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But be careful when you are setting apart the riches for the Lord. If you take any of it, you will make the Israelite camp subject to annihilation and cause a disaster. 1
“Everything devoted 1 in Israel will be yours.
You must not bring any abhorrent thing into your house and thereby become an object of divine wrath 1 along with it. 2 You must absolutely detest 3 and abhor it, 4 for it is an object of divine wrath.
The son 1 of Carmi: Achan, 2 who brought the disaster on Israel when he stole what was devoted to God. 3
So I defiled your holy princes, and handed Jacob over to destruction, and subjected 1 Israel to humiliating abuse.”
When it reverts 1 in the jubilee, the field will be holy to the Lord like a permanently dedicated field; 2 it will become the priest’s property. 3
Any human being who is permanently dedicated 1 must not be ransomed; such a person must be put to death.
But the army took from the plunder some of the sheep and cattle – the best of what was to be slaughtered – to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.”
He says, 1 “Indeed, my sword has slaughtered heavenly powers. 2 Look, it now descends on Edom, 3 on the people I will annihilate in judgment.”
They may eat the grain offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering, and every devoted thing in Israel will be theirs.
The Babylonian tyrant 1 pulls them all up with a fishhook; he hauls them in with his throw net. 2 When he catches 3 them in his dragnet, he is very happy. 4
Because of his success 1 he offers sacrifices to his throw net and burns incense to his dragnet; 2 for because of them he has plenty of food, 3 and more than enough to eat. 4
Will he then 1 continue to fill and empty his throw net? 2 Will he always 3 destroy 4 nations and spare none? 5
And people will settle there, and there will no longer be the threat of divine extermination – Jerusalem will dwell in security.
“‘Surely anything which a man permanently dedicates to the Lord 1 from all that belongs to him, whether from people, animals, or his landed property, must be neither sold nor redeemed; anything permanently dedicated is most holy to the Lord.
But the Israelites disobeyed the command about the city’s riches. 1 Achan son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, 2 son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, stole some of the riches. 3 The Lord was furious with the Israelites. 4
The Israelites are unable to stand before their enemies; they retreat because they have become subject to annihilation. 1 I will no longer be with you, 2 unless you destroy what has contaminated you. 3
Get up! Ritually consecrate the people and tell them this: ‘Ritually consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, because the Lord God of Israel says, “You are contaminated, 1 O Israel! You will not be able to stand before your enemies until you remove what is contaminating you.” 2
The prophet 1 then said to him, “This is what the Lord says, ‘Because you released a man I had determined should die, you will pay with your life and your people will suffer instead of his people.’” 2
She will be a place where fishing nets are spread, surrounded by the sea. For I have spoken, declares the sovereign Lord. She will become plunder for the nations,