'Power' in the Bible
But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your maid is in your power; do to her what is good in your sight.” So Sarai treated her harshly, and she fled from her presence.
It is in my power to do you harm, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Be careful not to speak either good or bad to Jacob.’
“Reuben, you are my firstborn;My might and the beginning of my strength,Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.
So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.
The Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in your power; but I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.
But, indeed, for this reason I have allowed you to remain, in order to show you My power and in order to proclaim My name through all the earth.
When Israel saw the great power which the Lord had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in His servant Moses.
“Your right hand, O Lord, is majestic in power,Your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.
Then Moses entreated the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?
I will also break down your pride of power; I will also make your sky like iron and your earth like bronze.
The Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lord’s power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not.”
But now, I pray, let the power of the Lord be great, just as You have declared,
Because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them. And He personally brought you from Egypt by His great power,
Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’
But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Yet they are Your people, even Your inheritance, whom You have brought out by Your great power and Your outstretched arm.’
and for all the mighty power and for all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.
Joshua spoke to the house of Joseph, to Ephraim and Manasseh, saying, “You are a numerous people and have great power; you shall not have one lot only,
yet the Amorites persisted in living in Mount Heres, in Aijalon and in Shaalbim; but when the power of the house of Joseph grew strong, they became forced labor.
The power of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of Midian the sons of Israel made for themselves the dens which were in the mountains and the caves and the strongholds.
The Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands, for Israel would become boastful, saying, ‘My own power has delivered me.’
When the people came into the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the Lord defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us take to ourselves from Shiloh the ark of the covenant of the Lord, that it may come among us and deliver us from the power of our enemies.”
and he said to the sons of Israel, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I brought Israel up from Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the power of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.’
But the Lord, who brought you up from the land of Egypt with great power and with an outstretched arm, Him you shall fear, and to Him you shall bow yourselves down, and to Him you shall sacrifice.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.
Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.
with all his reign, his power, and the circumstances which came on him, on Israel, and on all the kingdoms of the lands.
and he said, “O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You.
But if you do go, do it, be strong for the battle; yet God will bring you down before the enemy, for God has power to help and to bring down.”
Under their direction was an elite army of 307,500, who could wage war with great power, to help the king against the enemy.
For I was ashamed to request from the king troops and horsemen to protect us from the enemy on the way, because we had said to the king, “The hand of our God is favorably disposed to all those who seek Him, but His power and His anger are against all those who forsake Him.”
They are Your servants and Your people whom You redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand.
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord.
So the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life.”
“In famine He will redeem you from death,And in war from the power of the sword.
“If your sons sinned against Him,Then He delivered them into the power of their transgression.
“If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one!And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?
‘Should my head be lifted up, You would hunt me like a lion;And again You would show Your power against me.
“The tents of the destroyers prosper,And those who provoke God are secure,Whom God brings into their power.
“Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power?No, surely He would pay attention to me.
“But He drags off the valiant by His power;He rises, but no one has assurance of life.
“He quieted the sea with His power,And by His understanding He shattered Rahab.
“I will instruct you in the power of God;What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
“For it will hurl at him without sparing;He will surely try to flee from its power.
“Behold, God is exalted in His power;Who is a teacher like Him?
“The Almighty—we cannot find Him;He is exalted in powerAnd He will not do violence to justice and abundant righteousness.
“Behold now, his strength in his loinsAnd his power in the muscles of his belly.
Be exalted, O Lord, in Your strength;We will sing and praise Your power.
Deliver my soul from the sword,My only life from the power of the dog.
But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol,For He will receive me. Selah.
For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “Is not David hiding himself among us?”Save me, O God, by Your name,And vindicate me by Your power.
Do not slay them, or my people will forget;Scatter them by Your power, and bring them down,O Lord, our shield.
Once God has spoken;Twice I have heard this:That power belongs to God;
Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,To see Your power and Your glory.
They will be delivered over to the power of the sword;They will be a prey for foxes.
Say to God, “How awesome are Your works!Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You.
