Perhaps you will tell me, ‘We are trusting in the Lord our God.’ But Hezekiah is the one who eliminated his high places and altars and then told the people of Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You must worship at this altar.’
So Ebed Melech took the men with him and went to a room under the treasure room in the palace. 1 He got some worn-out clothes and old rags 2 from there and let them down by ropes to Jeremiah in the cistern.
כ (Kaf) All her people groaned as they searched for a morsel of bread. 1 They exchanged 2 their valuables 3 for 4 just enough food to stay alive. 5 “Look, O Lord! Consider 6 that I have become worthless!”
ט (Tet) Her city gates have fallen 1 to the ground; he smashed to bits 2 the bars that lock her gates. 3 Her king and princes were taken into exile; 4 there is no more guidance available. 5 As for her prophets, they no longer receive 6 a vision from the Lord.
“‘Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says: Woe to the city of bloodshed, the pot whose rot 1 is in it, whose rot has not been removed 2 from it! Empty it piece by piece. No lot has fallen on it. 3
Those survivors from Jacob will live among the nations, in the midst of many peoples. They will be like a lion among the animals of the forest, like a young lion among the flocks of sheep, which attacks when it passes through; it rips its prey 1 and there is no one to stop it. 2
Now when the soldiers crucified 1 Jesus, they took his clothes and made four shares, one for each soldier, 2 and the tunic 3 remained. (Now the tunic 4 was seamless, woven from top to bottom as a single piece.) 5
Large numbers 1 of those who had practiced magic 2 collected their books 3 and burned them up in the presence of everyone. 4 When 5 the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins. 6
But you who eat vegetables only – why do you judge your brother or sister? 1 And you who eat everything – why do you despise your brother or sister? 2 For we will all stand before the judgment seat 3 of God.
For if I have boasted to him about anything concerning you, I have not been embarrassed by you, 1 but just as everything we said to you was true, 2 so our boasting to Titus about you 3 has proved true as well.
They covered 1 the surface 2 of all the ground, so that the ground became dark with them, 3 and they ate all the vegetation of the ground and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left. Nothing green remained on the trees or on anything that grew in the fields throughout the whole land of Egypt.
If some of the meat of his peace offering sacrifice is ever eaten on the third day it will not be accepted; it will not be accounted to the one who presented it, since it is spoiled, 1 and the person who eats from it will bear his punishment for iniquity. 2
Later during the mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and have 1 some food! Dip your bread 2 in the vinegar!” So she sat down beside the harvesters. Then he handed 3 her some roasted grain. She ate until she was full and saved the rest. 4
The man replied to Joab, “Even if 1 I were receiving 2 a thousand pieces of silver, 3 I would not strike 4 the king’s son! In our very presence 5 the king gave this order to you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘Protect the young man Absalom for my sake.’ 6
Hazael asked, “Why are you crying, my master?” He replied, “Because I know the trouble you will cause the Israelites. You will set fire to their fortresses, kill their young men with the sword, smash their children to bits, and rip open their pregnant women.”
Now don’t let Hezekiah deceive you or mislead you like this. Don’t believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to rescue his people from my power or the power of my predecessors. So how 1 can your gods rescue 2 you from my power?’”
So they came to him, all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and they dined 1 with him in his house. They comforted him and consoled him for all the trouble the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver 2 and a gold ring. 3