"Who are you?" his father Isaac asked him. "I am Esau," he replied, "your first-born son." With that, Isaac was seized with a fit of uncontrollable trembling.
[Taken from GEN 27:32-33]
Then Joseph gave orders to have their containers filled with grain, their money replaced in each one's sack, and provisions given them for their journey. After this had been done for them, they loaded their donkeys with the rations and departed. At the night encampment, when one of them opened his bag to give his donkey some fodder, he was surprised to see his money in the mouth of his bag. "My money has been returned!" he cried out to his brothers. "Here it is in my bag!" At that their hearts sank. Trembling, they asked one another, "What is this that God has done to us?" [GEN
In your mercy you led the people you redeemed; in your strength you guided them to your holy dwelling. The nations heard and quaked; anguish gripped the dwellers in Philistia. Then were the princes of Edom dismayed; trembling seized the chieftains of Moab;
All the dwellers in Canaan melted away; terror and dread fell upon them.
By the might of your arm they were frozen like stone, while your people, O LORD, passed over, while the people you had made your own passed over.
On the morning of the third day there were peals of thunder and
lightning, and a heavy cloud over the mountain, and a very loud
trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled. But
Moses led the people out of the camp to meet God, and they
stationed themselves at the foot of the mountain. Mount Sinai was
all wrapped in smoke, for the LORD came down upon it in fire. The
smoke rose from it as though from a furnace, and the whole
mountain trembled violently. The trumpet blast grew louder and
louder, while Moses was speaking and God answering him with
thunder. When the LORD came down to the top of Mount Sinai, he
summoned Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up to
him. Then the LORD told Moses, "Go down and warn the people
not to break through toward the LORD in order to see him;
otherwise many of them will be struck down. The priests, too, who
approach the LORD must sanctify themselves; else he will vent his
anger upon them." [EX 19:16-22]
When the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the trumpet blast and the mountain smoking, they all feared and trembled. So they took up a position much farther away and said to Moses, "You speak to us, and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we shall die." Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid, for God has come to you only to test you and put his fear upon you, lest you should sin."
'This day I will begin to put a fear and dread of you into every
nation under the heavens, so that at the mention of your name they
will quake and tremble before you.' [DEUT 2:25]
O LORD, when you went out from Seir, when you marched from the land of Edom,
The earth quaked and the heavens were shaken, while the clouds sent down showers. Mountains trembled in the presence of the LORD, the One of Sinai, in the presence of the LORD, the God of Israel.
Samuel did as the LORD had commanded him. When he entered
Bethlehem, the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and
inquired, "Is your visit peaceful, O seer?" [1SAM 16:4]
David went to Ahimelech, the priest of Nob, who came trembling
to meet him and asked, "Why are you alone? Is there no one
with you?" [1SAM 21:2]
"The earth swayed and quaked; the foundations of the
heavens trembled and shook when his wrath flared up." [2SAM 22:8]
Tremble before him, all the earth; he has made the world firm,
not to be moved. [1CHRON 16:30]
All the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered together in
Jerusalem within the three-day period: it was in the ninth month,
on the twentieth day of the month. All the people, standing in the
open place before the house of God, were trembling both over the
matter at hand and because it was raining. [EZRA 10:9]
On hearing what had happened, those still in their tents were amazed, and overcome with fear and trembling. No one kept ranks any longer; they scattered in all directions, and fled along every road, both through the valley and in the mountains. Those also who were stationed in the mountain district around Bethulia took to flight. Then all the Israelite warriors overwhelmed them.
"The Persians were dismayed at her daring, the Medes appalled at her boldness. When my lowly ones shouted, they were terrified; when my weaklings cried out, they trembled; at the sound of their war cry, they took to flight."
Seeing that the army was strong, he prayed thus: "Blessed are you, O Savior of Israel, who broke the rush of the mighty one by the hand of your servant David and delivered the camp of the Philistines into the hand of Jonathan, the son of Saul, and his armor-bearer. Give this army into the hands of your people Israel; make them ashamed of their troops and their cavalry. Strike them with fear, weaken the boldness of their strength, and let them tremble at their own destruction. Strike them down by the sword of those who love you, that all who know your name may hymn your praise." [1MACC
All who heard the noise of their numbers, the tramp of their
marching, and the clashing of the arms, trembled; for the army was
very great and strong. [1MACC 6:41]
Priests prostrated themselves in their priestly robes before the altar, and loudly begged him in heaven who had given the law about deposits to keep the deposits safe for those who had made them.
