“‘For the Lord says concerning the palace of the king of Judah, “This place looks like a veritable forest of Gilead to me. It is like the wooded heights of Lebanon in my eyes. But I swear that I will make it like a wilderness whose towns have all been deserted. 1
The Lord spoke about the Ammonites. 1 “Do you think there are not any people of the nation of Israel remaining? Do you think there are not any of them remaining to reinherit their land? Is that why you people who worship the god Milcom 2 have taken possession of the territory of Gad and live in his cities? 3
with a passage in front of them. They looked like the chambers on the north. Of the same length and width, and all their exits according to their arrangements and entrances
This is what the Lord says: “Because Damascus has committed three crimes 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 They ripped through Gilead like threshing sledges with iron teeth. 4
All these strong ones 1 are scattering; they have sought permission to go and walk about over the earth.” The Lord had said, “Go! Walk about over the earth!” So they are doing so.
Indeed, ask about the distant past, starting from the day God created humankind 1 on the earth, and ask 2 from one end of heaven to the other, whether there has ever been such a great thing as this, or even a rumor of it.
Joshua prayed, 1 “O, Master, Lord! Why did you bring these people across the Jordan to hand us over to the Amorites so they could destroy us?
(Now to one half-tribe of Manasseh, Moses had assigned land in Bashan; and to the other half Joshua had assigned land on the west side of the Jordan with their fellow Israelites.) When Joshua sent them home, 1 he rewarded 2 them,
Samson spent half the night with the prostitute; then he got up in the middle of the night and left. 1 He grabbed the doors of the city gate, as well as the two posts, and pulled them right off, bar and all. 2 He put them on his shoulders and carried them up to the top of a hill east of Hebron. 3
So the five men journeyed on 1 and arrived in Laish. They noticed that the people there 2 were living securely, like the Sidonians do, 3 undisturbed and unsuspecting. No conqueror was troubling them in any way. 4 They lived far from the Sidonians and had no dealings with anyone. 5
People will not praise Moab any more. The enemy will capture Heshbon 1 and plot 2 how to destroy Moab, 3 saying, ‘Come, let’s put an end to that nation!’ City of Madmen, you will also be destroyed. 4 A destructive army will march against you. 5
Shortly after his rise to power, 1 his kingdom will be broken up and distributed toward the four winds of the sky 2 – but not to his posterity or with the authority he exercised, for his kingdom will be uprooted and distributed to others besides these.
For from the east to the west my name will be great among the nations. Incense and pure offerings will be offered in my name everywhere, for my name will be great among the nations,” 1 says the Lord who rules over all.