Now, O Lord God of Israel, keep the promise you made to your servant, my father David, when you said, ‘You will never fail to have a successor ruling before me on the throne of Israel, 1 provided that your descendants watch their step and obey my law as you have done.’ 2
King Rehoboam solidified his rule in Jerusalem; 1 he 2 was forty-one years old when he became king and he ruled for seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the Lord chose from all the tribes of Israel to be his home. 3 Rehoboam’s 4 mother was an Ammonite named Naamah.
So Jehoshabeath, 1 the daughter of King Jehoram, 2 took Ahaziah’s son Joash and sneaked him away 3 from the rest of the royal descendants who were to be executed. She hid him and his nurse in the room where the bed covers were stored. So Jehoshabeath the daughter of King Jehoram, wife of Jehoiada the priest and sister of Ahaziah, hid him from Athaliah so she could not execute him.
Through your messengers you taunted the sovereign master, 1 ‘With my many chariots I climbed up the high mountains, the slopes of Lebanon. I cut down its tall cedars and its best evergreens. I invaded its most remote regions, 2 its thickest woods.
Before Jeremiah could turn to leave, the captain of the guard added, “Go back 1 to Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon appointed to govern 2 the towns of Judah. Go back and live with him 3 among the people. Or go wherever else you choose.” Then the captain of the guard gave Jeremiah some food and a present and let him go.
“The rest, on both sides of the holy allotment and the property of the city, will belong to the prince. Extending from the eight and a quarter miles 1 of the holy allotment to the east border, and westward from the eight and a quarter miles 2 to the west border, alongside the portions, it will belong to the prince. The holy allotment and the sanctuary of the temple will be in the middle of it.
You will be driven 1 from human society, 2 and you will live 3 with the wild animals. You will be fed 4 grass like oxen, 5 and you will become damp with the dew of the sky. Seven periods of time will pass by for you, before 6 you understand that the Most High is ruler over human kingdoms and gives them to whomever he wishes.
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.
After some years have passed, they 1 will form an alliance. Then the daughter 2 of the king of the south will come to the king of the north to make an agreement, but she will not retain her power, 3 nor will he continue 4 in his strength. 5 She, together with the one who brought her, her child, 6 and her benefactor will all be delivered over at that time. 7