For after I have brought them 1 to the land I promised to their 2 ancestors – one flowing with milk and honey – and they 3 eat their fill 4 and become fat, then they 5 will turn to other gods and worship them; they will reject me and break my covenant.
Make sure you are 1 very strong and brave! Carefully obey 2 all the law my servant Moses charged you to keep! 3 Do not swerve from it to the right or to the left, so that you may be successful 4 in all you do. 5
Then they erected over him a large pile of stones (it remains to this very day 1 ) and the Lord’s anger subsided. So that place is called the Valley of Disaster to this very day.
It then went up to Debir from the Valley of Achor, turning northward to Gilgal (which is opposite the Pass 1 of Adummim south of the valley), crossed to the waters of En Shemesh and extended to En Rogel.
If we have built 1 an altar for ourselves to turn back from following the Lord by making 2 burnt sacrifices and grain offerings on it, or by offering 3 tokens of peace 4 on it, the Lord himself will punish us. 5
the Israelites counterattacked. 1 Benjamin had begun to strike down the Israelites; 2 they struck down 3 about thirty men. They said, “There’s no doubt about it! They are totally defeated as in the earlier battle.”
Then the cows went directly on the road to Beth Shemesh. They went along, mooing as they went; they turned neither to the right nor to the left. The leaders of the Philistines were walking along behind them all the way to the border of Beth Shemesh.
But Josiah did not turn back from him; 1 he disguised himself for battle. He did not take seriously 2 the words of Necho which he had received from God; he went to fight him in the Plain of Megiddo. 3
He said through them, 1 ‘Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and stop doing the evil things you are doing. 2 If you do, I will allow you to continue to live here in the land that I gave to you and your ancestors as a lasting possession. 3
Ask yourselves this and consider it carefully: 1 Have you ever seen a man give birth to a baby? Why then do I see all these strong men grabbing their stomachs in pain like 2 a woman giving birth? And why do their faces turn so deathly pale?
ח (Khet) Jerusalem committed terrible sin; 1 therefore she became an object of scorn. 2 All who admired 3 her have despised her 4 because they have seen her nakedness. 5 She groans aloud 6 and turns away in shame. 7