A covenant is a contract, a legal agreement, a pact. The one who initiates the covenant promises to use his full abilities to honor the covenant.
 
As He created you, God your Father initiated a covenant with you.  One aspect of His covenant concerns His willingness to establish you.
 
If you agree to covenant with Him, He will wield all of His power, majesty, splendor, and abilities to ensure you are established in those situations which are best for you.
 
Though the following verses from the Bible were said to certain individuals, if you agree to relationship with God as your Father, they are said simultaneously to you.
 

Genesis 9:9
    9 Behold, I establish My covenant or pledge with you and with your descendants after you
 
Genesis 17:2
    2 And I will make My covenant (solemn pledge) between Me and you and will multiply you exceedingly.
 
Genesis 17:7
    7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting, solemn pledge, to be a God to you and to your posterity after you.
 
Ezekiel 16:62
    62 And I will establish My covenant with you, and you shall know (understand and realize) that I AM the Lord,
 
Psalm 102:28
    28 The children of Your servants shall dwell safely and continue, and their descendants shall be established before You.

Because God names Himself your Father, He sets certain guidelines in love -- for your benefit, for your best good:
 
Deuteronomy 28:1-14
    1If you will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments which I command you this day, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.
    2And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God.
    3Blessed shall you be in the city and blessed shall you be in the field.
    4Blessed shall be the fruit of your body and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your beasts, the increase of your cattle and the young of your flock.
    5Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading trough (bowl for making bread dough).
    6Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out.
    7The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
    8The Lord shall command the blessing upon you in your storehouse and in all that you undertake. And He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
    9The Lord will establish you as a people holy to Himself, as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.
    10And all people of the earth shall see that you are called by the Name [and the presence of] the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.
    11And the Lord shall make you have a surplus of prosperity, through the fruit of your body, of your livestock, and of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.
    12The Lord shall open to you His good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
    13And the Lord shall make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day and are watchful to do them.
    14And you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
 
Leviticus 26:3-8
    3If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments and do them,
    4I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase and the trees of the field yield their fruit.
    5And your threshing [time] shall reach to the vintage and the vintage [time] shall reach to the sowing time, and you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely.
    6I will give peace in the land; you shall lie down and none shall fill you with dread or make you afraid; and I will clear ferocious (wild) beasts out of the land, and no sword shall go through your land.
    7And you shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.
    8Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
 

In these following verses, which speak of “steadfast love,” the Father Heart of God to establish His children with favor is clearly defined:
 
Exodus 20:6
    6But showing mercy and steadfast love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
 
Deuteronomy 5:10
    10And showing mercy and steadfast love to thousands and to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
 
Deuteronomy 7:9
    9Know, recognize, and understand therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations.
 
Psalm 105:8
    8He is [earnestly] mindful of His covenant and forever it is imprinted on His heart, the word which He commanded and established to a thousand generations,
 

As we look into this topic:
 
Deuteronomy 1:11
    11May the Lord, the God of your fathers, make you a thousand times as many as you are and bless you as He has promised you!

 




One aspect of covenant relationship with God as your Father is that God Himself desires to establish you.
 
Here are what fathers of the faith said about God’s ability to establish:


2 Corinthians 1:21
    21 But it is God Who confirms and makes us steadfast and establishes us [in joint fellowship] with you in Christ, and has consecrated and anointed us [enduing us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit];
 
Psalm 7:9
    9 Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the [uncompromisingly] righteous [those upright and in harmony with You]; for You, Who try the hearts and emotions and thinking powers, are a righteous God.
 
1 Thessalonians 3:13
    13 So that He may strengthen and confirm and establish your hearts faultlessly pure and unblamable in holiness in the sight of our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) with all His saints (the holy and glorified people of God)! Amen, (so be it)!
 
Job 25:2
    2 Dominion and fear are with [God]; He makes peace in His high places.
 
Isaiah 26:12
    12 Lord, You will ordain peace (God’s favor and blessings, both temporal and spiritual) for us, for You have also wrought in us and for us all our works.
 
Psalm 37:23
    23 The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step].

