Why do good people suffer?

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am not the best editor.

I know things are getting very difficult and times are getting very hard. In times like this it can cause doubt or even get us to question our faith in God and cause many doubts. Many in bible times have become confused when they were suffering. It may even seem as if you lost favor with God. God is not unjust he remembers the work we have done for him. So I am going to discuss just why people suffer , even good people will suffer. Jesus and the apostles and many of God’s prophets suffered. So understanding why this occurs can help strengthen our faith. (Hebrews 6:9-12) . . .. 10 For God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name by ministering and continuing to minister to the holy ones. 11 But we desire each one of you to show the same industriousness so as to have the full assurance of the hope down to the end, 12 so that you may not become sluggish, but be imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

The bible does not say if we suffer tribulation but when. We are all imperfect and fall short of God. Sometimes our own sins ruin our lives and harm others, sometimes others sins harm themselves and others. Those who put more trust in the world harm the most people. For example some may appear to have a form of Godly devotion but will put worldly things like money, material possessions, power or popularity before their worship of God. Things like that will drown out any love for God and make them more prone to committing sins that can harm others. A good example of this can be found in the bible. Joseph was promised authority that his brothers felt should be given to them because they were older. Because of this they sinned and were going to kill him, instead they sold him into slavery. By doing our best to do what God would want us to do and keeping him first in our lives we prevent things like this from pushing our love and faith for God out of our hearts. This did not stop God’s plans for Joseph and he eventually was put in a position of authority in Egypt and he used this position of authority to protect and help save Israel during hard times. The bible tells us we can be tried by our own sins or by others sins. Joseph was tried by his brothers sins.

Sometimes a person’s overconfidence can cause them to sin which can bring harm to others. The scribes and pharisees were overly proud and overly confident. They looked down on others, they would put themselves in prominent places to put on a show, thought they knew God’s word well but they did not understand it’s meaning and thought memorizing God’s word was enough. This drove them to persecute Jesus and eventually led to him being persecuted and killed. This did not stop God’s plans but actually fulfilled them because Jesus died sinless he defeated the lies that brought death on man and God promoted him and he is now our king in heaven sitting on the heavenly throne. The bible tells us he has been given authority over everything but God himself, so when it is time for him to set matters straight he will have the power and authority to do so.

When we are ill this is when we really need to stick to God because this is when we will have a tendency to be overconfident and start leaning on our own understanding because it is difficult to think clearly. We may even have issues that cause us to think things we ought not to think. This occurred with me. To prevent it from getting the best of me I wrote scriptures down and hung them on my wall to continually remind me so I would not act on things. For example the brain swelling caused me rage and also caused me to start mistrusting many people. It caused me to have episodes of anger. I wrote on notes why this was occurring and scriptures that could help me to overcome this. Knowing why this was occurring helped me find comfort because I knew once I healed these things would no longer occur. I was very fortunate because during those times I had Facebook friends who were patient enough to work with me even though I would get irrational and a bit mean at times. They guided me and taught me how to heal. When dealing with something like this it is very helpful to get guidance from someone who truly understands what you are going through. If not you could cause harm to your life and others. By not seeking help we are putting confidence in ourselves. God would want us to take any measures necessary to not let him or ourselves down.

The example we have of the most harm brought on man by sin is Adam and Eve sinning. They not only brought on death but much suffering on man. They listened to Satan’s lies and believeed they did not need God to guide them and they could decide things for themselves. They also did not believe they would die. This brought death and suffering on man. Those were the original lies told in the garden. But Satan also accuses those who put their faith in God. He accuses them of only loving God because he blesses and protects them. Satan destroyed Jobs life, he took Job’s family, all Job owned and even his health from him to try and prove his accusations against Job. This did not shake Job’s faith and love for God. Job’s trust, love and faith in God was rewarded many times over what Satan had taken from him. What opened the door for Job to be attacked by Satan. Job had been overly prideful to the point he believe he did not sin. Because of this he accused God of being unjust for leaving these things occur to him. Elihu was the only one to state the truth about Job and was not afraid of offending Job, though he comforted Job first explaining that his words my not set well with Job he still told Job what he needed to hear and not what he wanted to. Job was speaking of flaws he believed God had. When Elihu and Jehovah set Job straight Job repented and God blessed him many times over. But some may say didn’t God say Job was righteous? No God did not, he said Job holds fast to integrity and is upright. God did not say Job was without sin. The bible tells us we all sin and fall short of God because of our inherited imperfections. It is why we need to read Gods word and reflect in the perfect mirror of God’s word to make us more aware of our short comings so we can continually work to draw closer to God. When being tried by Satan it can make us aware of short comings we have and this is when we should do all we can to overcome them and prove Satan’s accusations wrong.

