But the soldiers replied, 1 “You should not do this! 2 For if we should have to make a rapid retreat, they won’t be too concerned about us. 3 Even if half of us should die, they won’t be too concerned about us. But you 4 are like ten thousand of us! So it is better if you remain in the city for support.”
Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard so I can make a vegetable garden out of it, for it is adjacent to my palace. I will give you an even better vineyard in its place, or if you prefer, 1 I will pay you silver for it.” 2
but have instead followed in the footsteps of the kings of Israel. You encouraged the people of Judah and the residents of Jerusalem to be unfaithful to the Lord, just as the family of Ahab does in Israel. 1 You also killed your brothers, members of your father’s family, 2 who were better than you.
Even if a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years – even if he lives a long, long time, 1 but cannot enjoy his prosperity – even if he were to live forever 2 – I would say, “A stillborn child 3 is better off than he is!” 4
Then she will pursue her lovers, but she will not catch 1 them; she will seek them, but she will not find them. 2 Then she will say, “I will go back 3 to my husband, 4 because I was better off then than I am now.” 5
If 1 your hand or your foot causes you to sin, 2 cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than to have 3 two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away! It is better to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into hell. 1
Now without dispute the inferior is blessed by the superior,
Certainly if the army had eaten some of the enemies’ provisions that they came across today, would not the slaughter of the Philistines have been even greater?”
while he went a day’s journey into the desert. He went and sat down under a shrub 1 and asked the Lord to take his life: 2 “I’ve had enough! Now, O Lord, take my life. After all, I’m no better than my ancestors.” 3
The Son of Man will go as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for him if he had never been born.”
For where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is disorder and every evil practice.
For the Son of Man will go as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for him if he had never been born.”