“The prince 1 who is among them will raise his belongings 2 onto his shoulder in darkness, and will go out. He 3 will dig a hole in the wall to leave through. He will cover his face so that he cannot see the land with his eyes.
You have profaned me among my people for handfuls of barley and scraps of bread. You have put to death people 1 who should not die and kept alive those who should not live by your lies to my people, who listen to lies!
So now, bear your disgrace, because you have given your sisters reason to justify their behavior. 1 Because the sins you have committed were more abominable than those of your sisters; they have become more righteous than you. So now, be ashamed and bear the disgrace of making your sisters appear righteous.
take note, I have stretched out my hand against you, and I will hand you over as plunder 1 to the nations. I will cut you off from the peoples and make you perish from the lands. I will destroy you; then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
So prophesy and say: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Surely because they have made you desolate and crushed you from all directions, so that you have become the property of the rest of the nations, and have become the subject of gossip 1 and slander among the people,
therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the sovereign Lord: This is what the sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, the ravines and valleys, and to the desolate ruins and the abandoned cities that have become prey and an object of derision to the rest of the nations round about –
Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you. Break away from your sins by doing what is right, and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps your prosperity will be prolonged.” 1
There is a man in your kingdom who has within him a spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, he proved to have 1 insight, discernment, and wisdom like that 2 of the gods. 3 King Nebuchadnezzar your father appointed him chief of the magicians, astrologers, wise men, and diviners. 4
To all the supervisors of the kingdom, the prefects, satraps, counselors, and governors it seemed like a good idea for a royal edict to be issued and an interdict to be enforced. For the next thirty days anyone who prays 1 to any god or human other than you, O king, should be thrown into a den of lions.
He said to me, “Don’t be afraid, you who are valued. 1 Peace be to you! Be strong! Be really strong!” When he spoke to me, I was strengthened. I said, “Sir, you may speak now, 2 for you have given me strength.”
Even though he flourishes like a reed plant, 1 a scorching east wind will come, a wind from the Lord rising up from the desert. As a result, his spring will dry up; 2 his well will become dry. That wind 3 will spoil all his delightful foods in the containers in his storehouse.
Edom 1 says, “Though we are devastated, we will once again build the ruined places.” So the Lord who rules over all 2 responds, “They indeed may build, but I will overthrow. They will be known as 3 the land of evil, the people with whom the Lord is permanently displeased.
But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother 1 will be subjected to judgment. And whoever insults 2 a brother will be brought before 3 the council, 4 and whoever says ‘Fool’ 5 will be sent 6 to fiery hell. 7
So give orders to secure the tomb until the third day. Otherwise his disciples may come and steal his body 1 and say to the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.”
When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue. 1 Many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did he get these ideas? 2 And what is this wisdom that has been given to him? What are these miracles that are done through his hands?
Now Herod 1 was having an angry quarrel 2 with the people of Tyre 3 and Sidon. 4 So they joined together 5 and presented themselves before him. And after convincing 6 Blastus, the king’s personal assistant, 7 to help them, 8 they asked for peace, 9 because their country’s food supply was provided by the king’s country.
Now 1 look, the hand of the Lord is against 2 you, and you will be blind, unable to see the sun for a time!” Immediately mistiness 3 and darkness came over 4 him, and he went around seeking people 5 to lead him by the hand.
Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, 1 “It was necessary to speak the word of God 2 to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy 3 of eternal life, we 4 are turning to the Gentiles. 5