While they are watching, raise your baggage onto your shoulder and carry it out in the dark. 1 You must cover your face so that you cannot see the ground 2 because I have made you an object lesson 3 to the house of Israel.”
and say to them: “‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: On the day I chose Israel I swore 1 to the descendants 2 of the house of Jacob and made myself known to them in the land of Egypt. I swore 3 to them, “I am the Lord your God.”
Say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Realize I am about to desecrate my sanctuary – the source of your confident pride, 1 the object in which your eyes delight, 2 and your life’s passion. 3 Your very own sons and daughters whom you have left behind will die 4 by the sword.
“‘But the Levitical priests, the descendants of Zadok 1 who kept the charge of my sanctuary when the people of Israel went astray from me, will approach me to minister to me; they will stand before me to offer me the fat and the blood, declares the sovereign Lord.
You must allot it as an inheritance among yourselves and for the foreigners who reside among you, who have fathered sons among you. You must treat them as native-born among the people of Israel; they will be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. 1
Even though he flourishes like a reed plant, 1 a scorching east wind will come, a wind from the Lord rising up from the desert. As a result, his spring will dry up; 2 his well will become dry. That wind 3 will spoil all his delightful foods in the containers in his storehouse.
Then God 1 gave Abraham 2 the covenant 3 of circumcision, and so he became the father of Isaac and circumcised him when he was eight days old, 4 and Isaac became the father of 5 Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs. 6
Men were assigned to take the prisoners and find clothes among the plunder for those who were naked. 1 So they clothed them, supplied them with sandals, gave them food and drink, and provided them with oil to rub on their skin. 2 They put the ones who couldn’t walk on donkeys. 3 They brought them back to their brothers at Jericho, 4 the city of the date palm trees, and then returned to Samaria.
And now, though we share the same flesh and blood as our fellow countrymen, 1 and our children are just like their children, 2 still we have found it necessary to subject our sons and daughters to slavery. 3 Some of our daughters have been subjected to slavery, while we are powerless to help, 4 since our fields and vineyards now belong to other people.” 5