And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree oflife and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.
And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree oflife.
I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.
Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark.
Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died.
“But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.
And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.
I establish my covenant with you: Never again will alllife be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.
So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
Your servant has found favor in your eyes, and you have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life. But I can’t flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die.
Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn’t it? Then mylife will be spared.”
So Abimelek summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my lifeon account of her.”
Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”
So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”
When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said.
They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that’s why this distress has come on us.”
I myself will guarantee his safety; you can hold me personally responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him here before you, I will bear the blame before you all my life.
“So now, if the boy is not with us when I go back to your servant my father, and if my father, whose life is closely bound up with the boy’s life,
Your servant guaranteed the boy’s safety to my father. I said, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!’
Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven.
Then he blessed Joseph and said, “May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day,
then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.
But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,
However, if payment is demanded, the owner may redeem his life by the payment of whatever is demanded.
and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.
“When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the Lord a ransom for his life at the time he is counted. Then no plague will come on them when you number them.
For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’slife.
because the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, “You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off.”
“‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people. “‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’slife. I am the Lord.
“‘Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death.
Anyone who takes the life of someone’s animal must make restitution—life for life.
You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.
I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars and pile your dead bodies on the lifeless forms of your idols, and I will abhor you.
Nadab and Abihu, however, died before the Lord when they made an offering with unauthorized fire before him in the Desert of Sinai. They had no sons, so Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests during the lifetime of their father Aaron.
“‘Do not accept a ransom for the life of a murderer, who deserves to die. They are to be put to death.
to which anyone who had killed a person could flee if they had unintentionally killed a neighbor without malice aforethought. They could flee into one of these cities and save their life.
so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.
But be sure you do not eat the blood, because the blood is the life, and you must not eat the life with the meat.
then take an awl and push it through his earlobe into the door, and he will become your servant for life. Do the same for your female servant.
Do not eat it with bread made with yeast, but for seven days eat unleavened bread, the bread of affliction, because you left Egypt in haste—so that all the days of your life you may remember the time of your departure from Egypt.
It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees
For instance, a man may go into the forest with his neighbor to cut wood, and as he swings his ax to fell a tree, the head may fly off and hit his neighbor and kill him. That man may flee to one of these cities and save his life.
Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
You may take the young, but be sure to let the mother go, so that it may go well with you and you may have a long life.
You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life.
[ The Offer of Life or Death ] Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.
See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live
and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
“See now that I myself am he! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.
They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”
No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
That day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they stood in awe of him all the days of hislife, just as they had stood in awe of Moses.
Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the Lord had done for Israel.
The people served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the Lord had done for Israel.
[ Gideon’s Death ] Thus Midian was subdued before the Israelites and did not raise its head again. During Gideon’s lifetime, the land had peace forty years.
Remember that my father fought for you and risked hislife to rescue you from the hand of Midian.
When I saw that you wouldn’t help, I took my life in my hands and crossed over to fight the Ammonites, and theLord gave me the victory over them. Now why have you come up today to fight me?”
So Manoah asked him, “When your words are fulfilled, what is to be the rule that governs the boy’s life and work?”
“Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter.
He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”
And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”
So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lordthere.
Every one of you that I do not cut off from serving at my altar I will spare only to destroy your sight and sap your strength, and all your descendants will die in the prime of life.
So the Philistines were subdued and they stopped invading Israel’s territory. Throughout Samuel’s lifetime, the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines.
Samuel continued as Israel’s leader all the days of hislife.
He took his life in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The Lord won a great victory for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent man like David by killing him for no reason?”
Saul sent men to David’s house to watch it and to kill him in the morning. But Michal, David’s wife, warned him, “If you don’t run for your life tonight, tomorrow you’ll be killed.”
While David was at Horesh in the Desert of Ziph, he learned that Saul had come out to take his life.
[ David Spares Saul’s Life ] After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.”
See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take mylife.
Say to him: ‘Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!
Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my lord will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the Lord your God, but the lives of your enemies he will hurl away as from the pocket of a sling.
[ David Again Spares Saul’s Life ] The Ziphites went to Saul at Gibeah and said, “Is not David hiding on the hill of Hakilah, which faces Jeshimon?”
Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Come back, David my son. Because you considered my life precious today, I will not try to harm you again. Surely I have acted like a fool and have been terribly wrong.”
As surely as I valued your life today, so may the Lordvalue my life and deliver me from all trouble.”
Achish trusted David and said to himself, “He has become so obnoxious to his people, the Israelites, that he will be my servant for life.”
David said, “Then you will see for yourself what your servant can do.” Achish replied, “Very well, I will make you my bodyguard for life.”
But the woman said to him, “Surely you know what Saul has done. He has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why have you set a trap for my life to bring about my death?”
When the woman came to Saul and saw that he was greatly shaken, she said, “Look, your servant has obeyed you. I took my life in my hands and did what you told me to do.
[ Saul Takes His Life ] Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and many fell dead on Mount Gilboa.
Saul and Jonathan— in life they were loved and admired, and in death they were not parted. They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.
