Josiah also removed all the shrines on the high places in the cities of Samaria. The kings of Israel had made them and angered the Lord. 1 He did to them what he had done to the high place in Bethel. 2
Does it make you any more of a king that you outstrip everyone else in 1 building with cedar? Just think about your father. He was content that he had food and drink. 2 He did what was just and right. 3 So things went well with him.
Now he has brought it about. The Lord has done just as he threatened to do. This disaster has happened because you people sinned against the Lord and did not obey him. 1
“But if the wicked person turns from all the sin he has committed and observes all my statutes and does what is just and right, he will surely live; he will not die.
“‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Enough, you princes of Israel! Put away violence and destruction, and do what is just and right. Put an end to your evictions of my people, 1 declares the sovereign Lord.
Just as it is written in the law of Moses, so all this calamity has come on us. Still we have not tried to pacify 1 the LORD our God by turning back from our sin and by seeking wisdom 2 from your reliable moral standards. 3
But just as Paul was about to speak, 1 Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of some crime or serious piece of villainy, 2 I would have been justified in accepting the complaint 3 of you Jews, 4
so that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For now we see in a mirror indirectly, 1 but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known.
For if I have boasted to him about anything concerning you, I have not been embarrassed by you, 1 but just as everything we said to you was true, 2 so our boasting to Titus about you 3 has proved true as well.
They will bring back all your countrymen 1 from all the nations as an offering to the Lord. They will bring them 2 on horses, in chariots, in wagons, on mules, and on camels 3 to my holy hill Jerusalem,” says the Lord, “just as the Israelites bring offerings to the Lord’s temple in ritually pure containers.
I, the Lord, promise that 1 I will hand Pharaoh Hophra 2 king of Egypt over to his enemies who are seeking to kill him. I will do that just as surely as I handed King Zedekiah of Judah over to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, his enemy who was seeking to kill him.’”
Finally, brothers and sisters, 1 whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.