but Hannah did not go up with them. 1 Instead she told her husband, “Once the boy is weaned, I will bring him and appear before the Lord, and he will remain there from then on.”
One of his attendants replied, 1 “I have seen a son of Jesse in Bethlehem 2 who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave warrior 3 and is articulate 4 and handsome, 5 for the Lord is with him.”
The king said to Ziba, “Everything that was Mephibosheth’s now belongs to you.” Ziba replied, “I bow before you. May I find favor in your sight, my lord the king.”
then I will remove Israel from the land 1 I have given them, I will abandon this temple I have consecrated with my presence, 2 and Israel will be mocked and ridiculed 3 among all the nations.
Because you rage against me, and the uproar you create has reached my ears; 1 I will put my hook in your nose, 2 and my bridle between your lips, and I will lead you back the way you came.”
I got up during the night, along with a few men who were with me. But I did not tell anyone what my God was putting on my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no animals with me, except for the one 1 I was riding.
If the king is so inclined, 1 let an edict be issued 2 to destroy them. I will pay ten thousand talents of silver 3 to be conveyed to the king’s treasuries for the officials who carry out this business.”
Then I confessed my sin; I no longer covered up my wrongdoing. I said, “I will confess 1 my rebellious acts to the Lord.” And then you forgave my sins. 2 (Selah)
For the music director, Jeduthun; a psalm of David. I decided, 2 “I will watch what I say and make sure I do not sin with my tongue. 3 I will put a muzzle over my mouth while in the presence of an evil man.” 4
I will remember and weep! 1 For I was once walking along with the great throng to the temple of God, shouting and giving thanks along with the crowd as we celebrated the holy festival. 2
May the godly strike me in love and correct me! May my head not refuse 1 choice oil! 2 Indeed, my prayer is a witness against their evil deeds. 3
Let us rise early to go to the vineyards, to see if the vines have budded, to see if their blossoms have opened, if the pomegranates are in bloom – there I will give you my love.
My hand discovered the wealth of the nations, as if it were in a nest, as one gathers up abandoned eggs, I gathered up the whole earth. There was no wing flapping, or open mouth chirping.” 1
you whom I am bringing back 1 from the earth’s extremities, and have summoned from the remote regions – I told you, “You are my servant.” I have chosen you and not rejected you.
This is what the Lord, the one who made you, says – the one who formed you in the womb and helps you: “Don’t be afraid, my servant Jacob, Jeshurun, 1 whom I have chosen!
I have not spoken in secret, in some hidden place. 1 I did not tell Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain!’ 2 I am the Lord, the one who speaks honestly, who makes reliable announcements. 3
Then you will think to yourself, 1 ‘Who bore these children for me? I was bereaved and barren, dismissed and divorced. 2 Who raised these children? Look, I was left all alone; where did these children come from?’”
Whom are you worried about? Whom do you fear, that you would act so deceitfully and not remember me or think about me? 1 Because I have been silent for so long, 2 you are not afraid of me. 3
But if you will not pay attention to this warning, 1 I will weep alone because of your arrogant pride. I will weep bitterly and my eyes will overflow with tears 2 because you, the Lord’s flock, 3 will be carried 4 into exile.”
Lord, you coerced me into being a prophet, and I allowed you to do it. You overcame my resistance and prevailed over me. 1 Now I have become a constant laughingstock. Everyone ridicules me.