“O Lord who rules over all, 2 you are a just judge!
You examine people’s hearts and minds. 3
I want to see you pay them back for what they have done
because I trust you to vindicate my cause.” 4
You see into people’s hearts and minds. 6
Pay them back for what they have done
because I trust you to vindicate my cause.
1 tn The words “So I said to the
2 tn Heb “Yahweh of armies.”
sn For the significance of the term see the notes at 2:19 and 7:3.
3 tn Heb “
4 tn Heb “Let me see your retribution [i.e., see you exact retribution] from them because I reveal my cause [i.e., plea for justice] to you.”
5 tn Heb “Yahweh of armies.”
sn See the study note on 2:19 for explanation of this title for God.
6 tn Heb “
sn This verse is almost an exact duplication of the petition in one of Jeremiah’s earlier prayers and complaints. See Jer 11:20 and notes there for explanation of the Hebrew psychology underlying the use of “kidneys and heart” here. For the thoughts expressed here see Ps 17.