“former things…those things.” The Hebrew text can refer to either people or things. The English versions are split, with some referring to “things” (cp. DBY; ESV; NASB; NET; RSV), and some referring to “people” (cp. BBE; CJB; HCSB; NAB; NIV; NRSV). The REV went with “things” because it is more inclusive, including people.