'Destruction' in the Bible
“Whoever sacrifices to any gods, except the Lord alone, is to be set apart for destruction.
No person who has been set apart for destruction is to be ransomed; he must be put to death.
Then Balaam saw Amalek and proclaimed his poem:Amalek was first among the nations,but his future is destruction.
Ships will come from the coast of Kittim;they will afflict Asshur and Eber,but they too will come to destruction.
You must not bring any abhorrent thing into your house, or you will be set apart for destruction like it. You are to utterly detest and abhor it, because it is set apart for destruction.
Nothing set apart for destruction is to remain in your hand, so that the Lord will turn from His burning anger and grant you mercy, show you compassion, and multiply you as He swore to your fathers.
When someone hears the words of this oath, he may consider himself exempt, thinking, ‘I will have peace even though I follow my own stubborn heart.’ This will lead to the destruction of the well-watered land as well as the dry land.
But the city and everything in it are set apart to the Lord for destruction. Only Rahab the prostitute and everyone with her in the house will live, because she hid the men we sent.
But keep yourselves from the things set apart, or you will be set apart for destruction. If you take any of those things, you will set apart the camp of Israel for destruction and bring disaster on it.
The Israelites, however, were unfaithful regarding the things set apart for destruction. Achan son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of what was set apart, and the Lord’s anger burned against the Israelites.
“Oh, Lord God,” Joshua said, “why did You ever bring these people across the Jordan to hand us over to the Amorites for our destruction? If only we had been content to remain on the other side of the Jordan!
This is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies. They will turn their backs and run from their enemies, because they have been set apart for destruction. I will no longer be with you unless you remove from you what is set apart.
Wasn’t Achan son of Zerah unfaithful regarding what was set apart for destruction, bringing wrath on the entire community of Israel? He was not the only one who perished because of his sin.’”
The troops took sheep and cattle from the plunder—the best of what was set apart for destruction—to sacrifice to the Lord your God at Gilgal.”
For the waves of death engulfed me;the torrents of destruction terrified me.
Then the angel extended his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, but the Lord relented concerning the destruction and said to the angel who was destroying the people, “Enough, withdraw your hand now!” The angel of the Lord was then at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
The prophet said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because you released from your hand the man I had set apart for destruction, it will be your life in place of his life and your people in place of his people.’”
The king also defiled the high places that were across from Jerusalem, to the south of the Mount of Destruction, which King Solomon of Israel had built for Ashtoreth, the detestable idol of the Sidonians; for Chemosh, the detestable idol of Moab; and for Milcom, the abomination of the Ammonites.
Carmi’s son: Achar, who brought trouble on Israel when he was unfaithful by taking the things set apart for destruction.
These who were recorded by name came in the days of King Hezekiah of Judah, attacked the Hamites’ tents and the Meunites who were found there, and set them apart for destruction, as they are today. Then they settled in their place because there was pasture for their flocks.
three years of famine, or three months of devastation by your foes with the sword of your enemy overtaking you, or three days of the sword of the Lord—a plague on the land, the angel of the Lord bringing destruction to the whole territory of Israel.’ Now decide what answer I should take back to the One who sent me.”
Then God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it, but when the angel was about to destroy the city, the Lord looked, relented concerning the destruction, and said to the angel who was destroying the people, “Enough, withdraw your hand now!” The angel of the Lord was then standing at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
So he did what was evil in the Lord’s sight like the house of Ahab, for they were his advisers after the death of his father, to his destruction.
But when he became strong, he grew arrogant and it led to his own destruction. He acted unfaithfully against the Lord his God by going into the Lord’s sanctuary to burn incense on the incense altar.
If the king approves, let an order be drawn up authorizing their destruction, and I will pay 375 tons of silver to the accountants for deposit in the royal treasury.”
Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa ordering their destruction, so that Hathach might show it to Esther, explain it to her, and command her to approach the king, implore his favor, and plead with him personally for her people.
For my people and I have been sold out to destruction, death, and extermination. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept silent. Indeed, the trouble wouldn’t be worth burdening the king.”
