When the priests enter, then they will not go out from the sanctuary to the outer court without taking off their garments in which they minister, for these are holy; they will put on other garments, then they will go near the places where the people are.”
They will not come near me to serve me as priest, nor will they come near any of my holy things, the things which are most sacred. They will bear the shame of the abominable deeds they have committed.
“‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Enough, you princes of Israel! Put away violence and destruction, and do what is just and right. Put an end to your evictions of my people, 1 declares the sovereign Lord.
And during the seven days of the feast he will provide as a burnt offering to the Lord seven bulls and seven rams, all without blemish, on each of the seven days, and a male goat daily for a sin offering.
The remainder of the length alongside the holy allotment will be three and one-third miles 1 to the east and three and one-third miles toward the west, and it will be beside the holy allotment. Its produce will be for food for the workers of the city.
But Daniel made up his mind 1 that he would not defile 2 himself with the royal delicacies or the royal wine. 3 He therefore asked the overseer of the court officials for permission not to defile himself.
Then the king was delighted and gave an order to haul Daniel up from the den. So Daniel was hauled up out of the den. He had no injury of any kind, because he had trusted in his God.
“This is what he told me: 1 ‘The fourth beast means that there will be a fourth kingdom on earth that will differ from all the other kingdoms. It will devour all the earth and will trample and crush it.
What he will honor is a god of fortresses – a god his fathers did not acknowledge he will honor with gold, silver, valuable stones, and treasured commodities.
Hear this, you priests! Pay attention, you Israelites! 1 Listen closely, 2 O king! 3 For judgment is about to overtake you! 4 For you were like a trap 5 to Mizpah, 6 like a net 7 spread out to catch Tabor. 8
The voice of the Lord thunders 1 as he leads his army. 2 Indeed, his warriors 3 are innumerable; 4 Surely his command is carried out! 5 Yes, the day of the Lord is awesome 6 and very terrifying – who can survive 7 it?
This is what the Lord says: “Because Damascus has committed three crimes 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 They ripped through Gilead like threshing sledges with iron teeth. 4
This is what the Lord says: “Because the Ammonites have committed three crimes 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 They ripped open Gilead’s pregnant women 4 so they could expand their territory.