Five hundred men of Simeon, led by Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi, went to the hill country of Seir
Some of them were in charge of the equipment and articles of the sanctuary, 1 as well as the flour, wine, olive oil, incense, and spices.
But he 1 left behind in the land of Judah some of the poor people who owned nothing. He gave them fields and vineyards at that time.
For the king of the north will again muster an army, one larger than before. At the end of some years he will advance with a huge army and enormous supplies.
While he was still speaking, people came from the synagogue ruler’s 1 house saying, “Your daughter has died. Why trouble the teacher any longer?”
And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare seed 1 – perhaps of wheat or something else.
For “physical exercise 1 has some value, but godliness is valuable in every way. It holds promise for the present life and for the life to come.”
For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, just as you are living according to the truth. 1
When 1 the woman saw that the tree produced fruit that was good for food, 2 was attractive 3 to the eye, and was desirable for making one wise, 4 she took some of its fruit and ate it. 5 She also gave some of it to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. 6
So I entered a complaint with them. I called down a curse on them, and I struck some of the men and pulled out their hair. I had them swear by God saying, “You will not marry off 1 your daughters to their sons, and you will not take any of their daughters as wives for your sons or for yourselves!
I do not want you to be unaware, 1 brothers and sisters, 2 that I often intended to come to you (and was prevented until now), so that I may have some fruit even among you, just as I already have among the rest of the Gentiles. 3
Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. The devil is about to have some of you thrown 1 into prison so you may be tested, 2 and you will experience suffering 3 for ten days. Remain faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown that is life itself. 4
Then I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take part of the spirit that is on you, and will put it on them, and they will bear some of the burden of the people with you, so that you do not bear it 1 all by yourself.