then listen from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Certainly 1 you will then teach them the right way to live 2 and send rain on your land that you have given your people to possess. 3
So they sent an edict 1 throughout Israel from Beer Sheba to Dan, summoning the people 2 to come and observe a Passover for the Lord God of Israel in Jerusalem, for they had not observed it on a nationwide scale as prescribed in the law. 3
Who among all the gods of these nations whom my predecessors annihilated was able to rescue his people from my power? 1
“Due to your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. The pillar of cloud did not stop guiding them in the path by day, 1 nor did the pillar of fire stop illuminating for them by night the path on which they should travel.
as the time when the Jews gave themselves rest from their enemies – the month when their trouble was turned to happiness and their mourning to a holiday. These were to be days of banqueting, happiness, sending gifts to one another, and providing for the poor.
“The Lord has made you priest in place of Jehoiada. 1 He has put you in charge in the Lord’s temple of controlling 2 any lunatic 3 who pretends to be a prophet. 4 And it is your duty to put any such person in the stocks 5 with an iron collar around his neck. 6
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, 1 but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings.
and when James, Cephas, 1 and John, who had a reputation as 2 pillars, 3 recognized 4 the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me 5 the right hand of fellowship, agreeing 6 that we would go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 7
Brothers and sisters, 1 if a person 2 is discovered in some sin, 3 you who are spiritual 4 restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness. 5 Pay close attention 6 to yourselves, so that you are not tempted too.
Then the Lord said, “Should I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 1
Why 1 should the Egyptians say, 2 ‘For evil 3 he led them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy 4 them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your burning anger, and relent 5 of this evil against your people.
He approached the men of Succoth and said, “Look what I have! 1 Zebah and Zalmunna! You insulted me, saying, ‘You have not yet overpowered Zebah and Zalmunna. So why should we give bread to your exhausted men?’” 2