But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing these things so that something will be done for me. 1 In fact, it would be better for me to die than – no one will deprive me of my reason for boasting! 2
“Tell 1 all the leaders of Shechem this: ‘Why would you want 2 to have seventy men, all Jerub-Baal’s sons, ruling over you, when you can have just one ruler? Recall that I am your own flesh and blood.’” 3
So I recommend the enjoyment of life, 1 for there is nothing better on earth 2 for a person to do 3 except 4 to eat, drink, and enjoy 5 life. 6 So 7 joy 8 will accompany him in his toil during the days of his life which God gives him on earth. 9
But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you!
The Maidens to The Beloved: Why is your beloved better than others, 1 O most beautiful of women? Why is your beloved better than others, that you would command us in this manner?
But you should be eager for the greater gifts. And now I will show you a way that is beyond comparison. 1
David thought to himself, 1 “One of these days I’m going to be swept away by the hand of Saul! There is nothing better for me than to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will despair of searching for me through all the territory of Israel and I will escape from his hand.”
If the king is so inclined, 1 let a royal edict go forth from him, and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media that cannot be repealed, 2 that Vashti 3 may not come into the presence of King Ahasuerus, and let the king convey her royalty to another 4 who is more deserving than she. 5
So whenever the spirit from God would come upon Saul, David would take his lyre and play it. This would bring relief to Saul and make him feel better. Then the evil spirit would leave him alone. 1
I will increase the number of people and animals on you; they will increase and be fruitful. 1 I will cause you to be inhabited as in ancient times, and will do more good for you than at the beginning of your history. 2 Then you will know that I am the Lord.
Absalom said to Joab, “Look, I sent a message to you saying, ‘Come here so that I can send you to the king with this message: 1 “Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me if I were still there.”’ Let me now see the face of the king. If I am at fault, let him put me to death!”
May the Lord punish him for the blood he shed; 1 behind my father David’s back he struck down and murdered with the sword two men who were more innocent and morally upright than he 2 – Abner son of Ner, commander of Israel’s army, and Amasa son of Jether, commander of Judah’s army.
But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you!
But I tell you, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom 1 on the day of judgment than for you!”