I have now come to speak with my lord the king about this matter, because the people have made me fearful. 1 But your servant said, ‘I will speak to the king! Perhaps the king will do what his female servant 2 asks.
I did not believe these things until I came and saw them with my own eyes. Indeed, I didn’t hear even half the story! 1 Your wisdom surpasses what was reported to me.
At the time of the evening offering I got up from my self-abasement, 1 with my tunic and robe torn, and then dropped to my knees and spread my hands to the Lord my God.
So Haman came in, and the king said to him, “What should be done for the man whom the king wishes to honor?” Haman thought to himself, 1 “Who is it that the king would want to honor more than me?”
“I have stomped grapes in the winepress all by myself; no one from the nations joined me. I stomped on them 1 in my anger; I trampled them down in my rage. Their juice splashed on my garments, and stained 2 all my clothes.
Then my anger will be fully vented; I will exhaust my rage on them, and I will be appeased. 1 Then they will know that I, the Lord, have spoken in my jealousy 2 when I have fully vented my rage against them.
Say, ‘Mountains of Israel, 1 Hear the word of the sovereign Lord! 2 This is what the sovereign Lord says to the mountains and the hills, to the ravines and the valleys: I am bringing 3 a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places. 4
I will be like a lion to Ephraim, like a young lion to the house of Judah. I myself will tear them to pieces, then I will carry them off, and no one will be able to rescue them!
And I did not recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining – this is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever. The bread 1 that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? 1 The words that I say to you, I do not speak on my own initiative, 2 but the Father residing in me performs 3 his miraculous deeds. 4
even because of the extraordinary character of the revelations. Therefore, 1 so that I would not become arrogant, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to trouble 2 me – so that I would not become arrogant. 3
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.