Whoever saw the appearance of the high priest was pierced to the heart, for the changed color of his face manifested the anguish of his soul. The terror and bodily trembling that had come over the man clearly showed those who saw him the pain that lodged in his heart.
People rushed out of their houses in crowds to make public supplication, because the Place was in danger of being profaned.
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has withstood
him and remained unscathed? He removes the mountains before they
know it; he overturns them in his anger. He shakes the earth out
of its place, and the pillars beneath it tremble. He commands the
sun, and it rises not; he seals up the stars. He alone stretches
out the heavens and treads upon the crests of the sea. [JOB 9:4-8]
He stretches out the North over empty space, and suspends the
earth over nothing at all; He binds up the waters in his clouds,
yet the cloud is not rent by their weight; He holds back the
appearance of the full moon by spreading his clouds before it. He
has marked out a circle on the surface of the deep as the boundary
of light and darkness. The pillars of the heavens tremble and are
stunned at his thunderous rebuke; By his power he stirs up the
sea, and by his might he crushes Rahab; With his angry breath he
scatters the waters, and he hurls the lightning against them
relentlessly; His hand pierces the fugitive dragon as from his
hand it strives to flee. Lo, these are but the outlines of his
ways, and how faint is the word we hear! [JOB 26:7-14]
But it is idle to say God does not hear or that the Almighty does not take notice. Even though you say that you see him not, the case is before him; with trembling should you wait upon him.
At this my heart trembles and leaps out of its place, To hear his angry voice as it rumbles forth from his mouth! Everywhere under the heavens he sends it, with his lightning, to the ends of the earth.
Again his voice roars - the majestic sound of his thunder. He does great things beyond our knowing; wonders past our searching out.
Frenzied and trembling he devours the ground; he holds not back at the sound of the trumpet, but at each blast he cries, "Aha!"
Even from afar he scents the battle, the roar of the chiefs and the shouting.
Serve the LORD with fear; with trembling bow down in homage,
Lest God be angry and you perish from the way in a sudden blaze of
anger. Happy are all who take refuge in God! [PS 2:11]
Tremble and do not sin; upon your beds ponder in silence. [PS
Have pity on me, LORD, for I am weak; heal me, LORD, for my
bones are trembling. [PS 6:3]
In my distress I called out: LORD! I cried out to my God. From
his temple he heard my voice; my cry to him reached his ears. The
earth rocked and shook; the foundations of the mountains trembled;
they shook as his wrath flared up. Smoke rose in his nostrils, a
devouring fire poured from his mouth; it kindled coals into flame.
He parted the heavens and came down, a dark cloud under his feet.
Mounted on a cherub he flew, borne along on the wings of the wind.
He made darkness the cover about him; his canopy, heavy
thunderheads. Before him scudded his clouds, hail and lightning
too. The LORD thundered from heaven; the Most High made his voice
resound. [PS 18:7-14]
You rescued me from the strife of peoples; you made me head over nations.
A people I had not known became my slaves; as soon as they heard of me they obeyed.
Foreigners cringed before me; their courage failed; they came trembling from their fortresses.
God is in its midst; it shall not be shaken; God will help it at break of day. Though nations rage and kingdoms totter, God's voice thunders and the earth trembles. The LORD of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob.
[Taken from PS 46:6-8]
God is its citadel, renowned as a stronghold. See! The kings assembled, together they invaded. When they looked they were astounded; terrified, they were put to flight! Trembling seized them there, anguish, like a woman's labor, As when the east wind wrecks the ships of Tarshish!
