When Gideon arrived, he heard a man telling another man about a dream he had. 1 The man 2 said, “Look! I had a dream. I saw 3 a stale cake of barley bread rolling into the Midianite camp. It hit a tent so hard it knocked it over and turned it upside down. The tent just collapsed.” 4
But his wife said to him, “If the Lord wanted to kill us, he would not have accepted the burnt offering and the grain offering from us. 1 He would not have shown us all these things, or have spoken to us like this just now.”
When the king heard what the prophet 1 cried out against the altar in Bethel, Jeroboam, standing at the altar, extended his hand 2 and ordered, 3 “Seize him!” The hand he had extended shriveled up 4 and he could not pull it back.
When the old prophet who had invited him to his house heard the news, 1 he said, “It is the prophet 2 who rebelled against the Lord. 3 The Lord delivered him over to the lion and it ripped him up 4 and killed him, just as the Lord warned him.” 5
The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man through whom we can seek the Lord’s will. 1 But I despise 2 him because he does not prophesy prosperity for me, but disaster. His name is Micaiah son of Imlah. 3 Jehoshaphat said, “The king should not say such things.”
But the chief adviser said to them, “My master did not send me to speak these words only to your master and to you. 1 His message is also for the men who sit on the wall, for they will eat their own excrement and drink their own urine along with you.” 2
All of the officers of the Judahite army 1 and their troops heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah to govern. So they came to Gedaliah at Mizpah. The officers who came were Ishmael son of Nethaniah, Johanan son of Kareah, Seraiah son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah son of the Maacathite.
When the queen of Sheba heard about Solomon, 1 she came to challenge 2 him 3 with difficult questions. 4 She arrived in Jerusalem 5 with a great display of pomp, 6 bringing with her camels carrying spices, 7 a very large quantity of gold, and precious gems. She visited Solomon and discussed with him everything that was on her mind.
When Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he was encouraged. 1 He removed the detestable idols from the entire land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities he had seized in the Ephraimite hill country. He repaired the altar of the Lord in front of the porch of the Lord’s temple. 2
The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man through whom we can seek the Lord’s will. 1 But I despise 2 him because he does not prophesy prosperity for me, but always 3 disaster. His name is Micaiah son of Imlah. 4 Jehoshaphat said, “The king should not say such things!”
‘You displayed a sensitive spirit 1 and humbled yourself before God when you heard his words concerning this place and its residents. You humbled yourself before me, tore your clothes and wept before me, and I have heard you,’ says the Lord.
Please, 1 O Lord, listen attentively 2 to the prayer of your servant and to the prayer of your servants who take pleasure in showing respect 3 to your name. Grant your servant success today and show compassion to me 4 in the presence of this man.” Now 5 I was cupbearer for the king.
and in the presence of his colleagues 1 and the army of Samaria 2 he said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they be left to themselves? 3 Will they again offer sacrifice? Will they finish this in a day? Can they bring these burnt stones to life again from piles of dust?”
Then Nehemiah the governor, 1 Ezra the priestly scribe, 2 and the Levites who were imparting understanding to the people said to all of them, 3 “This day is holy to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping when they heard the words of the law.
But the chief adviser said, “My master did not send me to speak these words only to your master and to you. 1 His message is also for the men who sit on the wall, for they will eat their own excrement and drink their own urine along with you!” 2
They seek me day after day; they want to know my requirements, 1 like a nation that does what is right and does not reject the law of their God. They ask me for just decrees; they want to be near God.
They said to him, “Please grant our request 1 and pray to the Lord your God for all those of us who are still left alive here. 2 For, as you yourself can see, there are only a few of us left out of the many there were before. 3
Because you did that, I, the Lord, affirm that 1 a time is coming when I will make Rabbah, the capital city of Ammon, hear the sound of the battle cry. It will become a mound covered with ruins. 2 Its villages will be burned to the ground. 3 Then Israel will take back its land from those who took their land from them. I, the Lord, affirm it! 4