Strengthen the hands that have gone limp, steady the knees that shake! 1
Be strong and confident, 1 all you who wait on the Lord!
Whenever the Israelites were strong militarily, they forced the Canaanites to do hard labor, but they never totally conquered them. 1
But as for you, be strong and don’t get discouraged, 1 for your work will be rewarded.” 2
King Tiglath-pileser 1 of Assyria came, but he gave him more trouble than support. 2
“You have criticized me sharply,” 1 says the Lord, “but you ask, ‘How have we criticized you?’
Be strong and courageous! Do not fear or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who is going with you. He will not fail you or abandon you!”
By the twenty-third year of King Jehoash’s reign the priests had still not repaired the damage to the temple.
“Be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic 1 because of the king of Assyria and this huge army that is with him! We have with us one who is stronger than those who are with him. 2
All their neighbors assisted 1 them with silver utensils, 2 gold, equipment, animals, and expensive gifts, not to mention 3 all the voluntary offerings.
Tell those who panic, 1 “Be strong! Do not fear! Look, your God comes to avenge! With divine retribution he comes to deliver you.” 2
Lord, I know you look for faithfulness. 1 But even when you punish these people, they feel no remorse. 2 Even when you nearly destroy them, they refuse to be corrected. They have become as hardheaded as a rock. 3 They refuse to change their ways. 4
Then Joshua said to them, “Don’t be afraid and don’t panic! 1 Be strong and brave, for the Lord will do the same thing to all your enemies you fight.
He did this so the violent deaths of Jerub-Baal’s seventy sons might be avenged and Abimelech, their half-brother 1 who murdered them, might have to pay for their spilled blood, along with the leaders of Shechem who helped him murder them. 2
Absalom instructed his servants, “Look! When Amnon is drunk 1 and I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon down,’ kill him then and there. Don’t fear! Is it not I who have given you these instructions? Be strong and courageous!” 2
Now the advisers 1 of the king of Syria said to him: “Their God is a god of the mountains. That’s why they overpowered us. But if we fight them in the plains, we will certainly overpower them.
You will report to Amariah the chief priest in all matters pertaining to the Lord’s law, and to Zebadiah son of Ishmael, the leader of the family of Judah, in all matters pertaining to the king. 1 The Levites will serve as officials before you. Confidently carry out your duties! 2 May the Lord be with those who do well!”