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I said, "I have worked, but how hopeless it is! I have used up my strength, but have accomplished nothing." Yet I can trust the LORD to defend my cause; he will reward me for what I do.
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And I said: I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength without cause and in vain: therefore my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God.
I have laboured
Isaiah 65:2 I have spread forth my hands all the day to an unbelieving people, who walk in a way that is not good after their own thoughts.
Ezekiel 3:19 But if thou give warning to the wicked, and he be not converted from his wickedness, and from his evil way: he indeed shall die in his iniquity, but thou hast delivered thy soul.
Matthew 17:17 And Jesus rebuked him, and the devil went out of him, and the child was cured from that hour.
Matthew 23:37 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered together thy children, as the hen doth gather her chickens under her wings, and thou wouldst not?
John 1:11 He came unto his own: and his own received him not.
Romans 10:21 But to Israel he saith: All the day long have I spread my hands to a people that believeth not and contradicteth me.
Galatians 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest perhaps I have laboured in vain among you.
Leviticus 26:20 Your labour shall be spent in vain: the ground shall not bring forth her increase: nor the trees yield their fruit.
2 Corinthians 12:15 But I most gladly will spend and be spent myself for your souls: although loving you more, I be loved less.
Isaiah 53:10-12 And the Lord was pleased to bruise him in infirmity: if he shall lay down his life for sin, he shall see a longlived seed, and the will of the Lord shall be prosperous in his hand. . . .
Psalm 22:22-31 I will declare thy name to my brethren: in the midst of the church will I praise thee. . . .
Luke 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and so, to enter into his glory?
John 17:4,5 I have glorified thee on the earth; I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. . . .
2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are the good odour of Christ unto God, in them that are saved and in them that perish.
Philippians 2:9 For which cause, God also hath exalted him and hath given him a name which is above all names:
Hebrews 12:2 Looking on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who, having joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and now sitteth on the right hand of the throne of God.
Isaiah 40:10 Behold the Lord God shall come with strength, and his arm shall rule: Behold his reward is with him and his work is before him.
Isaiah 62:11 Behold the Lord hath made it to be heard in the ends of the earth, tell the daughter of Sion: Behold thy Saviour cometh: behold his reward is with him, and his work before him.
ContextYou are My Servant
…3And he said to me: Thou art my servant Israel, for in thee will I glory. 4And I said: I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength without cause and in vain: therefore my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God.5And now saith the Lord, that formed me from the womb to be his servant, that I may bring back Jacob unto him, and Israel will not be gathered together: and I am glorified in the eyes of the Lord, and my God is made my strength.…
Holding forth the word of life to my glory in the day of Christ: because I have not run in vain, nor laboured in vain.
Your labour shall be spent in vain: the ground shall not bring forth her increase: nor the trees yield their fruit.
Many seek the face of the prince: but the judgment of every one cometh forth from the Lord.
O Lord, thou art my God, I will exalt O thee, and give glory to thy name: for thou hast done wonderful things, thy designs of old faithful, amen.
Say to the fainthearted: Take courage, and fear not: behold your God will bring the revenge of recompense: God himself will come and will save you.
Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel: My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
There is no peace to the wicked, saith the Lord God.
As unto revenge, as it were to repay wrath to his adversaries, and a reward to his enemies: he will repay the like to the islands.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, and my soul shall be joyful in my God: for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation: and with the robe of justice he hath covered me, as a bridegroom decked with a crown, and as a bride adorned with her jewels.
My elect shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth in trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their posterity with them.
Additional TranslationsBut I said, “I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength in futility and vanity; yet my vindication is with the LORD, and my reward is with my God.”Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.
But I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nought and vanity; yet surely the justice due to me is with Jehovah, and my recompense with my God.
Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have given my strength for vanity and for nothing: therefore is my judgment with the Lord, and my labour before my God.
-- And I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought and in vain; nevertheless my judgment is with Jehovah, and my work with my God.
But I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought and vanity: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my recompence with my God.
Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for naught, and in vain; yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.
But I said, "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely the justice [due] to me is with Yahweh, and my reward with my God."
And I said, 'For a vain thing I laboured, For emptiness and vanity my power I consumed, But my judgment is with Jehovah, And my wage with my God.
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