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But we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we are not spies!
So we decided to build this altar, not for burnt offerings and sacrifices,
They replied, “We could plainly see 1 that the Lord is with you. So we decided there should be 2 a pact between us 3 – between us 4 and you. Allow us to make 5 a treaty with you
We said to my lord, ‘We have an aged father, and there is a young boy who was born when our father was old. 1 The boy’s 2 brother is dead. He is the only one of his mother’s sons left, 3 and his father loves him.’
We said to my lord, ‘The boy cannot leave his father. If he leaves his father, his father 1 will die.’ 2
Who decreed this from the beginning, so we could know? Who announced it 1 ahead of time, so we could say, ‘He’s correct’? Indeed, none of them decreed it! Indeed, none of them announced it! Indeed, no one heard you say anything!
But we replied, ‘We cannot go down there. 1 If our youngest brother is with us, then we will go, 2 for we won’t be permitted to see the man’s face if our youngest brother is not with us.’
We said, ‘If in the future they say such a thing 1 to us or to our descendants, we will reply, “See the model of the Lord’s altar that our ancestors 2 made, not for burnt offerings or sacrifices, but as a reminder to us and you.”’ 3
But when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon invaded the land we said, ‘Let’s get up and go to Jerusalem 1 to get away from the Babylonian 2 and Aramean armies.’ That is why we are staying here in Jerusalem.”