All Jerusalem was terrified 1 because Gibeon was a large city, like one of the royal cities. It was larger than Ai and all its men were warriors.
“When you saw that King Nahash of the Ammonites was advancing against you, you said to me, ‘No! A king will rule over us’ – even though the Lord your God is your king!
Achish replied to David, “I am convinced that you are as reliable 1 as the angel of God! However, the leaders of the Philistines have said, ‘He must not go up with us in the battle.’
But when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon invaded the land we said, ‘Let’s get up and go to Jerusalem 1 to get away from the Babylonian 2 and Aramean armies.’ That is why we are staying here in Jerusalem.”
Will I deliver them from the power of Sheol? No, I will not! 1 Will I redeem them from death? No, I will not! O Death, bring on your plagues! 2 O Sheol, bring on your destruction! 3 My eyes will not show any compassion! 4
“My covenant with him was designed to bring life and peace. I gave its statutes to him to fill him with awe, and he indeed revered me and stood in awe before me.
They sent to him their disciples along with the Herodians, 1 saying, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful, and teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 2 You do not court anyone’s favor because you show no partiality. 3
because Herod stood in awe of 1 John and protected him, since he knew that John 2 was a righteous and holy man. When Herod 3 heard him, he was thoroughly baffled, 4 and yet 5 he liked to listen to John. 6
They will stand a long way off because they are afraid of her torment, and will say, “Woe, woe, O great city, Babylon the powerful city! For in a single hour your doom 1 has come!”
He took a pair 1 of oxen and cut them up. Then he sent the pieces throughout the territory of Israel by the hand of messengers, who said, “Whoever does not go out after Saul and after Samuel should expect this to be done to his oxen!” Then the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they went out as one army. 2
I, the Lord, tell 1 you not to be afraid, you descendants of Jacob, my servant, for I am with you. Though I completely destroy all the nations where I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will indeed discipline you but only in due measure. I will not allow you to go entirely unpunished.” 2
The ships of Kittim 1 will come against him, leaving him disheartened. 2 He will turn back and direct his indignation against the holy covenant. He will return and honor 3 those who forsake the holy covenant.