Saturday, March 18, 2017

Wisdom Principles—God is a Refuge for Those Who Love Him

The word of Yahweh came to Abram in a vision: Do not be afraid, Abram! I am your shield and shall give you a very great reward.

Yahweh, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge!'

David addressed the words of this song to Yahweh, when Yahweh had delivered him from the clutches of all his enemies and from the clutches of Saul.2 He said: Yahweh is my rock and my fortress, 3 my deliverer is my God. I take refuge in him, my rock, my shield, my saving strength, my stronghold, my place of refuge. My Savior, you have saved me from violence

How blessed are all who take refuge in him!

But you, Yahweh, the shield at my side, my glory, you hold my head high.

But joy for all who take refuge in you, endless songs of gladness! You shelter them, they rejoice in you, those who love your name.

It is you who bless the upright, Yahweh, you surround them with favour as with a shield.

Yahweh my God, I take refuge in you, save me from all my pursuers and rescue me

May Yahweh be a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble!

In Yahweh I have found refuge.

Yahweh's promises are promises unalloyed, natural silver which comes from the earth seven times refined. 7 You, Yahweh, will watch over them, you will protect them from that brood for ever.

You may mock the plans of the poor, but Yahweh is their refuge.

Protect me, O God, in you is my refuge.

My birthright, my cup is Yahweh; you, you alone, hold my lot secure.

I keep Yahweh before me always, for with him at my right hand, nothing can shake me.

Guard me as the pupil of an eye, shelter me in the shadow of your wings 9 from the presence of the wicked who would maltreat me; deadly enemies are closing in on me.

I love you, Yahweh, my strength (my Savior, you have saved me from violence). 2 Yahweh is my rock and my fortress, my deliverer is my God. I take refuge in him, my rock, my shield, my saving strength, my stronghold, my place of refuge.

Some call on chariots, some on horses, but we on the name of Yahweh our God.

Even were I to walk in a ravine as dark as death I should fear no danger, for you are at my side. Your staff and your crook are there to soothe me.5 You prepare a table for me under the eyes of my enemies

Preserve my soul and rescue me; do not let me be disgraced, for in you I seek refuge.

Yahweh is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear? Yahweh is the fortress of my life, whom should I dread?

For he hides me away under his roof on the day of evil, he folds me in the recesses of his tent, sets me high on a rock.

Yahweh is my strength and my shield, in him my heart trusts. I have been helped; my body has recovered its vigor, with all my heart I thank him. 8 Yahweh is the strength of his people, a safe refuge for his anointed.

In you, Yahweh, I have taken refuge, let me never be put to shame, in your saving justice deliver me, rescue me, 2 turn your ear to me, make haste. Be for me a rock-fastness, a fortified citadel to save me. 3 You are my rock, my rampart; true to your name, lead me and guide me!

Yahweh, what quantities of good things you have in store for those who fear you, and bestow on those who make you their refuge, for all humanity to see. 20 Safe in your presence you hide them, far from human plotting, shielding them in your tent, far from contentious tongues.

You are a refuge for me, you guard me in trouble, with songs of deliverance you surround me.

Countless troubles are in store for the wicked, but one who trusts in Yahweh is enfolded in his faithful love.

A large army will not keep a king safe, nor his strength save a warrior's life;17 it is delusion to rely on a horse for safety, for all its power it cannot save. 18 But see how Yahweh watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his faithful love, 19 to rescue them from death and keep them alive in famine.

20 We are waiting for Yahweh; he is our help and our shield,21 for in him our heart rejoices, in his holy name we trust.22 Yahweh, let your faithful love rest on us, as our hope has rested in you.

Fix your gaze on Yahweh and your face will grow bright, you will never hang your head in shame.
6 A pauper calls out and Yahweh hears, saves him from all his troubles.
7 The angel of Yahweh encamps around those who fear him, and rescues them.
8 Taste and see that Yahweh is good. How blessed are those who take refuge in him.
9 Fear Yahweh, you his holy ones; those who fear him lack for nothing.
10 Young lions may go needy and hungry, but those who seek Yahweh lack nothing good.

The eyes of Yahweh are on the upright, his ear turned to their cry.
17 They cry in anguish and Yahweh hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.
18 Yahweh is near to the broken-hearted, he helps those whose spirit is crushed.
19 Though hardships without number beset the upright, Yahweh brings rescue from them all.
20 Yahweh takes care of all their bones, not one of them will be broken.
21 But to the wicked evil brings death, those who hate the upright will pay the penalty.
22 Yahweh ransoms the lives of those who serve him, and there will be no penalty for those who take refuge in him.

I shall delight in Yahweh, rejoice that he has saved me.10 My very bones will all exclaim, Yahweh, who can compare with you in rescuing the poor from the oppressor; the needy from the exploiter?

How precious, God, is your faithful love. So the children of Adam take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

In you is the source of life, by your light we see the light. 10 Maintain your faithful love to those who acknowledge you, and your saving justice to the honest of heart.

Put your trust in Yahweh and do right, make your home in the land and live secure.4 Make Yahweh your joy and he will give you your heart's desires.5 Commit your destiny to Yahweh, be confident in him, and he will act,6 making your uprightness clear as daylight, and the justice of your cause as the noon.

