Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions; if he comes to you, welcome him).
For the law appoints as high priests men subject to weakness, 1 but the word of solemn affirmation that came after the law appoints a son made perfect forever.
and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 1 witness, 2 the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 3 from our sins at the cost of 4 his own blood
and, by the signs he was permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, he deceived those who live on the earth. He told 1 those who live on the earth to make an image to the beast who had been wounded by the sword, but still lived.
to eat 1 your fill 2 of the flesh of kings, the flesh of generals, 3 the flesh of powerful people, the flesh of horses and those who ride them, and the flesh of all people, both free and slave, 4 and small and great!”
“‘Any person 1 who eats an animal that has died of natural causes 2 or an animal torn by beasts, whether a native citizen or a foreigner, 3 must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening; then he becomes clean.
You 1 stood before the Lord your God at Horeb and he 2 said to me, “Assemble the people before me so that I can tell them my commands. 3 Then they will learn to revere me all the days they live in the land, and they will instruct their children.”
Get up! Ritually consecrate the people and tell them this: ‘Ritually consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, because the Lord God of Israel says, “You are contaminated, 1 O Israel! You will not be able to stand before your enemies until you remove what is contaminating you.” 2
“At this time tomorrow I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin. You must consecrate 1 him as a leader over my people Israel. He will save my people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have looked with favor on my people. Their cry has reached me!”
Then Samuel took a small container of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s 1 head. Samuel 2 kissed him and said, “The Lord has chosen you 3 to lead his people Israel! You will rule over the Lord’s people and you will deliver them from the power of the enemies who surround them. This will be your sign that the Lord has chosen 4 you as leader over his inheritance. 5
Saul selected for himself three thousand men from Israel. Two thousand of these were with Saul at Micmash and in the hill country of Bethel; 1 the remaining thousand were with Jonathan at Gibeah in the territory of Benjamin. 2 He sent all the rest of the people back home. 3
Now Saul’s son 1 had two men who were in charge of raiding units; one was named Baanah and the other Recab. They were sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, who was a Benjaminite. (Beeroth is regarded as belonging to Benjamin,
‘The Lord says this: “Do not attack and make war with your brothers, the Israelites. Each of you go home, for I have caused this to happen.”’” 1 They obeyed the Lord and went home as the Lord had ordered them to do. 2