'Hard' in the Bible
Let me take my wives and my children whom I have acquired by working for you. Then I'll depart, because you know how hard I've worked for you."
You know that I've worked for your father as hard as I could,
If the God of my father -- the God of Abraham, the one whom Isaac fears -- had not been with me, you would certainly have sent me away empty-handed! But God saw how I was oppressed and how hard I worked, and he rebuked you last night."
But Jacob said to him, "My lord knows that the children are young, and that I have to look after the sheep and cattle that are nursing their young. If they are driven too hard for even a single day, all the animals will die.
They traveled on from Bethel, and when Ephrath was still some distance away, Rachel went into labor -- and her labor was hard.
So they put foremen over the Israelites to oppress them with hard labor. As a result they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.
They made their lives bitter by hard service with mortar and bricks and by all kinds of service in the fields. Every kind of service the Israelites were required to give was rigorous.
In those days, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and observed their hard labor, and he saw an Egyptian man attacking a Hebrew man, one of his own people.
Therefore, tell the Israelites, 'I am the Lord. I will bring you out from your enslavement to the Egyptians, I will rescue you from the hard labor they impose, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.
Moses told this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and hard labor.
Yet Pharaoh's heart became hard, and he did not listen to them, just as the Lord had predicted.
The Lord said to Moses, "Pharaoh's heart is hard; he refuses to release the people.
But the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts, and so Pharaoh's heart remained hard, and he refused to listen to Moses and Aaron -- just as the Lord had predicted.
The magicians said to Pharaoh, "It is the finger of God!" But Pharaoh's heart remained hard, and he did not listen to them, just as the Lord had predicted.
Pharaoh sent representatives to investigate, and indeed, not even one of the livestock of Israel had died. But Pharaoh's heart remained hard, and he did not release the people.
So Pharaoh's heart remained hard, and he did not release the Israelites, as the Lord had predicted through Moses.
Suppose he goes with someone else to the forest to cut wood and when he raises the ax to cut the tree, the ax head flies loose from the handle and strikes his fellow worker so hard that he dies. The person responsible may then flee to one of these cities to save himself.
They had worn-out, patched sandals on their feet and dressed in worn-out clothes. All their bread was dry and hard.
This bread of ours was warm when we packed it in our homes the day we started out to meet you, but now it is dry and hard.
The Ephraimites did not conquer the Canaanites living in Gezer. The Canaanites live among the Ephraimites to this very day and do hard labor as their servants.
Whenever the Israelites were strong militarily, they forced the Canaanites to do hard labor, but they never totally conquered them.
I gave you a land in which you had not worked hard; you took up residence in cities you did not build and you are eating the produce of vineyards and olive groves you did not plant.'
Whenever Israel was strong militarily, they forced the Canaanites to do hard labor, but they never totally conquered them.
The men of Zebulun did not conquer the people living in Kitron and Nahalol. The Canaanites lived among them and were forced to do hard labor.
The men of Naphtali did not conquer the people living in Beth Shemesh or Beth Anath. They live among the Canaanites residing in the land. The Canaanites living in Beth Shemesh and Beth Anath were forced to do hard labor for them.
The Amorites managed to remain in Har Heres, Aijalon, and Shaalbim. Whenever the tribe of Joseph was strong militarily, the Amorites were forced to do hard labor.
When Gideon arrived, he heard a man telling another man about a dream he had. The man said, "Look! I had a dream. I saw a stale cake of barley bread rolling into the Midianite camp. It hit a tent so hard it knocked it over and turned it upside down. The tent just collapsed."
Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" He pushed hard and the temple collapsed on the rulers and all the people in it. He killed many more people in his death than he had killed during his life.
She asked, 'May I follow the harvesters and gather grain among the bundles?' Since she arrived she has been working hard from this morning until now -- except for sitting in the resting hut a short time."
But the Lord struck down some of the people of Beth Shemesh because they had looked into the ark of the Lord; he struck down 50,070 of the men. The people grieved because the Lord had struck the people with a hard blow.
The men of Israel realized they had a problem because their army was hard pressed. So the army hid in caves, thickets, cliffs, strongholds, and cisterns.
Now the men of Israel were hard pressed that day, for Saul had made the army agree to this oath: "Cursed be the man who eats food before evening! I will get my vengeance on my enemies!" So no one in the army ate anything.
He removed the people who were in it and made them do hard labor with saws, iron picks, and iron axes, putting them to work at the brick kiln. This was his policy with all the Ammonite cities. Then David and all the army returned to Jerusalem.
