“…You have cultivated wickedness and raised a thriving crop of sins. You have earned the full reward of trusting in a lie—believing that military might and great armies can make a nation safe” (Hos 10:13, TLB). “Don’t go to war without wise guidance…” (Prov 24:6, TLB). “Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Prov 14:34, NLT). “Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory” (Prov 11:14, NASB).
“…Son of man, are you ready to judge Jerusalem…, the city of murderers? Publicly denounce her detestable sins, and give her this message from the Sovereign Lord: ‘O city of murderers, doomed and damned—city of idols, filthy and foul—you are guilty because of the blood you have shed. You are defiled because of the idols you have made. Your day of destruction has come. You have reached the end of your years. I will make you an object of mockery throughout the world. O infamous city, filled with confusion, you will be mocked by people far and near.
“…[God] will listen to us whenever we ask Him for anything in line with His will” (1 John 5:4, TLB). Hence, “faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen…” (Heb 11:1, NLT). “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called His holy people, who are His rich and glorious inheritance” (Eph 1:18, NLT). “My God will meet all your needs. He will meet them in keeping with His wonderful riches that come to you because you belong to Christ Jesus” (Php 4:19, NIRV).
“The Lord loves those who hate evil; He protects the lives of His people and rescues them from the wicked” (Pss 97:10, TLB). “…The eyes of the Lord are watching over those who fear Him, who rely upon His steady love. He will keep them from death even in times of famine” (Pss 33:18-19, TLB). “He will cover… [and] shelter you…. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow… [of] the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
“‘…Where is My reverence,’ says the Lord…, ‘to you priests who despise My name…’” (Mal 1:6, NKJV). “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge…” (Hos 4:6, NKJV). “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” (Prov 1:7). “…To you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing…” (Mal 4:2. NKJV). “…Those who feared the Lord…, the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord…” (Mal 3:16, NKJV).