I will give away your wealth and your treasures as plunder. I will give it away free of charge for the sins you have committed throughout your land.
I dressed you in embroidered clothing and put fine leather sandals on your feet. I wrapped you with fine linen and covered you with silk.
If you sin against your brothers or sisters 1 in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
What then is my reward? That when I preach the gospel I may offer the gospel free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights in the gospel.
You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed – not by perishable things like silver or gold,
They paid 600 silver pieces for each chariot from Egypt and 150 silver pieces for each horse. They also sold chariots and horses to all the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of Syria. 1
Samaria’s food supply ran out. 1 They laid siege to it so long that 2 a donkey’s head was selling for eighty shekels of silver 3 and a quarter of a kab 4 of dove’s droppings 5 for five shekels of silver. 6
They hired 32,000 chariots, along with the king of Maacah and his army, who came and camped in front of Medeba. The Ammonites also assembled from their cities and marched out to do battle.
At the beginning of the year King Nebuchadnezzar ordered him to be brought 1 to Babylon, along with the valuable items in the Lord’s temple. In his place he made his relative 2 Zedekiah king over Judah and Jerusalem.
Therefore, this is what the sovereign master, the Lord, says: “Look, I am laying 1 a stone in Zion, an approved 2 stone, set in place as a precious cornerstone for the foundation. 3 The one who maintains his faith will not panic. 4
I will hand over all the wealth of this city to their enemies. I will hand over to them all the fruits of the labor of the people of this city and all their prized possessions, as well as all the treasures of the kings of Judah. Their enemies will seize it all as plunder 1 and carry it off to Babylon.
You were adorned with gold and silver, while your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidery. You ate the finest flour, honey, and olive oil. You became extremely beautiful and attained the position of royalty.
To the weak I became weak in order to gain the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that by all means I may save some.