Courage (Part 3)

Joshua 10:22-26  Joshua said, “Open the mouth of the cave, and bring out those five kings to me from the cave.” And they did so, and brought out those five kings to him from the cave: the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon. So it was, when they brought out those kings to Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the captains of the men of war who went with him, “Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings.” And they drew near and put their feet on their necks. Then Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage, for thus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.” And afterward Joshua struck them and killed them, and hanged them on five trees; and they were hanging on the trees until evening.

Judges 20:18-26  Before the battle the Israelites went to Bethel and asked God, “Which tribe should lead the attack against the people of Benjamin?” The Lord answered, “Judah is to go first.” So the Israelites left early the next morning and camped near Gibeah. Then they advanced toward Gibeah to attack the men of Benjamin. But Benjamin’s warriors, who were defending the town, came out and killed twenty-two thousand Israelites in the field that day. But the Israelites took courage and assembled at the same place they had fought the previous day. (For they had gone up to Bethel and wept in the presence of The Lord until evening. Then they asked The Lord, “Should we fight against our relatives from Benjamin again?” And The Lord said, “Go out and fight against them.”) So they went out to fight against the warriors of Benjamin, but the men of Benjamin killed another eighteen thousand Israelites, all of whom were experienced with a sword. Then all the Israelites went up to Bethel and wept in the presence of The Lord and fasted until evening. They also brought burnt offerings and peace offerings to The Lord.

2 Samuel 4:1  When Ishbosheth heard about Abner’s death at Hebron, he lost all courage, and his people were paralyzed with fear.

2 Samuel 10:12  “Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the Lord do what is good in His sight.”

2 Samuel 13:28  Absalom told his men, “Wait until Amnon gets drunk; then at my signal, kill him! Don’t be afraid. I’m the one who has given the command. Take courage and do it!”

2 Samuel 22:44-46,48-49  “You gave me victory over my accusers. You preserved me as the ruler over nations; people I don’t even know now serve me. Foreigners cringe before me; as soon as they hear of me, they submit. They all lose their courage and come trembling from their strongholds. He is the God who pays back those who harm me; He subdues the nations under me and rescues me from my enemies. You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies; you save me from violent opponents.”

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