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Is it of any special benefit 1 to the Almighty that you should be righteous, or is it any gain to him that you make your ways blameless? 2
Do you want to really live? 1 Would you love to live a long, happy life? 2
May those who desire my vindication shout for joy and rejoice! May they continually say, 1 “May the Lord be praised, 2 for he wants his servant to be secure.” 3
Do I actually delight in the death of the wicked, declares the sovereign Lord? Do I not prefer that he turn from his wicked conduct and live?
Then Samuel said, “Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as he does in obedience? 1 Certainly, 2 obedience 3 is better than sacrifice; paying attention is better than 4 the fat of rams.
After this happened, Jeroboam still did not change his evil ways; 1 he continued to appoint common people 2 as priests at the high places. Anyone who wanted the job he consecrated as a priest. 3
If you see the extortion 1 of the poor, or the perversion 2 of justice and fairness in the government, 3 do not be astonished by the matter. For the high official is watched by a higher official, 4 and there are higher ones over them! 5