The ten horns mean that ten kings will arise from that kingdom. Another king will arise after them, but he will be different from the earlier ones. He will humiliate 1 three kings.
Gather the people; sanctify an assembly! Gather the elders; gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out from his bedroom and the bride from her private quarters. 1
Look, at that time I will deal with those who mistreated you. I will rescue the lame sheep 1 and gather together the scattered sheep. I will take away their humiliation and make the whole earth admire and respect them. 2
Even though they have the appearance of wisdom 1 with their self-imposed worship and false humility 2 achieved by an 3 unsparing treatment of the body – a wisdom with no true value – they in reality result in fleshly indulgence. 4
If the God of my father – the God of Abraham, the one whom Isaac fears 1 – had not been with me, you would certainly have sent me away empty-handed! But God saw how I was oppressed and how hard I worked, 2 and he rebuked you last night.”
The rulers of the Philistines went up to visit her and said to her, “Trick him! Find out what makes him so strong and how we can subdue him and humiliate 1 him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred silver pieces.”
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
Saul said to his armor bearer, “Draw your sword and stab me with it! Otherwise these uncircumcised people will come, stab me, and torture me.” But his armor bearer refused to do it, because he was very afraid. So Saul took his sword and fell on it.
So Joab visited 1 the king at his home. He said, “Today you have embarrassed all your servants who have saved your life this day, as well as the lives of your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your concubines.
Perhaps the Lord your God will hear all these things the chief adviser has spoken on behalf of his master, the king of Assyria, who sent him to taunt the living God. 1 When the Lord your God hears, perhaps he will punish him for the things he has said. 2 So pray for this remnant that remains.’” 3
Saul told his armor bearer, “Draw your sword and stab me with it. Otherwise these uncircumcised people will come and torture me.” 1 But his armor bearer refused to do it, because he was very afraid. So Saul took the sword and fell on it.
The Lord sent a messenger 1 and he wiped out all the soldiers, princes, and officers in the army of the king of Assyria. So Sennacherib 2 returned home humiliated. 3 When he entered the temple of his god, some of his own sons 4 struck him down with the sword.
Haman then related to his wife Zeresh and to all his friends everything that had happened to him. These wise men, 1 along with his wife Zeresh, said to him, “If indeed this Mordecai before whom you have begun to fall is Jewish, 2 you will not prevail against him. No, you will surely fall before him!”
(8:23) 1 The gloom will be dispelled for those who were anxious. 2 In earlier times he 3 humiliated the land of Zebulun, and the land of Naphtali; 4 but now he brings honor 5 to the way of the sea, the region beyond the Jordan, and Galilee of the nations. 6
Let us acknowledge 1 our shame. Let us bear the disgrace that we deserve. 2 For we have sinned against the Lord our God, both we and our ancestors. From earliest times to this very day we have not obeyed the Lord our God.’
“Announce 1 the news among the nations! Proclaim it! Signal for people to pay attention! 2 Declare the news! Do not hide it! Say: ‘Babylon will be captured. Bel 3 will be put to shame. Marduk will be dismayed. Babylon’s idols will be put to shame. Her disgusting images 4 will be dismayed. 5
ב (Bet) The Lord 1 destroyed 2 mercilessly 3 all the homes of Jacob’s descendants. 4 In his anger he tore down the fortified cities 5 of Daughter Judah. He knocked to the ground and humiliated the kingdom and its rulers. 6
“Elam is there with all her hordes around her grave; all of them struck down by the sword. They went down uncircumcised to the lower parts of the earth, those who spread terror in the land of the living. Now they will bear their shame with those who descend to the pit.
Due to the greatness that he bestowed on him, all peoples, nations, and language groups were trembling with fear 1 before him. He killed whom he wished, he spared 2 whom he wished, he exalted whom he wished, and he brought low whom he wished.