When he became king and occupied the throne, he killed Baasha’s entire family. He did not spare any male belonging to him; he killed his relatives and his friends. 1
He removed the foreign gods and images from the Lord’s temple and all the altars he had built on the hill of the Lord’s temple and in Jerusalem; he threw them outside the city.
Therefore let us enact 1 a covenant with our God to send away all these women and their offspring, in keeping with your counsel, my lord, 2 and that of those who respect 3 the commandments of our God. And let it be done according to the law.
Then I said to them, “You see the problem that we have: Jerusalem is desolate and its gates are burned. Come on! Let’s rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that this reproach will not continue.”
The rest of the Jews who were throughout the provinces of the king assembled in order to stand up for themselves and to have rest from their enemies. They killed seventy-five thousand 1 of their adversaries, but they did not confiscate their property.
as the time when the Jews gave themselves rest from their enemies – the month when their trouble was turned to happiness and their mourning to a holiday. These were to be days of banqueting, happiness, sending gifts to one another, and providing for the poor.
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.
So I will throw you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your ancestors have ever known. There you must worship other gods day and night, for I will show you no mercy.’”
The Lord said to me, “Jeremiah, 1 when one of these people, or a prophet, or a priest asks you, ‘What burdensome message 2 do you have from the Lord?’ Tell them, ‘You are the burden, 3 and I will cast you away. 4 I, the Lord, affirm it! 5
I will chase after them with war, 1 starvation, and disease. I will make all the kingdoms of the earth horrified at what happens to them. I will make them examples of those who are cursed, objects of horror, hissing scorn, and ridicule among all the nations where I exile them.
He will speak words against the Most High. He will harass 1 the holy ones of the Most High continually. His intention 2 will be to change times established by law. 3 They will be delivered into his hand For a time, times, 4 and half a time.
“At that time 1 I will make a covenant for them with the wild animals, the birds of the air, and the creatures that crawl on the ground. I will abolish 2 the warrior’s bow and sword – that is, every weapon of warfare 3 – from the land, and I will allow them to live securely.” 4
Amaziah the priest of Bethel 1 sent this message 2 to King Jeroboam of Israel: “Amos is conspiring against you in the very heart of the kingdom of Israel! 3 The land cannot endure all his prophecies. 4
Look, at that time I will deal with those who mistreated you. I will rescue the lame sheep 1 and gather together the scattered sheep. I will take away their humiliation and make the whole earth admire and respect them. 2
Therefore he had 1 to be made like his brothers and sisters 2 in every respect, so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, to make atonement 3 for the sins of the people.