Now if you forget the Lord your God at all 1 and follow other gods, worshiping and prostrating yourselves before them, I testify to you today that you will surely be annihilated.
He said to them, “Today I am a hundred and twenty years old. I am no longer able to get about, 1 and the Lord has said to me, ‘You will not cross the Jordan.’
for I know about your rebellion and stubbornness. 1 Indeed, even while I have been living among you to this very day, you have rebelled against the Lord; you will be even more rebellious after my death! 2
Then someone from the army informed him, “Your father put the army under a strict oath 1 saying, ‘Cursed be the man who eats food today!’ That is why the army is tired.”
Solomon was told, “Look, Adonijah fears you; 1 see, he has taken hold of the horns of the altar, saying, ‘May King Solomon solemnly promise 2 me today that he will not kill his servant with the sword.’”
You said, “The Lord our God has shown us his great glory 1 and we have heard him speak from the middle of the fire. It is now clear to us 2 that God can speak to human beings and they can keep on living.
So now, look, the Lord has preserved my life, just as he promised, these past forty-five years since the Lord spoke these words to Moses, during which Israel traveled through the wilderness. Now look, I am today eighty-five years old.
But today you have rejected your God who saves you from all your trouble and distress. You have said, “No! 1 Appoint a king over us.” Now take your positions before the Lord by your tribes and by your clans.’”
But the army said to Saul, “Should Jonathan, who won this great victory in Israel, die? May it never be! As surely as the Lord lives, not a single hair of his head will fall to the ground! For it is with the help of God that he has acted today.” So the army rescued Jonathan from death. 1
David said to the priest, “Certainly women have been kept away from us, just as on previous occasions when I have set out. The soldiers’ 1 equipment is holy, even on an ordinary journey. How much more so will they be holy today, along with their equipment!”
Today your own eyes see how the Lord delivered you – this very day – into my hands in the cave. Some told me to kill you, but I had pity 1 on you and said, ‘I will not extend my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s chosen one.’ 2
It seems like you arrived just yesterday. Today should I make you wander around by going with us? I go where I must go. But as for you, go back and take your men 1 with you. May genuine loyal love 2 protect 3 you!”
Please, 1 O Lord, listen attentively 2 to the prayer of your servant and to the prayer of your servants who take pleasure in showing respect 3 to your name. Grant your servant success today and show compassion to me 4 in the presence of this man.” Now 5 I was cupbearer for the king.
These words of Ish-bosheth really angered Abner and he said, “Am I the head of a dog that belongs to Judah? This very day I am demonstrating 1 loyalty to the house of Saul your father and to his relatives 2 and his friends! I have not betrayed you into the hand of David. Yet you have accused me of sinning with this woman today! 3