Put not forth thyself
It is not good to eat too much honey, or to seek glory after glory.
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth-- a stranger, and not your own lips.
in the presence
Better to be lowly of spirit with the humble than to divide plunder with the proud.
But Moses asked God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?"
As for the donkeys that wandered away from you three days ago, don't worry about them because they've been found. And who does all Israel desire but you and all your father's family?"
Saul responded, "Am I not a Benjaminite from the smallest of Israel's tribes and isn't my clan the least important of all the clans of the Benjaminite tribe? So why have you said something like this to me?"
Samuel took Saul and his attendant, brought them to the banquet hall, and gave them a place at the head of the 30 or so men who had been invited.
Samuel continued, "Although you once considered yourself unimportant, have you not become the leader of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel
Then David responded, "Who am I, and what is my family or my father's clan in Israel that I should become the king's son-in-law?"
When it was time to give Saul's daughter Merab to David, she was given to Adriel the Meholathite as a wife.
Now Saul's daughter Michal loved David, and when it was reported to Saul, it pleased him.
"I'll give her to him," Saul thought. "She'll be a trap for him, and the hand of the Philistines will be against him." So Saul said to David a second time, "You can now be my son-in-law."
Saul then ordered his servants, "Speak to David in private and tell him, 'Look, the king is pleased with you, and all his servants love you. Therefore, you should become the king's son-in-law.'"
Saul's servants reported these words directly to David, but he replied, "Is it trivial in your sight to become the king's son-in-law? I am a poor man who is common."
"Now this is what you are to say to My servant David: 'This is what the LORD of Hosts says: I took you from the pasture and from following the sheep to be ruler over My people Israel.
I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before you. I will make a name for you like that of the greatest in the land.
I will establish a place for My people Israel and plant them, so that they may live there and not be disturbed again. Evildoers will not afflict them as they have done
ever since the day I ordered judges to be over My people Israel. I will give you rest from all your enemies. " 'The LORD declares to you: The LORD Himself will make a house for you.
When your time comes and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
He will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to Me. When he does wrong, I will discipline him with a human rod and with blows from others.
But My faithful love will never leave him as I removed it from Saul; I removed him from your way.
Your house and kingdom will endure before Me forever, and your throne will be established forever.'"
Nathan spoke all these words and this entire vision to David.
[A Davidic song of ascents.] LORD, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I do not get involved with things too great or too difficult for me.
But I protested, "Oh no, Lord God! Look, I don't know how to speak since I am [only] a youth."
Then the LORD said to me: Do not say: I am [only] a youth, for you will go to everyone I send you to and speak whatever I tell you.
Do not be afraid of anyone, for I will be with you to deliver you. [This is] the LORD's declaration.
Then the LORD reached out His hand, touched my mouth, and told me: Look, I have filled your mouth with My words.
See, today I have set you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and demolish, to build and plant.
Then Amaziah said to Amos, "Go away, you seer! Flee to the land of Judah. Earn your living and give [your] prophecies there,
but don't ever prophesy at Bethel again, for it is the king's sanctuary and a royal temple."
So Amos answered Amaziah, "I was not a prophet or the son of a prophet; rather, I was a herdsman, and I took care of sycamore figs.
But the LORD took me from following the flock and said to me, 'Go, prophesy to My people Israel.'"