But when she reached the prophet on the mountain, she grabbed hold of his feet. Gehazi came near to push her away, but the prophet said, “Leave her alone, for she is very upset. 1 The Lord has kept the matter hidden from me; he didn’t tell me about it.”
His servants approached and said to him, “O master, 1 if the prophet had told you to do some difficult task, 2 you would have been willing to do it. 3 It seems you should be happy that he simply said, “Wash and you will be healed.” 4
Elisha 1 replied, “I was there in spirit when a man turned and got down from his chariot to meet you. 2 This is not the proper time to accept silver or to accept clothes, olive groves, vineyards, sheep, cattle, and male and female servants. 3
So now, bring to me all the prophets of Baal, as well as all his servants and priests. 1 None of them must be absent, for I am offering a great sacrifice to Baal. Any of them who fail to appear will lose their lives.” But Jehu was tricking them 2 so he could destroy the servants of Baal.
until I come and take you to a land just like your own – a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey. Then you will live and not die. Don’t listen to Hezekiah, for he is misleading you when he says, “The Lord will rescue us.”
He passed his sons through the fire 1 in the Valley of Ben-Hinnom and practiced divination, omen reading, and sorcery. He set up a ritual pit to conjure up underworld spirits and appointed magicians to supervise it. 2 He did a great amount of evil in the sight of the Lord and angered him. 3
But if you repent 1 and obey 2 my commandments and do them, then even if your dispersed people are in the most remote location, 3 I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen for my name to reside.’
and that they should make a proclamation and disseminate this message 1 in all their cities and in Jerusalem: 2 “Go to the hill country and bring back olive branches and branches of wild olive trees, myrtle trees, date palms, and other leafy trees to construct temporary shelters, as it is written.”
Haman then related to his wife Zeresh and to all his friends everything that had happened to him. These wise men, 1 along with his wife Zeresh, said to him, “If indeed this Mordecai before whom you have begun to fall is Jewish, 2 you will not prevail against him. No, you will surely fall before him!”
Now you write in the king’s name whatever in your opinion is appropriate concerning the Jews and seal it with the king’s signet ring. Any decree that is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring cannot be rescinded.
Then the king said to Queen Esther, “In Susa the citadel the Jews have killed and destroyed five hundred men and the ten sons of Haman! What then have they done in the rest of the king’s provinces? What is your request? It shall be given to you. What other petition do you have? It shall be done.”
Who decreed this from the beginning, so we could know? Who announced it 1 ahead of time, so we could say, ‘He’s correct’? Indeed, none of them decreed it! Indeed, none of them announced it! Indeed, no one heard you say anything!
I announced them to you beforehand; before they happened, I predicted them for you, so you could never say, ‘My image did these things, my idol, my cast image, decreed them.’
They lament, 1 ‘Why don’t you notice when we fast? Why don’t you pay attention when we humble ourselves?’ Look, at the same time you fast, you satisfy your selfish desires, 2 you oppress your workers. 3
I will perform a mighty act among them 1 and then send some of those who remain to the nations – to Tarshish, Pul, 2 Lud 3 (known for its archers 4 ), Tubal, Javan, 5 and to the distant coastlands 6 that have not heard about me or seen my splendor. They will tell the nations of my splendor.
“How can you say, ‘I have not made myself unclean. I have not paid allegiance to 1 the gods called Baal.’ Just look at the way you have behaved in the Valley of Hinnom! 2 Think about the things you have done there! You are like a flighty, young female camel that rushes here and there, crisscrossing its path. 3
You people of this generation, listen to what the Lord says. “Have I been like a wilderness to you, Israel? Have I been like a dark and dangerous land to you? 1 Why then do you 2 say, ‘We are free to wander. 3 We will not come to you any more?’
Then some people 1 said, “Come on! Let us consider how to deal with Jeremiah! 2 There will still be priests to instruct us, wise men to give us advice, and prophets to declare God’s word. 3 Come on! Let’s bring charges against him and get rid of him! 4 Then we will not need to pay attention to anything he says.”
Tell them the Lord who rules over all says, 1 ‘I will do just as Jeremiah has done. 2 I will smash this nation and this city as though it were a potter’s vessel which is broken beyond repair. 3 The dead will be buried here in Topheth until there is no more room to bury them.’ 4