Saul 1 again replied, “I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel. Go back with me so I may worship the Lord your God.”
When your people 1 come to their senses 2 in the land where they are held prisoner, they will repent and beg for your mercy in the land of their imprisonment, admitting, ‘We have sinned and gone astray; 3 we have done evil.’
for this is what the Lord says, ‘You will not feel 1 any wind or see any rain, but this valley will be full of water and you and your cattle and animals will drink.’
Isn’t this the way your ancestors 1 acted, causing our God to bring on them and on this city all this misfortune? And now you are causing even more wrath on Israel, profaning the Sabbath like this!”
Yet he is compassionate. He forgives sin and does not destroy. He often holds back his anger, and does not stir up his fury. 1
God has made everything fit beautifully 1 in its appropriate time, but 2 he has also placed ignorance 3 in the human heart 4 so that 5 people 6 cannot discover what God has ordained, 7 from the beginning to the end 8 of their lives. 9
There will be some left behind, like when an olive tree is beaten – two or three ripe olives remain toward the very top, four or five on its fruitful branches,” says the Lord God of Israel.
The day you begin cultivating, you do what you can to make it grow; 1 the morning you begin planting, you do what you can to make it sprout. Yet the harvest will disappear 2 in the day of disease and incurable pain.
The Lord says, 1 “As surely as I am the living God, you, Jeconiah, 2 king of Judah, son of Jehoiakim, will not be the earthly representative of my authority. Indeed, I will take that right away from you. 3
“Her sister Oholibah watched this, 1 but she became more corrupt in her lust than her sister had been, and her acts of prostitution were more numerous than those of her sister.
Then 1 the Judeans 2 responded, 3 “Now we know you’re possessed by a demon! 4 Both Abraham and the prophets died, and yet 5 you say, ‘If anyone obeys 6 my teaching, 7 he will never experience 8 death.’ 9
And now, though we share the same flesh and blood as our fellow countrymen, 1 and our children are just like their children, 2 still we have found it necessary to subject our sons and daughters to slavery. 3 Some of our daughters have been subjected to slavery, while we are powerless to help, 4 since our fields and vineyards now belong to other people.” 5
Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Is that all of the young men?” Jesse 1 replied, “There is still the youngest one, but he’s taking care of the flock.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we cannot turn our attention to other things until he comes here.”
After all, there was no one in the entire house of my grandfather 1 who did not deserve death from my lord the king. But instead you allowed me to eat at your own table! 2 What further claim do I have to ask 3 the king for anything?”