Jude: how God really feels about sexual sin

New International Version

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James,

To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for[a] Jesus Christ:

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

The Sin and Doom of Ungodly People

Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about[b] long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord[c] at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”[d] 10 Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct—as irrational animals do—will destroy them.

11 Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.

12 These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. 13 They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.

14 Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15 to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”[e] 16 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

A Call to Persevere

17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.[f]

Doxology

24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Footnotes

  1. Jude 1:1 Or by; or in
  2. Jude 1:4 Or individuals who were marked out for condemnation
  3. Jude 1:5 Some early manuscripts Jesus
  4. Jude 1:9 Jude is alluding to the Jewish Testament of Moses (approximately the first century a.d.).
  5. Jude 1:15 From the Jewish First Book of Enoch (approximately the first century b.c.)
  6. Jude 1:23 The Greek manuscripts of these verses vary at several points.

Repost: ANR outside marriage = adultery

Email I recently received:

“I have  met two Christian men on ANR dating sites and all of them are like myself, in that they were sexually active before they gave their life to Christ. And each of them has the same opinion on nursing vs sex. Each of them believed that nursing can be a permissible act between unwed partners as an alternative to intercourse before marriage. I don’t have an opinion on the subject yet, but I am trying to form one and I’d like the input of someone…I am inclined to agree with them because there is nothing in the scripture prohibiting it  as far as I can tell, though a biblical scholar, I am not. Just wondering if you would be willing to share your opinion and why you feel the way you do. […]”

My response:

“Nursing as a way to prevent pre-marital sex? Well…
You say ‘Though I have been successful in abstaining for  the last seven years, I find this the most difficult thing to control.’ This statement shows that if one engages in an ANR, they’re exposing themselves to temptation. There are many sinful things Scripture doesn’t expressly forbid, masturbation being one. Engaging in an ANR before marriage is another example, because an ANR is something sexual. Ezekiel 23:3, 8 and 21 tell us that breasts also serve a sexual purpose, but human experience also bears witness to their sexual nature apart from Scripture.

Unfortunately, I’ve come across some nursers who deny this but to be very frank, I think they’re suppressing the truth, because nipples are erogenous zones. Some things are just so risky that even if the Bible doesn’t explicitly prohibit them, if you practice them, you place yourself in a danger zone.

“Nancy”, since you’re His child…, God will most likely provide you a godly, loving husband to enjoy this intimacy with. Then you can experience uninhibited ANR joy without worrying about sinning. I’ve come to see God’s infinite wisdom in requiring us to flee from sexual immorality. The passion, joy, selfless service and thrill of marital lovemaking are well worth the wait.

Any kind of nursing with multiple women is a sin as you rightfully point out, whether married to any of them or not. God certainly hates that and doesn’t play around with sexual sin.”

Drink water from your own cistern, water flowing from your own well.

Proverbs 5:15

Read full version in original post.

In the bosom of Jesus

“Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.”

John 13:23 (NKJV)

“One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was at the table, leaning against Jesus’ breast.”

John 13:23 (WEB)

“So he, having his head on Jesus’s bosom, leaned back and asked, ‘Master, who is it?'”

John 13:25 (Weymouth NT)

“Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, ‘Lord, who is it?”

John 13:25 (NKJV)

“Having turned, Peter sees the disciple whom Jesus loved following, the one who also had reclined on His bosom at the supper and said, “Lord, who is it who is betraying You?”

John 21:20 (Berean Literal Bible)

“Then Peter, turning around, saw a disciple following. This was the disciple whom Jesus sincerely loved, the one who had also leaned on Jesus’ breast at the supper and asked, “Lord, who is going to betray You?”

John 21:20 (WEB)

Fellow believers, is there any sweeter place to be than in the bosom of Jesus? 🙂 🙂

See also:

In the bosom of the Father

A systematic theology of the female bosom

A systematic theology of the female bosom

*based on female anatomical references to “cheq,” Strong’s Hebrew 2436, meaning “bosom”

“Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him.”

Ruth 4:16

“So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from my side, while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.”

1 Kings 3:20

“He said to her, “Give me your son.” Then he took him from her bosom and carried him up to the upper room where he was living, and laid him on his own bed.”

1 Kings 17:19

“Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?”

