After sending away the crowd, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan. 1
Now on 1 the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met him.
Your 1 servant has found favor with you, 2 and you have shown me great 3 kindness 4 by sparing 5 my life. But I am not able to escape to the mountains because 6 this disaster will overtake 7 me and I’ll die. 8
Then build an altar for the Lord your God on the top of this stronghold according to the proper pattern. 1 Take the second bull and offer it as a burnt sacrifice on the wood from the Asherah pole that you cut down.”
Now don’t let my blood fall to the ground away from the Lord’s presence, for the king of Israel has gone out to look for a flea the way one looks for a partridge 1 in the hill country.”
Some of the Gadites joined David at the stronghold in the desert. They were warriors who were trained for battle; they carried shields and spears. They were as fierce as lions and could run as quickly as gazelles across the hills. 1
Micaiah 1 replied, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains like sheep that have no shepherd. Then the Lord said, ‘They have no master. They should go home in peace.’”
Though these people make an uproar as loud as the roaring of powerful waves, 1 when he shouts at 2 them, they will flee to a distant land, driven before the wind like dead weeds on the hills, or like dead thistles 3 before a strong gale.
The Lord says, “I will restore the ruined houses of the descendants of Jacob. I will show compassion on their ruined homes. 1 Every city will be rebuilt on its former ruins. 2 Every fortified dwelling will occupy its traditional site. 3
It then went up the Valley of Ben Hinnom to the slope of the Jebusites on the south (that is, Jerusalem), 1 going up to the top of the hill opposite the Valley of Ben Hinnom to the west, which is at the end of the Valley of the Rephaites to the north.
Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he can see.” The Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw that 1 the hill was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
The king ruined the high places east of Jerusalem, south of the Mount of Destruction, 1 that King Solomon of Israel had built for the detestable Sidonian goddess Astarte, the detestable Moabite god Chemosh, and the horrible Ammonite god Milcom.
When Josiah turned around, he saw the tombs there on the hill. So he ordered the bones from the tombs to be brought; 1 he burned them on the altar and defiled it. This fulfilled the Lord’s announcement made by the prophet while Jeroboam stood by the altar during a festival. King Josiah 2 turned and saw the grave of the prophet who had foretold this. 3
“Micah from Moresheth 1 prophesied during the time Hezekiah was king of Judah. 2 He told all the people of Judah, ‘The Lord who rules over all 3 says, “Zion 4 will become a plowed field. Jerusalem 5 will become a pile of rubble. The temple mount will become a mere wooded ridge.”’ 6
O Lord, according to all your justice, 1 please turn your raging anger 2 away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain. For due to our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors, Jerusalem and your people are mocked by all our neighbors.
And when the ark traveled, Moses would say, “Rise up, O Lord! May your enemies be scattered, and may those who hate you flee before you!”