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.
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.
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. … This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears. No one is near to comfort me, no one to restore my spirit. … I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever. … I will not leave you as orphans; I will
Get rid of that slave woman and her son. … Abraham sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered. … Isaac sent Jacob on his way. … Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. … Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy. … For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor.
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. … So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. … No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves. It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.
He was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. He remembered that they were but flesh. … A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples. … Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them.