The plot to seduce Susanna (Dan 13:13-13:14)

“One day,

They said to each other.

‘Let us go home.

It is time for lunch.’

So,

They both left.

They parted

From each other.

But turning back,

They met again.

When each pressed

The other

For the reason,

They confessed

Their lust.

Then together,

They arranged

For a time

When they could find

Her alone.”

One day, as these two elder judges said good bye to each other, they parted for lunch. However, both of them came back. Then they asked each other why they had come back. Finally, they each confessed their lust for Susanna. Then, they decided to work together to get Susanna alone sometime. The plot was falling into place.

The people are powerless (Isa 41:5-41:7)

“The coastlands have seen this.

They are afraid.

The ends of the earth tremble.

They have drawn near.

They come.

Each one helps the other.

They say to one another.

‘Take courage!’

The artisan encourages the goldsmith.

The one who evens the surface

With the hammer

Encourages the one

Who strikes the anvil.

He says of the soldering.

‘It is good.’

They fasten it with nails

So that it cannot be moved.”

The people on the Mediterranean coastline are afraid since all over the earth the land is trembling. They are getting together to help each other. They try to encourage each other, especially in their occupations. The artisan and the goldsmith get together. Those who work with metals try to work together with those who use hammers and anvils. Those that solder and nail work together also. They want to make sure that things stay the same.