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
The Lord will attack Israel, making it like a reed that sways in the water. 1 He will remove Israel from this good land he gave to their ancestors 2 and scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, 3 because they angered the Lord by making Asherah poles. 4
He replied, “Do not strike them down! You did not capture them with your sword or bow, so what gives you the right to strike them down? 1 Give them some food and water, so they can eat and drink and then go back to their master.”
Don’t listen to Hezekiah!’ For this is what the king of Assyria says, ‘Send me a token of your submission and surrender to me. 1 Then each of you may eat from his own vine and fig tree and drink water from his own cistern,
Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended? 1 Who has gathered up the winds in his fists? 2 Who has bound up the waters in his cloak? 3 Who has established all the ends of the earth? 4 What is his name, and what is his son’s name? 5 – if you know!
The people say, 1 “Why are we just sitting here? Let us gather together inside the fortified cities. 2 Let us at least die there fighting, 3 since the Lord our God has condemned us to die. He has condemned us to drink the poison waters of judgment 4 because we have sinned against him. 5
For their mother has committed adultery; she who conceived them has acted shamefully. For she said, “I will seek out 1 my lovers; 2 they are the ones who give me my bread and my water, my wool, my flax, my olive oil, and my wine. 3
He 1 saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets.
Then she will reply to me, “Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels too.” May that woman be the one whom the Lord has chosen for my master’s son.’
Take note of 1 the field where the men 2 are harvesting and follow behind with the female workers. 3 I will tell the men 4 to leave you alone. 5 When you are thirsty, you may go to 6 the water jars 7 and drink some of the water 8 the servants draw.” 9
When the servants of Absalom approached the woman at her home, they asked, “Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?” The woman replied to them, “They crossed over the stream.” Absalom’s men 1 searched but did not find them, so they returned to Jerusalem. 2
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
Look, the sovereign master 1 sends a strong, powerful one. 2 With the force of a hailstorm or a destructive windstorm, 3 with the might of a driving, torrential rainstorm, 4 he will knock that crown 5 to the ground with his hand. 6
So David marched against Baal Perazim and defeated them there. Then he said, “The Lord has burst out against my enemies like water bursts out.” So he called the name of that place Baal Perazim. 1
So they marched against Baal Perazim and David defeated them there. David said, “Using me as his instrument, 1 God has burst out against my enemies like water bursts out.” So that place is called Baal Perazim. 2
Who carves out a channel for the heavy rains, and a path for the rumble of thunder,