They replied, “If you are going to send the ark of 1 the God of Israel back, don’t send it away empty. Be sure to return it with a guilt offering. Then you will be healed, and you will understand why his hand is not removed from you.”
When Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he was encouraged. 1 He removed the detestable idols from the entire land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities he had seized in the Ephraimite hill country. He repaired the altar of the Lord in front of the porch of the Lord’s temple. 2
How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while you yourself don’t see the beam in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
“The Lord will allow you to be struck down before your enemies; you will attack them from one direction but flee from them in seven directions and will become an object of terror 1 to all the kingdoms of the earth.
(Now this used to be the customary way to finalize a transaction involving redemption in Israel: 1 A man would remove his sandal and give it to the other party. 2 This was a legally binding act 3 in Israel.)
Perhaps you will tell me, ‘We are trusting in the Lord our God.’ But Hezekiah is the one who eliminated his high places and altars and then told the people of Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You must worship at this altar.’
Then you will call out, and the Lord will respond; you will cry out, and he will reply, ‘Here I am.’ You must 1 remove the burdensome yoke from among you and stop pointing fingers and speaking sinfully.
ח (Khet) Jerusalem committed terrible sin; 1 therefore she became an object of scorn. 2 All who admired 3 her have despised her 4 because they have seen her nakedness. 5 She groans aloud 6 and turns away in shame. 7
I will remove 1 the chariot from Ephraim and the warhorse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be removed. Then he will announce peace to the nations. His dominion will be from sea to sea and from the Euphrates River 2 to the ends of the earth.
They traveled from Alush and camped at Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink.
They traveled from the desert of Sinai and camped at Kibroth Hattaavah.
They traveled from Bene-jaakan and camped at Hor-haggidgad.
They traveled from Dibon-gad and camped in Almon-diblathaim.
Get up! Ritually consecrate the people and tell them this: ‘Ritually consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, because the Lord God of Israel says, “You are contaminated, 1 O Israel! You will not be able to stand before your enemies until you remove what is contaminating you.” 2
Perhaps you will tell me, ‘We are trusting in the Lord our God.’ But Hezekiah is the one who eliminated his high places and altars and then told the people of Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You must worship at this altar in Jerusalem.’