So I 1 began to shepherd the flock destined for slaughter, the most afflicted 2 of all the flock. Then I took two staffs, 3 calling one “Pleasantness” 4 and the other “Binders,” 5 and I tended the flock.
There was an opening in the center of the robe, like the opening of a collar, with an edge all around the opening so that it could not be torn.
Even Saul went to his home in Gibeah. With him went some brave men whose hearts God had touched.
On top of each stand was a round opening three-quarters of a foot deep; 1 there were also supports and frames on top of the stands.
So now, do not mock, or your chains will become heavier! For I have heard a message about decreed destruction, from the sovereign master, the Lord who commands armies, against the entire land. 1
Look here, I will tie you up with ropes, so you cannot turn from one side to the other until you complete the days of your siege. 1
I was embarrassed to request soldiers and horsemen from the king to protect us from the enemy 1 along the way, because we had said to the king, “The good hand of our God is on everyone who is seeking him, but his great anger 2 is against everyone who forsakes him.”
and say ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Woe to those who sew bands 1 on all their wrists 2 and make headbands 3 for heads of every size to entrap people’s lives! 4 Will you entrap my people’s lives, yet preserve your own lives?
But David said, “No! You shouldn’t do this, my brothers. Look at what the Lord has given us! 1 He has protected us and has delivered into our hands the raiding party that came against us.
Now the watchman was standing on the tower in Jezreel and saw Jehu’s troops approaching. 1 He said, “I see troops!” 2 Jehoram ordered, 3 “Send a rider out to meet them and have him ask, ‘Is everything all right?’” 4
Now the troops Amaziah had dismissed and had not allowed to fight in the battle 1 raided 2 the cities of Judah from Samaria 3 to Beth Horon. They killed 4 3,000 people and carried off a large amount of plunder.
I discovered this: 1 More bitter than death is the kind of 2 woman 3 who is like a hunter’s snare; 4 her heart is like a hunter’s net and her hands are like prison chains. The man who pleases God escapes her, but the sinner is captured by her.
Do this, Korah, you and all your company: 1 Take censers,
They entered Jerusalem to the sound of stringed instruments and trumpets and proceeded to the temple of the Lord.