“Nonetheless they grew disobedient and rebelled against you; they disregarded your law. 1 They killed your prophets who had solemnly admonished them in order to cause them to return to you. They committed atrocious blasphemies.
The Lord says, 1 “These people are like soldiers who have readied their bows. Their tongues are always ready to shoot out lies. 2 They have become powerful in the land, but they have not done so by honest means. 3 Indeed, they do one evil thing after another 4 and do not pay attention to me. 5
Then she defied my regulations and my statutes, becoming more wicked than the nations 1 and the countries around her. 2 Indeed, they 3 have rejected my regulations, and they do not follow my statutes.
When you built your chamber at the head of every street and put up your pavilion in every public square, you were not like a prostitute, because you scoffed at payment. 1
I am enraged at the shepherds and will punish the lead-goats. For the Lord who rules over all has brought blessing to his flock, the house of Judah, and will transform them into his majestic warhorse.
Those who buy them 1 slaughter them and are not held guilty; those who sell them say, ‘Blessed be the Lord, for I am rich.’ Their own shepherds have no compassion for them.
But you who eat vegetables only – why do you judge your brother or sister? 1 And you who eat everything – why do you despise your brother or sister? 2 For we will all stand before the judgment seat 3 of God.
But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian 1 who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, 2 or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person.
For if a woman will not cover her head, she should cut off her hair. But if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, she should cover her head.
They will fill your houses, the houses of your servants, and all the houses of Egypt, such as 1 neither 2 your fathers nor your grandfathers have seen since they have been 3 in the land until this day!’” Then Moses 4 turned and went out from Pharaoh.
Three thousand men of Judah went down to the cave in the cliff of Etam and said to Samson, “Do you not know that the Philistines rule over us? Why have you done this to us?” He said to them, “I have only done to them what they have done to me.”
After Saul had secured his royal position over Israel, he fought against all their 1 enemies on all sides – the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines. In every direction that he turned he was victorious. 2
Then David said to Abishai, “Now Sheba son of Bicri will cause greater disaster for us than Absalom did! Take your lord’s servants and pursue him. Otherwise he will secure 1 fortified cities for himself and get away from us.”
He wrote letters mocking the Lord God of Israel and insulting him with these words: 1 “The gods of the surrounding nations could not rescue their people from my power. Neither can Hezekiah’s god rescue his people from my power.” 2