Fear and trembling overwhelm me; shuddering sweeps over me. [PS
The waters saw you, God; the waters saw you and lashed about,
trembled even to their depths. The clouds poured down their rains;
the thunderheads rumbled; your arrows flashed back and forth. The
thunder of your chariot wheels resounded; your lightning lit up
the world; the earth trembled and quaked. Through the sea was your
path; your way, through the mighty waters, though your footsteps
were unseen. You led your people like a flock under the care of
Moses and Aaron. [PS 77:17-21]
Those who hate the LORD would tremble, their doom sealed
forever. [PS 81:16]
Give to the LORD, you families of nations, give to the LORD glory and might; give to the LORD the glory due his name!
Bring gifts and enter his courts; bow down to the LORD, splendid in holiness.
Tremble before God, all the earth; say among the nations: The LORD is king.
The world will surely stand fast, never to be moved. God rules the peoples with fairness.
Cloud and darkness surround the Lord; justice and right are the
foundation of his throne. Fire goes before him; everywhere it
consumes the foes. Lightning illumines the world; the earth sees
and trembles. The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before
the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim God's justice; all
peoples see his glory. [PS 97:2-6]
The LORD is king, the peoples tremble; God is enthroned on
the cherubim, the earth quakes. [PS 99:1]
If God glares at the earth, it trembles; if God touches the
mountains, they smoke! [PS 104:32]
Some went off to sea in ships, plied their trade on the deep
waters. They saw the works of the LORD, the wonders of God in the
deep. He spoke and roused a storm wind; it tossed the waves on
high. They rose up to the heavens, sank to the depths; their
hearts trembled at the danger. They reeled, staggered like
drunkards; their skill was of no avail. In their distress they
cried to the LORD, who brought them out of their peril, Hushed the
storm to a murmur; the waves of the sea were stilled. They
rejoiced that the sea grew calm, that God brought them to the
harbor they longed for. Let them thank the LORD for such kindness,
such wondrous deeds for mere mortals. [PS 107:23-31]
Tremble, earth, before the Lord, before the God of Jacob, Who turned rock into pools of water, stone into flowing springs.
Under three things the earth trembles, yes, under four it cannot bear up: Under a slave when he becomes king, and a fool when he is glutted with food; Under an odious woman when she is wed, and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress.
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the
evil days come And the years approach of which you will say, I
have no pleasure in them; Before the sun is darkened. and the
light, and the moon, and the stars, while the clouds return after
the rain; When the guardians of the house tremble, and the strong
men are bent, And the grinders are idle because they are few, and
they who look through the windows grow blind; When the doors to
the street are shut, and the sound of the mill is low; When one
waits for the chirp of a bird, but all the daughters of song are
suppressed; And one fears heights, and perils in the street; When
the almond tree blooms, and the locust grows sluggish and the
caper berry is without effect, Because man goes to his lasting
home, and mourners go about the streets; Before the silver cord is
snapped and the golden bowl is broken, And the pitcher is
shattered at the spring, and the broken pulley falls into the
well, And the dust returns to the earth as it once was, and the
life breath returns to God who gave it. [ECCL 12:1-7]
For they who supposed their secret sins were hid under the dark
veil of oblivion Were scattered in fearful trembling, terrified by
apparitions. [WISDOM 17:3]
For even though no monstrous thing frightened them, they shook at the passing of insects and the hissing of
reptiles, And perished trembling, reluctant to face even the air that they could nowhere escape. For wickedness, of its nature cowardly, testifies in its own condemnation, and because of a distressed conscience, always magnifies misfortunes.
Say not: "I am hidden from God; in heaven who remembers
me? Among so many people I cannot be known; what am I in the world
of spirits? Behold, the heavens, the heaven of heavens, the earth
and the abyss tremble at his visitation; The roots of the
mountains, the earth's foundations, at his mere glance, quiver and
quake. Of me, therefore, he will take no thought; with my ways who
will concern himself? If I sin, no eye will see me; if all in
secret I am disloyal, who is to know? Who tells him of just deeds
and what could I expect for doing my duty?" Such are the
thoughts of senseless men, which only the foolish knave will
think. [SIRACH 16:15-21]
When word came to the house of David that Aram was encamped in
Ephraim, the heart of the king and heart of the people trembled,
as the trees of the forest tremble in the wind. [ISA 7:2]
Lo, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with wrath and burning
anger; To lay waste the land and destroy the sinners within it!
