then also My covenant with My servant David may be broken so that he will not have a son reigning on his throne, and the Levitical priests will not be My ministers.
The hosts of heaven cannot be counted; the sand of the sea cannot be measured. So, too, I will make the descendants of My servant David and the Levites who minister to Me innumerable."
The LORD will not forsake His people or abandon His heritage,
I ask, then, has God rejected His people? Absolutely not! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin.
God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the Elijah section-- how he pleads with God against Israel?
Lord, they have killed Your prophets, torn down Your altars; and I am the only one left, and they are trying to take my life!
But what was God's reply to him? I have left 7,000 men for Myself who have not bowed down to Baal.
In the same way, then, there is also at the present time a remnant chosen by grace.
Now if by grace, then it is not by works; otherwise grace ceases to be grace.
before his colleagues and the powerful men of Samaria, and said, "What are these pathetic Jews doing? Can they restore [it] by themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they ever finish it? Can they bring these burnt stones back to life from the mounds of rubble?"
Then Tobiah the Ammonite, who was beside him, said, "Indeed, even if a fox climbed up what they are building, he would break down their stone wall!"
Listen, our God, for we are despised. Make their insults return on their own heads and let them be taken as plunder to a land of captivity.
And when he learned of Mordecai's ethnic identity, Haman decided not to do away with Mordecai alone. He set out to destroy all of Mordecai's people, the Jews, throughout Ahasuerus' kingdom.
In the first month, the month of Nisan, in King Ahasuerus' twelfth year, Pur (that is, the lot) was cast before Haman for each day in each month, and it fell on the twelfth month, the month Adar.
Then Haman informed King Ahasuerus, "There is one ethnic group, scattered throughout the peoples in every province of your kingdom, yet living in isolation. Their laws are different from everyone else's, so that they defy the king's laws. It is not in the king's best interest to tolerate them.
You make us an object of reproach to our neighbors, a source of mockery and ridicule to those around us.
You make us a joke among the nations, a laughingstock among the peoples.
saying, "God has abandoned him; chase him and catch him, for there is no one to rescue [him]."
They say, "Come, let us wipe them out as a nation so that Israel's name will no longer be remembered."
Show us favor, LORD, show us favor, for we've had more than enough contempt.
We've had more than enough scorn from the arrogant [and] contempt from the proud.
All who pass by [scornfully] clap their hands at you. They hiss and shake their heads at Daughter Jerusalem: Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth?
All your enemies open their mouths against you. They hiss and gnash [their] teeth, saying, "We have swallowed [her] up. This is the day we have waited for! We have lived to see [it]."
"Stay away! Unclean!" people shouted at them. "Away, away! Don't touch [us]!" So they wandered aimlessly. It was said among the nations, "They can stay here no longer."
Say to the Ammonites: Hear the word of the Lord God: This is what the Lord God says: Because you said: Good! about My sanctuary when it was desecrated, about the land of Israel when it was laid waste, and about the house of Judah when they went into exile,
"Son of man, because Tyre said about Jerusalem: Good! The gateway to the peoples is shattered. She has been turned over to me. I will be filled [now that] she lies in ruins,
"Because you said: These two nations and two lands will be mine, and we will possess them-- though the LORD was there--
therefore, as I live"-- the declaration of the Lord God-- "I will treat [you] according to the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them. I will make Myself known among them when I judge you.
Then you will know that I, the LORD, have heard all the blasphemies you uttered against the mountains of Israel, saying: They are desolate. They have been given to us to devour!
You boasted against Me with your mouth, and spoke many words against Me. I heard [it] Myself!
"This is what the Lord God says: While the whole world rejoices, I will make you a desolation.
Just as you rejoiced over the inheritance of the house of Israel because it became a desolation, so I will deal with you: you will become a desolation, Mount Seir, and [so will] all Edom in its entirety. Then they will know that I am the LORD.
This is what the Lord God says: Because the enemy has said about you, 'Good! The ancient heights have become our possession,'