On the other hand, you may slaughter and eat meat as you please when the Lord your God blesses you 1 in all your villages. 2 Both the ritually pure and impure may eat it, whether it is a gazelle or an ibex.
This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God: “Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our 1 God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die.”
I have not eaten anything when I was in mourning, or removed any of it while ceremonially unclean, or offered any of it to the dead; 1 I have obeyed you 2 and have done everything you have commanded me.
until the Lord gives your brothers a place like yours to settle and they conquer the land the Lord your God is ready to hand over to them. Then you may go back to your allotted land and occupy the land Moses the Lord’s servant assigned you east of the Jordan.” 1
When all the Amorite kings on the west side of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the seacoast heard how the Lord had dried up the water of the Jordan before the Israelites while they 1 crossed, they lost their courage and could not even breathe for fear of the Israelites. 2
Joshua prayed, 1 “O, Master, Lord! Why did you bring these people across the Jordan to hand us over to the Amorites so they could destroy us?
But his wife said to him, “If the Lord wanted to kill us, he would not have accepted the burnt offering and the grain offering from us. 1 He would not have shown us all these things, or have spoken to us like this just now.”
On the fourth 1 day they said to Samson’s bride, “Trick your husband into giving the solution to the riddle. 2 If you refuse, 3 we will burn up 4 you and your father’s family. 5 Did you invite us here 6 to make us poor?” 7
On the seventh day, before the sun set, the men of the city said to him, “What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?” He said to them, “If you had not plowed with my heifer, 1 you would not have solved my riddle!”
Finally he told her his secret. 1 He said to her, “My hair has never been cut, 2 for I have been dedicated to God 3 from the time I was conceived. 4 If my head 5 were shaved, my strength would leave me; I would become weak, and be just like all other men.”
They replied, “If you are going to send the ark of 1 the God of Israel back, don’t send it away empty. Be sure to return it with a guilt offering. Then you will be healed, and you will understand why his hand is not removed from you.”
They inquired, “What is the guilt offering that we should send to him?” They replied, “The Philistine leaders number five. So send five gold sores and five gold mice, for it is the same plague that has afflicted both you and your leaders.
But the servant said to him, “Look, there is a man of God in this town. He is highly respected. Everything that he says really happens. 1 Now let’s go there. Perhaps he will tell us where we should go from here.” 2
So the cook picked up the leg and brought it and set it in front of Saul. Samuel 1 said, “What was kept is now set before you! Eat, for it has been kept for you for this meeting time, from the time I said, ‘I have invited the people.’” So Saul ate with Samuel that day.
But the army said to Saul, “Should Jonathan, who won this great victory in Israel, die? May it never be! As surely as the Lord lives, not a single hair of his head will fall to the ground! For it is with the help of God that he has acted today.” So the army rescued Jonathan from death. 1
So Jonathan spoke on David’s behalf 1 to his father Saul. He said to him, “The king should not sin against his servant David, for he has not sinned against you. On the contrary, his actions have been very beneficial 2 for you.
David said to the priest, “Certainly women have been kept away from us, just as on previous occasions when I have set out. The soldiers’ 1 equipment is holy, even on an ordinary journey. How much more so will they be holy today, along with their equipment!”
Today your own eyes see how the Lord delivered you – this very day – into my hands in the cave. Some told me to kill you, but I had pity 1 on you and said, ‘I will not extend my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s chosen one.’ 2