A foolish child 1 is the ruin of his father, and a contentious wife 2 is like 3 a constant dripping. 4
One who acts wickedly 1 pays attention to evil counsel; 2 a liar listens 3 to a malicious tongue. 4
But God was watching over 1 the elders of Judah, and they were not stopped 2 until a report could be dispatched 3 to Darius and a letter could be sent back concerning this.
They are determined to be experts at doing evil; 1 government officials and judges take bribes, 2 prominent men make demands, and they all do what is necessary to satisfy them. 3
“Then I wanted to know the meaning 1 of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others. It was very dreadful, with two rows of iron teeth and bronze claws, and it devoured, crushed, and trampled anything that was left with its feet.
Then the iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold were broken in pieces without distinction 1 and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors that the wind carries away. Not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the statue became a large mountain that filled the entire earth.