For how could I bear to see the disaster that would come on my people? How could I bear to see the destruction of my relatives?”
You will be safe from slanderand not fear destruction when it comes.
You will laugh at destruction and hungerand not fear the animals of the earth.
How often is the lamp of the wicked put out?Does disaster come on them?Does He apportion destruction in His anger?
They tear up my path;they contribute to my destruction,without anyone to help them.
For there is nothing reliable in what they say;destruction is within them;their throat is an open grave;they flatter with their tongues.
The ropes of death were wrapped around me;the torrents of destruction terrified me.
Like a sharpened razor,your tongue devises destruction,working treachery.
destruction is inside it;oppression and deceit never leave its marketplace.
God, You will bring them downto the Pit of destruction;men of bloodshed and treacherywill not live out half their days.But I will trust in You.
Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,happy is the one who pays you backwhat you have done to us.
The wise store up knowledge,but the mouth of the fool hastens destruction.
A rich man’s wealth is his fortified city;the poverty of the poor is their destruction.
The way of the Lord is a stronghold for the honorable,but destruction awaits the malicious.
Pride comes before destruction,and an arrogant spirit before a fall.
for destruction from them will come suddenly;who knows what distress these two can bring?
Israel, even if your people were as numerousas the sand of the sea,only a remnant of them will return.Destruction has been decreed;justice overflows.
For throughout the landthe Lord God of Hostsis carrying out a destruction that was decreed.
In just a little while My wrath will be spent and My anger will turn to their destruction.”
Wail! For the day of the Lord is near.It will come like destruction from the Almighty.
My heart cries out over Moab,whose fugitives flee as far as Zoar,to Eglath-shelishiyah;they go up the slope of Luhith weeping;they raise a cry of destructionon the road to Horonaim.
Let my refugees stay with you;be a refuge for Moab from the aggressor.When the oppressor has gone,destruction has ended,and marauders have vanished from the land.
Therefore I said,“Look away from me! Let me weep bitterly!Do not try to comfort meabout the destruction of my dear people.”
So now, do not mock,or your shackles will become stronger.Indeed, I have heard from the Lord God of Hostsa decree of destruction for the whole land.
His breath is like an overflowing torrentthat rises to the neck.He comes to sift the nations in a sieve of destructionand to put a bridle on the jaws of the peoplesto lead them astray.
The Lord is angry with all the nations—furious with all their armies.He will set them apart for destruction,giving them over to slaughter.
When My sword has drunk its fill in the heavens,it will then come down on Edomand on the people I have set apart for destruction.
The desert owl and the screech owl will possess it,and the great owl and the raven will dwell there.The Lord will stretch out a measuring lineand a plumb line over herfor her destruction and chaos.
Indeed, it was for my own welfarethat I had such great bitterness;but Your love has delivered mefrom the Pit of destruction,for You have thrown all my sins behind Your back.
So I defiled the officers of the sanctuary,and set Jacob apart for destructionand Israel for abuse.
These two things have happened to you:devastation and destruction,famine and sword.Who will grieve for you?How can I comfort you?
Violence will never again be heard of in your land;devastation and destructionwill be gone from your borders.But you will name your walls salvationand your gates, praise.
Lift up a signal flag toward Zion.Run for cover! Don’t stand still!For I am bringing disaster from the north—a great destruction.
“Run for cover, Benjaminites,out of Jerusalem!Sound the ram’s horn in Tekoa;raise a smoke signal over Beth-haccherem,for disaster threatens from the north,even great destruction.
As a well gushes out its water,so she pours out her evil.Violence and destruction resound in her.Sickness and wounds keep coming to My attention.
Let my persecutors be put to shame,but don’t let me be put to shame.Let them be terrified, but don’t let me be terrified.Bring on them the day of disaster;shatter them with total destruction.
For whenever I speak, I cry out,I proclaim, “Violence and destruction!”because the word of the Lord has become for meconstant disgrace and derision.
