They broke through the city walls, and all the soldiers tried to escape. They left the city during the night. They went through the gate between the two walls that is near the king’s garden. 1 (The Babylonians had the city surrounded.) Then they headed for the Jordan Valley. 2
Burn a third of it in the fire inside the city when the days of your siege are completed. Take a third and slash it with a sword all around the city. Scatter a third to the wind, and I will unleash a sword behind them.
So I did just as I was commanded. I carried out my belongings packed for exile during the day, and at evening I dug myself a hole through the wall with my hands. I went out in the darkness, carrying my baggage 1 on my shoulder while they watched.
“These are the names of the tribes: From the northern end beside the road of Hethlon to Lebo-hamath, as far as Hazar-enan (which is on the border of Damascus, toward the north beside Hamath), extending from the east side to the west, Dan will have one portion.
(2:1) 1 Look! A herald is running 2 on the mountains! A messenger is proclaiming deliverance: 3 “Celebrate your sacred festivals, O Judah! Fulfill your sacred vows to praise God! 4 For never again 5 will the wicked 6 Assyrians 7 invade 8 you, they 9 have been completely destroyed.”
The speaker went on to say, “This is a curse 1 traveling across the whole earth. For example, according to the curse whoever steals 2 will be removed from the community; or on the other hand (according to the curse) whoever swears falsely will suffer the same fate.”
Then you will escape 1 through my mountain valley, for the mountains will extend to Azal. 2 Indeed, you will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah 3 of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come with all his holy ones with him.
The next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the lake 1 realized that only one small boat 2 had been there, and that Jesus had not boarded 3 it with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone.
Then 1 I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the ruling authority 2 of his Christ, 3 have now come, because the accuser of our brothers and sisters, 4 the one who accuses them day and night 5 before our God, has been thrown down.
When he left there, he met 1 Jehonadab, son of Rekab, who had been looking for him. 2 Jehu greeted him and asked, 3 “Are you as committed to me as I am to you?” 4 Jehonadab answered, “I am!” Jehu replied, “If so, give me your hand.” 5 So he offered his hand and Jehu 6 pulled him up into the chariot.