However, the people are numerous and it is the rainy season. 1 We are unable to stand here outside. Furthermore, this business cannot be resolved in a day or two, for we have sinned greatly in this matter.
So I sent messengers to them saying, “I am engaged in 1 an important work, and I am unable to come down. Why should the work come to a halt when I leave it to come down to you?”
These are the ones who came up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon, and Immer (although they were unable to certify 1 their family connection 2 or their ancestry, 3 as to whether they were really from Israel):
God has made everything fit beautifully 1 in its appropriate time, but 2 he has also placed ignorance 3 in the human heart 4 so that 5 people 6 cannot discover what God has ordained, 7 from the beginning to the end 8 of their lives. 9
During 1 the reign of Ahaz son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, King Rezin of Syria and King Pekah son of Remaliah of Israel marched up to Jerusalem 2 to do battle, but they were unable to prevail against it. 3
They put it on their shoulder and carry it; they put it in its place and it just stands there; it does not 1 move from its place. Even when someone cries out to it, it does not reply; it does not deliver him from his distress.
In the shadows of the walls of Heshbon those trying to escape will stand helpless. For a fire will burst forth from Heshbon. Flames will shoot out from the former territory of Sihon. They will burn the foreheads of the people of Moab, the skulls of those war-loving people. 1
Amaziah the priest of Bethel 1 sent this message 2 to King Jeroboam of Israel: “Amos is conspiring against you in the very heart of the kingdom of Israel! 3 The land cannot endure all his prophecies. 4
But some in the crowd shouted one thing, and others something else, 1 and when the commanding officer 2 was unable 3 to find out the truth 4 because of the disturbance, 5 he ordered Paul 6 to be brought into the barracks. 7
For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people 1 are without excuse.
The unbeliever 1 does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.