"Your father made us work too hard. Now if you lighten the demands he made and don't make us work as hard, we will serve you."
The young advisers with whom Rehoboam had grown up said to him, "Say this to these people who have said to you, 'Your father made us work hard, but now lighten our burden.' Say this to them: 'I am a lot harsher than my father!
He removed the city's residents and made them do hard labor with saws, iron picks, and axes. This was his policy with all the Ammonite cities. Then David and all the army returned to Jerusalem.
"Your father made us work too hard! Now if you lighten the demands he made and don't make us work as hard, we will serve you."
The young advisers with whom Rehoboam had grown up said to him, "Say this to these people who have said to you, 'Your father made us work hard, but now lighten our burden' -- say this to them: 'I am a lot harsher than my father!
They worked hard and made the repairs. They followed the measurements specified for God's temple and restored it.
"Does not humanity have hard service on earth? Are not their days also like the days of a hired man?
If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait until my release comes.
when the waters become hard like stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen solid?
Its heart is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone.
They will not be ashamed when hard times come; when famine comes they will have enough to eat.
You have made your people experience hard times; you have made us drink intoxicating wine.
who turned a rock into a pool of water, a hard rock into springs of water!
It is vain for you to rise early, come home late, and work so hard for your food. Yes, he can provide for those whom he loves even when they sleep.
You will eat what you worked so hard to grow. You will be blessed and secure.
In all hard work there is profit, but merely talking about it only brings poverty.
So I loathed all the fruit of my effort, for which I worked so hard on earth, because I must leave it behind in the hands of my successor.
So I began to despair about all the fruit of my labor for which I worked so hard on earth.
I have seen personally what is the only beneficial and appropriate course of action for people: to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in all their hard work on earth during the few days of their life which God has given them, for this is their reward.
Their arrows are sharpened, and all their bows are prepared. The hooves of their horses are hard as flint, and their chariot wheels are like a windstorm.
When the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and anxiety, and from the hard labor which you were made to perform,
Assyria will fall by a sword, but not one human-made; a sword not made by humankind will destroy them. They will run away from this sword and their young men will be forced to do hard labor.
The Lord swears an oath by his right hand, by his strong arm: "I will never again give your grain to your enemies as food, and foreigners will not drink your wine, which you worked hard to produce.
Yes, the Lord has this to say to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: "Like a farmer breaking up hard unplowed ground, you must break your rebellious will and make a new beginning; just as a farmer must clear away thorns lest the seed is wasted, you must get rid of the sin that is ruining your lives.
I reported, "All of them are the most stubborn of rebels! They are as hard as bronze or iron. They go about telling lies. They all deal corruptly.
Oh, Lord God, you did indeed make heaven and earth by your mighty power and great strength. Nothing is too hard for you!
"I have made your face adamant to match their faces, and your forehead hard to match their foreheads.
"Son of man, King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon made his army labor hard against Tyre. Every head was rubbed bald and every shoulder rubbed bare; yet he and his army received no wages from Tyre for the work he carried out against it.
Indeed, they made their heart as hard as diamond, so that they could not obey the Torah and the other words the Lord who rules over all had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore, the Lord who rules over all had poured out great wrath.
For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry."
For the heart of this people has become dull; they are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'
Jesus said to them, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because of your hard hearts, but from the beginning it was not this way.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven!
They tie up heavy loads, hard to carry, and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing even to lift a finger to move them.
Then the one who had received the one talent came and said, 'Sir, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed,
But Jesus said to them, "He wrote this commandment for you because of your hard hearts.
Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!"
The disciples were astonished at these words. But again Jesus said to them, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
Simon answered, "Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing! But at your word I will lower the nets."
When Jesus noticed this, he said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!
For the heart of this people has become dull, and their ears are hard of hearing, and they have closed their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them."'
Greet Mary, who has worked very hard for you.
Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, laborers in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord.
We do hard work, toiling with our own hands. When we are verbally abused, we respond with a blessing, when persecuted, we endure,
also to submit to people like this, and to everyone who cooperates in the work and labors hard.
in hard work and toil, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, many times without food, in cold and without enough clothing.
For I can testify that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and Hierapolis.
In fact this is why we work hard and struggle, because we have set our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of believers.
Elders who provide effective leadership must be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard in speaking and teaching.
The farmer who works hard ought to have the first share of the crops.
speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures.
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write this: 'Blessed are the dead, those who die in the Lord from this moment on!'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "so they can rest from their hard work, because their deeds will follow them."
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