They had not gone very far from the city 1 when Joseph said 2 to the servant who was over his household, “Pursue the men at once! 3 When you overtake 4 them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid good with evil?
If you have no desire 1 to worship 2 the Lord, choose today whom you will worship, 3 whether it be the gods whom your ancestors 4 worshiped 5 beyond the Euphrates, 6 or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But I and my family 7 will worship 8 the Lord!”
All the people who were at the gate and the elders replied, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is entering your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built up the house of Israel! May 1 you prosper 2 in Ephrathah and become famous 3 in Bethlehem. 4
So the palace supervisor, 1 the city commissioner, 2 the leaders, 3 and the guardians sent this message to Jehu, “We are your subjects! 4 Whatever you say, we will do. We will not make anyone king. Do what you consider proper.” 5
The descendants of Eleazar had more leaders than the descendants of Ithamar, so they divided them up accordingly; the descendants of Eleazar had sixteen leaders, while the descendants of Ithamar had eight. 1
King Uzziah suffered from a skin disease until the day he died. He lived in separate quarters, 1 afflicted by a skin disease and banned from the Lord’s temple. His son Jotham was in charge of the palace and ruled over the people of the land.
He sent letters throughout all the royal provinces, to each province according to its own script and to each people according to its own language, 1 that every man should be ruling his family 2 and should be speaking the language of his own people. 3
“Don’t imagine that because you are part of the king’s household you will be the one Jew 1 who will escape. If you keep quiet at this time, liberation and protection for the Jews will appear 2 from another source, 3 while you and your father’s household perish. It may very well be 4 that you have achieved royal status 5 for such a time as this!”
So 1 the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious 2 and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly 3 to the streets and alleys of the city, 4 and bring in the poor, 5 the crippled, 6 the blind, and the lame.’
Pharaoh gave his men orders about Abram, 1 and so they expelled him, along with his wife and all his possessions.
Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, as well as his wife and female slaves so that they were able to have children.
Jacob was very afraid and upset. So he divided the people who were with him into two camps, as well as the flocks, herds, and camels.