He even killed an Egyptian who was seven and a half feet 1 tall. The Egyptian had a spear as big as the crossbeam of a weaver’s loom; Benaiah attacked 2 him with a club. He grabbed the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.
Does an ax exalt itself over the one who wields it, or a saw magnify itself over the one who cuts with it? 1 As if a scepter should brandish the one who raises it, or a staff should lift up what is not made of wood!
No one thinks to himself, nor do they comprehend or understand and say to themselves: ‘I burned half of it in the fire – yes, I baked bread over the coals; I roasted meat and ate it. With the rest of it should I make a disgusting idol? Should I bow down to dry wood?’ 1
All her carved idols will be smashed to pieces; all her metal cult statues will be destroyed by fire. 1 I will make a waste heap 2 of all her images. Since 3 she gathered the metal 4 as a prostitute collects her wages, the idols will become a prostitute’s wages again.” 5
Therefore you must wait patiently 1 for me,” says the Lord, “for the day when I attack and take plunder. 2 I have decided 3 to gather nations together and assemble kingdoms, so I can pour out my fury on them – all my raging anger. For 4 the whole earth will be consumed by my fiery anger.
You also say, ‘How tiresome it is.’ You turn up your nose at it,” says the Lord who rules over all, “and instead bring what is stolen, lame, or sick. You bring these things for an offering! Should I accept this from you?” 1 asks the Lord.
For the heart of this people has become dull; they are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ 1
After noticing a fig tree 1 by the road he went to it, but found nothing on it except leaves. He said to it, “Never again will there be fruit from you!” And the fig tree withered at once.
The other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, 1 “Unless I see the wounds 2 from the nails in his hands, and put my finger into the wounds from the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe it!” 3
For the heart of this people has become dull, 1 and their ears are hard of hearing, 2 and they have closed their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, 3 and I would heal them.”’ 4
I have become a fool. You yourselves forced me to do it, for I should have been commended by you. For I lack nothing in comparison 1 to those “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing.
But the leaders of the Philistines became angry with him and said 1 to him, “Send the man back! Let him return to the place that you assigned him! Don’t let him go down with us into the battle, for he might become 2 our adversary in the battle. What better way to please his lord than with the heads of these men? 3
These words of Ish-bosheth really angered Abner and he said, “Am I the head of a dog that belongs to Judah? This very day I am demonstrating 1 loyalty to the house of Saul your father and to his relatives 2 and his friends! I have not betrayed you into the hand of David. Yet you have accused me of sinning with this woman today! 3