but the inner person 1 of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.
And those who live on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate, even sending gifts to each other, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.
Let us rejoice 1 and exult and give him glory, because the wedding celebration of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow from the soil, 1 every tree that was pleasing to look at 2 and good for food. (Now 3 the tree of life 4 and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil 5 were in the middle of the orchard.)
The blessings of your father are greater than 1 the blessings of the eternal mountains 2 or the desirable things of the age-old hills. They will be on the head of Joseph and on the brow of the prince of his brothers. 3
if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this scroll of the law. But you must turn to him 1 with your whole mind and being.
when someone told me that Saul was dead – even though he thought he was bringing good news 1 – I seized him and killed him in Ziklag. That was the good news I gave to him!
I will not take the whole kingdom from his hand. I will allow him to be ruler for the rest of his life for the sake of my chosen servant David who kept my commandments and rules.
Now, to show my commitment to the temple of my God, I donate my personal treasure of gold and silver to the temple of my God, in addition to all that I have already supplied for this holy temple.
On that day men were appointed over the storerooms for the contributions, first fruits, and tithes, to gather into them from 1 the fields of the cities the portions prescribed by the law for the priests and the Levites, for the people of Judah 2 took delight in the priests and Levites who were ministering. 3
I did not restrain myself from getting whatever I wanted; 1 I did not deny myself anything that would bring me pleasure. 2 So all my accomplishments gave me joy; 3 this was my reward for all my effort. 4
To every man whom God has given wealth, and possessions, he has also given him the ability 1 to eat from them, to receive his reward and to find enjoyment in his toil; these things 2 are the gift of God.
Certainly the Lord will console Zion; he will console all her ruins. He will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the Garden of the Lord. Happiness and joy will be restored to 1 her, thanksgiving and the sound of music.