They were having a good time, 1 when suddenly 2 some men of the city, some good-for-nothings, 3 surrounded the house and kept beating 4 on the door. They said to the old man who owned the house, “Send out the man who came to visit you so we can have sex with him.” 5
So let my lord the king now listen to the words of his servant. If the Lord has incited you against me, may he take delight in 1 an offering. But if men have instigated this, 2 may they be cursed before the Lord! For they have driven me away this day from being united with the Lord’s inheritance, saying, ‘Go on, serve other gods!’
But the leaders of the Philistines became angry with him and said 1 to him, “Send the man back! Let him return to the place that you assigned him! Don’t let him go down with us into the battle, for he might become 2 our adversary in the battle. What better way to please his lord than with the heads of these men? 3
When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, the people answered the king, “We have no portion in David – no share in the son of Jesse! 1 Return to your homes, O Israel! 2 Now, look after your own dynasty, O David!” 3 So all Israel returned to their homes. 4
I also told the priests and all the people, “The Lord says, ‘Do not listen to what your prophets are saying. They are prophesying to you that 1 the valuable articles taken from the Lord’s temple will be brought back from Babylon very soon. 2 But they are prophesying a lie to you.
He said to me: “Son of man, this is the place of my throne 1 and the place for the soles of my feet, 2 where I will live among the people of Israel forever. The house of Israel will no longer profane my holy name, neither they nor their kings, by their spiritual prostitution or by the pillars of their kings set up when they die. 3