Those who know God as Father encourage you:

Proverbs 16:3
    3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

Proverbs 4:26
    26 Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright.
 
Perhaps you would like to pray:
 

Psalm 119:133
    133 Establish my steps and direct them by [means of] Your word; let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
 
 


If you pray a prayer of that type, here is how God your Father responds to that type prayer:

Leviticus 26:9
    9For I [God] will be leaning toward you with favor and regard for you, rendering you fruitful, multiplying you, and establishing and ratifying My covenant with you.
 

What picture came into your mind when God Himself said that He will be leaning toward you with favor?
 
One way your Father God ensures that you and your loved ones are heaped with blessings is by bestowing favor. The following verse about kings underlines God’s ability to direct those people in authority [in this case, kings]:
 
Daniel 2:20-22
    20Daniel answered, Blessed be the name of God forever and ever! For wisdom and might are His!
    21He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding!
    22He reveals the deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him!


Romans 13:1
    13 Let every person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God’s appointment.
 
From our very beginning, Father God chose us, counseled and led us, and elevated us, rescuing us from darkness, transferring us to light, and then giving us His highest honor, placing each of us, whether we are male or female, in the esteemed position as son.
 
He established each of us before Him as His favored children.
Be sure to go to the sections Our Position As Sons, Our Inheritance, and Our True Riches for insights into what He has prepared for us ― for you, individually ― from the foundations of the world.
 

Your position as favored son [the position is that of esteemed son, regardless of whether you are male or female], your inheritance, and your abundance of true riches all result from relationship with Him.
 
As far as our relationships with others in our workplaces and communities, as our loving Father, He does not elevate us to higher positions with them until He knows we can handle the increase in responsibility that comes with a higher position in society.

After all, from the very beginning, it was He Who chose us and elevated us, rescuing us from darkness, transferring us to light, and then giving us His highest honor.
 
The extravagance of our generous Father God was summarized well by Jesus’ disciple John:
 
John 1:16
    16For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.
 

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God, Who names Himself your Father, says this about His desire to extend favor to you and to establish you:
 
Genesis 12:2
    2And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others].
 
Genesis 17:7
    7And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting, solemn pledge, to be a God to you and to your posterity after you.
 
Exodus 33:11-17
    11And the Lord spoke with Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Moses returned to the camp, but his minister Joshua, a young man, did not depart from the [prayer] tent.
    12Moses said to the Lord, See, You say to me, Bring up this people, but You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You said, I know you by name and you have also found favor in My sight.
    13Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You [progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, perceiving and recognizing and understanding more strongly and clearly] and that I may find favor in Your sight. And [Lord, do] consider that this nation is Your people.
    14And the Lord said, My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.
    15And Moses said to the Lord, If Your Presence does not go with me, do not carry us up from here!
    16For by what shall it be known that I and Your people have found favor in Your sight? Is it not in Your going with us so that we are distinguished, I and Your people, from all the other people upon the face of the earth?
    17And the Lord said to Moses I will do this thing also that you have asked, for you have found favor, loving-kindness, and mercy in My sight and I know you personally and by name.
 
Leviticus 26:9
    9For I will be leaning toward you with favor and regard for you, rendering you fruitful, multiplying you, and establishing and ratifying My covenant with you.
 
2 Samuel 7:13
    13He shall build a house for My Name [and My Presence], and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
 
Isaiah 42:1-9
     1Behold, My Servant, Whom I uphold, My elect in Whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice and right and reveal truth to the nations.
    2He will not cry or shout aloud or cause His voice to be heard in the street.
    3A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not quench; He will bring forth justice in truth.
    4He will not fail or become weak or be crushed and discouraged till He has established justice in the earth; and the islands and coastal regions shall wait hopefully for Him and expect His direction and law.
    5Thus says God the Lord--He Who created the heavens and stretched them forth, He Who spread abroad the earth and that which comes out of it, He Who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it:
    6 I the Lord have called You [the Messiah] for a righteous purpose and in righteousness; I will take You by the hand and will keep You; I will give You for a covenant to the people for a light to the nations,
    7To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness from the prison.
    8 I AM the Lord; that is My name! And My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to graven images.
    9Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.
 
