'Good' in the Bible
God called the dry ground "land," and he called the water that had come together "oceans." And God saw how good it was.
Vegetation sprouted all over the earth, including seed-bearing plants and fruit trees, each kind containing its own seed. And God saw that it was good.
to differentiate between day and night, and to distinguish light from darkness. And God saw how good it was.
So God created every kind of magnificent marine creature, every kind of living marine crawler with which the waters swarmed, and every kind of flying creature. And God saw how good it was.
God made each kind of the earth's animals, along with every kind of livestock and crawling thing. And God saw how good it was.
Now God saw all that he had made, and indeed, it was very good! The twilight and the dawn were the sixth day.
The LORD God caused every tree that is both beautiful and suitable for food to spring up out of the ground. The tree of life was also in the middle of the garden, along with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
but you are not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, because you will certainly die during the day that you eat from it."
Later, the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make the woman to be an authority corresponding to him."
"Even God knows that on the day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you'll become like God, knowing good and evil."
When the woman saw that the tree produced good food, was attractive in appearance, and was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate it. Then she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate some, too.
Later, the LORD God said, "Look! The man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, so he won't reach out, also take from the tree of life, eat, and then live forever "
Now as for you, you'll die peacefully, join your ancestors, and be buried at a good old age.
"Look! I'm about to die," Esau replied. "What good is this birthright to me?"
by which you'll agree not to do us any harm, just as we haven't harmed you, since we've done nothing but good for you after we sent you away in peace. As a result, you've been tremendously blessed by the LORD."
Then Leah said, "God has given me a good gift. This time my husband will exalt me, because I've borne him six sons." So she named him Zebulun.
That night, God appeared to Laban the Aramean in a dream and warned him, "Be careful what you say to Jacob, whether it's one word good or bad."
It's actually in my power to do some serious evil to you, but last night the God of your father told me, "Be careful what you say to Jacob whether good or evil.'
Now Joseph was well built and good looking. That's why, sometime later, Joseph's master's wife looked straight at Joseph and propositioned him: "Come on! Let's have a little sex!"
When the head chef heard that the interpretation was good, he told Joseph, "I was also in my dream. All of a sudden, there were three baskets with white bread stacked on top of my head.
But the thin ears gobbled up the seven good ears. I told all this to my advisors, but nobody was able to explain it to me."
They had not traveled far from the city when Joseph ordered his palace manager, "Get up, follow those men, and when you've caught up with them, ask them, "Why did you repay evil for good?
As far as you're concerned, you were planning evil against me, but God intended it for good, planning to bring about the present result so that many people would be preserved alive.
so I have come down to deliver them from their domination by the Egyptians and to bring them out of that land to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the territory of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
Jethro rejoiced over all the good that the LORD had done for Israel in delivering them from the hand of the Egyptians.
Moses' father-in-law told him, "What you are doing is not good.
When a person has sworn inadvertently by what he has said, whether for evil or good, whatever it was that the person spoke, when he comes to understand what he said, he will incur guilt by one of these things.
He is not to substitute it or exchange it the good with the bad or the bad with the good. If he ever makes an exchange of an animal for an animal, then it and what's being exchanged is holy.
then the priest will evaluate it as to whether it is good or bad. According to your that is, the priest's valuation, so it is to be.
"If a person consecrates his house to be holy to the LORD, then the priest is to set a value for it as to its worth, whether good or bad. As the priest sets value on it, so it will stand.
He is not to examine it to see if it's good or bad or even exchange it. If he does exchange it, what has been exchanged as well as its substitute is sacred. It is not to be redeemed."
Then Moses told Reuel's son Hobab, Moses' relative by marriage from Midian, "We are traveling to the place about which the LORD said "I will give it to you.' So come with us and we'll be good to you, because the LORD has spoken good things about Israel."
And when you come with us, the good things that the LORD will grant us, we'll give you as well."
Look to see whether the land where they live is good or bad, and whether the cities in which they live are merely tents or if they're fortified.
and attempted to reason with the entire congregation of Israel. They told them, "The land that we went through and explored is very, very good.
