So Jonathan spoke on David’s behalf 1 to his father Saul. He said to him, “The king should not sin against his servant David, for he has not sinned against you. On the contrary, his actions have been very beneficial 2 for you.
Jonathan 1 said to him, “By no means are you going to die! My father does nothing 2 large or small without making me aware of it. 3 Why would my father hide this matter from me? It just won’t happen!”
Ask your own servants; they can tell you! May my servants find favor in your sight, for we have come 1 at the time of a holiday. Please provide us – your servants 2 and your son David – with whatever you can spare.” 3
“When a traveler arrived at the rich man’s home, 1 he did not want to use one of his own sheep or cattle to feed 2 the traveler who had come to visit him. 3 Instead, he took the poor man’s lamb and cooked 4 it for the man who had come to visit him.”
On the seventh day the child died. But the servants of David were afraid to inform him that the child had died, for they said, “While the child was still alive he would not listen to us 1 when we spoke to him. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He will do himself harm!” 2
I am presently eighty years old. Am I able to discern good and bad? Can I 1 taste what I eat and drink? Am I still able to hear the voices of male and female singers? Why should I 2 continue to be a burden to my lord the king?
He was the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, 1 and his father was a craftsman in bronze from Tyre. He had the skill and knowledge 2 to make all kinds of works of bronze. He reported to King Solomon and did all the work he was assigned.
So the horseman 1 went to meet him and said, “This is what the king says, ‘Is everything all right?’” 2 Jehu replied, “None of your business! 3 Follow me.” The watchman reported, “The messenger reached them, but hasn’t started back.”
What follows is a list of Israelite family leaders and commanders of units of a thousand and a hundred, as well as their officers who served the king in various matters. Each division was assigned to serve for one month during the year; each consisted of 24,000 men. 1
Therefore do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons, and do not take their daughters in marriage for your sons. Do not ever seek their peace or welfare, so that you may be strong and may eat the good of the land and may leave it as an inheritance for your children 1 forever.’
He said to them, “Go and eat delicacies and drink sweet drinks and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared. For this day is holy to our Lord. 1 Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Haman then related to his wife Zeresh and to all his friends everything that had happened to him. These wise men, 1 along with his wife Zeresh, said to him, “If indeed this Mordecai before whom you have begun to fall is Jewish, 2 you will not prevail against him. No, you will surely fall before him!”
The king thereby allowed the Jews who were in every city to assemble and to stand up for themselves – to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate any army of whatever people or province that should become their adversaries, including their women and children, 1 and to confiscate their property.
I thought deeply 1 about the effects of 2 indulging 3 myself 4 with wine (all the while 5 my mind was guiding me 6 with wisdom) 7 and the effects of 8 behaving foolishly, 9 so that
Rejoice, young man, while you are young, 1 and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Follow the impulses 2 of your heart and the desires 3 of your eyes, but know that God will judge your motives and actions. 4
For he says: “By my strong hand I have accomplished this, by my strategy that I devised. I invaded the territory of nations, 1 and looted their storehouses. Like a mighty conqueror, 2 I brought down rulers. 3
Perhaps the Lord your God will hear all these things the chief adviser has spoken on behalf of his master, the king of Assyria, who sent him to taunt the living God. 1 When the Lord your God hears, perhaps he will punish him for the things he has said. 2 So pray for this remnant that remains.’” 3
Look up at the sky! 1 Who created all these heavenly lights? 2 He is the one who leads out their ranks; 3 he calls them all by name. Because of his absolute power and awesome strength, not one of them is missing.
When you cry out for help, let your idols 1 help you! The wind blows them all away, 2 a breeze carries them away. 3 But the one who looks to me for help 4 will inherit the land and will have access to 5 my holy mountain.”
Never again will one of her infants live just a few days 1 or an old man die before his time. 2 Indeed, no one will die before the age of a hundred, 3 anyone who fails to reach 4 the age of a hundred will be considered cursed.