Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna the scribe and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went to Hezekiah with their clothes torn 1 and reported to him what the chief adviser had said.
When all the leaders 1 of Israel came to the king at Hebron, David made an agreement 2 with them in Hebron before the Lord. They anointed 3 David king over Israel, just as the Lord had announced through Samuel. 4
Asaph was the leader and Zechariah second in command, followed by Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom, and Jeiel. They were to play stringed instruments; Asaph was to sound the cymbals;
But Josiah did not turn back from him; 1 he disguised himself for battle. He did not take seriously 2 the words of Necho which he had received from God; he went to fight him in the Plain of Megiddo. 3
You provided bread from heaven for them in their time of hunger, and you brought forth water from the rock for them in their time of thirst. You told them to enter in order to possess the land that you had sworn 1 to give them.
The king then said to Haman, “Go quickly! Take the clothing and the horse, just as you have described, and do as you just indicated to Mordecai the Jew who sits at the king’s gate. Don’t neglect 1 a single thing of all that you have said.”
to establish these days of Purim in their proper times, just as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had established, and just as they had established both for themselves and their descendants, matters pertaining to fasting and lamentation.
Mordecai the Jew was second only to King Ahasuerus. He was the highest-ranking 1 Jew, and he was admired by his numerous relatives. 2 He worked enthusiastically 3 for the good of his people and was an advocate for the welfare of 4 all his descendants. 5
Look, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female servant look to the hand of her mistress, 1 so my eyes will look to the Lord, our God, until he shows us favor.
Indeed 1 Israel 2 is the vineyard of the Lord who commands armies, the people 3 of Judah are the cultivated place in which he took delight. He waited for justice, but look what he got – disobedience! 4 He waited for fairness, but look what he got – cries for help! 5
I said, “Too bad for me! I am destroyed, 1 for my lips are contaminated by sin, 2 and I live among people whose lips are contaminated by sin. 3 My eyes have seen the king, the Lord who commands armies.” 4
So 1 here is what the sovereign master, the Lord who commands armies, says: “My people who live in Zion, do not be afraid of Assyria, even though they beat you with a club and lift their cudgel against you as Egypt did. 2
The Lord who commands armies is about to beat them 1 with a whip, similar to the way he struck down Midian at the rock of Oreb. 2 He will use his staff against the sea, lifting it up as he did in Egypt. 3
“At that time,” 1 says the Lord who commands armies, “the peg fastened into a solid place will come loose. It will be cut off and fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut off.” 2 Indeed, 3 the Lord has spoken.