Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD.
They will come with weeping, and going before them I will be their guide: guiding them by streams of water in a straight way where there is no falling: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is the first of my sons.
But I said, How am I to put you among the children, and give you a desired land, a heritage of glory among the armies of the nations? and I said, You are to say to me, My father; and not be turned away from me.
As a father has pity on his children, so the Lord has pity on his worshippers.
For to those who are dear to him the Lord says sharp words, and makes the son in whom he has delight undergo pain.
For this, my son, who was dead, is living again; he had gone away from me, and has come back. And they were full of joy.
So my heart is sounding for Moab like the sound of pipes, and my heart is sounding like pipes for the men of Kir-heres: for the wealth he has got for himself has come to an end.
For this cause the cords of my heart are sounding for Moab, and I am full of sorrow for Kir-heres.
Let your eyes be looking down from heaven, from your holy and beautiful house: where is your deep feeling, the working of your power? do not keep back the moving of your pity and your mercies:
Let the sinner give up his way, and the evil-doer his purpose: and let him come back to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him; and to our God, for there is full forgiveness with him.
I have seen his ways, and I will make him well: I will give him rest, comforting him and his people who are sad.
I will put right their errors; freely will my love be given to them, for my wrath is turned away from him.
Who is a God like you, offering forgiveness for evil-doing and overlooking the sins of the rest of his heritage? he does not keep his wrath for ever, because his delight is in mercy.
My feelings are strongly moved, and give me no rest; days of trouble have overtaken me.
Then they sent up their cry to the Lord in their sorrow, and he gave them salvation out of all their troubles.
If you will give ear to my word and do it, the good things of the land will be yours;
For though he sends grief, still he will have pity in the full measure of his love.
His help he has given to Israel, his servant, so that he might keep in mind his mercy to Abraham and his seed for ever,
1 Corinthians 11:31
But if we were true judges of ourselves, punishment would not come on us.