houses filled with choice things you did not accumulate, hewn out cisterns you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant – and you eat your fill,
Images of bulls were under it all the way around, ten every eighteen inches 1 all the way around. The bulls were in two rows and had been cast with “The Sea.”
He made ten washing basins; he put five on the south side and five on the north side. In them they rinsed the items used for burnt sacrifices; the priests washed in “The Sea.”
Listen to this, O family of Jacob, 1 you who are called by the name ‘Israel,’ and are descended from Judah, 2 who take oaths in the name of the Lord, and invoke 3 the God of Israel – but not in an honest and just manner. 4
The bronze of the items that King Solomon made for the Lord’s temple (including the two pillars, the large bronze basin called “The Sea,” the twelve bronze bulls under “The Sea,” and the movable stands 1 ) was too heavy to be weighed.
The sovereign Lord who commands armies will do this. 1 He touches the earth and it dissolves; 2 all who live on it mourn. The whole earth 3 rises like the River Nile, 4 and then grows calm 5 like the Nile in Egypt. 6
Then the disciple whom 1 Jesus loved 2 said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” So Simon Peter, when he heard that it was the Lord, tucked in his outer garment (for he had nothing on underneath it), 3 and plunged 4 into the sea.
Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new life. 1
He built towers in the desert and dug many cisterns, for he owned many herds in the lowlands 1 and on the plain. He had workers in the fields and vineyards in the hills and in Carmel, 2 for he loved agriculture. 3
“You should fear me!” says the Lord. “You should tremble in awe before me! 1 I made the sand to be a boundary for the sea, a permanent barrier that it can never cross. Its waves may roll, but they can never prevail. They may roar, but they can never cross beyond that boundary.” 2
I have been on journeys many times, in dangers from rivers, in dangers from robbers, 1 in dangers from my own countrymen, in dangers from Gentiles, in dangers in the city, in dangers in the wilderness, 2 in dangers at sea, in dangers from false brothers,