Hear 1 the sound of those who divide the sheep 2 among the watering places; there they tell of 3 the Lord’s victorious deeds, the victorious deeds of his warriors 4 in Israel. Then the Lord’s people went down to the city gates –
Look, I am putting a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece, and the ground around it 1 is dry, then I will be sure 2 that you will use me to deliver Israel, 3 as you promised.”
Then Samuel said, “Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as he does in obedience? 1 Certainly, 2 obedience 3 is better than sacrifice; paying attention is better than 4 the fat of rams.
The men whose names are listed came during the time of King Hezekiah of Judah and attacked the Hamites’ settlements, 1 as well as the Meunites they discovered there, and they wiped them out to this very day. They dispossessed them, 2 for they found pasture for their sheep there.
Some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat tribute, including a load of silver. The Arabs brought him 7,700 rams and 7,700 goats from their flocks.
They brought seven bulls, seven rams, seven lambs, and seven goats as a sin offering for the kingdom, the sanctuary, and Judah. 1 The king 2 told the priests, the descendants of Aaron, to offer burnt sacrifices on the altar of the Lord.
For the dedication of this temple of God they offered one hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs, and twelve male goats for the sin of all Israel, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.
The Lord’s sword is dripping with blood, it is covered 1 with fat; it drips 2 with the blood of young rams and goats and is covered 3 with the fat of rams’ kidneys. For the Lord is holding a sacrifice 4 in Bozrah, 5 a bloody 6 slaughter in the land of Edom.
who commissions 1 Cyrus, the one I appointed as shepherd 2 to carry out all my wishes 3 and to decree concerning Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’ and concerning the temple, ‘It will be reconstructed.’” 4
Tell your daughters and neighbors, ‘The Lord says, “The dead bodies of people will lie scattered everywhere like manure scattered on a field. They will lie scattered on the ground like grain that has been cut down but has not been gathered.”’” 1
But if you will not pay attention to this warning, 1 I will weep alone because of your arrogant pride. I will weep bitterly and my eyes will overflow with tears 2 because you, the Lord’s flock, 3 will be carried 4 into exile.”
Wail and cry out in anguish, you rulers! Roll in the dust, you who shepherd flocks of people! 1 The time for you to be slaughtered has come. You will lie scattered and fallen like broken pieces of fine pottery. 2
And during the seven days of the feast he will provide as a burnt offering to the Lord seven bulls and seven rams, all without blemish, on each of the seven days, and a male goat daily for a sin offering.
I saw that the ram was butting westward, northward, and southward. No animal 1 was able to stand before it, and there was none who could deliver from its power. 2 It did as it pleased and acted arrogantly. 3
The following is a record of what Amos prophesied. 1 He 2 was one of the herdsmen from Tekoa. These prophecies about Israel were revealed to him 3 during the time of 4 King Uzziah of Judah and 5 King Jeroboam son of Joash of Israel, two years before the earthquake. 6
He issued a proclamation and said, 1 “In Nineveh, by the decree of the king and his nobles: No human or animal, cattle or sheep, is to taste anything; they must not eat and they must not drink water.
Will the Lord accept a thousand rams, or ten thousand streams of olive oil? Should I give him my firstborn child as payment for my rebellion, my offspring – my own flesh and blood – for my sin? 1