“Be sure of this, 1 the time is 2 coming,” says the Lord, “when the plowman will catch up to the reaper 3 and the one who stomps the grapes 4 will overtake 5 the planter. 6 Juice will run down the slopes, 7 it will flow down all the hillsides. 8
Will the Lord accept a thousand rams, or ten thousand streams of olive oil? Should I give him my firstborn child as payment for my rebellion, my offspring – my own flesh and blood – for my sin? 1
Now the length of time it took for us to go from Kadesh Barnea to the crossing of Wadi Zered was thirty-eight years, time for all the military men of that generation to die, just as the Lord had vowed to them.
The Lord spoke to Gideon again, “There are still too many men. 1 Bring them down to the water and I will thin the ranks some more. 2 When I say, ‘This one should go with you,’ pick him to go; 3 when I say, 4 ‘This one should not go with you,’ do not take him.” 5
Now Gideon sent messengers throughout the Ephraimite hill country who announced, “Go down and head off the Midianites. 1 Take control of the fords of the streams 2 all the way to Beth Barah and the Jordan River.” 3 When all the Ephraimites had assembled, 4 they took control of the fords 5 all the way to Beth Barah and the Jordan River.
Then David approached the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to go with him, 1 those whom they had left at the Wadi Besor. They went out to meet David and the people who were with him. When David approached the people, he asked how they were doing.
The Lord will attack Israel, making it like a reed that sways in the water. 1 He will remove Israel from this good land he gave to their ancestors 2 and scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, 3 because they angered the Lord by making Asherah poles. 4
The king of Assyria sent his commanding general, the chief eunuch, and the chief adviser 1 from Lachish to King Hezekiah in Jerusalem, 2 along with a large army. They went up and arrived at Jerusalem. They went 3 and stood at the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field where they wash and dry cloth. 4
The king tore down the altars the kings of Judah had set up on the roof of Ahaz’s upper room, as well as the altars Manasseh had set up in the two courtyards of the Lord’s temple. He crushed them up 1 and threw the dust in the Kidron Valley.
King Asa also removed Maacah his grandmother 1 from her position as queen mother 2 because she had made a loathsome Asherah pole. Asa cut down her Asherah pole and crushed and burned it in the Kidron Valley.
Why does no one challenge me when I come? Why does no one respond when I call? 1 Is my hand too weak 2 to deliver 3 you? Do I lack the power to rescue you? Look, with a mere shout 4 I can dry up the sea; I can turn streams into a desert, so the fish rot away and die from lack of water. 5
They will come and shout for joy on Mount Zion. They will be radiant with joy 1 over the good things the Lord provides, the grain, the fresh wine, the olive oil, the young sheep and calves he has given to them. They will be like a well-watered garden and will not grow faint or weary any more.
Foreigners from the most terrifying nations have cut it down and left it to lie there on the mountains. In all the valleys its branches have fallen, and its boughs lie broken in the ravines of the land. All the peoples of the land 1 have departed 2 from its shade and left it.
therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the sovereign Lord: This is what the sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, the ravines and valleys, and to the desolate ruins and the abandoned cities that have become prey and an object of derision to the rest of the nations round about –
Then I heard the man clothed in linen who was over the waters of the river as he raised both his right and left hands to the sky 1 and made an oath by the one who lives forever: “It is for a time, times, and half a time. Then, when the power of the one who shatters 2 the holy people has been exhausted, all these things will be finished.”