‘for there will be a peaceful time of sowing, the vine will produce its fruit and the ground its yield, and the skies 1 will rain down dew. Then I will allow the remnant of my people to possess all these things.
He said, “What pledge should I give you?” She replied, “Your seal, your cord, and the staff that’s in your hand.” So he gave them to her and had sex with her. 1 She became pregnant by him.
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.
He built towers in the desert and dug many cisterns, for he owned many herds in the lowlands 1 and on the plain. He had workers in the fields and vineyards in the hills and in Carmel, 2 for he loved agriculture. 3
The Lord his God handed him over to the king of Syria. The Syrians 1 defeated him and deported many captives to Damascus. 2 He was also handed over to the king of Israel, who thoroughly defeated him. 3
Even the gold and silver vessels of the temple of God that Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem and had brought to the palace 1 of Babylon – even those things King Cyrus brought from the palace of Babylon and presented 2 to a man by the name of Sheshbazzar whom he had appointed as governor.
“I also hereby issue orders as to what you are to do with those elders of the Jews in order to rebuild this temple of God. From the royal treasury, from the taxes of Trans-Euphrates the complete costs are to be given to these men, so that there may be no interruption of the work. 1
Tell them the Lord who rules over all says, 1 ‘I will do just as Jeremiah has done. 2 I will smash this nation and this city as though it were a potter’s vessel which is broken beyond repair. 3 The dead will be buried here in Topheth until there is no more room to bury them.’ 4
Now the cistern where Ishmael threw all the dead bodies of those he had killed was a large one 1 that King Asa had constructed as part of his defenses against King Baasha of Israel. 2 Ishmael son of Nethaniah filled it with dead bodies. 3
They said to him, “Please grant our request 1 and pray to the Lord your God for all those of us who are still left alive here. 2 For, as you yourself can see, there are only a few of us left out of the many there were before. 3
Then tell them, 1 ‘The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 2 says, “I will bring 3 my servant 4 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I will set his throne over these stones which I 5 have buried. He will pitch his royal tent 6 over them.
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came against Jerusalem with his whole army and set up camp outside it. 1 They built siege ramps all around it. He arrived on the tenth day of the tenth month in the ninth year that Zedekiah ruled over Judah. 2
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!
Therefore, as surely as I live,” says the Lord who commands armies, the God of Israel, “be certain that Moab will become like Sodom and the Ammonites like Gomorrah. They will be overrun by weeds, 1 filled with salt pits, 2 and permanently desolate. Those of my people who are left 3 will plunder their belongings; 4 those who are left in Judah 5 will take possession of their land.”
All the land will change and become like the Arabah 1 from Geba to Rimmon, 2 south of Jerusalem; and Jerusalem will be raised up and will stay in its own place from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate 3 and on to the Corner Gate, 4 and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses. 5
When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, the people answered the king, “We have no portion in David – no share in the son of Jesse! 1 Return to your homes, O Israel! 2 Now, look after your own dynasty, O David!” 3 So all Israel returned to their homes. 4