"Even if Balak gives me his palace full of silver and gold, I won't double-cross the command of the LORD and do anything whether good or evil on my own initiative, because I'm going to say whatever the LORD says.'
Now, the descendants of Reuben and descendants of Gad happened to be joint owners of a very large herd of cattle. When they observed that Jazer and Gilead were good grazing lands for cattle,
This is what the LORD is commanding the daughters of Zelophehad: If they decide it's a good idea in their opinion to get married only within the family of their father's tribe, then let them get married
You answered by saying that this plan is a good thing.
Because this suggestion seemed good to me, I chose twelve men from among you, one from each tribe.
They hand-picked some of the fruit of the land, brought it down to us, and gave a report that said, "The land which the LORD is about to give us is good.'"
"I swear that not one man of this evil generation will see the good land that I promised to give to your ancestors,
Let me cross over that I may see the good land on the other side of the Jordan River the good hill country as well as Lebanon.'
"But the LORD was angry with me because of you. So he swore that I'll never cross the Jordan River to enter the good land that the LORD your God is about to give you as an inheritance.
I'm going to die in this land and I won't cross the Jordan River, but you're about to cross over to possess that good land.
"The LORD heard what you said. He told me: "I've heard what this people said. Everything they said was good.
houses filled with every good thing that you didn't supply, wells that you didn't dig, and vineyards and olive groves that you didn't plant. When you eat and are satisfied,
Do what is good and right in the LORD's sight so it may go well with you. Then you'll enter and possess the good land that the LORD your God promised to your ancestors,
Then the LORD commanded us to observe all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God for our own good, so that he may keep us alive as we are today.
because the LORD your God is bringing you to a good land a land with rivers and deep springs flowing to the valleys and hills.
"When you have eaten and are satisfied, bless the LORD your God for the good land that he has given you.
Know that it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is giving to you this good land to inherit, for you are a stubborn people."
and observe his commands and statutes that I'm commanding you today for your own good.
The wrath of God will burn against you so that he will restrain the heavens and it won't rain. The ground won't yield its produce and you'll be swiftly destroyed from the good land that the LORD is about to give you.
Be sure to observe all these words that I'm commanding you, in order that life may go well for you and your children after you forever, for this is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God."
"Should that slave say to you, "I won't leave you,' because he loves you and your household, and it was good for him to be with you,
Then set it in the presence of the LORD your God and worship him. Rejoice with the descendants of Levi and the foreigner among you at all the good things that the LORD your God has given you and your family."
and the LORD your God will prosper you abundantly in all that you do, along with your children, your livestock, and the produce of your fields, because the LORD your God will again be delighted with you for good, just as he was delighted with your ancestors,
"Look! Today I have set before you life and what is good, along with death and what is evil.
Now we're under your control: do to us as it seems good and right in your opinion."
Not one of the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed all of them came about.
know for certain that the LORD your God will not continue to drive out these nations ahead of you. Instead, they will be a snare and a trap for you, a whip to your backs, and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land that the LORD your God has given you.
"Look here: today I'm going down the path that everyone on earth takes, and you know with all your hearts and souls that not a single word of all of the good things that the LORD your God spoke about you has failed to happen. Everything has been fulfilled about you not one of them has failed.
However, just as all of the good things have come about that the LORD your God promised, so also the LORD will bring upon you all of the threats until he has destroyed you from possessing this good land that he has given you.
When you break the covenant of the LORD your God that he commanded you to obey by going to serve other gods and worship them, then the anger of the LORD will blaze against you, and you will perish quickly from this good land that he gave you."
If you abandon the LORD and serve foreign deities, then he will turn and do you harm, consuming you after all the good he has done for you."
Then Zebah and Zalmunna responded, "Get up and attack us yourself, since a man's valor is only as good as the man himself." So Gideon got up, killed Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the crescent-shaped necklaces that adorned the necks of their camels.
And they showed no gracious love to the household of Jerubbaal also known as Gideon despite all the good that he had done for Israel.
