Reuben continued, 1 “Don’t shed blood! Throw him into this cistern that is here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” 2 (Reuben said this 3 so he could rescue Joseph 4 from them 5 and take him back to his father.)
For seven days 1 you must eat 2 bread made without yeast. 3 Surely 4 on the first day you must put away yeast from your houses because anyone who eats bread made with yeast 5 from the first day to the seventh day will be cut off 6 from Israel.
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
(The Danites failed to conquer their territory, 1 so they went up and fought with Leshem and captured it. They put the sword to it, took possession of it, and lived in it. They renamed it 2 Dan after their ancestor. 3 )
know for certain that the Lord our God will no longer drive out these nations from before you. They will trap and ensnare you; 1 they will be a whip that tears 2 your sides and thorns that blind 3 your eyes until you disappear 4 from this good land the Lord your God gave you.
So they assembled 1 all the leaders of the Philistines and asked, “What should we do with the ark of the God of Israel?” They replied, “The ark of the God of Israel should be moved to Gath.” So they moved the ark of the God of Israel.
So I am ready to bring disaster 1 on the dynasty 2 of Jeroboam. I will cut off every last male belonging to Jeroboam in Israel, including even the weak and incapacitated. 3 I will burn up the dynasty of Jeroboam, just as one burns manure until it is completely consumed. 4
He followed in his father Asa’s footsteps and was careful to do what the Lord approved. 1 (22:44) 2 However, the high places were not eliminated; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense on the high places.
Naaman went away angry. He said, “Look, I thought for sure he would come out, stand there, invoke the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the area, and cure the skin disease.
He eliminated the high places, smashed the sacred pillars to bits, and cut down the Asherah pole. 1 He also demolished the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for up to that time 2 the Israelites had been offering incense to it; it was called Nehushtan. 3
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.’
The king ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the high-ranking priests, 1 and the guards 2 to bring out of the Lord’s temple all the items that were used in the worship of 3 Baal, Asherah, and all the stars of the sky. 4 The king 5 burned them outside of Jerusalem in the terraces 6 of Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel. 7
They offer burnt sacrifices to the Lord every morning and every evening, along with fragrant incense. They arrange the Bread of the Presence on a ritually clean table and light the lamps on the gold lampstand every evening. Certainly 1 we are observing the Lord our God’s regulations, but you have rejected him.
This is what the Lord says: “Where is your mother’s divorce certificate by which I divorced her? Or to which of my creditors did I sell you? 1 Look, you were sold because of your sins; 2 because of your rebellious acts I divorced your mother. 3
Just as ritual circumcision cuts away the foreskin as an external symbol of dedicated covenant commitment, you must genuinely dedicate yourselves to the Lord and get rid of everything that hinders your commitment to me, 1 people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. If you do not, 2 my anger will blaze up like a flaming fire against you that no one will be able to extinguish. That will happen because of the evil you have done.”
Then some people 1 said, “Come on! Let us consider how to deal with Jeremiah! 2 There will still be priests to instruct us, wise men to give us advice, and prophets to declare God’s word. 3 Come on! Let’s bring charges against him and get rid of him! 4 Then we will not need to pay attention to anything he says.”
I 1 hear many whispering words of intrigue against me. Those who would cause me terror are everywhere! 2 They are saying, “Come on, let’s publicly denounce him!” 3 All my so-called friends 4 are just watching for something that would lead to my downfall. 5 They say, “Perhaps he can be enticed into slipping up, so we can prevail over 6 him and get our revenge on him.
By his treachery 1 he will succeed through deceit. 2 He will have an arrogant attitude, 3 and he will destroy many who are unaware of his schemes. 4 He will rise up against the Prince of princes, yet he will be broken apart – but not by human agency. 5
For when you offer blind animals as a sacrifice, is that not wrong? And when you offer the lame and sick, 1 is that not wrong as well? Indeed, try offering them 2 to your governor! Will he be pleased with you 3 or show you favor?” asks the Lord who rules over all.
But Paul said to the police officers, 1 “They had us beaten in public 2 without a proper trial 3 – even though we are Roman citizens 4 – and they threw us 5 in prison. And now they want to send us away 6 secretly? Absolutely not! They 7 themselves must come and escort us out!” 8