So the Moabites said to the elders of Midian, “Now this mass of people 1 will lick up everything around us, as the bull devours the grass of the field. Now Balak son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at this time.
Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: “Haven’t you committed murder and taken possession of the property of the deceased?”’ Then say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: “In the spot where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood they will also lick up your blood – yes, yours!”’”
Then fire from the Lord fell from the sky. 1 It consumed the offering, the wood, the stones, and the dirt, and licked up the water in the trench.
Kings will be your children’s 1 guardians; their princesses will nurse your children. 2 With their faces to the ground they will bow down to you and they will lick the dirt on 3 your feet. Then you will recognize that I am the Lord; those who wait patiently for me are not put to shame.
Now give orders that these men cease their work and that this city not be rebuilt until such time as I so instruct. 1
Moreover, you will come away from Egypt with your hands covering your faces in sorrow and shame 1 because the Lord will not allow your reliance on them to be successful and you will not gain any help from them. 2
They approach him, all the while plotting against him. Their hearts are like an oven; their anger smolders all night long, but in the morning it bursts into a flaming fire.
So Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.” Jonathan told him, “I used the end of the staff that was in my hand to taste a little honey. I must die!” 1
But these people are looted and plundered; all of them are trapped in pits 1 and held captive 2 in prisons. They were carried away as loot with no one to rescue them; they were carried away as plunder, and no one says, “Bring that back!” 3
The children of your oppressors will come bowing to you; all who treated you with disrespect will bow down at your feet. They will call you, ‘The City of the Lord, Zion of the Holy One of Israel.’ 1
Why do you complain about your injuries, that your pain is incurable? I have done all this to you because your wickedness is so great and your sin is so much.
Like fire they devour everything in their path; 1 a flame blazes behind them. The land looks like the Garden of Eden 2 before them, but behind them there is only a desolate wilderness – for nothing escapes them! 3
Adoni-Bezek said, “Seventy kings, with thumbs and big toes cut off, used to lick up 1 food scraps 2 under my table. God has repaid me for what I did to them.” 3 They brought him to Jerusalem, 4 where he died.