He answered, “Everything is fine. 1 My master sent me with this message, ‘Look, two servants of the prophets just arrived from the Ephraimite hill country. 2 Please give them a talent 3 of silver and two suits of clothes.’”
He replied, “Do not strike them down! You did not capture them with your sword or bow, so what gives you the right to strike them down? 1 Give them some food and water, so they can eat and drink and then go back to their master.”
Then 1 as the men 2 were starting to leave, 3 Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters, 4 one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” – not knowing what he was saying.
Look, the money that we found in the mouths of our sacks we brought back to you from the land of Canaan. Why then would we steal silver or gold from your master’s house?
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 1
Blessed are those slaves 1 whom their master finds alert 2 when he returns! I tell you the truth, 3 he will dress himself to serve, 4 have them take their place at the table, 5 and will come 6 and wait on them! 7
They waited so long they were embarrassed, but he still did not open the doors of the upper room. Finally they took the key and opened the doors. 1 Right before their eyes was their master, sprawled out dead on the floor! 2
Now you say, ‘Go and say to your master, “Elijah is back,”’ 1 but he will kill me.”
O Lord, our God, masters other than you have ruled us, but we praise your name alone.
The 1 one with the two talents also came and said, ‘Sir, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more.’
and tell the owner of the house, 1 ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’
They said to him, “Look, there are fifty capable men with your servants. Let them go and look for your master, for the wind sent from the Lord 1 may have carried him away and dropped him on one of the hills or in one of the valleys.” But Elisha 2 replied, “Don’t send them out.”
Some men from Manasseh joined 1 David when he went with the Philistines to fight against Saul. (But in the end they did not help the Philistines because, after taking counsel, the Philistine lords sent David away, saying: “It would be disastrous for us if he deserts to his master Saul.”) 2
Perhaps the Lord your God will hear all these things the chief adviser has spoken on behalf of his master, the king of Assyria, who sent him to taunt the living God. 1 When the Lord your God hears, perhaps he will punish him for the things he has said. 2 So pray for this remnant that remains.’” 3
Now Elisha was sitting in his house with the community leaders. 1 The king 2 sent a messenger on ahead, but before he arrived, 3 Elisha 4 said to the leaders, 5 “Do you realize this assassin intends to cut off my head?” 6 Look, when the messenger arrives, shut the door and lean against it. His master will certainly be right behind him.” 7
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master-builder I laid a foundation, but someone else builds on it. And each one must be careful how he builds.