But the officer replied to the prophet, “Look, even if the Lord made it rain by opening holes in the sky, could this happen so soon?” 1 Elisha 2 said, “Look, you will see it happen with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of the food!” 3
The king went up to the Lord’s temple, accompanied by all the people of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem, the priests, and the Levites. All the people were there, from the oldest to the youngest. He read aloud all the words of the scroll of the covenant that had been discovered in the Lord’s temple.
The musicians, the descendants of Asaph, manned their posts, as prescribed by David, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun the king’s prophet. 1 The guards at the various gates did not need to leave their posts, for their fellow Levites made preparations for them.
The people to whom they are prophesying will die through war and famine. Their bodies will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem 1 and there will be no one to bury them. This will happen to the men and their wives, their sons, and their daughters. 2 For I will pour out on them the destruction they deserve.” 3
“Then, Jeremiah, 1 make the following prophecy 2 against them: ‘Like a lion about to attack, 3 the Lord will roar from the heights of heaven; from his holy dwelling on high he will roar loudly. He will roar mightily against his land. 4 He will shout in triumph like those stomping juice from the grapes 5 against all those who live on the earth.
“Micah from Moresheth 1 prophesied during the time Hezekiah was king of Judah. 2 He told all the people of Judah, ‘The Lord who rules over all 3 says, “Zion 4 will become a plowed field. Jerusalem 5 will become a pile of rubble. The temple mount will become a mere wooded ridge.”’ 6
This will happen to them because they have done what is shameful 1 in Israel. They have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives and have spoken lies while claiming my authority. 2 They have spoken words that I did not command them to speak. I know what they have done. I have been a witness to it,’ says the Lord.” 3
“And you, son of man, prophesy, and clap your hands together. Let the sword strike twice, even three times! It is a sword for slaughter, a sword for the great slaughter surrounding them.
So prophesy and say: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Surely because they have made you desolate and crushed you from all directions, so that you have become the property of the rest of the nations, and have become the subject of gossip 1 and slander among the people,
Instead, Jonah immediately 1 headed off to Tarshish 2 to escape 3 from the commission of the Lord. 4 He traveled 5 to Joppa 6 and found a merchant ship heading 7 to Tarshish. 8 So he paid the fare 9 and went aboard
(2:1) 1 Look! A herald is running 2 on the mountains! A messenger is proclaiming deliverance: 3 “Celebrate your sacred festivals, O Judah! Fulfill your sacred vows to praise God! 4 For never again 5 will the wicked 6 Assyrians 7 invade 8 you, they 9 have been completely destroyed.”
‘And in the last days 1 it will be,’ God says, ‘that I will pour out my Spirit on all people, 2 and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.
They were shown 1 that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things now announced to you through those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven – things angels long to catch a glimpse of.