Gather the people; sanctify an assembly! Gather the elders; gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out from his bedroom and the bride from her private quarters. 1
Your destruction is like an incurable wound; 1 your demise is like a fatal injury! 2 All who hear what has happened to you 3 will clap their hands for joy, 4 for no one ever escaped your endless cruelty! 5
What should you do then, brothers and sisters? 1 When you come together, each one has a song, has a lesson, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all these things be done for the strengthening of the church.
At the present time, your abundance will meet their need, 1 so that one day their abundance may also meet your need, and thus there may be equality,
to execute judgment on 1 all, and to convict every person 2 of all their thoroughly ungodly deeds 3 that they have committed, 4 and of all the harsh words that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 5
So you must consecrate the fiftieth year, 1 and you must proclaim a release 2 in the land for all its inhabitants. That year will be your jubilee; 3 each one of you must return 4 to his property and each one of you must return to his clan.
And they assembled against Moses and Aaron, saying to them, “You take too much upon yourselves, 1 seeing that the whole community is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the community of the Lord?”
King Asa ordered all the men of Judah (no exemptions were granted) to carry away the stones and wood that Baasha had used to build Ramah. 1 King Asa used the materials to build up 2 Geba (in Benjamin) and Mizpah.
So now, bring to me all the prophets of Baal, as well as all his servants and priests. 1 None of them must be absent, for I am offering a great sacrifice to Baal. Any of them who fail to appear will lose their lives.” But Jehu was tricking them 2 so he could destroy the servants of Baal.
Perhaps you will tell me, ‘We are trusting in the Lord our God.’ But Hezekiah is the one who eliminated his high places and altars and then told the people of Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You must worship at this altar in Jerusalem.’
But the chief adviser said to them, “My master did not send me to speak these words only to your master and to you. 1 His message is also for the men who sit on the wall, for they will eat their own excrement and drink their own urine along with you.” 2
Don’t listen to Hezekiah!’ For this is what the king of Assyria says, ‘Send me a token of your submission and surrender to me. 1 Then each of you may eat from his own vine and fig tree and drink water from his own cistern,