As for the Hebronites: Jeriah was the leader of the Hebronites according to the genealogical records. In the fortieth year of David’s reign, they examined the records and discovered 1 there were highly respected men in Jazer in Gilead.
He will wind you up tightly into a ball and throw you into a wide, open land. 1 There you will die, and there with you will be your impressive chariots, 2 which bring disgrace to the house of your master. 3
Let it richly bloom; 1 let it rejoice and shout with delight! 2 It is given the grandeur 3 of Lebanon, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the grandeur of the Lord, the splendor of our God.
Who is this who comes from Edom, 1 dressed in bright red, coming from Bozrah? 2 Who 3 is this one wearing royal attire, 4 who marches confidently 5 because of his great strength? “It is I, the one who announces vindication, and who is able to deliver!” 6
If people want to boast, they should boast about this: They should boast that they understand and know me. They should boast that they know and understand that I, the Lord, act out of faithfulness, fairness, and justice in the earth and that I desire people to do these things,” 1 says the Lord.
But they did not listen to me or pay any attention to me! Each one of them followed the stubborn inclinations of his own wicked heart. So I brought on them all the punishments threatened in the covenant because they did not carry out its terms as I commanded them to do.’” 1
These wicked people refuse to obey what I have said. 1 They follow the stubborn inclinations of their own hearts and pay allegiance 2 to other gods by worshiping and serving them. So 3 they will become just like these linen shorts which are good for nothing.
For,’ I say, 1 ‘just as shorts cling tightly to a person’s body, so I bound the whole nation of Israel and the whole nation of Judah 2 tightly 3 to me.’ I intended for them to be my special people and to bring me fame, honor, and praise. 4 But they would not obey me.
And you have acted even more wickedly than your ancestors! Each one of you has followed the stubborn inclinations of your own wicked heart and not obeyed me. 1
They continually say 1 to those who reject what the Lord has said, 2 ‘Things will go well for you!’ 3 They say to all those who follow the stubborn inclinations of their own hearts, ‘Nothing bad will happen to you!’
Then Azariah 1 son of Hoshaiah, Johanan son of Kareah, and other arrogant men said to Jeremiah, “You are telling a lie! The Lord our God did not send you to tell us, ‘You must not go to Egypt and settle there.’
In the shadows of the walls of Heshbon those trying to escape will stand helpless. For a fire will burst forth from Heshbon. Flames will shoot out from the former territory of Sihon. They will burn the foreheads of the people of Moab, the skulls of those war-loving people. 1