I testify to the one who hears the words of the prophecy contained in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described 1 in this book.
I have chosen him 1 so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep 2 the way of the Lord by doing 3 what is right and just. Then the Lord will give 4 to Abraham what he promised 5 him.”
My integrity will testify for me 1 later on. 2 When you come to verify that I’ve taken only the wages we agreed on, 3 if I have in my possession any goat that is not speckled or spotted or any sheep that is not dark-colored, it will be considered stolen.” 4
On the first day you must take for yourselves branches from majestic trees 1 – palm branches, branches of leafy trees, and willows of the brook – and you must rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.
Then when the Lord your God brings you to the land he promised your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to give you – a land with large, fine cities you did not build,
I saw among the goods we seized a nice robe from Babylon, 1 two hundred silver pieces, 2 and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels. I wanted them, so I took them. They are hidden in the ground right in the middle of my tent with the silver underneath.”
These were the cities of refuge 1 appointed for all the Israelites and for resident foreigners living among them. Anyone who accidentally killed someone could escape there and not be executed by 2 the avenger of blood, at least until his case was reviewed by the assembly. 3
‘No doubt they are gathering and dividing the plunder 1 – a girl or two for each man to rape! 2 Sisera is grabbing up colorful cloth, 3 he is grabbing up colorful embroidered cloth, 4 two pieces of colorful embroidered cloth, for the neck of the plunderer!’ 5
All the Levites who were musicians, including Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and relatives, wore linen. They played cymbals and stringed instruments as they stood east of the altar. They were accompanied by 120 priests who blew trumpets.
In the cities of the priests, Eden, Miniamin, Jeshua, Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah faithfully assisted him in making disbursements to their fellow priests 1 according to their divisions, regardless of age. 2
If you see the extortion 1 of the poor, or the perversion 2 of justice and fairness in the government, 3 do not be astonished by the matter. For the high official is watched by a higher official, 4 and there are higher ones over them! 5
He will judge disputes between nations; he will settle cases for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares, 1 and their spears into pruning hooks. 2 Nations will not take up the sword against other nations, and they will no longer train for war.
A putrid stench will replace the smell of spices, 1 a rope will replace a belt, baldness will replace braided locks of hair, a sackcloth garment will replace a fine robe, and a prisoner’s brand will replace beauty.