Isaiah 44:7-8
    7Who is like Me? Let him [stand and] proclaim it, declare it, and set [his proofs] in order before Me, since I made and established the people of antiquity. [Who has announced from of old] the things that are coming? Then let them declare yet future things.
    8Fear not, nor be afraid [in the coming violent upheavals]; have I not told it to you from of old and declared it? And you are My witnesses! Is there a God besides Me? There is no [other] Rock; I know not any.
 
Isaiah 45:18
    18For thus says the Lord--Who created the heavens, God Himself, Who formed the earth and made it, Who established it and did not create it to be a worthless waste; He formed it to be inhabited--I AM the Lord, and there is no one else.
 
Isaiah 49:8-13
    8Thus says the Lord, In an acceptable and favorable time I have heard and answered you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you; and I will preserve you and give you for a covenant to the people, to raise up and establish the land [from its present state of ruin] and to apportion and cause them to inherit the desolate heritages,
    9Saying to those who are bound, Come forth, and to those who are in [spiritual] darkness, Show yourselves [come into the light of the Sun of righteousness]. They shall feed in all the ways [in which they go], and their pastures shall be [not in deserts, but] on all the bare [grass-covered] hills.
    10They will not hunger or thirst, neither will mirage [mislead] or scorching wind or sun smite [harm] them; for He Who has mercy on them will lead them, and by springs of water will He guide them.
    11And I will make all My mountains a way, and My highways will be raised up.
    12Behold, these shall come from afar--and, behold, these from the north and from the west, and these from the land of Sinim (China).
    13Sing for joy, O heavens, and be joyful, O earth, and break forth into singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people and will have compassion upon His afflicted.
 
Jeremiah 30:19-20
    19Out of them [city and palace] will come songs of thanksgiving and the voices of those who make merry. And I will multiply them, and they will not be few; I will also glorify them, and they will not be small.
    20Their children too shall be as in former times, and their congregation shall be established before Me, and I will punish all who oppress them.
 
Jeremiah 33:2-3
    2Thus says the Lord Who made [the earth], the Lord Who formed it to establish it--the Lord is His name:
    3Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).
 
Ezekiel 34:25-29
    25And I will confirm with them a covenant of peace and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land, and [My people] shall dwell safely in the wilderness, desert, or pastureland and sleep [confidently] in the woods.
    26And I will make them and the places round about My hill a blessing, and I will cause the showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing [of good insured by God's favor].
    27And the tree of the field shall yield its fruit and the earth shall yield its increase; and [My people] shall be secure in their land, and they shall be confident and know (understand and realize) that I AM the Lord, when I have broken the bars of their yoke and have delivered them out of the hand of those who made slaves of them.
    28And they shall no more be a prey to the nations, nor shall the beasts of the earth devour them, but they shall dwell safely and none shall make them afraid [in the day of the Messiah's reign]
    29And I will raise up for them a planting of crops for renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land nor bear the reproach of the nations any longer.

 


Jesus, Who perfectly represents God’s nature and character, continues:
 
Matthew 5:2-12
    2Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
    3Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
    4Blessed and enviably happy [with a happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace] are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted!
    5Blessed (happy, blithesome, joyous, spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the meek (the mild, patient, long-suffering), for they shall inherit the earth!
    6Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied!
    7Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy!
    8Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous--possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!
    9Blessed (enjoying enviable happiness, spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they shall be called the sons of God!
    10Blessed and happy and enviably fortunate and spiritually prosperous (in the state in which the born-again child of God enjoys and finds satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of his outward conditions) are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake (for being and doing right), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
    11Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of your outward conditions) are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely on My account.
    12Be glad and supremely joyful, for your reward in heaven is great (strong and intense), for in this same way people persecuted the prophets who were before you.
 

Matthew 5:45
    45To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike].
 
