Solomon had made a bronze platform and had placed it in the middle of the enclosure. It was seven and one-half feet 1 long, seven and one-half feet 2 wide, and four and one-half feet 3 high. He stood on it and then got down on his knees in front of the entire assembly of Israel. He spread out his hands toward the sky,
I said to them, “To the extent possible we have bought back our fellow Jews 1 who had been sold to the Gentiles. But now you yourselves want to sell your own countrymen, 2 so that we can then buy them back!” They were utterly silent, and could find nothing to say.
I also shook out my garment, 1 and I said, “In this way may God shake out from his house and his property every person who does not carry out 2 this matter. In this way may he be shaken out and emptied!” All the assembly replied, “So be it!” and they praised the LORD. Then the people did as they had promised. 3
This young woman pleased him, 1 and she found favor with him. He quickly provided her with her cosmetics and her rations; he also provided her with the seven specially chosen 2 young women who were from the palace. He then transferred her and her young women to the best quarters in the harem. 3
Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, “There is a particular people 1 that is dispersed and spread among the inhabitants 2 throughout all the provinces of your kingdom whose laws differ from those of all other peoples. Furthermore, they do not observe the king’s laws. It is not appropriate for the king to provide a haven for them. 3
When Job’s three friends heard about all this calamity that had happened to him, each of them came from his own country 2 – Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. 3 They met together 4 to come to show sympathy 5 for him and to console 6 him.
I for my part will stay at Mizpah to represent you before the Babylonians 1 whenever they come to us. You for your part go ahead and harvest the wine, the dates, the figs, 2 and the olive oil, and store them in jars. Go ahead and settle down in the towns that you have taken over.” 3
On both sides of the river’s banks, every kind of tree will grow for food. Their leaves will not wither nor will their fruit fail, but they will bear fruit every month, because their water source flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing.” 1
He prayed to the Lord and said, “Oh, Lord, this is just what I thought 1 would happen 2 when I was in my own country. 3 This is what I tried to prevent 4 by attempting to escape to Tarshish! 5 – because I knew 6 that you are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger 7 and abounding 8 in mercy, and one who relents concerning threatened judgment. 9
When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue. 1 Many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did he get these ideas? 2 And what is this wisdom that has been given to him? What are these miracles that are done through his hands?
Therefore produce 1 fruit 2 that proves your repentance, and don’t begin to say 3 to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ 4 For I tell you that God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones! 5
As you are going with your accuser before the magistrate, 1 make an effort to settle with him on the way, so that he will not drag you before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, 2 and the officer throw you into prison.
When 1 they had entered Jerusalem, 2 they went to the upstairs room where they were staying. Peter 3 and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James were there. 4
After there had been much debate, 1 Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that some time ago 2 God chose 3 me to preach to the Gentiles so they would hear the message 4 of the gospel 5 and believe. 6
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
After three days 1 Paul 2 called the local Jewish leaders 3 together. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers, 4 although I had done 5 nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, 6 from Jerusalem 7 I was handed over as a prisoner to the Romans. 8
For 1 it is right for me to think this about all of you, because I have you in my heart, 2 since both in my imprisonment 3 and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel all of you became partners in God’s grace 4 together with me.
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
Asa prayed 1 to the Lord his God: “O Lord, there is no one but you who can help the weak when they are vastly outnumbered. 2 Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you and have marched on your behalf against this huge army. 3 O Lord our God, don’t let men prevail against you!” 4