Now Naaman, the commander of the king of Syria’s army, was esteemed and respected by his master, 1 for through him the Lord had given Syria military victories. But this great warrior had a skin disease. 2
The majority of the many people from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun were ceremonially unclean, yet they ate the Passover in violation of what is prescribed in the law. 1 For Hezekiah prayed for them, saying: “May the Lord, who is good, forgive 2
These are the ones that came up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon, and Immer (although they were unable to certify 1 their family connection 2 or their ancestry, 3 as to whether they really were from Israel):
Though these people make an uproar as loud as the roaring of powerful waves, 1 when he shouts at 2 them, they will flee to a distant land, driven before the wind like dead weeds on the hills, or like dead thistles 3 before a strong gale.
Grain is crushed, though one certainly does not thresh it forever. The wheel of one’s wagon rolls over it, but his horses do not crush it.
Even if the mountains are removed and the hills displaced, my devotion will not be removed from you, nor will my covenant of friendship 1 be displaced,” says the Lord, the one who has compassion on you.
“‘For the Lord says concerning the palace of the king of Judah, “This place looks like a veritable forest of Gilead to me. It is like the wooded heights of Lebanon in my eyes. But I swear that I will make it like a wilderness whose towns have all been deserted. 1
But just suppose you continue to say, ‘The message of the Lord is burdensome.’ Here is what the Lord says will happen: ‘I sent word to you that you must not say, “The Lord’s message is burdensome.” But you used the words “The Lord’s message is burdensome” anyway.
The customer will no longer pay the seller 1 while both parties are alive, for the vision against their whole crowd 2 will not be revoked. Each person, for his iniquity, 3 will fail to preserve his life.
Suppose I tell the righteous that he will certainly live, but he becomes confident in his righteousness and commits iniquity. None of his righteous deeds will be remembered; because of the iniquity he has committed he will die.
Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, because I sent them into exile among the nations, and then gathered them into their own land. I will not leave any of them in exile 1 any longer.
They offer up sacrificial gifts to me, and eat the meat, but the Lord does not accept their sacrifices. 1 Soon he will remember their wrongdoing, he will punish their sins, and they will return to Egypt.