Because of this, in fact, I suffer as I do. 1 But I am not ashamed, because I know the one in whom my faith is set 2 and I am convinced that he is able to protect what has been entrusted to me 3 until that day. 4
So be patient, brothers and sisters, 1 until the Lord’s return. 2 Think of how the farmer waits 3 for the precious fruit of the ground and is patient 4 for it until it receives the early and late rains.
the twenty-four elders throw themselves to the ground 1 before the one who sits on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever, and they offer their crowns 2 before his 3 throne, saying:
Then God said, “Let us make 1 humankind 2 in our image, after our likeness, 3 so they may rule 4 over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, 5 and over all the creatures that move 6 on the earth.”
See, because the Lord has given you the Sabbath, that is why 1 he is giving you food for two days on the sixth day. Each of you stay where you are; 2 let no one 3 go out of his place on the seventh day.”
Then you must come to the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to reside, bringing 1 everything I am commanding you – your burnt offerings, sacrifices, tithes, the personal offerings you have prepared, 2 and all your choice votive offerings which you devote to him. 3
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.
So God split open the basin 1 at Lehi and water flowed out from it. When he took a drink, his strength 2 was restored and he revived. For this reason he named the spring 3 En Hakkore. 4 It remains in Lehi to this very day.
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
Samuel said to all the people of Israel, “If you are really turning to the Lord with all your hearts, remove from among you the foreign gods and the images of Ashtoreth. 1 Give your hearts to the Lord and serve only him. Then he will deliver you 2 from the hand of the Philistines.”
When they were near the big rock that is in Gibeon, Amasa came to them. Now Joab was dressed in military attire and had a dagger in its sheath belted to his waist. When he advanced, it fell out. 1
Benaiah son of Jehoida was a brave warrior 1 from Kabzeel who performed great exploits. He struck down the two sons of Ariel of Moab. 2 He also went down and killed a lion in a cistern on a snowy day.
But when she reached the prophet on the mountain, she grabbed hold of his feet. Gehazi came near to push her away, but the prophet said, “Leave her alone, for she is very upset. 1 The Lord has kept the matter hidden from me; he didn’t tell me about it.”
Jehoram ordered, “Hitch up my chariot.” 1 When his chariot had been hitched up, 2 King Jehoram of Israel and King Ahaziah of Judah went out in their respective chariots 3 to meet Jehu. They met up with him 4 in the plot of land that had once belonged to Naboth of Jezreel.
Don’t listen to Hezekiah!’ For this is what the king of Assyria says, ‘Send me a token of your submission and surrender to me. 1 Then each of you may eat from his own vine and fig tree and drink water from his own cistern,
Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a brave warrior from Kabzeel who performed great exploits. He struck down the two sons of Ariel of Moab; 1 he also went down and killed a lion inside a cistern on a snowy day.
But the Lord said to me: 1 ‘You have spilled a great deal of blood and fought many battles. You must not build a temple to honor me, 2 for you have spilled a great deal of blood on the ground before me.
Solomon moved Pharaoh’s daughter up from the City of David 1 to the palace he had built for her, for he said, “My wife must not live in the palace of King David of Israel, for the places where the ark of the Lord has entered are holy.”