so we can see;
then we will know it!”
who do their work in secret and boast, 5
“Who sees us? Who knows what we’re doing?” 6
1 tn Heb “let his work hurry, let it hasten.” The pronoun “his” refers to God, as the parallel line makes clear. The reference to his “work” alludes back to v. 12, which refers to his ‘work” of judgment. With these words the people challenged the prophet’s warning of approaching judgment. They were in essence saying that they saw no evidence that God was about to work in such a way.
3 tn Heb “draw near” (so NASB); NRSV “hasten to fulfillment.”
5 tn Heb “and their works are in darkness and they say.”
6 tn The rhetorical questions suggest the answer, “no one.” They are confident that their deeds are hidden from others, including God.