They said to him, “If you are fair to these people, grant their request, and are cordial to them, they will be your servants from this time forward.” 1
He asked them, “How do you advise me to respond to these people who said to me, ‘Lessen the demands your father placed on us’?” 1
Asa took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and of the royal palace and sent it to King Ben Hadad of Syria, ruler in Damascus, along with this message:
Jehoram crossed over to Zair with his officers and all his chariots. The Edomites, who had surrounded him, attacked at night and defeated him and his chariot officers. 1
In Judah God moved the people to unite and carry out the edict the king and the officers had issued at the Lord’s command. 1
The priests and Levites got up and pronounced blessings on the people. The Lord responded favorably to them 1 as their prayers reached his holy dwelling place in heaven.
When he prayed to the Lord, 1 the Lord 2 responded to him 3 and answered favorably 4 his cry for mercy. The Lord 5 brought him back to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh realized that the Lord is the true God.
Hilkiah informed Shaphan the scribe, “I found the law scroll in the Lord’s temple.” Hilkiah gave the scroll to Shaphan.
Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak began 1 to rebuild the temple of God in Jerusalem. The prophets of God were with them, supporting them.
The king asked, “What great honor 1 was bestowed on Mordecai because of this?” The king’s attendants who served him responded, “Not a thing was done for him.”
Why do you contend against him, that he does not answer all a person’s 1 words?
The Lover to His Beloved: My lover spoke to me, saying: “Arise, my darling; My beautiful one, come away with me!
How will they respond to the messengers of this nation? 1 Indeed, the Lord has made Zion secure; the oppressed among his people will find safety in her.
The oppressed and the poor look for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched from thirst. I, the Lord, will respond to their prayers; 1 I, the God of Israel, will not abandon them.
So tell them: ‘This is a nation that has not obeyed the Lord their God and has not accepted correction. Faithfulness is nowhere to be found in it. These people do not even profess it anymore. 1