'Strength' in the Bible
When Jacob was told, “Your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel summoned his strength and sat up in bed.
Reuben, you are my firstborn,my strength and the firstfruits of my virility,excelling in prominence, excelling in power.
Then Moses said to the people, “Remember this day when you came out of Egypt, out of the place of slavery, for the Lord brought you out of here by the strength of His hand. Nothing leavened may be eaten.
“In the future, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘By the strength of His hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the place of slavery.
So let it be a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead, for the Lord brought us out of Egypt by the strength of His hand.”
The Lord is my strength and my song;He has become my salvation.This is my God, and I will praise Him,my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
You will lead the peopleYou have redeemedwith Your faithful love;You will guide them to Your holy dwellingwith Your strength.
and your strength will be used up for nothing. Your land will not yield its produce, and the trees of the land will not bear their fruit.
But Moses replied to the Lord, “The Egyptians will hear about it, for by Your strength You brought up this people from them.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
“Keep every command I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to cross into and possess the land you are to inherit,
The Lord will indeed vindicate His peopleand have compassion on His servantswhen He sees that their strength is goneand no one is left—slave or free.
May the bolts of your gate be iron and bronze,and your strength last as long as you live.
I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out. My strength for battle and for daily tasks is now as it was then.
So Joshua replied to Joseph’s family (that is, Ephraim and Manasseh), “You have many people and great strength. You will not have just one allotment,
The river Kishon swept them away,the ancient river, the river Kishon.March on, my soul, in strength!
Lord, may all your enemies perish as Sisera did.But may those who love Himbe like the rising of the sun in its strength.And the land was peaceful 40 years.
The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and deliver Israel from the power of Midian. Am I not sending you?”
I will put a fleece of wool here on the threshing floor. If dew is only on the fleece, and all the ground is dry, I will know that You will deliver Israel by my strength, as You said.”
Zebah and Zalmunna said, “Get up and kill us yourself, for a man is judged by his strength.” So Gideon got up, killed Zebah and Zalmunna, and took the crescent ornaments that were on the necks of their camels.
So God split a hollow place in the ground at Lehi, and water came out of it. After Samson drank, his strength returned, and he revived. That is why he named it En-hakkore, which is in Lehi to this day.
The Philistine leaders went to her and said, “Persuade him to tell you where his great strength comes from, so we can overpower him, tie him up, and make him helpless. Each of us will then give you 1,100 pieces of silver.”
So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me, where does your great strength come from? How could someone tie you up and make you helpless?”
While the men in ambush were waiting in her room, she called out to him, “Samson, the Philistines are here!” But he snapped the bowstrings as a strand of yarn snaps when it touches fire. The secret of his strength remained unknown.
“How can you say, ‘I love you,’” she told him, “when your heart is not with me? This is the third time you have mocked me and not told me what makes your strength so great!”
he told her the whole truth and said to her, “My hair has never been cut, because I am a Nazirite to God from birth. If I am shaved, my strength will leave me, and I will become weak and be like any other man.”
Then she let him fall asleep on her lap and called a man to shave off the seven braids on his head. In this way, she made him helpless, and his strength left him.
On the fourth day, they got up early in the morning and prepared to go, but the girl’s father said to his son-in-law, “Have something to eat to keep up your strength and then you can go.”
He got up early in the morning of the fifth day to leave, but the girl’s father said to him, “Please keep up your strength.” So they waited until late afternoon and the two of them ate.
The bows of the warriors are broken,but the feeble are clothed with strength.
He guards the steps of His faithful ones,but the wicked perish in darkness,for a man does not prevail by his own strength.
“‘Look, the days are coming when I will cut off your strength and the strength of your ancestral family, so that none in your family will reach old age.
Now please listen to your servant. Let me set some food in front of you. Eat and it will give you strength so you can go on your way.”
David and the troops with him wept loudly until they had no strength left to weep.
David was in a difficult position because the troops talked about stoning him, for they were all very bitter over the loss of their sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.
You have clothed me with strength for battle;You subdue my adversaries beneath me.
So he got up, ate, and drank. Then on the strength from that food, he walked 40 days and 40 nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.
You think mere words are strategy and strength for war. What are you now relying on so that you have rebelled against me?
They said to him, “This is what Hezekiah says: ‘Today is a day of distress, rebuke, and disgrace, for children have come to the point of birth, but there is no strength to deliver them.
Before him there was no king like him who turned to the Lord with all his mind and with all his heart and with all his strength according to all the law of Moses, and no one like him arose after him.
Search for the Lord and for His strength;seek His face always.
Splendor and majesty are before Him;strength and joy are in His place.
