They will never go hungry or be thirsty again, and the sun will not beat down on them, nor any burning heat, 1
but we will maintain ourselves in armed readiness 1 and go before the Israelites until whenever we have brought them to their place. Our descendants will be living in fortified towns as a protection against 2 the inhabitants of the land.
The community must deliver the slayer out of the hand of the avenger of blood, and the community must restore him to the town of refuge to which he fled, and he must live there 1 until the death of the high priest, who was anointed with the consecrated oil.
But David said, “No! You shouldn’t do this, my brothers. Look at what the Lord has given us! 1 He has protected us and has delivered into our hands the raiding party that came against us.
On the twelfth day of the first month we began traveling from the Ahava Canal to go to Jerusalem. The hand of our God was on us, and he delivered us from our enemy and from bandits 1 along the way.
The rest of the Jews who were throughout the provinces of the king assembled in order to stand up for themselves and to have rest from their enemies. They killed seventy-five thousand 1 of their adversaries, but they did not confiscate their property.
Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion 1 and over its convocations a cloud and smoke by day and a bright flame of fire by night; 2 indeed a canopy will accompany the Lord’s glorious presence. 3
Seek the Lord’s favor, 1 all you humble people 2 of the land who have obeyed his commands! 3 Strive to do what is right! 4 Strive to be humble! 5 Maybe you will be protected 6 on the day of the Lord’s angry judgment.
For the Lord your God walks about in the middle of your camp to deliver you and defeat 1 your enemies for you. Therefore your camp should be holy, so that he does not see anything indecent 2 among you and turn away from you.
You have joy, Israel! Who is like you? You are a people delivered by the Lord, your protective shield and your exalted sword. May your enemies cringe before you; may you trample on their backs.
This failure on your part isn’t good! 1 As surely as the Lord lives, you people who have not protected your lord, the Lord’s chosen one, are as good as dead! 2 Now look where the king’s spear and the jug of water that was by his head are!”
So the king summoned the Gibeonites and spoke with them. (Now the Gibeonites were not descendants of Israel; they were a remnant of the Amorites. The Israelites had made a promise to 1 them, but Saul tried to kill them because of his zeal for the people of Israel and Judah.)
The king thereby allowed the Jews who were in every city to assemble and to stand up for themselves – to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate any army of whatever people or province that should become their adversaries, including their women and children, 1 and to confiscate their property.