The Lord said to Moses, “If her father had only spit 1 in her face, would she not have been disgraced for seven days? Shut her out from the camp seven days, and afterward she can be brought back in again.”
And he sent messengers to Balaam 1 son of Beor at Pethor, which is by the Euphrates River 2 in the land of Amaw, 3 to summon him, saying, “Look, a nation has come out of Egypt. They cover the face 4 of the earth, and they are settling next to me.
Three times a year all your males must appear before the Lord your God in the place he chooses for the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks, and the Festival of Temporary Shelters; and they must not appear before him 1 empty-handed.
When the army 1 came back to the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why did the Lord let us be defeated today by 2 the Philistines? Let’s take with us the ark of the covenant of the Lord from Shiloh. When it is with us, it will save us 3 from the hand of our enemies.
The next day Saul placed the people in three groups. They went to the Ammonite camp during the morning watch and struck them 1 down until the hottest part of the day. The survivors scattered; no two of them remained together.
The king got up in the night and said to his advisers, 1 “I will tell you what the Syrians have done to us. They know we are starving, so they left the camp and hid in the field, thinking, ‘When they come out of the city, we will capture them alive and enter the city.’”
and that they should make a proclamation and disseminate this message 1 in all their cities and in Jerusalem: 2 “Go to the hill country and bring back olive branches and branches of wild olive trees, myrtle trees, date palms, and other leafy trees to construct temporary shelters, as it is written.”
“Call for archers 1 to come against Babylon! Summon against her all who draw the bow! Set up camp all around the city! Do not allow anyone to escape! Pay her back for what she has done. Do to her what she has done to others. For she has proudly defied me, 2 the Holy One of Israel. 3
ו (Vav) He destroyed his temple 1 as if it were a vineyard; 2 he destroyed his appointed meeting place. The Lord has made those in Zion forget both the festivals and the Sabbaths. 3 In his fierce anger 4 he has spurned 5 both king and priest.
So I did just as I was commanded. I carried out my belongings packed for exile during the day, and at evening I dug myself a hole through the wall with my hands. I went out in the darkness, carrying my baggage 1 on my shoulder while they watched.
“I sent against you a plague like one of the Egyptian plagues. 1 I killed your young men with the sword, along with the horses you had captured. I made the stench from the corpses 2 rise up into your nostrils. Still you did not come back to me.” The Lord is speaking!
But 1 he said to me, “My grace is enough 2 for you, for my 3 power is made perfect 4 in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly 5 about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in 6 me.
When the man got ready to leave 1 with his concubine and his servant, 2 his father-in-law, the girl’s father, said to him, “Look! The day is almost over! 3 Stay another night! Since the day is over, 4 stay another night here and have a good time. You can get up early tomorrow and start your trip home.” 5