While they are watching, raise your baggage onto your shoulder and carry it out in the dark. 1 You must cover your face so that you cannot see the ground 2 because I have made you an object lesson 3 to the house of Israel.”
“The prince 1 who is among them will raise his belongings 2 onto his shoulder in darkness, and will go out. He 3 will dig a hole in the wall to leave through. He will cover his face so that he cannot see the land with his eyes.
The prince will enter by way of the porch of the gate from the outside, and will stand by the doorpost of the gate. The priests will provide his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he will bow down at the threshold of the gate and then go out. But the gate will not be closed until evening.
But there are Jewish men whom you appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – and these men 1 have not shown proper respect to you, O king. They don’t serve your gods and they don’t pay homage to the golden statue that you have erected.”
Shortly after his rise to power, 1 his kingdom will be broken up and distributed toward the four winds of the sky 2 – but not to his posterity or with the authority he exercised, for his kingdom will be uprooted and distributed to others besides these.
His intention 1 will be to come with the strength of his entire kingdom, and he will form alliances. 2 He will give the king of the south 3 a daughter 4 in marriage in order to destroy the kingdom, but it will not turn out to his advantage.
He will rouse his strength and enthusiasm 1 against the king of the south 2 with a large army. The king of the south will wage war with a large and very powerful army, but he will not be able to prevail because of the plans devised against him.
They will not pour out drink offerings of wine to the Lord; they will not please him with their sacrifices. Their sacrifices will be like bread eaten while in mourning; all those who eat them will make themselves ritually unclean. For their bread will be only to satisfy their appetite; it will not come into the temple of the Lord.
Her 1 leaders take bribes when they decide legal cases, 2 her priests proclaim rulings for profit, and her prophets read omens for pay. Yet they claim to trust 3 the Lord and say, “The Lord is among us. 4 Disaster will not overtake 5 us!”
I thought, 1 ‘Certainly you will respect 2 me! Now you will accept correction!’ If she had done so, her home 3 would not be destroyed 4 by all the punishments I have threatened. 5 But they eagerly sinned in everything they did. 6
“Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse 1 so that there may be food in my temple. Test me in this matter,” says the Lord who rules over all, “to see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until there is no room for it all.
and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you’ 1 and ‘with their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 2
Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What is the meaning of what he is saying, 1 ‘In a little while you 2 will not see me; again after a little while, you 3 will see me,’ and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 4
Jesus could see 1 that they wanted to ask him about these things, 2 so 3 he said to them, “Are you asking 4 each other about this – that I said, ‘In a little while you 5 will not see me; again after a little while, you 6 will see me’?
So now you and the council 1 request the commanding officer 2 to bring him down to you, as if you were going to determine 3 his case 4 by conducting a more thorough inquiry. 5 We are ready to kill him 6 before he comes near this place.” 7
The one who observes the day does it for the Lord. The 1 one who eats, eats for the Lord because he gives thanks to God, and the one who abstains from eating abstains for the Lord, and he gives thanks to God.
I have applied these things to myself and Apollos because of you, brothers and sisters, 1 so that through us you may learn “not to go beyond what is written,” so that none of you will be puffed up in favor of the one against the other.