The stars and constellations of the heavens send forth no light;
The sun is dark when it rises, and the light of the moon does not
shine. Thus I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked
for their guilt. I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant,
the insolence of tyrants I will humble. I will make mortals more
rare than pure gold, men, than gold of Ophir. For this I will make
the heavens tremble and the earth shall be shaken from its place,
At the wrath of the LORD of hosts on the day of his burning anger.
You said in your heart: "I will scale the heavens; Above
the stars of God I will set up my throne; I will take my seat on
the Mount of Assembly, in the recesses of the North. I will ascend
above the tops of the clouds; I will be like the Most High!"
Yet down to the nether world you go to the recesses of the pit!
When they see you they will stare, pondering over you: "Is
this the man who made the earth tremble, and kingdoms quake? Who
made the world a desert, razed its cities, and gave his captives
no release?" [ISA 14:13-17]
In the streets they wear sackcloth, lamenting and weeping; On
the rooftops and in the squares everyone wails. Heshbon and
Elealeh cry out, they are heard as far as Jahaz. At this the loins
of Moab tremble, his soul quivers within him; The heart of Moab
cries out, his fugitives reach Zoar (Eglath-shelishiyah). The
ascent of Luhith they climb weeping; On the way to Horonaim they
utter rending cries. [ISA 15:3-5]
Oracle on Egypt: See, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud on
his way to Egypt; The idols of Egypt tremble before him, the
hearts of the Egyptians melt within them. I will rouse Egypt
against Egypt: brother will war against brother, Neighbor against
neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom. The courage
of the Egyptians ebbs away within them, and I will bring to nought
their counsel; They shall consult idols and charmers, ghosts and
spirits. I will deliver Egypt into the power of a cruel master, A
harsh king who shall rule over them, says the Lord, the LORD of
hosts. [ISA 19:1-4]
On that day the Egyptians shall be like women, trembling with
fear, because of the LORD of hosts shaking his fist at them. [ISA
For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: By waiting
and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust your
strength lies. But this you did not wish. "No," you
said, "Upon horses we will flee." - Very well, flee!
"Upon swift steeds we will ride." - Not so swift as your
pursuers. A thousand shall tremble at the threat of one; if five
threaten you, you shall flee, Until you are left like a flagstaff
on the mountaintop, like a flag on the hill. Yet the LORD is
waiting to show you favor, and he rises to pity you; For the LORD
is a God of justice: blessed are all who wait for him! [ISA 30:15-18]
Tremble, you who are complacent! Shudder, you who are
overconfident! Strip yourselves bare, with only a loincloth to
cover you. [ISA 32:11]
On Zion sinners are in dread, trembling grips the impious:
"Who of us can live with the consuming fire? who of us can
live with the everlasting flames?" He who practices virtue
and speaks honestly, who spurns what is gained by oppression,
Brushing his hands free of contact with a bribe, stopping his ears
lest he hear of bloodshed, closing his eyes lest he look on evil -
He shall dwell on the heights, his stronghold shall be the rocky
fastness, his food and drink in steady supply. [ISA 33:14-16]
Who has performed these deeds? He who has called forth the
generations since the beginning. I, the LORD, am the first, and
with the last I will also be. The coastlands see, and fear; the
ends of the earth tremble: these things are near, they come to
pass. But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen,
offspring of Abraham my friend - You whom I have taken from the
ends of the earth and summoned from its far-off places, You whom I
have called my servant, whom I have chosen and will not cast off -
Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God. I will
strengthen you, and help you, and uphold you with my right hand of
justice. [ISA 41:4-5,8-10]
As when brushwood is set ablaze, or fire makes the water boil!
Thus your name would be made known to your enemies and the nations would tremble before you, While you wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for, such as they had not heard of from of old.
No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you doing such deeds for those who wait for him.
Thus says the LORD: The heavens are my throne, the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house can you build for me; what is to be my resting place? My hand made all these things when all of them came to be, says the LORD.
