But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been in vain. In fact, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
‘I know your works as well as your 1 labor and steadfast endurance, and that you cannot tolerate 2 evil. You have even put to the test 3 those who refer to themselves as apostles (but are not), and have discovered that they are false.
“Out of our way!” 1 they cried, and “This man came to live here as a foreigner, 2 and now he dares to judge us! 3 We’ll do more harm 4 to you than to them!” They kept 5 pressing in on Lot until they were close enough 6 to break down the door.
Reuben continued, 1 “Don’t shed blood! Throw him into this cistern that is here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” 2 (Reuben said this 3 so he could rescue Joseph 4 from them 5 and take him back to his father.)
When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this 1 that you are doing for the people? 2 Why are you sitting by yourself, and all the people stand around you from morning until evening?”
But those who were to camp in front of the tabernacle on the east, in front of the tent of meeting, were Moses, Aaron, 1 and his sons. They were responsible for the needs 2 of the sanctuary and for the needs of the Israelites, but the unauthorized person who approached was to be put to death.
It was a memorial for the Israelites, that no outsider who is not a descendant of 1 Aaron should approach to burn incense before the Lord, that he might not become like Korah and his company – just as the Lord had spoken by the authority 2 of Moses.
But Joash said to all those who confronted him, 1 “Must you fight Baal’s battles? 2 Must you rescue him? Whoever takes up his cause 3 will die by morning! 4 If he really is a god, let him fight his own battles! 5 After all, it was his altar that was pulled down.” 6
Gideon said to God, “Please do not get angry at me, when I ask for just one more sign. 1 Please allow me one more test with the fleece. This time make only the fleece dry, while the ground around it is covered with dew.” 2
The Lord spoke to Gideon again, “There are still too many men. 1 Bring them down to the water and I will thin the ranks some more. 2 When I say, ‘This one should go with you,’ pick him to go; 3 when I say, 4 ‘This one should not go with you,’ do not take him.” 5
her husband came 1 after her, hoping he could convince her to return. 2 He brought with him his servant 3 and a pair of donkeys. When she brought him into her father’s house and the girl’s father saw him, he greeted him warmly. 4
Was it just today that I began to inquire of God on his behalf? Far be it from me! The king should not accuse 1 his servant or any of my father’s house. For your servant is not aware of all this – not in whole or in part!” 2
Look, my father, and see the edge of your robe in my hand! When I cut off the edge of your robe, I didn’t kill you. So realize and understand that I am not planning 1 evil or rebellion. Even though I have not sinned against you, you are waiting in ambush to take my life.
When someone sets out to chase you and to take your life, the life of my lord will be wrapped securely in the bag 1 of the living by the Lord your God. But he will sling away the lives of your enemies from the sling’s pocket!
the Ammonite officials said to their lord Hanun, “Do you really think David is trying to honor your father by sending these messengers to express his sympathy? 1 No, David has sent his servants to you to get information about the city and spy on it so they can overthrow it!” 2