Like fire they devour everything in their path; 1 a flame blazes behind them. The land looks like the Garden of Eden 2 before them, but behind them there is only a desolate wilderness – for nothing escapes them! 3
My people, recall how King Balak of Moab planned to harm you, 1 how Balaam son of Beor responded to him. Recall how you journeyed from Shittim to Gilgal, so you might acknowledge that the Lord has treated you fairly.” 2
Because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided 1 to put out to sea 2 from there. They hoped that 3 somehow they could reach 4 Phoenix, 5 a harbor of Crete facing 6 southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.
When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he replied, “She is my sister.” 1 He was afraid to say, “She is my wife,” for he thought to himself, 2 “The men of this place will kill me to get 3 Rebekah because she is very beautiful.”
They 1 must not discriminate in judgment, but hear the lowly 2 and the great alike. Nor should they be intimidated by human beings, for judgment belongs to God. If the matter being adjudicated is too difficult for them, they should bring it before me for a hearing.
But when I leave you, the Lord’s spirit will carry you away so I can’t find you. 1 If I go tell Ahab I’ve seen you, he won’t be able to find you and he will kill me. 2 That would not be fair, 3 because your servant has been a loyal follower of 4 the Lord from my youth.
Although we are slaves, our God has not abandoned us in our servitude. He has extended kindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, in that he has revived us 1 to restore the temple of our God and to raise 2 up its ruins and to give us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem. 3
The furnishings included linen and purple curtains hung by cords of the finest linen 1 and purple wool on silver rings, alabaster columns, gold and silver couches 2 displayed on a floor made of valuable stones of alabaster, mother-of-pearl, and mineral stone.
I have seen personally what is the only beneficial and appropriate course of action for people: 1 to eat and drink, 2 and find enjoyment in all their 3 hard work 4 on earth 5 during the few days of their life which God has given them, for this is their reward. 6
The Lover to His Beloved: O my dove, 1 in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places of the mountain crags, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
to strengthen those who mourn in Zion, by giving them a turban, instead of ashes, oil symbolizing joy, 1 instead of mourning, a garment symbolizing praise, 2 instead of discouragement. 3 They will be called oaks of righteousness, 4 trees planted by the Lord to reveal his splendor. 5
I 1 will greatly rejoice 2 in the Lord; I will be overjoyed because of my God. 3 For he clothes me in garments of deliverance; he puts on me a robe symbolizing vindication. 4 I look like a bridegroom when he wears a turban as a priest would; I look like a bride when she puts on her jewelry. 5
Lord, you have always been fair whenever I have complained to you. 1 However, I would like to speak with you about the disposition of justice. 2 Why are wicked people successful? 3 Why do all dishonest people have such easy lives?