Words of Comfort
1 Don't worry about the wicked. Don't envy those who do wrong.
2 For like grass, they soon fade away. Like springtime flowers, they soon wither.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart's desires.
5 Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.
6 He will make your innocence as clear as the dawn, and the justice of your cause will
shine like the noonday sun.
7 Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don't worry
about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
8 Stop your anger! Turn from your rage! Do not envy others it only leads to harm.
9 For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the LORD will possess the land.
10 In a little while, the wicked will disappear. Though you look for them, they will be
11 Those who are gentle and lowly will possess the land; they will live in prosperous
12 The wicked plot against the godly; they snarl at them in defiance.
13 But the Lord just laughs, for he sees their day of judgment coming.
14 The wicked draw their swords and string their bows to kill the poor and the oppressed,
to slaughter those who do right.
15 But they will be stabbed through the heart with their own swords, and their bows will
16 It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and possess much.
17 For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but the LORD takes care of the godly.
18 Day by day the LORD takes care of the innocent, and they will receive a reward that
19 They will survive through hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough.
20 But the wicked will perish. The LORD's enemies are like flowers in a field
they will disappear like smoke.
21 The wicked borrow and never repay, but the godly are generous givers.
22 Those blessed by the LORD will inherit the land, but those cursed by him will die.
23 The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their
24 Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.
25 Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly forsaken,
nor seen their children begging for bread.
26 The godly always give generous loans to others, and their children are a blessing.
27 Turn from evil and do good, and you will live in the land forever.
28 For the LORD loves justice, and he will never abandon the godly. He will keep them safe
forever, but the children of the wicked will perish.
29 The godly will inherit the land and will live there forever.
30 The godly offer good counsel; they know what is right from wrong.
31 They fill their hearts with God's law, so they will never slip from his path.
32 Those who are evil spy on the godly, waiting for an excuse to kill them.
33 But the LORD will not let the wicked succeed or let the godly be condemned when they
are brought before the judge.
34 Don't be impatient for the LORD to act! Travel steadily along his path. He will honor
you, giving you the land. You will see the wicked destroyed.
35 I myself have seen it happen proud and evil people thriving like mighty trees.
36 But when I looked again, they were gone! Though I searched for them, I could not find
37 Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future lies before those who
38 But the wicked will be destroyed; they have no future.
39 The LORD saves the godly; he is their fortress in times of trouble.
40 The LORD helps them, rescuing them from the wicked. He saves them, and they find
shelter in him.
14 Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you, Lord, because you are my mighty rock
and my protector.
1 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
2 So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3 Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!
1 You have rejected us, O God, and broken our defenses. You have been angry with us; now
restore us to your favor.
2 You have shaken our land and split it open. Seal the cracks before it completely
3 You have been very hard on us, making us drink wine that sent us reeling.
4 But you have raised a banner for those who honor you a rallying point in the face
5 Use your strong right arm to save us, and rescue your beloved people.
3 For our God is in the heavens, and he does as he wishes.
6 The LORD does whatever pleases him throughout all heaven and earth,
and on the seas and in their depths.
9 I command yoube strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the
LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
6 Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.
7 Let the people turn from their wicked deeds. Let them banish from their minds the very
thought of doing wrong! Let them turn to the LORD that he may have mercy on them. Yes,
turn to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 "My thoughts are completely different from yours," says the LORD. "And my
ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
10 "The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the
earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the
11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will
accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
Matthew 6:19-21 (Jesus speaking)
19 "Don't store up treasures here on earth, where they can be eaten by moths and get
rusty, and where thieves break in and steal.
20 Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and
where they will be safe from thieves.
21 Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.
John 16:33 (Jesus speaking)
33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have
many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
3 All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every
mercy and the God who comforts us.
4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are
troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
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