Assyria cannot save us; we will not ride warhorses. We will never again say, ‘Our gods’ to what our own hands have made. For only you will show compassion to Orphan Israel!” 1
The sovereign Lord says this: “The city that marches out with a thousand soldiers 1 will have only a hundred left; the town 2 that marches out with a hundred soldiers 3 will have only ten left for the family of Israel.” 4
He takes his battle position 1 and shakes 2 the earth; with a mere look he frightens 3 the nations. The ancient mountains disintegrate; 4 the primeval hills are flattened. He travels on the ancient roads. 5
The Lord who rules over all will guard them, and they will prevail and overcome with sling stones. Then they will drink, and will become noisy like drunkards, 1 full like the sacrificial basin or like the corners of the altar. 2
Now the length of time it took for us to go from Kadesh Barnea to the crossing of Wadi Zered was thirty-eight years, time for all the military men of that generation to die, just as the Lord had vowed to them.
She summoned 1 Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali. She said to him, “Is it not true that the Lord God of Israel is commanding you? Go, march to Mount Tabor! Take with you ten thousand men from Naphtali and Zebulun!
Deborah said to Barak, “Spring into action, 1 for this is the day the Lord is handing Sisera over to you! 2 Has the Lord not taken the lead?” 3 Barak quickly went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men following him.
Then Absalom happened to come across David’s men. Now as Absalom was riding on his 1 mule, it 2 went under the branches of a large oak tree. His head got caught in the oak and he was suspended in midair, 3 while the mule he had been riding kept going.
When they were near the big rock that is in Gibeon, Amasa came to them. Now Joab was dressed in military attire and had a dagger in its sheath belted to his waist. When he advanced, it fell out. 1
he 1 went and took the bones of Saul and of his son Jonathan 2 from the leaders 3 of Jabesh Gilead. (They had secretly taken 4 them from the plaza at Beth Shan. It was there that Philistines 5 publicly exposed their corpses 6 after 7 they 8 had killed Saul at Gilboa.)
King Joram returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds he received from the Syrians 1 in Ramah when he fought against King Hazael of Syria. King Ahaziah son of Jehoram of Judah went down to visit 2 Joram son of Ahab in Jezreel, for he was ill.
Elisha 1 said, “Open the east window,” and he did so. 2 Elisha said, “Shoot!” and he did so. 3 Elisha 4 said, “This arrow symbolizes the victory the Lord will give you over Syria. 5 You will annihilate Syria in Aphek!” 6
Jehoahaz’s son Jehoash took back from 1 Ben Hadad son of Hazael the cities that he had taken from his father Jehoahaz in war. Joash defeated him three times and recovered the Israelite cities.
he sent his son Hadoram 1 to King David to extend his best wishes 2 and to pronounce a blessing on him for his victory over Hadadezer, for Tou had been at war with Hadadezer. 3 He also sent various items made of gold, silver, and bronze. 4
He met 1 Asa and told him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin! The Lord is with you when you are loyal to him. 2 If you seek him, he will respond to you, 3 but if you reject him, he will reject you.
Joram 1 returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds he received from the Syrians 2 in Ramah when he fought against King Hazael of Syria. Ahaziah 3 son of King Jehoram of Judah went down to visit Joram son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he had been wounded. 4
For the Lord says, ‘I will make both you and your friends terrified of what will happen to you. 1 You will see all of them die by the swords of their enemies. 2 I will hand all the people of Judah over to the king of Babylon. He will carry some of them away into exile in Babylon and he will kill others of them with the sword.