Matthew 25:1-13
    1Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
    2Five of them were foolish (thoughtless, without forethought) and five were wise (sensible, intelligent, and prudent).
    3For when the foolish took their lamps, they did not take any [extra] oil with them;
    4But the wise took flasks of oil along with them [also] with their lamps.
    5While the bridegroom lingered and was slow in coming, they all began nodding their heads, and they fell asleep.
    6But at midnight there was a shout, Behold, the bridegroom! Go out to meet him!
    7Then all those virgins got up and put their own lamps in order.
    8And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.
    9But the wise replied, There will not be enough for us and for you; go instead to the dealers and buy for yourselves.
    10But while they were going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were prepared went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut.
    11Later the other virgins also came and said, Lord, Lord, open [the door] to us!
    12But He replied, I solemnly declare to you, I do not know you [I am not acquainted with you] {we have no established relationship}.
    13Watch therefore [give strict attention and be cautious and active], for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man will come.
 
Matthew 25:31-40
    31When the Son of Man comes in His glory (His majesty and splendor), and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
    32All nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them [the people] from one another as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats;
    33And He will cause the sheep to stand at His right hand, but the goats at His left.
    34Then the King will say to those at His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God and appointed to eternal salvation], inherit (receive as your own) the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
    35For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you brought Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and lodged Me,
    36I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see Me.
    37Then the just and upright will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and gave You food, or thirsty and gave You something to drink?
    38And when did we see You a stranger and welcomed and entertained You, or naked and clothed You?
    39And when did we see You sick or in prison and came to visit You?
    40And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least [in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me.
 
Luke 4:1-32
   1Then Jesus, full of and controlled by the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led in [by] the [Holy] Spirit
    2For (during) forty days in the wilderness (desert), where He was tempted (tried, tested exceedingly) by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they were completed, He was hungry.
    3Then the devil said to Him, If You are the Son of God, order this stone to turn into a loaf [of bread].
    4And Jesus replied to him, It is written, Man shall not live and be sustained by (on) bread alone but by every word and expression of God.
    5Then the devil took Him up to a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the habitable world in a moment of time [in the twinkling of an eye].
    6And he said to Him, To You I will give all this power and authority and their glory (all their magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, and grace), for it has been turned over to me, and I give it to whomever I will.
    7Therefore if You will do homage to and worship me [just once], it shall all be Yours.
    8And Jesus replied to him, Get behind Me, Satan! It is written, You shall do homage to and worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.
    9Then he took Him to Jerusalem and set Him on a gable of the temple, and said to Him, If You are the Son of God, cast Yourself down from here;
    10For it is written, He will give His angels charge over you to guard and watch over you closely and carefully;
    11And on their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.
    12And Jesus replied to him, [The Scripture] says, You shall not tempt (try, test exceedingly) the Lord your God.
    13And when the devil had ended every [the complete cycle of] temptation, he [temporarily] left Him [that is, stood off from Him] until another more opportune and favorable time.
    14Then Jesus went back full of and under the power of the [Holy] Spirit into Galilee, and the fame of Him spread through the whole region round about.
    15And He Himself conducted [a course of] teaching in their synagogues, being recognized and honored and praised by all.
    16So He came to Nazareth, [that Nazareth] where He had been brought up, and He entered the synagogue, as was His custom on the Sabbath day. And He stood up to read.
    17And there was handed to Him [the roll of] the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened (unrolled) the book and found the place where it was written,
    18The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity],
    19To proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound.
    20Then He rolled up the book and gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were gazing [attentively] at Him.
    21And He began to speak to them: Today this Scripture has been fulfilled while you are present and hearing.
    22And all spoke well of Him and marveled at the words of grace that came forth from His mouth; and they said, Is not this Joseph's Son?
    23So He said to them, You will doubtless quote to Me this proverb: Physician, heal Yourself! What we have learned by hearsay that You did in Capernaum, do here also in Your [own] town.
    24Then He said, Solemnly I say to you, no prophet is acceptable and welcome in his [own] town (country).
    25But in truth I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were closed up for three years and six months, so that there came a great famine over all the land;
    26And yet Elijah was not sent to a single one of them, but only to Zarephath in the country of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. [I Kings 17:1, 8-16; 18:1.]
    27And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and yet not one of them was cleansed [by being healed]--but only Naaman the Syrian. [II Kings 5:1-14.]
    28When they heard these things, all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage.
    29And rising up, they pushed and drove Him out of the town, and [laying hold of Him] they led Him to the [projecting] upper part of the hill on which their town was built, that they might hurl Him headlong down [over the cliff].
    30But passing through their midst, He went on His way.
    31And He descended to Capernaum, a town of Galilee, and there He continued to teach the people on the Sabbath days.
    32And they were amazed at His teaching, for His word was with authority and ability and weight and power.
 
