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Hear the Lord’s accusation, you mountains, you enduring foundations of the earth! For the Lord has a case against his people; he has a dispute with Israel! 1
A quick-tempered person 1 stirs up dissension, but one who is slow to anger 2 calms 3 a quarrel. 4
When you argue a case 1 with your neighbor, do not reveal the secret of another person, 2
Better is a dry crust of bread 1 where there is quietness 2 than a house full of feasting with strife. 3
Like one who grabs a wild dog by the ears, 1 so is the person passing by who becomes furious 2 over a quarrel not his own.
Like charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious person 1 to kindle strife. 2
Why do you force me to witness injustice? 1 Why do you put up with wrongdoing? 2 Destruction and violence confront 3 me; conflict is present and one must endure strife. 4
So there were quarrels 1 between Abram’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen. 2 (Now the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land at that time.) 3
If controversy arises between people, 1 they should go to court for judgment. When the judges 2 hear the case, they shall exonerate 3 the innocent but condemn 4 the guilty.
Jephthah said to them, “My people and I were entangled in controversy with the Ammonites. 1 I asked for your help, but you did not deliver me from their power. 2
Absalom would then say, “If only they would make me 1 a judge in the land! Then everyone who had a judicial complaint 2 could come to me and I would make sure he receives a just settlement.”
For as the churning 1 of milk produces butter and as punching the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger 2 produces strife. 3
I said, 1 “Oh, mother, how I regret 2 that you ever gave birth to me! I am always starting arguments and quarrels with the people of this land. 3 I have not lent money to anyone and I have not borrowed from anyone. Yet all of these people are treating me with contempt.” 4
The sounds of battle 1 will resound to the ends of the earth. For the Lord will bring charges against the nations. 2 He will pass judgment on all humankind and will hand the wicked over to be killed in war.’ 3 The Lord so affirms it! 4
But the one who will rescue them 1 is strong. He is known as the Lord who rules over all. 2 He will strongly 3 champion their cause. As a result 4 he will bring peace and rest to the earth, but trouble and turmoil 5 to the people who inhabit Babylonia. 6
“‘In a controversy they will act as judges; 1 they will judge according to my ordinances. They will keep my laws and my statutes regarding all my appointed festivals and will observe 2 my Sabbaths.
Listen to what the Lord says: “Get up! Defend yourself 1 before the mountains! 2 Present your case before the hills!” 3
He called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the contending of the Israelites and because of their testing the Lord, 1 saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
Then the Levitical priests 1 will approach (for the Lord your God has chosen them to serve him and to pronounce blessings in his name, 2 and to decide 3 every judicial verdict 4 )
Whenever your countrymen who live in the cities bring a case before you 1 (whether it involves a violent crime 2 or other matters related to the law, commandments, rules, and regulations), warn them that they must not sin against the Lord. If you fail to do so, God will be angry with you and your colleagues; but if you obey, you will be free of guilt. 3