“Everything is fine,” 1 the man in charge of Joseph’s household told them. “Don’t be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks. 2 I had your money.” 3 Then he brought Simeon out to them.
Indeed, 1 your servant pledged security for the boy with my father, saying, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, then I will bear the blame before my father all my life.’
When it was reported 1 to the king of Egypt that the people had fled, 2 the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people, and the king and his servants said, 3 “What in the world have we done? 4 For we have released the people of Israel 5 from serving us!”
He lit the torches 1 and set the jackals loose in the Philistines’ standing grain. He burned up the grain heaps and the standing grain, as well as the vineyards and olive groves.
The prophet 1 then said to him, “This is what the Lord says, ‘Because you released a man I had determined should die, you will pay with your life and your people will suffer instead of his people.’” 2
When his voice thunders, 1 the heavenly ocean roars. He makes the clouds rise from the far-off horizons. 2 He makes the lightning flash out in the midst of the rain. He unleashes the wind from the places where he stores it. 3
For I, the Lord, affirm 1 that the time will come when I will reverse the plight 2 of my people, Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord. ‘I will bring them back to the land I gave their ancestors 3 and they will take possession of it once again.’” 4
The Lord says, “I will restore the ruined houses of the descendants of Jacob. I will show compassion on their ruined homes. 1 Every city will be rebuilt on its former ruins. 2 Every fortified dwelling will occupy its traditional site. 3
Recently, however, you yourselves 1 showed a change of heart and did what is pleasing to me. You granted your fellow countrymen their freedom and you made a covenant to that effect in my presence in the house that I have claimed for my own. 2
sent and had Jeremiah brought from the courtyard of the guardhouse. They turned him over to Gedaliah, 1 the son of Ahikam and the grandson of Shaphan, to take him home with him. 2 But Jeremiah stayed among the people. 3
When his voice thunders, the waters in the heavens roar. He makes the clouds rise from the far-off horizons. He makes the lightning flash out in the midst of the rain. He unleashes the wind from the places where he stores it.
‘for there will be a peaceful time of sowing, the vine will produce its fruit and the ground its yield, and the skies 1 will rain down dew. Then I will allow the remnant of my people to possess all these things.