Who has woe? 1 Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has dullness 2 of the eyes?
“‘Sure to be judged 1 is the king who builds his palace using injustice and treats people unfairly while adding its upper rooms. 2 He makes his countrymen work for him for nothing. He does not pay them for their labor.
He risked his life 1 when he struck down the Philistine and the Lord gave all Israel a great victory. When you saw it, you were happy. So why would you sin against innocent blood by putting David to death for no reason?”
Your conscience will not be overwhelmed with guilt 1 for having poured out innocent blood and for having taken matters into your own hands. When the Lord has granted my lord success, 2 please remember your servant.”
But the king said to Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it from you! I will not offer to the Lord my God burnt sacrifices that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty pieces of silver. 1
The king told him, “Do as he said! Strike him down and bury him. Take away from me and from my father’s family 1 the guilt of Joab’s murderous, bloody deeds. 2
King David replied to Ornan, “No, I insist on buying it for top price. 1 I will not offer to the Lord what belongs to you or offer a burnt sacrifice 2 that cost me nothing. 3
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a pure and upright man, one who fears God and turns away from evil. And he still holds firmly 1 to his integrity, 2 so that 3 you stirred me up to destroy him 4 without reason.” 5
And now, what do we have here?” 1 says the Lord. “Indeed my people have been carried away for nothing, those who rule over them taunt,” 2 says the Lord, “and my name is constantly slandered 3 all day long.
They will console you when you see their behavior and their deeds, because you will know that it was not without reason that I have done everything which I have done in it, declares the sovereign Lord.”
“I wish that one of you would close the temple doors, 1 so that you no longer would light useless fires on my altar. I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord who rules over all, “and I will no longer accept an offering from you.