Psalms 147:11

The LORD takes pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
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Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
16. But what addeth he? "The Lord will delight in them that fear Him, and in them that hope in His mercy" (ver. 11). A robber is feared, and a wild beast is feared, and an unjust and powerful man is much feared. "The Lord will delight in them that hope in His mercy." Behold, Judas, who betrayed our Lord, feared, but he did not hope in His mercy. ...It is well indeed that thou hast feared, but only if thou trustedst in His mercy, whom thou hast feared. He in despair "went and hanged himself." In such wise then fear the Lord, that thou trust in His mercy. ...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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