God does not restrain his anger; 1 under him the helpers of Rahab 2 lie crushed. 3
“Be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic 1 because of the king of Assyria and this huge army that is with him! We have with us one who is stronger than those who are with him. 2
Listen to me, you who know what is right, you people who are aware of my law! 1 Don’t be afraid of the insults of men; don’t be discouraged because of their abuse!
The Lord says, “Do not start following pagan religious practices. 1 Do not be in awe of signs that occur 2 in the sky even though the nations hold them in awe.
Then Joshua said to them, “Don’t be afraid and don’t panic! 1 Be strong and brave, for the Lord will do the same thing to all your enemies you fight.
But Asahel 1 refused to turn aside. So Abner struck him in the abdomen with the back end of his 2 spear. The spear came out his back; Asahel 3 collapsed on the spot and died there right before Abner. 4 Everyone who now comes to the place where Asahel fell dead pauses in respect. 5
Then Abner sent messengers 1 to David saying, “To whom does the land belong? Make an agreement 2 with me, and I will do whatever I can 3 to cause all Israel to turn to you.”
The Lord has punished you for 1 all the spilled blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you rule. Now the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. Disaster has overtaken you, for you are a man of bloodshed!”
He said: “Pay attention, all you people of Judah, 1 residents of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Don’t be afraid and don’t panic 2 because of this huge army! For the battle is not yours, but God’s.
You will not fight in this battle. Take your positions, stand, and watch the Lord deliver you, 1 O Judah and Jerusalem. Don’t be afraid and don’t panic! 2 Tomorrow march out toward them; the Lord is with you!’”