An inheritance gained easily 1 in the beginning will not be blessed 2 in the end. 3
This was the first time they set out on their journey according to the commandment 1 of the Lord, by the authority 2 of Moses.
This was the place where he had first built the altar, 1 and there Abram worshiped the Lord. 2
The standard 1 of the camp of the Judahites set out first according to their companies, and over his company was Nahshon son of Amminadab.
She said, “In the past they would always say, ‘Let them inquire in Abel,’ and that is how they settled things.
The witnesses 1 must be first to begin the execution, and then all the people 2 are to join in afterward. In this way you will purge evil from among you.
I and all the troops 1 who are with me will approach the city. When they come out to fight us like before, we will retreat from them.
They will attack 1 us until we have lured them from the city, for they will say, ‘They are retreating from us like before.’ We will retreat from them.
The servants of the district governors led the march. When Ben Hadad sent messengers, they reported back to him, “Men are marching out of Samaria.” 1
For this is what the sovereign Lord says: “In the beginning my people went to live temporarily in Egypt; Assyria oppressed them for no good reason.
The Lord also will deliver the homes 1 of Judah first, so that the splendor of the kingship 2 of David and of the people of Jerusalem may not exceed that of Judah.
Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go and do as you planned. 1 But first make a small cake for me and bring it to me; then make something for yourself and your son.
So he said to the messengers of Ben Hadad, “Say this to my master, the king, ‘I will give you everything you demanded at first from your servant, but I am unable to agree to this latest demand.’” 1 So the messengers went back and gave their report.
Indeed, the coastlands 1 look eagerly for me, the large ships 2 are in the lead, bringing your sons from far away, along with their silver and gold, to honor the Lord your God, 3 the Holy One of Israel, 4 for he has bestowed honor on you.
All the people, 1 rulers, 2 leaders, and judges were standing on either side of the ark, in front of the Levitical priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord. Both resident foreigners and native Israelites were there. 3 Half the people stood in front of Mount Gerizim and the other half in front of Mount Ebal, as Moses the Lord’s servant had previously instructed to them to do for the formal blessing ceremony. 4