The Word of God is filled with promises of protection, rescue, and deliverance, freely offered to those who are in any way afflicted ― mentally, physically, emotionally, relationally, and financially.
 
That describes most of us!
 
Yet, the spiritual arena is where we need God’s protection the most. After all, we usually cannot see our enemy, while God most certainly can. Untold centuries ago He cast the evil ones out of heaven.
 
Although God could easily have destroyed the evil forces at any time, He has chosen to wait until a future time to do so. The Book of Revelation offers us those details. You can read about them in the section He Protectively Warns.
 
For your sake, and the sake of your loved ones, read that section now. Why?
 
Even as God protects you and your loved ones from the wrong choices of Man, there are evil forces who lurk behind, motivate, and inspire all the self-serving and prideful actions of Man which are targeted against you.
 
Right now, God your Father wants to warn you about choices you could make which will enslave you to these evil forces throughout your eternity.
 
Peter cautioned:
 
1 Peter 5:8
    8Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.


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God the I AM battles on your behalf against all spiritual forces determined to destroy you.
 
In addition, the section called His Enemies And Ours identifies other intangible enemies sent by these same evil forces ― death, sickness, suffering, and sin.
 
No matter the nature of our enemies, God battles in our defense.
 
Isaiah 42:13
         The LORD will go forth like a warrior,
         He will arouse His zeal like a man of war.
         He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry.
         He will prevail against His enemies.

 
Notice that when attacking our enemies, as in this verse here, God doesn’t plea or beg. He shouts, raises a war cry, and runs forward to the battle!
 
Speaking of the battle, Zechariah 10:3 says, "For the LORD of hosts has visited His flock … and will make them like His majestic horse in battle."
 
Here is how God describes a majestic horse running toward the battle:
 
Job 39:19-25
        Do you give the horse his might?

        Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
        Do you make him leap like the locust?
        His majestic snorting is terrible.
        He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;
        He goes out to meet the weapons.
        He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
        And he does not turn back from the sword.
        The quiver rattles against him,
        The flashing spear and javelin.
        With shaking and rage he races over the ground,
        And he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet.
        As often as the trumpet sounds he says, ‘Aha!’
        And he scents the battle from afar,
        And the thunder of the captains and the war cry.
 
Is God the I AM able to defeat all of our enemies? If you aren’t sure, spend time in the section of this website called His Abilities.
 
In response to the cries of multitudes of His afflicted ones ― and in response to those who didn’t even know that they were afflicted ― God sent Jesus.
 
When Jesus willingly offered up His life [see the sections called Jesus’ Sacrifice and Jesus’ Triumph], the Bible says He humiliated all the forces of evil.
 
Enjoy that word ― “humiliated.” Roll that word “humiliated” around in your mouth and in your heart until you really believe it. Jesus humiliated all the forces of evil.
 
1 John 3:8
    8 [But] he who commits sin [who practices evildoing] is of the devil [takes his character from the evil one], for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].


What motivated Jesus to humiliate all the forces of evil? His mission was to come to earth to die and, through His death, to rescue you from harm in every aspect of your life
— mentally, physically, emotionally, relationally, and financially.

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Here are key passages from the Bible proving His protection:
 
Psalm 91:1-16
    1He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
    2I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!
    3For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
    4[Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.
    5You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day,
    6Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.
    7A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.
    8Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.
    9Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,
    10There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.
    11For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].
    12They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
    13You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot.
    14Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness--trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
    15He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
    16With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.
 
