Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!