'Help' in the Bible
Now the man Adam knew Eve as his wife, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have obtained a man (baby boy, son) with the help of the Lord.”
By the God of your father who will help you,And by the Almighty who blesses youWith blessings of the heavens above,Blessings lying in the deep that couches beneath,Blessings of the [nursing] breasts and of the [fertile] womb.
The other [son] was named Eliezer (my God is help), for Moses said, “The God of my father was my help, and He rescued me from the sword of Pharaoh.”
If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying helpless under its load, you shall not leave the man to deal with it [alone]; you must help him release the animal [from its burden].
They may assist their brothers in the Tent of Meeting to keep an obligation, but they shall do no [heavy or difficult] work. Thus you shall deal with the Levites concerning their obligations.”
“You shall not see your countryman’s ox or his sheep straying away or being stolen, and ignore [your duty to help] them; you shall certainly take them back to him.
You shall not see your countryman’s donkey or his ox fall down along the road, and ignore [your duty to help] them; you shall certainly help him lift it up.
then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city and stone them to death—the young woman because she did not cry out for help [though she was] in the city, and the man because he has violated his neighbor’s [promised] wife. So you shall remove the evil from among you.
Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will not eat any of it; your donkey will be torn away from you, and it will not be returned to you; your sheep will be given to your enemies, and you will have no one to save you.
‘Who ate the fat of their sacrifices,And drank the wine of their drink offering?Let them rise up and help you,Let them be your hiding place!
And [Moses said] this of Judah:“Hear, O Lord, the voice of Judah,And bring him to his people.With his hands he contended for them,And may You be a help against his enemies.”
“There is none like the God of Jeshurun (Israel),Who rides the heavens to your help,And through the skies in His majestic glory.
“Happy and blessed are you, O Israel;Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord,The Shield of your help,And the Sword of your majesty!Your enemies will cringe before you,And you will tread on their high places [tramping down their idolatrous altars].”
Your wives, your children, and your cattle shall [be allowed to] stay in the land which Moses gave you on this [eastern] side of the Jordan, but you shall go across [the river] before your brothers (the other tribes) armed for battle, all your brave warriors, and you shall help them [conquer and take possession of their land],
“Come up to me and help me, and let us attack Gibeon [with a combined army], because it has made peace with Joshua and with the sons (people) of Israel.”
So the men of Gibeon sent word to Joshua at the camp in Gilgal, saying, “Do not abandon your servants; come up to us quickly and save us and help us, for all [five of] the kings of the Amorites who live in the hill country have assembled against us.”
Then Horam king of Gezer went up to help Lachish, and Joshua struck him and his people down until he had left him no survivor.
‘Curse Meroz,’ said the messenger of the Lord,‘Utterly curse its inhabitants;Because they did not come to the help of the Lord,To the help of the Lord against the mighty.’
Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and he named it Ebenezer (stone of help), saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”
They said to the messengers who had come, “You shall say to the men of Jabesh-gilead: ‘Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you will have help [against the Ammonites].’” So the messengers came and reported this to the men of Jabesh; and they were overjoyed.
When the Arameans (Syrians) of Damascus came to help Hadadezer, king of Zobah, David struck down 22,000 Arameans.
Joab said [to Abishai], “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, I will come to help you.
When all the kings serving Hadadezer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with Israel and served them. So the Arameans (Syrians) were afraid to help the Ammonites anymore.
When the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, she bowed with her face to the ground and lay herself down, and said, “Help, O king.”
But the men said, “You should not go out [to battle with us]. For if in fact we retreat, they will not care about us; even if half of us die, they will not care about us. But you are worth ten thousand of us. So now it is better that you be ready to help us from the city [of Mahanaim].”
“Truly is not my house so [blessed] with God?For He has made an everlasting covenant with me,Ordered in all things, and secured.For will He not cause to grow and prosperAll my salvation and my every wish?Will He not make it grow and prosper?
As the king of Israel (Jehoram) was passing by on the [city] wall a woman cried out to him, “Help, my lord, O king!”
He said, “If the Lord does not help you, from where shall I get you help? From the threshing floor, or from the wine press?”
Pul, [Tiglath-pileser III] king of Assyria, came against the land [of Israel], and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver [as a bribe], so that he might help him to strengthen his control of the kingdom.
They were given help against them, and the Hagrites were handed over to them, and all who were allied with them; for they cried out to God [for help] in the battle; and He granted their entreaty because they relied on and trusted in Him.
David went out to meet them and said to them, “If you have come peacefully to me to help me, my heart shall be united with you; but if you have come to betray me to my adversaries, since there is no violence or wrong in my hands, may the God of our fathers look on [what you are doing] and punish [you].”
For day by day men kept coming to David to help him, until there was a great army, like the army of God.
When the Arameans (Syrians) of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David killed 22,000 of the Arameans.
He said, “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, I will help you.
When the servants of Hadadezer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with David and became subject to and served him. And the Arameans (Syrians) were not willing to help the Ammonites anymore.
David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying,
Asa called out to the Lord his God, saying, “O Lord, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and the weak; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in and rely on You, and in Your name we have come against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.”
Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the ungodly and love those who hate the Lord and in doing so bring wrath from the Lord on yourself?
So [the people of] Judah gathered together to seek help from the Lord; indeed they came from all the cities of Judah to seek the Lord [longing for Him with all their heart].
But if you do go [in spite of this warning], be strong and courageous for battle; yet God will cause you to stumble and fall before the enemy, for God has power to help and to cause people to stumble.”
