Those survivors from Jacob will live among the nations, in the midst of many peoples. They will be like a lion among the animals of the forest, like a young lion among the flocks of sheep, which attacks when it passes through; it rips its prey 1 and there is no one to stop it. 2
The shields of his warriors are dyed red; 1 the mighty soldiers are dressed in scarlet garments. 2 The metal fittings 3 of the chariots 4 shine like 5 fire 6 on the day of battle; 7 the soldiers brandish 8 their spears. 9
Their horses are faster than leopards and more alert 1 than wolves in the desert. 2 Their horses 3 gallop, 4 their horses come a great distance; like a vulture 5 they swoop down quickly to devour their prey. 6
Before that time there was no compensation for man or animal, nor was there any relief from adversity for those who came and went, because I had pitted everybody – each one – against everyone else.
Indeed, I will no longer have compassion on the people of the land,” says the Lord, “but instead I will turn every last person over to his neighbor and his king. They will devastate the land, and I will not deliver it from them.”
And Saul agreed completely with killing 1 him.Now on that day a great 2 persecution began 3 against the church in Jerusalem, 4 and all 5 except the apostles were forced to scatter throughout the regions 6 of Judea and Samaria.
When they did not find them, they dragged 1 Jason and some of the brothers before the city officials, 2 screaming, “These people who have stirred up trouble 3 throughout the world 4 have come here too,
I answered them 1 that it was not the custom of the Romans to hand over anyone 2 before the accused had met his accusers face to face 3 and had been given 4 an opportunity to make a defense against the accusation. 5
But the men were afraid when they were brought to Joseph’s house. They said, “We are being brought in because of 1 the money that was returned in our sacks last time. 2 He wants to capture us, 3 make us slaves, and take 4 our donkeys!”
So 1 now, please come and curse this nation 2 for me, for they are too powerful for me. Perhaps I will prevail so that we may conquer them 3 and drive them out of the land. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, 4 and whoever you curse is cursed.”
So all of you approached me and said, “Let’s send some men ahead of us to scout out the land and bring us back word as to how we should attack it and what the cities are like there.”
Then you responded to me and admitted, “We have sinned against the Lord. We will now go up and fight as the Lord our God has told us to do.” So you each put on your battle gear and prepared to go up to the hill country.
They will besiege all of your villages 1 until all of your high and fortified walls collapse – those in which you put your confidence throughout the land. They will besiege all your villages throughout the land the Lord your God has given you.
Get up! Ritually consecrate the people and tell them this: ‘Ritually consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, because the Lord God of Israel says, “You are contaminated, 1 O Israel! You will not be able to stand before your enemies until you remove what is contaminating you.” 2