May they be like the grass on the rooftops which withers before one can even pull it up, 1
Do you wish to torment 1 a windblown 2 leaf and chase after dry chaff? 3
The grass dries up, the flowers wither, but the decree of our God is forever reliable.” 1
When they took roll call, 1 they noticed 2 none of the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead were there.
Shallum son of Jabesh conspired against him; he assassinated him in Ibleam 1 and took his place as king.
The roof of my mouth 1 is as dry as a piece of pottery; my tongue sticks to my gums. 2 You 3 set me in the dust of death. 4
The grass dries up, the flowers wither, when the wind sent by the Lord 1 blows on them. Surely humanity 2 is like grass.
Surely they will be totally consumed 1 like 2 entangled thorn bushes, 3 like the drink of drunkards, 4 like very 5 dry stubble.
They had worn-out, patched sandals on their feet and dressed in worn-out clothes. All their bread 1 was dry and hard. 2
This bread of ours was warm when we packed it in our homes the day we started out to meet you, 1 but now it is dry and hard. 2
The Benjaminites returned at that time, and the Israelites 1 gave to them the women they had spared from Jabesh Gilead. But there were not enough to go around. 2
1 Nahash 2 the Ammonite marched 3 against Jabesh Gilead. All the men of Jabesh Gilead said to Nahash, “Make a treaty with us and we will serve you.”
For the waters of Nimrim are gone; 1 the grass is dried up, the vegetation has disappeared, and there are no plants.
ח (Khet) Now their appearance 1 is darker than soot; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin has shriveled on their bones; it is dried up, like tree bark.
Consider! It is planted, but will it prosper? Will it not wither completely when the east wind blows on it? Will it not wither in the soil where it sprouted?’”
Ephraim will be struck down 1 – their root will be dried up; they will not yield any fruit. Even if they do bear children, I will kill their precious offspring.
So the assembly sent 12,000 capable warriors 1 against Jabesh Gilead. 2 They commanded them, “Go and kill with your swords 3 the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead, including the women and little children.
No foreigner who becomes a follower of 1 the Lord should say, ‘The Lord will certainly 2 exclude me from his people.’ The eunuch should not say, ‘Look, I am like a dried-up tree.’”
All the trees of the field will know that I am the Lord. I make the high tree low; I raise up the low tree. I make the green tree wither, and I make the dry tree sprout. I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it!’”
and say to the scrub land of the Negev, ‘Hear the word of the Lord: This is what the sovereign Lord says: Look here, 1 I am about to start a fire in you, 2 and it will devour every green tree and every dry tree in you. The flaming fire will not be extinguished, and the whole surface of the ground from the Negev to the north will be scorched by it.