Under their command was an army of 307,500, who could wage war with great power, to help the king against the enemy.
At that time King Ahaz sent word to the king of Assyria [to ask him] for help.
Although Ahaz took a portion [of treasure] from the house of the Lord and from the house (palace) of the king and from the leaders, and gave it [as tribute] to the king of Assyria, it did not help Ahaz.
For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus, which had defeated him, and he said, “Since the gods of the kings of Aram (Syria) helped them, I will sacrifice to them so that they may help me.” But they became the ruin and downfall of him and all of Israel.
With him there is only an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people relied on the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
“Is it that I have no help within myself,And that success and wisdom have been driven from me?
“Behold, I cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not heard;I shout for help, but there is no justice.
“From the [populous and crowded] city men groan,And the souls of the wounded cry out for help;Yet God [seemingly] does not pay attention to the wrong [done to them].
Because I rescued the poor who cried for help,And the orphan who had no helper.
“However, does not one falling in a heap of ruins stretch out his hand?Or in his disaster [will he not] therefore cry out for help?
“I go about mourning without comfort [my skin blackened by disease, not by the heat of the sun];I stand up in the assembly and cry out for help.
If I have lifted my hand against the orphan,Because I saw [that the judges would be] my help at the [council] gate,
“When He keeps quiet, who then can condemn?When He hides His face [withdrawing His favor and help], who then can behold Him [and make supplication to Him],Whether it be a nation or a man by himself?—
“Because of the multitudes of oppressions the people cry out;They cry for help because of the [violent] arm of the mighty.
Many are saying of me,“There is no help [no salvation] for him in God.” Selah.
That I may tell aloud all Your praises,That in the gates of the daughter of Zion (Jerusalem)I may rejoice in Your salvation and Your help.
Save and help and rescue, Lord, for godly people cease to be,For the faithful vanish from among the sons of men.
They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—Even to the Lord [they cried], but He did not answer them.
May He send you help from the sanctuary (His dwelling place)And support and strengthen you from Zion!
Do not be far from me, for trouble is near;And there is no one to help.
But You, O Lord, do not be far from me;O You my help, come quickly to my assistance.
Do not hide Your face from me,Do not turn Your servant away in anger;You have been my help;Do not abandon me nor leave me,O God of my salvation!
Hear the voice of my supplication (specific requests, humble entreaties) as I cry to You for help,As I lift up my hands and heart toward Your innermost sanctuary (Holy of Holies).
We wait [expectantly] for the Lord;He is our help and our shield.
When the righteous cry [for help], the Lord hearsAnd rescues them from all their distress and troubles.
Take hold of shield and buckler (small shield),And stand up for my help.
Make haste to help me,O Lord, my Salvation.
Be pleased, O Lord, to save me;O Lord, make haste to help me.
Even though I am afflicted and needy,Still the Lord takes thought and is mindful of me.You are my help and my rescuer.O my God, do not delay.
Why are you in despair, O my soul?And why have you become restless and disturbed within me?Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise HimFor the help of His presence.
Why are you in despair, O my soul?Why have you become restless and disquieted within me?Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him,The help of my countenance and my God.
Why are you in despair, O my soul?And why are you restless and disturbed within me?Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him,The help of my [sad] countenance and my God.
Rise up! Come be our help,And ransom us for the sake of Your steadfast love.
God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable],A very present and well-proved help in trouble.
God is in the midst of her [His city], she will not be moved;God will help her when the morning dawns.
In God, whose word I praise;In God I have put my trust;I shall not fear.What can mere man do to me?
They run and set themselves against me though there is no guilt in me;Stir Yourself to meet and help me, and see [what they are doing]!
Give us help against the enemy,For the help of man is worthless (ineffectual, without purpose).
For You have been my help,And in the shadow of Your wings [where I am always protected] I sing for joy.
O God, come quickly to save me;O Lord, come quickly to help me!
But I am afflicted and needy;Come quickly to me, O God!You are my help and my rescuer;O Lord, do not delay.
O God, do not be far from me;O my God, come quickly to help me!
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name;Rescue us, forgive us our sins for Your name’s sake.
Show me a sign of [Your] goodwill,That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed,Because You, O Lord, helped and comforted me.
O Lord, the God of my salvation,I have cried out [for help] by day and in the night before You.
I am counted among those who go down to the pit (grave);I am like a man who has no strength [a mere shadow],
Once You spoke in a vision to Your godly ones,And said, “I have given help to one who is mighty [giving him the power to be a champion for Israel];I have exalted one chosen from the people.
If the Lord had not been my help,I would soon have dwelt in [the land of] silence.
Therefore He humbled their heart with hard labor;They stumbled and there was no one to help.
Give us help against the adversary,For deliverance by man is in vain [a worthless hope].
Help me, O Lord my God;Save me according to Your lovingkindness—
O Israel, trust and take refuge in the Lord! [Be confident in Him, cling to Him, rely on His word!]He is their help and their shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord;He is their help and their shield.
You who [reverently] fear the Lord, trust in Lord;He is their help and their shield.
The Lord is on my side, He is among those who help me;Therefore I will look [in triumph] on those who hate me.
All Your commandments are faithful and trustworthy.They have persecuted me with a lie; help me [Lord]!
Let Your hand be ready to help me,For I have chosen Your precepts.
Let my soul live that it may praise You,And let Your ordinances help me.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills [of Jerusalem]—From where shall my help come?
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