O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary.The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people.Blessed be God!
And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me,Until I declare Your strength to this generation,Your power to all who are to come.
You have by Your power redeemed Your people,The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.
He caused the east wind to blow in the heavensAnd by His power He directed the south wind.
They did not remember His power,The day when He redeemed them from the adversary,
Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You;According to the greatness of Your power preserve those who are doomed to die.
Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up Your powerAnd come to save us!
What man can live and not see death?Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.
Who understands the power of Your angerAnd Your fury, according to the fear that is due You?
Nevertheless He saved them for the sake of His name,That He might make His power known.
Their enemies also oppressed them,And they were subdued under their power.
Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power;In holy array, from the womb of the dawn,Your youth are to You as the dew.
He has made known to His people the power of His works,In giving them the heritage of the nations.
Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,And I will tell of Your greatness.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdomAnd talk of Your power;
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,When it is in your power to do it.
“Counsel is mine and sound wisdom;I am understanding, power is mine.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,And those who love it will eat its fruit.
A wise man is strong,And a man of knowledge increases power.
Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them.
For thus the Lord spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,
For he has said,“By the power of my hand and by my wisdom I did this,For I have understanding;And I removed the boundaries of the peoplesAnd plundered their treasures,And like a mighty man I brought down their inhabitants,
Lift up your eyes on highAnd see who has created these stars,The One who leads forth their host by number,He calls them all by name;Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,Not one of them is missing.
He gives strength to the weary,And to him who lacks might He increases power.
“But these two things will come on you suddenly in one day:Loss of children and widowhood.They will come on you in full measureIn spite of your many sorceries,In spite of the great power of your spells.
“Behold, they have become like stubble,Fire burns them;They cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame;There will be no coal to warm byNor a fire to sit before!
“Why was there no man when I came?When I called, why was there none to answer?Is My hand so short that it cannot ransom?Or have I no power to deliver?Behold, I dry up the sea with My rebuke,I make the rivers a wilderness;Their fish stink for lack of waterAnd die of thirst.
There is no one who calls on Your name,Who arouses himself to take hold of You;For You have hidden Your face from usAnd have delivered us into the power of our iniquities.
It is He who made the earth by His power,Who established the world by His wisdom;And by His understanding He has stretched out the heavens.
“Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—This time I will make them knowMy power and My might;And they shall know that My name is the Lord.”
Therefore, give their children over to famineAnd deliver them up to the power of the sword;And let their wives become childless and widowed.Let their men also be smitten to death,Their young men struck down by the sword in battle.
O house of David, thus says the Lord:“Administer justice every morning;And deliver the person who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor,That My wrath may not go forth like fireAnd burn with none to extinguish it,Because of the evil of their deeds.
Thus says the Lord, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.
“I have made the earth, the men and the beasts which are on the face of the earth by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and I will give it to the one who is pleasing in My sight.
‘Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You,
“The daughter of Egypt has been put to shame,Given over to the power of the people of the north.”
I shall give them over to the power of those who are seeking their lives, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of his officers. Afterwards, however, it will be inhabited as in the days of old,” declares the Lord.
It is He who made the earth by His power,Who established the world by His wisdom,And by His understanding He stretched out the heavens.
“Behold, the rulers of Israel, each according to his power, have been in you for the purpose of shedding blood.
‘Speak to the house of Israel, “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I am about to profane My sanctuary, the pride of your power, the desire of your eyes and the delight of your soul; and your sons and your daughters whom you have left behind will fall by the sword.
‘Thus says the Lord,“Indeed, those who support Egypt will fallAnd the pride of her power will come down;From Migdol to SyeneThey will fall within her by the sword,”Declares the Lord God.
“In Tehaphnehes the day will be darkWhen I break there the yoke bars of Egypt.Then the pride of her power will cease in her;A cloud will cover her,And her daughters will go into captivity.
I will make the land a desolation and a waste, and the pride of her power will cease; and the mountains of Israel will be desolate so that no one will pass through.
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