Now it happened just as the Lord had said! My cousin Hanamel 1 came to me in the courtyard of the guardhouse. He said to me, ‘Buy my field which is at Anathoth in the territory of the tribe of Benjamin. Buy it for yourself since you are entitled as my closest relative to take possession of it for yourself.’ When this happened, I recognized that the Lord had indeed spoken to me.
Let the priests, those who serve the Lord, weep from the vestibule all the way back to the altar. 1 Let them say, “Have pity, O Lord, on your people; please do not turn over your inheritance to be mocked, to become a proverb 2 among the nations. Why should it be said 3 among the peoples, “Where is their God?”
“‘If he consecrates to the Lord a field he has purchased, 1 which is not part of his own landed property,
In the jubilee year the field will return to the one from whom he bought it, the one to whom it belongs as landed property.
Manasseh was allotted ten shares of land, 1 in addition to the land of Gilead and Bashan east of the Jordan,
what he stores up 1 a righteous man will wear, and an innocent man will inherit his silver.
He announced that he would do mighty deeds for his people, giving them a land that belonged to other nations. 1
“My portion is the Lord,” I have said to myself, 1 so I will put my hope in him.
You will be profaned within yourself 1 in the sight of the nations; then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
For where there is a will, the death of the one who made it must be proven. 1
who by God’s power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Rather, he must acknowledge the son of the less loved 1 wife as firstborn and give him the double portion 2 of all he has, for that son is the beginning of his father’s procreative power 3 – to him should go the right of the firstborn.
When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “What can I do for you, 1 before I am taken away from you?” Elisha answered, “May I receive a double portion of the prophetic spirit that energizes you.” 2
1 So I will give their wives to other men and their fields to new owners. For from the least important to the most important of them, all of them are greedy for dishonest gain. Prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.
The people I call my own attack me like birds of prey or like hyenas. 1 But other birds of prey are all around them. 2 Let all the nations gather together like wild beasts. Let them come and destroy these people I call my own. 3
And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) 1 – if indeed we suffer with him so we may also be glorified with him.
These are the kings of the land whom Joshua and the Israelites defeated on the west side of the Jordan, from Baal Gad in the Lebanon Valley to Mount Halak on up to Seir. Joshua assigned this territory to the Israelite tribes, 1