Even though his stature 1 reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds,
The priests and Levites got up and pronounced blessings on the people. The Lord responded favorably to them 1 as their prayers reached his holy dwelling place in heaven.
I prayed, 1 “O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift my face to you, my God! For our iniquities have climbed higher than our heads, and our guilt extends to the heavens.
Oded, a prophet of the Lord, was there. He went to meet the army as they arrived in Samaria and said to them: “Look, because the Lord God of your ancestors was angry with Judah he handed them over to you. You have killed them so mercilessly that God has taken notice. 1
Look up at the sky! Look at the earth below! For the sky will dissipate 1 like smoke, and the earth will wear out like clothes; its residents will die like gnats. But the deliverance I give 2 is permanent; the vindication I provide 3 will not disappear. 4