Therefore, I now say: I will not drive out these people before you. They will be thorns in your sides, and their gods will be a trap for you.”
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so the slacker is to the one who sends him on an errand.
The one who understands a matter finds success,
and the one who trusts in the Lord will be happy.
A foolish son is his father’s ruin,
and a wife’s nagging is an endless dripping.
1 Corinthians 13:5
does not act improperly,
is not selfish, is not provoked,
and does not keep a record of wrongs.
And who was He provoked with for 40 years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?
“There was a judge in a certain town who didn’t fear God or respect man. And a widow in that town kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ “For a while he was unwilling, but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or respect man,read more.
yet because this widow keeps pestering me, I will give her justice, so she doesn’t wear me out by her persistent coming.’”
Because she nagged him day after day and pleaded with him until she wore him out,
May I never enter their council;
may I never join their assembly.
For in their anger they kill men,
and on a whim they hamstring oxen.