Job 5:8-27
    8As for me, I would seek God and inquire of and require Him, and to God would I commit my cause--
    9Who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number,
    10Who gives rain upon the earth and sends waters upon the fields,
    11So that He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn He lifts to safety.
    12He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise or anything of [lasting] worth.
    13He catches the [so-called] wise in their own trickiness, and the counsel of the schemers is brought to a quick end.
    14In the daytime they meet in darkness, and at noon they grope as in the night.
    15But [God] saves [the fatherless] from the sword of their mouth, and the needy from the hand of the mighty.
    16So the poor have hope, and iniquity shuts her mouth.
    17Happy and fortunate is the man whom God reproves; so do not despise or reject the correction of the Almighty [subjecting you to trial and suffering].
    18For He wounds [to cleanse] (or prune, see John 15:2), but He binds up; He smites, but His hands heal.
    19He will rescue you in six troubles; in seven nothing that is evil [for you] will touch you.
    20In famine He will redeem you from death, and in war from the power of the sword.
    21You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes.
    22At destruction and famine you shall laugh, neither shall you be afraid of the living creatures of the earth.
    23For you shall be in league with the stones of the field, and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.
    24And you shall know that your tent shall be in peace, and you shall visit your fold and your dwelling and miss nothing [from them].
    25You shall know also that your children shall be many, and your offspring as the grass of the earth.
    26You shall come to your grave in ripe old age, and as a shock of grain goes up [to the threshing floor] in its season.
    27This is what we have searched out; it is true. Hear and heed it and know for yourself [for your good].
 
Isaiah 54:17
    17But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.
 
Psalm 89:21-26
    21[My servant] With whom My hand shall be established and ever abide; My arm also shall strengthen him.
    22The enemy shall not exact from him or do him violence or outwit him, nor shall the wicked afflict and humble him.
    23I will beat down his foes before his face and smite [destroy] those who hate him.
    24My faithfulness and My mercy and loving-kindness shall be with him, and in My name shall his horn be exalted [great power and prosperity shall be conferred upon him].
    25I will set his hand in control also on the Sea, and his right hand on the rivers.
    26He shall cry to Me, You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!

 
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Do you remember the description you just read of the majestic horse in battle? With the phrase “his majestic snorting is terrible,” in the next two passages, pay attention to what the Lord says about His terrifying nostrils!
 
2 Samuel 22:2-20
    2He said: The Lord is my Rock and my Fortress [in the wilderness] and my Deliverer;
    3My God, my Rock, in Him will I take refuge; my Shield and the Horn of my salvation; my Stronghold and my Refuge, my Savior--You save me from violence.
    4I call on the Lord, Who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
    5For the waves of death enveloped me; the torrents of destruction made me afraid.
    6The cords of Sheol were entangling me; I encountered the snares of death.
    7In my distress I called upon the Lord; I cried to my God, and He heard my voice from His temple; my cry came into His ears.
    8Then the earth reeled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens trembled and shook because He was angry.
    9Smoke went up from His nostrils, and devouring fire from His mouth; coals were kindled by it.
    10He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under His feet.
    11He rode on a cherub and flew; He was seen upon the wings of the wind.
    12He made darkness His canopy around Him, gathering of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
    13Out of the brightness before Him coals of fire flamed forth.
    14The Lord thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice.
    15He sent out arrows and scattered them; lightning confused and troubled them.
    16The channels of the sea were visible, the foundations of the world were uncovered at the rebuke of the Lord, at the blast of the breath of His nostrils.
    17He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of great waters.
    18He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.
    19They came upon me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay.
    20He brought me forth into a large place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.
 
Psalm 18:1-19
    1I love You fervently and devotedly, O Lord, my Strength.
    2The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower.
    3I will call upon the Lord, Who is to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.
    4The cords or bands of death surrounded me, and the streams of ungodliness and the torrents of ruin terrified me.
    5The cords of Sheol (the place of the dead) surrounded me; the snares of death confronted and came upon me.
    6In my distress [when seemingly closed in] I called upon the Lord and cried to my God; He heard my voice out of His temple (heavenly dwelling place), and my cry came before Him, into His [very] ears.
    7Then the earth quaked and rocked, the foundations also of the mountains trembled; they moved and were shaken because He was indignant and angry.
    8There went up smoke from His nostrils; and lightning out of His mouth devoured; coals were kindled by it.
    9He bowed the heavens also and came down; and thick darkness was under His feet.
    10And He rode upon a cherub [a storm] and flew [swiftly]; yes, He sped on with the wings of the wind.
    11He made darkness His secret hiding place; as His pavilion (His canopy) round about Him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
    12Out of the brightness before Him there broke forth through His thick clouds hailstones and coals of fire.
    13The Lord also thundered from the heavens, and the Most High uttered His voice, amid hailstones and coals of fire.
    14And He sent out His arrows and scattered them; and He flashed forth lightnings and put them to rout.
    15Then the beds of the sea appeared and the foundations of the world were laid bare at Your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.
    16He reached from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.
    17He delivered me from my strong enemy and from those who hated and abhorred me, for they were too strong for me.
    18They confronted and came upon me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay and support.
    19He brought me forth also into a large place; He was delivering me because He was pleased with me and delighted in me.


