Saul 1 again replied, “I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel. Go back with me so I may worship the Lord your God.”
Then all the people came and encouraged David to eat food while it was still day. But David took an oath saying, “God will punish me severely 1 if I taste bread or anything whatsoever before the sun sets!”
So Joab’s men 1 came and laid siege against him in Abel of Beth Maacah. They prepared a siege ramp outside the city which stood against its outer rampart. As all of Joab’s soldiers were trying to break through 2 the wall so that it would collapse,
Certainly my master is aware of what I did 1 when Jezebel was killing the Lord’s prophets. I hid one hundred of the Lord’s prophets in two caves in two groups of fifty and I brought them food and water.
Now the king had placed the officer who was his right-hand man 1 at the city gate. When the people rushed out, they trampled him to death in the gate. 2 This fulfilled the prophet’s word which he had spoken when the king tried to arrest him. 3
You must surround the king. Each of you must hold his weapon in his hand. Whoever approaches your ranks must be killed. You must accompany the king wherever he goes.” 1
his son Zabad, his son Shuthelah (Ezer and Elead were killed by the men of Gath, who were natives of the land, when they went down to steal their cattle.
So Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord and did not obey the Lord’s instructions; he even tried to conjure up underworld spirits. 1
“Nonetheless they grew disobedient and rebelled against you; they disregarded your law. 1 They killed your prophets who had solemnly admonished them in order to cause them to return to you. They committed atrocious blasphemies.
The Jews assembled themselves in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus to strike out against those who were seeking their harm. No one was able to stand before them, for dread of them fell on all the peoples.
So the Lord’s word to them will sound like meaningless gibberish, senseless babbling, a syllable here, a syllable there. 1 As a result, they will fall on their backsides when they try to walk, 2 and be injured, ensnared, and captured. 3
The Egyptians are mere humans, not God; their horses are made of flesh, not spirit. The Lord will strike with 1 his hand; the one who helps will stumble and the one being helped will fall. Together they will perish. 2
Perhaps you will tell me, ‘We are trusting in the Lord our God.’ But Hezekiah is the one who eliminated his high places and altars and then told the people of Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You must worship at this altar.’