You must pay attention to the exhortations of my servants the prophets. I have sent them to you over and over again. 1 But you have not paid any attention to them.
Then the demons begged him, 1 “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
Now I am sending you Huram Abi, 1 a skilled and capable man,
All the brothers and sisters 1 send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
A spring does not pour out fresh water and bitter water from the same opening, does it?
If you do not release 1 my people, then I am going to send 2 swarms of flies 3 on you and on your servants and on your people and in your houses. The houses of the Egyptians will be full of flies, and even the ground they stand on. 4
They got up at dawn and Samuel called to Saul on the roof, “Get up, so I can send you on your way.” So Saul got up and the two of them – he and Samuel – went outside.
Is this not the time of the wheat harvest? I will call on the Lord so that he makes it thunder and rain. Realize and see what a great sin you have committed before the Lord by asking for a king for yourselves.”
Now send word quickly to David and warn him, 1 “Don’t spend the night at the fords of the desert 2 tonight. Instead, be sure you cross over, 3 or else the king and everyone who is with him may be overwhelmed.” 4
But now at this time tomorrow I will send my servants to you and they will search through your palace and your servants’ houses. They will carry away all your valuables.” 1
and said to the king, “If the king is so inclined 1 and if your servant has found favor in your sight, dispatch me to Judah, to the city with the graves of my ancestors, so that I can rebuild it.”
Then the Lord said to me, 1 “Tell them that the Lord God of Israel who rules over all 2 says, 3 ‘Drink this cup 4 until you get drunk and vomit. Drink until you fall down and can’t get up. 5 For I will send wars sweeping through you.’ 6
We will obey what the Lord our God to whom we are sending you tells us to do. It does not matter whether we like what he tells us or not. We will obey what he tells us to do so that things will go well for us.” 1
But this one from Israel’s royal family 1 rebelled against the king of Babylon 2 by sending his emissaries to Egypt to obtain horses and a large army. Will he prosper? Will the one doing these things escape? Can he break the covenant and escape?
The Lord responded 1 to his people, “Look! I am about to restore your grain 2 as well as fresh wine and olive oil. You will be fully satisfied. 3 I will never again make you an object of mockery among the nations.