Scriptures for Comfort

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As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what was meant for evil.
-Genesis 50:20

The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” -Numbers 11:23 (NIV)

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. -Deuteronomy 6:5-7

As for me, I will certainly not sin against the Lord by ending my prayers for you. And I will continue to teach you what is good and right. -1 Samuel 12:23 (NLT)

Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you!! -1 Samuel 16:1 (NKJV)

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain.” So God granted him what he requested. -1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God is with you. He will not forsake you. He will see to it that everything is finished correctly. -1 Chronicles 28:19-20

Give my son the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, requirements, and decrees. -1 Chronicles 29:19a

The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. -2 Chronicles 16:9

For if you return to the Lord, your relatives and your children will be treated mercifully by their captors, and they will be able to return to this land. For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful. If you return to him, he will not continue to turn his face from you. -2 Chronicles 30:9 (NLT)

My advice to you is this: Go to God and present your case to him. For he does great works too marvelous to understand. He performs miracles without number. -Job 5:8-9 (NLT)

God’s intimate friendship blesses my house. -Job 29:4 (paraphrased)

When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before! -Job 42:10

So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. -Job 42:12

I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray. -Psalm 17:6 (NLT)

Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. You save with your strength those who seek refuge from their enemies. -Psalm 17:7 (NLT)

Guard me as the apple of your eye. Hide me in the shadow of your wings. -Psalm 17:8 (NLT)

Save me by your mighty hand, O Lord! -Psalm 17:14a

Because I have done what is right, I will see you. When I awake, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face to face. -Psalm 17:15 (NLT)

With my God I can scale any wall. -Psalm 18:29

Friendship with the Lord is reserved for those who fear him. With them he shares the secrets of his covenant. -Psalm 25:14 (NLT)

The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord protects me from danger,–so why should I tremble? Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will know no fear. Even if they attack me, I remain confident. -Psalm 27:1,3 (NLT)

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” -Psalm 32:8

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. -Psalm 34:17 (NLT)

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. -Psalm 52:8 (NIV)

For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God, than dwell in the tents of wickedness. -Psalm 84:10

Those who love Thy law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble. -Psalm 119:165

I look up to the mountains-does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth! -Psalm 121:1,2 (NLT)

He will not let you stumble and fall; the one who watches over you will not sleep. -Psalm 121:3(NLT)

The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. -Psalm 121:5 (NLT)

The Lord keeps you from all evil and preserves your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. -Psalm 121:7,8 (NLT)

If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. -Proverbs 3:4-6

Blessing is on the home of the upright. -Proverbs 3:33b (NLT)

It is better to be patient than powerful; it is better to have self-control than to conquer a city. -Proverbs 16:32

People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrongs. -Proverbs 19:11

There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan, that can succeed against the Lord. -Proverbs 21:30 (NIV)

Give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name. -Prov 30:8

It is better to be satisfied with what you have than to be always wanting something else. Ecclesiastes 6:9(GN)

In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength. -Isaiah 30:15 (NKJV)

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” -Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

Oh Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress. -Isaiah 33:2 (NIV)

The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure. -Isaiah 33:5,6 (NIV)

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. -Isaiah 40:11 (NIV)

I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. -Isaiah 48:17b (NIV)

I will contend with those you contend with you, and your children I will save. -Isaiah 49:25b (NIV)

The ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. -Isaiah 51:11 (NIV)

For the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard. -Isaiah 52:12b (NIV)

Oh afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will build you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with sapphires. All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace. -Isaiah 54:11,13 (NIV)

No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me. -Isaiah 54:17. (NIV)

In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. -Isaiah 63:9 (NIV)

For since the world began, no ear has heard, and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! -Isaiah 64:4 (NLT)

And I will give you leaders after my own heart, who will guide you with knowledge and understanding. -Jeremiah 3:15 (NLT)

But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord. -Jeremiah 9:24 (AMP)

I will give them hearts that will recognize me as the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me wholeheartedly. -Jeremiah 24:7 (NLT)

This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Write down for the record everything I have said to you. -Jeremiah 30:2 (NLT)

But now the Lord says, “Do not weep any longer, for I will reward you. Your children will come back to you from the distant land of the enemy. There is hope for your future,” says the Lord. “Your children will come again to their own land.” -Jeremiah 31:16,17

I will send showers, showers of blessings, which will come just when they are needed. -Ezekiel 34:26

