'Pleasure' in the Bible
And I know, God, that it is you who searches the heart and you who finds pleasure in righteousness. With a righteous heart I have freely given all these things, and now I have seen all of these people of yours giving freely and joyfully to you!
Accordingly, with your approval we suggest that a search be conducted within the king's treasury at Babylon to verify whether or not King Cyrus ever issued such a decree to reconstruct this Temple of God in Jerusalem. Then please notify us concerning the king's pleasure in this matter.
But now its abundant produce belongs to the kings whom you placed over us because of our sin. They also have power over our bodies and our herds at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.
Show favor to Zion in your good pleasure; and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
May those who seek to kill me be publicly humiliated. May those who take pleasure in my harm be turned back in humiliation.
Your servants take pleasure in its stones and delight in its debris.
Had your instruction not been my pleasure, I would have died in my affliction.
He takes no delight in the strength of a horse, and gains no pleasure in the runner's swiftness.
Kings take pleasure in righteous speech; they treasure a person who speaks what is upright.
Pleasure lovers become poor; loving wine and oil doesn't bring riches.
I told myself, "I will test you with pleasure, so enjoy yourself." But this was pointless.
"Senseless," said I concerning laughter and pleasure, "How practical is this?"
I have concluded that the only worthwhile thing for them is to take pleasure in doing good in life;
Consider someone who is alone, having neither son nor brother. There is no end to all of his work, and he is never satisfied with wealth. "So for whom do I work," he asks, "and deprive myself of pleasure?" This, too, is pointless and a terrible tragedy.
For the wise person thinks carefully when in mourning, but fools focus their thoughts on pleasure.
So remember your Creator during your youth! Otherwise, troublesome days will come and years will creep up on you when you'll say, "I find no pleasure in them,"
"If you keep your feet from trampling the Sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD's holy day honorable; and if you honor it by not going your own ways and seeking your own pleasure or speaking merely idle words,
I'll consign you to the sword, and all of you will bend down for the slaughter because when I called, you didn't answer, when I spoke, you didn't listen; but you did what was evil in my sight, and chose what I took no pleasure in."
therefore, watch out! I'm about to gather all your lovers from whom you've received your pleasure, everyone whom you've loved, and those whom you've hated. I'll gather them together to oppose you from every side, and they'll uncover your nakedness in their presence. Then they'll see you completely naked.
I don't take pleasure in the death of anyone who dies," declares the LORD. "So repent, so you may live!"
"Tell them, "As certainly as I'm alive and living,' declares the Lord GOD, "I receive no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Instead, my pleasure is that the wicked repent from their behavior and live. Turn back! Turn back, all of you, from your wicked behavior! Why do you have to die, you house of Israel?'"
It gives me great pleasure to tell about the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me.
"This is another thing you do: you flood the altar of the LORD with tears, weeping and wailing because he no longer pays attention to your offering nor takes pleasure in it from your hand.
That is why I take such pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for the Messiah's sake, for when I am weak, then I am strong.
he predestined us for adoption to himself through Jesus the Messiah, according to the pleasure of his will,
Then all who have not believed the truth but have taken pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.
traitors, reckless, conceited, and lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
but my righteous one will live by faith, and if he turns back, my soul will take no pleasure in him."
You ask for something but do not get it because you ask for it for the wrong reason for your own pleasure.
You have lived in luxury and pleasure on earth. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter.
suffering harm as punishment for their wrongdoing. They take pleasure in wild parties in broad daylight. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceitful pleasures while they eat with you.
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