When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
And you will know that I am the LORD, for you have not followed my decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you. … We have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws.
Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. The bows of the warriors are broken but those who stumbled are armed with strength. Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she
The LORD is … great in power. … What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.
Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. … He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. … He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. … He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.
The cruel bring ruin on themselves. … Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. … May the LORD show you kindness, as you have shown kindness.
Encourage the young men to be self-controlled … The glory of young men is their strength … (but) even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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. … Your troops will be willing on your day
The LORD is with me; he is my helper.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.