'Delight' in the Bible
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
It shall come about that as the Lord delighted over you to prosper you, and multiply you, so the Lord will delight over you to make you perish and destroy you; and you will be torn from the land where you are entering to possess it.
Samuel said,“Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrificesAs in obeying the voice of the Lord?Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,And to heed than the fat of rams.
But if He should say thus, ‘I have no delight in you,’ behold, here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him.”
But Joab said to the king, “Now may the Lord your God add to the people a hundred times as many as they are, while the eyes of my lord the king still see; but why does my lord the king delight in this thing?”
Moreover, in my delight in the house of my God, the treasure I have of gold and silver, I give to the house of my God, over and above all that I have already provided for the holy temple,
O Lord, I beseech You, may Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to revere Your name, and make Your servant successful today and grant him compassion before this man.”Now I was the cupbearer to the king.
“For then you will delight in the AlmightyAnd lift up your face to God.
“Will he take delight in the Almighty?Will he call on God at all times?
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,And in His law he meditates day and night.
As for the saints who are in the earth,They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.
Delight yourself in the Lord;And He will give you the desires of your heart.
But the humble will inherit the landAnd will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
I delight to do Your will, O my God;Your Law is within my heart.”
Let those be ashamed and humiliated togetherWho seek my life to destroy it;Let those be turned back and dishonoredWho delight in my hurt.
For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;You are not pleased with burnt offering.
Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices,In burnt offering and whole burnt offering;Then young bulls will be offered on Your altar.
They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position;They delight in falsehood;They bless with their mouth,But inwardly they curse. Selah.
Rebuke the beasts in the reeds,The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples,Trampling under foot the pieces of silver;He has scattered the peoples who delight in war.
Let those be ashamed and humiliatedWho seek my life;Let those be turned back and dishonoredWho delight in my hurt.
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,Your consolations delight my soul.
He also loved cursing, so it came to him;And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.
Great are the works of the Lord;They are studied by all who delight in them.
I shall delight in Your statutes;I shall not forget Your word.
Your testimonies also are my delight;They are my counselors.
Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,For I delight in it.
I shall delight in Your commandments,Which I love.
Their heart is covered with fat,But I delight in Your law.
May Your compassion come to me that I may live,For Your law is my delight.
If Your law had not been my delight,Then I would have perished in my affliction.
Trouble and anguish have come upon me,Yet Your commandments are my delight.
I long for Your salvation, O Lord,And Your law is my delight.
He does not delight in the strength of the horse;He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.
“How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded?And scoffers delight themselves in scoffingAnd fools hate knowledge?
Who delight in doing evilAnd rejoice in the perversity of evil;
“Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning;Let us delight ourselves with caresses.
Then I was beside Him, as a master workman;And I was daily His delight,Rejoicing always before Him,
Rejoicing in the world, His earth,And having my delight in the sons of men.
A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,But a just weight is His delight.
The perverse in heart are an abomination to the Lord,But the blameless in their walk are His delight.
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,But those who deal faithfully are His delight.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
Righteous lips are the delight of kings,And he who speaks right is loved.
A fool does not delight in understanding,But only in revealing his own mind.
Give me your heart, my son,And let your eyes delight in my ways.
But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight,And a good blessing will come upon them.
Correct your son, and he will give you comfort;He will also delight your soul.
She looks for wool and flaxAnd works with her hands in delight.
When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow!
For there is a proper time and procedure for every delight, though a man’s trouble is heavy upon him.
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no delight in them”;
“Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest,So is my beloved among the young men.In his shade I took great delight and sat down,And his fruit was sweet to my taste.
And He will delight in the fear of the Lord,And He will not judge by what His eyes see,Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
Because the palace has been abandoned, the populated city forsaken.Hill and watch-tower have become caves forever,A delight for wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks;
“Why do you spend money for what is not bread,And your wages for what does not satisfy?Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,And delight yourself in abundance.
“Yet they seek Me day by day and delight to know My ways,As a nation that has done righteousnessAnd has not forsaken the ordinance of their God.They ask Me for just decisions,They delight in the nearness of God.
“If because of the sabbath, you turn your footFrom doing your own pleasure on My holy day,And call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable,And honor it, desisting from your own ways,From seeking your own pleasureAnd speaking your own word,
Then you will take delight in the Lord,And I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father,For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,”Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”;But you will be called, “My delight is in her,”And your land, “Married”;For the Lord delights in you,And to Him your land will be married.
I will destine you for the sword,And all of you will bow down to the slaughter.Because I called, but you did not answer;I spoke, but you did not hear.And you did evil in My sightAnd chose that in which I did not delight.”
So I will choose their punishmentsAnd will bring on them what they dread.Because I called, but no one answered;I spoke, but they did not listen.And they did evil in My sightAnd chose that in which I did not delight.”
To whom shall I speak and give warningThat they may hear?Behold, their ears are closedAnd they cannot listen.Behold, the word of the Lord has become a reproach to them;They have no delight in it.
but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.
Your words were found and I ate them,And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;For I have been called by Your name,O Lord God of hosts.
‘Speak to the house of Israel, “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I am about to profane My sanctuary, the pride of your power, the desire of your eyes and the delight of your soul; and your sons and your daughters whom you have left behind will fall by the sword.
‘As for you, son of man, will it not be on the day when I take from them their stronghold, the joy of their pride, the desire of their eyes and their heart’s delight, their sons and their daughters,
For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice,And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
As for My sacrificial gifts,They sacrifice the flesh and eat it,But the Lord has taken no delight in them.Now He will remember their iniquity,And punish them for their sins;They will return to Egypt.
“I hate, I reject your festivals,Nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies.
Make yourself bald and cut off your hair,Because of the children of your delight;Extend your baldness like the eagle,For they will go from you into exile.
Does the Lord take delight in thousands of rams,In ten thousand rivers of oil?Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts,The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
“Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts.