Better is a handful with quietness than both hands full with painful effort, a vain striving after the wind and a feeding on it.
He has walled up my way so that I cannot pass, and He has set darkness upon my paths.
He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise or anything of [lasting] worth.
1 Thessalonians 2:18
Because it was our will to come to you. [I mean that] I, Paul, again and again [wanted to come], but Satan hindered and impeded us.
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity, a striving after the wind and a feeding on wind.
What strength have I left, that I should wait and hope? And what is ahead of me, that I should be patient?
So am I allotted months of futile [suffering], and [long] nights of misery are appointed to me.
My days are past, my purposes and plans are frustrated; even the thoughts (desires and possessions) of my heart [are broken off].
And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.
[I am the Lord] Who frustrates the signs and confounds the omens [upon which the false prophets' forecasts of the future are based] of the [boasting] liars and makes fools of diviners, Who turns the wise backward and makes their knowledge foolishness,
[Therefore, I do not treat God's gracious gift as something of minor importance and defeat its very purpose]; I do not set aside and invalidate and frustrate and nullify the grace (unmerited favor) of God. For if justification (righteousness, acquittal from guilt) comes through [observing the ritual of] the Law, then Christ (the Messiah) died groundlessly and to no purpose and in vain. [His death was then wholly superfluous.]
1 Samuel 18:8
And Saul was very angry, for the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed only thousands. What more can he have but the kingdom?
And why did you not permit me to kiss my sons [grandchildren] and my daughters good-bye? Now you have done foolishly [in behaving like this].
The wicked man will see it and be grieved and angered, he will gnash his teeth and disappear [in despair]; the desire of the wicked shall perish and come to nothing.