Joram 1 crossed over to Zair with all his chariots. The Edomites, who had surrounded him, attacked at night and defeated him and his chariot officers. 2 The Israelite army retreated to their homeland. 3
They received divine help in fighting them, and the Hagrites and all their allies were handed over to them. They cried out to God during the battle; he responded to their prayers because they trusted in him. 1
David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings. 1 He called out to the Lord, and the Lord 2 responded by sending fire from the sky and consuming the burnt sacrifice on the altar.
Asa took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and of the royal palace and sent it to King Ben Hadad of Syria, ruler in Damascus, along with this message:
Jehoram crossed over to Zair with his officers and all his chariots. The Edomites, who had surrounded him, attacked at night and defeated him and his chariot officers. 1
The priests and Levites got up and pronounced blessings on the people. The Lord responded favorably to them 1 as their prayers reached his holy dwelling place in heaven.
When he prayed to the Lord, 1 the Lord 2 responded to him 3 and answered favorably 4 his cry for mercy. The Lord 5 brought him back to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh realized that the Lord is the true God.
Hilkiah informed Shaphan the scribe, “I found the law scroll in the Lord’s temple.” Hilkiah gave the scroll to Shaphan.
Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak began 1 to rebuild the temple of God in Jerusalem. The prophets of God were with them, supporting them.
The king asked, “What great honor 1 was bestowed on Mordecai because of this?” The king’s attendants who served him responded, “Not a thing was done for him.”
Esther replied, “If the king is so inclined, let the Jews who are in Susa be permitted to act tomorrow also according to today’s law, and let them hang the ten sons of Haman on the gallows.”
Then I will keep the promise I swore on oath to your ancestors to give them a land flowing with milk and honey.” 1 That is the very land that you still live in today.’” 2 And I responded, “Amen! Let it be so, 3 Lord!”
All the officials did indeed come and question Jeremiah. 1 He told them exactly what the king had instructed him to say. 2 They stopped questioning him any further because no one had actually heard their conversation. 3
Then Daniel spoke with prudent counsel 1 to Arioch, who was in charge of the king’s executioners and who had gone out to execute the wise men of Babylon.
Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you don’t serve my gods and that you don’t pay homage to the golden statue that I erected?