For you need endurance in order to do God’s will and so receive what is promised. 1
By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and worshiped as he leaned on his staff. 1
I am with you! 1 I will protect you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you!”
He cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him 1 a tree. 2 When Moses 3 threw it into the water, the water became safe to drink. There the Lord 4 made for them 5 a binding ordinance, 6 and there he tested 7 them.
and then 1 if he gets up and walks about 2 outside on his staff, then the one who struck him is innocent, except he must pay 3 for the injured person’s 4 loss of time 5 and see to it that he is fully healed.
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.
But Jonathan had not heard about the oath his father had made the army take. He extended the end of his staff that was in his hand and dipped it in the honeycomb. When he ate it, 1 his eyes gleamed. 2
So Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.” Jonathan told him, “I used the end of the staff that was in my hand to taste a little honey. I must die!” 1
Please forgive the sin of your servant, for the Lord will certainly establish the house of my lord, because my lord fights the battles of the Lord. May no evil be found in you all your days!
I will not take the whole kingdom from his hand. I will allow him to be ruler for the rest of his life for the sake of my chosen servant David who kept my commandments and rules.
Now Gehazi went on ahead of them. He placed the staff on the child’s face, but there was no sound or response. When he came back to Elisha 1 he told him, “The child did not wake up.”
Now look, you must be trusting in Egypt, that splintered reed staff. If a man leans for support on it, it punctures his hand and wounds him. That is what Pharaoh king of Egypt does to all who trust in him.
So 1 here is what the sovereign master, the Lord who commands armies, says: “My people who live in Zion, do not be afraid of Assyria, even though they beat you with a club and lift their cudgel against you as Egypt did. 2
There will be some left behind, like when an olive tree is beaten – two or three ripe olives remain toward the very top, four or five on its fruitful branches,” says the Lord God of Israel.
Look, you must be trusting in Egypt, that splintered reed staff. If someone leans on it for support, it punctures his hand and wounds him. That is what Pharaoh king of Egypt does to all who trust in him!
I will lead the blind along an unfamiliar way; 1 I will guide them down paths they have never traveled. 2 I will turn the darkness in front of them into light, and level out the rough ground. 3 This is what I will do for them. I will not abandon them.