When the men started out, Joshua told those going to map out the land, “Go, walk through the land, map it out, and return to me. Then I will draw lots for you before the Lord here in Shiloh.”
When the Lord raised up leaders for them, the Lord was with each leader and delivered the people 1 from their enemies while the leader remained alive. The Lord felt sorry for them 2 when they cried out in agony because of what their harsh oppressors did to them. 3
The Lord shatters 1 his adversaries; 2 he thunders against them from 3 the heavens. The Lord executes judgment to the ends of the earth. He will strengthen 4 his king and exalt the power 5 of his anointed one.” 6
When he arrived in Shiloh, Eli was sitting in his chair watching by the side of 1 the road, for he was very worried 2 about the ark of God. As the man entered the city to give his report, 3 the whole city cried out.
They said to the messengers who had come, “Here’s what you should say to the men of Jabesh Gilead: ‘Tomorrow deliverance will come to you when the sun is fully up.’” When the messengers went and told the men of Jabesh Gilead, they were happy.
1 Then the leaders of the Philistines would march out, and as often as they did so, David achieved more success than all of Saul’s servants. His name was held in high esteem.
all their warriors set out and traveled throughout the night. They took Saul’s corpse and the corpses of his sons from the city wall of Beth Shan and went 1 to Jabesh, where they burned them.
So the king got up and sat at the city gate. When all the people were informed that the king was sitting at the city gate, they 1 all came before him.But the Israelite soldiers 2 had all fled to their own homes. 3
Then King David sent a message to Zadok and Abiathar the priests saying, “Tell the elders of Judah, ‘Why should you delay any further in bringing the king back to his palace, 1 when everything Israel is saying has come to the king’s attention. 2
All these were the descendants of Asher. They were the leaders of their families, the most capable men, who were warriors and served as head chiefs. There were 26,000 warriors listed in their genealogical records as capable of doing battle. 1
Hezekiah sent messages throughout Israel and Judah; he even wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, summoning them to come to the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem 1 and observe a Passover celebration for the Lord God of Israel.
He removed the foreign gods and images from the Lord’s temple and all the altars he had built on the hill of the Lord’s temple and in Jerusalem; he threw them outside the city.
They observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with joy, for the Lord had given them joy and had changed the opinion 1 of the king of Assyria 2 toward them, so that he assisted 3 them in the work on the temple of God, the God of Israel.
At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, 1 they sought out the Levites from all the places they lived 2 to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication joyfully with songs of thanksgiving and songs accompanied by cymbals, harps, and lyres.
Then the king prepared a large banquet for all his officials and his servants – it was actually Esther’s banquet. He also set aside a holiday for the provinces, and he provided for offerings at the king’s expense. 1