OT - Choice by Inherent Qualities
Genesis 23:6 – “Hear us, my lord: You are a mighty prince among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our burial places. None of us will withhold from you his burial place, that you may bury your dead.”
Genesis 41:2 – Suddenly there came up out of the river seven cows, fine looking and fat [choice]; and they fed in the meadow.
Genesis 41:4 – And the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven fine looking and fat [choice] cows. So Pharaoh awoke.
Genesis 41:5 – He slept and dreamed a second time; and suddenly seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, plump [choice] and good.
Genesis 41:7 – And the seven thin heads devoured the seven plump [choice] and full heads. So Pharaoh awoke, and indeed, it was a dream.
Genesis 41:18 – “Suddenly seven cows came up out of the river, fine looking and fat [choice]; and they fed in the meadow.
Genesis 41:20 – “And the gaunt and ugly cows ate up the first seven, the fat [choice] cows.
Exodus 14:7 – Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them.
Exodus 30:23 – “Also take for yourself quality spices–five hundred shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much sweet-smelling cinnamon (two hundred and fifty shekels), two hundred and fifty shekels of sweet-smelling cane,
Deuteronomy 12:11 – “then there will be the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide. There you shall bring all that I command you: your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the heave offerings of your hand, and all your choice offerings which you vow to the LORD.
Numbers 11:28 – So Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, one of his choice men, answered and said, “Moses my lord, forbid them!”
Judges 20:16 – Among all this people were seven hundred select men who were left-handed; every one could sling a stone at a hair’s breadth and not miss.
Judges 20:34 And ten thousand select men from all Israel came against Gibeah, and the battle was fierce. But the Benjamites did not know that disaster was upon them.
1 Samuel 24:2 – Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel, and went to seek David and his men on the Rocks of the Wild Goats.
1 Samuel 26:2 – Then Saul arose and went down to the Wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the Wilderness of Ziph.
2 Samuel 8:8 – Also from Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, King David took a large amount of bronze.
LXX – And from Betah, and from the chosen cities of Hadadezer, king David took exceedingly much brass.
2 Samuel 22:27 – With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
1 Kings 4:23 – ten fatted oxen, twenty oxen from the pastures, and one hundred sheep, besides deer, gazelles, roebucks, and fatted fowl.
2 Kings 3:19 – “Also you shall attack every fortified city and every choice city, and shall cut down every good tree, and stop up every spring of water, and ruin every good piece of land with stones.”
2 Kings 8:12 – And Hazael said, “Why is my lord weeping?” He answered, “Because I know the evil that you will do to the children of Israel: Their strongholds you will set on fire, and their young men you will kill with the sword; and you will dash their children, and rip open their women with child.”
2 Kings 19:23 – By your messengers you have reproached the Lord, and said: “By the multitude of my chariots I have come up to the height of the mountains, to the limits of Lebanon; I will cut down its tall cedars and its choice cypress trees; I will enter the extremity of its borders, to its fruitful forest.
1 Chronicles 7:40 – All these were the children of Asher, heads of their fathers’ houses, choice men, mighty men of valor, chief leaders. And they were recorded by genealogies among the army fit for battle; their number was twenty-six thousand.
1 Chronicles 18:8 – Also from Tibhath and from Chun, cities of Hadadezer, David brought a large amount of bronze, with which Solomon made the bronze Sea, the pillars, and the articles of bronze.
2 Chronicles 13:3 – Abijah set the battle in order with an army of valiant warriors, four hundred thousand choice men. Jeroboam also drew up in battle formation against him with eight hundred thousand choice men, mighty men of valor.
Ezra 5:8 – Let it be known to the king that we went into the province of Judea, to the temple of the great God, which is being built with heavy [choice] stones, and timber is being laid in the walls; and this work goes on diligently and prospers in their hands.
Nehemiah 5:18 – Now that which was prepared daily was one ox and six choice sheep. Also fowl were prepared for me, and once every ten days an abundance of all kinds of wine. Yet in spite of this I did not demand the governor’s provisions, because the bondage was heavy on this people.
Job 37:11 – Also with moisture He saturates the thick clouds; He scatters His bright clouds.
LXX - And if a chosen cloud plasters over, then his light disperses the cloud,
Psalms 18:26 – With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
Psalms 78:31 – The wrath of God came against them, And slew the stoutest of them, And struck down the choice men of Israel.
Psalms 141:4 – Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice wicked works with men who work iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.
LXX - You should not turn aside my heart to words of wickedness, to make excuses for sins with men working lawlessness; and in no way shall I associate myself with their choice ones.
Proverbs 12:24 – The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.
Proverbs 8:19 – My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver.
Proverbs 17:3 – The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests the hearts.
LXX - As silver and gold tried in a furnace; so choice hearts by the Lord.
Song of Solomon 5:15 – His legs are pillars of marble set on bases of fine gold. His countenance is like Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
Song of Solomon 6:9 – My dove, my perfect one, Is the only one, the only one of her mother, the favorite of the one who bore her. The daughters saw her and called her blessed, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.
Song of Solomon 6:10 – Who is she who looks forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, awesome as an army with banners?
LXX - Who is she, the one looking out as the dawn, fair as the moon, choice as the sun, the consternation as troops being set in order.
