Then I turned, went down the mountain, and placed the tablets into the ark I had made – they are still there, just as the Lord commanded me.
As for me, I stayed at the mountain as I did the first time, forty days and nights. The Lord listened to me that time as well and decided not to destroy you.
But I will certainly 1 hide myself at that time because of all the wickedness they 2 will have done by turning to other gods.
and the Lord 1 commissioned Joshua son of Nun, “Be strong and courageous, for you will take the Israelites to the land I have promised them, and I will be with you.” 2
We have enough straw and grain for our donkeys, and there is enough food and wine for me, your female servant, 1 and the young man who is with your servants. 2 We lack nothing.”
Now may the Lord show you true kindness! 1 I also will reward you, 2 because you have done this deed.
He replied, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept because I thought, 1 ‘Perhaps 2 the Lord will show pity and the child will live.
How could I ever be rid of my humiliation? And you would be considered one of the fools 1 in Israel! Just 2 speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you.”
But he did not invite me – your servant – or Zadok the priest, or Benaiah son of Jehoiada, or your servant Solomon.
Now you say, ‘Go and say to your master, “Elijah is back,”’ 1 but he will kill me.”
I dug wells and drank water in foreign lands. 1 With the soles of my feet I dried up all the rivers of Egypt.’
Now I have chosen and consecrated this temple by making it my permanent home; 1 I will be constantly present there. 2
When I heard these things I sat down abruptly, 1 crying and mourning for several days. I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
Even I and my relatives 1 and my associates 2 are lending them money and grain. But let us abandon this practice of seizing collateral! 3
Then I would yet have my comfort, 1 then 2 I would rejoice, 3 in spite of pitiless pain, 4 for 5 I have not concealed the words 6 of the Holy One. 7
Although I am innocent, 1 my mouth 2 would condemn me; 3 although I am blameless, it would declare me perverse. 4
“I 1 am weary 2 of my life; I will complain without restraint; 3 I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
I also have understanding 1 as well as you; I am not inferior to you. 2 Who does not know such things as these? 3
If my heart has been enticed by a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbor’s door, 1
because I was terrified 1 of the great multitude, 2 and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I remained silent and would not go outdoors – 3