As for Ahab’s family, dogs will eat the ones 1 who die in the city, and the birds of the sky will eat the ones who die in the country.”
Sure enough, the next morning, at the time of the morning sacrifice, water came flowing down from Edom and filled the land. 1
All the kingdoms of the surrounding lands were afraid of God 1 when they heard how the Lord had fought against Israel’s enemies.
Then you will know that I am the Lord when I bring you to the land of Israel, to the land I swore 1 to give to your fathers.
Fields will again be bought with silver, and deeds of purchase signed, sealed, and witnessed. This will happen in the territory of Benjamin, the villages surrounding Jerusalem, the towns in Judah, the southern hill country, the western foothills, and southern Judah. 1 For I will restore them to their land. 2 I, the Lord, affirm it!’” 3
The five men who had gone to spy out the land of Laish 1 said to their kinsmen, 2 “Do you realize that inside these houses are an ephod, some personal idols, a carved image, and a metal image? Decide now what you want to do.”
(Now the man’s name was Elimelech, 1 his wife was Naomi, 2 and his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. 3 They were of the clan of Ephrath 4 from Bethlehem in Judah.) They entered the region of Moab and settled there. 5
“Foreigners, who do not belong to your people Israel, will come from a distant land because of your great reputation 1 and your ability to accomplish mighty deeds; 2 they will come and direct their prayers toward this temple.
Isaiah the prophet visited King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did these men say? Where do they come from?” Hezekiah replied, “They come from the distant land of Babylon.”
But in that time they will affirm them with ‘I swear as surely as the Lord lives who delivered the people of Israel from the land of the north and from all the other lands where he had banished them.’ At that time I will bring them back to the land I gave their ancestors.” 1
Then people will come here from the towns in Judah, from the villages surrounding Jerusalem, from the territory of Benjamin, from the western foothills, from the southern hill country, and from the southern part of Judah. They will come bringing offerings to the temple of the Lord: burnt offerings, sacrifices, grain offerings, and incense along with their thank offerings. 1
Then I will reply, 1 ‘I will bring them back from the land of the north. I will gather them in from the distant parts of the earth. Blind and lame people will come with them, so will pregnant women and women about to give birth. A vast throng of people will come back here.
“At the time of the end the king of the south will attack 1 him. Then the king of the north will storm against him 2 with chariots, horsemen, and a large armada of ships. 3 He 4 will invade lands, passing through them like an overflowing river. 5
“Listen to another parable: There was a landowner 1 who planted a vineyard. 2 He put a fence around it, dug a pit for its winepress, and built a watchtower. Then 3 he leased it to tenant farmers 4 and went on a journey.
Then 1 he began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. 2 He put a fence around it, dug a pit for its winepress, and built a watchtower. Then 3 he leased it to tenant farmers 4 and went on a journey.