'Hope' in the Bible
So now, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and support you and your little ones.” So he comforted them [giving them encouragement and hope] and spoke [with kindness] to their hearts.
and all the firstborn in the land [the pride, hope, and joy] of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the hand-mill, and all the firstborn of cattle as well.
Among those nations you will find no peace (rest), and there will be no resting place for the sole of your foot; but there the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and a despairing soul.
Go back, my daughters, go, for I am too old to have a husband. If I said I have hope, and if I actually had a husband tonight and even gave birth to sons,
For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope [of remaining].
Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, of the sons of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.
For [at this time] the Jews had light [a dawn of new hope] and gladness and joy and honor.
“Is not your fear of God your confidence,And [is not] the integrity and uprightness of your ways your hope?
“So the helpless have hope,And injustice shuts its mouth.
“What strength do I have left, that I should wait [and hope]?And what is ahead of me, that I should be patient and endure?
“My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,And are spent without hope.
“So are the paths of all who forget God;And the hope of the godless will perish,
“Then you would trust [with confidence], because there is hope;You would look around you and rest securely.
“But the eyes of the wicked will fail,And they will not escape [the justice of God];And their hope is to breathe their last [and die].”
“Even though He kills me;I will hope in Him.Nevertheless, I will argue my ways to His face.
“For there is hope for a tree,If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,And that the shoots of it will not cease nor fail, [but there is no such hope for man].
Water wears away the stones,Its floods and torrents wash away the soil of the earth,So You [O Lord] destroy the hope of man.
Where now is my hope?And who regards or considers or is even concerned about my hope?
“Will my hope go down with me to Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead)?Shall we go down together in the dust?”
“He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone;He has uprooted my hope like a tree.
“For what is the hope of the godless, even though he has gained [in this world],When God takes his life?
“If I have put my trust and confidence in gold,Or have declared fine gold my hope and assurance,
“Behold, his [assailant’s] hope and expectation [of defeating Leviathan] is false;Will not one be overwhelmed even at the sight of him?
For the poor will not always be forgotten,Nor the hope of the burdened perish forever.
Yet You are He who pulled me out of the womb;You made me trust when on my mother’s breasts.
O my God, in You I [have unwavering] trust [and I rely on You with steadfast confidence],Do not let me be ashamed or my hope in You be disappointed;Do not let my enemies triumph over me.
Wait for and confidently expect the Lord;Be strong and let your heart take courage;Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.
In You, O Lord, I have placed my trust and taken refuge;Let me never be ashamed;In Your righteousness rescue me.
Be strong and let your hearts take courage,All you who wait for and confidently expect the Lord.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon those who fear Him [and worship Him with awe-inspired reverence and obedience],On those who hope [confidently] in His compassion and lovingkindness,
For those who do evil will be cut off,But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
For in You, O Lord, I hope;You will answer, O Lord my God.
“And now, Lord, for what do I expectantly wait?My hope [my confident expectation] is in You.
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.
I will thank You forever, because You have done it, [You have rescued me and kept me safe].I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.
For God alone my soul waits in silence and quietly submits to Him,For my hope is from Him.
Do not trust in oppression,And do not vainly hope in robbery;If riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
By awesome and wondrous things You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation,You who are the trust and hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea;
Do not let those who wait [confidently] for You be ashamed through me, O Lord God of hosts;Do not let those who seek You [as necessary for life itself] be dishonored through me, O God of Israel,
For You are my hope;O Lord God, You are my trust and the source of my confidence from my youth.
But as for me, I will wait and hope continually,And will praise You yet more and more.
That they should place their confidence in GodAnd not forget the works of God,But keep His commandments,
And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,For I wait for Your ordinances.
Zayin.Remember [always] the word and promise to Your servant,In which You have made me hope.
Kaph.My soul languishes and grows weak for Your salvation;I wait for Your word.
You are my hiding place and my shield;I wait for Your word.
Uphold me according to Your word [of promise], so that I may live;And do not let me be ashamed of my hope [in Your great goodness].
Those who trust in and rely on the Lord [with confident expectation]Are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but remains forever.
I wait [patiently] for the Lord, my soul [expectantly] waits,And in His word do I hope.
O Israel, hope in the Lord;For with the Lord there is lovingkindness,And with Him is abundant redemption.
O Israel, hope in the LordFrom this time forth and forever.
How blessed and graciously favored is he whose help is the God of Jacob (Israel),Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
The Lord favors those who fear and worship Him [with awe-inspired reverence and obedience],Those who wait for His mercy and lovingkindness.
The hope of the righteous [those of honorable character and integrity] is joy,But the expectation of the wicked [those who oppose God and ignore His wisdom] comes to nothing.
