For it is written: “Rejoice, O barren woman who does not bear children; 1 break forth and shout, you who have no birth pains, because the children of the desolate woman are more numerous than those of the woman who has a husband.” 2
They said to Joshua, “It was carefully reported to your subjects 1 how the Lord your God commanded Moses his servant to assign you the whole land and to destroy all who live in the land from before you. Because of you we were terrified 2 we would lose our lives, so we did this thing.
When the three hundred men blew their trumpets, the Lord caused the Midianites to attack one another with their swords 1 throughout 2 the camp. The army fled to Beth Shittah on the way to Zererah. They went 3 to the border of Abel Meholah near Tabbath.
When he arrived in Lehi, the Philistines shouted as they approached him. But the Lord’s spirit empowered 1 him. The ropes around his arms were like flax dissolving in 2 fire, and they 3 melted away from his hands.
Goliath 1 stood and called to Israel’s troops, 2 “Why do you come out to prepare for battle? Am I not the Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose 3 for yourselves a man so he may come down 4 to me!
At noon Elijah mocked them, “Yell louder! After all, he is a god; he may be deep in thought, or perhaps he stepped out for a moment or has taken a trip. Perhaps he is sleeping and needs to be awakened.” 1
With antiphonal response they sang, 1 praising and glorifying the Lord: “For he is good; his loyal love toward Israel is forever.” All the people gave a loud 2 shout as they praised the Lord when the temple of the Lord was established.
“You should fear me!” says the Lord. “You should tremble in awe before me! 1 I made the sand to be a boundary for the sea, a permanent barrier that it can never cross. Its waves may roll, but they can never prevail. They may roar, but they can never cross beyond that boundary.” 2
So you go there the next time all the people of Judah come in from their towns to fast 1 in the Lord’s temple. Read out loud where all of them can hear you what I told you the Lord said, which you wrote in the scroll. 2
People will not praise Moab any more. The enemy will capture Heshbon 1 and plot 2 how to destroy Moab, 3 saying, ‘Come, let’s put an end to that nation!’ City of Madmen, you will also be destroyed. 4 A destructive army will march against you. 5
Wail, you people in Heshbon, because Ai in Ammon is destroyed. Cry out in anguish, you people in the villages surrounding 1 Rabbah. Put on sackcloth and cry out in mourning. Run about covered with gashes. 2 For your god Milcom will go into exile along with his priests and officials. 3
Shout the battle cry from all around the city. She will throw up her hands in surrender. 1 Her towers 2 will fall. Her walls will be torn down. Because I, the Lord, am wreaking revenge, 3 take out your vengeance on her! Do to her as she has done!
“And you, son of man, prophesy, and clap your hands together. Let the sword strike twice, even three times! It is a sword for slaughter, a sword for the great slaughter surrounding them.
Then Jesus, while teaching in the temple courts, 1 cried out, 2 “You both know me and know where I come from! 3 And I have not come on my own initiative, 4 but the one who sent me 5 is true. You do not know him, 6