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The Old Testament is filled with stories about how God used unusual means to protect His people. Although we won’t study the stories now, look at God’s creativity in using hail as His weapon against the wicked.
 
In the next two verses, it is God Who is speaking:
 
Job 38:22-23
    22 Have you entered the treasuries of the snow, or have you seen the treasuries of the hail,
    23 Which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war?
 
Exodus 9:19
    19Send therefore now and gather your cattle in hastily, and all that you have in the field; for every man and beast that is in the field and is not brought home shall be struck by the hail and shall die.

 
Remember, God uses hail against the wicked to rescue His afflicted children:
 
Exodus 9:29
    29 Moses said to him, As soon as I leave the city, I will stretch out my hands to the Lord; the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail, that you may know that the earth is the Lord’s.
 
Psalm 18:13
    13The Lord also thundered from the heavens, and the Most High uttered His voice, amid hailstones and coals of fire.
 
Psalm 78:47
    47He destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamore trees with frost and [great chunks of] ice.
 
Psalm 78:48
    48He [caused them to shut up their cattle or] gave them up also to the hail and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
 
Psalm 105:32
    32He gave them hail for rain, with lightning like flaming fire in their land.
 
Psalm 148:8
    8You lightning, hail, fog, and frost, you stormy wind fulfilling His orders!
 
Isaiah 28:2
    2Behold, the Lord has a strong and mighty one; like a tempest of hail, a destroying storm, like a flood of mighty overflowing waters, he will cast it down to the earth with violent hand.
 
Isaiah 28:17
    17I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plummet; and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and waters will overwhelm the hiding place (the shelter).
 
Isaiah 30:30
    30And the Lord shall cause His glorious voice to be heard and the descending blow of His arm to be seen, coming down with indignant anger and with the flame of a devouring fire, amid crashing blast and cloudburst, tempest, and hailstones.
 
Ezekiel 13:11
    11Say to them who daub it with whitewash that it shall fall! There shall be a downpour of rain; and you, O great hailstones, shall fall, and a violent wind shall tear apart [the whitewashed, flimsy wall].
 
Ezekiel 13:13
    13Therefore thus says the Lord God: I will even rend it with a stormy wind in My wrath, and there shall be an overwhelming rain in My anger and great hailstones in wrath to destroy [that wall].
 
Revelation 11:19
    19Then the sanctuary of God in heaven was thrown open, and the ark of His covenant was seen standing inside in His sanctuary; and there were flashes of lightning, loud rumblings (blasts, mutterings), peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a terrific hailstorm.
 
Revelation 16:21
    21And great (excessively oppressive) hailstones, as heavy as a talent [between fifty and sixty pounds], of immense size, fell from the sky on the people; and men blasphemed God for the plague of the hail, so very great was [the torture] of that plague.


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With these verses about how God uses hail as His weapons in mind, now reread:
 
Isaiah 42:13
         The LORD will go forth like a warrior,
         He will arouse His zeal like a man of war.
         He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry.
         He will prevail against His enemies.

 
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In absolute contrast to nostrils, smoke, fire, hail, lightning, and earthquakes, the Bible also compares His protection with the protection of birds, who tenderly cover their young with their wings.

"Wings" also refer to the edges of a prayer shawl. Jesus and Holy Spirit eternally and unceasingly protect you through Their prayers for you and for those you love. Just as birds protect their young with their wings, Jesus and Holy Spirit tenderly cover you with Their prayers. For more insights into Their unceasing protection through prayer, go to the section He Prays For You.
 
God Himself uses this imagery:
 
Malachi 4:2
    2But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My Name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol [skip] like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy.
 

Jesus said:
 
Luke 13:34
    34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who continue to kill the prophets and to stone those who are sent to you! How often I have desired and yearned to gather your children together [around Me], as a hen [gathers] her young under her wings, but you would not!

