So they pulled Jeremiah up from the cistern with ropes. Jeremiah, however, still remained confined 1 to the courtyard of the guardhouse.
This happened three times, and then everything was pulled up to heaven again.
“‘Say to them: This is what the sovereign Lord says: “‘Will it prosper? Will he not rip out its roots and cause its fruit to rot 1 and wither? All its foliage 2 will wither. No strong arm or large army will be needed to pull it out by its roots. 3
When I heard this report, I tore my tunic and my robe and ripped out some of the hair from my head and beard. Then I sat down, quite devastated.
No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, because the patch will pull away from the garment and the tear will be worse.
No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear becomes worse.
“I hereby give orders that if anyone changes this directive a beam is to be pulled out from his house and he is to be raised up and impaled 1 on it, and his house is to be reduced 2 to a rubbish heap 3 for this indiscretion. 4
You will free me 1 from the net they hid for me, for you are my place of refuge.
So when the Midianite 1 merchants passed by, Joseph’s brothers pulled 2 him 3 out of the cistern and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. The Ishmaelites 4 then took Joseph to Egypt.
‘If you will just stay 1 in this land, I will build you up. I will not tear you down. I will firmly plant you. 2 I will not uproot you. For I am filled with sorrow because of the disaster that I have brought on you.
Then the elders of the city nearest to the corpse 1 must take from the herd a heifer that has not been worked – that has never pulled with the yoke –
I offered my back to those who attacked, 1 my jaws to those who tore out my beard; I did not hide my face from insults and spitting.
So she made him go to sleep, wove the seven braids of his hair into the fabric on the loom, fastened it with the pin, and said to him, “The Philistines are here, 1 Samson!” 2 He woke up 3 and tore away the pin of the loom and the fabric.
Look at Zion, the city where we hold religious festivals! You 1 will see Jerusalem, 2 a peaceful settlement, a tent that stays put; 3 its stakes will never be pulled up; none of its ropes will snap in two.