We have plenty of straw and feed,” she added, 1 “and room for you 2 to spend the night.”
Also, take your flocks and your herds, just as you have requested, and leave. But bless me also.” 1
So Saul inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him – not by dreams nor by Urim 1 nor by the prophets.
Moreover, 1 the Lord says, 2 “Both the prophets and priests are godless. I have even found them doing evil in my temple!
But if you continue to do evil, both you and your king will be swept away.”
The gray-haired 1 and the aged are on our side, 2 men far older than your father. 3
The men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us – you, your son, and your grandson. For you have delivered us from Midian’s power.” 1
What they loved, 1 as well as what they hated 2 and envied, 3 perished long ago, and they no longer have a part in anything that happens on earth. 4
Chariots and horsemen also went up with him, so it was a very large entourage. 1
Then Pharaoh also summoned wise men and sorcerers, 1 and the magicians 2 of Egypt by their secret arts 3 did the same thing.
Balak said to Balaam, “Neither curse them at all 1 nor bless them at all!” 2
As for me, the Lord was also angry with me on your account. He said, “You also will not be able to go there.
But Absalom said, “Call for 1 Hushai the Arkite, and let’s hear what he has to say.” 2
Pay attention, all you people, 1 both rich and poor!
For you know in your own heart 1 that you also have cursed others many times.
You plant them like trees and they put down their roots. 1 They grow prosperous and are very fruitful. 2 They always talk about you, but they really care nothing about you. 3
“Babylon must fall 1 because of the Israelites she has killed, 2 just as the earth’s mortally wounded fell because of Babylon. 3
You too will act like drunkards; 1 you will go into hiding; 2 you too will seek refuge from the enemy.
So now we consider the arrogant to be happy; indeed, those who practice evil are successful. 1 In fact, those who challenge 2 God escape!’”
They were hungry and thirsty; they fainted from exhaustion. 1