See I am concerned for you, and I will come to help you. -Ezekiel 36:9

And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so you will obey my laws and do whatever I command. -Ezekiel 36:26-27 (NLT)

Praise be to the name of God for ever; wisdom and power are his. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. -Daniel 2:20,22

Don’t be afraid, for you are deeply loved by God. Be at peace; take heart and be strong! -Daniel 10:19

Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him! Then he will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring. -Hosea 6:3 (NLT)

Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of my love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you. -Hosea 10:12

So now, come back to your God! Act on the principles of love and justice, and always live in confident dependence on your God. -Hosea 12:6

The Lord says, “I will give you back what you lost to the stripping locusts, the cutting locusts, the swarming locusts, and the hopping locusts.” -Joel 2:25 (NLT)

But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. It if seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. -Habakkuk 2:3 (NLT)

It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty -Zechariah 4:6

Do not despise small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. -Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)

I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure, just as gold and silver are refined and purified by fire. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, “These are my people,” and they will say, “The Lord is our God.” -Zech 13:9

Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and loved to think about him. -Malachi 3:16-17

But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. -Malachi 4:2

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow, too. Live one day at a time. -Matthew 6:34

Stop judging others, and you will not be judged. Stop criticizing others, or it will all come back on you. If you forgive others, you will be forgiven. -Luke 6:37

God in heaven appoints each person’s work. -John 3:27 (NLT)

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that you may have life, and that you may have it more abundantly. -John 10:10

I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is filled with joy, and my mouth shouts his praise. My body rests in hope. -Acts 2:25-26

You have shown me the way of life, and you will give me wonderful joy in your presence. -Acts 2:28

For since we were restored to friendship with God by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be delivered from eternal punishment by his life. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God—all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends of God. -Romans 5:10,11 (NLT)

And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory. -Romans 8:30 (NLT)

For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. -Romans 10:9

Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. -Romans 12:10 (NLT)

Live in harmony with each other. Don’t try to act important, but enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all. -Romans 12:16

As the Scriptures say, “The person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done.” -1 Corinthians 1:31

We can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more. -2 Corinthians 3:18

But we will not boast of authority we do not have. Our goal is to stay within the boundaries of God’s plan for us, and this plan includes our working there with you. -2 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)

And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises God gave to him belong to you. -Galatians 3:29

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. -Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)

Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. -Galatians 6:4 (NLT)

I pray that you hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future he has promised to those he called. I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his people. -Ephesians 1:18

I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. -Eph 1:19,20

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you might inner strength through his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. -Eph 3:16-17

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. -Eph 3:18-19

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. -Ephesians 4:31,32 (NLT)

And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again. -Philippians 1:6

For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him. -Philippians 2:13 (NLT)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let you requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Phillipians 4:6

We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better. -Colossians 1:9-10

We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people, who live in the light. Col 1:11

You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. -Colossians 3:13

Avoid godless, foolish discussions that lead to more and more ungodliness. This kind of talk spreads like cancer. -2 Tim 2:16 (NLT)

The Lord’s servants must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone. -2 Timothy 2:24

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do. -2 Tim 3:16-17

Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. -Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)

Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. -Heb 10:35

Moses kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the One who is invisible. -Hebrews 11:27 (NLT)

Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. -Heb 12:4

No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it is painful! But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. -Hebrews 12:11 (NLT)

So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs. Mark out a straight path for your feet. Then those who follow you, though they are weak and lame, will not stumble and fall but will become strong. -Hebrews 12:12-13 (NLT)

Try to live in peace with everyone, and seek to live a clean and holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. -Hebrews 12:14 (NLT)

Look after each other so that none of you will miss out on the special favor of God. -Hebrews 12:15

See to it that you obey God, the one who is speaking to you. -Hebrews 12:25 (NLT)

Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.” -Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)

And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, all that is pleasing to him. -Hebrews 13:20 (NLT)

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. -James 1:2-4

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. -James 3:17,18

The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. -James 5:15 (The Message)

Be careful how you live among your unbelieving neighbors. Even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will believe and give honor to God when he comes to judge the world. -1 Peter 2:12

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you. -1 Peter 5:7

So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not obey God’s commands and does not love other Christians does not belong to God. 1 John 3:10 (NLT)

If someone says, “I love God,” but hates another Christian, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we have not seen? -1 John 4:20 (NLT)

If you see any Christian sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. -1 John 5:16 (NLT)

No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love has been brought to full expression through us. -1 John 4:12 (NLT)

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