and for a wonder, and on your seed forever. {28:47} Because you didn't serve Yahweh your God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, by reason of the abundance of all things; {28:48} therefore you shall serve your enemies whom Yahweh shall send against you, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron on your neck, until he has destroyed you. {28:49} Yahweh will bring a nation against you from far, from the end of the earth, as the eagle flies; a nation whose language you shall not understand; {28:50} a nation of fierce facial expressions, that shall not respect the person of the old, nor show favor to the young, {28:51} and shall eat the fruit of your livestock, and the fruit of your ground, until you are destroyed; that also shall not leave you grain, new wine, or oil, the increase of your livestock, or the young of your flock, until they have caused you to perish. {28:52} They shall besiege you in all your gates, until your high and fortified walls come down, in which you trusted, throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you in all your gates throughout all your land, which Yahweh your God has given you. {28:53} You shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and of your daughters, whom Yahweh your God has given you, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemies shall distress you. {28:54} The man who is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children whom he has remaining; {28:55} so that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat, because he has nothing left him, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in all your gates. {28:56} The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not adventure to set the sole of her foot on the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, {28:57} and toward her young one who comes out from between her feet, and toward her children whom she shall bear; for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in your gates. {28:58} If you will not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and fearful name, YAHWEH YOUR GOD; {28:59} then Yahweh will make your plagues wonderful, and the plagues of your seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and severe sicknesses, and of long continuance. {28:60} He will bring on you again all the diseases of Egypt, which you were afraid of; and they shall cling to you. {28:61} Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, Yahweh will bring them on you, until you are destroyed. {28:62} You shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of the sky for multitude; because you didn't listen to the voice of Yahweh your God. {28:63} It shall happen that as Yahweh rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you, so Yahweh will rejoice over you to cause you to perish, and to destroy you; and you shall be plucked from off the land where you go in to possess it. {28:64} Yahweh will scatter you among all peoples, from the one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth; and there you shall serve other gods, which you have not known, you nor your fathers, even wood and stone. {28:65} Among these nations you shall find no ease, and there shall be no rest for the sole of your foot: but Yahweh will give you there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and pining of soul; {28:66} and your life shall hang in doubt before you; and you shall fear night and day, and shall have no assurance of your life. {28:67} In the morning you shall say, "I wish it were evening!" and at evening you shall say, "I wish it were morning!" for the fear of your heart which you shall fear, and for the sight of your eyes which you shall see. {28:68} Yahweh will bring you into Egypt again with ships, by the way of which I said to you, You shall see it no more again: and there you shall sell yourselves to your enemies for bondservants and for bondmaids, and no man shall buy you.

Deuteronomy 28


{3:16} To the woman he said, "I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth. In pain you will bear children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."

Genesis 3:16


{3:17} To Adam he said, "Because you have listened to your wife's voice, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground for your sake. In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.

{3:18} It will yield thorns and thistles to you; and you will eat the herb of the field.

{3:19} By the sweat of your face will you eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Genesis 3:17-19


{5:7} Be patient therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it, until it receives the early and late rain.
{5:8} You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
{5:9} Don't grumble, brothers, against one another, so that you won't be judged. Behold, the judge stands at the door.
{5:10} Take, brothers, for an example of suffering and of patience, the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
{5:11} Behold, we call them blessed who endured. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the Lord in the outcome, and how the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

The Letter from James 5:7-11


{4:1} Where do wars and fightings among you come from? Don't they come from your pleasures that war in your members?
{4:2} You lust, and don't have. You kill, covet, and can't obtain. You fight and make war. You don't have, because you don't ask.
{4:3} You ask, and don't receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it for your pleasures.
{4:4} You adulterers and adulteresses, don't you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

The Letter from James 4:1-4


{12:5} and you have forgotten the exhortation which reasons with you as with children, "My son, don't take lightly the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by him;
{12:6} For whom the Lord loves, he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives."
{12:7} It is for discipline that you endure. God deals with you as with children, for what son is there whom his father doesn't discipline?
{12:8} But if you are without discipline, of which all have been made partakers, then are you illegitimate, and not children.
{12:9} Furthermore, we had the fathers of our flesh to chasten us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live?
{12:10} For they indeed, for a few days, punished us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.
{12:11} All chastening seems for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been exercised thereby.

