Now Gehazi went on ahead of them. He placed the staff on the child’s face, but there was no sound or response. When he came back to Elisha 1 he told him, “The child did not wake up.”
So Gehazi ran after Naaman. When Naaman saw someone running after him, he got down from his chariot to meet him and asked, “Is everything all right?” 1
The craftsman encourages the metalsmith, the one who wields the hammer encourages 1 the one who pounds on the anvil. He approves the quality of the welding, 2 and nails it down so it won’t fall over.”
Do not chase after other gods until your shoes wear out and your throats become dry. 1 But you say, ‘It is useless for you to try and stop me because I love those foreign gods 2 and want to pursue them!’
I will make many stumble. 1 They will fall over one another in their hurry to flee. 2 They will say, ‘Get up! Let’s go back to our own people. Let’s go back to our homelands because the enemy is coming to destroy us.’ 3
Kill all the farmers who sow the seed in the land of Babylon. Kill all those who wield the sickle at harvest time. 1 Let all the foreigners return to their own people. Let them hurry back to their own lands to escape destruction by that enemy army. 2
Therefore I thought it necessary to urge these brothers to go to you in advance and to arrange ahead of time the generous contribution 1 you had promised, so this may be ready as a generous gift 2 and not as something you feel forced to do. 3
And above all, my brothers and sisters, 1 do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath. But let your “Yes” be yes and your “No” be no, so that you may not fall into judgment.
Then Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law who were going to marry his daughters. 1 He said, “Quick, get out of this place because the Lord is about to destroy 2 the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was ridiculing them. 3
Gideon went and prepared a young goat, 1 along with unleavened bread made from an ephah of flour. He put the meat in a basket and the broth in a pot. He brought the food 2 to him under the oak tree and presented it to him.
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!”
We are all like one who is unclean, all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in your sight. 1 We all wither like a leaf; our sins carry us away like the wind.
‘You expected a large harvest, but instead 1 there was little, and when you brought it home it disappeared right away. 2 Why?’ asks the Lord who rules over all. ‘Because my temple remains in ruins, thanks to each of you favoring his own house! 3
Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look! The feast I have prepared for you is ready. 1 My oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.”’