Finally, my brothers and sisters, 1 rejoice in the Lord! To write this again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you.
So now, send instructions 1 to gather 2 your livestock and all your possessions in the fields to a safe place. Every person 3 or animal caught 4 in the field and not brought into the house – the hail will come down on them, and they will die!”’”
Threshing season will extend for you until the season for harvesting grapes, 1 and the season for harvesting grapes will extend until sowing season, so 2 you will eat your bread until you are satisfied, 3 and you will live securely in your land.
Now from these towns that you will give to the Levites you must select six towns of refuge to which a person who has killed someone may flee. 1 And you must give them forty-two other towns.
You shall build a roadway and divide into thirds the whole extent 1 of your land that the Lord your God is providing as your inheritance; anyone who kills another person should flee to the closest of these cities.
When such a person 1 hears the words of this oath he secretly 2 blesses himself 3 and says, “I will have peace though I continue to walk with a stubborn spirit.” 4 This will destroy 5 the watered ground with the parched. 6
The thornbush said to the trees, ‘If you really want to choose 1 me as your king, then come along, find safety under my branches! 2 Otherwise 3 may fire blaze from the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon!’
When he arrived in Shiloh, Eli was sitting in his chair watching by the side of 1 the road, for he was very worried 2 about the ark of God. As the man entered the city to give his report, 3 the whole city cried out.
Then I said, 1 “Lord, you give me strength and protect me. You are the one I can run to for safety when I am in trouble. 2 Nations from all over the earth will come to you and say, ‘Our ancestors had nothing but false gods – worthless idols that could not help them at all. 3
Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan, took an oath so as to give them and their troops some assurance of safety. 1 “Do not be afraid to submit to the Babylonians. 2 Settle down in the land and submit to the king of Babylon. Then things will go well for you.
The trees of the field will yield their fruit and the earth will yield its crops. They will live securely on their land; they will know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hand of those who enslaved them.
Your presumptuous heart 1 has deceived you – you who reside in the safety of the rocky cliffs, 2 whose home is high in the mountains. 3 You think to yourself, 4 ‘No one can 5 bring me down to the ground!’ 6