Proverbs 5:20

“They say to their mothers, “Where is grain and wine?” As they swoon like the wounded In the streets of the city, As their life is poured out In their mothers’ bosom.”

Lamenations 2:12

A Systematic Theology of Breasts

* based on “shad,” Strong’s Hebrew 7699 and 7699a, and “shod,” Strong’s Hebrew 7699b, meaning “breasts” and “female breasts” respectively, “dad,” Strong’s Hebrew 1717, meaning “breasts, teat, nipple,” “μαστός (mastos),” Strong’s Greek 3149, meaning “The breast, pap” and “θηλάζω (thélazó),Strong’s Greek 2337, meaning “I give suck, to nurse, to suckle, to suck.”

“by the God of your father who will help you, by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that crouches beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb.”

Genesis 49:25

“Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?”

Job 3:12

“(There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast, and they take a pledge against the poor.)”

Job 24:9

“Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.”

Psalm 22:9


“A lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts drench you at all times; be intoxicated always in her love.”

Proverbs 5:19

“My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh that lies between my breasts.”

Song of Solomon 1:13

“Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle, that graze among the lilies.”

Song of Solomon 4:5

“Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle.”

Song of Solomon 7:3

“Your stature is like a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters.”

Song of Solomon 7:7

“I say I will climb the palm tree and lay hold of its fruit. Oh may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, and the scent of your breath like apples,”

Song of Solomon 7:8


“Oh that you were like a brother to me who nursed at my mother’s breasts! If I found you outside, I would kiss you, and none would despise me.”

Song of Solomon 8:1


“We have a little sister, and she has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister on the day when she is spoken for?”

Song of Solomon 8:8


“I was a wall, and my breasts were like towers; then I was in his eyes as one who finds peace.”

Song of Solomon 8:10

“To whom will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from the milk, those taken from the breast?”

Isaiah 28:9

“Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields,
for the fruitful vine”

Isaiah 32:12

“You shall suck the milk of nations; you shall nurse at the breast of kings; and you shall know that I, the LORD, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Isaiah 60:16

“that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious abundance.”

Isaiah 66:11

“I made you flourish like a plant of the field. And you grew up and became tall and arrived at full adornment. Your breasts were formed, and your hair had grown; yet you were naked and bare.”

Ezekiel 16:7

“They played the whore in Egypt; they played the whore in their youth; there their breasts were pressed and their virgin bosoms handled.”

Ezekiel 23:3

“She did not give up her whoring that she had begun in Egypt; for in her youth men had lain with her and handled her virgin bosom and poured out their whoring lust upon her”

Ezekiel 23:8

“Thus you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when the Egyptians handled your bosom and pressed your young breasts.”

Ezekiel 23:21

“you shall drink it and drain it out, and gnaw its shards, and tear your breasts; for I have spoken, declares the Lord GOD.”

Ezekiel 23:34

“Plead with your mother, plead— for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband— that she put away her whoring from her face, and her adultery from between her breasts

Hosea 2:2

“Give them, O LORD— what will you give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.”

Hosea 9:14

“Gather together the people, sanctify the church, assemble the ancients, gather together the little ones, and them that suck at the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth from his bed, and the bride out of her bride chamber.”

Joel 2:16

“Do you hear,” they asked Him, “what these children are saying?” “Yes,” He replied; “have you never read, ‘Out of the mouths of infants and of babes at the breast Thou hast brought forth the praise which is due’?”

Matthew 21:16 (Weymouth NT)

“As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”

Luke 11:27

“For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’”

Luke 23:29

Trust and ANR

“I really want to have sex with you because you’re a human male I trust to not murder me in my sleep.”

— funny woman on hit TV show

As this comedienne rightfully states, trust is a huge issue for women in intimate situations involving men. But if you can get a man on your lap, and have him content, milk drunk, and asleep like a baby, you know trust isn’t an issue for you. You’ve cleared that hurdle and won your man over.

“You know you got your man if you have him drinking from you like a baby.”

— African American woman, on an article promoting ANRs, with an inquiring poll on ANR-willingness at the end

God’s loving, tender comfort

“Comfort, comfort my people,
    says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
    and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
    that her sin has been paid for”

— Isaiah 40

“Shout for joy, you heavens;
    rejoice, you earth;
    burst into song, you mountains!
For the Lord comforts his people
    and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
    the Lord has forgotten me.”