For I will be with you—this is the Lord’s declaration—to save you!I will bring destruction on all the nationswhere I have scattered you;however, I will not bring destruction on you.I will discipline you justly,and I will by no means leave you unpunished.
And you, My servant Jacob, do not be afraid—this is the Lord’s declaration—for I will be with you.I will bring destruction on all the nationswhere I have banished you,but I will not bring destruction on you.I will discipline you with justice,and I will by no means leave you unpunished.
For on the Ascent to Luhiththey will be weeping continually,and on the descent to Horonaimwill be heard cries of distress over the destruction:
The sound of war is in the land—a great destruction.
The sound of a cry from Babylon!The sound of great destructionfrom the land of the Chaldeans!
כ KafMy eyes are worn out from weeping;I am churning within.My heart is poured out in griefbecause of the destruction of my dear people,because children and infants faintin the streets of the city.
We have experienced panic and pitfall,devastation and destruction.
My eyes flow with streams of tearsbecause of the destruction of my dear people.
י YodThe hands of compassionate womenhave cooked their own children;they became their foodduring the destruction of my dear people.
When I shoot deadly arrows of famine at them, arrows for destruction that I will send to destroy you, inhabitants of Jerusalem, I will intensify the famine against you and cut off your supply of bread.
But I spared them from destruction and did not bring them to an end in the wilderness.
I will pour out My indignation on you;I will blow the fire of My fury on you.I will hand you over to brutal men,skilled at destruction.
I will trouble the hearts of many peoples,when I bring about your destructionamong the nations,in countries you do not know.
His power will be great,but it will not be his own.He will cause terrible destructionand succeed in whatever he does.He will destroy the powerfulalong with the holy people.
He will make a firm covenantwith many for one week,but in the middle of the weekhe will put a stop to sacrifice and offering.And the abomination of desolationwill be on a wing of the templeuntil the decreed destructionis poured out on the desolator.”
The king of the North who comes against him will do whatever he wants, and no one can oppose him. He will establish himself in the beautiful land with total destruction in his hand.
Woe to them, for they fled from Me;destruction to them, for they rebelled against Me!Though I want to redeem them,they speak lies against Me.
They have installed kings,but not through Me.They have appointed leaders,but without My approval.They make their silver and goldinto idols for themselvesfor their own destruction.
the roar of battle will rise against your people,and all your fortifications will be demolishedin a day of war,like Shalman’s destruction of Beth-arbel.Mothers will be dashed to piecesalong with their children.
The people are incapable of doing right—this is the Lord’s declaration—those who store up violence and destructionin their citadels.
He brings destruction on the strong,and it falls on the stronghold.
Do not gloat over your brotherin the day of his calamity;do not rejoice over the people of Judahin the day of their destruction;do not boastfully mockin the day of distress.
Get up and leave,for this is not your place of rest,because defilement brings destruction—a grievous destruction!
Whatever you plot against the Lord,He will bring it to complete destruction;oppression will not rise up a second time.
For your violence against Lebanonwill overwhelm you;the destruction of animals will terrify youbecause of your human bloodshed and violenceagainst lands, cities, and all who live in them.
That day is a day of wrath,a day of trouble and distress,a day of destruction and desolation,a day of darkness and gloom,a day of clouds and blackness,
People will live there, and never again will there be a curse of complete destruction. So Jerusalem will dwell in security.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it.
Knowing their thoughts, He told them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is headed for destruction, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.
But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The river crashed against it, and immediately it collapsed. And the destruction of that house was great!”
Knowing their thoughts, He told them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is headed for destruction, and a house divided against itself falls.
While I was with them,I was protecting them by Your namethat You have given Me.I guarded them and not one of them is lost,except the son of destruction,so that the Scripture may be fulfilled.
And what if God, desiring to display His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience objects of wrath ready for destruction?
turn that one over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the Day of the Lord.
not being frightened in any way by your opponents. This is a sign of destruction for them, but of your deliverance—and this is from God.
Their end is destruction; their god is their stomach; their glory is in their shame. They are focused on earthly things,
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