For all of you have conspired against me! No one informs me 1 when my own son makes an agreement with this son of Jesse! Not one of you feels sorry for me or informs me that my own son has commissioned my own servant to hide in ambush against me, as is the case today!”
So let my lord the king now listen to the words of his servant. If the Lord has incited you against me, may he take delight in 1 an offering. But if men have instigated this, 2 may they be cursed before the Lord! For they have driven me away this day from being united with the Lord’s inheritance, saying, ‘Go on, serve other gods!’
“So now, our God – the great, powerful, and awesome God, who keeps covenant fidelity 1 – do not regard as inconsequential 2 all the hardship that has befallen us – our kings, our leaders, our priests, our prophets, our ancestors, and all your people – from the days of the kings of Assyria until this very day!
Far be it from us to rebel against the Lord by turning back today from following after the Lord by building an altar for burnt offerings, sacrifices, and tokens of peace 1 aside from the altar of the Lord our God located in front of his dwelling place!” 2
“Look, today I am about to die. 1 You know with all your heart and being 2 that not even one of all the faithful promises the Lord your God made to you is left unfulfilled; every one was realized – not one promise is unfulfilled! 3
Deborah said to Barak, “Spring into action, 1 for this is the day the Lord is handing Sisera over to you! 2 Has the Lord not taken the lead?” 3 Barak quickly went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men following him.
They brought the head of Ish-bosheth to David in Hebron, saying to the king, “Look! The head of Ish-bosheth son of Saul, your enemy who sought your life! The Lord has granted vengeance to my lord the king this day against 1 Saul and his descendants!”
Solomon replied, “You demonstrated 1 great loyalty to your servant, my father David, as he served 2 you faithfully, properly, and sincerely. 3 You have maintained this great loyalty to this day by allowing his son to sit on his throne. 4
You have sacrificed to other gods! You have sinned against the Lord! You have not obeyed the Lord! You have not followed his laws, his statutes, and his decrees! That is why this disaster that is evident to this day has happened to you.” 1
Joshua also set up twelve stones 1 in the middle of the Jordan in the very place where the priests carrying the ark of the covenant stood. They remain there to this very day.
So Hebron remains the assigned land of Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this very day 1 because he remained loyal to the Lord God of Israel.
(For this reason, to this very day, neither Dagon’s priests nor anyone else who enters Dagon’s temple step on Dagon’s threshold in Ashdod.)
As they were going up the ascent to the town, they met some girls coming out to draw water. They said to them, “Is this where the seer is?”
Then the Philistine said, “I defy Israel’s troops this day! Give me a man so we can fight 1 each other!”
and all this assembly will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves! For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will deliver you into our hand.”