This is the one whom I approve: the lowly and afflicted man who trembles at my word.
Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word: Your
brethren who, because of my name, hate and reject you, say,
"Let the LORD show his glory that we may see your joy";
but they shall be put to shame. [ISA 66:5]
Fools my people are, they know me not; Senseless children they
are, having no understanding; They are wise in evil, but know not
how to do good. I looked at the earth, and it was waste and void;
at the heavens, and their light had gone out! I looked at the
mountains, and they were trembling, and all the hills were
crumbling! I looked and behold, there was no man; even the birds
of the air had flown away! I looked and behold, the garden land
was a desert, with all its cities destroyed before the LORD,
before his blazing wrath. For thus says the LORD: Waste shall the
whole land be; I will (not) wholly destroy it. Because of this the
earth shall mourn, the heavens above shall darken; I have spoken,
I will not repent, I have resolved, I will not turn back. [JER 4:22-28]
Should you not fear me, says the LORD, should you not tremble
before me? I made the sandy shore the sea's limit, which by
eternal decree it may not overstep. Toss though it may, it is to
no avail; though its billows roar, they cannot pass. [JER 5:22]
I will appoint shepherds for them who will shepherd them so that they need no longer fear and tremble; and none shall be missing,
says the LORD. Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;
As king he shall reign and govern wisely, he shall do what is just and right in the land.
Concerning the prophets: My heart within me is broken, my bones
all tremble; I am like a man who is drunk, overcome by wine,
Because of the LORD, because of his holy words. With adulterers
the land is filled; on their account the land mourns, the pasture
ranges are seared. Theirs is an evil course, theirs is unjust
power. [JER 23:9-10]
Then Jerusalem shall be my joy, my praise, my glory, before all
the nations of the earth, as they hear of all the good I will do
among them. They shall be in fear and trembling over all the
peaceful benefits I will give her. [JER 33:9]
He who dismisses the light, and it departs, calls it, and it
obeys him trembling; Before whom the stars at their posts shine
and rejoice; When he calls them, they answer, "Here we
are!" shining with joy for their Maker. Such is our God; no
other is to be compared to him: He has traced out all the way of
understanding, and has given her to Jacob, his servant, to Israel,
his beloved son. Since then she has appeared on earth, and moved
among men. [BARUCH 3:33-38]
There shall be disaster after disaster, rumor after rumor. Prophetic vision shall fade; instruction shall be lacking to the priest, and counsel to the elders, while the prince shall be enveloped in terror, and the hands of the common people shall tremble. I will deal with them according to their conduct, and according to their judgments I will judge them; thus they shall know that I am the LORD.
Thus the word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, eat your bread trembling, and drink your water shaking with anxiety. Then say to the people of the land: Thus says the Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem (to the land of Israel): They shall eat their bread in anxiety and drink their water in horror, that their land may be emptied of the violence of all its inhabitants that now fills it. Inhabited cities shall be in ruins, and the land shall be a waste; thus you shall know that I am the LORD.
As for you, son of man, prophesy, brushing one hand against the
other: While the sword is doubled and tripled, this sword of
slaughter, This great sword of slaughter which threatens all
around, That every heart may tremble; for many will be the fallen.
At all their gates I have appointed the sword for slaughter,
Fashioned to flash lightning, burnished for slaughter. [EZEK 21:19-20]
All the princes of the sea shall step down from their thrones,
lay aside their robes, and strip off their embroidered garments.
They shall be clothed in mourning and, sitting on the ground, they
shall tremble at every moment and be horrified at you. [EZEK
Many peoples shall be appalled at you, and their kings shall
shudder over you in horror when they see me brandish my sword, and
on the day of your downfall every one of them shall continuously
tremble for his own life. [EZEK 32:10]
Before me shall tremble the fish of the sea and the birds of
the air, the beasts of the field and all the reptiles that crawl
upon the ground, and all men who are on the land. Mountains shall
be overturned, and cliffs shall tumble, and every wall shall fall
to the ground. [EZEK 38:20]
I alone, Daniel, saw the vision; but great fear seized the men
who were with me; they fled and hid themselves, although they did
not see the vision. So I was left alone, seeing this great vision.
