Absalom said to Joab, “Look, I sent a message to you saying, ‘Come here so that I can send you to the king with this message: 1 “Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me if I were still there.”’ Let me now see the face of the king. If I am at fault, let him put me to death!”
King Rehoboam solidified his rule in Jerusalem; 1 he 2 was forty-one years old when he became king and he ruled for seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the Lord chose from all the tribes of Israel to be his home. 3 Rehoboam’s 4 mother was an Ammonite named Naamah.
Moses and Aaron did so, 1 just as the Lord had commanded. Moses raised 2 the staff 3 and struck the water that was in the Nile right before the eyes 4 of Pharaoh and his servants, 5 and all the water that was in the Nile was turned to blood. 6
All these your servants will come down to me and bow down 1 to me, saying, ‘Go, you and all the people who follow 2 you,’ and after that I will go out.” Then Moses 3 went out from Pharaoh in great anger.
then there will be an oath to the Lord 1 between the two of them, that he has not laid his hand on his neighbor’s goods, and its owner will accept this, and he will not have to pay.
In the tent of meeting 1 outside the curtain that is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons are to arrange it from evening 2 to morning before the Lord. This is to be a lasting ordinance among the Israelites for generations to come. 3
And the Lord 1 said, “I will make all my goodness 2 pass before your face, and I will proclaim the Lord by name 3 before you; I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy.” 4
He must put some of the blood on the horns of the altar 1 which is before the Lord in the Meeting Tent, and all the rest of the blood he must pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering that is at the entrance of the Meeting Tent.
“Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is the law of the sin offering. In the place where the burnt offering is slaughtered the sin offering must be slaughtered before the Lord. It is most holy. 1
On the first day you must take for yourselves branches from majestic trees 1 – palm branches, branches of leafy trees, and willows of the brook – and you must rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.
Then the priest will offer one for a purification offering 1 and the other 2 as a burnt offering, 3 and make atonement 4 for him, because of his transgression 5 in regard to the corpse. So he must reconsecrate 6 his head on that day.
Then he said to Korah and to all his company, “In the morning the Lord will make known who are his, and who is holy. He will cause that person 1 to approach him; the person he has chosen he will cause to approach him.
As for the censers of these men who sinned at the cost of their lives, 1 they must be made 2 into hammered sheets for covering the altar, because they presented them before the Lord and sanctified them. They will become a sign to the Israelites.”
Then the heads of the family groups 1 of the Gileadites, the descendant of Machir, the descendant of Manasseh, who were from the Josephite families, approached and spoke before Moses 2 and the leaders who were the heads of the Israelite families. 3
After they have been destroyed from your presence, be careful not to be ensnared like they are; do not pursue their gods and say, “How do these nations serve their gods? I will do the same.”