then they said to him, “Say ‘Shibboleth!’” 1 If he said, “Sibboleth” (and could not pronounce the word 2 correctly), they grabbed him and executed him right there at the fords of the Jordan. On that day forty-two thousand Ephraimites fell dead.
She said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you will not share your secret with me? 1 Three times you have deceived me and have not told me what makes you so strong.”
When Delilah saw that he had told her his secret, 1 she sent for 2 the rulers of the Philistines, saying, “Come up here again, for he has told me 3 his secret.” 4 So the rulers of the Philistines went up to visit her, bringing the silver in their hands.
Then the men of the garrison said to Jonathan and his armor bearer, “Come on up to us so we can teach you a thing or two!” 1 Then Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come up behind me, for the Lord has given 2 them into the hand of Israel!”
Taking an oath, David again 1 said, “Your father is very much aware of the fact 2 that I have found favor with you, and he has thought, 3 ‘Don’t let Jonathan know about this, or he will be upset.’ But as surely as the Lord lives and you live, there is about one step between me and death!”
Jonathan said to David, “The Lord God of Israel is my witness. 1 I will feel out my father about this time the day after tomorrow. If he is favorably inclined toward David, will I not then send word to you and let you know? 2
But if my father intends to do you harm, may the Lord do all this and more to Jonathan, if I don’t let you know 1 and send word to you so you can go safely on your way. 2 May the Lord be with you, as he was with my father.
David replied to Ahimelech the priest, “The king instructed me to do something, but he said to me, ‘Don’t let anyone know the reason I am sending you or the instructions I have given you.’ 1 I have told my soldiers 2 to wait at a certain place. 3
So Saul disguised himself and put on other clothing and left, accompanied by two of his men. They came to the woman at night and said, “Use your ritual pit to conjure up for me the one I tell you.” 1
But all the evil and worthless men among those who had gone with David said, “Since they didn’t go with us, 1 we won’t give them any of the loot we retrieved! They may take only their wives and children. Let them lead them away and be gone!”
They brought the head of Ish-bosheth to David in Hebron, saying to the king, “Look! The head of Ish-bosheth son of Saul, your enemy who sought your life! The Lord has granted vengeance to my lord the king this day against 1 Saul and his descendants!”
Who struck down Abimelech the son of Jerub-Besheth? Didn’t a woman throw an upper millstone 1 down on him from the wall so that he died in Thebez? Why did you go so close to the wall?’ just say to him, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead.’”
Now Absalom used to get up early and stand beside the road that led to the city gate. Whenever anyone came by who had a complaint to bring to the king for arbitration, Absalom would call out to him, “What city are you from?” The person would answer, “I, your servant, 1 am from one of the tribes of Israel.”
But you will be able to counter the advice of Ahithophel if you go back to the city and say to Absalom, ‘I will be your servant, O king! Previously I was your father’s servant, and now I will be your servant.’
Ahimaaz the son of Zadok again spoke to Joab, “Whatever happens, let me go after the Cushite.” But Joab said, “Why is it that you want to go, my son? You have no good news that will bring you a reward.”
I am presently eighty years old. Am I able to discern good and bad? Can I 1 taste what I eat and drink? Am I still able to hear the voices of male and female singers? Why should I 2 continue to be a burden to my lord the king?
The Gibeonites said to him, “We 1 have no claim to silver or gold from Saul or from his family, 2 nor would we be justified in putting to death anyone in Israel.” David asked, 3 “What then are you asking me to do for you?”
Do the job the Lord your God has assigned you 1 by following his instructions 2 and obeying 3 his rules, commandments, regulations, and laws as written in the law of Moses. Then you will succeed in all you do and seek to accomplish, 4
So they put sackcloth around their waists and ropes on their heads and went to the king of Israel. They said, “Your servant 1 Ben Hadad says, ‘Please let me live!’” Ahab 2 replied, “Is he still alive? He is my brother.” 3
Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: “Haven’t you committed murder and taken possession of the property of the deceased?”’ Then say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: “In the spot where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood they will also lick up your blood – yes, yours!”’”