Then I gave instructions that the storerooms should be purified, and I brought back the equipment 1 of the temple of God, along with the grain offering and the incense.
“‘Be ready and stay ready, you and all your companies assembled around you, and be a guard for them. 1
But when they had ordered them to go outside the council, 1 they began to confer with one another,
who has become a priest not by a legal regulation about physical descent 1 but by the power of an indestructible life.
I have chosen him 1 so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep 2 the way of the Lord by doing 3 what is right and just. Then the Lord will give 4 to Abraham what he promised 5 him.”
He instructed the servant who was over his household, “Fill the sacks of the men with as much food as they can carry and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack.
‘If Balak would give me his palace full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond 1 the commandment 2 of the Lord to do either good or evil of my own will, 3 but whatever the Lord tells me I must speak’?
Instruct them, ‘Pick up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests 1 stand firmly, and carry them over with you and put them in the place where you camp tonight.’”
At sunset Joshua ordered his men to take them down from the trees. 1 They threw them into the cave where they had hidden and piled large stones over the mouth of the cave. (They remain to this very day.) 2
“I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned away from me and has not done what I told him to do.” Samuel became angry and he cried out to the Lord all that night.
Then Saul instructed his servants, “Tell David secretly, ‘The king is pleased with you, and all his servants like you. So now become the king’s son-in-law.”
So David issued orders to the soldiers and they put them to death. Then they cut off their hands and feet and hung them 1 near the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth 2 and buried it in the tomb of Abner 3 in Hebron. 4
Ben Hadad accepted King Asa’s offer and ordered his army commanders to attack the cities of Israel. 1 They conquered 2 Ijon, Dan, Abel Beth Maacah, and all the territory of Naphtali, including the region of Kinnereth. 3
Then the priests slaughtered them. They offered their blood as a sin offering on the altar to make atonement for all Israel, because the king had decreed 1 that the burnt sacrifice and sin offering were for all Israel.