All the men of Judah replied to the men of Israel, “Because the king is our close relative! Why are you so upset about this? Have we eaten at the king’s expense? 1 Or have we misappropriated anything for our own use?”
Elisha said to Gehazi, 1 “Tell her, ‘Look, you have treated us with such great respect. 2 What can I do for you? Can I put in a good word for you with the king or the commander of the army?’” She replied, “I’m quite secure.” 3
Although we are slaves, our God has not abandoned us in our servitude. He has extended kindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, in that he has revived us 1 to restore the temple of our God and to raise 2 up its ruins and to give us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem. 3
This young woman pleased him, 1 and she found favor with him. He quickly provided her with her cosmetics and her rations; he also provided her with the seven specially chosen 2 young women who were from the palace. He then transferred her and her young women to the best quarters in the harem. 3
Everyone shares the same fate 1 – the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, 2 the ceremonially clean and unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. What happens to the good person, also happens to the sinner; 3 what happens to those who make vows, also happens to those who are afraid to make vows.
Therefore, as flaming fire 1 devours straw, and dry grass disintegrates in the flames, so their root will rot, and their flower will blow away like dust. 2 For they have rejected the law of the Lord who commands armies, they have spurned the commands 3 of the Holy One of Israel. 4
(8:23) 1 The gloom will be dispelled for those who were anxious. 2 In earlier times he 3 humiliated the land of Zebulun, and the land of Naphtali; 4 but now he brings honor 5 to the way of the sea, the region beyond the Jordan, and Galilee of the nations. 6
Your thinking is perverse! 1 Should the potter be regarded as clay? 2 Should the thing made say 3 about its maker, “He didn’t make me”? Or should the pottery say about the potter, “He doesn’t understand”?
Then I said, “Lord, 1 have you completely rejected the nation of Judah? Do you despise 2 the city of Zion? Why have you struck us with such force that we are beyond recovery? 3 We hope for peace, but nothing good has come of it. We hope for a time of relief from our troubles, but experience terror. 4
“When you tell these people about all this, 1 they will undoubtedly ask you, ‘Why has the Lord threatened us with such great disaster? What wrong have we done? What sin have we done to offend the Lord our God?’
ס (Samek) He rounded up 1 all my mighty ones; 2 The Lord 3 did this 4 in 5 my midst. He summoned an assembly 6 against me to shatter my young men. The Lord has stomped like grapes 7 the virgin daughter, Judah. 8
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.
The time of judgment 1 is about to arrive! 2 The time of retribution 3 is imminent! 4 Let Israel know! 5 The prophet is considered a fool 6 – the inspired man 7 is viewed as a madman 8 – because of the multitude of your sins and your intense 9 animosity.
You implement the regulations of Omri, and all the practices of Ahab’s dynasty; 1 you follow their policies. 2 Therefore I will make you an appalling sight, 3 the city’s 4 inhabitants will be taunted derisively, 5 and nations will mock all of you.” 6
On that day,’ 1 says the Lord who rules over all, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, my servant,’ 2 says the Lord, ‘and I will make you like a signet ring, 3 for I have chosen you,’ says the Lord who rules over all.” 4
But this knowledge is not shared by all. And some, by being accustomed to idols in former times, eat this food as an idol sacrifice, and their conscience, because it is weak, is defiled.
When David heard that Nabal had died, he said, “Praised be the Lord who has vindicated me and avenged the insult that I suffered from Nabal! 1 The Lord has kept his servant from doing evil, and he has repaid Nabal for his evil deeds.” 2 Then David sent word to Abigail and asked her to become his wife.
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
Instead, you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven. You brought before you the vessels from his temple, and you and your nobles, together with your wives and concubines, drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone – gods 1 that cannot see or hear or comprehend! But you have not glorified the God who has in his control 2 your very breath and all your ways!