All of King Solomon’s cups were made of gold, and all the household items in the Palace of the Lebanon Forest were made of pure gold. There were no silver items, for silver was not considered very valuable in Solomon’s time. 1
I also know that whatever God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken away from it. God has made it this way, so that men will fear him.
Do not be rash with your mouth or hasty in your heart to bring up a matter before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth! Therefore, let your words be few.
So I reflected on all this, 1 attempting to clear 2 it all up. I concluded that 3 the righteous and the wise, as well as their works, are in the hand of God; whether a person will be loved or hated 4 – no one knows what lies ahead. 5
For who concedes you any superiority? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as though you did not?
but the leftovers from the meat of the sacrifice must be burned up in the fire 1 on the third day.
When a person touches anything unclean (whether human uncleanness, or an unclean animal, or an unclean detestable creature) 1 and eats some of the meat of the peace offering sacrifice which belongs to the Lord, that person will be cut off from his people.’” 2
David replied, “What have I done now? Can’t I say anything?” 1
Was it just today that I began to inquire of God on his behalf? Far be it from me! The king should not accuse 1 his servant or any of my father’s house. For your servant is not aware of all this – not in whole or in part!” 2
The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man through whom we can seek the Lord’s will. 1 But I despise 2 him because he does not prophesy prosperity for me, but disaster. His name is Micaiah son of Imlah. 3 Jehoshaphat said, “The king should not say such things.”
The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man through whom we can seek the Lord’s will. 1 But I despise 2 him because he does not prophesy prosperity for me, but always 3 disaster. His name is Micaiah son of Imlah. 4 Jehoshaphat said, “The king should not say such things!”
If not, you listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”
Indeed, in truth, God does not act wickedly, and the Almighty does not pervert justice.
Grab your small shield and large shield, 1 and rise up to help me!