'Trouble' in the Bible
Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me, making me odious to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites. We are few in number; if they unite against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed.”
Then they said to each other, “Obviously, we are being punished for what we did to our brother. We saw his deep distress when he pleaded with us, but we would not listen. That is why this trouble has come to us.”
“Why did you cause me so much trouble?” Israel asked. “Why did you tell the man that you had another brother?”
The Israelite foremen saw that they were in trouble when they were told, “You cannot reduce your daily quota of bricks.”
So Moses went back to the Lord and asked, “Lord, why have You caused trouble for this people? And why did You ever send me?
Ever since I went in to Pharaoh to speak in Your name he has caused trouble for this people, and You haven’t delivered Your people at all.” >
So Moses asked the Lord, “Why have You brought such trouble on Your servant? Why are You angry with me, and why do You burden me with all these people?
He considers no disaster for Jacob;He sees no trouble for Israel.The Lord their God is with them,and there is rejoicing over the King among them.
Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us? Today the Lord will trouble you!” So all Israel stoned them to death. They burned their bodies, threw stones on them,
Jephthah replied to the elders of Gilead, “Didn’t you hate me and drive me from my father’s house? Why then have you come to me now when you’re in trouble?”
Then watch: If it goes up the road to its homeland toward Beth-shemesh, it is the Lord who has made this terrible trouble for us. However, if it doesn’t, we will know that it was not His hand that punished us—it was just something that happened to us by chance.”
The men of Israel saw that they were in trouble because the troops were in a difficult situation. They hid in caves, thickets, among rocks, and in holes and cisterns.
Jonathan replied, “My father has brought trouble to the land. Just look at how I have renewed energy because I tasted a little honey.
Now consider carefully what you must do, because there is certain to be trouble for our master and his entire family. He is such a worthless fool nobody can talk to him!”
Now my lord, as surely as the Lord lives and as you yourself live, it is the Lord who kept you from participating in bloodshed and avenging yourself by your own hand. May your enemies and those who want trouble for my lord be like Nabal.
Just as I considered your life valuable today, so may the Lord consider my life valuable and rescue me from all trouble.”
“Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Samuel asked Saul.“I’m in serious trouble,” replied Saul. “The Philistines are fighting against me and God has turned away from me. He doesn’t answer me anymore, either through the prophets or in dreams. So I’ve called on you to tell me what I should do.”
“Whoever speaks to you,” the king said, “bring him to me. He will not trouble you again!”
The Lord has paid you back for all the blood of the house of Saul in whose place you became king, and the Lord has handed the kingdom over to your son Absalom. Look, you are in trouble because you’re a murderer!”
“Now get up! Go out and encourage your soldiers, for I swear by the Lord that if you don’t go out, not a man will remain with you tonight. This will be worse for you than all the trouble that has come to you from your youth until now!”
Rezon was Israel’s enemy throughout Solomon’s reign, adding to the trouble Hadad had caused. He ruled over Aram, but he loathed Israel.
Then the king of Israel called for all the elders of the land and said, “Think it over and you will see that this one is only looking for trouble, for he demanded my wives, my children, my silver, and my gold, and I didn’t turn him down.”
Then he said to Gehazi, “Say to her, ‘Look, you’ve gone to all this trouble for us. What can we do for you? Can we speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’”She answered, “I am living among my own people.”
You have indeed defeated Edom, and you have become overconfident. Enjoy your glory and stay at home. Why should you stir up such trouble that you fall—you and Judah with you?”
Carmi’s son: Achar, who brought trouble on Israel when he was unfaithful by taking the things set apart for destruction.
You have said, ‘Look, I have defeated Edom,’ and you have become overconfident that you will get glory. Now stay at home. Why stir up such trouble so that you fall and Judah with you?”
They said to me, “The remnant in the province, who survived the exile, are in great trouble and disgrace. Jerusalem’s wall has been broken down, and its gates have been burned down.”
So I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins and its gates have been burned down. Come, let’s rebuild Jerusalem’s wall, so that we will no longer be a disgrace.”
For my people and I have been sold out to destruction, death, and extermination. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept silent. Indeed, the trouble wouldn’t be worth burdening the king.”
There the wicked cease to make trouble,and there the weary find rest.
I cannot relax or be still;I have no rest, for trouble comes.
In my experience, those who plow injusticeand those who sow trouble reap the same.
For distress does not grow out of the soil,and trouble does not sprout from the ground.
But mankind is born for troubleas surely as sparks fly upward.
Man born of womanis short of days and full of trouble.
Trouble and distress terrify him,overwhelming him like a king prepared for battle.
They conceive trouble and give birth to evil;their womb prepares deception.
Have I rejoiced over my enemy’s distress,or become excited when trouble came his way?
which I hold in reserve for times of trouble,for the day of warfare and battle?
