The Edomites had again invaded and defeated Judah and carried off captives.
Evil men will soon disappear; 1 you will stare at the spot where they once were, but they will be gone. 2
He was committed to following the Lord; 1 he even removed the high places and Asherah poles from Judah.
However, the high places were not eliminated; the people were still not devoted to the God of their ancestors. 1
Sennacherib’s 1 servants further insulted 2 the Lord God and his servant Hezekiah.
“But there is hope for 1 a tree: 2 If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.
A person with great anger bears the penalty, 1 but if you deliver him from it once, you will have to do it again. 2
I saw something else on earth: 1 In the place of justice, there was wickedness, and in the place of fairness, 2 there was wickedness.
For these past two years there has been famine in 1 the land and for five more years there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.
This made Saul very angry. The statement displeased him and he thought, 1 “They have attributed to David tens of thousands, but to me they have attributed only thousands. What does he lack, except the kingdom?”
Now, to show my commitment to the temple of my God, I donate my personal treasure of gold and silver to the temple of my God, in addition to all that I have already supplied for this holy temple.
He did what the Lord approved, just as his father Uzziah had done. 1 (He did not, however, have the audacity to enter the temple.) 2 Yet the people were still sinning.
Even if only a tenth of the people remain in the land, it will again be destroyed, 1 like one of the large sacred trees 2 or an Asherah pole, when a sacred pillar on a high place is thrown down. 3 That sacred pillar symbolizes the special chosen family.” 4
Syria from the east, and the Philistines from the west, they gobbled up Israelite territory. 1 Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again. 2
You will have no place to go, except to kneel with the prisoners, or to fall among those who have been killed. 1 Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again. 2
While I was still speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and presenting my request before the LORD my God concerning his holy mountain 1 –
yes, while I was still praying, 1 the man Gabriel, whom I had seen previously 2 in a vision, was approaching me in my state of extreme weariness, 3 around the time of the evening offering.
So the Lord is furious 1 with his people; he lifts 2 his hand and strikes them. The mountains shake, and corpses lie like manure 3 in the middle of the streets. Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again. 4
So the sovereign master was not pleased 1 with their young men, he took no pity 2 on their orphans and widows; for the whole nation was godless 3 and did wicked things, 4 every mouth was speaking disgraceful words. 5 Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again. 6
Manasseh fought against 1 Ephraim, and Ephraim against Manasseh; together they fought against Judah. Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again. 2