The lives of the just are in Yahweh's care, their birthright will endure for ever;19 they will not be put to shame when bad times come, in time of famine they will have plenty.

Put your hope in Yahweh, keep to his path, he will raise you up to make the land your own; you will look on while the wicked are annihilated.

The upright have Yahweh for their Savior, their refuge in times of trouble; 40 Yahweh helps them and rescues them, he will rescue them from the wicked, and save them because they take refuge in him.

God is both refuge and strength for us, a help always ready in trouble;2 so we shall not be afraid though the earth be in turmoil, though mountains tumble into the depths of the sea, 3 and its waters roar and seethe, and the mountains totter as it heaves. (Yahweh Sabaoth is with us, our citadel, the God of Jacob.)

Take pity on me, God, take pity on me, for in you I take refuge, in the shadow of your wings I take refuge, until the destruction is past. 2 I call to God the Most High, to God who has done everything for me; 3 may he send from heaven and save me, and check those who harry me; may God send his faithful love and his constancy.

My strength, I keep my eyes fixed on you. For my stronghold is God,10 the God who loves me faithfully is coming to meet me

And so I will sing of your strength, in the morning acclaim your faithful love; you have been a stronghold for me, a refuge when I was in trouble. 17 My strength, I will make music for you, for my stronghold is God, the God who loves me faithfully.

For you are my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. 4 Let me stay in your tent for ever, taking refuge in the shelter of your wings!

In God alone there is rest for my soul, from him comes my safety;2 he alone is my rock, my safety, my stronghold so that I stand unshaken.

Rest in God alone, my soul! He is the source of my hope. 6 He alone is my rock, my safety, my stronghold, so that I stand unwavering. 7 In God is my safety and my glory, the rock of my strength. In God is my refuge; 8 trust in him, you people, at all times. Pour out your hearts to him, God is a refuge for us.

God, you are my God, I pine for you; my heart thirsts for you, my body longs for you, as a land parched, dreary and waterless.
7 for you have always been my help; in the shadow of your wings I rejoice

The upright will rejoice in Yahweh, will take refuge in him, and all the honest will praise him

In you, Yahweh, I take refuge, I shall never be put to shame. 2 In your saving justice rescue me, deliver me, listen to me and save me. 3 Be a sheltering rock for me, always accessible; you have determined to save me, for you are my rock, my fortress.
5 For you are my hope, Lord, my trust, Yahweh, since boyhood. 6 On you I have relied since my birth, since my mother's womb you have been my portion, the constant theme of my praise. 7 Many were bewildered at me, but you are my sure refuge.
9 Do not reject me in my old age, nor desert me when my strength is failing

I was stupid and uncomprehending, a clumsy animal in your presence.23 Even so, I stayed in your presence, you grasped me by the right hand; 24 you will guide me with advice, and will draw me in the wake of your glory. 25 Who else is there for me in heaven? And, with you, I lack nothing on earth. 26 My heart and my flesh are pining away: my heart's rock, my portion, God for ever! 27 Truly, those who abandon you will perish; you destroy those who adulterously desert you, 28 whereas my happiness is to be near God. I have made the Lord Yahweh my refuge, to tell of all your works.

For Yahweh God is a rampart and shield, he gives grace and glory; Yahweh refuses nothing good to those whose life is blameless.
You who live in the secret place of Elyon, spend your nights in the shelter of Shaddai, 2 saying to Yahweh, 'My refuge, my fortress, my God in whom I trust!'
3 He rescues you from the snare of the fowler set on destruction; 4 he covers you with his pinions, you find shelter under his wings. His constancy is shield and protection.
5 You need not fear the terrors of night, the arrow that flies in the daytime,6 the plague that stalks in the darkness, the scourge that wreaks havoc at high noon.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, you yourself will remain unscathed.
8 You have only to keep your eyes open to see how the wicked are repaid, 9 you who say, 'Yahweh my refuge!' and make Elyon your fortress.
10 No disaster can overtake you, no plague come near your tent;11 he has given his angels orders about you to guard you wherever you go.
12 They will carry you in their arms in case you trip over a stone.
13 You will walk upon wild beast and adder, you will trample young lions and snakes.
14 'Since he clings to me I rescue him, I raise him high, since he acknowledges my name.
15 He calls to me and I answer him: in distress I am at his side, I rescue him and bring him honor.
16 I shall satisfy him with long life, and grant him to see my salvation.'

Yahweh is a stronghold to me, my God is my rock of refuge.

They cried out to Yahweh in their distress, he rescued them from their plight, 7 he set them on the road, straight to an inhabited city.

13They cried out to Yahweh in their distress, he rescued them from their plight, 14 he brought them out from gloom and shadow dark as death, and shattered their chains.
19 they cried out to Yahweh in their distress; he rescued them from their plight, 20 he sent out his word and cured them, and rescued their life from the abyss.
28They cried out to Yahweh in their distress, he rescued them from their plight,29 he reduced the storm to a calm, and all the waters subsided,

House of Israel, rely on Yahweh; he is their help and their shield

It is better to take refuge in Yahweh than to rely on human beings;9 better to take refuge in Yahweh than to rely on princes.

