1 When 2 they journeyed from Elim, the entire company 3 of Israelites came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their exodus 4 from the land of Egypt.
Then we left Horeb and passed through all that immense, forbidding wilderness that you saw on the way to the Amorite hill country as the Lord our God had commanded us to do, finally arriving at Kadesh Barnea.
So the Reubenites, Gadites, and half-tribe of Manasseh left the Israelites in Shiloh in the land of Canaan and headed home to their own land in Gilead, 1 which they acquired by the Lord’s command through Moses.
When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, the people answered the king, “We have no portion in David, no share in the son of Jesse! 1 Return to your homes, O Israel! 2 Now, look after your own dynasty, O David!” 3 So Israel returned to their homes. 4
So he took his firstborn son, who was to succeed him as king, and offered him up as a burnt sacrifice on the wall. There was an outburst of divine anger against Israel, 1 so they broke off the attack 2 and returned to their homeland.
When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, the people answered the king, “We have no portion in David – no share in the son of Jesse! 1 Return to your homes, O Israel! 2 Now, look after your own dynasty, O David!” 3 So all Israel returned to their homes. 4
On the twelfth day of the first month we began traveling from the Ahava Canal to go to Jerusalem. The hand of our God was on us, and he delivered us from our enemy and from bandits 1 along the way.
Then Ishmael took captive all the people who were still left alive in Mizpah. This included the royal princesses 1 and all the rest of the people in Mizpah that Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard, had put under the authority of Gedaliah son of Ahikam. Ishmael son of Nethaniah took all these people captive and set out to cross over to the Ammonites.
After they had gone, an 1 angel of the Lord 2 appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod 3 is going to look for the child to kill him.”
So Ananias departed and entered the house, placed 1 his hands on Saul 2 and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came here, 3 has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 4
After they had passed the first and second guards, 1 they came to the iron 2 gate leading into the city. It 3 opened for them by itself, 4 and they went outside and walked down one narrow street, 5 when at once the angel left him.
He motioned to them 1 with his hand to be quiet and then related 2 how the Lord had brought 3 him out of the prison. He said, “Tell James and the brothers these things,” and then he left and went to another place. 4
They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword, took Dinah from Shechem’s house, and left.
When Jacob finished giving these instructions to his sons, he pulled his feet up onto the bed, breathed his last breath, and went 1 to his people.