Even the light from a lamp will never shine in you again! The voices of the bridegroom and his bride will never be heard in you again. For your merchants were the tycoons of the world, because all the nations 1 were deceived by your magic spells! 2
You seem to love your enemies and hate your friends! For you have as much as declared today that leaders and servants don’t matter to you. I realize now 1 that if 2 Absalom were alive and all of us were dead today, 3 it would be all right with you.
His servants approached and said to him, “O master, 1 if the prophet had told you to do some difficult task, 2 you would have been willing to do it. 3 It seems you should be happy that he simply said, “Wash and you will be healed.” 4
Haman’s 1 wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Have a gallows seventy-five feet 2 high built, and in the morning tell the king that Mordecai should be hanged on it. Then go with the king to the banquet contented.” 3 It seemed like a good idea to Haman, so he had the gallows built.
Throughout every province and throughout every city where the king’s edict and his law arrived, the Jews experienced happiness and joy, banquets and holidays. Many of the resident peoples 1 pretended 2 to be Jews, because the fear of the Jews had overcome them. 3
I thought deeply 1 about the effects of 2 indulging 3 myself 4 with wine (all the while 5 my mind was guiding me 6 with wisdom) 7 and the effects of 8 behaving foolishly, 9 so that
For to the one who pleases him, 1 God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy, but to the sinner, he gives the task of amassing 2 wealth 3 – only to give 4 it 5 to the one who pleases God. This 6 task of the wicked 7 is futile – like chasing the wind!
Rejoice, young man, while you are young, 1 and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Follow the impulses 2 of your heart and the desires 3 of your eyes, but know that God will judge your motives and actions. 4
Draw me 1 after you; let us hurry! 2 May the king 3 bring 4 me into his 5 bedroom chambers! 6 The Maidens 7 to the Lover: We will 8 rejoice and delight in you; 9 we will praise
Hear the word of the Lord, you who respect what he has to say! 1 Your countrymen, 2 who hate you and exclude you, supposedly for the sake of my name, say, “May the Lord be glorified, then we will witness your joy.” 3 But they will be put to shame.
ש (Sin/Shin) They have heard 1 that I groan, yet there is no one to comfort me. All my enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that you 2 have brought it about. 3 Bring about 4 the day of judgment 5 that you promised 6 so that 7 they may end up 8 like me!
But he 1 responded to Daniel, “I fear my master the king. He is the one who has decided 2 your food and drink. What would happen if he saw that you looked malnourished in comparison to the other young men your age? 3 If that happened, 4 you would endanger my life 5 with the king!”
but he answered 1 his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave 2 for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet 3 you never gave me even a goat 4 so that I could celebrate with my friends!
You desire and you do not have; you murder and envy and you cannot obtain; you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask;
Once again there will be sounds 1 of joy and gladness and the glad celebrations of brides and grooms. 2 Once again people will bring their thank offerings to the temple of the Lord and will say, “Give thanks to the Lord who rules over all. For the Lord is good and his unfailing love lasts forever.” 3 For I, the Lord, affirm 4 that I will restore the land to what it was 5 in days of old.’ 6