But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel: 1
Although they claimed 1 to be wise, they became fools
Wake up, wake up, Deborah! Wake up, wake up, sing a song! Get up, Barak! Capture your prisoners of war, 1 son of Abinoam!
But the army took from the plunder some of the sheep and cattle – the best of what was to be slaughtered – to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.”
Their descendants remained in the land (the Israelites were unable to wipe them out completely). Solomon conscripted them for his work crews, and they continue in that role to this very day. 1
However, due to your abundant mercy you did not do away with them altogether; you did not abandon them. For you are a merciful and compassionate God.
Everyone must be on his guard around his friends. He must not even trust any of his relatives. 1 For every one of them will find some way to cheat him. 2 And all of his friends will tell lies about him.
Have you not seen a false vision and announced a lying omen when you say, “the Lord declares,” although I myself never spoke?
For the one speaking in a tongue does not speak to people but to God, for no one understands; he is speaking mysteries by the Spirit. 1
But 1 these men, 2 like irrational animals – creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed 3 – do not understand whom 4 they are insulting, and consequently 5 in their destruction they will be destroyed, 6
For I know that after I die you will totally 1 corrupt yourselves and turn away from the path I have commanded you to walk. Disaster will confront you in the days to come because you will act wickedly 2 before the Lord, inciting him to anger because of your actions.” 3
For we heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you left Egypt and how you annihilated the two Amorite kings, Sihon and Og, on the other side of the Jordan. 1
Adoni-Zedek, king of Jerusalem, 1 heard how Joshua captured Ai and annihilated it and its king as he did Jericho 2 and its king. 3 He also heard how 4 the people of Gibeon made peace with Israel and lived among them.
They 1 captured it, its king, and all its surrounding cities and put the sword to them. They annihilated everyone who lived there; they 2 left no survivors. They 3 did to Debir and its king what they 4 had done to Libnah and its king and to Hebron. 5