15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
    and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
    I will not forget you!
16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands”

— Isaiah 49

The Lord will surely comfort Zion
    and will look with compassion on all her ruins;
he will make her deserts like Eden,
    her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.
Joy and gladness will be found in her,
    thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

12 I, even I, am he who comforts you.
    Who are you that you fear mere mortals,
    human beings who are but grass”

— Isaiah 51

Burst into songs of joy together,
    you ruins of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people,
    he has redeemed Jerusalem.”

— Isaiah 52

God hates waste; he loves people and emotional warmth

“The LORD alone is God! He created the heavens and made a world where people can live, instead of creating an empty desert. The LORD alone is God; there are no others.”

Isaiah 45:18, CEV


“For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the LORD, and there is no other.”

ESV

Should I pursue medical wet nursing?

Be extremely careful. It’s too easy to be blindsided by, and end up rationalizing our sin.

Perhaps you have a health condition treatable with breast milk, and you’re considering finding a wet nurse, or nursing a sick man.

To do this without sinning, you need to move to a place where it’s so culturally accepted that women can nurse patients in areas that permit the presence of witnesses.

It’s very important to avoid the appearance of evil which 1 Thess. 5:22 warns us about.

Or you can seek freshly expressed milk. Or just wait till marriage, thereby altogether avoiding the possibility of sinning against a holy God.

The more intimate you are with Christ, the more likely he’ll open your eyes to ways you’ve been blinded by your sin. He’ll get you right back on track.

Repost: Adult breastfeeding wet nurses … for chronically sick and above reproach patients only

“Historically, women have breastfed adults who were sickly to help build their immune systems. The practice has continued more recently than you might realize in countries such as China.”

To a few guys out there, refrain from jumping the gun.

Your headache is not an occasion to seek a wet nurse. There’s no medical evidence to prove ingesting breast milk cures headaches, nor does it treat paper cuts, the common cold, insect bites, hiccups, anxiety, or job pressures.

Don’t move to China because you have a stomach ache. Treat it wherever God placed you, and refocus your heart and mind on Him.

If he didn’t want to taste my breast milk, now that’ll be weird

“There’s nothing weird about a husband being curious about the taste of breast milk. When nursing a baby, if my husband didn’t want to taste my breast milk, now that’s what would really be weird. If he completely avoided my breasts for the twelve months I spent nursing our infant, that’ll be unusual and strange.”

— German woman

In the coming months, I may post another interesting adult nursing tidbit I learned about Germany, Japan, Hawaii and Guam.

The God who yokes himself to his Bride

Christian, you were born dead and unresponsive, until Jesus Christ decided to take the initiative and yoke himself to you, thus breathing life into your formerly useless lungs.

Now, God’s cup of wrath towards you is empty. You now wear his righteousness. What’s more, Christ is still advocating for you right this moment. His bloody fight for you didn’t stop at the Cross. He is currently interceding on your behalf this very instant with his Father. You’re now drinking deeply of his ocean of grace and his blood flows through your veins. You have a loving, tender and sweet relationship with the Savior of the world, through whom the Universe was made, and he has your back no matter what. He took on the form of a slave, voluntarily put a yoke around his neck and eternally tied himself to you because he loves you so. Now that you’re drinking his blood and eating his flesh, you’re complete. You lack nothing. No pleasures of this life can satisfy, and all human intimacy is only but a shadow and copy of that which you enjoy with the Messiah. The loving tenderness you enjoy or will enjoy with your spouse only points to the sweet, deep, abiding intimacy you’re privileged to have with Yeshua, the righteous One.

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”

— 1 John 2:1-2

Commitment

Women are more commitment- and family-oriented than men. In fact, I’d argue that innate wiring is precisely one of the greatest things that draws them to this relationship.

I’ve heard multiple ANR women stress the importance of finding the right man, to whom they enjoy unrestricted access, prior to bringing in the milk, because of the great deal of commitment required to induce and maintain the milk flow.

The deep, sacred bond of togetherness and intimacy is the pull factor for all Couples Nursers, more so for women.