We are living in the last days. We are warned people would appear to have a form of Godly devotion but prove false to it’s power. So there will be many who seem to love God but they will give in to their imperfection instead of constantly working to overcome the m. This behavior causes resentment, hatred, anger, a lack of affection, it makes a person prideful, they will put things like money or pride over obedience to God. Things like that not only causes a person to fall short but also cause others to be hurt. The bible warned this is how a variety of sects arise because people would gather ones that would scratch their itchy ears instead of telling them what they needed to hear. Surely we would not want to be like those the bible mentions in the last days. People who did those things are the very people who persecuted and killed Jesus. Would we want to imitate their behavior. Their may be things in the bible that hearts our conscience. If this occurs we should reflect on why this occurs and what actions we can take to correct that. This may not be guilt we feel on our part but it may expose something about someone we care about. If the scriptures reveals something about someone we care about we should talk to them. If they do not respond and they share our beliefs we should talk to those spiritually qualified to talk to the person. I would rather a friend get upset with me then for them to lose their gift of eternal life that is promised to those who worship God with their whole soul and their whole heart. In times past God’s own people killed and harmed his prophets because they wanted to follow after their own hearts instead of obeying God. (2 Timothy 3:1-7) 3 But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away. 6 From among these arise men who slyly work their way into households and captivate weak women loaded down with sins, led by various desires, 7 always learning and yet never able to come to an accurate knowledge of truth.) , (2 Timothy 4:3-5) 3 For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the wholesome teaching, but according to their own desires, they will surround themselves with teachers to have their ears tickled. 4 They will turn away from listening to the truth and give attention to false stories. 5 You, though, keep your senses in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelizer, fully accomplish your ministry.), (1 Timothy 4:1-5) 4 However, the inspired word clearly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired statements and teachings of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, whose conscience is seared as with a branding iron. 3 They forbid marriage and command people to abstain from foods that God created to be partaken of with thanksgiving by those who have faith and accurately know the truth. 4 For every creation of God is fine, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is sanctified through God’s word and prayer over it.

This is why the bible did not say if we suffer tribulation but when. It is very important to do our best to let God guide us when we do. I know it is difficult to understand why God would let bad things happen to good people but we have to keep in mind we are all being accused by Satan, we all are sinful. If we let God guide all we do then we store up treasures in heaven which no one can take away. All the things on earth will be gone soon and so will many of the powerful people that many put their trust in. By sticking to God when we endure the trials and tribulation we will not only prove Satan’s accusations wrong and we will store up treasures in heaven which gives us hope in the future promises God has given us and one of them would be life with no fear of death. Things are rapidly winding down and just as Satan did not give Job a chance to recover before another messenger appeared with bad news many of us will experience similar things. Some already have and may be tired but if we endure to the end we will be rewarded a reward worth more then any treasures on earth. Some of us may die, even if that does occur we do not have to worry. Jesus defeated death, if we remain faithful and loyal to the end God will remember us during the resurrection. Not even death can separate us from the love of Jesus and the Love of God. Those who survive this wicked system or who are resurrected to a resurrection of life will not suffer again because those who have caused all the suffering and refused to repent will be destroyed and experience the second death during the time of judgment so they will never be able to cause pain and suffering again.

I know it is difficult to suffer. Some have suffered most of their lives. But compared to living in a paradise new earth forever the short amount of time we live now is nothing compared to an eternity of happiness. The bible tells us There will be no more wars, illness, suffering or tears of sadness. The bible tells us before we are finished prying God will answer our prayers in the new system. We are told the good memories will cause us to forget the bad. And most of all death will be no more so we will get to see loved ones we have lost in death. Satan and the demons will be destroyed and will not be able to corrupt man or to accuse man anymore. Because of Satan, man relying on their own understanding and the corruption many suffer from the time they are born. This was something Job noticed and wondered how a righteous God could watch things like that happen. We have to keep in mind, God is the judge we are not. He is being patient and giving others a chance to change and repent.

