Being deprived of confidence.
Key passages
Ezr 4:4–5

Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah and made them afraid to build and bribed officials against them to frustrate their plan for all the days of Cyrus king of Persia until the reign of Darius king of Persia.

Job 3:20–26

“Why does he give light to one in misery and life to those bitter of soul, who wait for death, but it does not come, and search for it more than for treasures, who rejoice exceedingly, and they are glad when they find the grave? Why does he give …

Ps 38:1–14

O Yahweh, do not rebuke me in your anger or chastise me in your wrath. For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has pressed down on me. There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation. There is no health in my bones because of my sin. For my iniquities have passed …

Pr 17:22

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a downcast spirit will dry out bones.

Col 3:21

Fathers, do not provoke your children, so that they will not become discouraged.

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