But the fig tree asked them, "Should I leave my sweet, good fruit and go take dominion over trees?'
"Now then, if you have been acting in good faith and integrity by making a king out of Abimelech, if you have treated Jerubbaal and his household appropriately by acting toward him as he deserved
So if you've acted in good faith and integrity toward Jerubbaal and his household today, then you're welcome to Abimelech, and he's welcome to you"
Because they all got good and drunk, they ordered, "Go get Samson, so he can entertain us." So they called for Samson from the prison, and he entertained them while they made him stand between the pillars.
They replied, "Let's get going and attack them. We've scouted out the land and look! it's a very good one. Why should we sit still? We can't wait to go back, invade, and take over the land.
No, my sons, I'm not hearing good news being circulated by the LORD's people.
Distress will settle down to live in your household, and despite all the good that I do for Israel, there will never be an old man in your family forever, and you will never again have an old man in my house.
So Samuel told him everything he did not conceal anything from him. Eli said, "He is the LORD. May he do what seems good to him."
Saul told his young man, "That's a good suggestion! Come on, let's go!" Then they entered the town where the man of God was.
Now as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you. I'll also instruct you in the way that is good and right.
Saul said, "Let's go down after the Philistines tonight and plunder them until dawn, and let's not leave a single one of them alive." They said, "Do whatever seems good to you!" But the priest said, "Let's draw near to God here."
Then he told all Israel, "You will be on one side, and I and my son Jonathan will be on the other side." The people told Saul, "Do what seems good to you."
Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle the fattened animals and lambs along with all that was good. They were not willing to completely destroy them, but they did completely destroy everything that was worthless and inferior.
When his officials delivered this message to David, David decided it would be a good thing to become the king's son-in-law. Before the time was up,
If he says, "Good,' then your servant will be safe. But if he actually gets angry, you will know that his intentions are evil.
The men were very good to us. They didn't harm us, and we didn't miss anything all the time we moved around with them when we were in the field.
Now David had said, "Surely it was for nothing that I protected everything that belonged to this man in the wilderness, and nothing was missing of all that belonged to him. But he has repaid me with evil for good!
When the LORD does for your majesty all the good that he promised concerning you and appoints you Commander-in-Chief over Israel,
this shouldn't be an obstacle or stumbling block for your majesty's conscience, that he poured out blood without cause or that your majesty delivered himself. When the LORD does good things for your majesty, remember your servant."
Blessed be your good judgment, and blessed be you, who today stopped me from shedding blood and delivering myself by my own actions.
This thing that you did is not good. As the LORD lives, you deserve to die, you who didn't guard your lord, the LORD's anointed. Where is the king's spear and where is the jug of water that was at his head?"
Then Achish summoned David and told him, "As surely as the LORD lives, you are trustworthy, and it seems good to me for you to campaign with me as part of the army. Indeed, I've not found any evil in you from the time you came to me until now. But the leaders don't approve of you.
They cut off his head and stripped him of his weapons. They sent people throughout the territory of the Philistines to report the good news in the temples of their idols and to the people.
Now may the Lord reward you with gracious love, as well as faithfulness, to you, too! And I will also reward you because you did this good thing.
David replied, "Sounds good to me! I'll cut a deal with you under one condition: you're not to show yourself in my presence unless you bring Saul's daughter with you when you come to see me."
Abner also addressed the tribe of Benjamin. Furthermore, with David's permission, Abner said anything that seemed like it would be good for Israel and for the entire tribe of Benjamin.
when the man who told me "Look! Saul is dead!' thought he was bringing me good news, I arrested him and had him killed at Ziklag as the reward I gave him for his news.
"Now therefore, Lord GOD, you are God, and your words are true, and you have spoken to your servant these good things.
But Absalom never said a word, either good or bad, to Amnon. Nevertheless, he hated Amnon because he had humiliated his sister Tamar.
"So your humble servant is saying, "Please, your majesty, let what the king has to say be of comfort, because just as the angel of God is, so also is your majesty the king to discern both good and evil. And may the LORD your God remain present with you.'"
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