They covered 1 the surface 2 of all the ground, so that the ground became dark with them, 3 and they ate all the vegetation of the ground and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left. Nothing green remained on the trees or on anything that grew in the fields throughout the whole land of Egypt.
The Lord your God will make the labor of your hands 1 abundantly successful and multiply your children, 2 the offspring of your cattle, and the produce of your soil. For the Lord your God will once more 3 rejoice over you to make you prosperous 4 just as he rejoiced over your ancestors,
surely you would not want to wait until they were old enough to marry! 1 Surely you would not remain unmarried all that time! 2 No, 3 my daughters, you must not return with me. 4 For my intense suffering 5 is too much for you to bear. 6 For the Lord is afflicting me!” 7
He got up on the bed and spread his body out over 1 the boy; he put his mouth on the boy’s 2 mouth, his eyes over the boy’s eyes, and the palms of his hands against the boy’s palms. He bent down over him, and the boy’s skin 3 grew warm.
He built towers in the desert and dug many cisterns, for he owned many herds in the lowlands 1 and on the plain. He had workers in the fields and vineyards in the hills and in Carmel, 2 for he loved agriculture. 3
When the evening shadows 1 began to fall on the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I ordered 2 the doors to be closed. I further directed that they were not to be opened until after the Sabbath. I positioned 3 some of my young men at the gates so that no load could enter on the Sabbath day.
Look up at the sky! Look at the earth below! For the sky will dissipate 1 like smoke, and the earth will wear out like clothes; its residents will die like gnats. But the deliverance I give 2 is permanent; the vindication I provide 3 will not disappear. 4
Sometimes I think, “I will make no mention of his message. I will not speak as his messenger 1 any more.” But then 2 his message becomes like a fire locked up inside of me, burning in my heart and soul. 3 I grow weary of trying to hold it in; I cannot contain it.
“Micah from Moresheth 1 prophesied during the time Hezekiah was king of Judah. 2 He told all the people of Judah, ‘The Lord who rules over all 3 says, “Zion 4 will become a plowed field. Jerusalem 5 will become a pile of rubble. The temple mount will become a mere wooded ridge.”’ 6
They will come and shout for joy on Mount Zion. They will be radiant with joy 1 over the good things the Lord provides, the grain, the fresh wine, the olive oil, the young sheep and calves he has given to them. They will be like a well-watered garden and will not grow faint or weary any more.
“From its earliest days Moab has lived undisturbed. It has never been taken into exile. Its people are like wine allowed to settle undisturbed on its dregs, never poured out from one jar to another. They are like wine which tastes like it always did, whose aroma has remained unchanged. 1
“‘Say to them: This is what the sovereign Lord says: “‘Will it prosper? Will he not rip out its roots and cause its fruit to rot 1 and wither? All its foliage 2 will wither. No strong arm or large army will be needed to pull it out by its roots. 3
For there are some eunuchs who were that way from birth, 1 and some who were made eunuchs 2 by others, 3 and some who became eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who is able to accept this should accept it.”
When the man got ready to leave 1 with his concubine and his servant, 2 his father-in-law, the girl’s father, said to him, “Look! The day is almost over! 3 Stay another night! Since the day is over, 4 stay another night here and have a good time. You can get up early tomorrow and start your trip home.” 5