Now it’s your turn to listen to your servant! Let me set before you a bit of bread so that you can eat. When you regain your strength, you can go on your way.”
Then David and the men 1 who were with him wept loudly 2 until they could weep no more. 3
You are the source of wealth and honor; 1 you rule over all. You possess strength and might to magnify and give strength to all. 2
“But who am I and who are my people, that we should be in a position to contribute this much? 1 Indeed, everything comes from you, and we have simply given back to you what is yours. 2
Even if you go and fight bravely in battle, God will defeat you 1 before the enemy. God is capable of helping or defeating.” 2
Then those in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers 1 has failed! The debris is so great that we are unable to rebuild the wall.”
But those who wait for the Lord’s help 1 find renewed strength; they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, 2 they run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired.
A blacksmith works with his tool 1 and forges metal over the coals. He forms it 2 with hammers; he makes it with his strong arm. He gets hungry and loses his energy; 3 he drinks no water and gets tired.
ו (Vav) All of Daughter Zion’s 1 splendor 2 has departed. 3 Her leaders became like deer; they found no pasture, so they were too exhausted to escape 4 from the hunter. 5
Then the king of the north will advance and will build siege mounds and capture a well-fortified city. 1 The forces of the south will not prevail, not even his finest contingents. 2 They will have no strength to prevail.
But I 1 am full of the courage that the Lord’s Spirit gives, and have a strong commitment to justice. 2 This enables me to confront Jacob with its rebellion, and Israel with its sin. 3
The Lord is slow to anger 1 but great in power; 2 the Lord will certainly not 3 allow the wicked 4 to go unpunished.He marches out 5 in the whirlwind and the raging storm; dark storm clouds billow like dust 6 under his feet. 7
(2:2) The watchmen of Nineveh shout: 1 “An enemy who will scatter you 2 is marching out 3 to attack you!” 4 “Guard 5 the rampart! 6 Watch the road! Prepare yourselves for battle! 7 Muster your mighty strength!” 8
You must remember the Lord your God, for he is the one who gives ability to get wealth; if you do this he will confirm his covenant that he made by oath to your ancestors, 1 even as he has to this day.
Saul quickly fell full length on the ground and was very afraid because of Samuel’s words. He was completely drained of energy, 1 not having eaten anything 2 all that day and night.
Of course, who can really build a temple for him, since the sky 1 and the highest heavens cannot contain him? Who am I that I should build him a temple! It will really be only a place to offer sacrifices before him. 2
He prayed: “O Lord God of our ancestors, 1 you are the God who lives in heaven 2 and rules over all the kingdoms of the nations. You possess strength and power; no one can stand against you.
Our God, will you not judge them? For we are powerless against this huge army that attacks us! We don’t know what we should do; we look to you for help.” 1
He looked for Ahaziah, who was captured while hiding in Samaria. 1 They brought him to Jehu and then executed him. They did give him a burial, for they reasoned, 2 “He is the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the Lord with his whole heart.” There was no one in Ahaziah’s family strong enough to rule in his place. 3
However, the people are numerous and it is the rainy season. 1 We are unable to stand here outside. Furthermore, this business cannot be resolved in a day or two, for we have sinned greatly in this matter.