the king summoned 1 Shimei and said to him, “You will recall 2 that I made you take an oath by the Lord, and I solemnly warned you, ‘If you ever leave and go anywhere, 3 know for sure that you will certainly die.’ You said to me, ‘The proposal is acceptable; I agree to it.’ 4
And let the king appoint officers throughout all the provinces of his kingdom to gather all the attractive young women to Susa the citadel, to the harem 1 under the authority of Hegai, the king’s eunuch who oversees the women, and let him provide whatever cosmetics they desire. 2
The Israelite foremen whom Pharaoh’s slave masters had set over them were beaten and were asked, 1 “Why did you not complete your requirement for brickmaking as in the past – both yesterday and today?” 2
David said to Ahimelech, “Is there no sword or spear here at your disposal? I don’t have my own sword or equipment in hand due to the urgency of the king’s instructions.”
God said to him, “Because you asked for the ability to make wise judicial decisions, and not for long life, or riches, or vengeance on your enemies, 1
and followed 1 the advice of the younger ones. He said, “My father imposed heavy demands on you; I will make them even heavier. 2 My father punished you with ordinary whips; I will punish you with whips that really sting your flesh.” 3
Certainly my master is aware of what I did 1 when Jezebel was killing the Lord’s prophets. I hid one hundred of the Lord’s prophets in two caves in two groups of fifty and I brought them food and water.
The king of Israel said to his servants, “Surely you recognize that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us, though we are hesitant to reclaim it from the king of Syria.” 1
In those days Hezekiah was stricken with a terminal illness. 1 The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz visited him and told him, “This is what the Lord says, ‘Give your household instructions, for you are about to die; you will not get well.’” 2
and followed the advice of the younger ones. He said, “My father imposed heavy demands on you; 1 I will make them even heavier. 2 My father punished you with ordinary whips; I will punish you with whips that really sting your flesh.” 3
For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge, and skill; however, he must hand over 1 the fruit of his labor 2 as an inheritance 3 to someone else who did not work for it. This also is futile, and an awful injustice! 4
you whom I am bringing back 1 from the earth’s extremities, and have summoned from the remote regions – I told you, “You are my servant.” I have chosen you and not rejected you.