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Isa 31:1-3

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and lean on horses and trust in chariots, because it is great; and in horsemen, because they are so very strong, but they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor do they seek Jehovah!
2 Yet He also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back His Words, but will arise against the house of evil-doers and against the help of those who work iniquity.
3 And Egypt is a man, and not God; and their horses are flesh, and not Spirit. When Jehovah shall stretch out His hand, both he who helps shall fall, and he who is helped shall fall down, and they shall all cease together.

The Assyrians were strong and the Israelites were afraid of them. They therefore wanted to acquire more horses and hire the Egyptians to help them. God however warned them that it would bode ill for them if they trusted in man, horses and chariots for deliverance. They should in the first place trust the Lord.

You may put your trust in other things, as in money, but the same woe will be on you unless you trust in the Lord.

King Asa was a great king; but when he was old and diseased in his feat, he sought the help of physicians and did not trust the Lord. Because of this he lost out on many blessings!

Those who are married should in the first place trust in the Lord and not in each other.

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