No strength remained in me; I turned the color of death and was
powerless. When I heard the sound of his voice, I fell face
forward in a faint. But then a hand touched me, raising me to my
hands and knees. "Daniel, beloved," he said to me,
"understand the words which I am speaking to you; stand up,
for my mission now is to you." When he said this to me, I
stood up trembling. "Fear not, Daniel," he continued;
"from the first day you made up your mind to acquire
understanding and humble yourself before God, your prayer was
heard." [Taken from DAN 10:7-12]
Then the people of Israel shall turn back and seek the LORD,
their God, and David, their king; They shall come trembling to the
LORD and to his bounty, in the last days. [HOSEA 3:5]
They shall follow the LORD, who roars like a lion; When he roars, his sons shall come frightened from the west, Out of Egypt they shall come trembling, like sparrows, from the land of Assyria, like doves;
And I will resettle them in their homes, says the LORD. [HOSEA
Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all who dwell in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming;
Yes, it is near, a day of darkness and of gloom, a day of clouds and somberness!
Like dawn spreading over the mountains, a people numerous and mighty!
Their like has not been from of old, nor will it be after them, even to the years of distant generations.
Before them the earth trembles, the heavens shake; The sun and
the moon are darkened, and the stars withhold their brightness.
The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Never will I forget a
thing they have done! Shall not the land tremble because of this,
and all who dwell in it mourn, While it rises up and tosses like
the Nile, and settles back like the river of Egypt? On that day,
says the Lord GOD, I will make the sun set at midday and cover the
earth with darkness in broad daylight. I will turn your feasts
into mourning and all your songs into lamentations. I will cover
the loins of all with sackcloth and make every head bald. I will
make them mourn as for an only son, and bring their day to a
bitter end. Yes, days are coming, says the Lord GOD, when I will
send famine upon the land: Not a famine of bread, or thirst for
water, but for hearing the word of the LORD. [AMOS 8:7-11]
As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt, show us wonderful signs. The nations shall behold and be put to shame, in spite of all their strength;
They shall put their hands over their mouths; their ears shall become deaf. They shall lick the dust like the serpent, like reptiles on the ground;
They shall come quaking from their fastnesses, trembling in fear of you (the LORD, our God).
Nineveh is like a pool whose waters escape; "Stop! Stop!" but none turns back. "Plunder the silver, plunder the gold!" There is no end to the treasure, to their wealth in precious things of every kind!
Emptiness, desolation, waste; melting hearts and trembling knees,
Writhing in every frame, every face blanched! [NAHUM 2:9-11]
Shall not your creditors rise suddenly? Shall not they who make you tremble awake? You shall become their spoil! Because you despoiled
many peoples all the rest of the nations shall despoil you; Because of men's blood shed, and violence done to the land, to the city and to all who dwell in it. Woe to him who pursues evil gain for his household, setting his nest on high to escape the reach of misfortune!
O LORD, I have heard your renown, and feared, O LORD, your
work. In the course of the years revive it, in the course of the
years make it known; in your wrath remember compassion! God comes
from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. Covered are the heavens
with his glory, and with his praise the earth is filled. His
splendor spreads like the light; rays shine forth from beside him,
where his power is concealed. Before him goes pestilence, and the
plague follows in his steps. He pauses to survey the earth; his
look makes the nations tremble. The eternal mountains are
shattered, the age-old hills bow low along his ancient ways. I see
the tents of Cushan collapse; trembling are the pavilions of the
land of Midian. [HAB 3:2-7]
Bared and ready is your bow, filled with arrows is your quiver.
Into streams you split the earth; at sight of you the mountains tremble.
A torrent of rain descends; the ocean gives forth its roar. The sun forgets to rise, the moon remains in its shelter,
At the light of your flying arrows, at the gleam of your flashing spear. In wrath you bestride the earth, in fury you trample the nations.
I hear, and my body trembles; at the sound, my lips quiver.
