Judah and the land of Israel were your clients; they traded wheat from Minnith, 1 millet, honey, olive oil, and balm for your merchandise.
The merchants of Sheba and Raamah engaged in trade with you; they traded the best kinds of spices along with precious stones and gold for your products.
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
For if 1 these things are really yours 2 and are continually increasing, 3 they will keep you from becoming 4 ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of 5 knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately. 6
Then Samuel said, “Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as he does in obedience? 1 Certainly, 2 obedience 3 is better than sacrifice; paying attention is better than 4 the fat of rams.
The craftsman encourages the metalsmith, the one who wields the hammer encourages 1 the one who pounds on the anvil. He approves the quality of the welding, 2 and nails it down so it won’t fall over.”
I will hand over all the wealth of this city to their enemies. I will hand over to them all the fruits of the labor of the people of this city and all their prized possessions, as well as all the treasures of the kings of Judah. Their enemies will seize it all as plunder 1 and carry it off to Babylon.
What good 1 is an idol? Why would a craftsman make it? 2 What good is a metal image that gives misleading oracles? 3 Why would its creator place his trust in it 4 and make 5 such mute, worthless things?
When 1 the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes on the vines; when the olive trees do not produce, 2 and the fields yield no crops; 3 when the sheep disappear 4 from the pen, and there are no cattle in the stalls,
“Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues 1 and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward.
When 1 Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued 2 me from the hand 3 of Herod 4 and from everything the Jewish people 5 were expecting to happen.”
You will not be allowed to eat in your villages your tithe of grain, new wine, olive oil, the firstborn of your herd and flock, any votive offerings you have vowed, or your freewill and personal offerings.
They tore down the cities and each man threw a stone into every cultivated field until they were covered. 1 They stopped up every spring and chopped down every productive tree. Only Kir Hareseth was left intact, 2 but the slingers surrounded it and attacked it.