Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
He will treat the poor fairly, and make right decisions for the downtrodden of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and order the wicked to be executed.
How will they respond to the messengers of this nation? Indeed, the Lord has made Zion secure; the oppressed among his people will find safety in her.
The downtrodden will again rejoice in the Lord; the poor among humankind will take delight in the Holy One of Israel.
Lord, be merciful to us! We wait for you. Give us strength each morning! Deliver us when distress comes.
My hand made them; that is how they came to be," says the Lord. I show special favor to the humble and contrite, who respect what I have to say.
So he saves from the sword that comes from their mouth, even the poor from the hand of the powerful.
"Because of the violence done to the oppressed, because of the painful cries of the needy, I will spring into action," says the Lord. "I will provide the safety they so desperately desire."
With all my strength I will say, "O Lord, who can compare to you? You rescue the oppressed from those who try to overpower them; the oppressed and needy from those who try to rob them."
He will defend the oppressed among the people; he will deliver the children of the poor and crush the oppressor.
Yet he protected the needy from oppression, and cared for his families like a flock of sheep.
I hold fast to your rules. O Lord, do not let me be ashamed!
I will leave in your midst a humble and meek group of people, and they will find safety in the Lord's presence.
Listen, my dear brothers and sisters! Did not God choose the poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him?
Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over its convocations a cloud and smoke by day and a bright flame of fire by night; indeed a canopy will accompany the Lord's glorious presence.
Each of them will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from a rainstorm; like streams of water in a dry region and like the shade of a large cliff in a parched land.
My people will live in peaceful settlements, in secure homes, and in safe, quiet places.
"This is what Hezekiah says: 'This is a day of distress, insults, and humiliation, as when a baby is ready to leave the birth canal, but the mother lacks the strength to push it through.
Tell the ones who coat it with whitewash that it will fall. When there is a deluge of rain, hailstones will fall and a violent wind will break out.
The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock.