7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.
8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
11 For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, "Abba! Father!"
Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night, and said, "Jacob, Jacob." And he said, "Here am I."
I can do all things in him who strengthens me.
His speech was smoother than butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.
For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he has not.
Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day.
for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.
I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
and he judges the world with righteousness, he judges the peoples with equity.
The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."
and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials,
1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.
2 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
3 Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
Then David said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and of good courage, and do it. Fear not, be not dismayed; for the LORD God, even my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.
Thou art a hiding place for me, thou preservest me from trouble; thou dost encompass me with deliverance. [Selah]
my enemies trample upon me all day long, for many fight against me proudly.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in thee.
Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.
For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Let thy work be manifest to thy servants, and thy glorious power to their children. [ (Psalms 90:18) Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish thou the work of our hands upon us, yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. ]
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men."
And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to want.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never fail you nor forsake you."
Hence we can confidently say, "The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid; what can man do to me?"
I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, "Here am I, here am I," to a nation that did not call on my name.
11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men; but what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.
12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to be proud of us, so that you may be able to answer those who pride themselves on a man's position and not on his heart.
13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.
14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died.
15 And he died for all, that those who live might live no longer for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once regarded Christ from a human point of view, we regard him thus no longer.
17 Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.
18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is right?
But even if you do suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,
A Psalm of David.
"Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing
And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
It is the LORD who goes before you; he will be with you, he will not fail you or forsake you; do not fear or be dismayed."
Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.
he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but abundantly requites him who acts haughtily. [ (Psalms 31:25) Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD! ]
Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, `Jacob,' and I said, `Here I am!'
fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be in dread of them: for it is the LORD your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you."
May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,
Then the people answered, "Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;
for it is the LORD our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, and who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed;
For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you,
that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine.
Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you;
let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! [ (Psalms 27:15) Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the LORD! ]
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here am I."
A Song of Ascents.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come?
Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Anani'as. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Anani'as." And he said, "Here I am, Lord."
But Eli called Samuel and said, "Samuel, my son." And he said, "Here I am."
What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us?
When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here am I."