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.
but now made visible through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. He 1 has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel!
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
Then the men of the garrison said to Jonathan and his armor bearer, “Come on up to us so we can teach you a thing or two!” 1 Then Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come up behind me, for the Lord has given 2 them into the hand of Israel!”
David said on that day, “Whoever attacks the Jebusites must approach the ‘lame’ and the ‘blind’ who are David’s enemies 1 by going through the water tunnel.” 2 For this reason it is said, “The blind and the lame cannot enter the palace.” 3
Then Ahimaaz called out and said to the king, “Greetings!” 1 He bowed down before the king with his face toward the ground and said, “May the Lord your God be praised because he has defeated 2 the men who opposed 3 my lord the king!”
The prophet 1 visited the king of Israel and said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because the Syrians said, “The Lord is a god of the mountains and not a god of the valleys,” I will hand over to you this entire huge army. 2 Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
Elisha 1 said, “Open the east window,” and he did so. 2 Elisha said, “Shoot!” and he did so. 3 Elisha 4 said, “This arrow symbolizes the victory the Lord will give you over Syria. 5 You will annihilate Syria in Aphek!” 6
But you, Lord, know all their plots to kill me. Do not pardon their crimes! Do not ignore their sins as though you had erased them! 1 Let them be brought down in defeat before you! Deal with them while you are still angry! 2
Then King Zedekiah had him brought to the palace. There he questioned him privately and asked him, 1 “Is there any message from the Lord?” Jeremiah answered, “Yes, there is.” Then he announced, 2 “You will be handed over to the king of Babylon.” 3
By his treachery 1 he will succeed through deceit. 2 He will have an arrogant attitude, 3 and he will destroy many who are unaware of his schemes. 4 He will rise up against the Prince of princes, yet he will be broken apart – but not by human agency. 5
three 1 years of famine, or three months being chased by your enemies and struck down by their swords, 2 or three days being struck down by the Lord, during which a plague will invade the land and the Lord’s messenger will destroy throughout Israel’s territory.’ 3 Now, decide what I should tell the one who sent me.”
Oded, a prophet of the Lord, was there. He went to meet the army as they arrived in Samaria and said to them: “Look, because the Lord God of your ancestors was angry with Judah he handed them over to you. You have killed them so mercilessly that God has taken notice. 1