Now the whole clan has risen up against your servant; they say, ‘Hand over the one who struck his brother down, so that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed; then we will get rid of the heir as well.’ They would put out the only burning coal I have left, leaving my husband neither name nor descendant on the face of the earth.”
But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.”
And if I had put my life in jeopardy—and nothing is hidden from the king—you would have kept your distance from me.”
During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King’s Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, “I have no son to carry on the memory of my name.” He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day.
Then Joab went into the house to the king and said, “Today you have humiliated all your men, who have just saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the lives of your wives and concubines.
And say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my own flesh and blood? May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if you are not the commander of my army for life in place of Joab.’”
Now then, let me advise you how you can save your ownlife and the life of your son Solomon.
Then King Solomon swore by the Lord: “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if Adonijah does not pay with his life for this request!
So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice,
Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.
And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”
And Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. These countries brought tribute and were Solomon’s subjects all his life.
During Solomon’s lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, lived in safety, everyone under their own vine and under their own fig tree.
He spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish.
Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son.
“‘But I will not take the whole kingdom out of Solomon’s hand; I have made him ruler all the days of his life for the sake of David my servant, whom I chose and who obeyed my commands and decrees.
Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked.
For David had done what was right in the eyes of theLord and had not failed to keep any of the Lord’s commands all the days of his life—except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.
There was war between Abijah and Jeroboam throughout Abijah’s lifetime.
Although he did not remove the high places, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life.
Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, let this boy’slife return to him!”
The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.
So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.”
Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there,
while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”
His officials said to him, “Look, we have heard that the kings of Israel are merciful. Let us go to the king of Israel with sackcloth around our waists and ropes around our heads. Perhaps he will spare your life.”
As the king passed by, the prophet called out to him, “Your servant went into the thick of the battle, and someone came to me with a captive and said, ‘Guard this man. If he is missing, it will be your life for his life, or you must pay a talent of silver.’
He said to the king, “This is what the Lord says: ‘You have set free a man I had determined should die. Therefore it is your life for his life, your people for his people.’”
So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. “Man of God,” he begged, “please have respect for mylife and the lives of these fifty men, your servants!
See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all their men. But now have respect for my life!”
[ The Shunammite’s Son Restored to Life ] One day Elisha went to Shunem. And a well-to-do woman was there, who urged him to stay for a meal. So whenever he came by, he stopped there to eat.
As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill and bring back tolife? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!”
[ The Shunammite’s Land Restored ] Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, “Go away with your family and stay for a while wherever you can, because the Lord has decreed a famine in the land that will last seven years.”
Just as Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, the woman whose son Elisha had brought back to life came to appeal to the king for her house and land. Gehazi said, “This is the woman, my lord the king, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.”
So they went in to make sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had posted eighty men outside with this warning: “If one of you lets any of the men I am placing in your hands escape, it will be your life for his life.”
Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.
until I come and take you to a land like your own—a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey. Choose lifeand not death! “Do not listen to Hezekiah, for he is misleading you when he says, ‘The Lord will deliver us.’
I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’”
“The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “Will there not be peace and security in my lifetime?”
So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king’s table.
[ Saul Takes His Life ] Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and many fell dead on Mount Gilboa.
He died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honor. His son Solomon succeeded him as king.
God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king,
Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked.
Although he did not remove the high places from Israel, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life.
Though we are slaves, our God has not forsaken us in our bondage. He has shown us kindness in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem.
and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?”
But I said, “Should a man like me run away? Or should someone like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!”
You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You givelife to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.
Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me mylife—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request.
The king got up in a rage, left his wine and went out into the palace garden. But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life.
“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life.
The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.”
“Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul,
Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?
that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!
Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath; my eyes will never see happiness again.
I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning.
Surely its life withers away, and from the soil other plants grow.
“Although I am blameless, I have no concern for myself; I despise my own life.
“I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.
You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.
Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning.
In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long lifebring understanding?
Why do I put myself in jeopardy and take my life in my hands?
But God drags away the mighty by his power; though they become established, they have no assurance oflife.
“As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter,
as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils,
For what hope have the godless when they are cut off, when God takes away their life?
“And now my life ebbs away; days of suffering grip me.
I have not allowed my mouth to sin by invoking a curse against their life—
The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
They draw near to the pit, and their life to the messengers of death.
God has delivered me from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light of life.’
to turn them back from the pit, that the light of life may shine on them.
Will it make an agreement with you for you to take it as your slave for life?
The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys.
then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust.
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
By your hand save me from such people, Lord, from those of this world whose reward is in this life. May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies; may their children gorge themselves on it, and may there be leftovers for their little ones.
He asked you for life, and you gave it to him— length of days, for ever and ever.
Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lordforever.
Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
[ Psalm 26 ] [ Of David. ] Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.
Do not take away my soul along with sinners, my lifewith those who are bloodthirsty,
I lead a blameless life; deliver me and be merciful to me.
[ Psalm 27 ] [ Of David. ] The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of mylife, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts alifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.
For I hear many whispering, “Terror on every side!” They conspire against me and plot to take my life.
Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,
May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay.
How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
“Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.
Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again before I depart and am no more.”
