If people want to boast, they should boast about this: They should boast that they understand and know me. They should boast that they know and understand that I, the Lord, act out of faithfulness, fairness, and justice in the earth and that I desire people to do these things,” 1 says the Lord.
whose foliage was attractive and its fruit plentiful, and from which there was food available for all, under whose branches wild animals 1 used to live, and in whose branches birds of the sky used to nest –
Israel was a fertile vine that yielded fruit. As his fruit multiplied, he multiplied altars to Baal. 1 As his land prospered, they adorned the fertility pillars.
Then I spoke up, “Let a clean turban be put on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood nearby.
At the present time, your abundance will meet their need, 1 so that one day their abundance may also meet your need, and thus there may be equality,
the king summoned 1 Shimei and said to him, “You will recall 2 that I made you take an oath by the Lord, and I solemnly warned you, ‘If you ever leave and go anywhere, 3 know for sure that you will certainly die.’ You said to me, ‘The proposal is acceptable; I agree to it.’ 4
And let the king appoint officers throughout all the provinces of his kingdom to gather all the attractive young women to Susa the citadel, to the harem 1 under the authority of Hegai, the king’s eunuch who oversees the women, and let him provide whatever cosmetics they desire. 2
Then he 1 brought out gold, silver jewelry, and clothing and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave valuable gifts to her brother and to her mother.
Then Rebekah took her older son Esau’s best clothes, which she had with her in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob.
And they must stand as your towns of refuge from the avenger in order that the killer may not die until he has stood trial before the community.
This shall be the priests’ fair allotment 1 from the people who offer sacrifices, whether bull or sheep – they must give to the priest the shoulder, the jowls, and the stomach.
They did not treat 1 the family of Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) fairly in return for all the good he had done for Israel.
So Jesse had him brought in. 1 Now he was ruddy, with attractive eyes and a handsome appearance. The Lord said, “Go and anoint him. This is the one!”
The young woman was very beautiful; she became the king’s nurse and served him, but the king did not have sexual relations with her. 1