But Josiah did not turn back from him; 1 he disguised himself for battle. He did not take seriously 2 the words of Necho which he had received from God; he went to fight him in the Plain of Megiddo. 3
Furthermore, be aware of the fact 1 that you have no authority to impose tax, tribute, or toll on any of the priests, the Levites, the musicians, the doorkeepers, the temple servants, or the attendants at the temple of this God.
Shall we once again break your commandments and intermarry with these abominable peoples? Would you not be so angered by us that you would wipe us out, with no survivor or remnant?
Nehemiah son of Azbuk, head of a half-district of Beth Zur, worked after him as far as the tombs of David and the artificial pool and the House of the Warriors.
After him 1 Hananiah son of Shelemiah, and Hanun, the sixth son of Zalaph, worked on another section. After them Meshullam son of Berechiah worked opposite his quarters.
Isn’t this the way your ancestors 1 acted, causing our God to bring on them and on this city all this misfortune? And now you are causing even more wrath on Israel, profaning the Sabbath like this!”
And this very day the noble ladies of Persia and Media who have heard the matter concerning the queen will respond in the same way to all the royal officials, and there will be more than enough contempt and anger!
But he replied, 1 “You’re talking like one of the godless 2 women would do! Should we receive 3 what is good from God, and not also 4 receive 5 what is evil?” 6 In all this Job did not sin by what he said. 7
For the music director; according to the yonath-elem-rechovim style; 2 a prayer 3 of David, written when the Philistines captured him in Gath. 4 Have mercy on me, O God, for men are attacking me! 5 All day long hostile enemies 6 are tormenting me. 7
Sound your battle cry 1 against the wild beast of the reeds, 2 and the nations that assemble like a herd of calves led by bulls! 3 They humble themselves 4 and offer gold and silver as tribute. 5 God 6 scatters 7 the nations that like to do battle.
Just as no one has power over the wind to restrain it, 1 so no one has power over the day of his 2 death. Just as no one can be discharged during the battle, 3 so wickedness cannot rescue the wicked. 4
My hand discovered the wealth of the nations, as if it were in a nest, as one gathers up abandoned eggs, I gathered up the whole earth. There was no wing flapping, or open mouth chirping.” 1
Look at the land of the Chaldeans, these people who have lost their identity! 1 The Assyrians have made it a home for wild animals. They erected their siege towers, 2 demolished 3 its fortresses, and turned it into a heap of ruins. 4