But when she reached the prophet on the mountain, she grabbed hold of his feet. Gehazi came near to push her away, but the prophet said, “Leave her alone, for she is very upset. 1 The Lord has kept the matter hidden from me; he didn’t tell me about it.”
Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Saul replied, “I am terribly troubled! The Philistines are fighting against me and God has turned away from me. He does not answer me – not by the prophets nor by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what I should do.”
Jephthah said to the leaders of Gilead, “But you hated me and made me leave 1 my father’s house. Why do you come to me now, when you are in trouble?”
Therefore you delivered them into the hand of their adversaries, who oppressed them. But in the time of their distress they called to you, and you heard from heaven. In your abundant compassion you provided them with deliverers to rescue them from 1 their adversaries.
Indeed 1 Israel 2 is the vineyard of the Lord who commands armies, the people 3 of Judah are the cultivated place in which he took delight. He waited for justice, but look what he got – disobedience! 4 He waited for fairness, but look what he got – cries for help! 5
They put it on their shoulder and carry it; they put it in its place and it just stands there; it does not 1 move from its place. Even when someone cries out to it, it does not reply; it does not deliver him from his distress.
Through all that they suffered, he suffered too. 1 The messenger sent from his very presence 2 delivered them. In his love and mercy he protected 3 them; he lifted them up and carried them throughout ancient times. 4
You should not have entered the city 1 of my people when they experienced distress. 2 You should not have joined 3 in gloating over their misfortune when they suffered distress. 4 You should not have looted 5 their wealth when they endured distress. 6
and has a reputation for good works: as one who has raised children, 1 practiced hospitality, washed the feet of the saints, helped those in distress – as one who has exhibited all kinds of good works. 2
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.
‘If disaster comes on us in the form of military attack, 1 judgment, plague, or famine, we will stand in front of this temple before you, for you are present in this temple. 2 We will cry out to you for help in our distress, so that you will 3 hear and deliver us.’
which I reserve for the time of trouble, for the day of war and battle? 1
Turn toward me and have mercy on me, for I am alone 1 and oppressed!
This is a message 1 about the animals in the Negev: Through a land of distress and danger, inhabited by lionesses and roaring lions, 2 by snakes and darting adders, 3 they transport 4 their wealth on the backs of donkeys, their riches on the humps of camels, to a nation that cannot help them. 5