But King Joram had returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds he received from the Syrians 1 when he fought against King Hazael of Syria. 2 Jehu told his supporters, 3 “If you really want me to be king, 4 then don’t let anyone escape from the city to go and warn Jezreel.”
But the Lord said to me: 1 ‘You have spilled a great deal of blood and fought many battles. You must not build a temple to honor me, 2 for you have spilled a great deal of blood on the ground before me.
Indeed, this is what the Lord says to me: “The Lord will be like a growling lion, like a young lion growling over its prey. 1 Though a whole group of shepherds gathers against it, it is not afraid of their shouts or intimidated by their yelling. 2 In this same way the Lord who commands armies will descend to do battle on Mount Zion and on its hill. 3
Among the dead they have made a bed for her, along with all her hordes around her grave. 1 All of them are uncircumcised, killed by the sword, for their terror had spread in the land of the living. They bear their shame along with those who descend to the pit; they are placed among the dead.
Why has the Lord brought us into this land only to be killed by the sword, that our wives and our children should become plunder? Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?”
For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you will fall by the sword. Because you have turned away from the Lord, the Lord will not be with you.”
who will go out before them, and who will come in before them, 1 and who will lead them out, and who will bring them in, so that 2 the community of the Lord may not be like sheep that have no shepherd.”
“You and Eleazar the priest, and all the family leaders of the community, take the sum 1 of the plunder that was captured, both people and animals.
The half-portion of those who went to war numbered 337,500 sheep;
These were the nations the Lord permitted to remain so he could use them to test Israel – he wanted to test all those who had not experienced battle against the Canaanites. 1
I will bring Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to you at the Kishon River, along with his chariots and huge army. 1 I will hand him over to you.”
That very day Gideon’s father named him Jerub-Baal, 1 because he had said, “Let Baal fight with him, for it was his altar that was pulled down.”
He sent messengers throughout Manasseh and summoned them to follow him as well. 1 He also sent messengers throughout Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, and they came up to meet him.