Large numbers 1 of those who had practiced magic 2 collected their books 3 and burned them up in the presence of everyone. 4 When 5 the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins. 6
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been in vain. In fact, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
Therefore I thought it necessary to urge these brothers to go to you in advance and to arrange ahead of time the generous contribution 1 you had promised, so this may be ready as a generous gift 2 and not as something you feel forced to do. 3
Another 1 angel holding 2 a golden censer 3 came and was stationed 4 at the altar. A 5 large amount of incense was given to him to offer up, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar that is before the throne.
Gideon went and prepared a young goat, 1 along with unleavened bread made from an ephah of flour. He put the meat in a basket and the broth in a pot. He brought the food 2 to him under the oak tree and presented it to him.
The king asked the woman about it, and she gave him the details. 1 The king assigned a eunuch to take care of her request and ordered him, 2 “Give her back everything she owns, as well as the amount of crops her field produced from the day she left the land until now.”
Jehoash said to the priests, “I place at your disposal 1 all the consecrated silver that has been brought to the Lord’s temple, including the silver collected from the census tax, 2 the silver received from those who have made vows, 3 and all the silver that people have voluntarily contributed to the Lord’s temple. 4
David said, “My son Solomon is just an inexperienced young man, 1 and the temple to be built for the Lord must be especially magnificent so it will become famous and be considered splendid by all the nations. 2 Therefore I will make preparations for its construction.” So David made extensive preparations before he died.
When the queen of Sheba heard about Solomon, 1 she came to challenge 2 him 3 with difficult questions. 4 She arrived in Jerusalem 5 with a great display of pomp, 6 bringing with her camels carrying spices, 7 a very large quantity of gold, and precious gems. She visited Solomon and discussed with him everything that was on her mind.
He passed his sons through the fire 1 in the Valley of Ben-Hinnom and practiced divination, omen reading, and sorcery. He set up a ritual pit to conjure up underworld spirits and appointed magicians to supervise it. 2 He did a great amount of evil in the sight of the Lord and angered him. 3
They lament, 1 ‘Why don’t you notice when we fast? Why don’t you pay attention when we humble ourselves?’ Look, at the same time you fast, you satisfy your selfish desires, 2 you oppress your workers. 3
The side chambers surrounding the temple were wider at each successive story; 1 for the structure 2 surrounding the temple went up story by story all around the temple. For this reason the width of the temple increased as it went up, and one went up from the lowest story to the highest by the way of the middle story.
And in this regard we pray for you always, that our God will make you worthy of his calling 1 and fulfill by his power your every desire for goodness and every work of faith,
So I have made every effort 1 to provide what is needed for the temple of my God, including the gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, 2 as well as a large amount of onyx, settings of antimony and other stones, all kinds of precious stones, and alabaster.