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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5918 pleasure
5918 pleasure

5918 pleasure

A gratifying emotion, used in Scripture to refer to both human and divine emotions. Believers are invited to take pleasure in every aspect of God’s creation, while not allowing pleasure in the creation to overshadow pleasure in the Creator himself.

Divine pleasure

That which gives God pleasure Ps 147:11; Jer 9:24 See also Ps 37:23; Ps 149:4; Pr 11:20; Pr 12:22; Mt 11:25-26 pp Lk 10:21; Mt 12:18; Isa 42:1; Eph 1:5,9

That which does not give God pleasure Ps 5:4; Eze 18:23 See also Ps 51:16; Ps 147:10; Isa 1:11; Eze 18:32; Eze 33:11

Human pleasure

God provides everything for the enjoyment of life Ecc 8:15; 1Ti 6:17

Pleasure in human physical relationships SS 4:10 See also SS 1:2; SS 2:3; SS 7:6

Such pleasures are not satisfying in themselves Ecc 2:10-11 See also Ecc 2:1-2,24-25

True pleasure is found in the things of God Ps 16:11; Ps 37:4; Ro 7:22 See also Ps 1:2; Ps 35:9; Ps 43:4; Ps 111:2; Ps 112:1; Ps 119:16; Pr 10:23; Pr 16:13; Pr 18:2; Isa 55:2; Jer 6:10; Jer 15:16

Pleasures may also be misleading or positively sinful Lk 8:14; Tit 3:3 See also Pr 1:22; Pr 2:14; Ecc 7:4; Isa 66:3; 2Th 2:12; 1Ti 5:6; 2Ti 3:4; Heb 11:25; Jas 4:3; 2Pe 2:13-14

See also

1070God, joy of
8460pleasing God

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