7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;
9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. "And by him we cry, "Father."
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: "The old has gone, the new is here!
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, "Jacob! Jacob!" "Here I am," he replied.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. [^1]
David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise — in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
May the favor "of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us — yes, establish the work of our hands.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people."
At once they left their nets and followed him.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." [^1]
So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?" [^2]
"I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, 'Here am I, here am I.'
11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.
12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.
13 If we are "out of our mind," as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.
14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: "The old has gone, the new is here!
18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin "for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear their threats "; do not be frightened." [^3]
The LORD is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?
"Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."
"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled." Then the angel left her.
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, "I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
The angel of God said to me in the dream, 'Jacob.' I answered, 'Here I am.'
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,
Then the people answered, "Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods!
It was the LORD our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled.
I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong —
that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.
Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord," he answered.
but Eli called him and said, "Samuel, my son." Samuel answered, "Here I am."
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am."