He picked out for us a special land to be a source of pride for Jacob, whom he loves. (Selah)
"I have shown love to you," says the Lord, but you say, "How have you shown love to us?" "Esau was Jacob's brother," the Lord explains, "yet I chose Jacob and rejected Esau. I turned Esau's mountains into a deserted wasteland and gave his territory to the wild jackals."
just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
1 Kings 10:9
May the Lord your God be praised because he favored you by placing you on the throne of Israel! Because of the Lord's eternal love for Israel, he made you king so you could make just and right decisions."
When Israel was a young man, I loved him like a son, and I summoned my son out of Egypt.
In regard to the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but in regard to election they are dearly loved for the sake of the fathers.
Surely he loves the people; all your holy ones are in your power. And they sit at your feet, each receiving your words.
Moreover, because he loved your ancestors, he chose their descendants who followed them and personally brought you out of Egypt with his great power
However, only to your ancestors did he show his loving favor, and he chose you, their descendants, from all peoples -- as is apparent today.
It is not because you were more numerous than all the other peoples that the Lord favored and chose you -- for in fact you were the least numerous of all peoples.
Rather it is because of his love for you and his faithfulness to the promise he solemnly vowed to your ancestors that the Lord brought you out with great power, redeeming you from the place of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Of Benjamin he said: The beloved of the Lord will live safely by him; he protects him all the time, and the Lord places him on his chest.
2 Samuel 12:25
and sent word through Nathan the prophet that he should be named Jedidiah for the Lord's sake.
The Lord said to me, "Go, show love to your wife again, even though she loves another man and continually commits adultery. Likewise, the Lord loves the Israelites although they turn to other gods and love to offer raisin cakes to idols."
The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.
He chose the tribe of Judah, and Mount Zion, which he loves.