Some of the Gadites joined David at the stronghold in the desert. They were warriors who were trained for battle; they carried shields and spears. They were as fierce as lions and could run as quickly as gazelles across the hills. 1
When Azariah the high priest and the other priests looked at 1 him, there was a skin disease on his forehead. They hurried him out of there; even the king 2 himself wanted to leave quickly because the Lord had afflicted him.
In rage the king arose from the banquet of wine and withdrew to the palace garden. Meanwhile, Haman stood to beg Queen Esther for his life, 1 for he realized that the king had now determined a catastrophic end for him. 2
I will lead the blind along an unfamiliar way; 1 I will guide them down paths they have never traveled. 2 I will turn the darkness in front of them into light, and level out the rough ground. 3 This is what I will do for them. I will not abandon them.
You have heard; now look at all the evidence! 1 Will you not admit that what I say is true? 2 From this point on I am announcing to you new events that are previously unrevealed and you do not know about. 3
Look, you will summon nations 1 you did not previously know; nations 2 that did not previously know you will run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, 3 for he bestows honor on you.
‘Rather, I will sweep them away in a storm into all the nations they are not familiar with.’ Thus the land had become desolate because of them, with no one crossing through or returning, for they had made the fruitful 1 land a waste.”
And I tell you that Elijah has already come. Yet they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted. In 1 the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands.”
Where did John’s baptism come from? From heaven or from people?” 1 They discussed this among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’
But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief 1 was coming, he would have been alert and would not have let his house be broken into.
because Herod stood in awe of 1 John and protected him, since he knew that John 2 was a righteous and holy man. When Herod 3 heard him, he was thoroughly baffled, 4 and yet 5 he liked to listen to John. 6
But the one who did not know his master’s will 1 and did things worthy of punishment 2 will receive a light beating. 3 From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, 4 and from the one who has been entrusted with much, 5 even more will be asked. 6
And I did not recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining – this is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
as both the high priest and the whole council of elders 1 can testify about me. From them 2 I also received 3 letters to the brothers in Damascus, and I was on my way 4 to make arrests there and bring 5 the prisoners 6 to Jerusalem 7 to be punished.