He asked, “What is this grave marker I see?” The men from the city replied, “It’s the grave of the prophet 1 who came from Judah and foretold these very things you have done to the altar of Bethel.”
Josiah also removed all the shrines on the high places in the cities of Samaria. The kings of Israel had made them and angered the Lord. 1 He did to them what he had done to the high place in Bethel. 2
Their property and settlements included Bethel 1 and its surrounding towns, Naaran to the east, Gezer and its surrounding towns to the west, and Shechem and its surrounding towns as far as Ayyah and its surrounding towns.
So the three elite warriors 1 broke through the Philistine forces and drew some water from the cistern in Bethlehem near the city gate. They carried it back to David, but David refused to drink it. He poured it out as a drink offering to the Lord
Amaziah the priest of Bethel 1 sent this message 2 to King Jeroboam of Israel: “Amos is conspiring against you in the very heart of the kingdom of Israel! 3 The land cannot endure all his prophecies. 4
(5:1) As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, 1 seemingly insignificant 2 among the clans of Judah – from you a king will emerge who will rule over Israel on my behalf, 3 one whose origins 4 are in the distant past. 5
He 1 sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and look carefully for the child. When you find him, inform me so that I can go and worship him as well.”
The Benjaminites attacked 1 the army, leaving the city unguarded. 2 They began to strike down their enemy 3 just as they had done before. On the main roads (one leads to Bethel, 4 the other to Gibeah) and in the field, they struck down 5 about thirty Israelites.
All the people who were at the gate and the elders replied, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is entering your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built up the house of Israel! May 1 you prosper 2 in Ephrathah and become famous 3 in Bethlehem. 4
“As you continue on from there, you will come to the tall tree of Tabor. At that point three men who are going up to God at Bethel 1 will meet you. One of them will be carrying three young goats, one of them will be carrying three round loaves of bread, and one of them will be carrying a container of wine.
Saul selected for himself three thousand men from Israel. Two thousand of these were with Saul at Micmash and in the hill country of Bethel; 1 the remaining thousand were with Jonathan at Gibeah in the territory of Benjamin. 2 He sent all the rest of the people back home. 3
The Lord said to Samuel, “How long do you intend to mourn for Saul? I have rejected him as king over Israel. 1 Fill your horn with olive oil and go! I am sending you to Jesse in Bethlehem, 2 for I have selected a king for myself from among his sons.” 3
On the fifteenth day of the eighth month (a date he had arbitrarily chosen) 1 Jeroboam 2 offered sacrifices on the altar he had made in Bethel. 3 He inaugurated a festival for the Israelites and went up to the altar to offer sacrifices.
When the king heard what the prophet 1 cried out against the altar in Bethel, Jeroboam, standing at the altar, extended his hand 2 and ordered, 3 “Seize him!” The hand he had extended shriveled up 4 and he could not pull it back.
The king ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the high-ranking priests, 1 and the guards 2 to bring out of the Lord’s temple all the items that were used in the worship of 3 Baal, Asherah, and all the stars of the sky. 4 The king 5 burned them outside of Jerusalem in the terraces 6 of Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel. 7