King Hezekiah of Judah sent this message to the king of Assyria, who was at Lachish, “I have violated our treaty. 1 If you leave, I will do whatever you demand.” 2 So the king of Assyria demanded that King Hezekiah of Judah pay three hundred talents 3 of silver and thirty talents of gold.
David went out to meet them and said, 1 “If you come to me in peace and want to help me, then I will make an alliance with you. 2 But if you come to betray me to my enemies when I have not harmed you, 3 may the God of our ancestors 4 take notice and judge!”
Ornan told David, “You can have it! 1 My master, the king, may do what he wants. 2 Look, I am giving you the oxen for burnt sacrifices, the threshing sledges for wood, and the wheat for an offering. I give it all to you.”
Now, look, I have made every effort to supply what is needed to build the Lord’s temple. 1 I have stored up 100,000 talents 2 of gold, 1,000,000 3 talents of silver, and so much bronze and iron it cannot be weighed, as well as wood and stones. Feel free to add more!
“Now send me a man who is skilled in working with gold, silver, bronze, and iron, as well as purple, crimson, and violet colored fabrics, and who knows how to engrave. He will work with my skilled craftsmen here in Jerusalem 1 and Judah, whom my father David provided.
“I also hereby issue orders as to what you are to do with those elders of the Jews in order to rebuild this temple of God. From the royal treasury, from the taxes of Trans-Euphrates the complete costs are to be given to these men, so that there may be no interruption of the work. 1
Then I went to the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel. He was confined to his home. 1 He said, “Let’s set up a time to meet in the house of God, within the temple. Let’s close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you. It will surely be at night that they will come to kill you.”
If the king is so inclined, 1 let a royal edict go forth from him, and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media that cannot be repealed, 2 that Vashti 3 may not come into the presence of King Ahasuerus, and let the king convey her royalty to another 4 who is more deserving than she. 5
Haman’s 1 wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Have a gallows seventy-five feet 2 high built, and in the morning tell the king that Mordecai should be hanged on it. Then go with the king to the banquet contented.” 3 It seemed like a good idea to Haman, so he had the gallows built.
She said, “If the king is so inclined and if I have met with his approval and if the matter is agreeable to the king and if I am attractive to him, let an edict be written rescinding those recorded intentions of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, 1 which he wrote in order to destroy the Jews who are throughout all the king’s provinces.
Now you write in the king’s name whatever in your opinion is appropriate concerning the Jews and seal it with the king’s signet ring. Any decree that is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring cannot be rescinded.
then I discerned all that God has done: 1 No one really comprehends what happens 2 on earth. 3 Despite all human 4 efforts to discover it, no one can ever grasp 5 it. 6 Even if 7 a wise person claimed 8 that he understood, he would not really comprehend 9 it.
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.
You are my witnesses,” says the Lord, “my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may consider 1 and believe in me, and understand that I am he. No god was formed before me, and none will outlive me. 2
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.
Why does no one challenge me when I come? Why does no one respond when I call? 1 Is my hand too weak 2 to deliver 3 you? Do I lack the power to rescue you? Look, with a mere shout 4 I can dry up the sea; I can turn streams into a desert, so the fish rot away and die from lack of water. 5
We are all like one who is unclean, all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in your sight. 1 We all wither like a leaf; our sins carry us away like the wind.
You are like a wild female donkey brought up in the wilderness. In her lust she sniffs the wind to get the scent of a male. 1 No one can hold her back when she is in heat. None of the males need wear themselves out chasing after her. At mating time she is easy to find. 2