Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labor and chasing after wind.
He has walled up my way so that I can't pass, and has set darkness in my paths.
He frustrates the devices of the crafty, So that their hands can't perform their enterprise.
1 Thessalonians 2:18
because we wanted to come to you -- indeed, I, Paul, once and again -- but Satan hindered us.
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.
What is my strength, that I should wait? What is my end, that I should be patient?
so am I made to possess months of misery, wearisome nights are appointed to me.
My days are past, my plans are broken off, as are the thoughts of my heart.
Let us not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season, if we don't give up.
who frustrates the signs of the liars, and makes diviners mad; who turns wise men backward, and makes their knowledge foolish;
I don't make void the grace of God. For if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died for nothing!"
1 Samuel 18:8
Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him; and he said, "They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands. What can he have more but the kingdom?"
and didn't allow me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Now have you done foolishly.
The wicked will see it, and be grieved. He shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away. The desire of the wicked will perish.