It 1 will become a visual reminder in the land of Egypt of 2 the Lord who commands armies. When they cry out to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a deliverer and defender 3 who will rescue them.
Then the Lord said to me, 1 “When you tell them all this, they will not listen to you. When you call out to them, they will not respond to you.
And I will smash them like wine bottles against one another, children and parents alike. 1 I will not show any pity, mercy, or compassion. Nothing will keep me from destroying them,’ 2 says the Lord.”
I will bring such disaster on them that all the kingdoms of the earth will be horrified. I will make them an object of reproach, a proverbial example of disaster. I will make them an object of ridicule, an example to be used in curses. 1 That is how they will be remembered wherever I banish them. 2
Even if they could dig down into the netherworld, 1 my hand would pull them up from there. Even if they could climb up to heaven, I would drag them down from there.
So Paul left the Areopagus. 1
“These men are at peace with us. So let them live in the land and travel freely in it, for the land is wide enough 1 for them. We will take their daughters for wives, and we will give them our daughters to marry. 2
But as for you, remain here with me so I can declare to you all the commandments, 1 statutes, and ordinances that you are to teach them, so that they can carry them out in the land I am about to give them.” 2
Instruct them, ‘Pick up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests 1 stand firmly, and carry them over with you and put them in the place where you camp tonight.’”
They abandoned the Lord God of their ancestors 1 who brought them out of the land of Egypt. They followed other gods – the gods of the nations who lived around them. They worshiped 2 them and made the Lord angry.
“Let them produce evidence! Let them tell us what will happen! Tell us about your earlier predictive oracles, 1 so we may examine them 2 and see how they were fulfilled. 3 Or decree for us some future events!
Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, because I sent them into exile among the nations, and then gathered them into their own land. I will not leave any of them in exile 1 any longer.
In the seventh year Jehoiada summoned 1 the officers of the units of hundreds of the Carians 2 and the royal bodyguard. 3 He met with them 4 in the Lord’s temple. He made an agreement 5 with them and made them swear an oath of allegiance in the Lord’s temple. Then he showed them the king’s son.
While he was still speaking with them, Rachel arrived with her father’s sheep, for she was tending them. 1