therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the sovereign Lord: This is what the sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, the ravines and valleys, and to the desolate ruins and the abandoned cities that have become prey and an object of derision to the rest of the nations round about –
Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you. Break away from your sins by doing what is right, and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps your prosperity will be prolonged.” 1
“All Israel has broken 1 your law and turned away by not obeying you. 2 Therefore you have poured out on us the judgment solemnly threatened 3 in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against you. 4
So know and understand: From the issuing of the command 1 to restore and rebuild Jerusalem 2 until an anointed one, a prince arrives, 3 there will be a period of seven weeks 4 and sixty-two weeks. It will again be built, 5 with plaza and moat, but in distressful times.
“Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the streets 1 and your sons and daughters will die violently. 2 Your land will be given to others 3 and you will die in a foreign 4 land. Israel will certainly be carried into exile 5 away from its land.’”
I listened and my stomach churned; 1 the sound made my lips quiver. My frame went limp, as if my bones were decaying, 2 and I shook as I tried to walk. 3 I long 4 for the day of distress to come upon 5 the people who attack us.
I thought, 1 ‘Certainly you will respect 2 me! Now you will accept correction!’ If she had done so, her home 3 would not be destroyed 4 by all the punishments I have threatened. 5 But they eagerly sinned in everything they did. 6
but he answered 1 his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave 2 for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet 3 you never gave me even a goat 4 so that I could celebrate with my friends!
They said, “Cornelius the centurion, 1 a righteous 2 and God-fearing man, well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, 3 was directed by a holy angel to summon you to his house and to hear a message 4 from you.”
Now 1 look, the hand of the Lord is against 2 you, and you will be blind, unable to see the sun for a time!” Immediately mistiness 3 and darkness came over 4 him, and he went around seeking people 5 to lead him by the hand.
Also some of the Epicurean 1 and Stoic 2 philosophers were conversing 3 with him, and some were asking, 4 “What does this foolish babbler 5 want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods.” 6 (They said this because he was proclaiming the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.) 7
So do not let them persuade you to do this, 1 because more than forty of them 2 are lying in ambush 3 for him. They 4 have bound themselves with an oath 5 not to eat or drink anything 6 until they have killed him, and now they are ready, waiting for you to agree to their request.” 7
Absalom said to Joab, “Look, I sent a message to you saying, ‘Come here so that I can send you to the king with this message: 1 “Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me if I were still there.”’ Let me now see the face of the king. If I am at fault, let him put me to death!”
He wrote them a second letter, saying, “If you are really on my side and are willing to obey me, 1 then take the heads of your master’s sons and come to me in Jezreel at this time tomorrow.” 2 Now the king had seventy sons, and the prominent 3 men of the city were raising them.
Oded, a prophet of the Lord, was there. He went to meet the army as they arrived in Samaria and said to them: “Look, because the Lord God of your ancestors was angry with Judah he handed them over to you. You have killed them so mercilessly that God has taken notice. 1
“When a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I set an obstacle 1 before him, he will die. If you have not warned him, he will die for his sin. The righteous deeds he performed will not be considered, but I will hold you accountable for his death.