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At that time Menahem came from Tirzah and attacked Tiphsah. He struck down all who lived in the city and the surrounding territory, because they would not surrender. 1 He even ripped open the pregnant women.
Saul told his armor bearer, “Draw your sword and stab me with it. Otherwise these uncircumcised people will come and torture me.” 1 But his armor bearer refused to do it, because he was very afraid. So Saul took the sword and fell on it.
From Tibhath 1 and Kun, 2 Hadadezer’s cities, David took a great deal of bronze. (Solomon used it to make the big bronze basin called “The Sea,” 3 the pillars, and other bronze items.
He removed the city’s residents and made them do hard labor with saws, iron picks, and axes. 1 This was his policy 2 with all the Ammonite cities. Then David and all the army returned to Jerusalem.
then listen from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Certainly 1 you will then teach them the right way to live 2 and send rain on your land that you have given your people to possess. 3
“When you direct your people to march out and fight their enemies, 1 and they direct their prayers to you toward this chosen city and this temple I built for your honor, 2
the food in his banquet hall, 1 his servants and attendants 2 in their robes, his cupbearers in their robes, and his burnt sacrifices which he presented in the Lord’s temple, 3 she was amazed. 4
At that time Tattenai governor of Trans-Euphrates, Shethar-Bozenai, and their colleagues came to them and asked, “Who gave you authority 1 to rebuild this temple and to complete this structure?” 2
I got up during the night, along with a few men who were with me. But I did not tell anyone what my God was putting on my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no animals with me, except for the one 1 I was riding.
Then I said to them, “You see the problem that we have: Jerusalem is desolate and its gates are burned. Come on! Let’s rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that this reproach will not continue.”
When Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall and no breach remained in it (even though up to that time I had not positioned doors in the gates),
Written in it were the following words: “Among the nations it is rumored 1 (and Geshem 2 has substantiated 3 this) that you and the Jews have intentions of revolting, and for this reason you are building the wall. Furthermore, according to these rumors 4 you are going to become their king.
“Due to your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. The pillar of cloud did not stop guiding them in the path by day, 1 nor did the pillar of fire stop illuminating for them by night the path on which they should travel.
In the evening she went, and in the morning she returned to a separate part 1 of the harem, to the authority of Shaashgaz the king’s eunuch who was overseeing the concubines. She would not go back to the king unless the king was pleased with her 2 and she was requested by name.
I discovered this: 1 More bitter than death is the kind of 2 woman 3 who is like a hunter’s snare; 4 her heart is like a hunter’s net and her hands are like prison chains. The man who pleases God escapes her, but the sinner is captured by her.
For 1 the burial place is already prepared; 2 it has been made deep and wide for the king. 3 The firewood is piled high on it. 4 The Lord’s breath, like a stream flowing with brimstone, will ignite it.
Certainly the Lord will console Zion; he will console all her ruins. He will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the Garden of the Lord. Happiness and joy will be restored to 1 her, thanksgiving and the sound of music.
You will no longer be called, “Abandoned,” and your land will no longer be called “Desolate.” Indeed, 1 you will be called “My Delight is in Her,” 2 and your land “Married.” 3 For the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be married to him. 4
They did not ask: ‘Where is the Lord who delivered us out of Egypt, who brought us through the wilderness, through a land of desert sands and rift valleys, through a land of drought and deep darkness, 1 through a land in which no one travels, and where no one lives?’ 2
The Lord said to his people: 1 “You are standing at the crossroads. So consider your path. 2 Ask where the old, reliable paths 3 are. Ask where the path is that leads to blessing 4 and follow it. If you do, you will find rest for your souls.” But they said, “We will not follow it!”