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
“The Lord who rules over all says, ‘The fast of the fourth, fifth, seventh, and tenth 1 months will become joyful and happy, pleasant feasts for the house of Judah, so love truth and peace.’
After noticing in the distance a fig tree with leaves, he went to see if he could find any fruit 1 on it. When he came to it he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
Therefore, remember from what high state 1 you have fallen and repent! Do 2 the deeds you did at the first; 3 if not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place – that is, if you do not repent. 4
And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma 1 and said 2 to himself, 3 “I will never again curse 4 the ground because of humankind, even though 5 the inclination of their minds 6 is evil from childhood on. 7 I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done.
Tell him, ‘Your servants have taken care of cattle 1 from our youth until now, both we and our fathers,’ so that you may live in the land of Goshen, 2 for everyone who takes care of sheep is disgusting 3 to the Egyptians.”
You are to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread; seven days 1 you must eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you, at the appointed time of the month of Abib, for at that time 2 you came out of Egypt. No one may appear before 3 me empty-handed.
I 1 said to them, “The gates of Jerusalem must not be opened in the early morning, 2 until those who are standing guard close the doors and lock them. 3 Position residents of Jerusalem as guards, some at their guard stations and some near their homes.”
Tell me! Present the evidence! 1 Let them consult with one another! Who predicted this in the past? Who announced it beforehand? Was it not I, the Lord? I have no peer, there is no God but me, a God who vindicates and delivers; 2 there is none but me.
When Daniel realized 1 that a written decree had been issued, he entered his home, where the windows 2 in his upper room opened toward Jerusalem. 3 Three 4 times daily he was 5 kneeling 6 and offering prayers and thanks to his God just as he had been accustomed to do previously.
No one who has even a small portion of the Spirit in him does this. 1 What did our ancestor 2 do when seeking a child from God? Be attentive, then, to your own spirit, for one should not be disloyal to the wife he took in his youth. 3