The day you begin cultivating, you do what you can to make it grow; 1 the morning you begin planting, you do what you can to make it sprout. Yet the harvest will disappear 2 in the day of disease and incurable pain.
Among the smooth stones of the stream are the idols you love; they, they are the object of your devotion. 1 You pour out liquid offerings to them, you make an offering. Because of these things I will seek vengeance. 2
The Lord spoke about the Ammonites. 1 “Do you think there are not any people of the nation of Israel remaining? Do you think there are not any of them remaining to reinherit their land? Is that why you people who worship the god Milcom 2 have taken possession of the territory of Gad and live in his cities? 3
Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel your servants, to whom you swore by yourself and told them, ‘I will multiply your descendants 1 like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken about 2 I will give to your descendants, 3 and they will inherit it forever.’”
Moses said to them: “If the Gadites and the Reubenites cross the Jordan with you, each one equipped for battle in the Lord’s presence, and you conquer the land, 1 then you must allot them the territory of Gilead as their possession.
But as for you, remain here with me so I can declare to you all the commandments, 1 statutes, and ordinances that you are to teach them, so that they can carry them out in the land I am about to give them.” 2
Now the Lord your God has made your fellow Israelites secure, 1 just as he promised them. So now you may turn around and go to your homes 2 in your own land 3 which Moses the Lord’s servant assigned to you east of the Jordan.
(Now this used to be the customary way to finalize a transaction involving redemption in Israel: 1 A man would remove his sandal and give it to the other party. 2 This was a legally binding act 3 in Israel.)
Nations will take them and bring them back to their own place. Then the family of Jacob will make foreigners their servants as they settle in the Lord’s land. 1 They will make their captors captives and rule over the ones who oppressed them.
When you cry out for help, let your idols 1 help you! The wind blows them all away, 2 a breeze carries them away. 3 But the one who looks to me for help 4 will inherit the land and will have access to 5 my holy mountain.”
Because you did that, I, the Lord, affirm that 1 a time is coming when I will make Rabbah, the capital city of Ammon, hear the sound of the battle cry. It will become a mound covered with ruins. 2 Its villages will be burned to the ground. 3 Then Israel will take back its land from those who took their land from them. I, the Lord, affirm it! 4
In that day people will sing this taunt song to you – they will mock you with this lament: 1 ‘We are completely destroyed; they sell off 2 the property of my people. How they remove it from me! 3 They assign our fields to the conqueror.’ 4
‘for there will be a peaceful time of sowing, the vine will produce its fruit and the ground its yield, and the skies 1 will rain down dew. Then I will allow the remnant of my people to possess all these things.