He also said to them, “You neatly reject the commandment of God in order to set up 1 your tradition.
The night has advanced toward dawn; the day is near. So then we must lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the weapons of light.
(but if she does, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband), and a husband should not divorce his wife.
For you have heard of my former way of life 1 in Judaism, how I was savagely persecuting the church of God and trying to destroy it.
You were taught with reference to your former way of life to lay aside 1 the old man who is being corrupted in accordance with deceitful desires,
Now this phrase “once more” indicates the removal of what is shaken, that is, of created things, so that what is unshaken may remain.
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.
So the Lord said, “I will wipe humankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth – everything from humankind to animals, 1 including creatures that move on the ground and birds of the air, for I regret that I have made them.”
Therefore, tell the Israelites, ‘I am the Lord. I will bring you out 1 from your enslavement to 2 the Egyptians, I will rescue you from the hard labor they impose, 3 and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.
He, 1 the God who leads you, will expel the nations little by little. You will not be allowed to destroy them all at once lest the wild animals overrun you.
You must not take for yourself anything that has been placed under judgment. 1 Then the Lord will relent from his intense anger, show you compassion, have mercy on you, and multiply you as he promised your ancestors.
The person who pays no attention 1 to the priest currently serving the Lord your God there, or to the verdict – that person must die, so that you may purge evil from Israel.
This is what will happen: Just as the Lord delighted to do good for you and make you numerous, he 1 will take delight in destroying and decimating you. You will be uprooted from the land you are about to possess.
The Israelites are unable to stand before their enemies; they retreat because they have become subject to annihilation. 1 I will no longer be with you, 2 unless you destroy what has contaminated you. 3
David asked the men who were standing near him, “What will be done for the man who strikes down this Philistine and frees Israel from this humiliation? 1 For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he defies the armies of the living God?”
Now don’t let my blood fall to the ground away from the Lord’s presence, for the king of Israel has gone out to look for a flea the way one looks for a partridge 1 in the hill country.”