The rest of the events of Jeroboam’s reign, including all his accomplishments, his military success in restoring Israelite control over Damascus and Hamath, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 1
At that time Hanani the prophet 1 visited King Asa of Judah and said to him: “Because you relied on the king of Syria and did not rely on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand.
The Lover to His Beloved: (7:1) 1 Turn 2 , turn, O 3 Perfect One! 4 Turn, turn, that I 5 may stare at you! The Beloved to Her Lover: Why 6 do you gaze upon the Perfect One like the dance of the Mahanaim? 7
Now the Lord 1 delivered 2 King Jehoiakim of Judah into his power, 3 along with some of the vessels 4 of the temple of God. 5 He brought them to the land of Babylonia 6 to the temple of his god 7 and put 8 the vessels in the treasury of his god.
The Lord who rules over all will guard them, and they will prevail and overcome with sling stones. Then they will drink, and will become noisy like drunkards, 1 full like the sacrificial basin or like the corners of the altar. 2
You must fight 1 until the Lord gives your countrymen victory 2 as he did you and they take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving them on the other side of the Jordan River. Then each of you may return to his own territory that I have given you.”
For the Lord your God walks about in the middle of your camp to deliver you and defeat 1 your enemies for you. Therefore your camp should be holy, so that he does not see anything indecent 2 among you and turn away from you.
The men took this as a good omen and quickly accepted his offer, saying, “Ben Hadad is your brother.” Ahab 1 then said, “Go, get him.” So Ben Hadad came out to him, and Ahab pulled him up into his chariot.
‘If disaster comes on us in the form of military attack, 1 judgment, plague, or famine, we will stand in front of this temple before you, for you are present in this temple. 2 We will cry out to you for help in our distress, so that you will 3 hear and deliver us.’
It will be like a hungry man dreaming that he is eating, only to awaken and find that his stomach is empty. 1 It will be like a thirsty man dreaming that he is drinking, only to awaken and find that he is still weak and his thirst unquenched. 2 So it will be for the horde from all the nations that fight against Mount Zion.
This is what the Lord says: “At the time I decide to show my favor, I will respond to you; in the day of deliverance I will help you; I will protect you 1 and make you a covenant mediator for people, 2 to rebuild 3 the land 4 and to reassign the desolate property.