and listened to me. 1 As long as I live, I will call to him when I need help. 2
The one who turns away his ear 1 from hearing the law, even his prayer 2 is an abomination. 3
Their venom is like that of a snake, 1 like a deaf serpent 2 that does not hear, 3
The one who shuts his ears 1 to the cry 2 of the poor, he too will cry out and will not be answered. 3
Look, the Lord’s hand is not too weak 1 to deliver you; his ear is not too deaf to hear you. 2
then his master must bring him to the judges, 1 and he will bring him to the door or the doorposts, and his master will pierce his ear with an awl, and he shall serve him forever. 2
The one who lives 1 uprightly 2 and speaks honestly; the one who refuses to profit from oppressive measures and rejects a bribe; 3 the one who does not plot violent crimes 4 and does not seek to harm others 5 –
Then the king said to the messengers 1 who were stationed beside him, “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, for they too have sided 2 with David! They knew he was fleeing, but they did not inform me.” But the king’s servants refused to harm 3 the priests of the Lord.