Skip the tomboy

Tomboyishness versus femininity can only be ascertained through conversation. Yes, you can see signs of both from afar in some women, but looks can be deceptive.

ANR desire is more about who a person is on the inside than external attributes. The spirit is more important than the shell.

So men, I’d exhort you to be forthcoming. Tell her you seek the comforting feminine type, not the tomboy.

Women, the confidently vulnerable, non-Puritanical man is your likely bet.

Cherish your wife by drinking from her

“If Song of Solomon had never been written, and you never saw how men were supposed to cherish their women, and look at Ephesians 5 where they nourished their wives…”

— Lecrae, Like That

Drinking from her breasts is a way to cherish your wife.


“I would give you some spiced wine to drink, some juice squeezed from my pomegranates.”

— Song of Solomon 8:2

A huge mighty God who chooses the least likely, such as nursing, and the Cross

“A huge, mighty God who chooses the least likely.”

— Shai Linne, Election

God prefers to use the unlikeliest, even the taboo, to glorify himself, for example, using a woman nursing her husband to bring unrivaled stability to marriages. Or his Son becoming a curse to rescue sinful men from the curse of sin, which they rightfully earned.

Adult nursing hospitals

Honestly, some relics of the past need to be brought back to life.

I was just thinking of how an adult breastfeeding hospital, even in 2021, could be a viable option for those suffering from chronic illnesses treatable with breast milk.

Consider this previously quoted line:

“Historically, women have breastfed adults who were sickly to help build their immune systems. The practice has continued more recently than you might realize in countries such as China.”

Breast milk is known to help fight cancer, and to contain other health-boosting ingredients. So we could resurrect the practice of nursing the deathly sick, in very professional, well-monitored healthcare settings.

I picture each adult nursing hospital being equipped with cameras to prevent any hanky-panky and patients signing statements of abstention from all touching below the waist, though patients who are sick and dying probably won’t care for sexual engagement. Moreover, the hospitals would employ only highly professional staff, with wet nurses screened for optimal health. All patients would be well-vetted, with their severe illnesses verified prior to acceptance.

Medical wet nursing is an act of service of the past whose resurrection would greatly benefit modern society.

Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.

2 Timothy 5:23, on the validity of alternative medicine

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

If you struggle with intrusive mental images of ANRs, then “think often that Christ suffered agony for your purity. Fight image with image. Christ crying in agony.”

Titus 2:14:

Christ gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

1 Peter 1:18; 2:24:

You were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, [but with the precious blood of Christ]. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

1 Corinthians 5:15:

He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

Hebrews 10:29:

How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

From Strategies for Fighting Sexual Sin by John Piper

Ancient Breastfeeding

Ancient Egyptians believed in breastfeeding

Even pagans realized the divine value of breastfeeding. Take another look at the relief. Notice how the person she’s breastfeeding isn’t a baby. Now I know pagans engaged in all kinds of strange and sinful customs, but there were cross-cultural similarities between different ancient people groups, irrespective of the worship of YHWH. Commentaries such as the NIV Study Bible attest to these similarities.

Conversion

Conversion- Trip Lee

[Mark Dever]
People today are skeptical that anyone can really change
people today start to be learning to accept your internal circumstances
to adapt to them and adjust to them
not to try to fundamentally change them
is any real change possible?
what does the Bible say
about deep, real, personal change?

[Trip Lee]
Yeah, okay, let’s go, yeah
Ay let me grab the mic, wrote this song to tell the truth (Tell it)
Cause rarely do, and yet we hear it, clearly fellas do
Need to get the facts straight, time to get a better view
We learn from our culture, but the Bible is the better school (c’mon)
this time we’ll profit us, but I ain’t talking revenue
talking understanding God and how He makes a fella new (new)
He can take a felon who was stealing’ since a little dude
and He can clean him up though, He can Cinderella you
Not with three steps, it had to be a better you
Cause our hearts are hardened, we headed straight to Hell its true
yeah we need a savior, but we don’t wanna let Him through
No room for Him cause its us up on our pedestals
God is light, He’s the only one who’s got the right fix
we walking in darkness, we ain’t got the right kicks (Nah)
there’s no darkness in Him man, He got just the right mix
grace and truth and He’s known for flipping on that light switch

