When a woman gives birth, she has distress 1 because her time 2 has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being 3 has been born into the world. 4
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, 1 but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings.
if it is exhortation, he must exhort; if it is contributing, he must do so with sincerity; if it is leadership, he must do so with diligence; if it is showing mercy, he must do so with cheerfulness.
For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, 1 regarding the affliction that happened to us in the province of Asia, 2 that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of living.
But when you come close to the Ammonites, do not harass or provoke them because I am not giving you any of the Ammonites’ land as your possession; I have already given it to Lot’s descendants 1 as their possession.
“At this time tomorrow I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin. You must consecrate 1 him as a leader over my people Israel. He will save my people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have looked with favor on my people. Their cry has reached me!”
But today you have rejected your God who saves you from all your trouble and distress. You have said, “No! 1 Appoint a king over us.” Now take your positions before the Lord by your tribes and by your clans.’”
Now the men of Israel were hard pressed that day, for Saul had made the army agree to this oath: “Cursed be the man who eats food before evening! I will get my vengeance on my enemies!” So no one in the army ate anything.
David looked up and saw the Lord’s messenger standing between the earth and sky with his sword drawn and in his hand, stretched out over Jerusalem. David and the leaders, covered with sackcloth, threw themselves down with their faces to the ground. 1
(8:23) 1 The gloom will be dispelled for those who were anxious. 2 In earlier times he 3 humiliated the land of Zebulun, and the land of Naphtali; 4 but now he brings honor 5 to the way of the sea, the region beyond the Jordan, and Galilee of the nations. 6
My heart cries out because of Moab’s plight, 1 and for the fugitives 2 stretched out 3 as far as Zoar and Eglath Shelishiyah. For they weep as they make their way up the ascent of Luhith; they loudly lament their demise on the road to Horonaim. 4