And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma 1 and said 2 to himself, 3 “I will never again curse 4 the ground because of humankind, even though 5 the inclination of their minds 6 is evil from childhood on. 7 I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done.
“Go and bring together 1 the elders of Israel and tell them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, 2 appeared 3 to me – the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – saying, “I have attended carefully 4 to you and to what has been done 5 to you in Egypt,
When it was time for the evening offering, 1 Elijah the prophet approached the altar 2 and prayed: “O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, prove 3 today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command.
Then let this clothing and this horse be given to one of the king’s noble officials. Let him 1 then clothe the man whom the king wishes to honor, and let him lead him about through the plaza of the city on the horse, calling 2 before him, ‘So shall it be done to the man whom the king wishes to honor!’”
Shout for joy, O sky, for the Lord intervenes; 1 shout out, you subterranean regions 2 of the earth. O mountains, give a joyful shout; you too, O forest and all your trees! 3 For the Lord protects 4 Jacob; he reveals his splendor through Israel. 5
“How can you say, ‘I have not made myself unclean. I have not paid allegiance to 1 the gods called Baal.’ Just look at the way you have behaved in the Valley of Hinnom! 2 Think about the things you have done there! You are like a flighty, young female camel that rushes here and there, crisscrossing its path. 3
ע (Ayin) The Lord has done what he planned; he has fulfilled 1 his promise 2 that he threatened 3 long ago: 4 He has overthrown you without mercy 5 and has enabled the enemy to gloat over you; he has exalted your adversaries’ power. 6
When they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the temple, its pattern, its exits and entrances, and its whole design – all its statutes, its entire design, and all its laws; write it all down in their sight, so that they may observe its entire design and all its statutes and do them.
“If a person sins and violates any of the Lord’s commandments which must not be violated 1 (although he did not know it at the time, 2 but later realizes he is guilty), then he will bear his punishment for iniquity 3
Then Samuel said to Saul, “You have made a foolish choice! You have not obeyed 1 the commandment that the Lord your God gave 2 you. Had you done that, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever!
His servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? While 1 the child was still alive, you fasted and wept. Once the child was dead you got up and ate food!”
“I, King Artaxerxes, hereby issue orders to all the treasurers of 1 Trans-Euphrates, that you precisely execute all that Ezra the priestly scribe of the law of the God of heaven may request of you –
Yet when I reflected on everything I had accomplished 1 and on all the effort that I had expended to accomplish it, 2 I concluded: 3 “All these 4 achievements and possessions 5 are ultimately 6 profitless 7 – like chasing the wind! There is nothing gained 8 from them 9 on earth.”