Isaiah 22:7 – It shall come to pass that your choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.
Isaiah 22:8 – He removed the protection of Judah. You looked in that day to the armor of the House of the Forest;
LXX - And they shall uncover the gates of Judah, and they shall look in that day unto the choice houses of the city.
Isaiah 40:30 – Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall,
Isaiah 28:16 – Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.
Isaiah 42:1 – “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.
Isaiah 49:2 – And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, and made Me a polished shaft; in His quiver He has hidden Me.”
LXX - And he made my mouth as a sharp sword, and under the protection of his hand he hid me. He made me as a chosen arrow; and in his quiver he hid me.
Isaiah 54:12 – I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones.
Jeremiah 3:19 – “But I said: ‘How can I put you among the children and give you a pleasant land, a beautiful heritage of the hosts of nations?’ “And I said: ‘You shall call Me, “My Father,” and not turn away from Me.’
LXX - And I said, May it be, O LORD, for You said, I shall arrange you among children, and I shall give to you a choice land (the inheritance of God almighty) of nations. And I said, you shall call Me father; and you shall not be turned from me.
Jeremiah 10:17 – Gather up your wares from the land, O inhabitant of the fortress!
LXX - He gathered his support from outside dwelling in choice vessels.
Jeremiah 22:7 – I will prepare destroyers against you, everyone with his weapons; they shall cut down your choice cedars and cast them into the fire.
Jeremiah 25:34 – “Wail, shepherds, and cry! Roll about in the ashes, you leaders of the flock! For the days of your slaughter and your dispersions are fulfilled; you shall fall like a precious vessel.
Jeremiah 31:39 – “The surveyor’s line shall again extend straight forward over the hill Gareb; then it shall turn toward Goath.
LXX - And its measurement shall go forth before it unto the hills of Gareb; and it shall be surrounded round about of choice stones,
Jeremiah 46:15 – Why are your valiant men swept away? They did not stand because the LORD drove them away.
Jeremiah 48:15 – Moab is plundered and gone up from her cities; her chosen young men have gone down to the slaughter,” says the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.
Lamentations 1:15 – “The Lord has trampled underfoot all my mighty men in my midst; He has called an assembly against me to crush my young men; the Lord trampled as in a winepress the virgin daughter of Judah.
Lamentations 5:13-14 – Young men ground at the millstones; boys staggered under loads of wood. The elders have ceased gathering at the gate, and the young men from their music.
Ezekiel 7:20 – ‘As for the beauty of his ornaments, He set it in majesty; but they made from it the images of their abominations– their detestable things; therefore I have made it like refuse to them.
LXX - A choice ornament for pride -- they made them; and images of their abominations they made from them. Because of this I have given them to them for uncleanness.
Ezekiel 19:12 – But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried her fruit. Her strong branches were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.
Ezekiel 19:14 – Fire has come out from a rod of her branches and devoured her fruit, so that she has no strong branch– a scepter for ruling.’ ” This is a lamentation, and has become a lamentation.
LXX - And fire came forth from out of a rod of her choice ones and devoured her; and a rod of strength was not in her. She is a tribe for a parable of lamentation, and will be for a lamentation.
Ezekiel 25:9 – “therefore, behold, I will clear the territory of Moab of cities, of the cities on its frontier, the glory of the country, Beth Jeshimoth, Baal Meon, and Kirjathaim.
LXX - On account of this, behold, I will disable the shoulder of Moab from the cities of his extremities, the choice land, the house of Beth-jeshimoth above the spring of the city by the sea.
Ezekiel 27:20 – “Dedan was your merchant in saddlecloths for riding.
LXX - Dedan were your merchants with choice animals for chariots.
Ezekiel 27:24 – “These were your merchants in choice items–in purple clothes, in embroidered garments, in chests of multicolored apparel, in sturdy woven cords, which were in your marketplace.
Ezekiel 31:16 – ‘I made the nations shake at the sound of its fall, when I cast it down to hell together with those who descend into the Pit; and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, were comforted in the depths of the earth.
Daniel 11:15 – “So the king of the North shall come and build a siege mound, and take a fortified city; and the forces of the South shall not withstand him. Even his choice troops shall have no strength to resist.
Amos 5:11 – Therefore, because you tread down the poor and take grain taxes from him, though you have built houses of hewn stone, yet you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink wine from them.
LXX - On account of this, because they struck the poor with their fist, and they took choice gifts from them; seeing that you built planed houses, that in no way shall you dwell in them; you planted desirable vineyards, but in no way should you drink of their wine.
Habakkuk 1:16 – Therefore they sacrifice to their net, and burn incense to their dragnet; because by them their share is sumptuous and their food plentiful.
LXX - Because of this he will sacrifice to his dragnet, and burn incense to his casting-net; for by them he fattened his portion, even his choice foods.
Zechariah 7:14 – “But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations which they had not known. Thus the land became desolate after them, so that no one passed through or returned; for they made the pleasant land desolate.”
Zechariah 11:16 – “For indeed I will raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are cut off, nor seek the young, nor heal those that are broken, nor feed those that still stand. But he will eat the flesh of the fat and tear their hooves in pieces.