נ (Nun) Let us carefully examine our ways, 1 and let us return to the Lord.
Blow the trumpet 1 in Zion. Announce a holy fast; proclaim a sacred assembly!
The Lord decided not to do this. 1 “It will not happen,” the Lord said.
The Lord decided not to do this. 1 The sovereign Lord said, “This will not happen either.”
Until the day he 1 died Samuel did not see Saul again. Samuel did, however, mourn for Saul, but the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.
No king before or after repented before the Lord as he did, with his whole heart, soul, and being in accordance with the whole law of Moses. 1
before God’s decree becomes reality 1 and the day of opportunity disappears like windblown chaff, 2 before the Lord’s raging anger 3 overtakes 4 you – before the day of the Lord’s angry judgment overtakes you!
‘You displayed a sensitive spirit 1 and humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard how I intended to make this place and its residents into an appalling example of an accursed people. 2 You tore your clothes and wept before me, and I have heard you,’ says the Lord.
When they return to you with all their heart and being 1 in the land where they are held prisoner and direct their prayers toward the land you gave to their ancestors, your chosen city, and the temple I built for your honor, 2
‘You displayed a sensitive spirit 1 and humbled yourself before God when you heard his words concerning this place and its residents. You humbled yourself before me, tore your clothes and wept before me, and I have heard you,’ says the Lord.
Because of this, the Lord said, 1 “You must repent of such words and thoughts! If you do, I will restore you to the privilege of serving me. 2 If you say what is worthwhile instead of what is worthless, I will again allow you to be my spokesman. 3 They must become as you have been. You must not become like them. 4
“And you, son of man, say to your people, 1 ‘The righteousness of the righteous will not deliver him if he rebels. 2 As for the wicked, his wickedness will not make him stumble if he turns from it. 3 The righteous will not be able to live by his righteousness 4 if he sins.’ 5
Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you. Break away from your sins by doing what is right, and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps your prosperity will be prolonged.” 1
For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him. But the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe. Although 1 you saw this, you did not later change your minds 2 and believe him.