When the wicked man dies, his expectation will perish;And the hope of [godless] strong men perishes.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,But when desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.
The wicked is overthrown through his wrongdoing,But the righteous has hope and confidence and a refuge [with God] even in death.
Discipline and teach your son while there is hope,And do not [indulge your anger or resentment by imposing inappropriate punishment nor] desire his destruction.
Surely there is a future [and a reward],And your hope and expectation will not be cut off.
Know that [skillful and godly] wisdom is [so very good] for your life and soul;If you find wisdom, then there will be a future and a reward,And your hope and expectation will not be cut off.
Do you see a man [who is unteachable and] wise in his own eyes and full of self-conceit?There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Do you see a [conceited] man who speaks quickly [offering his opinions or answering without thinking]?There is more hope for a [thickheaded] fool than for him.
[There is no exemption,] but whoever is joined with all the living, has hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion.
“It is the Lord of hosts whom you are to regard as holy and awesome.He shall be your [source of] fear,He shall be your [source of] dread [not man].
And I will wait for the Lord who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; and I will look eagerly for Him.
Then they will be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and Egypt their boast.
“Trust [confidently] in the Lord forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner],For the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].
“For Sheol cannot praise or thank You,Death cannot praise You and rejoice in You;Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]Will gain new strength and renew their power;They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];They will run and not become weary,They will walk and not grow tired.
“Kings will be your attendants,And their princesses your nurses.They will bow down to you with their faces to the earthAnd lick the dust of your feet;And you shall know [with an understanding based on personal experience] that I am the Lord;For they shall not be put to shame who wait and hope expectantly for Me.
“My righteousness (justice) is near, My salvation has gone forth,And My arms will judge the peoples;The islands and coastlands will wait for Me,And they will wait with hope and confident expectation for My arm.
“Truly, [the hope of salvation from] the hill [where idols are worshiped] is a deception,A tumult and noisy multitude on the mountains;Truly in the Lord our GodIs the salvation of Israel.
“O Hope of Israel,Her Savior in time of distress and trouble,Why should You be like a sojourner (temporary resident) in the landOr like a traveler who turns aside and spreads his tent to linger [only] for a night?
“Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the LordAnd whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord.
O Lord, the hope of Israel,All who abandon You will be shamed.Those who turn away on earth will be written down,Because they have abandoned the Lord, the fountain of living waters.
Do not be a terror to me;You are my refuge and my hope in the day of disaster.
For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
“There is [confident] hope for your future,” says the Lord;“Your children will come back to their own country.
“All who found them have devoured them;And their adversaries have said, ‘We are not guilty,Because they have sinned against the Lord [and are no longer holy to Him], their [true] habitation of righteousness and justice,Even the Lord, the [confident] hope of their fathers.’
But this I call to mind,Therefore I have hope.
“The Lord is my portion and my inheritance,” says my soul;“Therefore I have hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.”
It is good that one waits quietlyFor the salvation of the Lord.
Let him sit alone [in hope] and keep quiet,Because God has laid it on him [for his benefit].
Let him put his mouth in the dust [in recognition of his unworthiness];There may yet be hope.
They have seen falsehood and lying divination, saying, ‘The Lord says,’ but the Lord has not sent them. Yet they hope and make men to hope for the confirmation of their word.
‘When she saw, as she waited,That her hope was lost,She took another of her cubsAnd made him a young lion.
Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is lost. We are completely cut off.’
“Then I will give her her vineyards from there,And make the Valley of Achor a door of hope and expectation [anticipating the time when I will restore My favor on her].And she will sing there and respond as in the days of her youthAs in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
But as for me, I will look expectantly for the Lord and with confidence in Him I will keep watch;I will wait [with confident expectation] for the God of my salvation.My God will hear me.
Return to the stronghold [of security and prosperity], O prisoners who have the hope;Even today I am declaring that I will restore double [your former prosperity] to you [as firstborn among nations].
If you lend [money] to those from whom you expect to receive [it back], what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners expecting to receive back the same amount.
Your father Abraham [greatly] rejoiced to see My day (My incarnation). He saw it and was delighted.”
‘Therefore my heart rejoiced and my tongue exulted exceedingly;Moreover my flesh also will live in hope [that is, will encamp in anticipation of the resurrection];
to such an extent that they even carried their sick out into the streets and put them on cots and sleeping pads, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on one of them [with healing power].
But when her owners saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them before the authorities in the market place [where trials were held],
This was so that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grasp for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.
But recognizing that one group were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, Paul began affirming loudly in the Council chamber, “Kinsmen, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!”
having [the same] hope in God which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of [the dead], both of the righteous and of the wicked.
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