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An officer who was the king’s right-hand man 1 responded to the prophet, 2 “Look, even if the Lord made it rain by opening holes in the sky, could this happen so soon?” 3 Elisha 4 said, “Look, you will see it happen with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of the food!” 5
One of his advisers replied, “Pick some men and have them take five of the horses that are left in the city. (Even if they are killed, their fate will be no different than that of all the Israelite people – we’re all going to die!) 1 Let’s send them out so we can know for sure what’s going on.” 2
But the officer replied to the prophet, “Look, even if the Lord made it rain by opening holes in the sky, could this happen so soon?” 1 Elisha 2 said, “Look, you will see it happen with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of the food!” 3
David went out to meet them and said, 1 “If you come to me in peace and want to help me, then I will make an alliance with you. 2 But if you come to betray me to my enemies when I have not harmed you, 3 may the God of our ancestors 4 take notice and judge!”
Hezekiah said, “Now you have consecrated yourselves 1 to the Lord. Come and bring sacrifices and thank offerings 2 to the Lord’s temple.” So the assembly brought sacrifices and thank offerings, and whoever desired to do so 3 brought burnt sacrifices.
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.
Then Shecaniah son of Jehiel, from the descendants of Elam, 1 addressed Ezra: “We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying 2 foreign women from the local peoples. 3 Nonetheless, there is still hope for Israel in this regard. 4
Queen Esther replied, “If I have met with your approval, 1 O king, and if the king is so inclined, grant me my life as my request, and my people as my petition.
Why does no one challenge me when I come? Why does no one respond when I call? 1 Is my hand too weak 2 to deliver 3 you? Do I lack the power to rescue you? Look, with a mere shout 4 I can dry up the sea; I can turn streams into a desert, so the fish rot away and die from lack of water. 5
I predestine you to die by the sword, 1 all of you will kneel down at the slaughtering block, 2 because I called to you, and you did not respond, I spoke and you did not listen. You did evil before me; 3 you chose to do what displeases me.”
So I will choose severe punishment 1 for them; I will bring on them what they dread, because I called, and no one responded, I spoke and they did not listen. They did evil before me; 2 they chose to do what displeases me.”
You also have done all these things, says the Lord, and I have spoken to you over and over again. 1 But you have not listened! You have refused to respond when I called you to repent! 2
Then I will keep the promise I swore on oath to your ancestors to give them a land flowing with milk and honey.” 1 That is the very land that you still live in today.’” 2 And I responded, “Amen! Let it be so, 3 Lord!”
“Then, Jeremiah, 1 make the following prophecy 2 against them: ‘Like a lion about to attack, 3 the Lord will roar from the heights of heaven; from his holy dwelling on high he will roar loudly. He will roar mightily against his land. 4 He will shout in triumph like those stomping juice from the grapes 5 against all those who live on the earth.
The prophet Jeremiah answered them, “Agreed! 1 I will indeed pray to the Lord your God as you have asked. I will tell you everything the Lord replies in response to you. 2 I will not keep anything back from you.”
Then all the men who were aware that their wives were sacrificing to other gods, as well as all their wives, answered Jeremiah. There was a great crowd of them representing all the people who lived in northern and southern Egypt. 1 They answered,
From there I will give back her vineyards to her, and turn the “Valley of Trouble” 1 into an “Opportunity 2 for Hope.” There she will sing as she did when she was young, 3 when 4 she came up from the land of Egypt.
The Lord responded 1 to his people, “Look! I am about to restore your grain 2 as well as fresh wine and olive oil. You will be fully satisfied. 3 I will never again make you an object of mockery among the nations.
My people, recall how King Balak of Moab planned to harm you, 1 how Balaam son of Beor responded to him. Recall how you journeyed from Shittim to Gilgal, so you might acknowledge that the Lord has treated you fairly.” 2
If someone carries holy meat in a fold of his garment and that fold touches bread, a boiled dish, wine, olive oil, or any other food, will that item become holy?’” 1 The priests answered, “It will not.”