 
Others exclaimed:
 
Psalm 17:8
    8Keep and guard me as the pupil of Your eye [Your most beloved]; hide me in the shadow of Your wings
 
Psalm 36:5-10
    5Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, extend to the skies, and Your faithfulness to the clouds.
    6Your righteousness is like the mountains of God, Your judgments are like the great deep. O Lord, You preserve man and beast.
    7How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
    8They relish and feast on the abundance of Your house; and You cause them to drink of the stream of Your pleasures.
    9For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light.
    10O continue Your loving-kindness to those who know You, Your righteousness (salvation) to the upright in heart.
 
Psalm 61:3-5
    3For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me, a strong tower against the adversary.
    4I will dwell in Your tabernacle forever; let me find refuge and trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
    5For You, O God, have heard my vows; You have given me the heritage of those who fear, revere, and honor Your Name.
 
Psalm 63:1-8
    1O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is.
    2So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory.
    3Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.
    4So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your Name.
    5My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips
    6When I remember You upon my bed and meditate on You in the night watches.
    7For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice.
    8My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.
 
Isaiah 40:28-31
    28Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.
    29He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].
    30Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted;
    31But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.


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In some English-language versions of the Bible, the words “fear not” appear more than 60 times.
 
Sometimes, God Himself says, “Fear not.” Other times, His angels or His human representatives encourage others with these words. As you read the verses in this section, may the words “fear not” thunder through your soul and spirit and bring you to a higher level of faith. After all, it is the One With All Power, All Ability, All Majesty, All Splendor, and All Glory Who says to you, “Fear not.”
 
Jesus said:
 
John 10:10
    10The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

 
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Let’s look at some verses which emphasize the words “hide” or “hidden.”
 
Psalm 16:1-2
    1Keep and protect me, O God, for in You I have found refuge, and in You do I put my trust and hide myself.
    2I say to the Lord, You are my Lord; I have no good beside or beyond You.
 
Psalm 27:5-6
    5For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock.
    6And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; in His tent I will offer sacrifices and shouting of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
 
Psalm 31:19-20
    19Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear, revere, and worship You, goodness which You have wrought [made] for those who trust and take refuge in You before the sons of men!
    20In the secret place of Your presence You hide them from the plots of men; You keep them secretly in Your pavilion from the strife of tongues.
 
Psalm 32:7
    7You are a hiding place for me; You, Lord, preserve me from trouble, You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
 

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While in the Bible God specifically singles out the poor, the needy, widows, and orphans, He offers many promises to all those who trust in Him, among them:
 
Psalm 9:12
    12For He Who avenges the blood [of His people shed unjustly] remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted (the poor and the humble).
 
Psalm 22:24
    24For He has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither has He hidden His face from him, but when he cried to Him, He heard.
 
Psalm 22:26
    26The poor and afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; they shall praise the Lord--they who [diligently] seek for, inquire of and for Him, and require Him [as their greatest need]. May your hearts be quickened now and forever!
 
Psalm 35:10
    10All my bones shall say, Lord, who is like You, You Who deliver the poor and the afflicted from him who is too strong for him, yes, the poor and the needy from him who snatches away his goods?
 
Psalm 140:12-13
    12I know and rest in confidence upon it that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will secure justice for the poor and needy [of His believing children].
    13Surely the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall give thanks to Your Name; the upright shall dwell in Your presence (before Your very face).
 
Isaiah 49:13
    13Sing for joy, O heavens, and be joyful, O earth, and break forth into singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people and will have compassion upon His afflicted.
 

Jesus was sent by God to rescue the afflicted, and Isaiah 53, next, summarizes Jesus’ mission. You can learn more about Jesus’ mission in two sections: He Sent Jesus and Jesus’ Mission.
 
If you doubt that Jesus, Who laid aside His deity while on earth as a Man, can understand human sorrow, please read the next two passages:
 
Isaiah 52:14-15
    14[For many the Servant of God became an object of horror; many were astonished at Him.] His face and His whole appearance were marred more than any man's, and His form beyond that of the sons of men--but just as many were astonished at Him,
    15So shall He startle and sprinkle many nations [with His Blood], and kings shall shut their mouths because of Him; for that which has not been told them shall they see, and that which they have not heard shall they consider and understand.
 
