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?
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
My lord should not pay attention to this wicked man Nabal. He simply lives up to his name! His name means ‘fool,’ and he is indeed foolish! 1 But I, your servant, did not see the servants my lord sent. 2
Uriah replied to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah reside in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and my lord’s soldiers are camping in the open field. Should I go to my house to eat and drink and have marital relations 1 with my wife? As surely as you are alive, 2 I will not do this thing!”
Visit 1 King David and say to him, ‘My master, O king, did you not solemnly promise 2 your servant, “Surely your son Solomon will be king after me; he will sit on my throne”? So why has Adonijah become king?’
The king’s servants have even come to congratulate 1 our master 2 King David, saying, ‘May your God 3 make Solomon more famous than you and make him an even greater king than you!’ 4 Then the king leaned 5 on the bed
The real mother 1 spoke up to the king, for her motherly instincts were aroused. 2 She said, “My master, give her the living child! Whatever you do, don’t kill him!” 3 But the other woman said, “Neither one of us will have him! Let them cut him in two!”
While Gehazi 1 was telling the king how Elisha 2 had brought the dead back to life, the woman whose son he had brought back to life came to ask the king for her house and field. 3 Gehazi said, “My master, O king, this is the very woman and this is her son whom Elisha brought back to life!”
Hazael asked, “Why are you crying, my master?” He replied, “Because I know the trouble you will cause the Israelites. You will set fire to their fortresses, kill their young men with the sword, smash their children to bits, and rip open their pregnant women.”
Ornan told David, “You can have it! 1 My master, the king, may do what he wants. 2 Look, I am giving you the oxen for burnt sacrifices, the threshing sledges for wood, and the wheat for an offering. I give it all to you.”
“Now send me a man who is skilled in working with gold, silver, bronze, and iron, as well as purple, crimson, and violet colored fabrics, and who knows how to engrave. He will work with my skilled craftsmen here in Jerusalem 1 and Judah, whom my father David provided.
So the sovereign master was not pleased 1 with their young men, he took no pity 2 on their orphans and widows; for the whole nation was godless 3 and did wicked things, 4 every mouth was speaking disgraceful words. 5 Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again. 6
But that day belongs to the Lord God who rules over all. 1 It is the day when he will pay back his enemies. 2 His sword will devour them until its appetite is satisfied! It will drink their blood until it is full! 3 For the Lord God who rules over all 4 will offer them up as a sacrifice in the land of the north by the Euphrates River.
ס (Samek) He rounded up 1 all my mighty ones; 2 The Lord 3 did this 4 in 5 my midst. He summoned an assembly 6 against me to shatter my young men. The Lord has stomped like grapes 7 the virgin daughter, Judah. 8
When they came they said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful and do not court anyone’s favor, because you show no partiality 1 but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 2 Is it right 3 to pay taxes 4 to Caesar 5 or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”
Abraham 1 said, “Since I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty are found there?” He replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the twenty.”