And he said to them, “Take care about what you hear. The measure you use will be the measure you receive, 1 and more will be added to you.
Be conscientious about how you live and what you teach. 1 Persevere in this, because by doing so you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.
My lord should not pay attention to this wicked man Nabal. He simply lives up to his name! His name means ‘fool,’ and he is indeed foolish! 1 But I, your servant, did not see the servants my lord sent. 2
Then some people 1 said, “Come on! Let us consider how to deal with Jeremiah! 2 There will still be priests to instruct us, wise men to give us advice, and prophets to declare God’s word. 3 Come on! Let’s bring charges against him and get rid of him! 4 Then we will not need to pay attention to anything he says.”
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!
And after they had spoken to him day after day 1 without his paying any attention to them, they informed Haman to see whether this attitude on Mordecai’s part would be permitted. 2 Furthermore, he had disclosed to them that he was a Jew. 3
But when the matter came to the king’s attention, the king 1 gave written orders that Haman’s 2 evil intentions that he had devised against the Jews should fall on his own head. He and his sons were hanged on the gallows.
For they have not paid attention to what I said to them through my servants the prophets whom I sent to them over and over again,’ 1 says the Lord. 2 ‘And you exiles 3 have not paid any attention to them either,’ says the Lord. 4
You also do this: You cover the altar of the Lord with tears 1 as you weep and groan, because he no longer pays any attention to the offering nor accepts it favorably from you.
Listen, Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 1
The king responded to the people harshly. He 1 rejected the advice of the older men
Will you keep to the old path 1 that evil men have walked –
If not, you listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”
They willfully challenged God 1 by asking for food to satisfy their appetite.