So Samuel lay down until morning. Then he opened the doors of the Lord’s house. But Samuel was afraid to tell Eli about the vision.
Now look! This king walks before you. As for me, I am old and gray, though my sons are here with you. I have walked before you from the time of my youth till the present day.
Now a man from Baal Shalisha brought some food for the prophet 1 – twenty loaves of bread made from the firstfruits of the barley harvest, as well as fresh ears of grain. 2 Elisha 3 said, “Set it before the people so they may eat.”
Then in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought to me, 1 I took the wine and gave it to the king. Previously 2 I had not been depressed 3 in the king’s presence. 4
The fig tree has budded, the vines have blossomed and give off their fragrance. Arise, come away my darling; my beautiful one, come away with me!”
The officials of Zoan are nothing but fools; 1 Pharaoh’s wise advisers give stupid advice. How dare you say to Pharaoh, “I am one of the sages, one well-versed in the writings of the ancient kings?” 2
For just as the ground produces its crops and a garden yields its produce, so the sovereign Lord will cause deliverance 1 to grow, and give his people reason to praise him in the sight of all the nations. 2
“Go and declare in the hearing of the people of Jerusalem: 1 ‘This is what the Lord says: “I have fond memories of you, 2 how devoted you were to me in your early years. 3 I remember how you loved me like a new bride; you followed me through the wilderness, through a land that had never been planted.
And with all your abominable practices and prostitution you did not remember the days of your youth when you were naked and bare, kicking around in your blood.
“‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: In the first month, on the first day of the month, you must take an unblemished young bull and purify the sanctuary.
In the seventh month, on the fifteenth day of the month, at the feast, 1 he will make the same provisions for the sin offering, burnt offering, and grain offering, and for the olive oil, for the seven days.
So let us acknowledge him! 1 Let us seek 2 to acknowledge 3 the Lord! He will come to our rescue as certainly as the appearance of the dawn, as certainly as the winter rain comes, as certainly as the spring rain that waters the land.”
Your courtiers 1 are like locusts, your officials 2 are like a swarm of locusts! They encamp in the walls on a cold day, yet when the sun rises, they 3 fly away; 4 and no one knows where they 5 are. 6
“Speak to all the people and priests of the land as follows: ‘When you fasted and lamented in the fifth and seventh 1 months through all these seventy years, did you truly fast for me – for me, indeed?