One thing I do want to clarify there is a difference between being tested and being tried. Satan tries us, he tries to overwhelm us and even isolate us to get us to depend on our own understanding instead of God. In doing so he is trying to weekend us so we will act on our imperfections. In times of trials and tribulation we need to be more aware of our short comings and try even harder to avoid situations that could cause us to act on them or to takes steps that would prevent this from occurring. As for being tested God gives us his word. He knows what is in our hearts. He will let us be tempted but has prepared us by giving us his word and providing ones to help give us spiritual food and guide us. Satan hopes you fail when being tried but God hopes you succeed. Satan tries to make you fail God helps you when being tested and wants you to succeed. God desires none to be destroyed and every life lost because they are disobedient does not make him happy. Those who disobey God have no excuse he gave us all we needed to learn how to have faith in him, and how to please him, love him and be obedient so we can enjoy life on the new earth. We just need to hang on a little longer better times are very very near.

One more issue we need to discuss. Satan made many accusations about God and about man. If God interfered and did not let things run their course then Satan could say see I told you God was hiding things from man. He could say God did not let things run their course because he knew it would prove he was right. By letting the lies completely play out the lies in the garden and the accusations Satan makes against those who love God and try their best to be obedient will get proven wrong. This does not leave any doubt. Man has tried every form of government and we have failed miserably. We have not been able to do away with death and illness as a matter of fact death and chronic illness are more rampant on the earth now then ever before. As time goes on man becomes more corrupt and errors more. The more man leans on their own understanding the worse we are making things. As the end of mans rule comes closer and closer many of us will suffer but we need not fear or give up. We have the future hope given to us in the bible and these things are very very near. (Jeremiah 10:23) 23 I well know, O Jehovah, that man’s way does not belong to him. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.) , (Ecclesiastes 8:9) 9 All of this I have seen, and I applied my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, during the time that man has dominated man to his harm. , (Micah 7:3) Their hands are expert at doing what is bad; The prince is making demands, The judge asks for a reward, The prominent one makes known his desires, And they work it out together.

(James 1:12-15) 12 Happy is the man who keeps on enduring trial, because on becoming approved he will receive the crown of life, which Jehovah promised to those who continue loving Him. 13 When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try anyone. 14 But each one is tried by being drawn out and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then the desire, when it has become fertile, gives birth to sin; in turn sin, when it has been carried out, brings forth death.

(1 John 2:15-17) 15 Do not love either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; 16 because everything in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world. 17 Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.

(Proverbs 16:18, 19) 18 Pride is before a crash, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. 19 Better to be humble among the meek Than to share the spoil of the haughty.

(Luke 18:9-14) 9 He also told this illustration to some who trusted in their own righteousness and who considered others as nothing: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and began to pray these things to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like everyone else—extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give the tenth of all things I acquire.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing at a distance, was not willing even to raise his eyes heavenward but kept beating his chest, saying, ‘O God, be gracious to me, a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home and was proved more righteous than that Pharisee. Because everyone who exalts himself will be humiliated, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

(Ecclesiastes 7:16-18) 16 Do not be overly righteous, nor show yourself excessively wise. Why should you bring ruin to yourself? 17 Do not be excessively wicked, nor be foolish. Why should you die before your time? 18 It is best to grasp one warning without letting go of the other; for the one who fears God will heed them both.

(1 Corinthians 15:22-28) 22 For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each one in his own proper order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who belong to the Christ during his presence. 24 Next, the end, when he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father, when he has brought to nothing all government and all authority and power. 25 For he must rule as king until God has put all enemies under his feet. 26 And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing. 27 For God “subjected all things under his feet.” But when he says that ‘all things have been subjected,’ it is evident that this does not include the One who subjected all things to him. 28 But when all things will have been subjected to him, then the Son himself will also subject himself to the One who subjected all things to him, that God may be all things to everyone.
(Romans 6:16) Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness?

(John 8:42-47) 42 Jesus said to them: “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I have not come of my own initiative, but that One sent me. 43 Why do you not understand what I am saying? Because you cannot listen to my word. 44 You are from your father the Devil, and you wish to do the desires of your father. That one was a murderer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of the lie. 45 Because I, on the other hand, tell you the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Who of you convicts me of sin? If I speak truth, why is it that you do not believe me? 47 The one who is from God listens to the sayings of God. This is why you do not listen, because you are not from God.”

