A good reputation 1 is better 2 than precious 3 perfume; 4 likewise, 5 the day of one’s 6 death 7 is better than the day of one’s birth. 8
“Look! I have set before you today life and prosperity on the one hand, and death and disaster on the other.
Look at me! 1 Answer me, O Lord my God! Revive me, 2 or else I will die! 3
Their survivors will escape to the mountains and become like doves of the valleys; all of them will moan – each one for his iniquity.
So now, forgive my sin this time only, and pray to the Lord your God that he would only 1 take this death 2 away from me.”
Wherever you die, I will die – and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I do not keep my promise! 1 Only death will be able to separate me from you!” 2
Then Samuel said, “Bring me King Agag of the Amalekites.” So Agag came to him trembling, 1 thinking to himself, 2 “Surely death is bitter!” 3
“But 1 tell the people of Jerusalem 2 that the Lord says, ‘I will give you a choice between two courses of action. One will result in life; the other will result in death. 3
Taking an oath, David again 1 said, “Your father is very much aware of the fact 2 that I have found favor with you, and he has thought, 3 ‘Don’t let Jonathan know about this, or he will be upset.’ But as surely as the Lord lives and you live, there is about one step between me and death!”
Just as no one has power over the wind to restrain it, 1 so no one has power over the day of his 2 death. Just as no one can be discharged during the battle, 3 so wickedness cannot rescue the wicked. 4
he will swallow up death permanently. 1 The sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from every face, and remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. Indeed, the Lord has announced it! 2