The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
But they rebelled And grieved His Holy Spirit; Therefore He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them.
“ I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not carried out My commands.” And Samuel was distressed and cried out to the Lord all night.
When the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord relented from the calamity and said to the angel who destroyed the people, “It is enough! Now relax your hand!” And the angel of the Lord was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
So the Lord changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.
“ God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”
if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it.
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever!
“ Would that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would discern their future!
“ For the Lord will vindicate His people, And will have compassion on His servants, When He sees that their strength is gone, And there is none remaining, bond or free.
Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death; for Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.
And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it; but as he was about to destroy it, the Lord saw and was sorry over the calamity, and said to the destroying angel, “It is enough; now relax your hand.” And the angel of the Lord was standing by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness And grieved Him in the desert!
“Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!
“For forty years I loathed that generation, And said they are a people who err in their heart, And they do not know My ways.
And He remembered His covenant for their sake, And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness.
The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.”
I behold the treacherous and loathe them, Because they do not keep Your word.
“If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him to death? Did he not fear the Lord and entreat the favor of the Lord, and the Lord changed His mind about the misfortune which He had pronounced against them? But we are committing a great evil against ourselves.”
Say to them, ‘ As I live!’ declares the Lord God, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’
How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart is turned over within Me, All My compassions are kindled.
And rend your heart and not your garments.” Now return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil.
When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.
“For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.
When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it,
for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
“ Therefore I was angry with this generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they did not know My ways’;
And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?
In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath,