She replied, “In that case, 1 let the king invoke the name of 2 the Lord your God so that the avenger of blood may not kill! Then they will not destroy my son!” He replied, “As surely as the Lord lives, not a single hair of your son’s head 3 will fall to the ground.”
It seems like you arrived just yesterday. Today should I make you wander around by going with us? I go where I must go. But as for you, go back and take your men 1 with you. May genuine loyal love 2 protect 3 you!”
But the soldiers replied, 1 “You should not do this! 2 For if we should have to make a rapid retreat, they won’t be too concerned about us. 3 Even if half of us should die, they won’t be too concerned about us. But you 4 are like ten thousand of us! So it is better if you remain in the city for support.”
(19:1) 1 The king then became very upset. He went up to the upper room over the gate and wept. As he went he said, “My son, Absalom! My son, my son, 2 Absalom! If only I could have died in your place! Absalom, my son, my son!” 3
So Joab visited 1 the king at his home. He said, “Today you have embarrassed all your servants who have saved your life this day, as well as the lives of your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your concubines.
For today he has gone down and sacrificed many cattle, steers, and sheep and has invited all the king’s sons, the army commanders, and Abiathar the priest. At this moment 1 they are having a feast 2 in his presence, and they have declared, ‘Long live King Adonijah!’ 3
Then listen from your heavenly dwelling place and answer all the prayers of the foreigners. 1 Then all the nations of the earth will acknowledge your reputation, 2 obey 3 you like your people Israel do, and recognize that this temple I built belongs to you. 4
The young advisers with whom Rehoboam 1 had grown up said to him, “Say this to these people who have said to you, ‘Your father made us work hard, but now lighten our burden.’ 2 Say this to them: ‘I am a lot harsher than my father! 3
When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, the people answered the king, “We have no portion in David, no share in the son of Jesse! 1 Return to your homes, O Israel! 2 Now, look after your own dynasty, O David!” 3 So Israel returned to their homes. 4
So I am ready to bring disaster 1 on the dynasty 2 of Jeroboam. I will cut off every last male belonging to Jeroboam in Israel, including even the weak and incapacitated. 3 I will burn up the dynasty of Jeroboam, just as one burns manure until it is completely consumed. 4
As certainly as the Lord your God lives, my master has sent to every nation and kingdom in an effort to find you. When they say, ‘He’s not here,’ he makes them 1 swear an oath that they could not find you.
The seventh time the servant 1 said, “Look, a small cloud, the size of the palm of a man’s hand, is rising up from the sea.” Elijah 2 then said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up the chariots and go down, so that the rain won’t overtake you.’” 3
He left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and mother goodbye, then I will follow you.” Elijah 1 said to him, “Go back! Indeed, what have I done to you?”
He answered her, “While I was talking to Naboth the Jezreelite, I said to him, ‘Sell me your vineyard for silver, or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.’ But he said, ‘I will not sell you my vineyard.’” 1
He sent 1 this message to King Jehoshaphat of Judah: “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you fight with me against Moab?” Jehoshaphat 2 replied, “I will join you in the campaign; my army and horses are at your disposal.” 3
They tore down the cities and each man threw a stone into every cultivated field until they were covered. 1 They stopped up every spring and chopped down every productive tree. Only Kir Hareseth was left intact, 2 but the slingers surrounded it and attacked it.
An officer who was the king’s right-hand man 1 responded to the prophet, 2 “Look, even if the Lord made it rain by opening holes in the sky, could this happen so soon?” 3 Elisha 4 said, “Look, you will see it happen with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of the food!” 5
When he finished offering the burnt sacrifice, Jehu ordered the royal guard 1 and officers, “Come in and strike them down! Don’t let any escape!” So the royal guard and officers struck them down with the sword and left their bodies lying there. 2 Then they entered the inner sanctuary of the temple of Baal. 3
King Jehoash of Israel sent this message back to King Amaziah of Judah, “A thornbush in Lebanon sent this message to a cedar in Lebanon, ‘Give your daughter to my son as a wife.’ Then a wild animal 1 of Lebanon came by and trampled down the thorn. 2