If people want to boast, they should boast about this: They should boast that they understand and know me. They should boast that they know and understand that I, the Lord, act out of faithfulness, fairness, and justice in the earth and that I desire people to do these things,” 1 says the Lord.
“Your royal Majesty, those men have been very wicked in all that they have done to the prophet Jeremiah. They have thrown him into a cistern and he is sure to die of starvation there because there is no food left in the city. 1
“For this is what the sovereign Lord says: How much worse will it be when I send my four terrible judgments – sword, famine, wild animals, and plague – to Jerusalem 1 to kill both people and animals!
I urged Titus to visit you 1 and I sent our 2 brother along with him. Titus did not take advantage of you, did he? 3 Did we not conduct ourselves in the same spirit? Did we not behave in the same way? 4
to execute judgment on 1 all, and to convict every person 2 of all their thoroughly ungodly deeds 3 that they have committed, 4 and of all the harsh words that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 5
When your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ 1 –
After you have produced children and grandchildren and have been in the land a long time, 1 if you become corrupt and make an image of any kind 2 and do other evil things before the Lord your God that enrage him, 3
And he said to me, “Get up, go down at once from here because your people whom you brought out of Egypt have sinned! They have quickly turned from the way I commanded them and have made for themselves a cast metal image.” 1
You must not worship the Lord your God the way they worship.
the men of her city must bring the young woman to the door of her father’s house and stone her to death, for she has done a disgraceful thing 1 in Israel by behaving like a prostitute while living in her father’s house. In this way you will purge 2 evil from among you.
“The Levites will call out to every Israelite 1 with a loud voice:
For I know that after I die you will totally 1 corrupt yourselves and turn away from the path I have commanded you to walk. Disaster will confront you in the days to come because you will act wickedly 2 before the Lord, inciting him to anger because of your actions.” 3
Benaiah son of Jehoida was a brave warrior 1 from Kabzeel who performed great exploits. He struck down the two sons of Ariel of Moab. 2 He also went down and killed a lion in a cistern on a snowy day.
The king summoned all the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem. 1