It's better to have one handful of tranquility than to have two handfuls of trouble and to chase after the wind.
He blocked my path, so I cannot pass; and he turned out the lights on my pathways.
He frustrates the plans of the crafty; so that what they work for never succeeds.
1 Thessalonians 2:18
That is why we wanted to come to you. Certainly I, Paul, wanted to come time and again, but Satan blocked our way.
I observed every activity done on earth. My conclusion: all of it is pointless like chasing after the wind.
"Do I have the strength to wait? And why should I be patient?
Truly I've been allotted months of emptiness; nights of trouble have been appointed for me.
My days are passed; my plans have been shattered; along with my heart's desires.
Let's not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
who frustrates the omens of idle talkers, and drives diviners mad, who turns back the wise, and makes their knowledge foolish;
I do not misapply God's grace, for if righteousness comes about by doing what the Law requires, then the Messiah died for nothing.
1 Samuel 18:8
Saul was very angry and he did not like what the women sang. He told himself, "They have attributed tens of thousands to David, but to me they have attributed thousands. What else can he have but the kingdom?"
As it is, you didn't even allow me to kiss my grandchildren and daughters goodbye! You've acted foolishly.
The wicked person sees this and flies into a rage; his teeth gnash and wear away. The desire of the wicked will amount to nothing.