I thought, “Surely it is only the ignorant poor who act this way. 1 They act like fools because they do not know what the Lord demands. 2 They do not know what their God requires of them. 3
So, go to the place in Shiloh where I allowed myself to be worshiped 1 in the early days. See what I did to it 2 because of the wicked things my people Israel did.
And I cried out, 1 “We are doomed! 2 Our wound is severe! We once thought, ‘This is only an illness. And we will be able to bear it!’ 3
But I will punish you as your deeds deserve,’ says the Lord. 1 ‘I will set fire to your palace; it will burn up everything around it.’” 2
Do not listen to them, 1 because their prophecies are lies. 2 Listening to them will only cause you 3 to be taken far away from your native land. I will drive you out of your country and you will die in exile. 4
In a far-off land the Lord will manifest himself to them. He will say to them, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love. That is why I have continued to be faithful to you. 1
I, the Lord, affirm that 1 I know how arrogant they are. But their pride is ill-founded. Their boastings will prove to be false. 2
So I got up and went out to the valley, and the glory of the Lord was standing there, just like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River, 1 and I threw myself face down.
Have you not seen a false vision and announced a lying omen when you say, “the Lord declares,” although I myself never spoke?
“‘But I said to their children 1 in the wilderness, “Do not follow the practices of your fathers; do not observe their regulations, 2 nor defile yourselves with their idols.
I gave it over to the leader of the nations. He has judged it thoroughly, 1 as its sinfulness deserves. I have thrown it out.
Then he brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple. As I watched, I noticed 1 the glory of the Lord filling the Lord’s temple, and I threw myself face down.
I, Daniel, was exhausted 1 and sick for days. Then I got up and again carried out the king’s business. But I was astonished at the vision, and there was no one to explain it.
I alone was left to see this great vision. My strength drained from 1 me, and my vigor disappeared; 2 I was without energy. 3
I led them with leather 1 cords, with leather 2 ropes; I lifted the yoke 3 from their neck, 4 and gently fed them. 5
I made some of your sons prophets and some of your young men Nazirites. 1 Is this not true, you Israelites?” The Lord is speaking!
Then I will surround my temple 1 to protect it like a guard 2 from anyone crossing back and forth; so no one will cross over against them anymore as an oppressor, for now I myself have seen it.
So 1 she went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” Her mother 2 said, “The head of John the baptizer.” 3
So 1 it seemed good to me as well, 2 because I have followed 3 all things carefully from the beginning, to write an orderly account 4 for you, most excellent Theophilus,
After some time 1 his wife Elizabeth became pregnant, 2 and for five months she kept herself in seclusion. 3 She said, 4