Now swear to me right here in God’s name 1 that you will not deceive me, my children, or my descendants. 2 Show me, and the land 3 where you are staying, 4 the same loyalty 5 that I have shown you.” 6
They will judge 1 the people under normal circumstances, 2 and every difficult case 3 they will bring to you, but every small case 4 they themselves will judge, so that 5 you may make it easier for yourself, 6 and they will bear the burden 7 with you.
They came, men and women alike, 1 all who had willing hearts. They brought brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments, all kinds of gold jewelry, 2 and everyone came who waved 3 a wave offering of gold to the Lord.
“When a person sins and commits a trespass 1 against the Lord by deceiving his fellow citizen 2 in regard to something held in trust, or a pledge, or something stolen, or by extorting something from his fellow citizen, 3
He must then examine the infection on the seventh day. If the infection has spread in the garment, or in the warp, or in the woof, or in the leather – whatever the article into which the leather was made 1 – the infection is a malignant disease. It is unclean.
“This is the law 1 of the Nazirite who vows to the Lord his offering according to his separation, as well as whatever else he can provide. 2 Thus he must fulfill 3 his vow that he makes, according to the law of his separation.”
But the Levites must perform the service 1 of the tent of meeting, and they must bear their iniquity. 2 It will be a perpetual ordinance throughout your generations that among the Israelites the Levites 3 have no inheritance. 4
Then the Israelites said to him, “We will go along the highway, and if we 1 or our cattle drink any of your water, we will pay for it. We will only pass through on our feet, without doing anything else.”
This is the nature of the cancellation: Every creditor must remit what he has loaned to another person; 1 he must not force payment from his fellow Israelite, 2 for it is to be recognized as “the Lord’s cancellation of debts.”
However, the women, little children, cattle, and anything else in the city – all its plunder – you may take for yourselves as spoil. You may take from your enemies the plunder that the Lord your God has given you.
The whole land will be covered with brimstone, salt, and burning debris; it will not be planted nor will it sprout or produce grass. It will resemble the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the Lord destroyed in his intense anger. 1
But be careful when you are setting apart the riches for the Lord. If you take any of it, you will make the Israelite camp subject to annihilation and cause a disaster. 1
But they did not obey 1 their leaders. Instead they prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped 2 them. They quickly turned aside from the path 3 their ancestors 4 had walked. Their ancestors had obeyed the Lord’s commands, but they did not. 5
The Lord’s messenger said to Manoah, “If I stay, 1 I will not eat your food. But if you want to make a burnt sacrifice to the Lord, you should offer it.” (He said this because Manoah did not know that he was the Lord’s messenger.) 2