Look, you have instructed many; you have strengthened feeble hands.Your words have supported those who stumbled, and you have strengthened the knees that gave way.
How painful are honest words! But what does your reproof prove?
I also could speak like you, if you were in my place; I could pile up words against you and I could shake my head at you.But I would strengthen you with my words; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.
Strengthen the hands that have gone limp, steady the knees that shake!Tell those who panic,“ Be strong! Do not fear! Look, your God comes to avenge! With divine retribution he comes to deliver you.”
“ Without a doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you.
Is my strength like that of stones? or is my flesh made of bronze?
Do not reject me in my old age! When my strength fails, do not abandon me!
1 Kings 18 27
At noon Elijah mocked them,“ Yell louder! After all, he is a god; he may be deep in thought, or perhaps he stepped out for a moment or has taken a trip. Perhaps he is sleeping and needs to be awakened.”
The coastlands see and are afraid; the whole earth trembles; they approach and come.They help one another; one says to the other,‘ Be strong!’The craftsman encourages the metalsmith, the one who wields the hammer encourages the one who pounds on the anvil. He approves the quality of the welding, and nails it down so it won’t fall over.”
From whom does he receive directions? Who teaches him the correct way to do things, or imparts knowledge to him, or instructs him in skillful design?