You are my refuge and shield, I put my hope in your word.

My help comes from Yahweh who made heaven and earth.

Yahweh is your guardian, your shade, Yahweh, at your right hand.
6 By day the sun will not strike you, nor the moon by night.
7 Yahweh guards you from all harm Yahweh guards your life,
8 Yahweh guards your comings and goings, henceforth and for ever.

Our help is in the name of Yahweh, who made heaven and earth.

Yahweh my Lord, my saving strength, you shield my head when battle comes.

To Yahweh I cry out with my plea. To Yahweh I cry out with entreaty.2 I pour out my worry in his presence, in his presence I unfold my troubles. 3 However faint my spirit; you are watching over my path.
5 I cry out to you, Yahweh, I affirm, 'You are my refuge, my share in the land of the living!' 6 Listen to my calling, for I am miserably weak. Rescue me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.7 Lead me out of prison that I may praise your name. The upright gather round me because of your generosity to me.

Blessed be Yahweh, my rock, who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle,2 my faithful love, my bastion, my citadel, my Savior; I shelter behind him, my shield

Upright in all that he does, Yahweh acts only in faithful love.18 He is close to all who call upon him, all who call on him from the heart.

Wisdom has built herself a house, she has hewn her seven pillars,
2 she has slaughtered her beasts, drawn her wine, she has laid her table.
3 She has dispatched her maidservants and proclaimed from the heights above the city,
4 'Who is simple? Let him come this way.' To the fool she says,
5 'Come and eat my bread, drink the wine which I have drawn!

The name of Yahweh is a strong tower; the upright runs to it and is secure.

Every word of God is unalloyed, a shield to those who take refuge in him.

Like cinnamon and acanthus, I have yielded a perfume, like choice myrrh, have breathed out a scent, like galbanum, onycha, labdanum, like the smoke of incense in the tent.
16 I have spread my branches like a terebinth, and my branches are glorious and graceful.
17 I am like a vine putting out graceful shoots, my blossoms bear the fruit of glory and wealth.
19 Approach me, you who desire me, and take your fill of my fruits,
20 for memories of me are sweeter than honey, inheriting me is sweeter than the honeycomb.
21 They who eat me will hunger for more, they who drink me will thirst for more.
22 No one who obeys me will ever have to blush, no one who acts as I dictate will ever sin.'

Look, he is the God of my salvation: I shall have faith and not be afraid, for Yahweh is my strength and my song, he has been my salvation.'

Yahweh, you are my God, I shall praise you to the heights, I shall praise your name; for you have accomplished marvels, plans long-conceived, faithfully, firmly.
4 For you have been a refuge for the weak, a refuge for the needy in distress, a shelter from the storm, shade from the heat; for the breath of the pitiless is like a winter storm.

Trust in Yahweh for ever, for Yahweh is a rock for ever.

And now, thus says Yahweh, he who created you, Jacob, who formed you, Israel: Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are mine. 2 Should you pass through the waters, I shall be with you; or through rivers, they will not swallow you up. Should you walk through fire, you will not suffer, and the flame will not burn you. 3 For I am Yahweh, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I have given Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you.4 Since I regard you as precious, since you are honored and I love you, I therefore give people in exchange for you, and nations in return for your life. 5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you.

Which of you fears Yahweh and listens to his servant's voice?Which of you walks in darkness and sees no light? Let him trust in the name of Yahweh and lean on his God!

Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty; though you have no money, come! Buy and eat; come, buy wine and milk without money, free! 2 Why spend money on what cannot nourish and your wages on what fails to satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and you will have good things to eat and rich food to enjoy. 3 Pay attention, come to me; listen, and you will live. I shall make an everlasting covenant with you in fulfilment of the favors promised to David.

Yahweh, my strength, my stronghold, my refuge in time of distress! To you the nations will come from the remotest parts of the earth and say, 'Our fathers inherited nothing but Delusion, Futility of no use whatever.

My refuge in time of disaster

'Yahweh is all I have,' I say to myself, 'and so I shall put my hope in him.' 25 Yahweh is good to those who trust him, to all who search for him.26 It is good to wait in silence for Yahweh to save.

Come, let us return to Yahweh. He has rent us and he will heal us; he has struck us and he will bind up our wounds; 2 after two days he will revive us, on the third day he will raise us up and we shall live in his presence.3 Let us know, let us strive to know Yahweh; that he will come is as certain as the dawn. He will come to us like a shower, like the rain of springtime to the earth.

The Lord roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth shake. But the Lord is a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.

Yahweh is better than a fortress in time of distress; he recognizes those who trust in him

Come back to the fortress, you prisoners waiting in hope. This very day, I vow, I shall make it up to you twice over.

'Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.'

Jesus answered them: I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever hunger; no one who believes in me will ever thirst.

Jesus stood and cried out: 'Let anyone who is thirsty come to me!38 Let anyone who believes in me come and drink! As scripture says, "From his heart shall flow streams of living water." '39 He was speaking of the Spirit which those who believed in him were to receive