He assembled all Judah and Benjamin, as well as the settlers 1 from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who had come to live with them. Many people from Israel had come there to live 2 when they saw that the Lord his God was with him.
Even though the invading Syrian army was relatively weak, the Lord handed over to them Judah’s very large army, 1 for the people of Judah 2 had abandoned the Lord God of their ancestors. The Syrians 3 gave Joash what he deserved. 4
A large number of people gathered together and stopped up all the springs and the stream that flowed through the district. 1 They reasoned, 2 “Why should the kings of Assyria come and find plenty of water?”
His possessions 1 included 2 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys; in addition he had a very great household. 3 Thus he 4 was the greatest of all the people in the east. 5
It shatters in pieces like a clay jar, so shattered to bits that none of it can be salvaged. 1 Among its fragments one cannot find a shard large enough 2 to scoop a hot coal from a fire 3 or to skim off water from a cistern.” 4
“If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a huge millstone 1 tied around his neck and to be thrown into the sea.
And you see and hear that this Paul has persuaded 1 and turned away 2 a large crowd, 3 not only in Ephesus 4 but in practically all of the province of Asia, 5 by saying 6 that gods made by hands are not gods at all. 7
Then 1 one powerful angel picked up a stone like a huge millstone, threw it into the sea, and said, “With this kind of sudden violent force 2 Babylon the great city will be thrown down 3 and it will never be found again!
He hung the king of Ai on a tree, leaving him exposed until evening. 1 At sunset Joshua ordered that his corpse be taken down from the tree. 2 They threw it down at the entrance of the city gate and erected over it a large pile of stones (it remains to this very day). 3
Now, assign me this hill country which the Lord promised me at that time! No doubt you heard at that time that the Anakites live there in large, fortified cities. 1 But, assuming the Lord is with me, I will conquer 2 them, as the Lord promised.”
Then Absalom happened to come across David’s men. Now as Absalom was riding on his 1 mule, it 2 went under the branches of a large oak tree. His head got caught in the oak and he was suspended in midair, 3 while the mule he had been riding kept going.
He built towers in the desert and dug many cisterns, for he owned many herds in the lowlands 1 and on the plain. He had workers in the fields and vineyards in the hills and in Carmel, 2 for he loved agriculture. 3
“‘Say to them: This is what the sovereign Lord says: “‘Will it prosper? Will he not rip out its roots and cause its fruit to rot 1 and wither? All its foliage 2 will wither. No strong arm or large army will be needed to pull it out by its roots. 3
They will attack 1 you with weapons, 2 chariots, wagons, and with a huge army; 3 they will array themselves against you on every side with large shields, small shields, and helmets. I will assign them the task of judgment; 4 they will punish you according to their laws.