The Letter to the Hebrews 12:5-11


{10:34} For you both had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your possessions, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and an enduring one in the heavens.
{10:35} Therefore don't throw away your boldness, which has a great reward.

The Letter to the Hebrews 10:34-35


{6:7} For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can't carry anything out.
{6:8} But having food and clothing, we will be content with that.
{6:9} But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction.
{6:10} For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
{6:11} But you, man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
{6:12} Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.

Paul's First Letter to Timothy 6:7-12


{81:13} Oh that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!
{81:14} I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their adversaries...

The Psalms 81:13-14


{4:11} Even to this present hour we hunger, thirst, are naked, are beaten, and have no certain dwelling place.
{4:12} We toil, working with our own hands. When people curse us, we bless. Being persecuted, we endure.
{4:13} Being defamed, we entreat. We are made as the filth of the world, the dirt wiped off by all, even until now.

Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 4:11-13


{2:13}This again you do: you cover the altar of Yahweh with tears, with weeping, and with sighing, because he doesn't regard the offering any more, neither receives it with good will at your hand.
{2:14}Yet you say, 'Why?' Because Yahweh has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion, and the wife of your covenant.
{2:15}Did he not make you one, although he had the residue of the Spirit? Why one? He sought a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
{2:16}For I hate divorce," says Yahweh, the God of Israel, "and him who covers his garment with violence!" says Yahweh of Armies. "Therefore take heed to your spirit, that you don't deal treacherously.

Malachi 2:13-16


Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it.
How narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it.

Matthew 7:13-14


Didn't your father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness? then it was well with him.

He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Wasn't this to know me? says Yahweh.

Jeremiah, 22:15-16


Therefore a lion out of the forest shall kill them, a wolf of the evenings shall destroy them, a leopard shall watch against their cities; everyone who goes out there shall be torn in pieces; because their transgressions are many, and their backsliding is increased.

Jeremiah 5:6


But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to councils, and in their synagogues they will scourge you.
Yes, and you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the nations.
But when they deliver you up, don't be anxious how or what you will say, for it will be given you in that hour what you will say.
For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death.
You will be hated by all men for my name's sake, but he who endures to the end will be saved.

Matthew, 10:17-22


Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:3-12


Don't tell God how big your problem is; tell your problem how big your God is!

Author unknown


In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet; his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he didn't seek Yahweh, but to the physicians.

The Second Book of Chronicles 16:12


For a man's merits are not measured by many visions or consolations, or by knowledge of the Scriptures, or by his being in a higher position than others, but by the truth of his humility, by his capacity for divine charity, by his constancy in seeking purely and entirely the honor of God, by his disregard and positive contempt of self, and more, by preferring to be despised and humiliated rather than honored by others.

Thomas à Kempis "The Imitation Of Christ"


When you shall have come to the point where suffering is sweet and acceptable for the sake of Christ, then consider yourself fortunate, for you have found paradise on earth.

Thomas à Kempis "The Imitation Of Christ"


Be ready to suffer many adversities and many kinds of trouble in this miserable life, for troublesome and miserable life will always be, no matter where you are; and so you will find it wherever you may hide. Thus it must be; and there is no way to evade the trials and sorrows of life but to bear them.

Thomas à Kempis "The Imitation Of Christ"


Besides, the more the flesh is distressed by affliction, so much the more is the spirit strengthened by inward grace.

Thomas à Kempis "The Imitation Of Christ"


You deceive yourself, you are mistaken if you seek anything but to suffer, for this mortal life is full of miseries and marked with crosses on all sides.

Thomas à Kempis "The Imitation Of Christ"


If you carry the cross willingly, it will carry and lead you to the desired goal where indeed there shall be no more suffering, but here there shall be. If you carry it unwillingly, you create a burden for yourself and increase the load, though still you have to bear it. If you cast away one cross, you will find another and perhaps a heavier one.

Thomas à Kempis "The Imitation Of Christ"


Arrange and order everything to suit your will and judgment, and still you will find that some suffering must always be borne, willingly or unwillingly, and thus you will always find the cross.

