1 Peter 3:17
For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.
1 Peter 2:20
For what credit is there if you sin and are punished, and you endure it? But when you do what is good and suffer, if you endure it, this brings favor with God.
Wake up, wake up!
Put on the strength of the Lord’s power.
Wake up as in days past,
as in generations of long ago.
Wasn’t it You who hacked Rahab to pieces,
who pierced the sea monster?
1 Kings 13:18
He said to him, “I am also a prophet like you. An angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord: ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’” The old prophet deceived him,
He says to himself, “God has forgotten;
He hides His face and will never see.”
But now you are trying to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do this!
So the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness, and he was called God’s friend.
For we have heard how the Lord dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings you completely destroyed across the Jordan.
Then Simeon blessed them and told His mother Mary: “Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed—
“Our father is Abraham!” they replied.“If you were Abraham’s children,” Jesus told them, “you would do what Abraham did.
In all his scheming,
the wicked arrogantly thinks:
“There is no accountability,
since God does not exist.”
He says to himself, “I will never be moved—
from generation to generation without calamity.”
Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will strengthen their hearts.
You will listen carefully,
His ways are always secure;
Your lofty judgments are beyond his sight;
he scoffs at all his adversaries.
In arrogance the wicked relentlessly pursue the afflicted;
let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
doing justice for the fatherless and the oppressed
so that men of the earth may terrify them no more.
For the wicked one boasts about his own cravings;
the one who is greedy curses and despises the Lord.
Why has the wicked person despised God?
He says to himself, “You will not demand an account.”
The Lord is King forever and ever;
the nations will perish from His land.
He waits in ambush near the villages;
he kills the innocent in secret places.
His eyes are on the lookout for the helpless;
Lord, why do You stand so far away?
Why do You hide in times of trouble?
And He said to Adam, “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘Do not eat from it’:The ground is cursed because of you.
You will eat from it by means of painful labor
all the days of your life.
But You Yourself have seen trouble and grief,
observing it in order to take the matter into Your hands.
The helpless entrusts himself to You;
You are a helper of the fatherless.
Cursing, deceit, and violence fill his mouth;
trouble and malice are under his tongue.
1 Kings 11:4
When Solomon was old, his wives seduced him to follow other gods. He was not completely devoted to Yahweh his God, as his father David had been.
1 Kings 11:1
King Solomon loved many foreign women in addition to Pharaoh’s daughter: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women
I will repay you for the years
that the swarming locust ate,
the young locust, the destroying locust,
and the devouring locust—
My great army that I sent against you.
1 Kings 11:40
Therefore, Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam, but he fled to Egypt, to Shishak king of Egypt, where he remained until Solomon’s death.
A ruler can be persuaded through patience,
and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
Remove sorrow from your heart,
and put away pain from your flesh,
because youth and the prime of life are fleeting.
1 Kings 11:9
The Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from Yahweh, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.
1 Kings 11:30
Then Ahijah took hold of the new cloak he had on, tore it into 12 pieces,
1 Kings 11:6
Solomon did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, and unlike his father David, he did not completely follow Yahweh.
he lurks in secret like a lion in a thicket.
He lurks in order to seize the afflicted;
he seizes the afflicted and drags him in his net.
1 Kings 11:2
from the nations that the Lord had told the Israelites about, “Do not intermarry with them, and they must not intermarry with you, because they will turn you away from Me to their gods.” Solomon was deeply attached to these women and loved them.
1 Kings 11:35
I will take 10 tribes of the kingdom from his son’s hand and give them to you.
1 Kings 11:3
He had 700 wives who were princesses and 300 concubines, and they turned his heart away from the Lord.