This is the nature of the cancellation: Every creditor must remit what he has loaned to another person; 1 he must not force payment from his fellow Israelite, 2 for it is to be recognized as “the Lord’s cancellation of debts.”
When such a person 1 hears the words of this oath he secretly 2 blesses himself 3 and says, “I will have peace though I continue to walk with a stubborn spirit.” 4 This will destroy 5 the watered ground with the parched. 6
The Israelites are unable to stand before their enemies; they retreat because they have become subject to annihilation. 1 I will no longer be with you, 2 unless you destroy what has contaminated you. 3
However, Saul and the army spared Agag, along with the best of the flock, the cattle, the fatlings, 1 and the lambs, as well as everything else that was of value. 2 They were not willing to slaughter them. But they did slaughter everything that was despised 3 and worthless.
Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do everything that my lord the king has instructed his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth was a regular guest 1 at David’s table, 2 just as though he were one of the king’s sons.
The king said to Ziba, “Everything that was Mephibosheth’s now belongs to you.” Ziba replied, “I bow before you. May I find favor in your sight, my lord the king.”
We will come against him wherever he happens to be found. We will descend on him like the dew falls on the ground. Neither he nor any of the men who are with him will be spared alive – not one of them!
Joab replied to the king, “May the Lord your God make the army a hundred times larger right before the eyes of my lord the king! But why does my master the king want to do this?”
then listen from your heavenly dwelling place, forgive their sin, 1 and act favorably toward each one based on your evaluation of his motives. 2 (Indeed you are the only one who can correctly evaluate the motives of all people.) 3
1 This will be your confirmation that I have spoken the truth: 2 This year you will eat what grows wild, 3 and next year 4 what grows on its own from that. But in the third year you will plant seed and harvest crops; you will plant vines and consume their produce. 5
‘Look, a time is 1 coming when everything in your palace and the things your ancestors have accumulated to this day will be carried away to Babylon; nothing will be left,’ says the Lord.
Here are the divisions of the priests and Levites who will perform all the service of God’s temple. All the willing and skilled men are ready to assist you in all the work and perform their service. 1 The officials and all the people are ready to follow your instructions.” 2
then listen from your heavenly dwelling place, forgive their sin, 1 and act favorably toward each one based on your evaluation of their motives. 2 (Indeed you are the only one who can correctly evaluate the motives of all people.) 3
Their descendants 1 entered and possessed the land. You subdued before them the Canaanites who were the inhabitants of the land. You delivered them into their hand, together with their kings and the peoples of the land, to deal with as they pleased.
Its abundant produce goes to the kings you have placed over us due to our sins. They rule over our bodies and our livestock as they see fit, 1 and we are in great distress!