Azariah, the head priest from the family of Zadok, said to him, “Since the contributions began arriving in the Lord’s temple, we have had plenty to eat and have a large quantity left over. For the Lord has blessed his people, and this large amount remains.”
“Go, seek an oracle from 1 the Lord for me and those who remain in Israel and Judah. Find out about 2 the words of this scroll that has been discovered. For the Lord’s fury has been ignited against us, 3 because our ancestors 4 have not obeyed the word of the Lord by doing all that this scroll instructs!” 5
they came to Zerubbabel and the leaders 1 and said to them, “Let us help you build, 2 for like you we seek your God and we have been sacrificing to him 3 from the time 4 of King Esarhaddon 5 of Assyria, who brought us here.” 6
I was embarrassed to request soldiers and horsemen from the king to protect us from the enemy 1 along the way, because we had said to the king, “The good hand of our God is on everyone who is seeking him, but his great anger 2 is against everyone who forsakes him.”
When you perceived that his heart was faithful toward you, you established a 1 covenant with him to give his descendants 2 the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, and the Girgashites. You have fulfilled your promise, 3 for you are righteous.
When the evening shadows 1 began to fall on the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I ordered 2 the doors to be closed. I further directed that they were not to be opened until after the Sabbath. I positioned 3 some of my young men at the gates so that no load could enter on the Sabbath day.
Was it not because of things like these that King Solomon of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made 1 him king over all Israel. But the foreign wives made even him sin!
When it became the turn of Esther daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai (who had raised her as if she were his own daughter 1 ) to go to the king, she did not request anything except what Hegai the king’s eunuch, who was overseer of the women, had recommended. Yet Esther met with the approval of all who saw her.
It so happened that on the third day Esther put on her royal attire and stood in the inner court of the palace, 1 opposite the king’s quarters. 2 The king was sitting on his royal throne in the palace, opposite the entrance. 3
For we have been sold 1 – both I and my people – to destruction and to slaughter and to annihilation! If we had simply been sold as male and female slaves, I would have remained silent, for such distress would not have been sufficient for troubling the king.”
When 1 the days of their feasting were finished, 2 Job would send 3 for them and sanctify 4 them; he would get up early 5 in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to 6 the number of them all. For Job thought, “Perhaps 7 my children 8 have sinned and cursed 9 God in their hearts.” This was Job’s customary practice.
Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended? 1 Who has gathered up the winds in his fists? 2 Who has bound up the waters in his cloak? 3 Who has established all the ends of the earth? 4 What is his name, and what is his son’s name? 5 – if you know!
So I recommend the enjoyment of life, 1 for there is nothing better on earth 2 for a person to do 3 except 4 to eat, drink, and enjoy 5 life. 6 So 7 joy 8 will accompany him in his toil during the days of his life which God gives him on earth. 9
Rejoice, young man, while you are young, 1 and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Follow the impulses 2 of your heart and the desires 3 of your eyes, but know that God will judge your motives and actions. 4
It will be like a hungry man dreaming that he is eating, only to awaken and find that his stomach is empty. 1 It will be like a thirsty man dreaming that he is drinking, only to awaken and find that he is still weak and his thirst unquenched. 2 So it will be for the horde from all the nations that fight against Mount Zion.
Indeed, this is what the Lord says to me: “The Lord will be like a growling lion, like a young lion growling over its prey. 1 Though a whole group of shepherds gathers against it, it is not afraid of their shouts or intimidated by their yelling. 2 In this same way the Lord who commands armies will descend to do battle on Mount Zion and on its hill. 3
But the chief adviser said, “My master did not send me to speak these words only to your master and to you. 1 His message is also for the men who sit on the wall, for they will eat their own excrement and drink their own urine along with you!” 2
No one thinks to himself, nor do they comprehend or understand and say to themselves: ‘I burned half of it in the fire – yes, I baked bread over the coals; I roasted meat and ate it. With the rest of it should I make a disgusting idol? Should I bow down to dry wood?’ 1
he says, “Is it too insignificant a task for you to be my servant, to reestablish the tribes of Jacob, and restore the remnant 1 of Israel? 2 I will make you a light to the nations, 3 so you can bring 4 my deliverance to the remote regions of the earth.”