Within Issachar’s and Asher’s territory Manasseh was assigned Beth Shean, Ibleam, the residents of Dor, En Dor, the residents of Taanach, the residents of Megiddo, 1 the three of Napheth, 2 and the towns surrounding all these cities. 3
(The Danites failed to conquer their territory, 1 so they went up and fought with Leshem and captured it. They put the sword to it, took possession of it, and lived in it. They renamed it 2 Dan after their ancestor. 3 )
When you enter the town, you can find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people won’t eat until he arrives, for he must bless the sacrifice. Once that happens, those who have been invited will eat. Now go on up, for 1 this is the time when you can find him!”
Now the men of Israel were hard pressed that day, for Saul had made the army agree to this oath: “Cursed be the man who eats food before evening! I will get my vengeance on my enemies!” So no one in the army ate anything.
They said to him, “Look, there are fifty capable men with your servants. Let them go and look for your master, for the wind sent from the Lord 1 may have carried him away and dropped him on one of the hills or in one of the valleys.” But Elisha 2 replied, “Don’t send them out.”
When King Ahaziah of Judah saw what happened, he took off 1 up the road to Beth Haggan. Jehu chased him and ordered, “Shoot him too.” They shot him while he was driving his chariot up the ascent of Gur near Ibleam. 2 He fled to Megiddo 3 and died there.
The Lover to His Beloved: O my dove, 1 in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places of the mountain crags, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
They will bring back all your countrymen 1 from all the nations as an offering to the Lord. They will bring them 2 on horses, in chariots, in wagons, on mules, and on camels 3 to my holy hill Jerusalem,” says the Lord, “just as the Israelites bring offerings to the Lord’s temple in ritually pure containers.
“Look up at the hilltops and consider this. 1 You have had sex with other gods on every one of them. 2 You waited for those gods like a thief lying in wait in the desert. 3 You defiled the land by your wicked prostitution to other gods. 4
Show the Lord your God the respect that is due him. 1 Do it before he brings the darkness of disaster. 2 Do it before you stumble 3 into distress like a traveler on the mountains at twilight. 4 Do it before he turns the light of deliverance you hope for into the darkness and gloom of exile. 5
When Herod 1 saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he became enraged. He sent men 2 to kill all the children in Bethlehem 3 and throughout the surrounding region from the age of two and under, according to the time he had learned from the wise men.