But the soldiers replied, 1 “You should not do this! 2 For if we should have to make a rapid retreat, they won’t be too concerned about us. 3 Even if half of us should die, they won’t be too concerned about us. But you 4 are like ten thousand of us! So it is better if you remain in the city for support.”
Then King David sent a message to Zadok and Abiathar the priests saying, “Tell the elders of Judah, ‘Why should you delay any further in bringing the king back to his palace, 1 when everything Israel is saying has come to the king’s attention. 2
I am presently eighty years old. Am I able to discern good and bad? Can I 1 taste what I eat and drink? Am I still able to hear the voices of male and female singers? Why should I 2 continue to be a burden to my lord the king?
Then all the men of Israel began coming to the king. They asked the king, “Why did our brothers, the men of Judah, sneak the king away and help the king and his household cross the Jordan – and not only him but all of David’s men as well?”
He also killed an impressive-looking Egyptian. 1 The Egyptian wielded a spear, while Benaiah attacked 2 him with a club. He grabbed the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.
King Solomon answered his mother, “Why just request Abishag the Shunammite for him? 1 Since he is my older brother, you should also request the kingdom for him, for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab son of Zeruiah!”
As if following in the sinful footsteps of Jeroboam son of Nebat were not bad enough, he married Jezebel the daughter of King Ethbaal of the Sidonians. Then he worshiped and bowed to Baal. 1
while he went a day’s journey into the desert. He went and sat down under a shrub 1 and asked the Lord to take his life: 2 “I’ve had enough! Now, O Lord, take my life. After all, I’m no better than my ancestors.” 3
He left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and mother goodbye, then I will follow you.” Elijah 1 said to him, “Go back! Indeed, what have I done to you?”
Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Why are you here? 1 Go to your father’s prophets or your mother’s prophets!” The king of Israel replied to him, “No, for the Lord is the one who summoned these three kings so that he can hand them over to Moab.”
He and his entire entourage returned to the prophet. Naaman 1 came and stood before him. He said, “For sure 2 I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel! Now, please accept a gift from your servant.”
If we go into the city, we’ll die of starvation, 1 and if we stay here we’ll die! So come on, let’s defect 2 to the Syrian camp! If they spare us, 3 we’ll live; if they kill us – well, we were going to die anyway.” 4
One of his advisers replied, “Pick some men and have them take five of the horses that are left in the city. (Even if they are killed, their fate will be no different than that of all the Israelite people – we’re all going to die!) 1 Let’s send them out so we can know for sure what’s going on.” 2
In the seventh year Jehoiada summoned 1 the officers of the units of hundreds of the Carians 2 and the royal bodyguard. 3 He met with them 4 in the Lord’s temple. He made an agreement 5 with them and made them swear an oath of allegiance in the Lord’s temple. Then he showed them the king’s son.
King Hezekiah of Judah sent this message to the king of Assyria, who was at Lachish, “I have violated our treaty. 1 If you leave, I will do whatever you demand.” 2 So the king of Assyria demanded that King Hezekiah of Judah pay three hundred talents 3 of silver and thirty talents of gold.
until I come and take you to a land just like your own – a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey. Then you will live and not die. Don’t listen to Hezekiah, for he is misleading you when he says, “The Lord will rescue us.”
1 This will be your confirmation that I have spoken the truth: 2 This year you will eat what grows wild, 3 and next year 4 what grows on its own from that. But in the third year you will plant seed and harvest crops; you will plant vines and consume their produce. 5
But Aaron and his descendants offered sacrifices on the altar for burnt offerings and on the altar for incense as they had been assigned to do in the most holy sanctuary. 1 They made atonement for Israel, just as God’s servant Moses had ordered. 2
He even killed an Egyptian who was seven and a half feet 1 tall. The Egyptian had a spear as big as the crossbeam of a weaver’s loom; Benaiah attacked 2 him with a club. He grabbed the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.