You prolonged your kindness 1 with them for many years, and you solemnly admonished them by your Spirit through your prophets. Still they paid no attention, 2 so you delivered them into the hands of the neighboring peoples. 3
I will chase after them with war, 1 starvation, and disease. I will make all the kingdoms of the earth horrified at what happens to them. I will make them examples of those who are cursed, objects of horror, hissing scorn, and ridicule among all the nations where I exile them.
The angel of God, who was going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them, and the pillar 1 of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them.
Would they have enough if the flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? If all the fish of the sea were caught for them, would they have enough?”
Out of those places you will hear songs of thanksgiving 1 and the sounds of laughter and merriment. I will increase their number and they will not dwindle away. 2 I will bring them honor and they will no longer be despised.
I declared them to be defiled because of their sacrifices 1 – they caused all their first born to pass through the fire 2 – so that I would devastate them, so that they will know that I am the Lord.’ 3
Woe to them! For they have fled from me! Destruction to them! For they have rebelled against me! I want to deliver 1 them, but they have lied to me.
When the Lord raised up leaders for them, the Lord was with each leader and delivered the people 1 from their enemies while the leader remained alive. The Lord felt sorry for them 2 when they cried out in agony because of what their harsh oppressors did to them. 3
“The time will come when your people 1 will sin against you (for there is no one who is sinless!) and you will be angry at them and deliver them over to their enemies, who will take them as prisoners to their land, whether far away or close by.
May those who persecute me be disgraced. Do not let me be disgraced. May they be dismayed. Do not let me be dismayed. Bring days of disaster on them. Bring on them the destruction they deserve.” 1
Abraham took some sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelech. The two of them made a treaty. 1
You are to make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold, so that the table may be carried with them. 1
They took it all from the middle of the tent, brought it to Joshua and all the Israelites, and placed 1 it before the Lord.
Hurl lightning bolts and scatter them! Shoot your arrows and rout them! 1