“When someone has 1 a swelling 2 or a scab 3 or a bright spot 4 on the skin of his body 5 that may become a diseased infection, 6 he must be brought to Aaron the priest or one of his sons, the priests. 7
When the men of Ai turned around, they saw 1 the smoke from the city ascending into the sky and were so shocked they were unable to flee in any direction. 2 In the meantime the men who were retreating to the desert turned against their pursuers.
Sheol 1 below is stirred up about you, ready to meet you when you arrive. It rouses 2 the spirits of the dead for you, all the former leaders of the earth; 3 it makes all the former kings of the nations rise from their thrones. 4
For they have not paid attention to what I said to them through my servants the prophets whom I sent to them over and over again,’ 1 says the Lord. 2 ‘And you exiles 3 have not paid any attention to them either,’ says the Lord. 4
The ten horns mean that ten kings will arise from that kingdom. Another king will arise after them, but he will be different from the earlier ones. He will humiliate 1 three kings.
“Get up and thresh, Daughter Zion! For I will give you iron horns; 1 I will give you bronze hooves, and you will crush many nations.” 2 You will devote to the Lord the spoils you take from them, and dedicate their wealth to the sovereign Ruler 3 of the whole earth. 4
Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that he raised Christ from the dead, when in reality he did not raise him, if indeed the dead are not raised.
“Don’t imagine that because you are part of the king’s household you will be the one Jew 1 who will escape. If you keep quiet at this time, liberation and protection for the Jews will appear 2 from another source, 3 while you and your father’s household perish. It may very well be 4 that you have achieved royal status 5 for such a time as this!”
This is what the Lord, the protector 1 of Israel, their Holy One, 2 says to the one who is despised 3 and rejected 4 by nations, 5 a servant of rulers: “Kings will see and rise in respect, 6 princes will bow down, because of the faithful Lord, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen you.”
“For the last twenty-three years, from the thirteenth year that Josiah son of Amon was ruling in Judah 1 until now, the Lord has been speaking to me. I told you over and over again 2 what he said. 3 But you would not listen.
Jonadab son of Rechab ordered his descendants not to drink wine. His orders have been carried out. 1 To this day his descendants have drunk no wine because they have obeyed what their ancestor commanded them. But I 2 have spoken to you over and over again, 3 but you have not obeyed me!
Shortly after his rise to power, 1 his kingdom will be broken up and distributed toward the four winds of the sky 2 – but not to his posterity or with the authority he exercised, for his kingdom will be uprooted and distributed to others besides these.
“I sent against you a plague like one of the Egyptian plagues. 1 I killed your young men with the sword, along with the horses you had captured. I made the stench from the corpses 2 rise up into your nostrils. Still you did not come back to me.” The Lord is speaking!
So if perfection had in fact been possible through the Levitical priesthood – for on that basis 1 the people received the law – what further need would there have been for another priest to arise, said to be in the order of Melchizedek and not in Aaron’s order?
But if the bright spot stays in its place, has not spread on the skin, 1 and it has faded, then it is the swelling of the burn, so the priest is to pronounce him clean, 2 because it is the scar of the burn.