But he replied, 1 “You’re talking like one of the godless 2 women would do! Should we receive 3 what is good from God, and not also 4 receive 5 what is evil?” 6 In all this Job did not sin by what he said. 7
Gather together and come! Approach together, you refugees from the nations! Those who carry wooden idols know nothing, those who pray to a god that cannot deliver.
You are the one in whom Israel may find hope. 1 All who leave you will suffer shame. Those who turn away from you 2 will be consigned to the nether world. 3 For they have rejected you, the Lord, the fountain of life. 4
Do not seek Bethel! 1 Do not visit Gilgal! Do not journey down 2 to Beer Sheba! For the people of Gilgal 3 will certainly be carried into exile; 4 and Bethel will become a place where disaster abounds.” 5
Your presumptuous heart 1 has deceived you – you who reside in the safety of the rocky cliffs, 2 whose home is high in the mountains. 3 You think to yourself, 4 ‘No one can 5 bring me down to the ground!’ 6
What good 1 is an idol? Why would a craftsman make it? 2 What good is a metal image that gives misleading oracles? 3 Why would its creator place his trust in it 4 and make 5 such mute, worthless things?
He approached the men of Succoth and said, “Look what I have! 1 Zebah and Zalmunna! You insulted me, saying, ‘You have not yet overpowered Zebah and Zalmunna. So why should we give bread to your exhausted men?’” 2
She said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you will not share your secret with me? 1 Three times you have deceived me and have not told me what makes you so strong.”
When David went home to pronounce a blessing on his own house, 1 Michal, Saul’s daughter, came out to meet him. 2 She said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished 3 himself this day! He has exposed himself today before his servants’ slave girls the way a vulgar fool 4 might do!”
David replied to Michal, “It was before the Lord! I was celebrating before the Lord, who chose me over your father and his entire family 1 and appointed me as leader over the Lord’s people Israel.
When Jehu rejoined 1 his master’s servants, they 2 asked him, “Is everything all right? 3 Why did this madman visit you?” He replied, “Ah, it’s not important. You know what kind of man he is and the kinds of things he says.” 4
The terror you inspire in others 1 and the arrogance of your heart have deceived you. You may make your home in the clefts of the rocks; you may occupy the highest places in the hills. 2 But even if you made your home where the eagles nest, I would bring you down from there,” says the Lord.
If then I am in the wrong 1 and have done anything that deserves death, I am not trying to escape dying, 2 but if not one of their charges against me is true, 3 no one can hand me over to them. 4 I appeal to Caesar!” 5