Decay invades my bones, my legs tremble beneath me. I await the
day of distress that will come upon the people who attack us. [HAB
There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had
spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew
worse. She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the
crowd and touched his cloak. She said, "If I but touch his
clothes, I shall be cured." Immediately her flow of blood
dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her
affliction. Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him,
turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who has touched my
clothes?" But his disciples said to him, "You see how
the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, 'Who touched
me?'" And he looked around to see who had done it. The woman,
realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and
trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole
truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you.
Go in peace and be cured of your affliction." [MK 5:25-34]
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of
James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint
him. Very early when the sun had risen, on the first day of the
week, they came to the tomb. They were saying to one another,
"Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the
tomb?" When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been
rolled back; it was very large. On entering the tomb they saw a
young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and
they were utterly amazed. He said to them, "Do not be amazed!
You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he
is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But go and tell
his disciples and Peter, 'He is going before you to Galilee; there
you will see him, as he told you.'" Then they went out and
fled from the tomb, seized with trembling and bewilderment. They
said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. [MK 16:1-8]
And a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years, who
(had spent her whole livelihood on doctors and) was unable to be
cured by anyone, came up behind him and touched the tassel on his
cloak. Immediately her bleeding stopped. Jesus then asked,
"Who touched me?" While all were denying it, Peter said,
"Master, the crowds are pushing and pressing in upon
you." But Jesus said, "Someone has touched me; for I
know that power has gone out from me." When the woman
realized that she had not escaped notice, she came forward
trembling. Falling down before him, she explained in the presence
of all the people why she had touched him and how she had been
healed immediately. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has
saved you; go in peace." [LK 8:43-48]
Then the one who was harming his neighbor pushed him aside,
saying, 'Who appointed you ruler and judge over us? Are you
thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'
Moses fled when he heard this and settled as an alien in the land
of Midian, where he became the father of two sons. "Forty
years later, an angel appeared to him in the desert near Mount
Sinai in the flame of a burning bush. When Moses saw it, he was
amazed at the sight, and as he drew near to look at it, the voice
of the Lord came, 'I am the God of your fathers, the God of
Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob.' Then Moses, trembling, did not
dare to look at it. But the Lord said to him, 'Remove the sandals
from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. I
have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt and have heard
their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them. Come now, I
will send you to Egypt.'" [ACTS 7:27-34]
About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying and singing
hymns to God as the prisoners listened, there was suddenly such a
severe earthquake that the foundations of the jail shook; all the
doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose. When the
jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew (his)
sword and was about to kill himself, thinking that the prisoners
had escaped. But Paul shouted out in a loud voice, "Do no
harm to yourself; we are all here." He asked for a light and
rushed in and, trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and
Silas. Then he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I
do to be saved?" [ACTS 16:25-30]
When I came to you, brothers, proclaiming the mystery of God, I
did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom. For I resolved
to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him
crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling,
and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive (words
of) wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power, so that
your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.
So then even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of
the one who did the wrong, or on account of the one who suffered
the wrong, but in order that your concern for us might be made
plain to you in the sight of God. For this reason we are
encouraged. And besides our encouragement, we rejoice even more
because of the joy of Titus, since his spirit has been refreshed
by all of you. For if I have boasted to him about you, I was not
put to shame. No, just as everything we said to you was true, so
our boasting before Titus proved to be the truth. And his heart
goes out to you all the more, as he remembers the obedience of all
of you, when you received him with fear and trembling. [2COR 7:12-15]
So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only
when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out
your salvation with fear and trembling. [PHIL 2:12]
Indeed, so fearful was the spectacle that Moses said, "I
am terrified and trembling." [HEB 12:21]
So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Indeed someone might say, "You have faith and I have
works." Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I
will demonstrate my faith to you from my works. You believe that
God is one. You do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble.
Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is
useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he
offered his son Isaac upon the altar? You see that faith was
active along with his works, and faith was completed by the works.
Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed
God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was
called "the friend of God." See how a person is
justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way,
was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she welcomed
the messengers and sent them out by a different route? For just as
a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is
dead. [JMS 2:17-26]
of God / fear of the Lord [F7]
/ punishment / unpunished [P22]
/ honor to God [R8]
/ honors / honored / honorable [H16]
/ merciful [M3a]
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