Either you will experience bodily pain or you will undergo tribulation of spirit in your soul. At times you will be forsaken by God, at times troubled by those about you and, what is worse, you will often grow weary of yourself. You cannot escape, you cannot be relieved by any remedy or comfort but must bear with it as long as God wills. For He wishes you to learn to bear trial without consolation, to submit yourself wholly to Him that you may become more humble through suffering.

Thomas à Kempis "The Imitation Of Christ"


Behold, in the cross is everything, and upon your dying on the cross everything depends. There is no other way to life and to true inward peace than the way of the holy cross and daily mortification.

Thomas à Kempis "The Imitation Of Christ"


O death, how bitter is the remembrance of you to a man that is at peace in his possessions, To the man that has nothing to distract him, and has prosperity in all things, And that still has strength to receive meat!

O death, acceptable is your sentence to a man that is needy, and that fails in strength, That is in extreme old age, and is distracted about all things, And is perverse, and has lost patience!

The Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach 41:1-2


I am very angry with the nations that are at ease; for I was but a little displeased, but they added to the calamity.

Zechariah 1:15


Nothing is more acceptable to God, nothing more helpful for you on this earth than to suffer willingly for Christ.

Thomas à Kempis "The Imitation Of Christ"


For with God nothing that is suffered for His sake, no matter how small, can pass without reward.

Thomas à Kempis "The Imitation Of Christ"


Don't be afraid of the things which you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested; and you will have oppression for ten days. Be faithful to death, and I will give you the crown of life.

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. He who overcomes won't be harmed by the second death.

The Revelation to John 2:10-11


{2:19} For it is commendable if someone endures pain, suffering unjustly, because of conscience toward God.
{2:20} For what glory is it if, when you sin, you patiently endure beating? But if, when you do well, you patiently endure suffering, this is commendable with God.
{2:21} For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps,
{2:22} who did not sin, "neither was deceit found in his mouth."
{2:23} Who, when he was cursed, didn't curse back. When he suffered, didn't threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously;
{2:24} who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.

Peter's First Letter 2:19-24


"'What's it like,' Karla asked me once, 'cold turkey off heroin?' I tried to explain it. 'Think about every time in your life that you've ever been afraid, really afraid. Someone sneaks up behind you when you think you're alone, and shouts to frighten you. The gang of thugs closes in around you. You fall from a great height in a dream, or you stand on the very edge of a steep cliff. Someone holds you under water and you feel the breath gone, and you scramble, fight, and claw your way to the surface. You lose control of the car and see the wall rushing into your soundless shout. Then add them all up, all those chest-tightening terrors, and feel them all at once, all at the same time, hour after hour, and day after day. And think of every pain you've ever known—the burn with hot oil, the sharp sliver of glass, the broken bone, the gravel rash when you fell on the rough road in winter, the headache and the earache and the toothache. Then add them all up, all those groin-squeezing, stomach-tensing shrieks of pain, and feel them all at once, hour after hour, and day after day. Then think of every anguish you've ever known. Remember the death of a loved one. Remember a lover's rejection. Recall your feelings of failure and shame and unspeakably bitter remorse. And add them all up, all the heart-stabbing griefs and miseries, and feel them all at once, hour after hour, and day after day. That's cold turkey. Cold turkey off heroin is life with the skin torn away.'"

Gregory David Roberts


For though the fig tree doesn't flourish, nor fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive fails, the fields yield no food; the flocks are cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls:

yet I will rejoice in Yahweh. I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

Yahweh, the Lord, is my strength. He makes my feet like deer's feet, and enables me to go in high places.

Habakkuk 3:17-19


A man's foes will be those of his own household.

The Good News According to Matthew 10:36


Sin always causes suffering.

Father Alexander - a Catholic Priest


After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah joined himself with Ahaziah king of Israel. The same did very wickedly:

and he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish; and they made the ships in Ezion Geber.

Then Eliezer the son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, "Because you have joined yourself with Ahaziah, Yahweh has destroyed your works." The ships were broken, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

The Second Book of Chronicles 20:35-37


He that takes vengeance will find vengeance from the Lord; And he will surely make firm his sins.

