Josiah removed all the detestable idols from all the areas belonging to the Israelites and encouraged 1 all who were in Israel to worship the Lord their God. Throughout the rest of his reign 2 they did not turn aside from following the Lord God of their ancestors.
Let our leaders take steps 1 on behalf of all the assembly. Let all those in our towns who have married foreign women come at an appointed time, and with them the elders of each town and its judges, until the hot anger of our God is turned away from us in this matter.”
Everyone shares the same fate 1 – the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, 2 the ceremonially clean and unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. What happens to the good person, also happens to the sinner; 3 what happens to those who make vows, also happens to those who are afraid to make vows.
“Look! Enemies are gathering in the north like water rising in a river. 1 They will be like an overflowing stream. They will overwhelm the whole country and everything in it like a flood. They will overwhelm the cities and their inhabitants. People will cry out in alarm. Everyone living in the country will cry out in pain.
“‘As for you, O house of Israel, this is what the sovereign Lord says: Each of you go and serve your idols, 1 if you will not listen to me. 2 But my holy name will not be profaned 3 again by your sacrifices 4 and your idols.
When they ask you, ‘Why are you groaning?’ you will reply, ‘Because of the report that has come. Every heart will melt with fear and every hand will be limp; everyone 1 will faint and every knee will be wet with urine.’ 2 Pay attention – it is coming and it will happen, declares the sovereign Lord.”
Your wealth, products, and merchandise, your sailors and captains, your ship’s carpenters, 1 your merchants, and all your fighting men within you, along with all your crew who are in you, will fall into the heart of the seas on the day of your downfall.
But as the man 1 went out he began to announce it publicly and spread the story widely, so that Jesus 2 was no longer able to enter any town openly but stayed outside in remote places. Still 3 they kept coming 4 to him from everywhere.
I wish you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets so that the church may be strengthened.
The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, 1 I will give him some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white 2 stone, 3 and on that stone will be written a new name that no one can understand 4 except the one who receives it.’
The Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, for I consider you godly among this generation. 1
So Israel’s sons came to buy grain among the other travelers, 1 for the famine was severe in the land of Canaan.
Jacob and all his descendants took their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in the land of Canaan, and they went to Egypt. 1
He brought with him to Egypt his sons and grandsons, 1 his daughters and granddaughters – all his descendants.