Twist and strain, 1 Daughter Zion, as if you were in labor! For you will leave the city and live in the open field. You will go to Babylon, but there you will be rescued. There the Lord will deliver 2 you from the power 3 of your enemies.
I asked, “What are these going to do?” He answered, “These horns are the ones that have scattered Judah so that there is no one to be seen. 1 But the blacksmiths have come to terrify Judah’s enemies 2 and cut off the horns of the nations that have thrust themselves against the land of Judah in order to scatter its people.” 3
Then you will escape 1 through my mountain valley, for the mountains will extend to Azal. 2 Indeed, you will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah 3 of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come with all his holy ones with him.
When 1 they had entered Jerusalem, 2 they went to the upstairs room where they were staying. Peter 3 and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James were there. 4
So now you and the council 1 request the commanding officer 2 to bring him down to you, as if you were going to determine 3 his case 4 by conducting a more thorough inquiry. 5 We are ready to kill him 6 before he comes near this place.” 7
They set 1 a day to meet with him, 2 and they came to him where he was staying 3 in even greater numbers. 4 From morning until evening he explained things 5 to them, 6 testifying 7 about the kingdom of God 8 and trying to convince 9 them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets.
For this reason it is by faith so that it may be by grace, 1 with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants – not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, 2 who is the father of us all
Therefore, if I come, 1 I will call attention to the deeds he is doing 2 – the bringing of unjustified charges against us with evil words! And not being content with that, he not only refuses to welcome the brothers himself, but hinders the people who want to do so and throws them out of the church!
Now Saul’s son Jonathan had a son who was crippled in both feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan arrived from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but in her haste to get away, he fell and was injured. 1 Mephibosheth was his name.
Oded, a prophet of the Lord, was there. He went to meet the army as they arrived in Samaria and said to them: “Look, because the Lord God of your ancestors was angry with Judah he handed them over to you. You have killed them so mercilessly that God has taken notice. 1