His servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? While 1 the child was still alive, you fasted and wept. Once the child was dead you got up and ate food!”
Now ascend, O Lord God, to your resting place, you and the ark of your strength! May your priests, O Lord God, experience your deliverance! 1 May your loyal followers rejoice in the prosperity you give! 2
Now Haman went forth that day pleased and very much encouraged. 1 But when Haman saw Mordecai at the king’s gate, and he did not rise nor tremble in his presence, 2 Haman was filled with rage toward Mordecai.
The fig tree has budded, the vines have blossomed and give off their fragrance. Arise, come away my darling; my beautiful one, come away with me!”
His battle cry overwhelms like a flooding river 1 that reaches one’s neck. He shakes the nations in a sieve that isolates the chaff; 2 he puts a bit into the mouth of the nations and leads them to destruction. 3
The Babylonian soldiers 1 that are attacking this city will break into it and set it on fire. They will burn it down along with the houses where people have made me angry by offering sacrifices to the god Baal and by pouring out drink offerings to other gods on their rooftops. 2
Cries of anguish raised from Heshbon and Elealeh will be sounded as far as Jahaz. 1 They will be sounded from Zoar as far as Horonaim and Eglath Shelishiyah. For even the waters of Nimrim will be dried up.
Foreigners living there will say, 1 ‘We tried to heal her, but she could not be healed. Let’s leave Babylonia 2 and each go back to his own country. For judgment on her will be vast in its proportions. It will be like it is piled up to heaven, stacked up into the clouds.’ 3
Therefore prophesy, and tell them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Look, I am about to open your graves and will raise you from your graves, my people. I will bring you to the land of Israel.
So let us acknowledge him! 1 Let us seek 2 to acknowledge 3 the Lord! He will come to our rescue as certainly as the appearance of the dawn, as certainly as the winter rain comes, as certainly as the spring rain that waters the land.”
1 [[Early on the first day of the week, after he arose, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had driven out seven demons.
He is like a man 1 building a house, who dug down deep, 2 and laid the foundation on bedrock. When 3 a flood came, the river 4 burst against that house but 5 could not shake it, because it had been well built. 6