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11. No Pleasure / Grieve



No pleasure:

This is equivalent to God's anger.

Ezekiel 33:11 - "Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?"

In this verse we may be inclined to think that the opposite of God's pleasure is His sadness at the death of the wicked. But:
(1) God can never be "sad", He performs ALL his works.
(2) The opposite of "pleasure" is "anger":

Psalm 5:4,5 - "For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity."

Malachi 1:10 - "Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand."

Hebrews 10:38,39 - "Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."


Grieve:

This is also equivalent to God's anger:

Genesis 6:6 - "And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart."

Judges 10:16 - "And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel."

1 Samuel 20:34 - "So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did eat no meat the second day of the month: for he was grieved for David, because his father had done him shame."

1 Chronicles 4:10 - "And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested."

Psalm 78:40 - "How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!"

Psalm 95:10 - "Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:"

Psalm 112:10 - "The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish."

Isaiah 58:3 - "Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours."

Lamentations 3:33 - "For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men."

Ephesians 4:30 - "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."

James 5:9 - "Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door."


God cannot be "saddened," as He is never sad or frustrated at anything. Rather when the Bible talks about God being "grieved" it means "angered":

Mark 3:5 - "And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other."