and do not present your members to sin as instruments 1 to be used for unrighteousness, 2 but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments 3 to be used for righteousness.
But if the man does not want to marry his brother’s widow, then she 1 must go to the elders at the town gate and say, “My husband’s brother refuses to preserve his brother’s name in Israel; he is unwilling to perform the duty of a brother-in-law to me!”
Then the king said to the messengers 1 who were stationed beside him, “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, for they too have sided 2 with David! They knew he was fleeing, but they did not inform me.” But the king’s servants refused to harm 3 the priests of the Lord.
The man replied to Joab, “Even if 1 I were receiving 2 a thousand pieces of silver, 3 I would not strike 4 the king’s son! In our very presence 5 the king gave this order to you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘Protect the young man Absalom for my sake.’ 6
Although we are slaves, our God has not abandoned us in our servitude. He has extended kindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, in that he has revived us 1 to restore the temple of our God and to raise 2 up its ruins and to give us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem. 3
Now he was acting as the guardian 1 of Hadassah 2 (that is, Esther), the daughter of his uncle, for neither her father nor her mother was alive. 3 This young woman was very attractive and had a beautiful figure. 4 When her father and mother died, Mordecai had raised her 5 as if she were his own daughter.
Who stirs up this one from the east? 1 Who 2 officially commissions him for service? 3 He hands nations over to him, 4 and enables him to subdue 5 kings. He makes them like dust with his sword, like windblown straw with his bow. 6
This is what the Lord says: “At the time I decide to show my favor, I will respond to you; in the day of deliverance I will help you; I will protect you 1 and make you a covenant mediator for people, 2 to rebuild 3 the land 4 and to reassign the desolate property.
“Son of man, sing a lament for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say to him: “‘You were like a lion 1 among the nations, but you are a monster in the seas; you thrash about in your streams, stir up the water with your feet, and muddy your 2 streams.
But at the end of the appointed time 1 I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up 2 toward heaven, and my sanity returned to me. I extolled the Most High, and I praised and glorified the one who lives forever. For his authority is an everlasting authority, and his kingdom extends from one generation to the next.
The flood engulfed the earth for forty days. As the waters increased, they lifted the ark and raised it above the earth.
The Lord said to Moses, “Extend your hand toward the sea, so that the waters may flow 1 back on the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen!”