All the people were hanging on his words.
Translating even more literally from the Greek translation,
the line reads, “They hung upon him hearing.” And we get
the sense of a double suspension: people hanging on his arms
and knees, draped there, clinging for dear life, but also
people hanging upon his words, clutching each one to hear it
better. In this passage it was precisely how closely the people
gathered around him and how intently they listened that
kept the chief priests from finding a way to “accomplish their
purpose” and put him to death. It’s a radical thought, that we
can forestall calamity by closing in on the Word. Could we
ever get close enough? Would there ever be enough of us to
matter? And yet that is our hope. So let us hang upon him
hearing, as his followers once did.
1 Maccabees 4:3–37,52–59
1 Chronicles 29:10bcd,11abc,11d–12a,12bcd
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