Ok, here's the deal. I think there is something to learn from everyone. I want to know what everyones favorite scriptural verses are. These can be from the Bible, Torah, Book of Mormon, Bagavad gita, Vedas, Koran, etc. Any writings considered sacred are allowed.
My favorite from the Book of Mormon
36 Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.
37 Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.
I like it because it shows a source of strength anyone can turn to when they are in need. There's a comfort knowing He's always there for you.
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David, a handsome, ruddy-cheeked youth and the youngest son of Jesse, is brought before Saul, the king of Israel, having slain the giant Philistine warrior Goliath with only a stone and sling (1 Sam. 16:14-21).
Jonathan, the eldest son of Saul, is struck with love for David on their first meeting (1 Samuel 18:1), and that same day, makes a covenant with him because he loves him (1 Samuel 18:3). He then removes and offers David the rich garments he is wearing, and shares with him his worldly possessions (1 Samuel 18:4).
The people of Israel openly accept David and sing of his praises, so much so that it draws the jealousy of Saul (1 Samuel 18:5-9). Saul tries repeatedly to kill David, but is each time unsuccessful, and David's reputation only grows with each attempt (1 Samuel 18:24-25).
Upon learning of one of Saul's murder attempts, Jonathan warns David to hide (1 Samuel 19:1-2). David is forced to flee more of Saul's attempts to kill him (1 Samuel 19:1-20:1), and in a moment when they find themselves alone together, David says to Jonathan, "Your father knows well that I have found favor in your sight, and he has said, 'Do not let Jonathan know this, or he will be grieved,' but truly as the LORD lives and as your soul lives, there is hardly a step between me and death," (1 Samuel 20:3).
"Then Jonathan said to David, 'Whatever you say, I will do for you,'" (1 Samuel 20:4). And "Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, 'May the LORD require it at the hands of David's enemies,'" and "Jonathan made David vow again because of his love for him," (1 Samuel 20:16-17).
David agrees to hide, until Jonathan can confront his father and ascertain whether it is safe for David to stay (1 Samuel 20:18-22). When Jonathan approaches his father to plead David's cause, he replies, "You son of a perverse, rebellious woman! Do I not know that you are choosing the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother's nakedness?" (1 Samuel 20:30).
Jonathan is so grieved that he does not eat for days (1 Samuel 20:34). He goes to David at his hiding place to tell him that it is unsafe for him and he must leave: "When the lad was gone, David rose from the south side and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed three times And they kissed each other and wept together, until David exceeded. Jonathan said to David, 'Go in safety, inasmuch as we have sworn to each other in the name of the LORD, saying, 'The LORD will be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants forever.' Then he rose and departed, while Jonathan went into the city," (1 Samuel 20:41-42).
Saul continues to pursue David (1 Samuel 21-23:14), David and Jonathan renew their covenant together (1 Samuel 23:15-18), and eventually Saul and David reconcile (1 Samuel 24:16-22). When Jonathan is slain on Mt. Gilboa by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:2), David laments his death saying, "I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; you have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was more wonderful than the love of women," (2 Samuel 1:26).
'Love is patient; love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; never selfish, not quick to take offence. Love keeps no score of wrongs; does not gloat over other men's sins, but delights in the truth. There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, and its endurance.
Love will never come to an end. Are there prophets? their work will be over. Are there tongues of ecstacy? they will cease. Is there knowledge? it will vanish away; for our knowledge and our prophecy alike are partial, and the partial vanishes when wholeness comes. When I was a child, my speech, my outlook, and my thoughts were all childish. When I grew up, I had finished with childish things. Now we see only puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we shall see face to face. My knowledge now is partial; then it will be whole, like God's knowledge of me. In a word, there are three things that will last for ever: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of them all is love.'
Well if God is evil, then what is Satan? Why did God cast Satan out, and what is his punishment? Satan was proud, and rose up against God (Isaiah 15: 13-14, Ezekiel 28: 14-19). Therefore, he is judged, bruised, chained in darkness, and sent to Hell (John 12: 31, John 16: 11, Romans 16:20, Jude 6, 2 Peter 2: 4, Matthew 25: 41). Itís interesting to note that Satan was an angel (Isaiah 14: 12) who was perfect (Ezekiel 29: 15) and beautiful (Ezekiel 28: 17). The angels had free will, as is indicated by the fact that Satan chose to go against God. If he had known the punishment, he would not have had true free will. However, it says nowhere that Satan knew he would be sent to hell for his act
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Prov. 16: 2-5....
"All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the Lord weighs the motives.
Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
The Lord has made everthing for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; assuredly, he will not be unpunished."