We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair. … We were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within.
Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. … Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. … My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. … The Lord your God will give you rest.
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Most of this verse compilation, originally in the King James’ Version, is from: Anne Graham Lotz. Daily Light for Life’s Moments. In: Daily Light for Every Day. J. Countryman. Nashville, TN. 1998.