They refused to obey and did not recall your miracles that you had performed among them. Instead, they rebelled and appointed a leader to return to their bondage in Egypt. 1 But you are a God of forgiveness, merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and unfailing in your loyal love. 2 You did not abandon them,
“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
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.
Everyone who saw the sight 1 said, “Nothing like this has happened or been witnessed during the entire time since 2 the Israelites left the land of Egypt! 3 Take careful note of it! Discuss it and speak!”
I will say, 1 ‘My dear children of Israel, 2 keep in mind the road you took when you were carried off. 3 Mark off in your minds the landmarks. Make a mental note of telltale signs marking the way back. Return, my dear children of Israel. Return to these cities of yours.
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.
However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, 1 and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the times to come. 2 The dream and the visions you had while lying on your bed 3 are as follows.
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
Why 1 should the Egyptians say, 2 ‘For evil 3 he led them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy 4 them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your burning anger, and relent 5 of this evil against your people.
Remember what the Amalekites 1 did to you on your way from Egypt,
You will go insane from seeing all this.
But King Joram had returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds he received from the Syrians 1 when he fought against King Hazael of Syria. 2 Jehu told his supporters, 3 “If you really want me to be king, 4 then don’t let anyone escape from the city to go and warn Jezreel.”