Then 1 I heard something like a voice from among the four living creatures saying, “A quart 2 of wheat will cost a day’s pay 3 and three quarts of barley will cost a day’s pay. But 4 do not damage the olive oil and the wine!”
but if a priest’s daughter is a widow or divorced, and she has no children so that she returns to live in 1 her father’s house as in her youth, 2 she may eat from her father’s food, but no lay person may eat it.
And the priest must take the boiled shoulder of the ram, one cake made without yeast from the basket, and one wafer made without yeast, and put them on the hands of the Nazirite after he has shaved his consecrated head; 1
But the poor man had nothing except for a little lamb he had acquired. He raised it, and it grew up alongside him and his children. 1 It used to 2 eat his food, 3 drink from his cup, and sleep in his arms. 4 It was just like a daughter to him.
So David got up from the ground, bathed, put on oil, and changed his clothes. He went to the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then, when he entered his palace, he requested that food be brought to him, and he ate.
So Amnon lay down and pretended to be sick. When the king came in to see him, Amnon said to the king, “Please let my sister Tamar come in so she can make a couple of cakes in my sight. Then I will eat from her hand.”
Also their neighbors, from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali, were bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen. There were large supplies of flour, fig cakes, raisins, wine, olive oil, beef, and lamb, 1 for Israel was celebrating. 2
Every day one ox, six select sheep, and some birds were prepared for me, and every ten days all kinds of wine in abundance. Despite all this I did not require the food allotted to the governor, for the work was demanding on this people.
Lord, use your power to deliver me from these murderers, 1 from the murderers of this world! 2 They enjoy prosperity; 3 you overwhelm them with the riches they desire. 4 They have many children, and leave their wealth to their offspring. 5
Before this I had been like a docile lamb ready to be led to the slaughter. I did not know they were making plans to kill me. 1 I did not know they were saying, 2 “Let’s destroy the tree along with its fruit! 3 Let’s remove Jeremiah 4 from the world of the living so people will not even be reminded of him any more.” 5
Therefore, because you make the poor pay taxes on their crops 1 and exact a grain tax from them, you will not live in the houses you built with chiseled stone, nor will you drink the wine from the fine 2 vineyards you planted. 3
I tell you, even though the man inside 1 will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of the first man’s 2 sheer persistence 3 he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
Instead we will do everything we vowed we would do. 1 We will sacrifice and pour out drink offerings to the goddess called the Queen of Heaven 2 just as we and our ancestors, our kings, and our leaders previously did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, were well-off, and had no troubles. 3