See, the wicked one is pregnant with evil,conceives trouble, and gives birth to deceit.
His trouble comes back on his own head,and his violence falls on the top of his head.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,a refuge in times of trouble.
Lord, why do You stand so far away?Why do You hide in times of trouble?
Cursing, deceit, and violence fill his mouth;trouble and malice are under his tongue.
But You Yourself have seen trouble and grief,observing it in order to take the matter into Your hands.The helpless entrusts himself to You;You are a helper of the fatherless.
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.May Yahweh answer you in a day of trouble;may the name of Jacob’s God protect you.
Consider my affliction and trouble,and take away all my sins.
You are my hiding place;You protect me from trouble.You surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance.Selah
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.
Why should I fear in times of trouble?The iniquity of my foes surrounds me.
Call on Me in a day of trouble;I will rescue you, and you will honor Me.”
For He has delivered me from every trouble,and my eye has looked down on my enemies.
day and night they make the rounds on its walls.Crime and trouble are within it;
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.
They are not in trouble like others;they are not afflicted like most people.
I sought the Lord in my day of trouble.My hands were continually lifted upall night long;I refused to be comforted.
When he calls out to Me, I will answer him;I will be with him in trouble.I will rescue him and give him honor.
Can a corrupt throne—one that creates trouble by law—become Your ally?
Do not hide Your face from me in my day of trouble.Listen closely to me;answer me quickly when I call.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;He rescued them from their distress.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;He saved them from their distress.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;He saved them from their distress.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,and He brought them out of their distress.
The ropes of death were wrapped around me,and the torments of Sheol overcame me;I encountered trouble and sorrow.
Trouble and distress have overtaken me,but Your commands are my delight.
When those who surround me rise up,may the trouble their lips cause overwhelm them.
I pour out my complaint before Him;I reveal my trouble to Him.
Because of Your name, Yahweh,let me live.In Your righteousness deliver me from trouble,
because their feet run toward troubleand they hurry to commit murder.
when terror strikes you like a stormand your calamity comes like a whirlwind,when trouble and stress overcome you.
He always plots evil with perversity in his heart—he stirs up trouble.
a lying witness who gives false testimony,and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.
The righteous one is rescued from trouble;in his place, the wicked one goes in.
The one who searches for what is good finds favor,but if someone looks for trouble, it will come to him.
An evil man is trapped by his rebellious speech,but a righteous one escapes from trouble.
A wicked messenger falls into trouble,but a trustworthy courier brings healing.
The house of the righteous has great wealth,but trouble accompanies the income of the wicked.
The one who guards his mouth and tonguekeeps himself out of trouble.
for their hearts plan violence,and their words stir up trouble.
Trusting an unreliable person in a difficult timeis like a rotten tooth or a faltering foot.
Happy is the one who is always reverent,but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.
Let him drink so that he can forget his povertyand remember his trouble no more.
An oracle about the animals of the Negev:Through a land of trouble and distress,of lioness and lion,of viper and flying serpent,they carry their wealth on the backs of donkeysand their treasures on the humps of camels,to a people who will not help them.
Lord, be gracious to us! We wait for You.Be our strength every morningand our salvation in time of trouble.
They lift it to their shoulder and bear it along;they set it in its place, and there it stands;it does not budge from its place.They cry out to it but it doesn’t answer;it saves no one from his trouble.
No one makes claims justly;no one pleads honestly.They trust in empty and worthless words;they conceive trouble and give birth to iniquity.
The Lord said:I will certainly set you free and care for you.I will certainly intercede for youin a time of trouble,in your time of distress, with the enemy.
How awful that day will be!There will be none like it!It will be a time of trouble for Jacob,but he will be delivered out of it.
I will trouble the hearts of many peoples,when I bring about your destructionamong the nations,in countries you do not know.
“Come on!” the sailors said to each other. “Let’s cast lots. Then we’ll know who is to blame for this trouble we’re in.” So they cast lots, and the lot singled out Jonah.
Then they said to him, “Tell us who is to blame for this trouble we’re in. What is your business and where are you from? What is your country and what people are you from?”
That day is a day of wrath,a day of trouble and distress,a day of destruction and desolation,a day of darkness and gloom,a day of clouds and blackness,
Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
If this reaches the governor’s ears, we will deal with him and keep you out of trouble.”
Jesus went with them, and when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell Him, “Lord, don’t trouble Yourself, since I am not worthy to have You come under my roof.
However, if you do get married, you have not sinned, and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But such people will have trouble in this life, and I am trying to spare you.
From now on, let no one cause me trouble, because I bear on my body scars for the cause of Jesus.
the others proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely, seeking to cause me anxiety in my imprisonment.
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write to you again about this is no trouble for me and is a protection for you.
Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling many.
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