They have gone back to the evil ways 1 of their ancestors of old who refused to obey what I told them. They, too, have paid allegiance to 2 other gods and worshiped them. Both the nation of Israel and the nation of Judah 3 have violated the covenant I made with their ancestors.
‘The defenders of the city will go out and fight with the Babylonians. 1 But they will only fill those houses and buildings with the dead bodies of the people that I will kill in my anger and my wrath. 2 That will happen because I have decided to turn my back on 3 this city on account of the wicked things they have done. 4
But when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon invaded the land we said, ‘Let’s get up and go to Jerusalem 1 to get away from the Babylonian 2 and Aramean armies.’ That is why we are staying here in Jerusalem.”
But the Babylonian 1 army chased after them. They caught up with Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho 2 and captured him. 3 They took him to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon at Riblah 4 in the territory of Hamath and Nebuchadnezzar passed sentence on him there.
Into his right hand 1 comes the portent for Jerusalem – to set up battering rams, to give the signal 2 for slaughter, to shout out the battle cry, 3 to set up battering rams against the gates, to erect a siege ramp, to build a siege wall.
They sent to him their disciples along with the Herodians, 1 saying, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful, and teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 2 You do not court anyone’s favor because you show no partiality. 3
After threatening them further, they released them, for they could not find how to punish them on account of the people, because they were all praising 1 God for what had happened.
the commanding officer 1 ordered Paul 2 to be brought back into the barracks. 3 He told them 4 to interrogate Paul 5 by beating him with a lash 6 so that he could find out the reason the crowd 7 was shouting at Paul 8 in this way.
Then when Paul noticed 1 that part of them were Sadducees 2 and the others Pharisees, 3 he shouted out in the council, 4 “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection 5 of the dead!”
But they were expecting that he was going to swell up 1 or suddenly drop dead. So after they had waited 2 a long time and had seen 3 nothing unusual happen 4 to him, they changed their minds 5 and said he was a god. 6