This is the service of the families of Gershonites, as they serve 1 and carry it.
“If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true.
They bear fruit even when they are old; they are filled with vitality and have many leaves. 1
The Spirit himself bears witness to 1 our spirit that we are God’s children.
For I can testify that he has worked hard 1 for you and for those in Laodicea and Hierapolis.
But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is useless and about to be cursed; 1 its fate is to be burned.
For they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” 1
Hushai went on to say, “You know your father and his men – they are soldiers and are as dangerous as a bear out in the wild that has been robbed of her cubs. 1 Your father is an experienced soldier; he will not stay overnight with the army.
Then Abraham bowed down with his face to the ground and laughed 1 as he said to himself, 2 “Can 3 a son be born to a man who is a hundred years old? 4 Can Sarah 5 bear a child at the age of ninety?” 6
You are to put the two stones on the shoulders of the ephod, stones of memorial for the sons of Israel, and Aaron will bear their names before the Lord on his two shoulders for a memorial. 1
But 1 the man who is ceremonially clean, and was not on a journey, and fails 2 to keep the Passover, that person must be cut off from his people. 3 Because he did not bring the Lord’s offering at its appointed time, that man must bear his sin. 4
But the Levites must perform the service 1 of the tent of meeting, and they must bear their iniquity. 2 It will be a perpetual ordinance throughout your generations that among the Israelites the Levites 3 have no inheritance. 4
The person who sins is the one who will die. A son will not suffer 1 for his father’s iniquity, and a father will not suffer 2 for his son’s iniquity; the righteous person will be judged according to his righteousness, and the wicked person according to his wickedness. 3
Because they used to minister to them before their idols, and became a sinful obstacle 1 to the house of Israel, consequently I have made a vow 2 concerning them, declares the sovereign Lord, that they will be responsible 3 for their sin.
For it is written: “Rejoice, O barren woman who does not bear children; 1 break forth and shout, you who have no birth pains, because the children of the desolate woman are more numerous than those of the woman who has a husband.” 2