The Lord reproves him whom he loves.
See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.As a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you.For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.
I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
Prov. 3:12; Deut. 32:39; Jer. 29:11; Isa. 55:8; Hos. 2:14; Deut. 8:5; Heb. 12:11; 1 Pet. 5:6; Ps. 119:75
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