We went on board 1 a ship from Adramyttium 2 that was about to sail to various ports 3 along the coast of the province of Asia 4 and put out to sea, 5 accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian 6 from Thessalonica. 7
When the Canaanites who lived in the land saw them mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a very sad occasion 1 for the Egyptians.” That is why its name was called 2 Abel Mizraim, 3 which is beyond the Jordan.
The rest of Manasseh’s descendants were also assigned land 1 by their clans, including the descendants of Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher, and Shemida. These are the male descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph by their clans.
The Ammonite king said to Jephthah’s messengers, “Because Israel stole 1 my land when they 2 came up from Egypt – from the Arnon River in the south to the Jabbok River in the north, and as far west as the Jordan. 3 Now return it 4 peaceably!”
(5:1) 1 Solomon ruled all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River 2 to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. These kingdoms paid tribute as Solomon’s subjects throughout his lifetime. 3
The Philistines had raided the cities of Judah in the lowlands 1 and the Negev. They captured and settled in Beth Shemesh, Aijalon, Gederoth, Soco and its surrounding villages, Timnah and its surrounding villages, and Gimzo and its surrounding villages.
“I, King Artaxerxes, hereby issue orders to all the treasurers of 1 Trans-Euphrates, that you precisely execute all that Ezra the priestly scribe of the law of the God of heaven may request of you –
I said to the king, “If the king is so inclined, let him give me letters for the governors of Trans-Euphrates 1 that will enable me to travel safely until I reach Judah,
Hanun and the residents of Zanoah worked on the Valley Gate. They rebuilt it and positioned its doors, its bolts, and its bars, in addition to working on fifteen hundred feet 1 of the wall as far as the Dung Gate.
The Lord will divide 1 the gulf 2 of the Egyptian Sea; 3 he will wave his hand over the Euphrates River 4 and send a strong wind, 5 he will turn it into seven dried-up streams, 6 and enable them to walk across in their sandals.
“‘For the Lord says concerning the palace of the king of Judah, “This place looks like a veritable forest of Gilead to me. It is like the wooded heights of Lebanon in my eyes. But I swear that I will make it like a wilderness whose towns have all been deserted. 1
You must fight 1 until the Lord gives your countrymen victory 2 as he did you and they take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving them on the other side of the Jordan River. Then each of you may return to his own territory that I have given you.”
Indeed, ask about the distant past, starting from the day God created humankind 1 on the earth, and ask 2 from one end of heaven to the other, whether there has ever been such a great thing as this, or even a rumor of it.
So the five men journeyed on 1 and arrived in Laish. They noticed that the people there 2 were living securely, like the Sidonians do, 3 undisturbed and unsuspecting. No conqueror was troubling them in any way. 4 They lived far from the Sidonians and had no dealings with anyone. 5
“I also hereby issue orders as to what you are to do with those elders of the Jews in order to rebuild this temple of God. From the royal treasury, from the taxes of Trans-Euphrates the complete costs are to be given to these men, so that there may be no interruption of the work. 1
Shortly after his rise to power, 1 his kingdom will be broken up and distributed toward the four winds of the sky 2 – but not to his posterity or with the authority he exercised, for his kingdom will be uprooted and distributed to others besides these.
The ships of Kittim 1 will come against him, leaving him disheartened. 2 He will turn back and direct his indignation against the holy covenant. He will return and honor 3 those who forsake the holy covenant.