Zion's gates have fallen to the ground; He has destroyed and shattered the bars on her [gates]. Her king and her leaders [live] among the nations, instruction is no more, and even her prophets receive no vision from the LORD.
Then the LORD God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.
"So, if I come to your servant my father and the boy is not with us-- his life is wrapped up with the boy's life--
"You must not go!" the people pleaded. "If we have to flee, they will not pay any attention to us. Even if half of us die, they will not pay any attention to us because you are worth 10,000 of us. Therefore, it is better if you support us from the city."
Here I am. Bring charges against me before the LORD and His anointed: Whose ox or donkey have I taken? Whom have I wronged or mistreated? From whose hand have I taken a bribe to overlook something?I will return it to you."
He said to them, "The LORD is a witness against you, and His anointed is a witness today that you haven't found anything in my hand." "[He is] a witness," they said.
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and said, "Certainly the LORD's anointed one is here before Him."
He said to his men, "I swear before the LORD: I would never do such a thing to my lord, the LORD's anointed. [I will never] lift my hand against him, since he is the LORD's anointed."
You can see with your own eyes that the LORD handed you over to me today in the cave. [Someone] advised [me] to kill you, but I took pity on you and said: I won't lift my hand against my lord, since he is the LORD's anointed.
But David said to Abishai, "Don't destroy him, for who can lift a hand against the LORD's anointed and be blameless?"
What you have done is not good. As the LORD lives, all of you deserve to die since you didn't protect your lord, the LORD's anointed. Now look around; where are the king's spear and water jug that were by his head?"
David questioned him, "How is it that you were not afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD's anointed?"
Mountains of Gilboa, let no dew or rain be on you, or fields of offerings, for there the shield of the mighty was defiled-- the shield of Saul, no longer anointed with oil.
Abishai son of Zeruiah asked, "Shouldn't Shimei be put to death for this, because he ridiculed the LORD's anointed?"
I have found David My servant; I have anointed him with My sacred oil.
My hand will always be with him, and My arm will strengthen him.
However, the Chaldean army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho, arrested him, and brought him to Nebuchadnezzar, Babylon's king, at Riblah in the land of Hamath. The king passed sentence on him [there].
The Chaldean army pursued the king and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho. Zedekiah's entire army was scattered from him.
But I will spread My net over him, and he will be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, yet he will not see it, and he will die there.
He despised the oath by breaking the covenant. He did all these things even though he gave his hand [in pledge]. He will not escape!"
When the nations heard about him, he was caught in their pit. Then they led him away with hooks to the land of Egypt.
When she saw that she waited [in vain], that her hope was lost, she took another of her cubs and made him a young lion.
He prowled among the lions, and he became a young lion. After he learned to tear prey, he devoured people.
He devastated their strongholds and destroyed their cities. The land and everything in it shuddered at the sound of his roaring.
Then the nations from the surrounding provinces set out against him. They spread their net over him; he was caught in their pit.