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Scripture References
  • ...I turned my heart and despaired of all the labor in which I had toiled under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 2:20 NKJV)
  • I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind. What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be numbered. (Ecclesiastes 1:14-15 NKJV)
  • Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not perish when I came from the womb? (Job 3:11 NKJV)
  • ...we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves... (2 Corinthians 1:8-9a NKJV)
  • ...the sorrow of the world produces death. (2 Corinthians 7:10b NKJV)
  • ...when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 NKJV)
Commentary
  • "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." -- Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862) U.S. writer. Walden
  • "I know, by sad experience, with what difficulty a mind, weakened by long and uninterrupted suffering, admits hope, much less assurance." -- Sarah Siddons (1755 - 1831) English actor.
  • Where does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair. -- T. S. Eliot (1888 - 1965) U.S.-born British poet and playwright. The Family Reunion
  • "Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair." -- R. D. Laing (1927 - 1989) Scottish psychiatrist. The Divided Self
  • "A castle called Doubting Castle, the owner whereof was Giant Despair." "Now Giant Despair had a wife, and her name was Diffidence." -- John Bunyan (1628 - 1688) English preacher and writer. The Pilgrim's Progress
  • "Despair of all recovery spoils longevity, and makes men's miseries of alarming brevity." -- Lord Byron (1788 - 1824) British poet. Don Juan

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