(Genesis 37:18-28) 18 Now they caught sight of him from a distance, and before he reached them, they began plotting against him to put him to death. 19 So they said to one another: “Look! Here comes that dreamer. 20 Come, now, let us kill him and pitch him into one of the waterpits, and we will say that a vicious wild animal devoured him. Then let us see what will become of his dreams.” 21 When Reuʹben heard this, he tried to rescue him from them. So he said: “Let us not take his life.” 22 Reuʹben said to them: “Do not shed blood. Throw him into this waterpit in the wilderness, but do not harm him.” His purpose was to rescue him from them in order to return him to his father. 23 So as soon as Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped Joseph of his robe, the special robe that he wore, 24 and they took him and threw him into the waterpit. At the time the pit was empty; there was no water in it. 25 Then they sat down to eat. When they looked up, there was a caravan of Ishʹma·el·ites coming from Gilʹe·ad. Their camels were carrying labdanum gum, balsam, and resinous bark, and they were on their way down to Egypt. 26 At this Judah said to his brothers: “What profit would there be if we killed our brother and covered over his blood? 27 Come, now, let us sell him to the Ishʹma·el·ites, and do not let our hand be upon him. After all, he is our brother, our flesh.” So they listened to their brother. 28 And when the Midʹi·an·ite merchants were passing by, they lifted Joseph up out of the waterpit and sold him to the Ishʹma·el·ites for 20 pieces of silver. These men took Joseph into Egypt.

(Genesis 47:21-28) 21 Then he moved the people into cities, from one end of the territory of Egypt to its other end. 22 Only the land of the priests he did not buy, because the rations for the priests were from Pharʹaoh and they lived on their rations that Pharʹaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land. 23 Then Joseph said to the people: “See, I have today bought you and your land for Pharʹaoh. Here is seed for you, and you must sow the land with it. 24 When it produces, give a fifth to Pharʹaoh, but four parts will be yours as seed for the field and as food for you and for those in your houses and for your children to eat.” 25 So they said: “You have preserved our lives. Let us find favor in the eyes of my lord, and we will become slaves to Pharʹaoh.” 26 Then Joseph made it a decree, which is valid until today over the land of Egypt, that a fifth belongs to Pharʹaoh. It was only the land of the priests that did not become Pharʹaoh’s. 27 Israel continued to dwell in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goʹshen, and they settled in it and were fruitful and increased greatly. 28 And Jacob lived on in the land of Egypt for 17 years, so that the days of Jacob’s life came to be 147 years.

(Job 2:2-8) 2 Then Jehovah said to Satan: “Where have you come from?” Satan answered Jehovah: “From roving about on the earth and from walking about in it.” 3 And Jehovah said to Satan: “Have you taken note of my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth. He is an upright man of integrity, fearing God and shunning what is bad. He is still holding firmly to his integrity, even though you try to incite me against him to destroy him for no reason.” 4 But Satan answered Jehovah: “Skin for skin. A man will give everything that he has for his life. 5 But, for a change, stretch out your hand and strike his bone and flesh, and he will surely curse you to your very face.” 6 Then Jehovah said to Satan: “Look! He is in your hand! Only do not take his life!” 7 So Satan went out from the presence of Jehovah and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And Job took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself, and he was sitting among the ashes.

(Job 40:1-8) 40 Jehovah continued to answer Job:  2 “Should a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let the one who wants to reprove God answer.”  3 Job said in answer to Jehovah:  4 “Look! I am unworthy. What can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.  5 I spoke once, but I will not answer again; Twice, but I will say no more.”  6 Then Jehovah answered Job out of the windstorm:  7 “Brace yourself, please, like a man; I will question you, and you inform me.  8 Will you call into question my justice? Will you condemn me so that you may be right?

(James 5:9-11) . . .. 10 Brothers, take as a pattern of the suffering of evil and the exercising of patience the prophets who spoke in the name of Jehovah. 11 Look! We consider happy those who have endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome Jehovah gave, that Jehovah is very tender in affection and merciful.

(Job 33:8-17) 8 But you said in my hearing, Yes, I kept hearing these words,  9 ‘I am pure, without transgression; I am clean, without error. 10 But God finds reasons to oppose me; He considers me his enemy. 11 He puts my feet in stocks; He scrutinizes all my paths.’ 12 But you are not right in saying this, so I will answer you: God is far greater than mortal man. 13 Why do you complain against Him? Is it because he did not answer all your words? 14 For God speaks once and a second time, But no one pays attention, 15 In a dream, a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon people While they sleep in their beds. 16 Then he uncovers their ears And impresses his instruction upon them, 17 To turn a person away from wrongdoing And to protect a man from pride.

