The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 1 says, “I will restore the people of Judah to their land and to their towns. When I do, they will again say 2 of Jerusalem, 3 ‘May the Lord bless you, you holy mountain, the place where righteousness dwells.’ 4
“You are to make a breastpiece for use in making decisions, 1 the work of an artistic designer; you are to make it in the same fashion as the ephod; you are to make it of gold, blue, purple, scarlet, and fine twisted linen.
Then they must place on it all its implements with which they serve there – the trays, the meat forks, the shovels, the basins, and all the utensils of the altar – and they must spread on it a covering of fine leather, and then insert its poles. 1
“‘Then a man who is ceremonially clean must gather up the ashes of the red heifer and put them in a ceremonially clean place outside the camp. They must be kept 1 for the community of the Israelites for use in the water of purification 2 – it is a purification for sin. 3
Or who among you has planted a vineyard and not benefited from it? He may go home, lest he die in battle and someone else benefit from it.
Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here that we might seek the Lord’s direction?” 1 One of the servants of the king of Israel answered, “Elisha son of Shapat is here; he used to be Elijah’s servant.” 2
He passed his son 1 through the fire 2 and practiced divination and omen reading. He set up a ritual pit to conjure up underworld spirits, and appointed magicians to supervise it. 3 He did a great amount of evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger. 4
“‘Sure to be judged 1 is the king who builds his palace using injustice and treats people unfairly while adding its upper rooms. 2 He makes his countrymen work for him for nothing. He does not pay them for their labor.
Adoni-Bezek said, “Seventy kings, with thumbs and big toes cut off, used to lick up 1 food scraps 2 under my table. God has repaid me for what I did to them.” 3 They brought him to Jerusalem, 4 where he died.
He passed his sons through the fire 1 in the Valley of Ben-Hinnom and practiced divination, omen reading, and sorcery. He set up a ritual pit to conjure up underworld spirits and appointed magicians to supervise it. 2 He did a great amount of evil in the sight of the Lord and angered him. 3
Does an ax exalt itself over the one who wields it, or a saw magnify itself over the one who cuts with it? 1 As if a scepter should brandish the one who raises it, or a staff should lift up what is not made of wood!
You are like a wild female donkey brought up in the wilderness. In her lust she sniffs the wind to get the scent of a male. 1 No one can hold her back when she is in heat. None of the males need wear themselves out chasing after her. At mating time she is easy to find. 2
From there he attacked the people of Debir. 1 (Debir used to be called Kiriath Sepher.)
From there they attacked the people of Debir. 1 (Debir used to be called Kiriath Sepher.)
When the men of Joseph spied out Bethel (it used to be called Luz),
including craftsmen, builders, and masons, and should buy wood and chiseled stone for the repair work. 1
He decorated the temple with precious stones; the gold he used came from Parvaim. 1
The gold nails weighed 50 shekels; he also plated the upper areas with gold.