Forgive your neighbor the hurt that he has done you; And then your sins will be pardoned when you pray.

Man cherishes anger against man; And does he seek healing from the Lord?

Upon a man like himself he has no mercy; And does he make supplication for his own sins?

He being himself flesh nourishes wrath: Who will make atonement for his sins?

Remember your last end, and cease from enmity: Remember corruption and death, and abide in the commandments.

Remember the commandments, and be not angry with your neighbor; And remember the covenant of the Highest, and wink at ignorance.

The Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach 28:1-7


One that casts a stone on high casts it on his own head; And a deceitful stroke will open wounds.

He that digs a pit will fall into it; And he that sets a snare will be taken therein.

He that does evil things, they will roll upon him, And he will not know whence they have come to him.

Mockery and reproach are from the arrogant; And vengeance, as a lion, will lie in wait for him.

They that rejoice at the fall of the godly will be taken in a snare; And anguish will consume them before they die.

The Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach 27:25-29


"There is no peace," says Yahweh, "for the wicked."

Isaiah 48:22


Those who sow in tears will reap in joy.

The Psalms 126


"Thus says Yahweh, the God of David your father, 'Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah, but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and have made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to play the prostitute, like the house of Ahab did, and also have slain your brothers of your father's house, who were better than yourself: behold, Yahweh will strike with a great plague your people, and your children, and your wives, and all your substance; and you shall have great sickness by disease of your bowels, until your bowels fall out by reason of the sickness, day by day.'"

The Second Book of Chronicles 21:12-15


Woe to us! for we have sinned.

Lamentations 5:16


Pray for us also to the Lord our God, for we have sinned against the Lord our God; and until this day the fury of the Lord and his wrath has not turned from us.

The Book of Baruch 1:13


Yahweh said to Joshua, "Get up! Why are you fallen on your face like that?

Israel has sinned. Yes, they have even transgressed my covenant which I commanded them. Yes, they have even taken of the devoted things, and have also stolen, and also deceived. They have even put it among their own stuff.

Therefore the children of Israel can't stand before their enemies. They turn their backs before their enemies, because they have become devoted for destruction. I will not be with you any more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you.

Joshua 7:10-12


For it is better, if it is God's will, that you suffer for doing well than for doing evil.

Peter's First Letter 3:17


{3:13} Now who is he who will harm you, if you become imitators of that which is good?
{3:14} But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. "Don't fear what they fear, neither be troubled."
{3:15} But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with humility and fear:
{3:16} having a good conscience; that, while you are spoken against as evildoers, they may be disappointed who curse your good way of life in Christ.

Peter's First Letter 3:13-16


For it is commendable if someone endures pain, suffering unjustly, because of conscience toward God.

For what glory is it if, when you sin, you patiently endure beating? But if, when you do well, you patiently endure suffering, this is commendable with God.

Peter's First Letter 2:19-20


Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the assembly, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will heal him who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

The Letter from James 5:14-15


Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praises.

The Letter from James 5:13


There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love.

John's First Letter 4:18


but I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.

Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 9:27


Others were tortured, not accepting their deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.
Others were tried by mocking and scourging, yes, moreover by bonds and imprisonment.
They were stoned. They were sawn apart. They were tempted. They were slain with the sword. They went around in sheep skins and in goat skins; being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated
(of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts, mountains, caves, and the holes of the earth.

The Letter to the Hebrews 11:35-38


By your endurance you will win your lives.

The Good News According to Luke 21:19


It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men, and the living should take this to heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the face the heart is made good.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

Ecclesiastes 7:2-4


Blessed is the man who fears Yahweh, who delights greatly in his commandments.

His seed will be mighty in the land. The generation of the upright will be blessed.

Wealth and riches are in his house. His righteousness endures forever.

The Psalms 112:1-3


The fear of Yahweh prolongs days, but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

Proverbs 10:27


My son, don't despise Yahweh's discipline, neither be weary of his reproof:
for whom Yahweh loves, he reproves; even as a father reproves the son in whom he delights.

Proverbs 3:11-12


Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, and don't lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Don't be wise in your own eyes. Fear Yahweh, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 3:5-7


Yahweh is slow to anger, and great in power, and will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. Yahweh has his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

Nahum 1:3


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