“Micah from Moresheth 1 prophesied during the time Hezekiah was king of Judah. 2 He told all the people of Judah, ‘The Lord who rules over all 3 says, “Zion 4 will become a plowed field. Jerusalem 5 will become a pile of rubble. The temple mount will become a mere wooded ridge.”’ 6
Now the cistern where Ishmael threw all the dead bodies of those he had killed was a large one 1 that King Asa had constructed as part of his defenses against King Baasha of Israel. 2 Ishmael son of Nethaniah filled it with dead bodies. 3
Because you did that, I, the Lord, affirm that 1 a time is coming when I will make Rabbah, the capital city of Ammon, hear the sound of the battle cry. It will become a mound covered with ruins. 2 Its villages will be burned to the ground. 3 Then Israel will take back its land from those who took their land from them. I, the Lord, affirm it! 4
Wail, you people in Heshbon, because Ai in Ammon is destroyed. Cry out in anguish, you people in the villages surrounding 1 Rabbah. Put on sackcloth and cry out in mourning. Run about covered with gashes. 2 For your god Milcom will go into exile along with his priests and officials. 3
They broke through the city walls, and all the soldiers tried to escape. They left the city during the night. They went through the gate between the two walls that is near the king’s garden. 1 (The Babylonians had the city surrounded.) Then they headed for the Jordan Valley. 2
Then he brought me to the inner court of the Lord’s house. Right there 1 at the entrance to the Lord’s temple, between the porch and the altar, 2 were about twenty-five 3 men with their backs to the Lord’s temple, 4 facing east – they were worshiping the sun 5 toward the east!
They will attack 1 you with weapons, 2 chariots, wagons, and with a huge army; 3 they will array themselves against you on every side with large shields, small shields, and helmets. I will assign them the task of judgment; 4 they will punish you according to their laws.
I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and bring you out with all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them fully armed, a great company with shields of different types, 1 all of them armed with swords.
The alcoves were 10½ feet long and 10½ feet wide; between the alcoves were 8¾ feet. 1 The threshold of the gate by the porch of the gate facing inward was 10½ feet.
There were closed windows toward the alcoves and toward their jambs within the gate all around, and likewise for the porches. There were windows all around the inside, and on each jamb were decorative palm trees. 1
The prince will enter by way of the porch of the gate from the outside, and will stand by the doorpost of the gate. The priests will provide his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he will bow down at the threshold of the gate and then go out. But the gate will not be closed until evening.
Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you. Break away from your sins by doing what is right, and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps your prosperity will be prolonged.” 1
It will be 1 a day of dreadful darkness, 2 a day of foreboding storm clouds, 3 like blackness 4 spread over the mountains. It is a huge and powerful army 5 – there has never been anything like it ever before, and there will not be anything like it for many generations to come! 6
Let the priests, those who serve the Lord, weep from the vestibule all the way back to the altar. 1 Let them say, “Have pity, O Lord, on your people; please do not turn over your inheritance to be mocked, to become a proverb 2 among the nations. Why should it be said 3 among the peoples, “Where is their God?”
Flocks and herds 1 will lie down in the middle of it, as well as every kind of wild animal. 2 Owls 3 will sleep in the tops of its support pillars; they will hoot through the windows. 4 Rubble will cover the thresholds; 5 even the cedar work 6 will be exposed to the elements. 7
Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.
take my advice 1 and buy gold from me refined by fire so you can become rich! Buy from me 2 white clothing so you can be clothed and your shameful nakedness 3 will not be exposed, and buy eye salve 4 to put on your eyes so you can see!
So Jehoshabeath, 1 the daughter of King Jehoram, 2 took Ahaziah’s son Joash and sneaked him away 3 from the rest of the royal descendants who were to be executed. She hid him and his nurse in the room where the bed covers were stored. So Jehoshabeath the daughter of King Jehoram, wife of Jehoiada the priest and sister of Ahaziah, hid him from Athaliah so she could not execute him.
Amaziah assembled the people of Judah 1 and assigned them by families to the commanders of units of a thousand and the commanders of units of a hundred for all Judah and Benjamin. He counted those twenty years old and up and discovered there were 300,000 young men of fighting age 2 equipped with spears and shields. 3