So they informed David, “Uriah has not gone down to his house.” So David said to Uriah, “Haven’t you just arrived from a journey? Why haven’t you gone down to your house?”
Now the king had placed the officer who was his right-hand man 1 at the city gate. When the people rushed out, they trampled him to death in the gate. 2 This fulfilled the prophet’s word which he had spoken when the king tried to arrest him. 3
O Lord God of Israel, you are righteous, for we are left as a remnant this day. Indeed, we stand before you in our guilt. However, because of this guilt 1 no one can really stand before you.”
The king then said to Haman, “Go quickly! Take the clothing and the horse, just as you have described, and do as you just indicated to Mordecai the Jew who sits at the king’s gate. Don’t neglect 1 a single thing of all that you have said.”
They mixed in with the nations and learned their ways. 1
May the Lord’s name be praised now and forevermore!
“I, the Lord, promise 1 that a new time will certainly come 2 when I will raise up for them a righteous branch, 3 a descendant of David. He will rule over them with wisdom and understanding 4 and will do what is just and right in the land. 5
It was like the vision I saw when he 1 came to destroy the city, and the vision I saw by the Kebar River. I threw myself face down.
This is what the Lord says: “Just as a shepherd salvages from the lion’s mouth a couple of leg bones or a piece of an ear, so the Israelites who live in Samaria will be salvaged. 1 They will be left with just a corner of a bed, 2 and a part 3 of a couch.”
And it will come about that just as you (both Judah and Israel) were a curse to the nations, so I will save you and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid! Instead, be strong!’
Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your king is coming to you: he is legitimate 1 and victorious, 2 humble and riding on a donkey 3 – on a young donkey, the foal of a female donkey.
so that you may be like 1 your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
The Son of Man will go as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for him if he had never been born.”
And he will go as forerunner before the Lord 1 in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, 2 to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for him.”