"Now marshal yourselves as troops. He has laid siege to us. They will strike the judge of Israel on the cheek with a rod."
People gaped at me with mouths wide open; they slap me in their scorn and gather together against me.
"The LORD will raise a distant nation against you from the other side of the earth. Swooping down like a vulture,
Its army will consume the offspring of your animals and the produce of your soil until you are exterminated. They will leave you without your grain, wine, oil, the increase of your cattle, and the lamb of your flock, until you are completely destroyed.
They told him, "Look, you're old, and your sons don't follow your example. So appoint a king to govern us like all the other nations."
Right then, Chenaanah's son Zedekiah approached Micaiah and struck him on the cheek. Then he asked him, "How did the Spirit of the LORD move from me to speak to you?"
The LORD sent raiding parties from the Chaldeans, Arameans, Moabites, and Ammonites against Jehoiakim. He sent them against Judah to destroy it, in keeping with the message from the LORD that he had spoken through his servants, the prophets.
Zedekiah then rebelled against the king of Babylon, so on the tenth day of the tenth month of the ninth year of Zedekiah's reign, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and his entire army approached Jerusalem, attacked it, encamped against it, and built a siege wall that surrounded the city.
"Band together, you nations, but be shattered! Listen, all you distant countries! Strap on your armor, but be shattered.
I'm sending my fury against a godless nation, and I'll command him against the people with whom I'm angry to seize loot and snatch plunder, and to trample them down like mud in the streets.
For the LORD is our judge, and the LORD is our lawgiver; and the LORD is our king, and it is he who will save us.
A lion has gone up from his thicket, and a destroyer of nations has set out. He has left his place to make your land a waste. Your cities will be ruined, and without inhabitants.
I'm now sending for all the tribes from the north, declares the LORD, and for my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. I'll bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against all these surrounding nations. I'll utterly destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting desolation.
"Meanwhile, Babylon's king is standing at the fork of the road, where he can head in either of two directions, and that's where he is practicing divination. Shaking his arrows, he's asking questions of his teraphim while he examines livers.
"Son of Man, write down the name of this day, this very day. The king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem on this very day.
"Declare this among the nations: "Prepare for war! Wake up your elite forces! Let all the soldiers draw near! Call them up!
I will execute their rulers among them, killing all of their officials as well," says the LORD.
Watch out! For I am bringing in the Chaldeans, that cruel and impetuous people, who sweep across the earth dispossessing people from homes not their own.
I heard and I trembled within. My lips quivered at the noise. My legs gave way beneath me, and I trembled. Nevertheless, I await the day of distress that will dawn on our invaders.
But I tell you not to resist an evildoer. On the contrary, whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well.
because the days will come when your enemies will build walls around you, surround you, and close you in on every side.
When he said this, one of the officers standing nearby slapped Jesus on the face and demanded, "Is that any way to answer the high priest?"
They kept coming up to him and saying, "Long live the king of the Jews!" Then they began to slap him on the face.
Then the high priest Ananias ordered the men standing near him to strike him on the mouth.