Lord, you coerced me into being a prophet, and I allowed you to do it. You overcame my resistance and prevailed over me. 1 Now I have become a constant laughingstock. Everyone ridicules me.
Before Jeremiah could turn to leave, the captain of the guard added, “Go back 1 to Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon appointed to govern 2 the towns of Judah. Go back and live with him 3 among the people. Or go wherever else you choose.” Then the captain of the guard gave Jeremiah some food and a present and let him go.
So he humbled you by making you hungry and then feeding you with unfamiliar manna. 1 He did this to teach you 2 that humankind 3 cannot live by bread 4 alone, but also by everything that comes from the Lord’s mouth. 5
You will not be allowed to eat in your villages your tithe of grain, new wine, olive oil, the firstborn of your herd and flock, any votive offerings you have vowed, or your freewill and personal offerings.
her first husband who divorced her is not permitted to remarry 1 her after she has become ritually impure, for that is offensive to the Lord. 2 You must not bring guilt on the land 3 which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.
Gideon said to God, “Please do not get angry at me, when I ask for just one more sign. 1 Please allow me one more test with the fleece. This time make only the fleece dry, while the ground around it is covered with dew.” 2
They went inside to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had stationed eighty men outside. He had told them, “If any of the men inside get away, you will pay with your lives!” 1
“But now briefly 1 we have received mercy from the Lord our God, in that he has left us a remnant and has given us a secure position 2 in his holy place. Thus our God has enlightened our eyes 3 and has given us a little relief in our time of servitude.
“From its earliest days Moab has lived undisturbed. It has never been taken into exile. Its people are like wine allowed to settle undisturbed on its dregs, never poured out from one jar to another. They are like wine which tastes like it always did, whose aroma has remained unchanged. 1
When you present your sacrifices 1 – when you make your sons pass through the fire – you defile yourselves with all your idols to this very day. Will I allow you to seek me, 2 O house of Israel? As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I will not allow you to seek me! 3
No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. 1 And God is faithful: He 2 will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, 3 but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.
But if you will not send him, we won’t go down there because the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.’”
But you said to your servants, ‘If your youngest brother does not come down with you, you will not see my face again.’