God gives freely to those who ask
James 1:5 View context
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Luke 11:10 View context
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
God withholds his blessings and prevents men from receiving them
John 12:40 View context
He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with [their] eyes, nor understand with [their] heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
Joshua 11:20 View context
For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, [and] that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses.
Isaiah 63:17 View context
O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, [and] hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants' sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.