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A state of plenty. Since Israel was often restricted in resources, abundance was an important feature of her future hope, and became a symbol of spiritual well-being.

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Examples of material abundance


Deuteronomy 32:2 ESV
May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb.
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Water, streams and rivers

Psalm 78:20 ESV
He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed. Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?”
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Luxuriant growth and fruitfulness

Ezekiel 47:12 ESV
And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”
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Harvest, food, milk and wine

Amos 9:13 ESV
“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed; the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.
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Psalm 31:8 ESV
and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.
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Wealth and possessions

Genesis 24:35 ESV
The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become great. He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male servants and female servants, camels and donkeys.
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Exodus 3:8 ESV
and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
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Material abundance a reward for obedience

Leviticus 26:5 ESV
Your threshing shall last to the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last to the time for sowing. And you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely.
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Obedience not always rewarded in this way

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Examples of spiritual abundance

The abundance of divine power

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The abundance of divine grace

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The abundance of human thanksgiving

2 Corinthians 4:15 ESV
For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
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The abundance of God’s future blessing

2 Corinthians 4:17 ESV
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
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