A sword will flash in their cities, it will destroy the bars of their city gates, and will devour them in their fortresses.
These are the things you must do: Speak the truth, each of you, to one another. Practice true and righteous judgment in your courts. 1
and he said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Each man fasten 1 his sword on his side, and go back and forth 2 from entrance to entrance throughout the camp, and each one kill his brother, his friend, and his neighbor.’” 3
you must bring the two of them to the gate of that city and stone them to death, the young woman because she did not cry out though in the city and the man because he violated 1 his neighbor’s fiancée; 2 in this way you will purge 3 evil from among you.
But if the man does not want to marry his brother’s widow, then she 1 must go to the elders at the town gate and say, “My husband’s brother refuses to preserve his brother’s name in Israel; he is unwilling to perform the duty of a brother-in-law to me!”
At that time Joshua made this solemn declaration: 1 “The man who attempts to rebuild 2 this city of Jericho 3 will stand condemned before the Lord. 4 He will lose his firstborn son when he lays its foundations and his youngest son when he erects its gates!” 5
The Gazites were told, 1 “Samson has come here!” So they surrounded the town 2 and hid all night at the city gate, waiting for him to leave. 3 They relaxed 4 all night, thinking, 5 “He will not leave 6 until morning comes; 7 then we will kill him!”
Samson spent half the night with the prostitute; then he got up in the middle of the night and left. 1 He grabbed the doors of the city gate, as well as the two posts, and pulled them right off, bar and all. 2 He put them on his shoulders and carried them up to the top of a hill east of Hebron. 3
During Ahab’s reign, 1 Hiel the Bethelite rebuilt Jericho. 2 Abiram, his firstborn son, died when he laid the foundation; 3 Segub, his youngest son, died when he erected its gates, 4 just as the Lord had warned 5 through Joshua son of Nun. 6
The enemy broke through the city walls, 1 and all the soldiers tried to escape. They left the city during the night. 2 They went through the gate between the two walls that is near the king’s garden. 3 (The Babylonians were all around the city.) Then they headed for the Jordan Valley. 4
As his father David had decreed, Solomon 1 appointed the divisions of the priests to do their assigned tasks, the Levitical orders to lead worship and help the priests with their daily tasks, 2 and the divisions of the gatekeepers to serve at their assigned gates. 3 This was what David the man of God had ordered. 4
After this Manasseh 1 built up the outer wall of the City of David 2 on the west side of the Gihon in the valley to the entrance of the Fish Gate and all around the terrace; he made it much higher. He placed army officers in all the fortified cities in Judah.
The musicians, the descendants of Asaph, manned their posts, as prescribed by David, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun the king’s prophet. 1 The guards at the various gates did not need to leave their posts, for their fellow Levites made preparations for them.
Shallun son of Col-Hozeh, head of the district of Mizpah, worked on the Fountain Gate. He rebuilt it, put on its roof, and positioned its doors, its bolts, and its bars. In addition, he rebuilt the wall of the Pool of Siloam, 1 by the royal garden, as far as the steps that go down from the City of David.
Then Nergal-Sharezer of Samgar, Nebo-Sarsekim, who was a chief officer, Nergal-Sharezer, who was a high official, 1 and all the other officers of the king of Babylon came and set up quarters 2 in the Middle Gate. 3
They broke through the city walls, and all the soldiers tried to escape. They left the city during the night. They went through the gate between the two walls that is near the king’s garden. 1 (The Babylonians had the city surrounded.) Then they headed for the Jordan Valley. 2
Next, I noticed 1 six men 2 coming from the direction of the upper gate 3 which faces north, each with his war club in his hand. Among them was a man dressed in linen with a writing kit 4 at his side. They came and stood beside the bronze altar.
For the gate of the courtyard there is to be a curtain of thirty feet, of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine twined linen, the work of an embroiderer, with four posts and their four bases.
When Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside at the gate as if to speak privately with him. Joab then stabbed him 1 in the abdomen and killed him, avenging the shed blood of his brother Asahel. 2
Its windows, its porches, and its decorative palm trees had the same measurement as the gate which faced east. Seven steps led up to it, and its porch was in front of them.