Ascribe to the Lord, families of the peoples,ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
All of these were among the sons of Obed-edom with their sons and brothers; they were capable men with strength for the work—62 from Obed-edom.
Riches and honor come from You, and You are the ruler of everything. Power and might are in Your hand, and it is in Your hand to make great and to give strength to all.
Now therefore:Arise, Lord God, come to Your resting place,You and Your powerful ark.May Your priests, Lord God, be clothed with salvation,and may Your godly people rejoice in goodness.
Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God: “Lord, there is no one besides You to help the mighty and those without strength. Help us, Lord our God, for we depend on You, and in Your name we have come against this large army. Yahweh, You are our God. Do not let a mere mortal hinder You.”
He has only human strength, but we have Yahweh our God to help us and to fight our battles.” So the people relied on the words of King Hezekiah of Judah.
In Judah, it was said:The strength of the laborer fails,since there is so much rubble.We will never be ableto rebuild the wall.
Then he said to them, “Go and eat what is rich, drink what is sweet, and send portions to those who have nothing prepared, since today is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, because the joy of the Lord is your stronghold.”
What strength do I have that I should continue to hope?What is my future, that I should be patient?
Is my strength that of stone,or my flesh made of bronze?
If it is a matter of strength, look, He is the Mighty One!If it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?
Wisdom and strength belong to God;counsel and understanding are His.
I have sewn sackcloth over my skin;I have buried my strength in the dust.
His strength is depleted;disaster lies ready for him to stumble.
You sent widows away empty-handed,and the strength of the fatherless was crushed.
My strength will be refreshed within me,and my bow will be renewed in my hand.
What use to me was the strength of their hands?Their vigor had left them.
Can you depend on it because its strength is great?Would you leave it to do your hard work?
Do you give strength to the horse?Do you adorn his neck with a mane?
He paws in the valley and rejoices in his strength;He charges into battle.
Look at the strength of his loinsand the power in the muscles of his belly.
Strength resides in his neck,and dismay dances before him.
So he is oppressed and beaten down;the helpless fall because of his strength.
For the choir director. Of the servant of the Lord, David, who spoke the words of this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:I love You, Lord, my strength.
God—He clothes me with strengthand makes my way perfect.
You have clothed me with strength for battle;You subdue my adversaries beneath me.
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.Lord, the king finds joy in Your strength.How greatly he rejoices in Your victory!
Be exalted, Lord, in Your strength;we will sing and praise Your might.
My strength is dried up like baked clay;my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.You put me into the dust of death.
But You, Lord, don’t be far away.My strength, come quickly to help me.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.Therefore my heart rejoices,and I praise Him with my song.
The Lord is the strength of His people;He is a stronghold of salvation for His anointed.
A Davidic psalm.Ascribe to Yahweh, you heavenly beings,ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
The Lord gives His people strength;the Lord blesses His people with peace.
Indeed, my life is consumed with griefand my years with groaning;my strength has failedbecause of my sinfulness,and my bones waste away.
For day and night Your hand was heavy on me;my strength was drainedas in the summer’s heat.Selah
A king is not saved by a large army;a warrior will not be delivered by great strength.
My heart races, my strength leaves me,and even the light of my eyes has faded.
For the choir director. A song of the sons of Korah. According to Alamoth.God is our refuge and strength,a helper who is always foundin times of trouble.
I will keep watch for You, my strength,because God is my stronghold.
But I will sing of Your strengthand will joyfully proclaimYour faithful love in the morning.For You have been a stronghold for me,a refuge in my day of trouble.
To You, my strength, I sing praises,because God is my stronghold—my faithful God.
I call to You from the ends of the earthwhen my heart is without strength.Lead me to a rock that is high above me,
God has spoken once;I have heard this twice:strength belongs to God,
So I gaze on You in the sanctuaryto see Your strength and Your glory.
You establish the mountains by Your power,robed with strength.
Say to God, “How awe-inspiring are Your works!Your enemies will cringe before Youbecause of Your great strength.
Your God has decreed your strength.Show Your strength, God,You who have acted on our behalf.
God, You are awe-inspiring in Your sanctuaries.The God of Israel gives power and strength to His people.May God be praised!
Don’t discard me in my old age;as my strength fails, do not abandon me.
Even when I am old and gray,God, do not abandon me.Then I will proclaim Your powerto another generation,Your strength to all who are to come.
My flesh and my heart may fail,but God is the strength of my heart,my portion forever.
You divided the sea with Your strength;You smashed the heads of the sea monsters in the waters;
You are the God who works wonders;You revealed Your strength among the peoples.
He gave up His strength to captivityand His splendor to the hand of a foe.
For the choir director: on the Gittith. Of Asaph.Sing for joy to God our strength;shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.
Happy are the people whose strength is in You,whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
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