… a refuge …

“For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm, the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds; the song of the ruthless was stilled.”

(Isaiah 25:4–5, NRSV)

““Be witnesses to me, and I am a witness,” says the Lord God, “and the child, whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and believe and understand that I am; before me there is no other God, and there will be no one with me. I am God, and there is no one besides me who saves. I have declared, and I have saved; I have reproached, and there was no other among us. You are my witnesses, and I am the Lord God, even from the beginning. There is no one who rescues out of my hands; I act, and who will turn it back?””

(Isaiah 43:10–13, LES)

In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame! In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

(Psalm 71:1–3, ESV)

“Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah”

(Psalm 24:3–6, ESV)

“Those who walk righteously and speak uprightly, who despise the gain of oppression, who wave away a bribe instead of accepting it, who stop their ears from hearing of bloodshed and shut their eyes from looking on evil, they will live on the heights; their refuge will be the fortresses of rocks; their food will be supplied, their water assured.”

(Isaiah 33:15–16, NRSV)

“With the LORD on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me? The LORD is on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in mortals. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”

(Psalm 118:6–9, NRSV)

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