And not by his coming only, but by the consolation with which he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.
And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spoke these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voices, and wept.
[To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith. A Psalm of David.] O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, neither chasten me in your hot displeasure.
For his anger endures but for a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: my eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my body.
[To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.] Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of your tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
Let the righteous strike me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be against their evil.
Reprove not a scoffer, lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; You have chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: restore me, and I shall return; for you are the LORD my God.
And Peter remembered the words of Jesus, who said unto him, Before the cock crows, you shall deny me three times. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
And being in agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cling unto the Lord.
That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
As also you have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as you also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.
And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.
For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether you be obedient in all things.
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be regretted: but the sorrow of the world works death.
But thanks be to God, who put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, rejoicing and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
But now when Timothy came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and love, and that you have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth for three years and six months.
I rejoiced greatly that I found some of your children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was necessary for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.