David came to Saul and stood before him. Saul liked him a great deal, 1 and he became his armor bearer.
But if I say to the boy, “Look, the arrows are on the other side of you,’ 1 get away. For in that case the Lord has sent you away.
Then the king arranged for a meeting with the priest Ahimelech son of Ahitub and all the priests of his father’s house who were at Nob. They all came to the king.
When David’s friend Hushai the Arkite came to Absalom, Hushai said to him, 1 “Long live the king! Long live the king!”
When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, 1 he got up and went down to take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
But the prophet sent this message to the king of Israel, “Make sure you don’t pass through this place because Syria is invading there.”
They established the altar on its foundations, even though they were in terror of the local peoples, 1 and they offered burnt offerings on it to the Lord, both the morning and the evening offerings.
Now give orders that these men cease their work and that this city not be rebuilt until such time as I so instruct. 1
Then, as soon as the copy of the letter from King Artaxerxes was read in the presence of Rehum, Shimshai the scribe, and their colleagues, they proceeded promptly to the Jews in Jerusalem 1 and stopped them with threat of armed force. 2
Everyone who does not observe both the law of your God and the law of the king will be completely 1 liable to the appropriate penalty, whether it is death or banishment or confiscation of property or detainment in prison.”
This very day return to them their fields, their vineyards, their olive trees, and their houses, along with the interest 1 that you are exacting from them on the money, the grain, the new wine, and the olive oil.”
So I registered a complaint with the leaders, asking “Why is the temple of God neglected?” Then I gathered them and reassigned them to their positions. 1
The king then inquired of the wise men who were discerners of the times – for it was the royal custom to confer with all those who were proficient in laws and legalities. 1
However, some of the officials 1 of Judah heard about what was happening 2 and they rushed up to the Lord’s temple from the royal palace. They set up court 3 at the entrance of the New Gate of the Lord’s temple. 4