Luke 6:20-23
    20And solemnly lifting up His eyes on His disciples, He said: Blessed (happy--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition--and to be envied) are you poor and lowly and afflicted (destitute of wealth, influence, position, and honor), for the kingdom of God is yours!
    21Blessed (happy--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition--and to be envied) are you who hunger and seek with eager desire now, for you shall be filled and completely satisfied! Blessed (happy--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition--and to be envied) are you who weep and sob now, for you shall laugh!
    22Blessed (happy--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition--and to be envied) are you when people despise (hate) you, and when they exclude and excommunicate you [as disreputable] and revile and denounce you and defame and cast out and spurn your name as evil (wicked) on account of the Son of Man.
    23Rejoice and be glad at such a time and exult and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is rich and great and strong and intense and abundant in heaven; for even so their forefathers treated the prophets.
 
Luke 6:27-36
    27But I say to you who are listening now to Me: [in order to heed, make it a practice to] love your enemies, treat well (do good to, act nobly toward) those who detest you and pursue you with hatred,
    28Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God's blessing (favor) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you].
    29To the one who strikes you on the jaw or cheek, offer the other jaw or cheek also; and from him who takes away your outer garment, do not withhold your undergarment as well.
    30Give away to everyone who begs of you [who is in want of necessities], and of him who takes away from you your goods, do not demand or require them back again.
    31And as you would like and desire that men would do to you, do exactly so to them.
    32If you [merely] love those who love you, what quality of credit and thanks is that to you? For even the [very] sinners love their lovers (those who love them).
    33And if you are kind and good and do favors to and benefit those who are kind and good and do favors to and benefit you, what quality of credit and thanks is that to you? For even the preeminently sinful do the same.
    34And if you lend money at interest to those from whom you hope to receive, what quality of credit and thanks is that to you? Even notorious sinners lend money at interest to sinners, so as to recover as much again.
    35But love your enemies and be kind and do good [doing favors so that someone derives benefit from them] and lend, expecting and hoping for nothing in return but considering nothing as lost and despairing of no one; and then your recompense (your reward) will be great (rich, strong, intense, and abundant), and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind and charitable and good to the ungrateful and the selfish and wicked.
    36So be merciful (sympathetic, tender, responsive, and compassionate) even as your Father is [all these].
 
Luke 6:38
    38Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you.
 
Luke 7:20-23
    20So the men came to Jesus and said, John the Baptist sent us to You to ask, Are You the One Who is to come, or shall we [continue to] look for another?
    21In that very hour Jesus was healing many [people] of sicknesses and distressing bodily plagues and evil spirits, and to many who were blind He gave [a free, gracious, joy-giving gift of] sight.
    22So He replied to them, Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the good news (the Gospel) preached to them.
    23And blessed (happy--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, apart from outward conditions--and to be envied) is he who takes no offense in Me and who is not hurt or resentful or annoyed or repelled or made to stumble [whatever may occur].
 

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Psalmists declared:
 
Psalm 5:11-12
    11But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your Name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.
    12For You, Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous [him who is upright and in right standing with You]; as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasure and favor).
 
Psalm 7:9
    9Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the [uncompromisingly] righteous [those upright and in harmony with You]; for You, Who try the hearts and emotions and thinking powers, are a righteous God.
 
Psalm 8:All
    1O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your Name in all the earth! You have set Your glory on [or above] the heavens.
    2Out of the mouths of babes and unweaned infants You have established strength because of Your foes, that You might silence the enemy and the avenger.
    3When I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established,
    4What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him?
    5Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned him with glory and honor.
    6You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet:
    7All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field,
    8The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
    9O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your Name in all the earth!