Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, “He won’t call me to account”?
Isaiah 49:4 (NLT)
I replied, “But my work seems so useless!
I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose.
Yet I leave it all in the Lord’s hand;
I will trust God for my reward.”
Proverbs 29:18 (GWT)
Without prophetic vision people run wild, but blessed are those who follow [God’s] teachings.
He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded.
Psalm 19:11 (NLT)
They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.
Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
Proverbs 8:32 (Douay-Rheims)
Now therefore, ye children, hear me: Blessed are they that keep my ways.
Luke 11:28 (NLT)
Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”
1 Samuel 3:1 (GWT)
The boy Samuel was serving the LORD under Eli. In those days a prophecy from the LORD was rare; visions were infrequent.
Revelation 1:3 (NLT)
God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.
Revelation 3:11 (GNT)
I am coming soon. Keep safe what you have, so that no one will rob you of your victory prize.
Amos 8:11 “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine through the land–not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.Amos 8:12 Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the LORD, but they will not find it. Zechariah 8:3, “Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.”
Revelation 22:12 (GWT)
“I’m coming soon! I will bring my reward with me to pay all people based on what they have done.
Proverbs 19:16 (GWT)
Whoever obeys the law preserves his life, [but] whoever despises the LORD’s ways will be put to death.
Revelation 22:7 (NLT)
“Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book.”
2 Samuel 22:27 (NLT)
To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the wicked you show yourself hostile.
Ezekiel 21:14 (ESV)
As for you, son of man, prophesy. Clap your hands and let the sword come down twice, yes, three times, the sword for those to be slain. It is the sword for the great slaughter, which surrounds them.
Ezekiel 21:13 (GWT)
Testing will surely come. What if you refuse to be disciplined again? Won’t you be tested? declares the Almighty LORD.
If you remain hostile toward me and refuse to listen to me, I will multiply your afflictions seven times over, as your sins deserve.
Zechariah 8:6-23, “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built. For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbor. But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts. For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong. For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not: So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not. These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD. And the word of the LORD of hosts came unto me, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.”
Psalm 112:10 (GWT)
The wicked person sees this and becomes angry. He angrily grits his teeth and disappears. The hope that wicked people have will vanish.
Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.
Proverbs 10:28 (GWT)
The hope of righteous people [leads to] joy, but the eager waiting of wicked people comes to nothing.
Proverbs 23:18 (NLT)
You will be rewarded for this; your hope will not be disappointed.
Then men will say, “Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.”