and also that everyone should eat and drink, and find enjoyment in all his toil, for these things 1 are a gift from God.
In the same way the Lord commanded those who proclaim the gospel to receive their living by the gospel.
But you, brothers and sisters, 1 do not grow weary in doing what is right.
I have come down 1 to deliver them 2 from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up from that land to a land that is both good and spacious, 3 to a land flowing with milk and honey, 4 to the region of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. 5
or when a person swears an oath, speaking thoughtlessly 1 with his lips, whether to do evil or to do good, with regard to anything which the individual might speak thoughtlessly in an oath, even if he did not realize it, but he himself has later come to know it and is guilty with regard to one of these oaths 2 –
know for certain that the Lord our God will no longer drive out these nations from before you. They will trap and ensnare you; 1 they will be a whip that tears 2 your sides and thorns that blind 3 your eyes until you disappear 4 from this good land the Lord your God gave you.
If you violate the covenantal laws of the Lord your God which he commanded you to keep, 1 and follow, worship, and bow down to other gods, 2 the Lord will be very angry with you and you will disappear 3 quickly from the good land which he gave to you.”
This failure on your part isn’t good! 1 As surely as the Lord lives, you people who have not protected your lord, the Lord’s chosen one, are as good as dead! 2 Now look where the king’s spear and the jug of water that was by his head are!”
The Lord will attack Israel, making it like a reed that sways in the water. 1 He will remove Israel from this good land he gave to their ancestors 2 and scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, 3 because they angered the Lord by making Asherah poles. 4
The trumpeters and musicians played together, praising and giving thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they loudly praised the Lord, singing: 1 “Certainly he is good; certainly his loyal love endures!” Then a cloud filled the Lord’s temple. 2
When all the Israelites saw the fire come down and the Lord’s splendor over the temple, they got on their knees with their faces downward toward the pavement. They worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, 1 “Certainly he is good; certainly his loyal love endures!”
With antiphonal response they sang, 1 praising and glorifying the Lord: “For he is good; his loyal love toward Israel is forever.” All the people gave a loud 2 shout as they praised the Lord when the temple of the Lord was established.
Therefore do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons, and do not take their daughters in marriage for your sons. Do not ever seek their peace or welfare, so that you may be strong and may eat the good of the land and may leave it as an inheritance for your children 1 forever.’
Because he has done this,” 1 the Lord says, “I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his whole family. There will not be any of them left to experience the good things that I will do for my people. I, the Lord, affirm it! For he counseled rebellion against the Lord.”’” 2