He delivered his people over to the sword, and was angry with his chosen nation. 1
The sound of battle comes from the city; the sound comes from the temple! It is the sound of the Lord paying back his enemies.
Now who is the person who has conquered the world except the one who believes that 1 Jesus is the Son of God?
At that time I instructed you as follows: “The Lord your God has given you this land for your possession. You warriors are to cross over before your fellow Israelites 1 equipped for battle.
1 All the men of Israel got up from their places and took their positions at Baal Tamar, while the Israelites hiding in ambush jumped out of their places west of Gibeah.
The Reubenites, Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 men in their combined armies, warriors who carried shields and swords, were equipped with bows, and were trained for war. 1
Sound your battle cry 1 against the wild beast of the reeds, 2 and the nations that assemble like a herd of calves led by bulls! 3 They humble themselves 4 and offer gold and silver as tribute. 5 God 6 scatters 7 the nations that like to do battle.
One thousand will scurry at the battle cry of one enemy soldier; 1 at the battle cry of five enemy soldiers you will all run away, 2 until the remaining few are as isolated 3 as a flagpole on a mountaintop or a signal flag on a hill.”
Those who stay in this city will die in battle or of starvation or disease. Those who leave the city and surrender to the Babylonians who are besieging it will live. They will escape with their lives. 1
Go ahead and 1 charge into battle, you horsemen! Drive furiously, you charioteers! Let the soldiers march out into battle, those from Ethiopia and Libya who carry shields, and those from Lydia 2 who are armed with the bow. 3
“You know what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me – how he murdered two commanders of the Israelite armies, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. 1 During peacetime he struck them down like he would in battle; 2 when he shed their blood as if in battle, he stained his own belt and the sandals on his feet. 3
When the army 1 came back to the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why did the Lord let us be defeated today by 2 the Philistines? Let’s take with us the ark of the covenant of the Lord from Shiloh. When it is with us, it will save us 3 from the hand of our enemies.
He took a pair 1 of oxen and cut them up. Then he sent the pieces throughout the territory of Israel by the hand of messengers, who said, “Whoever does not go out after Saul and after Samuel should expect this to be done to his oxen!” Then the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they went out as one army. 2
he 1 sent his son Joram 2 to King David to extend his best wishes 3 and to pronounce a blessing on him for his victory over Hadadezer, for Toi had been at war with Hadadezer. 4 He brought with him various items made of silver, gold, and bronze. 5