and swore by the one who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, and the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, “There will be no more delay! 1
And the smoke from their 1 torture will go up 2 forever and ever, and those who worship the beast and his image will have 3 no rest day or night, along with 4 anyone who receives the mark of his name.”
Delilah said to Samson, “Up to now you have deceived me and told me lies. Tell me how you can be subdued.” He said to her, “If you weave the seven braids of my hair 1 into the fabric on the loom 2 and secure it with the pin, I will become weak and be like any other man.”
Once again there will be sounds 1 of joy and gladness and the glad celebrations of brides and grooms. 2 Once again people will bring their thank offerings to the temple of the Lord and will say, “Give thanks to the Lord who rules over all. For the Lord is good and his unfailing love lasts forever.” 3 For I, the Lord, affirm 4 that I will restore the land to what it was 5 in days of old.’ 6
Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers who were with him led off all the people who had been left alive at Mizpah. They had rescued them from Ishmael son of Nethaniah after he killed Gedaliah son of Ahikam. They led off the men, women, children, soldiers, and court officials whom they had brought away from Gibeon.
The Lord God of Israel who rules over all says, ‘You women 1 have confirmed by your actions what you vowed with your lips! You said, “We will certainly carry out our vows to sacrifice and pour out drink offerings to the Queen of Heaven.” Well, then fulfill your vows! Carry them out!’ 2
The land produced vegetation – plants yielding seeds according to their kinds, and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. God saw that it was good.
So the Lord 1 destroyed 2 every living thing that was on the surface of the ground, including people, animals, creatures that creep along the ground, and birds of the sky. 3 They were wiped off the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark survived. 4
Bring out with you all the living creatures that are with you. Bring out 1 every living thing, including the birds, animals, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Let them increase 2 and be fruitful and multiply on the earth!” 3