"As for you, do not pray for these people. Do not offer a cry or a prayer on their behalf, and do not beg Me, for I will not listen to you.
"As for you, do not pray for these people. Do not raise up a cry or a prayer on their behalf, for I will not be listening when they call out to Me at the time of their disaster.
Then the LORD said to me, "Do not pray for the well-being of these people.
even [if] these three men-- Noah, Daniel, and Job-- were in it, they would deliver [only] themselves by their righteousness." [This is] the declaration of the Lord God.
"For this is what the Lord God says: How much worse will it be when I send My four devastating judgments against Jerusalem-- sword, famine, dangerous animals, and plague-- in order to wipe out [both] man and animal from it!
But Moses interceded with the LORD his God: "LORD, why does Your anger burn against Your people You brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and a strong hand?
Why should the Egyptians say, 'He brought them out with an evil intent to kill them in the mountains and wipe them off the face of the earth'? Turn from Your great anger and change Your mind about this disaster [planned] for Your people.
Remember that You swore to Your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Israel by Yourself and declared to them, 'I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky and will give your offspring all this land that I have promised, and they will inherit [it] forever.'"
So the LORD changed His mind about the disaster He said He would bring on His people.
But Moses replied to the LORD, "The Egyptians will hear about it, for by Your strength You brought up this people from them.
They will tell [it to] the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, LORD, are among these people, how You, Lord, are seen face to face, how Your cloud stands over them, and how You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.
If You kill this people with a single blow, the nations that have heard of Your fame will declare,
'Since the LORD wasn't able to bring this people into the land He swore to [give] them, He has slaughtered them in the wilderness.'
"So now, may My Lord's power be magnified just as You have spoken:
The LORD is slow to anger and rich in faithful love, forgiving wrongdoing and rebellion. But He will not leave [the guilty] unpunished, bringing the consequences of the fathers' wrongdoing on the children to the third and fourth generation.
Please pardon the wrongdoing of this people in keeping with the greatness of Your faithful love, just as You have forgiven them from Egypt until now."
The LORD responded, "I have pardoned [them] as you requested.
Then Samuel took a young lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. He cried out to the LORD on behalf of Israel, and the LORD answered him.
"As for me, I vow that I will not sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you. I will teach you the good and right way.
Moses and Aaron were among His priests; Samuel also was among those calling on His name. They called to the Lord, and He answered them.
Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember how I stood before You to speak good on their behalf, to turn Your anger from them.
Early in the morning Abraham went to the place where he had stood before the LORD.
So He said He would have destroyed them-- if Moses His chosen one had not stood before Him in the breach to turn His wrath away from destroying [them].
Now Joshua was dressed with filthy clothes as he stood before the Angel.
For the Messiah did not enter a sanctuary made with hands (only a model of the true one) but into heaven itself, that He might now appear in the presence of God for us.
My heart is with the leaders of Israel, with the volunteers of the people. Praise the LORD!
A king favors a wise servant, but his anger falls on a disgraceful one.
I will drive you from My presence, just as I drove out all of your brothers, all the descendants of Ephraim.
I will surely forget you and throw away from My presence both you and the city that I gave you and your fathers.
Because of the LORD's anger, it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that He finally banished them from His presence. Nevertheless, Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
So the LORD rejected all the descendants of Israel, afflicted them, and handed them over to plunderers until He had banished them from His presence.