[Mark Dever]
And certainly one characteristic of a healthy church is this:
A Biblical understanding of conversion, the great change
and the first question we want to ask is this. “Is change needed?”
Now many say “No, not at all, we’re fine.”
But be that as it may, the Bible clearly teaches that change is needed
and we are not fine; in fact we’re in trouble

Verse
Yeah some folks think they Christians just because they sing the right songs
Somebody tricked them, got it twisted like a cyclone
You think its based on your attendance then you’re quite wrong
Darkened in our understanding til’ He turn the lights on
Dirty until he cleaned us, then our guilt is quite gone
Nothing but the blood of Jesus, homie that’s my fight song
Thought you’d get by and you still tipping just like you Mike Jones
You must not be hearing me, like I ain’t got this mic on
God is so holy, in His presence we cant stand (so what)
His Son took on flesh and dwelt off in this wasteland
You should know He raised right after he took our place, manPaid our price though we wasn’t worth it like a fake brand
God is the cause, the Gospel is the means
We raised from the dead, the hostel are redeemed
Transferred to His kingdom, we locked in on His team
Adopted as His children, His flock, we are the kings

Mark Dever- Jesus himself taught us that light has come into the world,
but men love darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil
everyone who does evil hates the light
and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed
Paul reminded the Ephesian Christians that before they were converted
they were dead in their sins and transgressions, dead! Paul taught that this spiritual death was shared by all.

Verse
Look why you trying to drive home a right view of conversion?
You all on that doctrine, we just trying to worship (what)
But so many churches do you a disservice
Got you thinking that you saved, but you ain’t been purchased
Yeah Jesus loves us, He died up on a tree
but just because He shed His blood don’t mean that that applies to me
(He said) Ya’ll can be united, you can die and rise with Me
Stop trying to clean yourself up, and trust the job to Me
It’s by grace alone, through faith alone
the gospel’s what we base it on
not just random faith at all
Christ is what we place it on
turning from our sins to our Lord who was hanging on
the cross, and behind the scenes He’s the one who changes Holmes
Changes hearts, changes lives, praise Him all my stains are gone
Blameless, sinless Savior, now His righteousness is painted on
That’s how we’re converted, this is something we can’t get wrong
If we’re missing this, we miss it all… fall at His gracious throne

[Mark Dever]
Jesus told everybody that they must turn from their sins
and turn to God
Jesus from the very beginning told people that the great conversion they
need is to turn away from their sins and to turn to God
Christianity does not preach that we can save ourselves
and here is the great puzzle for many
the bible says that this change is a matter really of our character
of our heart, that’s what we need
that’s the change that has to be affected
and that we will not change to making these right choices
if God does not change our heart first

Daughter, let the King be enthralled by your beauty

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b] A wedding song.

My heart is stirred by a noble theme
    as I recite my verses for the king;
    my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

You are the most excellent of men
    and your lips have been anointed with grace,
    since God has blessed you forever.

Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one;
    clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.
In your majesty ride forth victoriously
    in the cause of truth, humility and justice;
    let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.
Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies;
    let the nations fall beneath your feet.
Your throne, O God,[c] will last for ever and ever;
    a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
    therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
    by anointing you with the oil of joy.
All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
    from palaces adorned with ivory
    the music of the strings makes you glad.
Daughters of kings are among your honored women;
    at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.

10 Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention:
    Forget your people and your father’s house.
11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;
    honor him, for he is your lord.
12 The city of Tyre will come with a gift,[d]
    people of wealth will seek your favor.
13 All glorious is the princess within her chamber;
    her gown is interwoven with gold.
14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king;
    her virgin companions follow her—
    those brought to be with her.
15 Led in with joy and gladness,
    they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
    you will make them princes throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;
    therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 45:1 In Hebrew texts 45:1-17 is numbered 45:2-18.
  2. Psalm 45:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 45:6 Here the king is addressed as God’s representative.
  4. Psalm 45:12 Or A Tyrian robe is among the gifts

You’ve gotten the sentence of death to trust the God who raises the dead

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us

2 Corinthians 1:8-10

Relax and put your trust in God. He will take care of you.

I feel a great sense of peace when I choose to trust God in the midst of my troubles. An overwhelming feeling of relief that reinforces my faith in the God who cares.