(John 16:32, 33) . . .. 33 I have said these things to you so that by means of me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage! I have conquered the world.”

(Matthew 4:3) And the Tempter approached and said to him: “If you are a son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”
(2 Corinthians 11:3) But I am afraid that somehow, as the serpent seduced Eve by its cunning, your minds might be corrupted away from the sincerity and the chastity that are due the Christ.

(2 Corinthians 1:3-7) 3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God. 5 For just as the sufferings for the Christ abound in us, so the comfort we receive through the Christ also abounds. 6 Now if we face trials, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are being comforted, it is for your comfort, which acts to help you to endure the same sufferings that we also suffer. 7 And our hope for you is unwavering, knowing as we do that just as you share in the sufferings, so you will also share in the comfort.

(Revelation 2:10, 11) 10 Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. Look! The Devil will keep on throwing some of you into prison so that you may be fully put to the test, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Prove yourself faithful even to death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations: The one who conquers will by no means be harmed by the second death.’

(Revelation 21:8) But as for the cowards and those without faith and those who are disgusting in their filth and murderers and the sexually immoral and those practicing spiritism and idolaters and all the liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This means the second death.”

(Matthew 24:9-14) 9 “Then people will hand you over to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations on account of my name. 10 Then, too, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and mislead many; 12 and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold. 13 But the one who has endured to the end will be saved. 14 And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

(Matthew 6:19-24) 19 “Stop storing up for yourselves treasures on the earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Rather, store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If, then, your eye is focused, your whole body will be bright. 23 But if your eye is envious, your whole body will be dark. If the light that is in you is really darkness, how great that darkness is! 24 “No one can slave for two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stick to the one and despise the other. You cannot slave for God and for Riches.

(2 Peter 3:11-14) 11 Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, consider what sort of people you ought to be in holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion, 12 as you await and keep close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah, through which the heavens will be destroyed in flames and the elements will melt in the intense heat! 13 But there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell. 14 Therefore, beloved ones, since you are awaiting these things, do your utmost to be found finally by him spotless and unblemished and in peace.

(Isaiah 2:4)  4 He will render judgment among the nations And set matters straight respecting many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, Nor will they learn war anymore.

(Isaiah 35:5-7)  5 At that time the eyes of the blind will be opened, And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.  6 At that time the lame will leap like the deer, And the tongue of the speechless will shout for joy. For waters will burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert plain.  7 The heat-parched ground will become a reedy pool, And the thirsty ground springs of water. In the lairs where jackals rested, There will be green grass and reeds and papyrus.

(Isaiah 65:23-25) 23 They will not toil for nothing, Nor will they bear children for distress, Because they are the offspring made up of those blessed by Jehovah, And their descendants with them. 24 Even before they call out, I will answer; While they are yet speaking, I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, The lion will eat straw just like the bull, And the serpent’s food will be dust. They will do no harm nor cause any ruin in all my holy mountain,” says Jehovah.

(Isaiah 26:19) 19 “Your dead will live. My corpses will rise up. Awake and shout joyfully, You residents in the dust! For your dew is as the dew of the morning, And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life.

(2 Peter 3:9, 10) 9 Jehovah is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance. 10 But Jehovah’s day will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar, but the elements being intensely hot will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be exposed.
(Romans 1:24-27) 24 Therefore, God, in keeping with the desires of their hearts, gave them up to uncleanness, so that their bodies might be dishonored among them. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for the lie and venerated and rendered sacred service to the creation rather than the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen. 26 That is why God gave them over to disgraceful sexual passion, for their females changed the natural use of themselves into one contrary to nature; 27 likewise also the males left the natural use of the female and became violently inflamed in their lust toward one another, males with males, working what is obscene and receiving in themselves the full penalty, which was due for their error.

(1 Kings 19:9, 10) 9 There he entered a cave and spent the night; and look! Jehovah’s word came to him, telling him: “What are you doing here, E·liʹjah?” 10 To this he said: “I have been absolutely zealous for Jehovah the God of armies; for the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, your altars they have torn down, and your prophets they have killed with the sword, and I am the only one left. Now they are seeking to take my life away.. . .