then you must cut off her hand – do not pity her.
The Lord is just; he cut the ropes of the wicked.” 1
When Adoni-Bezek ran away, they chased him and captured him. Then they cut off his thumbs and big toes.
the people of Dedan, Tema, Buz, 1 all the desert people who cut their hair short at the temples; 2
They hammered the gold into thin sheets and cut it into narrow strips to weave 1 them into the blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and into the fine linen, the work of an artistic designer.
At that time King Hezekiah of Judah stripped the metal overlays from the doors of the Lord’s temple and from the posts which he had plated 1 and gave them to the king of Assyria.
He brings an end to wars throughout the earth; 1 he shatters 2 the bow and breaks 3 the spear; he burns 4 the shields with fire. 5
Their camels will be taken as plunder. Their vast herds will be taken as spoil. I will scatter to the four winds those desert peoples who cut their hair short at the temples. 1 I will bring disaster against them from every direction,” says the Lord. 2
Adoni-Bezek said, “Seventy kings, with thumbs and big toes cut off, used to lick up 1 food scraps 2 under my table. God has repaid me for what I did to them.” 3 They brought him to Jerusalem, 4 where he died.
So David issued orders to the soldiers and they put them to death. Then they cut off their hands and feet and hung them 1 near the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth 2 and buried it in the tomb of Abner 3 in Hebron. 4
King Ahaz took off the frames of the movable stands, and removed the basins from them. He took “The Sea” 1 down from the bronze bulls that supported it 2 and put it on the pavement.
Nebuchadnezzar 1 took from there all the riches in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and of the royal palace. He removed all the gold items which King Solomon of Israel had made for the Lord’s temple, just as the Lord had warned.
Ahaz gathered the items in God’s temple and removed them. He shut the doors of the Lord’s temple and erected altars on every street corner in Jerusalem.
That is, I will punish the Egyptians, the Judeans, the Edomites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and all the desert people who cut their hair short at the temples. 1 I will do so because none of the people of those nations are really circumcised in the Lord’s sight. 2 Moreover, none of the people of Israel 3 are circumcised when it comes to their hearts.” 4