I tore the kingdom away from the Davidic dynasty and gave it to you. But you are not like my servant David, who kept my commandments and followed me wholeheartedly by doing only what I approve. 1
The Lord solemnly warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and all the seers, “Turn back from your evil ways; obey my commandments and rules that are recorded in the law. I ordered your ancestors to keep this law and sent my servants the prophets to remind you of its demands.” 1
“Then, when they were at rest again, they went back to doing evil before you. Then you abandoned them to 1 their enemies, and they gained dominion over them. When they again cried out to you, in your compassion you heard from heaven and rescued them time and again.
And you solemnly admonished them in order to return them to your law, but they behaved presumptuously and did not obey your commandments. They sinned against your ordinances – those by which an individual, if he obeys them, 1 will live. They boldly turned from you; 2 they rebelled 3 and did not obey.
But you, Lord, know all their plots to kill me. Do not pardon their crimes! Do not ignore their sins as though you had erased them! 1 Let them be brought down in defeat before you! Deal with them while you are still angry! 2
After three days 1 Paul 2 called the local Jewish leaders 3 together. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers, 4 although I had done 5 nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, 6 from Jerusalem 7 I was handed over as a prisoner to the Romans. 8
‘I know 1 where you live – where Satan’s throne is. Yet 2 you continue to cling 3 to my name and you have not denied your 4 faith in me, 5 even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, 6 who was killed in your city 7 where Satan lives.
I myself will also walk in hostility against you and strike you 1 seven times on account of your sins.
Nevertheless the Kenite will be consumed. 1 How long will Asshur take you away captive?”
But the high places were not eliminated; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense on the high places.
He did evil in the sight of 1 the Lord, but not to the same degree as the Israelite kings who preceded him.
Those who remain in Judah will take root in the ground and bear fruit. 1
But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there not a prophet of the Lord still here, that we may ask him?”
The people continued to offer sacrifices at the high places, but only to the Lord their God.