May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.
By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.
No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them—
the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough—
they will join those who have gone before them, who will never again see the light of life.
They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life.
For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light oflife.
Increase the days of the king’s life, his years for many generations.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
[ Psalm 64 ] [ For the director of music. A psalm of David. ] Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy.
May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous.
May those who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.
Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.
Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever.
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God;
I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death.
Remember how fleeting is my life. For what futility you have created all humanity!
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
I will be careful to lead a blameless life— when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart.
In the course of my life he broke my strength; he cut short my days.
who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field;
I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;
[ ד Daleth ] I am laid low in the dust; preserve my lifeaccording to your word.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve mylife according to your word.
How I long for your precepts! In your righteousness preserve my life.
My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
In your unfailing love preserve my life, that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.
I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.
I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.
Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law.
Hear my voice in accordance with your love; preserve my life, Lord, according to your laws.
Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my lifeaccording to your promise.
Your compassion, Lord, is great; preserve my lifeaccording to your laws.
See how I love your precepts; preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with your love.
The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life;
May the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even lifeforevermore.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve mylife. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.
Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.
None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.
for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.
they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.
Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of yourlife will be many.
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.
for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.
She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.
At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.
For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life,
For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread, but another man’s wife preys on your very life.
till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.
For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.
For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.
Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
Truly the righteous attain life, but whoever pursues evil finds death.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.
In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.
A person’s riches may ransom their life, but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
The path of life leads upward for the prudent to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.
Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.
When a king’s face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.
Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.
The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.
In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.
for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life forlife.
[ Saying 17 ] Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?
As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
[ Toil Is Meaningless ] So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot.
They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.
For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell them what will happen under the sun after they are gone?
In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness.
So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.
Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lot inlife and in your toilsome labor under the sun.
A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.
At that time Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, the span of a king’s life. But at the end of these seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute:
We were with child, we writhed in labor, but we gave birth to wind. We have not brought salvation to the earth, and the people of the world have not come tolife.
“Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life.
I said, “In the prime of my life must I go through the gates of death and be robbed of the rest of my years?”
Like a shepherd’s tent my house has been pulled down and taken from me. Like a weaver I have rolled up mylife, and he has cut me off from the loom; day and night you made an end of me.
Lord, by such things people live; and my spirit finds lifein them too. You restored me to health and let me live.
“The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.”
This is what God the Lord says— the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:
Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
On your clothes is found the lifeblood of the innocent poor, though you did not catch them breaking in. Yet in spite of all this
I hear a cry as of a woman in labor, a groan as of one bearing her first child— the cry of Daughter Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands and saying, “Alas! I am fainting; my life is given over to murderers.”
Wherever I banish them, all the survivors of this evil nation will prefer death to life, declares the LordAlmighty.’
I will repay them double for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land with the lifeless forms of their vile images and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols.”
Sing to the Lord! Give praise to the Lord! He rescues thelife of the needy from the hands of the wicked.
“Furthermore, tell the people, ‘This is what the Lordsays: See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death.
This is what the Lord says: “Record this man as if childless, a man who will not prosper in his lifetime, for none of his offspring will prosper, none will sit on the throne of David or rule anymore in Judah.”
Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “This is what the LordGod Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘If you surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, your life will be spared and this city will not be burned down; you and your family will live.
“They will not hand you over,” Jeremiah replied. “Obey the Lord by doing what I tell you. Then it will go well with you, and your life will be spared.
I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the Lord.’”
and said to him, “Don’t you know that Baalis king of the Ammonites has sent Ishmael son of Nethaniah to take your life?” But Gedaliah son of Ahikam did not believe them.
Then Johanan son of Kareah said privately to Gedaliah in Mizpah, “Let me go and kill Ishmael son of Nethaniah, and no one will know it. Why should he take your lifeand cause all the Jews who are gathered around you to be scattered and the remnant of Judah to perish?”
Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them. For I will bring disaster on all people, declares the Lord, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.’”
So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king’s table.
They tried to end my life in a pit and threw stones at me;
You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life.
The Lord’s anointed, our very life breath, was caught in their traps. We thought that under his shadow we would live among the nations.
When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.
The seller will not recover the property that was sold— as long as both buyer and seller live. For the vision concerning the whole crowd will not be reversed. Because of their sins, not one of them will preserve theirlife.
But if a wicked person turns away from the wickedness they have committed and does what is just and right, they will save their life.
I will cause many peoples to be appalled at you, and their kings will shudder with horror because of you when I brandish my sword before them. On the day of your downfall each of them will tremble every moment for hislife.
then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head.
But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’
if they give back what they took in pledge for a loan, return what they have stolen, follow the decrees that give life, and do no evil—that person will surely live; they will not die.
This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.
I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways.
Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.
The swift will not escape, the strong will not muster their strength, and the warrior will not save his life.
The archer will not stand his ground, the fleet-footed soldier will not get away, and the horseman will not save his life.
Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.”
To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.
“When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you,Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.
Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
You have plotted the ruin of many peoples, shaming your own house and forfeiting your life.
Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’ Or tolifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’ Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver; there is no breath in it.”
“My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name.