So the king assigned them a daily ration 1 from his royal delicacies 2 and from the wine he himself drank. They were to be trained 3 for the next three years. At the end of that time they were to enter the king’s service. 4
But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing these things so that something will be done for me. 1 In fact, it would be better for me to die than – no one will deprive me of my reason for boasting! 2
Every day one ox, six select sheep, and some birds were prepared for me, and every ten days all kinds of wine in abundance. Despite all this I did not require the food allotted to the governor, for the work was demanding on this people.
In those days I saw people in Judah treading winepresses on the Sabbath, bringing in heaps of grain and loading them onto donkeys, along with wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of loads, and bringing them to Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. So I warned them on the day that they sold these provisions.
You must not charge interest on a loan to your fellow Israelite, 1 whether on money, food, or anything else that has been loaned with interest.
Certainly if the army had eaten some of the enemies’ provisions that they came across today, would not the slaughter of the Philistines have been even greater?”
I also provided for 1 the wood offering at the appointed times and also for the first fruits. Please remember me for good, O my God.
Those who share the king’s fine food will attempt to destroy him, and his army will be swept away; 1 many will be killed in battle.
But above all pursue his kingdom 1 and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
They 1 all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.
“When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied, 1 “Seven.”
for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance 1 through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Moses said, “This is what 1 the Lord has commanded: ‘Fill an omer with it to be kept 2 for generations to come, 3 so that they may see 4 the food I fed you in the desert when I brought you out from the land of Egypt.’”
You must supply them generously 1 from your flock, your threshing floor, and your winepress – as the Lord your God has blessed you, you must give to them.