Only don’t rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land, for we will devour them. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us. Don’t be afraid of them!”
and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and everyone who lives in the land is panicking because of you.
They told Joshua, “The Lord has handed over the entire land to us. Everyone who lives in the land is also panicking because of us.”
“You answered me, ‘We have sinned against the Lord. We will go up and fight just as the Lord our God commanded us.’ Then each of you put on his weapons of war and thought it would be easy to go up into the hill country.
You are to say: This is what the Lord God says:Will it flourish?
Will he not tear out its roots
and strip off its fruit
so that it shrivels?
All its fresh leaves will wither!
Great strength and many people
will not be needed to pull it from its roots.
“Belteshazzar, head of the diviners, because I know that you have a spirit of the holy gods and that no mystery puzzles you, explain to me the visions of my dream that I saw, and its interpretation.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it.
For which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?
Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’?
Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”