The king stood by his pillar 1 and renewed 2 the covenant before the Lord, agreeing to follow 3 the Lord and to obey his commandments, laws, and rules with all his heart and being, 4 by carrying out the terms 5 of this covenant recorded on this scroll.
And you solemnly admonished them in order to return them to your law, but they behaved presumptuously and did not obey your commandments. They sinned against your ordinances – those by which an individual, if he obeys them, 1 will live. They boldly turned from you; 2 they rebelled 3 and did not obey.
“We – the priests, the Levites, and the people – have cast lots concerning the wood offerings, to bring them to the temple of our God according to our families 1 at the designated times year by year to burn on the altar of the LORD our God, as is written in the law.
Lord, you have always been fair whenever I have complained to you. 1 However, I would like to speak with you about the disposition of justice. 2 Why are wicked people successful? 3 Why do all dishonest people have such easy lives?
So listen to what I, the Lord, have planned against Edom, what I intend to do to 1 the people who live in Teman. 2 Their little ones will be dragged off. I will completely destroy their land because of what they have done. 3
So listen to what I, the Lord, have planned against Babylon, what I intend to do to the people who inhabit the land of Babylonia. 1 Their little ones will be dragged off. I will completely destroy their land because of what they have done.
So now, bear your disgrace, because you have given your sisters reason to justify their behavior. 1 Because the sins you have committed were more abominable than those of your sisters; they have become more righteous than you. So now, be ashamed and bear the disgrace of making your sisters appear righteous.
They will attack 1 you with weapons, 2 chariots, wagons, and with a huge army; 3 they will array themselves against you on every side with large shields, small shields, and helmets. I will assign them the task of judgment; 4 they will punish you according to their laws.
“‘When you allot the land as an inheritance, you will offer an allotment 1 to the Lord, a holy portion from the land; the length will be eight and a quarter miles 2 and the width three and one-third miles. 3 This entire area will be holy. 4
You must allot it as an inheritance among yourselves and for the foreigners who reside among you, who have fathered sons among you. You must treat them as native-born among the people of Israel; they will be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. 1
I hereby decree 1 that any people, nation, or language group that blasphemes 2 the god of Shadrach, Meshach, or Abednego will be dismembered and his home reduced to rubble! For there exists no other god who can deliver in this way.”
To all the supervisors of the kingdom, the prefects, satraps, counselors, and governors it seemed like a good idea for a royal edict to be issued and an interdict to be enforced. For the next thirty days anyone who prays 1 to any god or human other than you, O king, should be thrown into a den of lions.
He will confirm a covenant with many for one week. 1 But in the middle of that week he will bring sacrifices and offerings to a halt. On the wing 2 of abominations will come 3 one who destroys, until the decreed end is poured out on the one who destroys.”
“The Lord who rules over all says, ‘If you live 1 and work according to my requirements, you will be able to preside over my temple 2 and attend to my courtyards, and I will allow you to come and go among these others who are standing by you.
For God achieved what the law could not do because 1 it was weakened through the flesh. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,
If others receive this right from you, are we not more deserving? But we have not made use of this right. Instead we endure everything so that we may not be a hindrance to the gospel of Christ.
So they approached the king and said to him, 1 “Did you not issue an edict to the effect that for the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human other than to you, O king, would be thrown into a den of lions?” The king replied, “That is correct, 2 according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be changed.”