For we tell you this by the word of the Lord, 1 that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not go ahead of those who have fallen asleep.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “You are about to die, 1 and then these people will begin to prostitute themselves with the foreign gods of the land into which they 2 are going. They 3 will reject 4 me and break my covenant that I have made with them. 5
while he went a day’s journey into the desert. He went and sat down under a shrub 1 and asked the Lord to take his life: 2 “I’ve had enough! Now, O Lord, take my life. After all, I’m no better than my ancestors.” 3
When they withdrew, they left Joash 1 badly wounded. His servants plotted against him because of what he had done to 2 the son 3 of Jehoiada the priest. They murdered him on his bed. Thus 4 he died and was buried in the City of David, 5 but not in the tombs of the kings.
A man who is all alone with no companion, 1 he has no children nor siblings; 2 yet there is no end to all his toil, and he 3 is never satisfied with riches. He laments, 4 “For whom am I toiling and depriving myself 5 of pleasure?” 6 This also is futile and a burdensome task! 7
God gives a man riches, property, and wealth so that he lacks nothing that his heart 1 desires, 2 yet God does not enable 3 him to enjoy 4 the fruit of his labor 5 – instead, someone else 6 enjoys 7 it! 8 This is fruitless and a grave misfortune. 9
For this reason no watered trees will grow so tall; their tops will not reach into the clouds, nor will the well-watered ones grow that high. 1 For all of them have been appointed to die in the lower parts of the earth; 2 they will be among mere mortals, 3 with those who descend to the pit.
“All the leaders of the north are there, along with all the Sidonians; despite their might they have gone down in shameful terror with the dead. They lie uncircumcised with those killed by the sword, and bear their shame with those who descend to the pit.
So give orders to secure the tomb until the third day. Otherwise his disciples may come and steal his body 1 and say to the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.”
So 1 I looked 2 and here came 3 a pale green 4 horse! The 5 name of the one who rode it 6 was Death, and Hades followed right behind. 7 They 8 were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill its population with the sword, 9 famine, and disease,