Only the prince may sit in it to eat a sacrificial meal 1 before the Lord; he will enter by way of the porch of the gate and will go out by the same way.”
You should not have entered the city 1 of my people when they experienced distress. 2 You should not have joined 3 in gloating over their misfortune when they suffered distress. 4 You should not have looted 5 their wealth when they endured distress. 6
He hung the king of Ai on a tree, leaving him exposed until evening. 1 At sunset Joshua ordered that his corpse be taken down from the tree. 2 They threw it down at the entrance of the city gate and erected over it a large pile of stones (it remains to this very day). 3
Now Absalom used to get up early and stand beside the road that led to the city gate. Whenever anyone came by who had a complaint to bring to the king for arbitration, Absalom would call out to him, “What city are you from?” The person would answer, “I, your servant, 1 am from one of the tribes of Israel.”
and a letter for Asaph the keeper of the king’s nature preserve, 1 so that he will give me timber for beams for the gates of the fortress adjacent to the temple and for the city wall 2 and for the house to which I go.” So the king granted me these requests, 3 for the good hand of my God was on me.
The curtain 1 for the gate of the courtyard was of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine twisted linen, the work of an embroiderer. It was thirty feet long, and like the hangings in the courtyard, it was seven and a half feet high,
The soldiers of Babylonia will stop fighting. They will remain in their fortified cities. They will lose their strength to do battle. 1 They will be as frightened as women. 2 The houses in her cities will be set on fire. The gates of her cities will be broken down. 3
On the Sabbath day we went outside the city gate to the side of the river, where we thought there would be a place of prayer, and we sat down 1 and began to speak 2 to the women 3 who had assembled there. 4
(19:1) 1 The king then became very upset. He went up to the upper room over the gate and wept. As he went he said, “My son, Absalom! My son, my son, 2 Absalom! If only I could have died in your place! Absalom, my son, my son!” 3
The Ammonites marched out and were deployed for battle at the entrance to the city, while the kings who had come were by themselves in the field.