Isaiah 53:All
    1Who has believed (trusted in, relied upon, and clung to) our message [of that which was revealed to us]? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been disclosed?
    2For [the Servant of God, Jesus] grew up before Him like a tender plant, and like a root out of dry ground; He has no form or comeliness [royal, kingly pomp], that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him.
    3He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.
    4Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
    5But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
    6All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all.
    7He was oppressed, [yet when] He was afflicted, He was submissive and opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.
    8By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who among them considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living [stricken to His death] for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
    9And they assigned Him a grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.
    10Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief and made Him sick. When You and He make His life an offering for sin [and He has risen from the dead, in time to come], He shall see His [spiritual] offspring, He shall prolong His days, and the will and pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
    11He shall see [the fruit] of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge of Himself [which He possesses and imparts to others] shall My [uncompromisingly] righteous One, My Servant, justify many and make many righteous (upright and in right standing with God), for He shall bear their iniquities and their guilt [with the consequences, says the Lord].
    12Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great [kings and rulers], and He shall divide the spoil with the mighty, because He poured out His life unto death, and [He let Himself] be regarded as a criminal and be numbered with the transgressors; yet He bore [and took away] the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors (the rebellious).
 

This passage is further clarified in the sections called Jesus’ Triumph and Jesus’ Exchanges. If you have accepted Jesus’ sacrifice by asking Him to forgive you of your sins, you will find these two sections extremely comforting.
 
If you have not yet decided to accept Jesus’ sacrifice, you might want to refer to the section called He Removes Our Sins. You are only one choice away from everlasting freedom!
 
Job 36:15
    15He delivers the afflicted in their affliction and opens their ears [to His voice] in adversity.
 

In your present circumstances, will you open your ears to His voice?
 
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As you read the next verses following, focus on the words “shield, fortress, surround, defend, protect.”
 

God, Who names Himself your Father, assures:
 
Psalm 75:3
    3When the earth totters, and all the inhabitants of it, it is I Who will poise and keep steady its pillars. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
 
Isaiah 40:12-14
    12Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, marked off the heavens with a [nine-inch] span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?
    13Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has taught Him?
    14With whom did He take counsel, that instruction might be given Him? Who taught Him the path of justice and taught Him knowledge and showed Him the way of understanding?
 
Isaiah 54: 10
    10For though the mountains should depart and the hills be shaken or removed, yet My love and kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace and completeness be removed, says the Lord, Who has compassion on you.
 
Jeremiah 5:22
    22Do you not fear and reverence Me? says the Lord. Do you not tremble before Me? I placed the sand for the boundary of the sea, a perpetual barrier beyond which it cannot pass and by an everlasting ordinance beyond which it cannot go? And though the waves of the sea toss and shake themselves, yet they cannot prevail [against the feeble grains of sand which God has ordained by nature to be sufficient for His purpose]; though [the billows] roar, yet they cannot pass over that [barrier]. [Is not such a God to be reverently feared and worshiped?]
 
Isaiah 40:21-26
    21[You worshipers of idols, you are without excuse.] Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? [These things ought to convince you of God's omnipotence and of the folly of bowing to idols.] Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
    22It is God Who sits above the circle (the horizon) of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; it is He Who stretches out the heavens like [gauze] curtains and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in,
    23Who brings dignitaries to nothing, Who makes the judges and rulers of the earth as chaos (emptiness, falsity, and futility).
    24Yes, these men are scarcely planted, scarcely are they sown, scarcely does their stock take root in the earth, when [the Lord] blows upon them and they wither, and the whirlwind or tempest takes them away like stubble.
    25To whom then will you liken Me, that I should be equal to him? says the Holy One.
    26Lift up your eyes on high and see! Who has created these [stars]? He Who brings out their host by number and calls them all by name; through the greatness of His might and because He is strong in power, not one is missing or lacks anything.
 
Isaiah 43:2
    2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you.
 
Isaiah 43:16
    16Thus says the Lord, Who makes a way through the sea and a path through the mighty waters
 
Isaiah 44:24
    24Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and He Who formed you from the womb: I AM the Lord, Who made all things, Who alone stretched out the heavens, Who spread out the earth by Myself [who was with Me]?