Do not think to yourself after the Lord your God has driven them out before you, “Because of my own righteousness the Lord has brought me here to possess this land.” It is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out ahead of you.
but as a reminder to us and you, 1 and to our descendants who follow us, that we will honor the Lord in his very presence 2 with burnt offerings, sacrifices, and tokens of peace. 3 Then in the future your descendants will not be able to say to our descendants, ‘You have no right to worship the Lord.’ 4
We said, ‘If in the future they say such a thing 1 to us or to our descendants, we will reply, “See the model of the Lord’s altar that our ancestors 2 made, not for burnt offerings or sacrifices, but as a reminder to us and you.”’ 3
If you have no desire 1 to worship 2 the Lord, choose today whom you will worship, 3 whether it be the gods whom your ancestors 4 worshiped 5 beyond the Euphrates, 6 or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But I and my family 7 will worship 8 the Lord!”
But keep an eye on it. If it should go up by the way of its own border to Beth Shemesh, then he has brought this great calamity on us. But if that is not the case, then we will know that it was not his hand that struck us; rather, it just happened to us by accident.”
1 Then Saul said to David, “Here’s my oldest daughter, Merab. I want to give her to you in marriage. Only be a brave warrior 2 for me and fight the battles of the Lord.” For Saul thought, “There’s no need for me to raise my hand against him. Let it be the hand of the Philistines!”
The leaders of the Philistines asked, “What about these Hebrews?” Achish said to the leaders of the Philistines, “Isn’t this David, the servant of King Saul of Israel, who has been with me for quite some time? 1 I have found no fault with him from the day of his defection until the present time!” 2
David replied to Michal, “It was before the Lord! I was celebrating before the Lord, who chose me over your father and his entire family 1 and appointed me as leader over the Lord’s people Israel.
“When a traveler arrived at the rich man’s home, 1 he did not want to use one of his own sheep or cattle to feed 2 the traveler who had come to visit him. 3 Instead, he took the poor man’s lamb and cooked 4 it for the man who had come to visit him.”
(19:1) 1 The king then became very upset. He went up to the upper room over the gate and wept. As he went he said, “My son, Absalom! My son, my son, 2 Absalom! If only I could have died in your place! Absalom, my son, my son!” 3
He answered her, “While I was talking to Naboth the Jezreelite, I said to him, ‘Sell me your vineyard for silver, or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.’ But he said, ‘I will not sell you my vineyard.’” 1
and said, “God forbid that I should do this! 1 Should I drink the blood of these men who risked their lives?” 2 Because they risked their lives to bring it to him, he refused to drink it. Such were the exploits of the three elite warriors. 3
God said to Solomon, “Because you desire this, 1 and did not ask for riches, wealth, and honor, or for vengeance on your enemies, 2 and because you did not ask for long life, 3 but requested wisdom and discernment so you can make judicial decisions for my people over whom I have made you king,
So these officials said to the king, “This man must be put to death. For he is demoralizing 1 the soldiers who are left in the city as well as all the other people there by these things he is saying. 2 This 3 man is not seeking to help these people but is trying to harm them.” 4
Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.
For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but to think with sober discernment, as God has distributed to each of you 1 a measure of faith. 2
I have applied these things to myself and Apollos because of you, brothers and sisters, 1 so that through us you may learn “not to go beyond what is written,” so that none of you will be puffed up in favor of the one against the other.
You must 1 observe the Sabbath 2 rather than doing anything you please on my holy day. 3 You must look forward to the Sabbath 4 and treat the Lord’s holy day with respect. 5 You must treat it with respect by refraining from your normal activities, and by refraining from your selfish pursuits and from making business deals. 6
Instead we will do everything we vowed we would do. 1 We will sacrifice and pour out drink offerings to the goddess called the Queen of Heaven 2 just as we and our ancestors, our kings, and our leaders previously did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, were well-off, and had no troubles. 3