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So the five men journeyed on 1 and arrived in Laish. They noticed that the people there 2 were living securely, like the Sidonians do, 3 undisturbed and unsuspecting. No conqueror was troubling them in any way. 4 They lived far from the Sidonians and had no dealings with anyone. 5
The Benjaminites did as instructed. 1 They abducted two hundred of the dancing girls to be their wives. 2 They went home 3 to their own territory, 4 rebuilt their cities, and settled down. 5
So all the people went to Gilgal, where 1 they established Saul as king in the Lord’s presence. They offered up peace offerings there in the Lord’s presence. Saul and all the Israelites were very happy.
Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to war. The names of the 1 three sons who went to war were Eliab, his firstborn, Abinadab, the second oldest, and Shammah, the third oldest.
So David took the spear and the jug of water by Saul’s head, and they got out of there. No one saw them or was aware of their presence or woke up. All of them were asleep, for the Lord had caused a deep sleep to fall on them.
all their warriors set out and traveled throughout the night. They took Saul’s corpse and the corpses of his sons from the city wall of Beth Shan and went 1 to Jabesh, where they burned them.
They had entered 1 the house while Ish-bosheth 2 was resting on his bed in his bedroom. They mortally wounded him 3 and then cut off his head. 4 Taking his head, 5 they traveled on the way of the Arabah all that night.
After the men had left, Ahimaaz and Jonathan 1 climbed out of the well. Then they left and informed King David. They advised David, “Get up and cross the stream 2 quickly, for Ahithophel has devised a plan to catch you.” 3
So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites, and the Pelethites 1 went down, put Solomon on King David’s mule, and led him to Gihon.
On the fifteenth day after the festival started, 1 he dismissed the people. They asked God to empower the king 2 and then went to their homes, happy and content 3 because of all the good the Lord had done for his servant David and his people Israel.
So he said to the messengers of Ben Hadad, “Say this to my master, the king, ‘I will give you everything you demanded at first from your servant, but I am unable to agree to this latest demand.’” 1 So the messengers went back and gave their report.
Elijah said to him, “Stay here, for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he replied, “As certainly as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they traveled on together.
When he finished offering the burnt sacrifice, Jehu ordered the royal guard 1 and officers, “Come in and strike them down! Don’t let any escape!” So the royal guard and officers struck them down with the sword and left their bodies lying there. 2 Then they entered the inner sanctuary of the temple of Baal. 3
They rejected his rules, the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and the laws he had commanded them to obey. 1 They paid allegiance to 2 worthless idols, and so became worthless to the Lord. 3 They copied the practices of the surrounding nations in blatant disregard of the Lord’s command. 4
So the king of Assyria ordered, “Take back one of the priests whom you 1 deported from there. He must settle there and teach them the requirements of the God of the land.” 2
Messengers 1 came and told David what had happened to the men, so he summoned them, for the men were thoroughly humiliated. The king said, “Stay in Jericho 2 until your beards grow again; then you may come back.”
Solomon and the entire assembly went to the worship center 1 in Gibeon, for the tent where they met God 2 was located there, which Moses the Lord’s servant had made in the wilderness.
Messengers 1 delivered the letters from the king and his officials throughout Israel and Judah. This royal edict read: 2 “O Israelites, return to the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, so he may return 3 to you who have been spared from the kings of Assyria. 4
But they did not listen to me or pay any attention to me! Each one of them followed the stubborn inclinations of his own wicked heart. So I brought on them all the punishments threatened in the covenant because they did not carry out its terms as I commanded them to do.’” 1
These wicked people refuse to obey what I have said. 1 They follow the stubborn inclinations of their own hearts and pay allegiance 2 to other gods by worshiping and serving them. So 3 they will become just like these linen shorts which are good for nothing.