When the queen of Sheba heard about Solomon, 1 she came to challenge 2 him 3 with difficult questions. 4 She arrived in Jerusalem 5 with a great display of pomp, 6 bringing with her camels carrying spices, 7 a very large quantity of gold, and precious gems. She visited Solomon and discussed with him everything that was on her mind.
As for me, this mystery was revealed to me not because I possess more wisdom 1 than any other living person, but so that the king may understand 2 the interpretation and comprehend the thoughts of your mind. 3
He was driven from human society, his mind 1 was changed to that of an animal, he lived 2 with the wild donkeys, he was fed grass like oxen, and his body became damp with the dew of the sky, until he came to understand that the most high God rules over human kingdoms, and he appoints over them whomever he wishes.
Samuel replied to Saul, “I am the seer! Go up in front of me to the high place! Today you will eat with me and in the morning I will send you away. I will tell you everything that you are thinking. 1
“The first one was like a lion with eagles’ wings. As I watched, its wings were pulled off and it was lifted up from the ground. It was made to stand on two feet like a human being, and a human mind 1 was given to it. 2
If only it would really be their desire to fear me and obey 1 all my commandments in the future, so that it may go well with them and their descendants forever.
Among those nations you will have no rest nor will there be a place of peaceful rest for the soles of your feet, for there the Lord will give you an anxious heart, failing eyesight, and a spirit of despair.
For a fool speaks disgraceful things; 1 his mind plans out sinful deeds. 2 He commits godless deeds 3 and says misleading things about the Lord; he gives the hungry nothing to satisfy their appetite 4 and gives the thirsty nothing to drink. 5
The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he has fully carried out his intended purposes. In days to come you will come to understand this. 1
But Daniel made up his mind 1 that he would not defile 2 himself with the royal delicacies or the royal wine. 3 He therefore asked the overseer of the court officials for permission not to defile himself.
So if the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and unbelievers or uninformed people enter, will they not say that you have lost your minds?
Therefore we have been encouraged. And in addition to our own encouragement, we rejoiced even more at the joy of Titus, because all of you have refreshed his spirit. 1
In addition, 1 this brother 2 has also been chosen by the churches as our traveling companion as we administer this generous gift 3 to the glory of the Lord himself and to show our readiness to help. 4